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Born: 

March 5, 1951, Washington, D.C.

 

Married:

Al Tupek

 

Education: 

Graduated: Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C.  June 1969

Graduated: Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., May 1973, major in architecture

 

Career:

Historic Preservation Officer and architect (1974 - 2006)

Office of Facilities Management, Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Hobbies:

Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Folk Music, Bridge, Graphic and Website Design

 

Interests:

Travel, Antarctica and Penguins

 

Member:

Explorers Club

Society of Woman Geographers

National Society of Arts and Letters

Antarctican Society

American Polar Society

World Folk Music Association

Focus Music

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church

Merrimack Community Recreation Association

Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club

 

 

   Karen's Professional Career

Architect, Historic Preservation Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs

1974 - 2006

Karen Ronne Tupek, an architectural graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, was the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Historic Preservation Officer, located within the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Facilities Management.  She retired in Spring of 2006.  She was responsible for all department wide Cultural Resource Management Programs, establishing departmental policy and implementing a nationwide program to preserve resources consisting of over 75 medical center historic districts, 28 single historic buildings, 31 archeological sites, and over 90 national cemeteries.  .

In her thirty-two year career with VA, Karen spent 25 years in the preservation office, learning preservation from the ground - up, before there were formal university programs.  Early on, she served on the interagency committee at the National Park Service to develop today's preservation design standards.  She also worked with medical facility design, handicapped accessibility issues, and state owned veterans nursing homes.  As the VA’s preservation advocate, she advised on preservation planning, design, and compliance review requirements in program and construction activities affecting historic properties.  Specifically, she had been closely involved in every aspect of the program in the facilities arena:  identifying, evaluating and nominating eligible VA properties to the National Register of Historic Places; suggesting specific design details on construction projects; contracting archeologists; writing and reviewing historic assessments; directing compliance with Section 106 and writing agreement documents; providing training on preservation requirements to field and central office personnel; lecturing on VA history and architecture, preservation design and cultural resource management; and writing VA-wide policy and guidance.

Karen designed the VA’s historic preservation website, as well as several historic and architectural exhibits, including the huge 40-panel exhibit that hung in the Pension Building's National Building Museum during the festivities celebrating VA's 50th anniversary in 1980, and more recently, a large section of the National Veterans Museum in New York about the history and architecture of VA's facilities.  Additionally, she served on the Task Force to design and create a new National Veterans Museum in downtown Washington.  Karen was invited to be on the task force at the National Institute of Building Sciences to write a new comprehensive section on Historic Preservation for their popular website, The Whole Building Design Guide.

Karen is the daughter and granddaughter of polar, especially Antarctic, explorers.  She was a member of her father's expedition to the high Arctic, very close to the North Pole, visiting historic sites important in exploration.  She traveled in February 1995 to the Antarctic to visit a historic base, constructed by her father, where her mother became the first woman to visit and over winter in the Antarctic on their private expedition.  Combining her profession with her heritage, she worked with the National Science Foundation to make his base an international historic site and to preserve it, and she contributed material to the site museum.  Karen was able to fulfill her dream to ski in the Antarctic.  She has returned five times and twice semi-circumnavigated the Antarctic continent.

In addition to numerous preservation organizations, Karen is a member of the National Society of Arts and Letters (for which she ran an architecture scholarship competition), the Antarctican Society, and the Society of Woman Geographers (for which she served on the Museum exhibit committee and made a set of 12 large posters depicting the society’s Gold Medal Winners, Special Achievement Award Winners, and Flag Carriers, for display at the last two Triennials).

Karen served on two community organization's boards in Bethesda, Maryland:  as a Vestry member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, she managed the fundraising, design, construction and sales of a new Columbarium (burial structure for cremated remains); and as a Board member of the Merrimack Community Recreation Association she planned and supervised the construction of a new community pool bathhouse and designed the new parking lot.

She is an avid skier, plays tennis and golf, and follows folk music (serves on the Board of Focus and assists with the World Folk Music Association) as well as entertains as a folksinger.  She continues her life-long interests in Antarctic affairs, lecturing about her parents, and is involved with expanding her vast collections of all things PENGUIN

Karen designs and maintains over a dozen websites for various organizations and several folksingers, including Grammy award winner Bill Danoff of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Afternoon Delight” fame, and the legendary world-renowned folk trio, The Limeliters.  Karen is married to Alan R. ("Al") Tupek, Chief Statistical Officer, Arbitron.  They have a son, Michael Ronne ("Mike") Tupek, born November 10, 1983, and a daughter, Jaclyn Jo ("Jackie") Tupek, born April 2, 1986. 

 

     Karen and Antarctica

Karen is the daughter and granddaughter of polar, especially Antarctic, explorers.  She was a member of her father's expedition to the high Arctic, very close to the North Pole, visiting historic sites important in exploration.  She traveled in February 1995 to the Antarctic to visit a historic base, constructed by her father, where her mother became the first woman to visit and overwinter in the Antarctic on their private expedition.  Combining her profession with her heritage, she worked with the National Science Foundation to make his base an international historic site and to preserve it, and she contributed material to the site museum.  Karen was able to fulfill her dream to ski in the Antarctic.  She had returned six  times and twice semi-circumnavigated the Antarctic continent.

Spitzbergen (Svalbard) and Bear Island, Arctic

M.S. Heimen 

(August 1962) with Finn and Jackie Ronne; Jahn Rønne; Ed, Kay and Harriet Sweeney; Ralph and Ann Becker; Fritz Ǿyen

Longyearbyen, Ny Ǻlesund, Barentsberg (Russian), Bear Island

 

Antarctic "Ice Cruise" and Falkland Islands

Abercrombie and Kent's M.S. Explorer 

(February - March 1995) with Jackie Ronne

Santiago, Ushuaia, Rothera, East Base, Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island, Prospect Point, Paradise Bay, Cuverville Island, Port Lockroy, Palmer Station, Deception Island, Aicho Islands, Elephant Island, Falkland Island, Port Stanley.

 

Antarctic Circumnavigation and New Zealand

Orient Lines' M.S. Marco Polo

(February 1996) with Al Tupek, Jackie Ronne

Punta Arenas, Half Moon Bay, Yankee Harbor, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay, Waterboat Point, Lemaire Channel. . . . Ross Ice Shelf, Cape Evans, McMurdo Sound, Cape Adair, Cape Hallett

New Zealand - Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Marlborough, Picton, Napier, Tauranga, Rotorua, Auckland

 

Antarctic Expedition and Falkland Islands

Orient Lines' M.S. Marco Polo

(December 1997 - January 1998) with Al, Michael and Jackie Tupek, Jackie Ronne

Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands, Deception Island, Half Moon Bay, Yankee Harbor, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay,  Waterboat Point, Lemaire Channel, Ushuaia

 

Antarctic Circumnavigation

Orient Lines' M.S. Marco Polo

(January 1999) with Jackie Ronne

Ushuaia, Half Moon Bay, Yankee Harbor, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay, Waterboat Point, Lemaire Channel . . . Ross Ice Shelf, Cape Evans, McMurdo Station, Bird Point, Terra Nova Base, Myddleton, New Zealand

 

Antarctic Expeditions (2)

Orient Lines' M.S. Marco Polo

(January 2000) with Jackie Ronne

Ushuaia, Deception Island, Half Moon Bay, Yankee Harbor, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay,  Waterboat Point, Lemaire Channel, Ushuaia

(February 2000) with Jackie Ronne

Ushuaia, Deception Island, Half Moon Bay, Yankee Harbor, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay,  Waterboat Point, Lemaire Channel, Ushuaia

 

 

Antarctic Dreams
(Karen Ronne, Mack Bailey)

Spa Creek Music ASCAP

 

At the bottom of the world, a land of white snow calls.

Its frozen landscape draws me there, as dusky sunset falls.

The warm pounding rain, Beats on my office window,

I sit and think about my dream, and know that I must go.

 

Chorus:

Antarctic Dreams, Antarctic Dreams,

Of nature's beauty, so serene.

So far away; I'm there today, 

In my Antarctic Dreams, in my Antarctic Dreams.

 

I dream of being there; in my heart, I am captured,

I'm part of this true solitude, I'm totally enraptured.

Penguins strutting on parade, whales explore their watery caves,

Among icebergs born from glaciers, gently carved by pounding waves.

 

Chorus

Bridge:

Crystal iceberg castles, cliffs of dazzling white,

Turquoise glows within the ice, reflected in the light.

 

The sun shines soft at midnight, casting warm peach glows,

Over whipped cream covered mountains, and passing icy floes.

Explorers' footprints left in snow, that time cannot erase,

I leave my routine life behind, as I dream about this place.

 

Chorus

In my Antarctic Dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©  2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 by Karen Ronne Tupek