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Diane (Young) McAllister (B.S., Physics, 1958)


I have been married to Jerry R. McAllister (B.A., 1957) for 50 years.

We have three sons and seven grandchildren. Oldest granddaughter is a member if the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division currently serving in Iraq. After graduation, I worked for 18 months at General Mills Research and Development working on the APSAC (Automatic Positioning Something or other), which was a forerunner of the GPS. This computer camera would take star sightings and then calculate to where on earth it was. It only worked on clear nights. I quit work to have babies. I met my husband in Physics 50. For the first time ever, I cut class to have coffee with him. My favorite course was… what else? Physics 50!