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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard O'Hara  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Streator, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Rich O'Hara lived in Illinois from 1948 until he enlisted in the Air Force in 1971. His hometown is Streator, which is in LaSalle County. He graduated from Streator Township High School in 1966 as an honor student and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana for five glorious years, graduating with a B. S. in Psychology in 1971. After a brief sojourn in the Air Force, he attended graduate school in Madison, Wisconsin and then embarked on a 30-year career in the environmental field. He retired in 2010 and started writing books as a hobby, mostly histories about his home town.

Biographical and Professional Information

Following his graduation from the University of Illinois-Champaign, Rich enlisted as a Navigator with the KC-135 aerial refueling squadron in the US Air Force, 1971-1977. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 with a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. From 1980 to 2010 he made his career in the Environmental field, working in succession with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Waste Management, Inc. (Oak Brook), Sheaffer International (Glen Ellyn), & American Ecology in Boise, Idaho. He lives in Boise today, with his wife, Patti, an artist and actress of note.


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