Oberlender, Garold

Oberlender, Garold '60GAROLD OBERLENDER


After graduation I went to Oklahoma State University and completed my BS and MS in Civil Engineering.  While at OSU my wife, Jana, and I were married.  Upon graduation we moved to Texas where I worked as a structural engineer.  While in Texas I also completed my Ph.D in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas-Arlington.  Although it was not planned we moved back to Oklahoma in 1974 when I accepted a faculty position at OSU.  I retired from OSU after 35 years on the faculty of Civil Engineering.

My wife, Jana, and I were married as we both completed our bachelors’ degrees at OSU and will celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary this fall.  We have 3 sons;  a school teacher in Grapevine, Texas, a civil engineer in Irving, Texas, and an urban planner for the City of New York.  Our first grand-daughter was born in 2009.  It has been different, but nice, to have a girl in the family after raising 3 boys.

I have had a very enjoyable career and family life.  My earlier years involved the practice of engineering in the electrical power and petro-chemical industries.  My academic career was balanced between teaching and research, especially working with students.  In recent years my time has been occupied in writing textbooks.  I have 3 books published by McGraw-Hill, each with multiple editions and translations into Chinese.

The past 4 years we have enjoyed our log home, which we had built near Covington, Oklahoma.  It is located next to a pond full of fish and surrounded with lots of wild life.  We spend time at the log home and in Stillwater.  Jana and I have also enjoyed traveling in our motor home.  Now that I am retired I hope to spend more time with my earlier hobby of cars, my 1970 corvette and 1930 Model A Ford.

Unfortunately I have not done a good job of keeping contact with classmates since our graduation.  I wish all of our EHS60 graduates the very best in life.

Garold OberlenderOberlender, Garold '10