Dean and Wendy James
Why does WAC gift our speakers with a bottle of St. Francis wine? Dean James, a WAC member, has worked part-time in the tasting room at the winery for seven years and arranged for the wine to be donated.
Dean and his wife Wendy are native Californians. At age 12, Dean started caddying at Green Hills Country Club because it paid more than his paper route. It also opened the door to a golf scholarship at Brigham Young University. Although he ended up on both academic and social probation (you’ll have to ask him for the details!), he did graduate and went on to a career as golf pro at golf and country clubs from here to Monterey, ending with 25 years at the Oakmont Golf Club as pro and manager. Wendy opened the pro shop there and continued as the merchandiser and manager. Dean ended his golf career in 2010 at Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club.
While a student at Stanford in 1958, Wendy spent a year abroad, studying at the University of Madrid. She and her cousin then bought a car and went on an adventurous exploration of 14 countries. This love for travel led to a career as a flight attendant for Pan Am Airlines where she was on the first 707 flight over the North Pole.
Dean and Wendy met on a blind date in 1968 and married a year later, becoming a blended family with two 5-year olds and a 3-year old.
Dean golfs. Wendy plays tennis and is an avid supporter of Osher, where she has been a Board Member for over seven years and served as President of her HOA in Oakmont. Their neighbor Bob Kirk introduced them to WAC, which they believe provides in-depth historical background, with current and balanced information on international politics and cultures.
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