George Brose
1963-65
Email:
georgebrose@yahoo.com
Address:
3305 Braddock
Kettering, OH 45420

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Dayton, Ohio - OU class of 1965
Co-Captain with Mike Hewitt, Senior Year

Best times at OU
Mile indoors 4:12.5, outdoors 4:09.8
880 outdoors 1:54.4, 1.51.7 on a relay
Big Eight
1963, indoor mile - 5th
1964, 1000 yards - 3rd
1965, mile - 5th

My best year at OU was my junior year when I had all my PR's. Don't remember my 1000 time. The 4:12.5 indoors was the school record at the time. By my senior year I was pretty burned out from all the interval training we did in those days and very sore legged from those crappy shoes that were state of the art back then I still remember doing 20 x 440 with 60 sec. recovery and getting them all under 62 sec. and then doing repeat 220' s the next day. Nobody trains that way anymore. We could get in pretty good shape , but the peak never lasted long. I also remember Bill driving us out 20 miles once on the interstate and running us back to campus in the median. We could see the towers on campus most of the way. He'd been talking to Jack Daniels up at Oklahoma City U. who was having a lot of success with older Aussie imports and doing the long slow distance work. Jack used to have us up to the FAA facility in Midwest City to use as guinea pigs on treadmills as comparative subjects for their post mycardial infarct studies.

When I left OU, I joined the Peace Corps and taught business in the Tanzania Co-operative College at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Marie Andree Dufour, a French Canadian, and my future wife, was working in the same town. I got into climbing the mountain a lot and eventually moved to the Kenya side and taught at the Outward Bound Mountain School for a year. The draft got me in 1968 , and I enlisted to chose my training, German language, but had to stay in an extra year to get that. Spent two years in Germany with a PSYOP's battalion in the town of Boeblingen, just south of Stuttgart. Marie and I were married in Germany. Two kids later (Dominique and Jacques) we found ourselves living and teaching in Quebec and I got back into running and started coaching high schoolers. By 1976 I decided to take a grad degree in exercise physiology and began three years at Ball State U. in Muncie, IN. The Human Performance Lab at Ball St. was one of the leading centers in the country for high level endurance research. It was a very stimulating atmosphere with a lot of elite runners coming through for testing and some very productive and now well known researchers as my colleagues. After graduating and teaching there for a year, we decided to return to Canada and spent another two years in Quebec. We decided that our kids , then 8 and 9 should see Africa, and we found teaching jobs in Zimbabwe, a year after their independence and a protracted guerrilla war. We spent three years there at a junior college and I coached the school team and ran the science department.

We returned to Quebec in 1986 and spent several years there teaching and working in the mental health field. The opportunity came in 1988 to go overseas again, this time to Beijing, China. We lived there for a year and were able to travel out to Tibet in February of 89 only to witness the Chinese imposing martial law on the Tibetans. We returned to Bejing and by April 89 the Student Movement was underway and we witnessed and participated in the Tienanmen events that Spring. The night the tanks came into town, my kids and I were on the streets and saw some pretty horrendous things. It had a profound effect on all of us and we did hide one of our students in our room until he could organize himself to get back on campus and destroy evidence of his involvement in the movement. We were evacuated 3 days later. We learned six months afterward that he got away from town and went back to his home in the south part of China , then came back to school and eventually graduated.

Once back to the States our family was separated for a year as my wife's visa was under consideration by our State Department. She lived in Canada with our daughter and my son and I lived in Dayton, looking after my mom. The day the Berlin wall fell was the day Marie was refused entry into the US. We had a lot of mixed feelings about the propoganda being put out at the time. Eventually she did get the visa, but it took a year.

I took a job coaching cross country and track at Wittenberg U., a D-III school, in Springfield, OH , and that lasted three years. I was also running an import business out of Africa and doing some construction work as well. While we were in China, my father died as the result of an accident, and a year later my mother was killed when crossing a street. These events shaped my life as I had a lot of anger after those incidents and found myself getting in fights on the street for little or no reason. I was fifty years old then. I felt there had to be some changes in me and by chance I took a course called Alternatives to Violence Project. Much of it was taught to me by Quakers and prisoners in our local prisons. It helped me a lot and I became a facilitator in the program and eventually took training as a mediator. I've since become a full time mediator with the Juvenile Court system in Ohio and spend most of my time doing that. I did get back into coaching track at the University of Dayton , five years ago, and just retired from that. It was getting a bit much to do two jobs at the age of 60. So now I do a lot of mediation involving children and their families, or divorcing families, and abused and neglected children and their families. It's been a checkered life these 39 years, but most times an enjoyable and rewarding one. The trip back this Spring changed a lot of my views about the value of my university life, and it renewed a lot of old friendships. It led to the creation of this website and maybe the start of another project.


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