Updated Friday, October 31, 2014 as of 10:15 AM ET

Life Stories: Robert W. Baird's Laura Thurow Discusses Her Life

I grew up in Milwaukee. My mother was an emergency room nurse, and my father was a physicist by training and an engineer by trade. So when my brother and I were kids, if we asked how something worked, we not only got an explanation, we usually also got a demonstration. I think my desire to always know "why" and "what" came from that early experience.

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