Career - 1940s
Career choices in the 1940s were overshadowed by World War II for both men and women. Emerging from the Great Depression's lack of employment, young men were confronted by the draft and the prospect of war on a worldwide scale. Carl was found "unfit for military service" with a 4F in error: the detected heart murmur was later found to be an echo effect, not a faulty valve. Nevertheless, Carl served the war effort in the USO in the Southern states, the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago, and the United States Maritime Service, Mississippi.
Ever since his UI college graduation, Carl sought to work in the Catholic community. His positive experience at the Newman Club was one of vital, personal support. In the USO, he became a liaison for the Catholic Church to WW II service men, providing social and religious support during wartime.
Carl was proud to wear his military uniform and of his rank as an officer, a USMS Lieutenant. Teaching English literature and history was a way of making sense of the war: He shared his love of poetry and historical analysis of the geopolitical conflicts. Sadly, the USMS base closed March 31, 1950, ending this unique position with another crossroads for Carl.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast was not only a beautiful area, but it derived culturally from the French Catholic influence of New Orleans. Carl was drawn to it for the culture, but also for the safe haven that he perceived it to be. He valued the simpler, non-materialistic way of life, the slower rhythms, and the acceptance of eccentricities. Carl enjoyed his time teaching the cadets, post-WW II.
Career - 1950s
Through the encouraging friendship of Bernardine Rice, Carl returned to San Antonio and first found employment at Lackland AFB, but soon left. In the summer of 1951, Carl had a “brainstorm,” and approached St. Mary’s University: He offered to be a recruiter for St. Mary’s and travel around the state, giving talks and meeting with high school administrators. Encouraged by his success in recruiting, Carl approached St. Mary’s University and Our Lady of the Lake College to work in their Guidance Counseling offices, drawing on his past experience at the Univ. of Chicago.
Carl was further persuaded to enroll in graduate school at OLL to obtain a master’s degree. Part of the course work was the study of educational testing and measurement. Carl then expanded his work with St. Mary's Univ. to include a standardized testing service for outlying school districts in Texas and Louisiana. Recruiting and testing meant many road trips away from home.
Career - 1960s
Carl received a Master's Degree in 1959. With his experience and new degree, he applied to the Jesuit's Santa Clara University, California, and was accepted as a Guidance Counselor and Professor to begin that fall. His nine-year tenure at Santa Clara Univ. was successful, and he found continued support among the religious community to cope with personal difficulties. Students and faculty admired his skill in professional counseling. But his home life became increasingly difficult; his drinking became a serious problem. Carl was frustrated that he could not counsel, or even parent, his own children who were now in high school or college. When all three children left home for good, Carl divorced and requested a transfer from the Jesuits. They sent him to Fu Jen Univ. in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1968.
Carl left his job after the conference in 1968, with a generous severance package. For over two years, he lost contact with family and friends while he traveled the world.