Gerald McLin was raised in
the farming community of Ashland, Illinois. Growing
up he spent much of his time working on his Uncle’s
farm and delivering newspapers throughout high school
to earn extra money. It was the early years of helping
on his uncle’s farm that he credits with teaching
him discipline and the value of hard work.
After high school, while working
three jobs, Gerald attended DeVry University in Chicago,
Illinois. Upon graduation from DeVry he joined Western
Electric as an Engineering Associate in St. Louis,
Missouri. While employed with Western Electric, Gerald
served overseas for 18 months with USASTRACOM, SIG-BDE-SIG
Security/Intelligence in Seoul, Korea. Upon returning
to the states he went back to work with Western Electric
in Atlanta, Georgia, later accepting the position
of Traffic Facilities Administrator in New Orleans
with South Central Bell. Overall he has spent thirty-five
years with the Bell System in various management positions
and since 1997 Gerald has served as Staff Support
Manager of the budget for the Atlantic Network Centers.
His career with the Bell System has taken him from
St. Louis, to New Orleans, Shreveport, Louisiana,
Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.
Today Gerald, and his wife
Rose, live and work near Lake Norman, just a few miles
outside of Charlotte, NC. Rose is teaching and administrating the GED program at the Community College in Mooresville, NC.
Their daughters Mandy and Stephanie each attended NC State University in Raleigh, NC and are now both married.
Mandy is a palates instructor and her husband Michael is a physicians assistant. They have blessed Gerald and Rose with a grandson and a granddaughter.
Stephanie lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Jared and is teaching while obtaining her Phd in Optometry at the University of Houston while Jared is a doctor of Optometry.
"Living in North Carolina
is sort of the best of both worlds for us" Gerald
said. "This way Rose and I can be closer to Mandy
and Stephanie at N.C. State, but still be close enough
to stay in touch with and visit all of our friends
in Atlanta...and besides we are just a phone call
away" he added.