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Dorothy Bye Higgins died on May 5. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran College when she was 19 years old, she taught in a one-room school with no running water in Seabeck, Wash. She then taught at a four-room school in Edgewood, Wash. After her marriage, Dorothy returned to teaching for 19 years at Geiger School in Tacoma. She received the Golden Acorn Award in 1970, was a member of the University of Puget Sound Women's League and a lifetime member of the Pacific Lutheran Auxiliary.

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Victor Knutzen died on July 9 at the age of 82 after a long illness. Vic was a former member of the alumni board, a retired vice president of The Boeing Company and a resident of Federal Way, Wash. He also had long-standing PLU connections: his uncle, Chris Knutzen, gave a generous donation to the construction of the University Center, and his daughter, Ingrid Gintz '70, is the Q Club president. Shortly before his death, he and his family made a $250,000 donation to a planned civic theater in Federal Way, significantly helping the funds toward the $380,000 needed for construction. Vic is survived by his wife, Margaret, and four children: John, James, Gerald and Ingrid.

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Inga Goplerud died on July 5 at age 86. Goplerud received degrees from PLC and the University of Oregon, then served as a teacher and librarian for 41 years. She started teaching in a one-room school in Silverton, Ore., and ended her career as a librarian for Seattle Public Schools. Inga is survived by her sister, Charlotte Goplerud of Woodland, Wash.


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Robert Rynning passed away in May. He attended high school at Pacific Lutheran.


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Rolv Schillios served as the Honorary Consul General to South Korea. He was given a plaque of appreciation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea that cited his "devoted service and outstanding contributions to the promotion of friendly relations between the peoples of the Republic of Korea and the USA," from May 1978 to April 1996. His retirement leaves him more time to spend with his grandchildren, and to serve on the Oregon Executive Board of Pacific Asia Travel Association, the World Affairs Council and the Travel Writer's Association. Rolv plans to join the Century Club, an organization of travelers who have been to more than 100 nations.


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Ernie John Perrault died of pneumonia on May 1. While at PLU, Ernie excelled in sports under the coaching of Marv Harshman '42. He served in the US Army Air Corps from 1940 to 1945 and spent most of World War II in Africa and Italy. Ernie married Alice Marree Bondelie in 1942 and they had five children. Alice died in 1978. Perrault was a teacher and athletic coach at McLane School, Jefferson Junior High and Garfield in Olympia, until his retirement. Ernie married Luella Christopher in 1979, and they enjoyed many activities and their grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, one son, two step-sons, two step-daughters, 22 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one brother (three brothers preceded him in death).


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Margaret Johnson recently hosted Etta (Claussen) Smithson '48 at the Kuriakos Senior Camp at Sylvan Lake in Alberta, and at the World Police/Fire Games opening ceremonies in Calgary, Alberta.


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Louise Tollfeldt died on June 24, after a very short illness, in Bedford, England. She taught school in England through the Air Force for many years, maintaining a home there and in Aberdeen, Wash. She is survived by her twin sister, Lois (Tollfeldt) Ewing '48, and brothers, Harvey '44 and Roy, who also attended PLC in the '40s.


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Don Christian is manager of the Lincoln Tree Farm for the Tacoma School District, where he has worked for 28 years. He was instrumental in developing the full-time program at the tree farm and he still teaches there part time. After 46 years of teaching, he is still going strong and enjoys every day of it.

Milton Hanson is enjoying good health and is volunteering as an ElderCare counselor for members and friends of members at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Littleton, Colo.

Dick Weathermon is enjoying considerable success as a landscape artist. He has paintings at six galleries in Alaska and several in the Puget Sound area. He is often asked to be one of the demonstrators for the art show at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup.


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Vernon Lestrud recently retired from Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio, where he was a professor of speech and theatre. He will be the interim director of performing arts for the 1997-98 school year.

Rev. Harold W. Ruddick has a freelance ministry to pre-teens and teens, as well as a ministry of the printed Word of God. He says it's exciting and unpredictable, and he feels privileged. The youth bring abundant newness to his life.

Jack D. Selfors is now a captain with the M.U. Northland-Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward, Alaska.


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Evangeline Rimbach retired June 30 after 33 years on the faculty of Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. In May she received the Rose of Dedication award from Sigma Alpha Iota, the national music fraternity for women. Evangeline moved to Spokane, Wash., in August.

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Faith Bueltmann Stern spent two months traveling in the summer of 1996, including hiking and paddling the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and hiking and camping in Utah's national parks. There she hiked to Mt. Whitney's summit to celebrate her birthday. Faith planned to hike in the Alps in the summer of 1997.

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Rev. Delvin Hutton retired after 33 years on the faculty of Dana College in Blair, Neb. He was a professor of Greek and religion. He also taught part-time at Midland Lutheran College, Wartburg Seminary, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

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Barbara Nelson Cheek was appointed director of the Alternative Learning Center at Pierce College in Puyallup in June 1996. She and her husband, Lee, live in Lakewood, Wash.

Jim "Jake" Jacobson died of stomach cancer at his home in Mount Vernon, Wash., on May 23. He was due to retire over the summer from two simultaneous careers that spanned 30 years. Jim worked full time at Thrifty Foods in Burlington and was also a full-time teacher at Mount Vernon High School, where he taught business law and economics, and served as director of school activities and finances. He was a constant presence at high school sporting events and student activities in addition to working seven days a week at the store. Marc Pearson, a friend and fellow teacher, said, "He touched a lot of people with tenderness and care, and he knew when to step on them if they were out of line and when to lighten up and help them. He cared for kids who were down and out." Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy, one daughter, and four sons.

Rev. Laverne E. Stough has been retired for four years and now works part-time as a pattern maker for Pre-Cast Stone, which services schools, colleges and churches. She also makes woodcrafts.


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Richard Foege was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award in June during the Colville High School Centennial Celebration in Colville Wash. After graduating from PLU he studied at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University and in 1964 he received a Bachelor of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary. Foege then studied at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, from 1964-1966. He has spent many years serving in the ministry in various positions and is currently the administrative pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. In addition to having several of his works published, Foege has also received many honors from the Lutheran church and as a volunteer. He was also recently honored by PLU with the Centennial Alumni recognition award. Richard and his wife, Mary, have two children.


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Peter C. Wang has served as the governor of Natividad Medical Foundation in Salinas, Calif., since 1992. He has also been a trustee of the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., since 1991, and a trustee and director of the Monterey Institute of International Studies of Monterey in Monterey, Calif., since 1994. Peter resides in Pebble Beach.

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Bob Zimmerman retired last June from the Issaquah School District in Issaquah, Wash., where he was an assistant principal and athletic director for 34 years. He started as a ninth grade history teacher and in 1968 he moved to Issaquah High School as the social studies department chair. When Liberty High School opened in 1977 he went there and stayed 15 years as an assistant principal, athletic director and activities coordinator. In 1992 he returned to Issaquah High School. Bob and his wife, Serita, who also attended PLU, live in Issaquah.

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Patricia (Larson) Nelson and her husband, David, live in Waverly, Iowa, where David is director of planned giving at Wartburg College.

Ruth Schaffler is a faculty member in the PLU School of Nursing. She recently completed a post-master's nurse practitioner program at PLU.


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Ruth (Danielson) Nielson was chosen by the Shoreline School District to receive the Shoreline School District Teacher of the Year award for 1997. She gives credit to PLU and its education department, especially retired professor Arnie Pedersen, who was the supervising professor for elementary education students.


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Gerald Fetz is a professor of German and chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures at the University of Montana, Missoula. He received the university's Distinguished Service to International Education Award and has also published a book, "Martin Walser" (Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart, 1997), which is written in German.

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Sandra Bauer was appointed in February by the California senate to be a public member of the state board of pharmacy. She appeared on the CBS Evening News on March 16, 1997, and was also featured in articles and editorials in the "Los Angeles Times."

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Linda Allen recorded the CD "Lay It Down: Images of the Sacred," her sixth recording. The CD's songs are based on a feminist Christian spirituality and provoke images through vocals and the harmony of instruments, including the guitar, piano, violin, mandolin and bass. Her songs sow a host of images, from wind blowing through cedar trees to Mary Magdalene at the tomb to a lone cellist on a deserted Sarajevo street corner. Linda says that although her spirituality has taken its own path, her years at PLU played a large role in shaping her passion for justice and her Christian identification, and several of her mentors are "PLU folks." Linda lives in Bellingham with her husband Scott Slaba, and their children Jen, Kristin and Nathaniel. Jen and Kristin add their voices to several of the CD's tracks. Linda may be contacted at lindaallen@memes.com, and her web site at http://www.memes.com/~lindaallen includes information on "Lay It Down," as well as her other works.


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Rick Nelson was recently awarded the Crystal Apple at Chinook Middle School in the Highline School District for outstanding contributions to the success of students at the school. He was presented the award by Derek VanDyke '96, a past recipient of the award.

This fall Richard Slatta published his fifth book, entitled "Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers," with University of Oklahoma Press.


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Julie (Taylor) Aageson was elected president of the Association of Lutheran Resource Centers at the groups inaugural meeting in Chicago. The centers represent all nine regions of the ELCA, and the 40-member association serves Lutheran and ecumenical constituencies throughout the church. Julie and Jim '70 live in Moorhead, Minn., where Julie is director of the Resource Center for the Eastern North Dakota Synod in Fargo, N.D., and Jim teaches New Testament courses and chairs the department of religion at Concordia College. They have three daughters: 21-year-old Erin is a junior at Luther College, 19-year-old Anne is a freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College, and 13-year-old Megan is a seventh grader.


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Roxie Barker died June 13. She was born on July 8, 1931, in Tacoma, and graduated from the PLU School of Nursing in 1972. She is survived by her husband, Bill Craig, and three children.

James Bjelde works as a flight attendant for United Airlines. He also owns and operates a mail order business for Vietnam veterans. Jim has shipped to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and eight foreign countries.

Steve Browder occupies the Charles A. Deppe Endowed Chair in Biology at Franklin College, in Franklin, Ind.

David and Flavia Carlson are the owners of Orcas Home Central, a new hardware store located in Eastsound Village on Orcas Island, Wash. Both of their children attend PLU: Trevin is a senior and Emily is a sophomore.

Frank L. Kelly died on April 11. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for the Washington State Department of Personnel and retired in December 1992 after 20 years of service. He then obtained his master's degree in sociology from PLU. Frank was an active member of Lakewood Presbyterian Church for over 27 years, serving a term as an elder. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, one son, and three daughters.


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Gladys Brake died on Feb. 19 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, of complications following a heart attack. She is survived by her husband, Jim, who lives in Peoples Retirement Community in Tacoma.

Linda Kittelson is manager of the dentist well-being programs for the American Dental Association in Chicago.

John T. Nilson, the minister of justice and attorney general of Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of two authors of a written argument to the Supreme Court in the much-publicized Quebec secession case. Nilson and Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow agree with the federal government that Quebec does not have the right to unilaterally secede either under Canadian constitutional law or international law. "Secession would require constitutional amendments which can only be made in accordance with the amending forumlae contained in the constitution," wrote Nilson in the brief. "As secession would be 'significant constitutional upheaval,' unilateral amendment by a province is not authorized by the constitution. John and his wife, Linda '74, have two daughters, Ingrid and Solveig. They live in Regina Lakeview, Saskatchewan.

Stan Olsen will serve a one-year call from the Lutheran Church in Liberia through the ELCA Department of Global Missions beginning Aug. 5. He will be in charge of the reconstruction work to parishes as described in the July issue of The Lutheran magazine. You can reach Stan at: c/o Lutheran Church in Liberia, P.O. Box 10 - 1046, 1000 Monrovia 10, Liberia. He hopes to have email by Halloween.


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Sarah Cooper began teaching at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wash., in September 1996 after moving from Idaho, where she lived for 21 years. She teaches in the nursing department after having been in nursing administration. Her husband, George, works at the Veterans Administration.

Kathy Keele lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works for BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary), the largest minerals, petroleum and steel company in Australia. Becky Franko '74 recently began working at BHP also, in the same building, one floor above Kathy. Small world!

Susan (Schwarz) Peck teaches a combined first-and-second-grade class at Our Lady of Fatima School in the Magnolia area of Seattle. She has two boys, 17-year-old Bobby and 14-year-old Andy. They live in Seattle.


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John Axelson and his wife, Mary Beth Keating, announce the birth of their first child, Mitch, in April 1996.

Molly Davis co-authored a book entitled "Letters to Our Daughters: Mother's Words of Love," with her best friend, Kristine Van Raden. It was published in April by Beyond Words Publishing. Molly can be reached at MDavis1012@AOL.com. Watch for a feature story on Molly's book in the Winter '98 issue of Pacific Lutheran Scene.

Helen Pohlig married Murray Cullon on April 19. Helen's family now includes Murray's 12-year-old son, Dustin, an avid basketball player and stand-up bass player. Murray is a computer technician for the Arizona Department of Transportation, and Helen has been self-employed for four years, teaching legal seminars for lay people in the purchasing field. She also authored a self-study workbook for the National Association of Purchasing Management, entitled "Purchasing and the Law." Since August 1995, Helen has served as executive director of the Arizona Hospice Organization. In addition, she maintains a private practice in therapeutic massage in Tempe, Ariz. The new family lives in Phoenix.

William Pope retired Jan. 1, 1996, and sends best regards to faculty Gary Minetti, Josephine Fletcher, Jane Williamson and Dick Jobst; they were great mentors.

Janet Tagge and Russell Ronneberg were married April 9 in Seattle. Janet is a school psychologist in the Oak Harbor School District and Russell is a housing manager for the US Navy.


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James Bash won first place in an essay competition sponsored by Cune Press of Seattle. The essay is entitled "Alleys - A Reminiscence," and was printed in an anthology of essays called "An Ear to the Ground," also published by Cune Press. James lives in Portland, Ore., where he works as technical writer at Sequent Computers, and writes for sforzando, a magazine devoted to classical music in the Northwest. Among his current projects are an essay about the time he unwittingly entertained two houseguests who happened to be Russian mafia. "You meet the darndest people by singing in community choirs," Bash observes.

Catherine (Lyda) Clover '76, '95 has worked as a public health nurse consultant for the Washington State Department of Health in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program since August 1996. She presented a thesis project at the Caring and Spirituality in Healthcare program in Gainesville, Fla., in February. Catherine and her husband Marc have two children, 12-year-old Marc Andrew and 9-year-old Alicia Rose. They live in Tacoma.

Vernell Doyle is promoting his father's book, "My War With Imperial Japan: Escape and Evasion," by ret. Maj. Vernon R. Hill. Vernell lives in Puyallup.

Linda Saarela was presented the 1997 Faculty Achievement Award at the Pierce College graduation ceremony on June 13. The award was presented by George A. Delaney, the president of Pierce College in Lakewood, Wash.


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After serving 11 years as a Lutheran pastor in congregations in Iowa and Colorado, Paul Olsen is now an interim pastor, serving several ELCA congregations throughout Colorado. He says it's the most fun he's had on the job in years.


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Caryl (Schaffter) Dowell was transferred to Fort Bragg, N.C., to become the chief of the nurse-midwifery service at Womack Army Medical Center. Any PLU friends in the Fayetteville, N.C., area are welcomed to look her up.

Roy Hammerling earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame in May. He and his wife, Peggy Ekberg '79, live in Fargo, N.D.

Wayne Lackman is the choir director at Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor, Wash. In April, he and 70 members of the Meistersingers choral group went to New York City for the New York International Youth Music Festival. They were one of only 14 choirs selected from around the world to participate in an international celebration of the spirit of music. They performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts before judges who put their pencils down to just sit and listen. The choir received two standing ovations from an audience made up mostly of other choirs; many were moved to tears. The choir also received one of only two gold awards that were presented for reaching the "highest form of excellence in their performance." The group also had the "unforgettable" opportunity to sing at St. Patrick's Cathedral.


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Lisa Flesher has been a firefighter for the city of Tacoma for the last 10 years. She drives Engine 13 in the Proctor District.

Colin Kibler-Melby and his wife, Janice, are moving to Berlin, Germany, for six years. There Janice will be the pastor at the American Church in Berlin, and Colin will design and maintain web pages. They have two children, 13-year-old Rachel and 11-year-old Cort. They can be reached at americhurchberlin@compuser ve.com.

Ole Kjorrefjord left McKinsey & Co. last fall after 15 years with the company. He was elected to director in 1995, but his desire to spend more time with his children before they were grown and his interest in leadership development spurred his decision to become an independent consultant in leadership development and work from his home. Ole and his family make their home in Sweden.

Peggy Paugh Leuzinger and her husband Steve announce the birth of their son, Ethan, on April 2. He joins his 5-year-old brother Trevor. Peggy and Steve live in Cottonwood, Minn., where they continue to serve as co-pastors of Christ Lutheran Church.


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Elsa (Carlstrom) Croonquist and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Mia Christina, born on Aug. 16, 1996. She joins 4-year-old Max and 15-year-old Taylor. Elsa is taking a sabbatical from public relations and community development. She is enjoying her family.

Joyce Ells completed an introduction to school nursing course in the fall of 1996, and works as a substitute nurse in the Puyallup School District. She is also the school nurse at Baker Middle School in the Tacoma School District. Joyce and her husband Clifford recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Her son Richard is 6-years-old.

Mark Lewis was appointed a senior vice president by the Securities Industry Automation Corporation of New York City, a subsidiary of the New York and American Stock Exchanges. SIAC provides systems support and other services to the Exchanges and NSCC. Mark joins SIAC after serving 20 years in the United States Air Force and obtaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.


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LeeAnne Campos performed with the Tacoma Opera in "La Boheme" last spring. She has won many singing honors: the Bel Canto Opera Foundation Award, a San Francisco Opera regional finalist, and the Metropolitan Opera Special Young Potential Award. LeeAnne also performed the role of Pamina in Tacoma Opera's production of "The Magic Flute," as well as roles in "The Mikado," "Manon Lescaut," "Aida," and "La Boehme," with the Chicago Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.

Steven Kagele practices pulmonology and is a critical care specialist in Roseburg, Ore., where he resides with his family. A new son, 7 months old, joins two other children.

Timothy Kramer was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in the department of music at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from PLU, Timothy received his Master of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study with composer Martin Redel in Germany. Before arriving at Trinity in 1991, Timothy taught at the University of Michigan, Indiana State University and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is also a composer-in-residence at Trinity, and has received several honors in his career, including two BMI composition awards, an ASCAP grant and music scholarship, the Holtkamp/AGO award for organ composition and first place honors at Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival competition. Timothy's compositions have been performed and recorded in the United States, Europe and Mexico.

Lisa Guenther Phillips and her husband Ralph Phillips, announce the birth of their daughter Madison Claire, on Jan. 22. She joins 6-year-old Grayson and 4-year-old Conner. They live in California.

Armen Shanafelt and his wife, Marie Claude, announce the birth of Alexandre on Feb. 11. She joins her 5-year-old sister Isabelle. They live in Connecticut.

Lynette Sprague-Falk joined Intel Corporation in Dupont, Wash., as the on-site associate information specialist in charge of the Employee Resource Center. Previously, she spent 14 years with the Department of Defense as a library technician, developing patient education resources at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma.


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Linda (Erickson) Hagge and her husband, Melvin, announce the birth of their daughter, Laurel Mikaela, on April 25. She joins her brother, Mark, 6-and-a-half years old.

Kristin Kaden and Richard Dreyer were married on March 15 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Beaverton, Ore. Kristin is an account manager, heading the public relations training for Microsoft at Waggener Edstrom, the West Coast's largest private public relations firm. Richard is an ophthalmologist at Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Ore., where they reside.

Keith Posehn earned his Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, in May. His doctoral project was titled "Getting Baby Busters to Church." Keith and his wife, Tracy, have three sons, 10-year-old Forrest (Frosty), 9-year-old Ryan, and 4-year-old Jesse.

Patrick Swenson and his wife, Honna, were married on Aug. 24, 1996. Patrick is a teacher and Honna is an optician. They edit and publish the award-winning small press science fiction and dark fantasy magazine called Talebones, established in 1995. They have a web site devoted solely to the magazine at http://www.nventure.com/talebones.

Jamie Vickrey married Svetlana on May 3 at Kent Lutheran Church, with pastor Ron Vignec officiating. Svetlana is from Odessa, Ukraine, where she taught piano and music theory at the University of Odessa. Jamie works for Alaska Airlines.


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Bracy Elton and Abigail Staley were married July 5. Bracy became the step-father to two daughters, 12-year-old Gloria and 15-year-old Lillary. They live in Lake Forest Park, Wash.


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Gregory Croasdill is chief of the electronic commerce division at Fry Multimedia, an industry-leading Internet development firm in Ann Arbor, Mich. He and his wife, Kara Heinrichs, have two children, 4-year-old Dylan and 2-year-old Margaux.

Jason Edwards '84,'89, a Puyallup junior high school teacher and mountain guide, attempted to summit Mt. Everest in May, but was forced to turn back because he couldn't see. Jason's eyes had swollen because of the altitude. That didn't damper his hero's welcome home, however. Watch for more details on the adventure in the Winter '98 issue of Pacific Lutheran Scene.

Following the merger of Puget Power and Washington Natural Gas, Donald Gaines was elected treasurer of the newly-formed company of Puget Sound Energy. He was previously the treasurer at Puget Power.

Michael Hopwood and Tamara Turk announce the birth of their son, Nicholas William Hopwood, on Dec. 26, 1996. He joins 3-year-old brother Matthew.

Rod Nubgaard was elected to the Executive Potential program, a highly competitive program that develops employees for high level managerial and executive positions. In April he was promoted to the chief budget and analysis branch. Rod has also coached youth soccer for three seasons.

Scott Ransom is the medical director of clinical resource management and clinical information systems at Detroit Medical Center in Michigan. He is also assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University's Hutzel Hospital. He received his MBA in May from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and published a book entitled, "Gynecology for the Primary Care Provider," with W.B. Saunders Publishers. Scott was also named a fellow with the American College of Physician Executives in May. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, 6-year-old Kelly, 2-year-old Christopher and 1-year-old Sarah.

Dr. Jane Schwabe completed her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and has joined the practice of Cardiac Surgery Associates in Kearney, Neb.

Judy (Leschensky) Whitley and her husband, Grant, announce the birth of twin boys, Michael and Stephen, born on Dec. 19, 1996. They join big sister Caitlin, born Oct. 29, 1994. Judy and Grant were married in 1993.


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Lars Eckhardt and Cecilie Aaseroed '86 live in Norway, where Lars is a managing director at Srkraft Trading ASA.

Doug Keller and Molly Knutson-Keller were ordained as ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on Feb. 16. The ordination of a married couple, occurring on the same day, was rare. Their clergymen fathers stood with Bishop Robert Miller of the church's Pacifica Synod in Yorba Linda, Calif., as they said their rites. Doug's ordination was at 3 p.m. at King's Lutheran Church in Oceanside Calif., and Molly's ordination was at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Encinitas, Calif. Doug and Molly became the fourth generation of pastors in their respective families. Molly made her decision to become a pastor in 1990 when she was a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, working with the homeless in Washington, D.C. Doug's road to becoming a pastor began at PLU with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He then worked as a probation officer in the Pierce County Juvenile Court system. After seven years he decided to go back to school and be a high school counselor, but after visiting the seminary where his dad attended and completing his reading of the entire Bible, he said, "my decision was sort of made for me." Doug serves at King of Kings Lutheran Church and Molly serves at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Elizabeth Anne Pulliam and William Bunker Weston III were married April 5 in Soquel, Calif. Elizabeth received a 1997 Gerald Loeb award, the highest honor for business journalists.

John Scheibe was recently promoted to vice-president of information systems for United Advertising Publications, publishers of Apartments For Rent magazine, and Harmon Homes and Harmon Autos magazines. He and his wife, Christina, and new son, Matthew Christopher, born Feb. 18, live in Plano, Texas.


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Ronald Cook left Matsushita (Panasonic) Semiconductor (formerly National and Fairchild Semiconductor), located in Puyallup, after 11 years of employment. He joined Investco Financial Corporation, a real estate development and management company located in Sumner, Wash., as a member of the senior management team. He will use his experience in manufacturing accounting to coordinate and consolidate financial operations for some of the building products manufacturing companies that Investco owns. Ron will also participate in discussions and negotiations for new acquisitions and developments. He lives in Spanaway.

Cyrus Joseph (Joe) Drew died on June 19. He was born in Washington on Feb. 16, 1964. He graduated from Bethel High School in Spanaway, Wash., and from PLU with a bachelor's degree in business. He completed his certification as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant in 1993. He was employed as a CPA at Langlow Tolles and Company in Tacoma.

Kiyotada Fujita teaches at Kinki University in Japan. In May he welcomed a group of 19 students from the University of Illinois, Kinki University's sister school. He taught the group two classes dealing with the differences of communication styles between Japanese and Americans.

Mark Haskins finished his tour of duty in Saudi Arabia in July and is currently at Air Command and Stall College in Montgomery, Ala.

Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly and her husband, Martin, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Lloyd on June 14.

Mark and Amy Hoffman moved to upstate New York with their children, 6-and-a-half year-old Claire and 4-year-old David, where Mark will do his family practice residency with the University of Rochester. After many years of working in youth ministry, Amy will enjoy staying home and being a full-time mom.

Dwayne Korthuis-Smith was among 45 new Washington State Patrol troopers commissioned last spring. After graduating from PLU, Dwayne completed Naval flight school in 1991 at Pensacola, Fla.

Alice Newkirk and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Malia, on Feb. 11.

Thomas Trinneer was promoted to director of network and systems development at AT&T Wireless Services in the wireless data division. He and his wife, Andrea, have one child, 1-year-old Jack.


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Erin (Kelley) Briar and her husband, David, announce the birth of their daughter, Kerstin Lynn, on May 15. Kerstin joins her 4-year-old brother David Paul and 18-month-old sister Rebekah Lynn.

Jolene (Charlston) Erickson and her husband, Dick, announce the birth of their son, Luke David, on July 6. Luke joins 5-year-old Rachel and 3-year-old Lauren.

Leanne Hanson and John Gallagher were married on May 25. Leanne retired from Microsoft and moved to Spokane, Wash., with her new husband and two daughters, Kristen, age 8, and Danielle, age 4. Leanne is going to be a stay-at-home mom and run her own business out of her home.

Richard D. Kunkle died Nov. 11, 1996. He was employed at PLU as public information director from 1963 through 1966. He remained active in PLU events until his death.

Dr. Barth Merrill served as chief resident in the Pensacola Naval Hospital family practice residency. He is now in Puerto Rico with his wife, Carmen, and daughters, Lisua and Paola, serving in the family practice department of the Roosevelt Roads Naval Hospital.

Lori (Hoff) Zboralski and her husband, Felix, announce the birth of their daughter, Kirin Irene, on May 29. Kirin joins her 6-year-old brother Ryan.


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Barbara Beneventa has moved to Portland, Ore., after teaching at a Lutheran elementary school in North Hollywood in southern California, for seven years. She now works at a Catholic school in Lake Oswego, Ore., and is glad to be back in the Northwest.

Scott and Kimberly (Kiekel) Benner and their two-year-old son, Brooks, live in Singapore. Scott is an associate in the law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, and Kimberly enjoys the rigors of full-time parenting. They are expecting a second child in December. Scott and Kimberly can be reached at benner@pacific.net.sg.

Julie (Wood) Bickford was named director of catering and convention services for Sunriver Resort in central Oregon, and her husband, Greg, was promoted to assistant general manager of both Red Lion Hotels in Bend, Ore.

Shannon and Christine (Newton) Bruil announce the birth of their son, Riley Michael, on March 10. He joins Brenna Marie, 2-and-a-half years old. Christine teaches first grade in Puyallup and Shannon is an administrator for Unisource Worldwide.

Jeff and Laurel Dickason announce the birth of their son, Daniel John, on Jan. 2. Laurel is in private practice in Olympia, after completing her OBGYN residency in Phoenix. Jeff is starting a new job as project manager for Financial Systems Products Co. in Seattle.

Carrie (Cowles) Dougan and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of Sara Ann on April 15. Carrie is an elementary teacher with Meridian School District, and her husband is a sales manager at Diehl Ford. They live in Bellingham, Wash.

Kim Fowler completed her Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from Washington State University-Tri Cities. Her thesis topic was "Mathematical Modeling of Contaminant Transport Compartments in Rivers." She works for Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Kim and her husband, Richard, live in Richland, Wash.

Holly Gunby has returned to school for a Master of Divinity. She attends Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., and enjoys the school, the sun, and being a student again.

Kathy Herzog married Kendall Tong on Sept. 6, in Tiburon, Calif. Kathy works as an inventory planner for Williams-Sonoma Inc. in San Francisco.

John McEachron is a Doctor of Chiropractic in private practice in Olympia.

Chris Olsen works as an account executive and production consultant for Bexel Corporation, an international television production and engineering services company. He lives on Mercer Island, Wash.

Annie (Stakkestad) Ryan and her husband, Mike, recently moved to New Jersey with their son, Jack. Mike is a pilot for an investment company and Annie teaches second grade.

Tim and Margy Schoenheit, with their children, 7-year-old Emily and 5-year-old Alex, moved to Scotland in June. Tim, who received a Master of International Business Studies degree, works in a European new product development group near Glasgow.

Debra Wilson works as a software engineer for Interactive Catalog Corporation in Seattle, an Internet company in the electronic commerce industry.


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Nancy Andrew and Bret Clark were married on June 26 in Anchorage, Alaska. Nancy is a reference librarian for the Anchorage Municipal Libraries and Bret is the manager of Bosco's Cards and Games.

Fred Brader and his wife, Shayne, announce the birth of twin sons, Cameron and Devan, on Feb. 27. They join 3-year-old Chase Matny.

Kristen Carter received her MBA from Washington State University in May. She was hired as a business account manager for GTE in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Jonathan and Nancy (Cratzenberg '88) Edmonds announce the birth of their second son, Brant David, on Jan. 22.

Joel French and his wife, Suzanne, announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Grace, on May 27. She joins her big sister Kaley. Joel has a new position in mergers and acquisitions with Superior Consultant Holdings Corporation in Southfield, Mich.

Stein Johnsgaard and Birthe Fennefoss '90 announce the birth of their son Mathea Fennefoss Johnsgaard on April 4.

Valerie Johnson works as a contractor for ARCO at the Kuparuk training department on the North Slope oil field in Alaska. She has two children, 3-year-old Henry and 1-year-old Howard.

Tracey Kop works at the University of Georgia as an assistant professor of aerospace studies, and Air Force ROTC.

Tim Parker and his wife, Tracey, announce the birth of Alexander on April 13.

Lori Rasmussen and Dan Nehls were married Aug. 9. They live in Tacoma where Lori is an ICU registered nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center and Dan is a neurosurgeon.

Suzanne (Catlin) Schumitz and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of their daughter, Lauren Ann, on April 8. She joins her 2-and-half-year-old brother Benjamin Eric. Suzanne stays home with the children, where she sells antique reproductions part-time. In January, Bob was promoted to major in the US Army.

Norm Trolson spent three weeks in New Zealand in March. The trip reminded him of what Puget Sound used to be like. In July, he ventured to South Africa on safari.

Rod and Tonya (Langford '90) Wishart announce the birth of their son, Jacob Lee, born on Sept. 29, 1996. Tonya is back at work part-time at Microsoft, and Rod is still the operations manager of Intec, a composite materials testing firm in Bothell.

Tamara (Johnson) Zanavich has taken a job as a research specialist at Service Intelligence in Seattle. The company specializes in service quality research.


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On May 17, the University of Southwestern Louisiana conferred a Ph.D. on Robert Lawrence Carney. He earned a doctorate in English with completion of the dissertation "God is a Carnivore and Other Odd Jobs."

John Hatley and his wife, Francine, announce the birth their son, David, in May. He joins 6-year-old John Jr. and 4-year-old James. John works at Ameriquest Mortgage Company as a branch coordinator and underwriter. They live in Lake Stevens, Wash.

Boyd Hehn is a PGY-3 resident in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. In July 1998 he will pursue a fellowship in critical care medicine at the National Institutes of Health Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Peter and Kristi (Kessinger '89) Isensee announce the birth of their daughter Alisha, Kaelyn, on April 16.

Kristin (Miller) Krueger and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of their son, Paul Robert, on May 14.

Pam Meyer and Douglas Johnson were married on July 14, in Kauai, HI. Pam is a manager at the Frank Russell Co. in Tacoma, and Douglas is an account executive at Entertainment Publications.

June Nau-Harrington has a son, Edward, in his third year at PLU. He loves every aspect, including football, classes, Bible study group and other campus activities.

Alison (Whitney) Shane and her husband, Kent, announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Whitney Shane, on May 20. Alison serves as interim pastor at First Lutheran Church in Chariton, Iowa, and at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Corydon, Iowa.

Emily Lewis Stelter and her husband, Kendall, announce the birth of Noah Robert on March 3, 1997. He joins 2-and-a-half-year-old Zachary.

Wesley Strauss is a corporate network engineer at the Rayonier Corporation. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Bridgeport, Conn.

Kevin Weberg and Gina Grass '91, '96, were married on May 24, at Creator Lutheran Church in Sumner, Wash. Gina completed her master's degree in health and fitness management at PLU in December 1996 and is a restaurant manager at Katie Downs in Tacoma. Kevin is nearly done with the course work for a master's in education administration from City University, and will complete his internship this school year. He works as an English teacher at Lakeridge Junior High in Sumner.


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Jennifer Adams Gochanour lives on Whidbey Island, Wash., and teaches Spanish at South Whidbey High School. Married in August 1995, her husband, Don Gochanour, also works on Whidbey Island.

Tyler Clements and Erin Brennan Clements announce the birth of their son, Griffin Brennan, on May 7. He joins his brother 2-year-old Jacob Guy.

Scott G. Hilderman graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1994 and was admitted to the Montana State Bar in December 1996. He serves in the 718th Military Intelligence Group in Bad Aibling, Germany, and will be reassigned to the Judge Advocate General Corp in October 1997.

Karen Lawrence works for Tumwater School District in Tumwater, Wash., as an early interventionalist for children ages birth to 3-years-old.

David Lechnyr lives in his hometown of Eugene, Ore. He works in the field of computers, specializing in Windows 95/NT and network administration. He holds the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer credential and is pursuing Novell certification.

Wendy Lee and Mark Cheung were married on July 2, at the Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii. Heidi Berger '91 and Michele McLaughlin '91 were in attendance. Wendy is an assistant real estate manager with John Burnham & Co., and Mark is an attorney with a firm in Irvine, Calif. The couple lives in Foothill Ranch, Calif.

Jennifer (Vawter) Teaford and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of their son, Austin Michael, on April 8.

Trevor and Lara (Rowland) Voecks announce the birth of their son, Connor, on April 17. He joins 4-year-old brother Austin.


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Jun Chea and Jeannie Hizar were married on May 17 at Seattle Central Baptist Church. Jun was promoted to assistant vice-president at Key Bank in April.

Jane (Greenwood) Hansen and her husband, Shane, announce the birth of their son, Thomas James on May 1. He joins his 3-year-old sister Hannah. Jane is a special education teacher at Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Lane Kadel and Candace Schierman were married on June 20 in Hawaii.

Shane Longmire and his wife, Tracy, announce the birth of Gabrielle Leigh Gobber Longmire on May 27.

Chuck McFarland and Michelle Mate were married on Jan. 25 in Portland, Ore. Their wedding was like a PLU reunion with many alumni attending, including 12 in the wedding party: Fiona Innes '92, maid of honor; Shawn Latendresse '92, best man; Rebecca Ortega Goslin '91, Kevin Ortega '90, Keith Haugen '90, Jim Kuhlman '90, Blake Belknap '92, Larissa Belknap '92, Craig Hooper '92, Erik Clark '92, Hannah Steve '91, and Christal Hillstead '91. Michelle is accounts manager at Aspen Benefits Group and Chuck is a key account representative at AT&T Wireless Services.

Scott and Birgit ('96) Miller announce the birth of their daughter, Helena Marie, on April 9. Scott graduated from the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course at Ft. Benning, Ga., on Feb. 26. He now attends the Special Forces qualification course at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.

Tim and Traci Mitchell live in Kent, Wash., where Tim is a staff accountant at Seattle Market Center and Traci is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.

Elizabeth Nierman and her husband, Tory Schmidt '92, live in Wenatchee, Wash., where Elizabeth is a physical therapist at Central Washington Hospital.

Laurinda Plank graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Science in gerontology on May 10.

Randall Redmond and Karma Boyer were married March 23. Karma also attended the University of Washington and is doing a physical therapy internship. Randall is employed by Digital Post and Graphics. Following a wedding trip to the Yucatan Peninsula and Cancun, Mexico, the couple are at home in Seattle.

Melinda (Wilson) Rumage and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their son, Sean Patrick, on June 20.

Jennifer Smith graduated June 1997 from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is moving to Billings, Mont., to do her residency in family medicine.

Cindy Specht lives in Grants Pass, Ore., where she is a working in youth ministry.

Borge Steinsvik was promoted to vice president and general manager of Fuels-At-Sea Inc. and Sunmar Shipping Inc. in March 1996. He lives on Alki Beach in West Seattle.


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Kristy Austin and Mike Love were married on Nov. 9, 1996. They live in Bellingham, Wash., where Kristy is an executive assistant to the vice-president of global telecommunications sales at Alpha Technologies. She is also taking engineering classes.

Jeff Beni was awarded $5,000 for innovative teaching from the Intel Corporation. He teaches math at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Wash.

Ross Bethel earned his M.D. and participated in the University of Washington School of Medicine Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and the Physician's Oath ceremony on June 7. He started a three-year family practice residency in Yakima, Wash., in July.

Bradley Chatfield works for The Boeing Company where he is a writer/editor in the internal communications department.

Heidi Worthen Gamble graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary on May 24. In July, she and her husband, Jason, were ordained as co-pastors at an Alaskan native congregation in Savoonga, Alaska. Heidi looks forward to learning Yupik songs and dances, and to living life on Alaska time.

Ed Grogan was elected president of the board for the Olympic Peninsula area of Lutheran Social Services. His duties include: leadership and direction of the board, oversight of the staff and area director, and general input and review of the budget. The Olympic area of LSS is a social service organization that offers counseling, respite care, support to seniors, youth advocacy and other essential services to five counties.

Sivhong Go and Gregory Hanson were married on July 19 at Cone Chapel at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Sivhong is an elementary school teacher and Gregory is a banker at Washington Federal Savings.

Melanie Herrett is at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., working on her doctorate in psychology.

Wynn and Debbie (Crane) Holmes make their home in Newberg, Ore., where Debbie is a seventh-grade teacher and Wynn is a graduate student.

David Kelly passed the Oregon State Bar exam in August 1996. He specializes in entertainment law and aspires to be a film producer. His wife, Jennifer, is finishing her master's degree in child counseling and psychology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore.

David Le Warne and Anne Fox were married Dec. 27, 1996, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Edmonds, Wash. David is a teacher at Mountlake Terrace High School and Anne teaches in the Mukilteo School District. The couple anticipated a trip to Italy over the summer. They make their home in Edmonds.

Anne Lindsay and Aaron Miller were married on Jan. 19, in a private ceremony at home while Aaron was on leave from the US Army. Ann works in home care with Catholic Community Services.

Julie Mahan and Jeff Cornfeld were married April 20 in Hollywood, Fla. Julie is a registered nurse and Jeff is a real estate investor.

Bryan McRae is employed by the CPA firm of KPMG Peat Marwick. He was promoted to supervising senior accountant in August 1996 and transferred to the firm's Knoxville, Tenn., office.

Mike and Suellen Neumeister were married in February. Mike is the new director of the Arlington Boys and Girls Club in Arlington, Wash.

Liisa and Jon '94 Peterson announce the birth of their first child, Shane Edward, born on May 23.

Shawn Simpson teaches language arts at Illahee Junior High School in Federal Way, Wash. She has also coached basketball and fastpitch for three years. Shawn will be coaching women's basketball at PLU this year for Mary Ann Kluge, who is on a one-year sabbatical.

Robin Stensel and David Lowe were married on Oct. 26, 1996, at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, Wash. Robin is a senior accountant with Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. and David is a senior engineer at Boeing. They reside in Renton, Wash.

Teresa Taylor received her second bachelor's degree in visual science and her Doctorate of Optometry in May in Chicago. She is a member of the Gold Key National Honor Society and began a residency position at NOVA Southeastern College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in July.

Cristopher Turner graduated from the University of Puget Sound with his Master of Education degree in counseling in May. His wife Michele '93 is a physical therapist at Green Mountain Rehabilitation, and they live in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Kelly Woyak was chosen as the Chamber Ambassador for the Puyallup Area Chamber of Commerce in May.

Justin Yax was hired as an assistant account executive at Elgin Syferd, a public relations firm in Seattle. He is working on several accounts, including Washington State Department of Transportation/Amtrak, DaVinci Gourmet Syrups and Red Lion Hotels.


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Todd and Heather (Lanphear) Alexander live in Milwaukie, Ore., where Heather is development marketing assistant with Mt. Hood Council of Camp Fire Boys and Girls in Gladstone, Ore. Todd works as a service supervisor for Temp Technologies in Clackamas, Ore. They both continue to serve as youth pastors for Beavercreek Baptist Church in Beaverton, Ore.

Jennifer Berger returned to her hometown near San Diego after coming back from her Fulbright year in Germany. She decided to postpone grad school and took a job with a start-up company as administrative assistant and investor relations representative.

Skyler Cobb is manager of Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters in Boise, Idaho.

Karen (Graham) and Brad '93 Dennis announce the birth of their son, Stephen Richard, born on May 2. Brad and Karen work for Microsoft, with Karen doing contract work from home.

Heidi Dippe and Jason Bleimeyer were married on March 8. They live in Phoenix.

Michael Fuller was named California Lutheran University's LINK president. LINK is the council that represents all university administrators at CLU. His wife, Erin (Koster) '95, has been offered a contract for her second year of teaching in Conejo Valley Unified School District. The couple resides in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Emil Gjester earned his MBA from the University of Cambridge, England, and moved with his wife, Jane, to Lake Oswego, Ore. He works in Portland, Ore., as an International Equity Analyst with Columbia Management Company's International Fund. Emil focuses on the emerging markets in Scandinavia and is preparing for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

Gail Greenwood and Dan Ayres were married on Jan. 11 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Gail works as a community relations specialist for the city of Tacoma and Dan is a biologist for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. They live in Montesano, Wash.

Jimmy Grierson will attend the University of Washington this fall. His wife, Linda, enjoys teaching seventh grade in Seattle, where the couple resides.

Hallie Klipper and Eric Anthony '95 were recently married and now live in Spokane, Wash. Hallie is a graduate student in environmental science at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Siw Karinen Maloney is an executive officer at the Norwegian School of Management, Career and Recruiting Services. Her husband, Matt, works for Dangerous Goods Management in Oslo, Norway.

Leona Nugen works at KIRO-TV in Seattle as a news reporter. She lives in Tacoma.

Ginnette Rabon announces the marriage of her daughter, Olivia, on Feb. 16. Ginnette teaches at Evergreen Elementary School.

Gina and Travis '91, '93 Remington have moved to Omaha, Neb., where Gina will attend Creighton Medical School and Travis will work as the assistant manager of accounting for the Visiting Nurse Association.

Jim Shapiro was hired as head football coach and director of alumni relations at King's High School in Shoreline, Wash., on July 1. He graduated from King's in 1990 and is excited to be working for an organization like Crista Ministries and King's Schools. Jim and his wife, Wendy, live in Bothel, Wash., with their 1-year-old daughter, Gracia.

Aaron Vance lives in San Diego and works as a marketing/circulation manager for Brawn of California.

Kristen Vold and David Jaudon were married on July 26 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Three of Kristen's bridesmaids were PLU graduates: Robyn Guntrip '95, Shelby Heimbach '95, and Anita Ronning '96. David is a fire claims representative with State Farm Insurance. The couple makes their home in Watervliet, N.Y.

Stephen White and his wife, Victoria, built their first home in Sherwood, Ore.


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Chris Egan was promoted to sports director and number one television sports anchor for KOBI / NBC TV in southern Oregon, located in Medford. His wife, Melanie (Phair) '95, just finished a successful year of teaching kindergarten. They celebrated their one year anniversary on July 13.

Barbara Lanning and Steven Pahre were married on June 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, Wash. Kaia Nelson '95 sang at the wedding. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica for two weeks. Barbara is a registered nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, on the ortho/surgery floor. Steve is the renal dialysis pharmacist specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. They can be reached at snipper@nwlink.com.

Scott Lester and Stephanie Page were married Aug. 5, 1995, in Bigfork, Mont. She is employed as a research scientist with Eden Bioscience and he is a technical writer at Leviton Telcom. They recently purchased their first home.

Theresa Lyso teaches sixth grade at Taejon Christian International School in Taejon, South Korea.

Krista Sickert and William Bush were married on June 7, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Wash., where 450 family and friends helped them celebrate. Krista is the director of youth ministry at Messiah Lutheran, and Bill works at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in the transportation and security department.

Brett Stevenson and Elizabeth Edwards were married on July 12. Brett is a buyer with The Boeing Company and Elizabeth attends Western Washington University.


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Jamie Anderson works as the education reporter at the Idaho Falls Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where she lives.

Eddie Espinosa and Amy Wigstrom were married on Aug. 16. Amy is a music and drama teacher at Elk Plain School of Choice in Spanaway, Wash. In March, Amy received a grant to produce a play with Elk Plain's fourth-grade students. Called "The Northwest Road: The Journey of Hurt and Healing," the play was researched, written and acted by the students (with help from playwright Lucas Smiraldo). It depicted several eras of Washington state history, such as the Japenese internment and women's suffrage, and was performed at the new Washington State History Museum.

Matt McPoland and his wife, Kristi, were married in February. They live in Los Gatos, Calif., where Matt is a senior accountant and controller for Suntrips, Inc., and Kristi works in sales at Shuz of Los Gatos.

Kristina Messler is in the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Amy Mustain is employed at Medalia in Federal Way, Wash.

Scott Nihei died on May 18 in an auto accident in Hawaii. He was returning home from the North Shore where he had been surfing.

Sarah Parker and Michael Lewis were married on May 24, in Bellevue, Wash. They both attend the Master of Science in physical therapy program at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

David Reed is a tax accountant at Darigold Inc. in Seattle.

Jennifer Riley is in the three-year screenwriting program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

John Schuck and Stacy Thompson were married on May 25. Stacy attends Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., earning her master's degree in archives and records management. She is interning at the Whatcom County Museum Archives and Photo Archives.

David Schwegel graduated in June from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif., with a BS in civil engineering through PLU's 3-2 Engineering Program. He works as an applications engineer for Intersection Development Corporation in Kent, Wash.


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Erin Hess began serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in September, after three months of intensive language and culture training in Latvia in Eastern Europe. She teaches high school students in the town of Madona, and hopes to organize an effort to provide shoes and beds for children in an orphanage as her community project. The winters are cold in Madona - located in eastern Latvia - and snow stays for a long time. Under these conditions, Erin may soon find herself skiing to work. Also while in Latvia, Erin has visited many of the churches that were ruined or converted to concert halls under the communist rule, and has been deeply moved by the restoration efforts in progress.


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Source: Pacific Lutheran Scene, Fall 1997
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