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Old 08-30-2017, 07:39 PM
Location: Midwest transplant
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What an interesting thread~

Paternal Grandparents
Grandfather (b.1895) BS in Forestry/Engineering, 1917
Grandmother (b. 1896) BS in Home Economics, 1918

Maternal Grandparents
Grandfather (b. 1890) BSE in Engineering, 1912
Grandmother (b. 1889) BSN Nursing, 1912

Mother (b. 1917) BS Home Economics Education, Masters in Education
Father (b. 1919) BS Business Administration

Me (b.1954) BA & MEd.
Husband (b. 1956) BS & MBA

I come from a long line of college graduates~
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:06 PM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Paternal Grandparents
Grandfather MS in Education (Math) b1902
GrandMother BS in Education (English) b1908

Maternal Grandparents
Grandfather HS worked for Natural Gas Company as meter reader b1905
GrandMother HS, with a 1 year of what would be community college now, Telephone Operator. b1906

My Parents:
Dad BS & MS in Electrical Engineering, also a MBA, worked for Defense Contractor. b1933
Mom Community college in "Office Management" AA? Secretary / Office manager b1935

BS Computer Science - Systems programmer .

BS in Recreation studies . Office Manger - Asst to CEO of company.
BA in History, Secretary / Office manager
BS in Finance & MBA , HR Manager .

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Old 08-31-2017, 06:14 AM
Location: The analog world
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What an interesting thread starter! I'd never really thought about this topic before, but here's what I know:

My husband's family has a longer history of higher education than mine. Of my kids' eight great-grandparents, who were born during the years spanning 1897 to 1917, five of them graduated from either a college or university (three g-grandfathers and two g-grandmothers), and one of them (possibly two) had a graduate degree. Of my kids' four grandparents, three graduated from a university, and all three have graduate degrees. The fourth grandparent started university but did not finish. Both my husband and I earned degrees, and our two oldest children are currently completing university studies. Our third child is still in high school but also plans to continue his studies.

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Old 08-31-2017, 09:55 AM
Location: The point of no return, er, NorCal
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I'm not really sure. I assume junior high or high school for paternal and maternal grandparents. There's a long line of military on both sides. Most of the men enlisted by their 22nd birthday.

My mother earned an AA. My father never pursued higher-ed once he EAS'd from the Marine Corps. My stepmom earned a BS, IIRC. My parents never quite pushed higher-ed, though my father encouraged bible college, which isn't quite the same. It served a specific purpose within the larger ministry. I eventually earned a BA and enrolled in a graduate program. My sister is in her junior year of college.

My husband's grandparents didn't attend college. His maternal grandfather owned a landscaping business and his paternal grandfather was an electrician. Both served in the military (Navy). His parents were first generation college graduates. My husband dropped out of his engineering program at the end of his freshman year. His sister is a PhD candidate.
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:30 PM
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Father's Side:
Grandfather (b. 1908): some high school. His parents died when he was a child and he went to live with an older brother. He dropped out at 16 and joined the army (because that's what you did when you were living off of an older brother who already has a family of his own and can't afford another mouth to feed).
Grandmother (b. 1909): College. She came from a moderately upper-class family, who disowned her for 'marrying beneath her station'.

Mother's Side:
Grandfather: High school education.
Grandmother: College. Became a teacher (one of only two real career options) and taught for many years in a one-room school house in rural Iowa.
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Old 08-31-2017, 02:03 PM
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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Grandfather (b. circa 1905): BS Accounting from University of Rhode Island, 1956 or thereabouts. He was an Army veteran, so, GI Bill. Got it later in life after serving 25 years in the Army, was master sergeant in WWII and sergeant major in Korea.
Grandmother (b. circa 1910): not sure if she finished high school or not. I think so. No college.

Grandfather (b. 1908): High school. He was accepted to Texas A&M & would have majored in Agriculture. The summer before he was set to go, my great-grandfather (his father) had a stroke. My grandfather had to become head of household & run the farm.
Grandmother (b. 1913): BA in Music, Samford University in Alabama, 1933 or 34. At that time it was called Howard College.

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Old 08-31-2017, 05:33 PM
Location: Arizona
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My maternal and paternal grandmothers graduated from high school and I believe my paternal grandmother may have attended college. My paternal grandfather got his college degree and was a teacher. My maternal grandfather didn't finish high school.
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:42 AM
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Maternal grandmother: Born in 1923 in Poland, reached maybe 8th grade.
Maternal grandfather: Born in 1919, unsure where, but I do know he was Romani. I don't know if he got very far in school, or even if he went at all.
They emigrated to the U.S. before WWII and landed in Cleveland. My grandfather worked as an auto mechanic, and my grandmother managed a pizza place.

Paternal grandmother: Born in 1923 in West Virginia, reached 5th grade. She never worked outside the home.
Paternal grandfather: Born in 1923, also West Virginia. He graduated high school and served in the army.
Later, they moved to Cleveland, where my grandfather worked in the GM plant.
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Old 09-21-2017, 05:57 PM
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Maternal grandmother: Born in 1902. No idea what level of education but probably left school at 14 or 15. She never worked.
Maternal grandfather: Born in 1901. No idea what level of education but probably left school at 14 or 15 to become an apprentice. Became a business owner and died a millionaire.

Paternal grandmother: Born in 1887. No idea what level of education but probably left school at 14 or 15.
Paternal grandfather: Born in 1885. No idea what level of education but probably left school at 14 or 15. Joined the army in 1902. Left army and worked at the Post Office for the rest of his working life.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:43 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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grandfathers schooled till grade 6, then came home to farm. next gen finished HS, but not college)

Grandmothers both got 2 yr teaching certs and taught in country schools (as did ALL subsequent women)

They all did well.

I came along and signed up for college, but 6 weeks before entrance, I was tasked with fulltime elder care (for the subsequent 32 yrs) + job and buying a house at age 19 for my parents + paying off their bills ($100k+. (borrowed from family)

Not all works out as planned / desired.
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