Do You Know Rebecca Kary?

Rebecca was born in Chicago. Her father was a navy chaplain, so they moved around a bit, and she spent her childhood in Chicago, Virginia, and California. She left home right after high school to attend George Washington University in Washington DC. After a few years, she transferred to the University of Texas in Austin — her first time living in Texas.

Her education included Middle Eastern and Latin American studies, music, languages, and engineering. According to Rebecca, she has used everything she studied. After graduating from UT, she moved back to Washington DC and returned to George Washington University for a publications specialist certificate. Rebecca then began her first career, in editing and publishing.

Because so much of Rebecca’s work could be done over the internet, she got to a point where she could work from anywhere. She decided to move back to Texas, this time to San Antonio. She told her realtor “I want a neighborhood with sidewalks that go somewhere”. She found Lavaca, and it was just what she was looking for. She bought a home on Lavaca Street in December of 2003 and moved in the following month. She has since sold that house and is currently living on the north side of San Antonio. She owns property in Lavaca, however, and plans to move back here.

Rebecca continues to do some editorial and publishing work, but she has started a second career. In the past four years, she has been working in real estate. She started with an agent’s license, and this past year got a broker’s license, and is moving into commercial real estate.

Rebecca keeps busy outside of work. She is a member of the Herb Society and loves botanical things — with a special interest in tropical and subtropical fruits. She’s taken trips to pursue that interest — to South America, Central America and Sri Lanka.

She also loves music. Her mother — who Rebecca calls “the real musician in the family” — taught her to play the piano. One of Rebecca’s most prized possessions is her mother’s baby grand piano. Next on her to-do list is learning to play the accordion. She’s looking to buy a used one and is hoping to take lessons soon. Her favorite San Antonio event is the annual International Accordion Festival, which takes place every October in La Villita.

Rebecca enjoys seeing the world. She’s traveled throughout North America, Central America, South America, and Europe, and she’s visited the Middle East, South Asia, and New Zealand. One of her favorite trips was to Pakistan to ring in Year 2K, where she saw spectacular fireworks and spent much of the New Year’s celebration on a fishing boat. She found the people she met there to be very hospitable and welcoming.

Rebecca, we look forward to having you back in Lavaca and hope that happens soon!

Originally published November 30, 2011 in the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour update.

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