Douglas J. Searles

Profile Updated: July 27, 2017
Residing In: Ooty, India
Spouse/Partner: Elizabeth
Occupation: Writer, Retired
Children: Mackenzie, born 1988; McCleary (Mick), born 1992.
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Since 1960:

After two years with my Uncle Sam (Army), including a year in South Korea, I returned to Monteith College, WSU: PhB; then to Chicago Theological Seminary/UofChicago/NBTS: MDiv. Worked in Chicago in Civil Rights before turning to pastoral ministry serving churches in Illinois/Iowa. Married Elizabeth as she finished her PhD at Loyola U in 1984.
In 1997 our family began overseas mission work, first in India at Woodstock School; then in China, Sichuan Provence, Chengdu, working with Tibetan English Teachers; then in Poland working with the Evangelical Reformed Church in Poland sent by the Presbyterian Church(PC/USA), United Church of Christ(UCC), and Disciples of Christ(DOC)/Christian Church. As of Feb, 2013, I have retired, although Liz continued with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and NOROC working with orphans in Tulcea, Romania. We settled in Colorado Springs a short while, concerned with the the homeless and those on the edge. We are now headed to India, Liz to teach at Hebron School, and me to write.

School Story:

It is not so much a story as to say thank you to those who touched my life. Most of you know who you are. More than school classes or teachers, it was you who have made a lasting impression and impact on my life: how I have lived, what I value, and the choices I have made, with those I have loved, worked with, and served.
Thanks. And remember, we have our lives ahead of us. Use this time well. Enjoy family and find some way to give back. Blessings on us all.

Second Residence/Phone:

Permenant USA address:
4323 SE 48th Ave.
Portland, OR 97206
searlesdj@gmail.com

Do you plan to attend the reunion?

No

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Douglas J. Searles has left an In Memory comment for Peter K. Ness.
Jul 27, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Peter arraigned my first "blind" date, he driving, me and my date in the back seat. Such a friend to take on such a socially insecure guy. Not unexpectedly, I don't remember her name...but for three days my heart raced, such delight, such confusion: a hearty welcome to the eventual joys of adulthood! Nothing untoward happened...just a kiss, if a long one, but an awakening, one of many in my life...and to Peter my everlasting thanks! 

Jul 27, 2017 at 11:33 AM
Douglas J. Searles has left an In Memory comment for his Profile.
Aug 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I met Sue in my senior year at GPHS, and we went to the prom together. The following year I was in Korea and Sue and I wrote regularly. She had broken her back, was in a body cast for a while, and was a captive friend. Our letters back and forth were a joy and connection for me. I especially enjoyed the brownies sent for Christmas, that arrived at the end of February, hard as a rock, yet appreciated all the more slowly. When the cast came off, she wrote she started dating Lauren, and we said our goodbyes. 

In strange ways, small interludes touch deeply. My thoughts are with you all who remember Sue, a kind, loving person who lived well. May she rest in peace. And may the rest of us enjoy our memories of our times with such a special person. God bless.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM