Born in Marin County in 1949, I spent most of my youth along the banks of the Sacramento River in a small town named Colusa. My father was a country lawyer and most of my friends were involved in agriculture. My grandparents farmed 2,000 acres of rice, wheat and safflower.
After studying humanities, philosophy and art in the 1960s, I moved to Oregon and became a farmer during the 1970s. By my early 20’s I was married and a father.
I fell in love with Biology on that farm–it happened one morning. I decided to become a scientist and I earned my undergraduate degree at Oregon State University where I focused on cellular biology, biochemistry and genetics. I pursued Graduate Studies in Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of Minnesota and spent a number of years starting and managing enterprises in the food and health sectors.
Today I am back in Marin continuing my work to better understand human vitality and healthy aging. This journey is leading me down many exciting paths of discovery.
I am honored to have been husband and father since I was 19 years old. I still enjoy the company, companionship and support of family and friends.
Two bits of Trivia about me:
#1: I was probably in the first “hot-tubber” in Marin County (It has to do with a horse trough in Mill Valley circa 1950).
#2: Benjamin Franklin was my cousin. Ben’s mother and my great- great- great- Grandmother were sisters, both daughters of Peter Folger whose direct descendant founded Folger’s Coffee.