The Kiwanis Club got to know two of its newest members at the meeting on Tuesday as Jan and Reed Tarwater spoke to the members about their background and interests. Both are natives of Tennessee who met at Maryville College. Jan graduated with a degree majoring in mathematics and mathematics education. Reed graduated with a degree in chemistry. After college they married and moved to West Lafayette where Reed studied medicinal chemistry at Purdue, receiving a PhD. Jan completed a Masters in Mathematics. Jan also taught in the Monticello school system while at Purdue.
Upon completion of their Purdue education they moved to Chicago, then to Birmingham Alabama, and then finally to Hancock County where Reed worked for Eli Lilly and Co. He retired from Lilly and was a consultant to another company for 8 years. Jan taught Mathematics at IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis.
They have been active members of Bradley United Methodist since moving to Greenfield. They are avid travelers having logged trips to all 50 states, most of the provinces of Canada, much of Europe, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. They are also avid antique car enthusiasts.
They reside in Greenfield and are parents of a son, who resides with his wife and daughter in North Carolina and a daughter, who resides with her husband in California.