Noel Broadbent

Noel in Greenland 2005

Noel in Greenland 2005

I can’t believe I’m back…I have to admit high school was not really a highlight for me, being nerdy and all. But my life got much more challenging in college and has been rich and rewarding ever since. I got my B.A. in anthropology at San Diego State and excavated at the Presidio and in Old Town. I was supposed to spend a year in Spain through the California State International Program but that got changed to a year in Sweden instead because of political unrest in Spain. I went on to get my PhD in archaeology in Sweden and I was a professor there for many years, freezing my ass off the whole time. In 1990 I joined the Division of Polar Programs as a program officer at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. and spent seven years traveling to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitzbergen and Antarctica, (so I could keep freezing my ass off). I have been affiliated with the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian since 1997 and still work there, now as a research associate. I married Elaine Rouse in 1973 (a Hoover grad) and in 2012 became a grandfather. Our daughter, Rosanna, gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Nina. Rosanna and her husband Greg live and work in D.C. Elaine and I live in Bethesda, Maryland, and it has been a long cold winter here. You know, Coronado looks pretty nice these days… It will be great to see old friends and recall the Coronado we knew before the bridge was built.


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