| John Macdonald served an enlistment in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He enrolled at the University of Nevada in 1955 where he earned a bachelor's degree in physics. Prior to retiring in 2010, he worked as a research physicist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, a telecommunications engineer, telecommunications products salesman, telecommunications systems consultant, and finally a microwave radio systems designer. At OLLI he has taught courses in physics, photography, Nevada history, and black holes. He has lectured on climate change and why we should consider nuclear energy as an interim solution to reducing greenhouse gases.
|| Gil Shaw is retired from military service, having served in both the Coast Guard and the Navy. His introduction to photography started in 1946 when he attended the Naval Correspondent School. This later became the Navy Journalist School, where he was assigned as an instructor in photography and journalism after returning from a tour in the Korean War. During his Coast Guard years, several of his assignments involved photography. Shaw is a past member of the National Press Photographers Association.