Who is Pearl?

  • Pearl (aka Roger William Koehler) was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
  • Mother Margaret, deceased, was a teacher.  Father Herbert, deceased, was a Lutheran minister.  One brother Dennis, deceased and one sister Karen, living in California.
  • Grew up and graduated from high school in Bloomer Wisconsin – class of ’70.
  • Served 4 years in the United States Air Force.  Was a passport agent for the Presidential Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base Maryland during the time of Watergate – a very interesting time to be in Washington DC.
  • Graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1979.
  • Worked as a consultant and independent IBM language programmer for about 17 years, ten of which were for my own sole proprietorship.
  • Worked the last 12+ years prior to retirement as a travelling consultant and software trainer for API Healthcare, which was eventually acquired by, and is now part of GE Healthcare.
  • Moved with his wife, Deborah, to New Mexico prior to retiring. They have made their new home in Rio Rancho – a northern suburb of Albuquerque.
  • Retired from GE Healthcare in 2017.
  • Primary activities in retirement including working out, woodworking projects and volunteering as a docent for the Albuquerque BioPark (Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden) and for Watermelon Ranch – a no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in Rio Rancho.  Also is a docent for the International Balloon Museum and sometimes crews for the hot air balloon – The Rising Star.
  • Roger has two sons, Robert and Paul, from his first marriage,

Where did the nickname Pearl come from?

  • The nickname is not widely known or used, but it was a favorite nickname of mine, known only to a few friends, and particularly by my high school basketball teammates. My favorite professional basketball player growing up was Earl “the Pearl” Monroe.

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