To help us compensate for the shortage of lawyers at T&S, Raymond Takashi Swenson has agreed to guest blog for a week or two. You may have picked up bits of his unusual biography from comments he has made here, including his birth in Japan to an American Latter-day Saint father who married Raymond’s Russian Orthodox Christian Japanese mother in between military service and mission.
Like his father, Raymond served in the US Air Force, with duties as varied as writing computer software for NORAD (drawing on his mathematics degree), to Judge Advocate General assignments from Maryland to Tokyo to San Francisco (using his law degree), to work with the Strategic Air Command in Omaha working on environmental impacts of nuclear weapon systems (drawing on his specialty degree in environmental law).
Following retirement from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, Raymond returned to Salt Lake City and practiced law for a time. For the past ten years he has assisted Bechtel in work on nuclear waste cleanup, currently living in Idaho.
He has served as a seminary teacher, high council member, gospel doctrine teacher, and in leadership positions from Omaha to Japan to California. Raymond and his wife Connie have three adult kids and nine grandchildren. He writes a personal blog addressing science, politics, law and religion, here.
Welcome, Raymond Takashi Swenson.