Bo Batty

After graduation, it was off to Union College to study engineering.  And then to the Army.  I was commissioned in the Infantry and was soon leading a rifle platoon in the rice paddies somewhere between Saigon and the Cambodian border.  I was pretty badly injured and was evacuated to Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii.  When I returned to Ft. Benning, I was still recuperating and ended up with an atypical assignment for an Infantry Officer – working with the computerized tests and measurement systems used to evaluate students at the Infantry School.  I enjoyed the assignment and was learning a lot about computers, so I extended my commitment for a year and wound up ending my stint with the Army as a Captain.  This experience with computer systems analysis and design allowed me to gain employment with Honeywell Information Systems where I worked for 14 years, moving into middle management.  I left Honeywell to broaden my experience, working for a start-up and several smaller companies, but then went back to the  “big time”, finishing my career working for IBM for the last 13 years, retiring in 2013.

While at Ft. Benning, GA, part of my rehabilitation program was running, to rebuild my stamina from the long hospitalization.  I really took to it, and gradually built up my distance, and found that I enjoyed long runs.  I ran the Boston Marathon in ’79, ’80, and ’81.  I think it took a toll on my body, and I moved to more gentle pursuits.  I purchased a sail boat, a Pacific Seacraft 34, and spent many seasons cruising the local waters, and sailing up to Maine.

I still enjoy cooking, building on my summers cooking at the Adams House and the Barnacle restaurants.  My love of classical music has led me to subscribe to the Boston Symphony for the last 43 years.  I am President of the Board of Directors for the Boston Artists Ensemble, a chamber music group that plays concerts at Hamilton Hall in Salem.  I am the Webmaster for my church, and the Treasurer of the Isaac Munroe Foundation for Children, which provides grants to organizations that support children.

My first marriage didn’t last much past my initial deployment.  I met my current wife, and best friend, Joanne Ciaravella in 1980.  Not ones to rush into things, after 24 years of living together we were married in 2010, and have been blissfully happy ever since. 


Bo Batty
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