A Wonderful 80th Birthday Party for Ron Downs
by Christine Hannah
On March 30, 2018, 2 dozen friends came to together to honor Ron Downs on his 80th birthday. Ron is best known for his tireless efforts in support of the Tennis Club at Napa Valley College. He and Dr. Rebecca Thompson, a local Clinical Psychologist, have taught tennis for decades at Napa Valley College.
I believe Ron is one of the luckiest gentleman I know. Last year, he was involved in a car accident and came away with only a scratch. And then this past Fall, Ron survived a natural disaster as well. Living on top of Mount Vedder was not an ideal place to be when the Napa/Sonoma fires broke out. Ron noticed embers floating over the ridge and within minutes, fires started on both sides of his home. Ron escaped with only a few of his belongings and drove down Redwood Road as his house burnt to the ground. His friends from the tennis club were there to console him, help out with housing and, of course, provide tennis balls.
I met Ron Downs back in the early 90’s. In 1995, with Ron’s coaching, I became the number one tennis player at Napa Valley College. After studying business and tennis at Napa Valley College, I vividly remember that Dr. Thompson, Ron Downs, and Dr. Jerry Somerville had a huge impact on my life. My performance on the tennis court and in Real Estate skyrocketed. Not only did I meet smart and interesting people on the tennis court, but also realized how much life and tennis had in common. The Napa Valley Tennis Association provided a great opportunity for exercise, making new friends, and learning that timing has to do with everything… not just in the game, but also in life. With a great combination like that, and great coaching from caring people like Ron, I realized that one can advance to any level in life, business, or sports.
Thank you again Ron and Happy Birthday! Not only are you one of the most unselfish and giving individuals in our community, but your friends are truly the lucky ones to have known you and called you Friend.
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Wonderful 80th Birthday Party for Ron Douw March 30,2018
We all came to together to honor Ron Douw’s birthday. He is a true legend.
He and Dr Rebecca Thompson, a local Clinical Psychologist are teaching tennis for decades at the Napa Valley College.
I think Ron is one of the luckiest Fellows I know. Lat year he was involved in a car accident he came away with a scratch.This year he survived so many events in his life. He lived on top of Mount Vedder when this year’s fire broke out. He woke up in time and got himself in safety before all his belongings and house burnt down to the ground.
His friends from the tennis court were there to help with housing and tennis balls.lol
Christine Hannah, at the time (1995) Number 1 tennis player at the Napa Valley College remembers. Dr Thompson, Ron Douws and Dr Jerry Sumerville had a huge impact on my life. After I studied business and tennis at the Napa Valley College my performance in skyrocketed.
Not only did I meet important people on the tennis court, i realized how much life and tennis have in common. Additionally finding new friends, leaning the integrity of the game but also how much timing has to do with everything. Just Golf, tennis is a mind game. If you are powerful, have integrity and focus, you can enhance into any level of life, business and sports.