Ken and Kathy Privratsky live in Anchorage, Alaska. Both were born and raised in Spokane, Washington. They became high school sweethearts. Both graduated from Eastern Washington State College in 1969. They walked the Camino de Santiago in 2017 to celebrate their 70th birthdays. They plan on walking it again in 2019 to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
After graduating from Eastern Washington State College, Ken was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Army and rose to the rank of major general. During his thirty-three year career, he served in dozens of assignments and many places, including as an infantry officer in combat in Vietnam, as an assistant professor at West Point, and in command of organizations at all levels. His specialty became logistics, and during his last years he was responsible for key logistics activities worldwide for Department of Defense. Following his military career, he became an executive in the ocean-shipping industry before retiring. Ken has earned multiple graduate degrees and received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater. He has edited or authored multiple books, including the recent Logistics in the Falklands War published by Pen and Sword, which is on a recommended reading list for U. S. Marines.
After graduating from Eastern Washington State College with a degree in speech pathology, Kathy (Iverson) Privratsky started her career as a speech-language pathologist providing communication and assistive technology services to children. She provided these services in a dozen states as well as overseas and received recognition both nationally and internationally. Kathy found her particular niche in Alaska, where she worked with non-speaking children throughout the state, traveling often to rural and remote villages. She eventually co-founded an agency providing assistive technology services for all Alaskans and became its executive director before retiring. She has conducted dozens of workshops in her field, authored articles and taught college-level courses. Kathy earned a Master's degree in Communication Disorders and also received an honorary doctorate from Eastern.
Ken and Kathy travel together extensively, always seeking new adventures. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
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