Tom Shirk

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Tom Shirk
Tom Shirk


Tom Shirk


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Poulsbo, WA USA
Spouse/Partner Kathleen Shirk (Hughes)
Occupation Retired
Children Ann Born 1971, David born 1975, Clare born 1977, Michael born 1979, Stephen born 1982
Military Service US Navy  

During my freshman year at K State I met my wife Kathleen while she was a freshman at St. Mary’s College. Unfortunately, for my college aspirations, I lacked funds and began working full time while taking night college classes. Kathleen and I married in the spring of 1970 following her graduation from Washburn University with at a B.E.d in Elem Ed. Though Kathleen was a teacher I found myself married into a family of nurses and became interested in pursuing that profession. Shortly after graduating from Stormont-Vail School of Nursing in 1974 I was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy Nurse Corps. My first duty station was Naval Regional Medical Center Long Beach. Next assignment was Naval Hospital Lemoore where I was selected for the Navy’s return to college program. In 1983 I completed a BSN degree at the KU Med Center campus. Other assignments took me to Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Millington Naval Hospital, USS Nimitz CVN 68, and Bremerton Naval Hospital. I deployed with the Marines on the USS Guadalcanal, LPH-7, for the MARG-1-86 Med Cruise and made a West Pac cruise in 1991 while serving on the USS Nimitz from 89 to 91. I retired from the US Navy in 1995 with the rank of Commander and later worked as a civilian at Naval Hospital Bremerton. I retired summer of 2015 after 13 years Federal service.

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