Robert Stratford

Find Robert Stratford’s display at the Downtown & Business branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 612 Smithfield Street.

“I was in graduate school and felt incomplete. I told my research advisor, ‘I need a girlfriend.’ He was a full-service advisor! He set me up with a lovely girl who turned out to be my wife.”

I was in graduate school and working hard and felt somewhat incomplete. I told my research advisor, “I need a girlfriend.” He was very kind. He was a full-service advisor! He set me up with a lovely girl who turned out to be my wife.

Her name is Margaret. I was about 23 years old when I met her. We’ll be celebrating our 32nd year of marriage on July 20th. We started our lovely life in California, and then I moved her out to Indiana in the dead of winter and raised three children. I’ve left to work at various jobs in other states, but we’re still married. I moved here to Pittsburgh two years ago. We’re looking forward to that day when we’ll be able to come back together again. She would say, “I think that God always meant for us to be together,” and I wasn’t so certain of that. But now I am. Margaret demonstrates God’s grace through her joy of life. She has a very short memory of failings and a long memory of good things.

Always Made New