Dr. May grew up on a farm in Western South Dakota during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Though by today’s standards, the family was poor but as his parents said, they never went hungry on a farm. Had he not had a bad case of hay fever, he might well still be on the old home place. But that circumstance encouraged him to strive for some other career. Near his home was a technical college called The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in which in enrolled in the 1950’s.
Graduating with Bachelors and Masters degrees, Dr. May and his growing family emigrated to California to attend Stanford University for his PhD which he received in the 1960’s. He stayed at the University working in a laboratory doing classified work for the U. S. Government. In the late 1960’s, the tensions of the Viet Nam War caused the leftists in the San Francisco Bay Area to “sit-in” the laboratory as well as other defense establishments. They eventually convinced the University to stop further classified work and so the laboratory was closed. Though Dr. May’s upbringing in SD was a precursor to conservative ideas, the experience at Stanford firmed his political feelings and he also began his writing practice to argue to the University against the laboratory closing.
Dr. May and seven others left Stanford to form a company to continue the work for the U. S. Government. The company grew, eventually “went public” on the Nasdaq market, and finally was sold to The Boeing Company. Since his retirement from Boeing, Dr. May has immersed himself in various charitable and Board of Director activities as well as honed his activities in economics, politics and writing.
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