Robert LaRue

I was born and raised in NJ--six miles from uptown Manhattan, and took my bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers College, qualifying me to spend two years in California working as a furniture mover. I came to Charlottesville in 1972 to pursue a graduate degree in English at UVA, where my chief accomplishment was winning the hand of the amazing woman I am still married to. After leaving school, I found myself working as a science librarian more years than I had bargained for, during which time I designed and built a small, passive-solar, energy-efficient house in Gilbert Station. In 1984, my wife received a law degree from UVA, and we ended up in Princeton NJ, where I took courses in math, physics, and engineering at Mercer County Community College, and teaching certification (K-8 all subjects, and 9-12 math and English) at Trenton State College. On returning to Charlottesville in 1992, we moved into a huge, decaying 19th-century farmhouse, which was desperately in need of--among other things--a bigger family. We adopted a boy from Korea, then were blessed again with a biological child—a girl. I took teaching jobs in middle-school English, math, and physical science in Augusta and Albemarle counties, but finally found, in 1998, the perfect job: teaching algebra at CWS. Throughout a restless life, I have taken up and set aside more interests and activities than are probably good for any one person. But now, the things I find myself still doing most are playing and listening to music, riding my motorcycles, traveling, reading, watching movies, going to plays at the ASC, searching out new restaurants with gluten-free menus, inventing new personalities for algebraic variables, playing with our dogs and cat, and fondly watching my children getting ready to leave home. I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.