Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa New Thoughts, Concepts Goal of This Retiree Retirement for some is a “slowing down.” Hut Ivor Watkins, 67, Tower Terrace, Marion, Is "busier than ever.” Watkins, former technical artist for Westinghouse Electric and Collins Radio companies, has just had the second edition of his "New Cedar Rapids Sketch Book” published, is involved as a paraprofessional in the Introduction to Liberal Arts program at Coe college, plays the piano, paints, and tries to keep abreast of world affairs. His life spans a dynamic era. When he was a small child, he watched a neighbor build a "contraption with boxes and knobs and coils and earphones.” That was a crude radio that sent Morse Code. Ile flew front New York to Philadelphia the first week of passenger service in a ten-passenger plane. Later, when he was working for Westinghouse and Collins, he drew the designs for the first jet engine for a navy airplane, then the first jet engine for the planes on aircraft carriers, and finally, tile Apollo space vehicle. Watkins is a native of Swansea in southern Wales, and his Greg Roper Greg Roper Earns Eagle Greg Roper, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Roper, 3918 Fourteenth avenue SE, will receive, the Eagle Scout award during a troop 12 court of honor Monday! at 7 p.m. at Calvin Sinclair United Presbyterian church. Roper joined troop 98 in 1970. He served as assistant senior patrol leader and hiked through the Yellow river forest. In 1971. he transferred to troop 12 and earned the remainder of his merit badges. A member of Order of the Arrow, he served as safety commissioner during city government day. He attended Camp Waubeek for three years. He is currently an instructor in troop 12. He will be a sophomore at Washington high school in the fall. On Wednesday he will leave to spend the remainder of the summer as an ambassador for the Experiment in International Living in Mexico City. vor Watkins interest in art began early. Wales is a beautiful country, he explains, and "since cameras were rare in the days when I was growing up, I enjoyed drawing and painting my homeland. In those days, you were expected to draw to be considered an artist.” His family was prominent in Swansea — his grandfather was once mayor of the town, and Watkins was educated in private schools, including the English boys’ school of the old tradition in Somersetshire, England. In Somersetshire, his dormmates included a prince from Burma, and boys from India, and Zululand (Africa). During the depression after World war I. the family lost their printing business, and began taking paying "guests” into their large home. Two of these were the consuls to Wales from France and America. When the depression continued, Watkins came with an older brother and sister to America. He worked in various insurance companies until 1940 when Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Philadelphia hired him as a technical artist. He came to Cedar Rapids to work for Collins in 1960 and retired two and a half years ago. Watkins has been in Coe's Introduction to Liberal Arts program for the last year, and will continue in the fall serving as a paraprofessional. The ILA program is distinctive at Coe, replacing the formerly required courses in freshman literature and composition. The course, which is the only required course for all entering freshmen, is interdisciplinary in scope — built around a single theme such as “The Nature of Man”. Students are required to read an abundance of material, write research papers, view films, and study in many fields including art, literature, history, science and sociology. The paraprofessionals — volunteers from the Coe student body and the community at large — read all the materials required of the .students, attend classes, and aid in leading discussions. All this is done without pay or college credit. In explaining his interest in the program, Watkins said, "We were among the few who had a car when I was a boy. We managed to go 45 miles per hour. I noted that when we reached the horizon another one appeared — further and wider. This always happens, you know, and this is how our thoughts of life should be. “And this is what the ILA program at Coe is all about. It widens our horizons. The students, the teacher and the paraprofessional.. .it helps us all to find new thoughts, new concepts and better values, always leading to the value of each individual. “In ILA,” he said, “we read and talk together and learn to listen to each other. We learn to collect our thoughts and express them freely to each other and to write about it all in an intelligent, organized manner. It is a real privilege for the paraprofessional to take part in this adventure.” Watkins has just had published the second edition of his "New Cedar Rapids Sketch Book”, which contains pencil drawings of . public buildings and churches in the Cedar Rapids area. The book, which sold 1.500 copies at its first printing ten years ago, is available through the Coe Bookstore, Sandford’s, Yankee Studio, Kieck’s Department store, and Lin House, Lagle’s and Eggers gift shops. Watkins and his wife, Elsie, have been married for 38 years. Their son, Dr. Kenneth Watkins, is a professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado; their daughter, Beverly Smith, lives in Hiawatha with her family and works at the Linn county courthouse. “People should be able to grow in their minds as far as they can grow',” Watkins said. 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