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Left Brain Civil Engineer Publishes Book about World War II

Background Information

I grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. While in grade school and high school, I participated in local Tamburitza groups, i.e. Croatian folk music groups. Instruments I played included the prim (similar to a mandolin), the accordion, and the bass. Since I was only a mediocre musician, I decided I better find a different career path! Because of my concern for the environment, I decided to become a civil engineer. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After graduation, I moved to Portland, Oregon. Today, I am President of a consulting civil engineering firm, Thomas/Wright, Inc. "Don't Call Me Rosie" is the first book that I have written. When I was young, I knew that my mother and two aunts were welders in the shipyard during World War II because my mother would occasionally talk about it. It wasn't until 1999 that I learned that she worked on the LSTs. Many people view that Civil Engineering and writing are mutually exclusive skills. And I like to tell people that I am definitely left brain. However, to be a successful Civil Engineer, one needs to be at least a good technical writer. My strong organizational and listening skills were invaluable in writing a book such as "Don't Call Me Rosie."

Birth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 
Additional Information

"Don't Call Me Rosie, the Women who Welded the LSTs and the Men Who Sailed on Them" is my first book. I enjoy interweaving the stories of women and men with historical events.

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Thomas/Wright, Inc.
7190 SW Fir Loop 
Tigard OR 97223   USA
Contact Author: Kathleen Thomas

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