Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for Universities, 1963 ~ 2005

Theme ~ My 50 Years in America

I have been associated with three Universities while living in the United States. 

Princeton University

I worked at Princeton University before and after I was married the first time. My first husband was born in Hungary, a physicist on the faculty at Princeton, and much older than I. We lived on a beautiful, fairy tale, of a place in the woods about 15 miles from town. I stayed home then and was a faculty wife, which was a job of a different kind. Universities are very political places as I found out over the years. So I entertained, was entertained, went to teas and dinner parties, and so on. I didn't mind at the time. I was young and had energy to spare. I also had the pleasure of meeting some of the great scientists of that time, as well as other very accomplished and brilliant people from all over the world. I lived a very interesting life during my first marriage, to say the least. 

Princeton Inn ~ Now residence halls

Before my marriage, I briefly worked for an economics professor, then I worked in the accounting office at the Princeton Inn. As you can see above, it was a lovely place to work, located off campus next to a golf course. I got a free lunch in their dining room and overall, while a career was not to be had there, looking back, it was an easy job and a really nice place to work.

When my dad was visiting, we had drinks with my friends Christina and Margie on the patio of the inn. The guy in the photo was a manager there. I think his name was Steve, but in those days, you called managers Mr. and their last name.

University of California San Diego was next. This is where my  UC career began in February 1972. The San Diego campus was in the process of being built back then. I got a job as a budget coordinator for the Public Employment Program, a federally funded program to integrate minorities, the disabled, and Vietnam Era veterans into the campus work force. It may seem strange today, but at the time, there were very few members of these groups employed at UCSD. 

The library in the picture above was completed when I worked there and about the only thing I recognized when I looked up the campus online for this post. 

Here I am with my very cool Buick Skylark ~ San Diego, 1972

It would take up too much room to delve into all the reasons why San Diego didn't work for me. After a year and a half, and many airplane trips to Los Angeles, I took a demotion in order to get a transfer to the UCLA campus, where I began to work, again with budgets, in their HR department in the fall of 1973.

In my UCLA office, doing budget work ~ so funny, check out that old calculator, rolodex, and pencil sharpener, for heaven's sake. Ack, not to speak of those 80's eyeglasses! 

At the University of California Los Angeles, or UCLA, as it is known, I finally found the best place for me to work. Not being very career minded, I still managed to have a career there, work that I enjoyed and was happy with, which was most important to me. Over my more than 30 years at UCLA, I worked in three different departments in very different jobs, which gave me a lot of opportunity to grow professionally. I made many friends and overall really enjoyed my time on the UCLA campus.

Looking back now, I was very fortunate to have come to UCLA, to have found the beautiful neighborhood where I lived, to have met the wonderful people who became my friends. This is why I will always love LA, traffic and all.

Royce Hall, UCLA 

Powell Library and a fountain designed by guys from our Capital Programs department, the last department I worked in ~ I would say, the last and the best by far. 

Source: Google images


  1. Vilka fina jobb du haft. Läckert o se dina bilder. BÅgarna är ju moderna nu igen. De ska va stora.
    Tyra mår bra och de små diar för fullt

  2. you have truly led an amazing life.. mine is totally boring and i could tell the whole story in one post or maybe two. you were beautiful in all these photos. love the one with the buick. your story today is a story of a life i have only seen in movies or read about in books.

  3. Oh beautiful Inger you look great with those old glasses:)
    You have had such a wonderful employment history a far off dream for many you are obviously smart and I might add a very lucky girl. I am so happy you are sharing this with us. You have a incredible history. Hugs B

  4. How wonderful to have had such a career working for universities -- from Princeton to UCLA! Marvellous!

  5. Love that picture on the patio, it looks like something out of Mad Men. And the Buick Skylark is awesome. :)

  6. Wonderful pictures -- and weren't you the stunning blond standing there next to the Buick! I remember having a rolodex and a pencil sharpener, too. UCLA is a beautiful campus and I enjoyed my time there (although it was short). That part of LA is very nice and I'm not surprised to loved it.

  7. loved that library building! so cool. you have had a very rich life in so many ways.

  8. i still have a pencil

    not to be sexist, but dang gurl you are a gorgeous swedish american - all that and brains too!! xoxox

  9. I don't work outside the house, but I still have (& use) my rolodex & automatic pencil sharpener. By the way, you were gorgeous!!

  10. I wore those '80s glasses, too. Huge. They always slid down my nose. I'm glad you liked working in the California university system. The Hurricane is at Berkeley. The budget cuts are so bad that she keeps getting extra administrative chores to do. I have lost interest in Princeton because when Hurricane applied to colleges years ago, she DID NOT get into Princeton. One of my sisters said, If they don't take her, then who do they take? When I went to social functions at Hurricane's prep school, the snobs always talked about Princeton, with their noses in the air. But I bet being a faculty wife was fun, once upon a time. So you were married to a physicist. Hurricane is currently dating a physicist. She thinks he's very nice. Physics was one of her majors. TMI.


  11. I did enjoy the picture of you at your desk at UCLA... with your calculator and rolodex. Funny, but the first thing I thought was how odd not to see a computer!
    You look very, very happy, though!

  12. Those 80s eyeglasses were kind of cool.

  13. When I went to UGA (Ga) I loved the old style campus, which seems similar to UCLA. I wanted to go to Berkley at that time, but then diverted to Vancouver, in Canada. The NorthWest Coast was calling this Eastcoaster.

    Big campuses can be great spots for sampling culture too. (the latest music, etc)

  14. How wonderful to experience three universities!

    You were darn beautiful!

  15. You've led an interesting and varied life, from Sweden to UCLA. Thanks for sharing some of your experiences.

  16. Quite the stunner weren't you. You really have lead an amazing and interesting life. You used your talents well and made good decisions.
    I too was blown away by that library at UCSD.

  17. This is wonderful to know someone who worked on campus' just like myself. I loved working in this environment. My small university town directed from age 5 towards the university from many facets.
    UCLA sounds so exotic to me. One hears about this place so much and now I feel I know a lot more. Princeton sounded very proper and Univ. of Cal. San Diego must have been such a joy to experience.
    Thanks for this Inger!!


  18. What exciting and interesting times for you Inger! The beautiful places and locations of your work. Must have been easy to go to work every day!!
    Your 'story' is a very interesting one. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  19. I still have a pencil sharpener AND a rolodex! What does that say about me?! lol BEAUTIFUL pictures of you and I must agree, you have lived a very interesting life.

  20. You have been well and about all over, haven't you? Wow! Husband actually finally convinced me to update my glasses, I was wearing that style (cough) rather (cough) recently. And the place I work at has that pencil sharpener... Today. Cool car!


  21. I love Princeton and visit it a few times a year for different reasons. My sister lives nearby and there are beautiful parks and restaurants in the area.

    A 30 year career is a long time in one place, especially in today's times. How lucky you were to have enjoyed your work in LA.

    What's wrong with those glasses? I think they are in style again.

  22. What wonderful universities to call home for a while, Inger. I would love to know Princeton that well, and I enjoy the UCLA campus anytime I'm able to be there..I always get lost! :-) I enjoy hearing about your very interesting 50 years in America, Inger. Debra

  23. Hi Inger - so wonderful to see your University places and to read a little more of your background and their settings ... loved seeing the pictures of you!! Cheers Hilary


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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