Richard became convinced that his career would go better if
he had a Doctorate and he applied to the BYU to once again enter
their graduate program. Pat was pregnant when they made plans to
move back to Provo and since she was in her eighth month of
pregnancy, she decided to fly with Meg and David. Richard packed
the family’s bare necessities into a Volkswagen Van and
started out across the country. The freeway system was still not
completed and the wide swells of Iowa’s landscape made for
quite an adventure as Richard revved up his overloaded van to over
mph on the downward side of the hills and let the momentum
him most of the way up the other side, slowing to a crawl
approached the summit.
They settled into a duplex in
western Provo, where their fourth
child, Nancy Mei-yun, was
brought home on October 21, 1968.
holds baby Nancy and Richard holds David and Meg.
Brother Mark and his wife, Janell, gave birth to a son within a
month or so of Nancy’s birth.
began to look for a building lot in preparation for the
retirement years when he supposed he would want to live
in Utah. In keeping with his ambitions, he bought a farm in Lehi
that had a dairy herd. It was quite a busy time with much to learn
to keep the dairy working.
This is a view of the white house with green gables on 180
was fully ½ mile from the main road. It was a
long walk for Meg when she got off the school bus after
kindergarten. Richard was pursuing a Doctorate, teaching at the
BYU, consulting with the Utah Highway Department about developing
computer driven plotters for their engineers, working on a
contract for the U.S. government, and running a dairy farm.
When the state health department decreed that the farm required a
new dairy barn at an expense in excess of $50,000, Richard had to
decide if his future lay in farming or in working as an engineer.
A long night spent digging a cow out of a pit of manure may have
played a part in his decision to rent out the farm, give up his
plans for obtaining a doctorate in engineering, and return to the
ranks of Navy research engineers.