THE SUMMERS FAMILY
The above photo is a recent one of our daughter, Kristina Summers, with her family—Ben, Noah and Lisi. The Summers live in Redmond, Washington.
I am continually searching for topics to include on my web site and today I decided to write about Tina and her family. In future writings, I will write about other extended-Haskell family members.
Tina and Ben met in Washington, DC, where Tina was working at Fannie Mae and the Mortgage Banker’s Association. Ben worked for a computer company in the Nation’s Capital. Tina had studied English at Occidental College (where President Obama studied for two years). Ben grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. He studied piano and computer technology at Oberlin College. Ben and his brother, Tim, were musicians at an early age and once participated in the Aspen Music Festival.
Tina and Ben were married on Hilton Head Island fifteen years ago this spring and spent the first few years of their marriage in Providence, Rhode Island—where their son Noah and daughter Lisi were born. Ben was manager of Verizon’s office in Rhode Island, the company that enabled him to earn his MBA. He moved to Microsoft Corporation in Redmond and Tina, Ben, Noah and Lisi sold their Providence house and moved, with their dog, Mattie, to Redmond.
Although skilled as a banker, Tina has many friends both in Washington and with her former classmates at Oxy College. She decided to stay at home inspiring her two bright, energetic children and encouraging Ben in his rise as a Microsoft executive. In the too-few times Pat and I have visited them, we have witnessed Noah earning high marks in school while at the same time playing a mean game of baseball and excelling in Tai Chi (not sure if I’ve spelled that right?). Lisi is equally clever. She’s an artist and excellent tennis player and the entire Summers family are avid and good skiers. I’m glad I inspired Tina to learn both to play tennis and ski when she was young and so pleased her family are such active participants.
One of the first professional tennis matches I saw was when I visited Seattle, Washington on a fraternity convention in 1954—62 years ago. I was very impressed with Seattle on that visit and I’m so pleased our daughter and her family live there. Redmond is a unique area with smart young families from all over the world—attracted to the technology world in and around Seattle. We’ve visited Tina and her family and seen the Microsoft Campus.
We’re sorry we don’t see them as often as we might. Their Christmas visits east are special and Pat and I are hoping to return to visit them later this year.