Rowan and Barbara Hinds celebrate 50th anniversary

April 24, 2012

By Contributor

Rowan and Barbara Hinds

Apparently they were no fools to marry on April 1, 1962!

Rowan and Barbara met at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., in 1960. Rowan was in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, and upon graduation in 1962, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and they got married. Their honeymoon was a cross-country trip to Augusta, Ga., where he attended basic officer’s school at Fort Gordon.

After more schooling at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Rowan was sent to France, where Barb joined him a few months later. They spent one year in France followed by two years in Germany before returning to Corvallis, where Rowan obtained his master’s degree.

In 1967, they moved to Longview when Rowan took a position with Northern Pacific Railway Timberlands (now Plum Creek Timber), and Barbara concentrated on building their first home and raising their toddler with a second on the way.

In 1970, Rowan took a job with Weyerhaeuser Co. in Longview and in 1971 they transferred to Issaquah, where they started building their second home. And soon their third daughter was born.

They raised their three girls in Issaquah schools, where Barbara served as a dedicated volunteer for more than 21 years in classrooms and administration at Issaquah Valley and Clark elementary schools, Issaquah Junior High School and then Issaquah High School. Barbara was also a founding member of the church quilting club, leader for Camp Fire Girls for more than a decade and volunteer for numerous community activities along the way.

She returned to work full time in bookkeeping in 1987 while still managing children and the household. Rowan retired from Weyerhaeuser in 1996, and Barbara followed in 1999. They still live in the same home they built in Issaquah in 1972, and they are thrilled to have their grandchildren living next door. (They have three daughters, one son-in-law, one son-in-law-to-be and two grandchildren.)

Rowan and Barbara have been involved in the Issaquah community during their 41 years here. Rowan was appointed to the Issaquah City Council in 1979; he served 10 years before being elected mayor in 1989. Subsequently, he served as mayor of Issaquah from 1990-1997.

Rowan and Barbara continue to be active volunteers at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Issaquah History Museums, King County Library System, and many other community and civic organizations in and around Issaquah.

Rowan and Barbara also enjoy traveling the world in their retirement. They have toured every continent, including Antarctica, and have traveled not only by trains, planes and automobiles, but also by boats, camels and elephants! To celebrate their 50 years together, they are revisiting France, where they enjoyed much of their first year of married life.

The secret of their 50-year success seems to be mutual support of individual interests, while maintaining significant common goals and activities, with a little adventure mixed in. They truly know how to experience the world, and give back to their community.

Rowan and Barbara — congratulations on 50 years together and thank you for all you do for all of us!

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