R. Latham, Jr. was born in Gainesville,
Florida in July, 1945 with WWII still underway,
approximately ten months after Elizabeth (Betty)
Isaly Latham and Raymond Rockey Latham were
married in New Orleans, where he was stationed.
"I lived in Gainesville for about two
weeks, then moved back to New Orleans
for the remainder of the war and army service".
Following discharge from the army, the small
family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and
lived with Grandpa Latham who was a world
class builder, having been the prime contractor
on the OSU Stadium, the bridge over Lake Pontchartrain
(longest bridge in the world), and some of
the bridges that connect the Florida Keys.
"We lived in Florida until I was about
four years old. My Mother had a movie camera,
so my recollections of the times come from
movies taken at the time.
1949, we moved back to Upper Arlington on
Tremont Road. Anne was born and I was very
proud of her (still am). My parents were
divorced and Uncle Bud Isaly, moved in with
us. The Isaly family was close, Grandpa
used to stop by several times each week
after work, and we always got together on
Sunday's. By the time I was nine years old,
we had moved to a nice apartment on Northwest
Blvd, and I had a paper route. I remember
this well, as I continued to have one until
I was sixteen and could get a job. On Sundays,
I remember the papers were so heavy and
big, I had to pull my wagon several miles,
so I was very happy when my Mother (with
my sister, Anne) got up at 5:00AM and we
used the car to carry the papers instead.
During these years, I as heavily involved
with the choir at the church, and my Mother
made sure I was active in Cub Scouts and
baseball, and I loved working with my trains
and developed a love and talent for electronics.
Grandpa and I were very close, and he was
like a father to me. He called me 'Doc'.
Every Saturday (for years), we visited his
rental apartments and fixed things, or worked
around the house where I was responsible
for mowing the lawn, cleaning gutters, and
eradicating termites. We moved to a Suffolk
Road apartment when I was in the sixth grade
and I became interested in tennis and I
went to Culver for eight weeks in the Summer
of 1958. All of these contributed to my
development of self confidence and an understanding
on my part of who I was.
high school years continued to be a wonderful
environment in which to grow up. I got a
job at the Big Bear as a 'carry out' where
I continued to work part-time for years.
I was still active in the Boy Scouts, becoming
an Eagle Scout. At church, I worked on my
'Christian Leadership Award' starting in
the tenth grade by forming the 'Lighting
and Sound Crew' where we built a control
room for the Lincoln Road Chapel, and built
HO gage train sets for Franklin Village,
the county orphanage. Our youth minister,
Gabe Campbell, who later married Ginny and
me, used this group to help troubled young
boys find a place where they could excel
and develop self confidence. To this day,
that has been a theme of my life, as the
Boy Scout program does the same thing. I
also joined the Junior Achievement program
and was elected the president of my company
for three years. Clearly, my Mother exposed
me to men of character who influenced my
in the Summer of 1966, I worked for Lennox
Industries, for which I am grateful to my
Uncle Earl. Both Tom and Chuck Isaly also
worked there, so we became even closer friends.
Tom and I shared classes at the OSU business
school. Following graduation from OSU, I
worked for GE in Syracuse and went to Syracuse
University for Graduate school and was a
teacher for the grad school computer program.
I was on the GE Financial Management Program
(FMP), but worked in the computer area -
1970, while working for Celanese Corp. in
Charlotte, NC, (computer services group)
I met the love of my life, Ginny, and we
were married in NYC, where I was on assignment
managing the computers for an acquisition.
We later moved to Louisville, then to Connecticut
in 1975 just after my son, Tom,
was born. Five years later, Dan
was born. Both boys joined the Boy Scouts,
where I was the scoutmaster for twelve years,
and both boys went to Culver - Tom went
for seven years. We jointly built a huge
train set, and Tom, who was into skateboarding,
had a half pipe that we created with his
friends in our back yard -- the envy of
his friends at the time. Dan acquired a
similar love of computers & technology
while he was growing up that may be greater
the last thirty years we have been building
Systems Consultants, Inc., (CSC) where
we produce medical office software (EMR
and Appointments) and sell it nationally
with over 2400 installations at this time.
It is what I always wanted to do and Ginny
is my VP - we have
had a good time working together for all
of this time. Since 2003, I have been VP-Programs
for the Connecticut Yankee Council of the
Boy Scouts, serving over 24,000 youth in
Southern CT. I still firmly believe in the
program and am still active in the troop
that is sponsored by our church.
life has been blessed with two fine, successful,
young men, the most wonderful and understanding
wife who has allowed me to pursue the creation
of my company and a family foundation that
is second to none.