Janet Ausbrooks Baker

Married Number of Children 2  Grand Children  Great Grand Children 

Occupation/Career Description

Executive Assistant to General Manager at Raytheon-ELCAN Optical Technologies

Military Service (Branch/Date/Locations/The Good/The Bad)


Aerobics, Reading, Computers

Most significant thing in my life between 1965 and 1970

Met and married my husband. We dated for only 3 months Ė have been married for 36 years. It was truly love at first sight for both of us (and still is).

Best job I ever had (or place of residence) and why

I would say my current position is the best. It is full of challenges, creativity, and skill requirements that keep me on my toes.

Worst job I ever had (or place of residence) and what I learned from it

Touching up artwork and measuring circuits (under a microscope) for printed circuit boards. I learned that a desk job was not so bad Ė it beat looking through a microscope 12 hours a day.

Ready to retire Ė or more dragons to slay
(What will you do with your time in the next 10 years)

Iím not quite ready to retire yet. I enjoy my job and love the people I work with. Should that change, I would retire but I would still do something Ė volunteering or charitable work.

Best book(s) Iíve read since 1965

Kite Runner
Poisonwood Bible
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Good Earth

Favorite movie(s) Iíve watched since 1965

American Graffiti
Working Girl
You Got Mail
Shawshank Redemption

My most enjoyable trip/vacation

St. Kitts
Annual visits to Las Vegas

Most rewarding thing about the last 40 years

Being a wife and mother. Through my family, especially my children, I have known the proudest moments, the greatest happiness, and the deepest sadness of my life. My oldest son is deceased. My youngest son lives in Plano.

I also completed my degree (BS in Business and Human Relations) while married, raising a family, and working full time. Even though my days were filled with work and my nights and weekends consisted mainly of classes, homework, and/or school projects and presentations, my family always came first.

Three things I did that I never dreamed of doing in 1965

1. Leave Lubbock to live in Dallas
2. Work at the same company for 37 years
3. Battle cancer and win

Three things I havenít done but would like to (or will) do

1. Go on an Alaska Cruise
2. Vacation in Hawaii
3. Win a fortune in Las Vegas

Personality trait or quality I like most about myself

Sense of humor

Most important lesson I learned from my spouse/best friend

To find my own inner strength