My wife Ann and I retired to California in 2011 after living in Wisconsin for almost forty years. There I received a Ph.D in American Literature from Marquette University and went on to teach at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for thirty-one years. Ann and I raised our two children in River Falls: Kate, now lives in Oceanside with her husband Andrew. They are expecting their first child this August. Ben, our second born, resides in Denver with his wife Leah and new son Alistair.
So here I am starting a new career in real estate which might seem like an entirely different life than teaching American literature. But there is one major connection between the two. My success in teaching, chairing a thirty person English department, and twice being named “Arts and Humanities Teacher of the Year” demonstrate that I enjoy people and work well with them. I think of myself as a down to earth person, not some snooty egghead. As one of my students told me in a left-handed complimentary sort of way: “Dr. Mulvey, I like you because you don’t act like an intellectual.” Helping students to learn and helping buyers find their dream house in a friendly, caring way are equally rewarding paths.