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Gordon and Reta Mae Tate both attended the University of Wyoming. Gordon graduated cum laude in 1933 after majoring in agronomy and agricultural economics, with minors in ag husbandry, English, public speaking, debate and journalism. According to Gordon, his greatest accomplishment was getting his roommate (Cliff Hansen) to return to school. Reta Mae earned a normal diploma from the University of Wyoming in 1928. She taught school until 1932 when she returned to college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1934. She retired after 28 years of teaching to spend more time with her hobbies and her volunteer work at the hospital, church, and Grange. Together, Gordon and Reta Mae raised four children who participated in various 4-H projects.