Life Before, During The Early Years, And Outside of UWM
John L. Isbell

Department of Geoscience
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lake Superior, Canada, 2009
(L to R) Christine, Aaron, Rosalyn, and Belle.

The Isbells in Grafton,Wisconsin 2010
(L to R) Rosalyn, Christine, Aaron and John.

Aaron Isbell 2011, Senior Picture, Cedarburg H.S.

Christine Isbell, 2007, Senior Picture, Cedarburg H.S.

  Sand River, Ontario, Canada, 2006
(L to R) Aaron, Christine, John, Rosalyn, and Belle.

  Cayman Islands, British West Indies, 2008
(L to R) Aaron, Christine, Rosalyn and John.

John on the Summit of Mt. Isbell, Antarctica.

Mark Corse and John In Bodden Town, Grand Cayman Island, 2008.

Christine, Aaron, Belle and John in Cedarburg, WI (2000)

Harrington Beach, Wisconsin (2001)
(L to R) John, Aaron, Christine, Belle and Rosalyn.

Aaron and Christine in Jackson, Wyoming
with Rosie and Tim, 2000

Yo Dad! Check out this Pennsylvanian incised valley fill...Sweet!
Aaron Isbell, Dave Schaper, Christine Isbell, and Leeann Aitchinson
on a UWM field trip in Iowa (1999).

Aaron, Christine, and John in Cedarburg, 1996.
Maybe Dad won't find us in this cave! 
Christine Isbell, Leeann Aitchinson, and Aaron Isbell
 taking a break from a field trip at Wildcat Den, Iowa

Christine, John,  Aaron, and Rosalyn in Calgary, 1997.

Aaron and Christine, 1997

John near the Shackleton Glacier, 1995.

Rosalyn and Christine, looking for pumpkins in Cedarburg, 1992.

Hey, I want to go to Antarctica too!

Chrisinte(1.5 years old)  in Columbus. 1991

Rosalyn and Christine at Old Man's Cave, Hocking Hills, Ohio, 1991.

John, Christine, and Rosalyn, in Columbus (1990) Just after
John's Ph.D. Defense from the Ohio State University. 
While at Ohio State, John held a Shell Fellowship, a Presidential Fellowship, and received the Speiker Research Award twice. He received a Geological Society of America North Central Section award and a  Great Lakes SEPM (Society of Sedimentary Geology) award for best student presentations at regional conferences. He was also graduate student president while at OSU.

Rosalyn graduating from the Ohio State University
with a  4.0 GPA for her Masters Degree, 1988.
While in Ohio, Rosalyn was a Rehabilitation Counselor
 for Goodwill CORC, had a Research Assistantship in
Rehabilitation Counseling at OSU, and she was an
Adjunct Professor in OSU's  School of Social Work.

John and Rosalyn in Ireland, 1987

Rosalyn getting ready for the run for the Roses in Ohio Stadium (1985).

Rosalyn helping John with his  M.S. Thesis Research, Wyoming Hill (1982-83).
While at Northern Illinois University, John received the Goldich Award for his thesis  research.

En route to the Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica 1985
(L to R) Brenda Lord, John, and Larry Krissek of the Ohio State University in an LC-130.

John in the Wind River Mountains, Wyoming.
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) Field Camp  1981. 

CCIW Conference Championships at Augustana, 1980
John in the 1500 m run.  Teammate Brad Fryer follows in lane 1.
In 1980, John placed 7th at  the NCAA National Track Meet. Photo by Tony Hurd.

John and Rosalyn in central Illinois in 1980.

John at Augustana College.
Drawing by Shelly Voss 1979.

  Rosalyn and John at the 1979 NCAA  National Cross Country Meet.

John at the NCAA Regional Meet 1979, Davenport Iowa.

Go Augie! Fourth at Nationals (NCAA Cross Country 1979).
(L to R) Brad Fryer, Rob Jensen (Standing), Dave Wrath, Steve Pugsley,
Brian Elam, Tony Hurd, Coach Olsen, and John

John  with his Grandmother, Victoria Isbell.
At his sister's wedding, 1978.

John and Rob Jensen win the Viking  Invite (tie).
The two set the Credit Island 5 mile course record
en route to the win.
(L to R) Brad Fryer,  Dan Copper (Former NCAA 5000 m National Champ),  John, and Rob.  Photo by T. Hurd for the Cover of the Augustana Alumni Magazine.

 Spoon River College Cross Country record holder at 4 miles and 5 miles.
John was also all state in the Illinois NJCAA, a NJCAA national meet qualifyer and a USTAF Cross Country All American.

 Spoon River College Track  record holder in the 880, 1500 m, Mile, 2 Mile, 3 Mile, and 5000 m runs.
John was also an Illinois NJCAA 1500 m run State Champion and record holder; all state
 in the 880 yd run (indoor), mile run (indoor), 5000 m run; and a NJCAA  national meet
qualifyer in the mile (10th indoor) and 1500 m runs;

Freshman Cross Country and Mile Run Record Holder
Bradley University, Fall 1976 (Peoria Journal Star Photo)

2-Mile Relay State Title
John anchoring the Farmington Relay team to its second state record in 24 hours (Peoria Journal Star Photo).

John's Tribute to FEHS Coach Dave Giagnoni

(appeared in Canton Daily Ledger, 8-18-1976)

1975 Peroria Sectional Cross Country Champ
  Rival Brad Fryer finished just behind John. The two faced each other 6 times during the season; John finished the 1975 Cross Country season with 17 wins and 1 lose.  As a prep runner, John won 183 cross country and track races and set 110 Regional (Midwest), State, Sectional, District,  Conference, County, Meet, Course, and School Records while at Farmington High School.  He was a 4 time conference champion in Cross Country, an 8 time conference champion in Track, 2 time county champion in the Mile, 4 time county champion in the 2 Mile, a 2 Mile Relay State Champ, all state in the 880 yard run, 2 times all state in the mile run, an AAU State Champion in the Mile, an AAU Midwest Regional
Champion in the Mile, and an AAU Mile Run All American (7th, AAU Nationals) . Peoria Journal Star Photo. 

1976 IHSA 2 Mile Relay State Champs/State Record holders
(L to R) John, Brian Elam, Kenny Balagna, and Dave Johns.

Farmington High School Track Records.
Farmington All Time List.

John and his grandmother, Mary Umholtz ~1959.
Mapleton, Illinois.

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