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Evelyn Challman died on Sept. 12 in Silverdale, Wash. She was born Sept. 25, 1911, in Binford, N.D. She worked as a school teacher for four years before marrying Rodney Challman on Nov. 28, 1936, in Gig Harbor, Wash. Evelyn is survived by two sons, Don of Silverdale and John of Belfair, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1990.

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Jennie Lee Hansen, long-time supporter of PLU, died in September. Jennie and her husband, Arthur, were honored with a President's Medal in March, a commemoration of ardent support of PLU's missions and goals. For more than 20 years, Jennie and Arthur encouraged students through Q Club gifts, special challenge grants and a scholarship fund, and, most recently, served as role models in the Make a Lasting Difference Campaign, of which they were honorary co-chairs. Jennie is survived by her husband, Arthur.

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Romola Gallagher died of natural causes on June 28 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelton, Wash. She was born in 1916 to Olaf and Thora Rust in Seattle. She married Joseph Gallagher on June 26, 1942, in Everett, Wash. He preceded her in death. Romola taught in several school districts in Washington, including Snohomish, Everett, Seattle, Lake Washington, Edmonds, Cape Flattery, Southside and Pioneer. She enjoyed music, including playing the piano and singing, and was a member of many music clubs, church choirs and the Sons of Norway. Romola is survived by two sons, Ross and Bruce, both of Shelton, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Lowell Wohlhueter died on June 20 of cancer. He was at his home in Langley, Wash., with all of his family present. Lowell is survived by his wife Beverly, two daughters, two sons and 13 grandchildren.

Dr. D. Eugene Strandness received the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Washington Medical Alumni Association on Sept. 20. He was a key developer of a critical tool for the diagnosis and tracking of vascular disease (the ultrasonic duplex scanner). His research continues to contribute to the understanding and treatment of arterial and venous disorders. He developed the ultrasonic duplex scanner with Dr. Robert Rushmer of the UW Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Eugene has authored or co-authored 405 original articles, 164 book chapters, 14 books and 84 abstracts, primarily involving study of the natural history of vascular disorders. He serves on the editorial board of six major journals and is executive editor of two new journals on the subject of vascular disease. He helped found the Intersocietal Commission for Voluntary Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, which sets standards for accreditation of vascular laboratories nationwide. His numerous honors include the 1987 Merit Award from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from PLU in 1980; and the Albion O. Bernstein Award for outstanding research, presented in 1995 by the Medical Society of New York. After graduating from the UW School of Medicine in 1954, Eugene interned at Philadelphia General Hospital. He then returned to the UW to complete his residency in general surgery in 1962. In 1963 he joined the faculty of the department of surgery where he progressed to full professor in 1970. He served as head of the division of vascular surgery until July 1995.


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Luella Vig Hefty is the executive director of the Pierce County Nurses Association, a position she has held since her 1994 retirement from the PLU School of Nursing. At the 1995 convention of the Washington State Nurses Association, Luella received an award for her outstanding leadership and distinguished service among the registered nurses of Washington state.

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Rod Ellertson retired after serving 23 years as pastor of Highland Lutheran Church in La Center, Wash. After graduating from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1959, Rod and his family went to Africa, where he ministered for 11 years in Cameroon. Upon the family's return to the United States, Rod served at Sweet Home, Ore., before moving to La Center.

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Larry Eggan retired in 1995, but continued for two years, half-time, as graduate coordinator and instructor in applied computer science at Illinois State. He is now emeritus professor of mathematics and computer science, and is not teaching for the first time in 40 years. Larry became director of business operations, half-time, at St. John's Lutheran Church, where he and his wife have been members for more than 25 years. The church has 2,200 members and three pastors, while Larry supervises a lay staff of six full- time and two part-time employees. The Eggans are pleased that daughter, Emily, has enrolled at PLU after spending her first year at Illinois State.

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Walter Capps died Oct. 28 of an apparent heart attack. He was a longtime professor at UC Santa Barbara who became the first Democrat since World War II to win the congressional district encompassing much of California's central coast. Walter won the seat to represent Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties last November in one of the state's most closely watched elections. During the 1970s, Walter developed a course called "The Impact of the Vietnam War," bringing Vietnam veterans and former Vietnamese citizens to campus. He served more than 30 years as professor of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, wrote 14 books and was widely recognized as an expert on religion, conflict resolution and American democracy. He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughters, Laura and Lisa; and a son, Todd.

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Clare Ledum is pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Leisure World, in Seal Beach, Calif. His wife, Dorothy '59, teaches elementary school.

Leonard Ericksen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Religious Broadcasting Commission on Sept. 24. This honor has been given only four times in the past 20 years. He was recognized for his work as host of "Anchor," a public affairs talk show produced at KVOS-TV in Bellingham, Wash., which has aired continually since 1965, making it the longest running show of its kind in the nation. Leonard has been the anchor since 1967, one year after he became the pastor at Central Lutheran Church, also in Bellingham. He has interviewed prominent theologians including Billy Graham and Malcolm Muggeridge; numerous athletes including NBA head coach and former Seattle Sonics player Lenny Wilkins, NFL Hall of Famer Steve Largent and PLU football coach Frosty Westering; congressmen, bishops; community leaders; teen leaders; disabled athletes; and former gang members.


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Dallas Vaughan died on Aug. 24. He was born in Crystal, W.Va., on June 10, 1934. In addition to his bachelor's degree in education from PLU, he received a master's degree in education from Central Washington University and secondary principal and superintendent credentials from Washington State University and Central Washington University. Dallas is survived by his wife, Juana; a son, Christopher Diaz; a brother, Harloe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sandra Mason realized a dream-come-true with the November release of "Dulcie's Wish," a children's book she authored and illustrated. This past summer she illustrated a thriller novel, "Silent Rescue," published by Eastern Dakota Publications in Grand Forks, N.D. Sandra finds her inspiration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Heritage Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz., and local galleries in Grand Forks. She favors the Hudson River School (style of painting); "it's realistic and very soft," she says. Sandra won the best-of-show award last year in Grand Fork's Community Art Association show for her painting that was inspired by a visit to Big Sur, Calif. It is a skyscape with the eye of God, and the sun rays come down through the clouds. Sandra teaches painting classes for the Grand Forks Parks District.

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Marie Peters-Terry and her family have moved to Melbourne, Australia, after 12 years in Hong Kong, working at the University of Hong Kong and Jardine Matheson Ltd. Marie uses her education to promote charities. Marie's plans to retire on Orcas Island remain firm.

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Ruth Anderson, retired Air Force colonel, attended the nation's first memorial to women in the military in October at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. Four days of ceremonies celebrated the $21.5 million monument. Ruth is a charter member of the Women in Military Service Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit group, authorized in 1988 to erect the monument. The monument features an exhibition hall, theater and a computer database. It is also set up to include information about every woman who has served in the U.S. armed forces, which expects to list two million names. Washington state contributed $50,000 to the memorial and is one of 42 states that donated to a total of $899,734 toward construction.

Bill Blythe retired from working as a high school counselor in Tulare, Calif.. He and his wife, Katherine, are building their retirement home in Arkansas.

Linda (Grill) Peterson died in her Seattle home on Aug. 26. Linda was born Sept. 27, 1943, to Gerhard and Elsie (Wuerth) Grill in Centralia. After graduating from Centralia High School, she attended Centralia College, where she was on the award-winning debate team, before transferring to PLU. Linda was married to John Peterson for 25 years before his death in 1994. Survivors include her parents; two brothers, Jerry of Centralia and John of Salem, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.

Clifford Weimer serves half-time as the pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church while he continues in his position as a juvenile rehabilitation residential counselor for the state of Washington. Clifford has served at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church since January 1993. He was ordained in April 1997, following his graduation from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Thomas Carlson celebrated his 30th year at Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc. Tom was hired by Booz Allen Applied Research, Inc., a former subsidiary, as a member of the technical staff on Aug. 28, 1967. He was a consultant for 11 years, then joined Booz Allen's administrative staff, becoming a member of Booz Allen's corporate systems and technology department. Tom's current duties include enhancing, maintaining and providing internal client support for three computer applications in use at Booz Allen's U.S., European and Asian offices.

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Osmund (Ozzie) Kvithammer was named president and chief executive officer of NorthStar Bank, a community bank with two offices located in the Fremont and Ballard districts of Seattle.

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Connie Kravas received the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in October for her leadership, vision and inspiration in the growth and development of the WSU Foundation. This culminated in the highly successful Campaign WSU, the university's first comprehensive fund raising effort, which Connie led, generating more than $275 million for teaching, research and scholarships at WSU. In July she was promoted from associate vice president to vice president for University Advancement. She now oversees the WSU Foundation, the WSU Alumni Association and Advancement Services. After receiving her bachelor's at PLU, Connie went on to earn a master's degree from Indiana State University and completed her Ph.D. in education administration and supervision at WSU in 1974. Her awards include the Centennial Alumni Award from PLU, 1990; the "Outstanding Educator of the State of Washington" Professional Service Award of the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1982; and Grant Research Award, 1973, from the WSU chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, education honorary.

In August, Dave Dion was named general manager of the Yakima Sun Kings, a Continental Basketball Association team. He moved to Yakima in 1991 to take a management position at US West Communications and has spent the last three years as director of the Perry Technical Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation supporting scholarships for students at Perry Technical Institute. He was the first director of the foundation and raised more than $300,000 in donations in two years.

Doyle O'Dell retired this year after teaching 30 years in the Mercer Island School District. During his tenure at Mercer Island, he served as chairman of the math program of the middle school, helping it to become one of the top school districts in the state for math. He taught 50 percent of the students in that district. Doyle has now accepted a teaching position at a private Catholic school, where he'll focus on improving the school's math program.


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Claudia Steen and her husband, Chuck Fiola, hosted a medical technology class of 1968 reunion in August at their home and vineyard in Yakima, Wash. The guests were Karlene (Rutherford) Utter, Barbara (Rask) Troyer and Linda (Ehlert) Mihnos. The group, including their husbands, enjoyed a tasting tour of the bounteous Yakima valley wine region. They resolved to meet again before the year 2000.

Jerry Johnson is a retired colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He served 32 years and received the Meritorious Service Medal.

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Phil and Linda (Simundson '70) Petrasek live in North Dakota where Phil is developing a new Lutheran church and Linda is teaching in the Bismarck School District.

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Frank Kelly died on April 11 at the age of 69. He retired from City University in Seattle, where he was the director of personnel and a part-time instructor. He also served 24 years in the military, during which he received nine medals. Frank is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Steilacoom, Wash., three daughters, Avis of San Diego, Felecia of Irvine, Calif., and Livia of Memphis, Tenn.; and a son, Ethan, of Green Bay, Wis.

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Dennis Perry began working at New York Life Insurance Company on May 1. He is also working with a nonprofit board at his church to develop a 60-unit, assisted-living complex. In addition, he is a performing keyboard musician. Dennis and his wife, Meri, have two sons, Scott and Alex, who are active in the PTA at McAlder Elementary School, where Meri teaches.

Henry Bilderback has been director of the Grays Harbor Civic Choir since 1996. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Hoquiam, Wash.

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Daisy Stallworth died of cancer at her home in Graham, Wash., on Sept. 1. She was executive director of community and human services for Pierce County. She had worked in the private sector as a computer operator and then began her career in government as a planning aide for the city of Tacoma. Daisy then worked in the department of community development as a development specialist. At the county level, she was the manager of the community development block grant program in 1983. Three years later she was appointed director of the department of community and economic development for Pierce County, and in 1993, Pierce County Executive Doug Sutherland appointed her as executive director, making her one of four top executives in Pierce County government. Daisy was also an active member and leader in many community organizations, and PLU honored her during its centennial as one of its 100 outstanding graduates. Daisy is survived by her husband, Leroy; a son, Luke A. Stevenson Jr. of Portland; two daughters, Stephanie M. Caldwell of Tacoma and Sonja L. Stevenson of Oak Harbor; five grandchildren; her parents, Alfred and Mazola McKerson, Sr., of Ardmore, Okla.; two brothers, and a sister.

Jill Miller-Robinett and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of their daughter, Alyson Jill, on Aug. 13. She joins 3-year-old Andrew, and half-sister and half-brother, Tamara and James.

Lorraine Mulholland and her husband, Dan, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Ireland, and on Aug. 17, a gathering of 160 family and friends was hosted by their children at the Landmark Convention Center's Roof Garden. Lorraine works at Western State Hospital and Dan is retired from the Internal Revenue Service.


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Steve Chestnut was selected as the new superintendent of the 6,000-student Moses Lake School District in Moses Lake, Wash. Steve began his career in 1977 as a teacher in Cashmere, Wash., and he taught for two years at Bethesda Christian School in Wenatchee. At Grandview High School, he taught social studies, math, physical education and photography; coached; and taught adult-literacy computer classes. Steve earned his doctorate in education from Seattle University in 1989. He has a master's degree in education (curriculum and supervision) from Central Washington University and a master's degree in business administration from City University. He has also been involved in numerous community and professional organizations. He was named Dayton Kiwanian of the Year in 1996, and received the Washington Association of School Administrators Award of Merit in 1996. He expects to continue his community involvement in Moses Lake, particularly in youth sports. Steve and his wife, Kellie, have two children, Matthew, a ninth-grader, and Monica, a sixth-grader.

Marsha Burris is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Iola, Kan. She recently attended Career I School, a weeklong educational event at the organization's headquarters in Minneapolis. It is the first in a series of four professional schools designed for the career-development needs of Lutheran Brotherhood district representatives.

Marcia Foster Wohlwend and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their daughter, Larissa Maine, on April 3. She joins 7-year-old Huck.

Ted Hamann has accepted a call to pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Anaconda, Mont. He came from serving a Lutheran/Presbyterian yoke ministry in Winifred, Mont., and Roy, Mont., for six years. He is also the Montana Lutheran Youth Organization Board advisor. Ted's hobby is photography. He also collects antique cameras.


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Nancy Meader is the director of training at the United States Environmental Training Institute, a private, nonprofit group that promotes positive and viable environmental change in industrializing countries. The institute facilitates short-term, interactive training programs that build public-private partnerships and foster the application of appropriate environmental and management technologies.

Karen Crockett is the assistant laboratory supervisor for the city of Tacoma in the organics department of the environmental chemistry lab.

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Casey Applen and his wife, Terri, married in 1992 and have an adopted son, Sean, who is 16 years old. Casey is a marketing representative at KBZY Radio in Salem, Ore. He is also the webmaster for www.kbzy.com. Casey, Terri and Sean can be reached at www.kbzy.com/appln/casey.html.

Tom Hansen is the new associate regional director for Young Life in Western Washington. He provides training for the new area directors.

Donna Kahre was certified in August as a professional contract manager by the National Association of Contract Managers. She is a program manager at Taco Bell and is responsible for all packaging and promotional coordination with suppliers.

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Mitchell Sagers graduated from Medex Northwest's physician's assistant program at the University of Washington School of Medicine on Aug. 22. He received the Mary Reed Memorial Award for academic excellence. Mitch is a lieutenant paramedic with the University Place Fire Department in University Place, Wash. He and his wife, Caryl, live in Tacoma with their two children, 9-year-old Geoff and 6-year-old Alyssa.

Mike Kintner was named vice president and team manager of commercial lending at the Wenatchee office of Washington Trust Bank.

Kris (Kyllo) Walton is teaching high school biology and chemistry at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore.


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Charles Hoffman is the chief technology architect and builder at the CPA firm of Knight Vale & Gregory in Tacoma. In July he was named 1997's Innovative User of Technology by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants at its TECH '97 conference in Las Vegas. This award is given to CPAs who are helping businesses adapt to a changing technological environment and who best demonstrate the use of business solutions by applying information technology.

Kenneth Lund and his wife, Ellen, announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Marie, on April 12. She joins 2-year-old Tyler James.

Janet (Klindworth) Miller and her husband, Don, announce the birth of their son, Ethan Gabriel, on May 4. He joins 3-year-old Colman. Janet is considering a home-based business and home schooling, and Don is a physical therapist at Puyallup Valley Physical Therapy.

Kathy Johnson and Paul Schaller were married July 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Missoula, Mont. Kathy is an oncology certified registered nurse and Paul is a millwright and electrician. Among Kathy's family attending the wedding were five PLU alumni, three former PLU students and two current students.

Front Row: Penny (Johnson '68) Leake, 1995 Nursing Alumni of the Year; fifth from the left is Sean Bendickson, freshman; seventh from the left is Jerry Johnson '85; Second Row: Rich Leake '69; Wayne Johnson and fifth from the left, Dorothy Johnson, 1984 PLU Parents of the Year; 7th from the left is Sally (Johnson '73) Wallace; Third Row: center is Patty (Johnson) Stillwell, attended PLU '75-'77; Fourth Row: Jason Bendickson, PLU sophmore; Wendy (Johnson) Chamberlin attended PLU '72 through '73; Back Row: Jim Bendickson '69; Cindy (Johnson) Bendickson, attended PLU '68-'70; Kathy (Johnson '82) Schaller with the groom, Paul.

Mark and Mary (Zitzewitz '84) Hatlen announce the birth of their daughter, Kathryn Christine, on Jan. 20. She joins two sisters and one brother, 10-year-old Rachel, 6-year-old Kaaren and 3-year-old Michael. In January, Mark joined Apex PC Solutions as the corporate controller. Apex is a manufacturer of computer switches in Woodinville, Wash.

Maria Meyer and Rodney Mord were married July 12 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, in Lafayette, Calif. Maria is a cardiac rehabilitation nurse and Rodney is a project manager for Bostrom-Bergan Steel.

Nancy (Jaedicke) Haglund and her husband, Keith, announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Elizabeth, on July 11. She joins 8-year-old sister Amanda, and 11-year-old brother Justin. Nancy is a middle school teacher and Keith is an engineer.


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Mike Carlson was appointed long-term, acting supervising dispatcher with the Sacramento Police Department. His responsibilities include managing the in-service training and the reserve dispatch. Mike and his wife, Bethany, have three children, 8-year-old Christopher, 6-year-old Brianna and 1-year-old Lacey.

John Nokleberg joins Teledesic Corp., a global telecommunications satellite network based in Kirkland, Wash., as chief financial officer. John comes to Teledesic from Chase Securities, Inc., in New York, where he was a vice president in the global media and telecommunications group. Previously he was an associate director with BZW, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC in San Francisco.

Mike Larson was recently promoted to chief operating officer with the Harold A. Allen Co., a real estate firm in Lakewood, Wash. Mike worked with the Pierce County Board of Realtors before coming to the firm a few years ago.

Jeanne (Jackson) Enders graduated from the University of Chicago in December with a Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology. She and her husband, Albrecht, have two children, 7-year-old Katarina and 2-year-old Helena.


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Lisa Magee and Boyd Brown were married May 31 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash. Boyd is a senior manager at The Boeing Company.

Judi Schmidt and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of their daughter, Nicole Elizabeth, on May 18. She joins her 2 1/2-year-old sister, Alexandra Rose.

Douglas and Jeanine (Case '83) Rasmussen announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel Carl, on April 9. He joins two sisters, 7-year-old Anna and 4-year-old Krista.

David Mohr and his wife, Julie, are back home in the Northwest after living on the East Coast for 13 years. David works at Intel Corp. in Beaverton, Ore. The couple and their two boys are happy to be closer to their families.

Kathleen Knudsen has been named the new editor of Western Viking, Seattle's only Norwegian-American newspaper. She succeeds her father, Alf Knudsen, who had been editor and publisher of the paper since 1990.


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Phillip Bouterse completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of California - San Francisco in June and moved to Bremerton, Wash., where he works at the US Naval Hospital.

Ruth (Christianson) and Geoff Bullock ('87), announce the birth of identical twin girls, Martha Coddington and Emma Christopher, on March 30. They join 7-year-old Kathryn McKenzie, 4-year-old Anna Christianson and 2-year-old Benson Greeley. Ruth has resigned as counselor and clinic director to become a full-time mom. Geoff is a lobbyist.

Kevin Pribilsky is president of Bur-Bee Co., a food distribution company located in Walla Walla and Pasco, Wash. The company recently opened a branch in Spokane and expanded the Walla Walla headquarters.

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Frank Hewins was promoted to executive director of education for grades K-12 in the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma. He was formerly the principal at Franklin Pierce High School.

Paul and Laura (Whitworth '87) Berge announce the birth of their son, Michael Kristian, on Oct. 9. Michael joins his 2 1/2-year-old sister, Nicole.

Chris Amend and his wife, Kari, have moved from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Wichita, Kan., where Chris is once again flying the KC-135R tanker for the US Air Force. Chris was also recently promoted to major.

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John Carr opened a law practice in Lake Oswego, Ore. For the past three years he was associated with the Portland firm of Lachenmeier, Enloe and Rall, where he represented clients in state and federal courts. John is licensed to practice in all Oregon state and federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a leader in the Portland Organizing Project, a lay leader at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and a volunteer attorney with St. Andrew's Legal Clinic and the Outside-In Youth Center. John's practice will focus on advising Oregon businesses, estate planning, personal injury litigation and family law.

Barbie (Garrett) Tew and her husband, Larry, announce the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Jane, on May 17. She joins two brothers, 5-year-old Daniel and 3-year-old Nathan.

Sandra Henley and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of their daughter, Kate, on May 29.

D. Runnoe Connally and his wife, Ruth, announce the birth of their son, James Thomas, on June 9. He joins a brother, David. Runnoe is a technical lead architect for IBM Webmaster.

Eric Galarneau and Beth Utto announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Erica, on Sept. 26. Beth is an associate pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, Calif., and Eric graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in May with a Master of Divinity.

Ken Dickerson and his wife, Dianne, announce the birth of their daughter, Stephanie Jordyn, on July 28. She joins her sister, 3-year-old Carissa.


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Erik and Diane (Doerksen) Ogard announce the birth of their son, Matthew James, on April 18. Erik is a research analyst for Frank Russell Company, and Diane is a homemaker.

Dan Williams is a general practice attorney in Auburn. He and his wife, Shelly, have a 1-year-old son, Dylan Edgar.

Brenda Ray and Dana Scott were married May 31 in the Reed College chapel in Portland, Ore. Brenda is a fundraising assistant, and Dana is a freelance writer.

John and Gayle (Peterson '85) Arbaugh reside in Puyallup with their 7-year-old son, Thomas. Gayle works as an elementary music specialist for the Puyallup School District and John owns P.D.Q., Inc., General Construction Company, specializing in residential remodeling, additions and general home improvements.

Jeff Bell and Tina Bos were married July 5 in Taos, N.M. "After 10 years of begging, Tina, finally, in a moment of weakness, agreed to marry me." Jeff left Smith Barney in Portland, Ore., to move to Tulsa, Okla., to start his own business as a cigar wholesaler. Tina works at Williams Co. as an international internal auditor.


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Mary Ailes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in June. She works at the University of Nebraska at Kearney as an assistant professor in the history department.

Dana Hinman teaches Spanish and French and coaches the junior varsity volleyball team at Auburn Riverside High School in Auburn, Wash. This is her seventh year of teaching.

Kerry and Lisa (Blum '90) Swanson announce the birth of their son, Evan Kerry, on June 13. He joins his 3-year-old brother, Andrew.

Kevin and Sonja (Fossum '90) Dahl announce the adoption of Eric Matthew, born on Aug. 8. Kevin is a junior high teacher and coach in the Puyallup School District, and Sonja is a registered nurse in the obstetrics department at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Samson Msemembo recently retired from active church administration. He was the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) education director, the board chairman of the CCT Women Training Centre and an ELCT Deaf School board member from 1989 through 1994. From 1991 through 1993, Samson was a board member of the International School Moshi. He was also the board secretary to the ELCT Teachers College from 1991 through 1994, and from 1990 through 1994, he served on the Lutheran-Catholic Joint Education Board of Tanzania and was an ELCT Executive Council delegate. Svend John Ronning was the featured soloist with the PLU Symphony Orchestra in August. He performed Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto with the orchestra for the all-Mozart benefit concert for the PLU Music Scholarship Fund. Svend received his Doctor of Music degree from Yale University and is currently professor of music at the University of Virginia. He is also concertmaster of the Charlottesville, Va., Symphony and a member of the Rivanna String Quartet at the University of Virginia.

Eugene Reindel works for HMMH, an acoustical consulting firm near Boston.

Karen (Kempsky) White and her husband, Ron, announce the birth of their twins, Dane, a boy, and Tegan, a girl, on June 10. They join a 3-year-old brother, Cole. Karen is working at home as a meeting planner for the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

Darice Bales is the education coordinator at the Lake Washington Individual Progress Center in Redmond, Wash. The IPC is a day-treatment facility for seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents.

Keith and Marjorie (Britton '90) Sippola announce the birth of their son, Kaarl William, on Sept. 12. He joins 3-year-old Gunnar and 1 1/2-year-old Johanna.


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Knut Olson is a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood with the Kenneth Hartvigson Agency, a life insurance company in Seattle. He qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, which recognizes high-level client service and sales production. Twenty-four percent of the 1,300-member Lutheran Brotherhood field force qualified for the membership, compared with only six percent of life insurance agents who qualified worldwide.

Stacey Heller Weeks works in the television programming department of Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She and her husband, Kevin, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in August.

Lisa (Hakkinen) Hess and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their son, Jared Nathaniel, in July. Lisa is a homemaker and Scott is a casualty claims adjuster with Safeco Insurance.

Drew Bongfeldt is an audio visual technical specialist for the Chevron Corporation.

Bobby Holstein left Knight, Vale & Gregory to become CIO of Fuji Publishing Group, a five-year-old internet design and software integration firm in Tacoma.

Karen Waltar received a second bachelor's degree in speech and hearing sciences at the University of Washington in August. In September, she began a two-year master's program in speech-language pathology at Western Washington University.

Jerry and Lois (Johnson '91) Debner announce the birth of their son, Garrett Dietrich, on Sept. 1.

Mike and Joan (Hutchins '89) Friel announce the birth of their daughter, Megan Elise, on July 29. Mike is a systems analyst at FDSI Consulting and is currently employed at Howard Johnson and Co. Financial Services. Joan is taking a leave of absence from her job at Boeing as a computer programmer.

Robert Vogelsang moved from Portland, Ore., to Minneapolis to become an assistant vice president of the treasury management department at First Bank Systems. First Bank and US Bank merged in August, and the new company will be US Bank. Robert has worked for US Bank since 1992 and has been in the treasury management department since 1994. He also serves as the government relations officer for the Minnesota Treasury Management Association.

James and Krista (Stewart) McBride announce the birth of their daughter, Millicent, on Sept. 6. She joins 4-year-old Tyler and 2-year-old Nolan.

Erik Benson graduated with an MBA from Harvard University in June. Erik and his wife, Jenny (Moss '91), now live in Seattle, where Erik is the CEO of Mimix, a software startup company.

Jane Stewart and Kevin Bjork were married Oct. 4, in Minneapolis. Jane is a project manager for ATS, and Kevin is a project manager at Norwest Mortgage.


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Ken Kriese returned from Alaska, where he spent two months in a remote field camp in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta National Wildlife Refuge assisting in an ecological study of Emperor geese. He is now completing his master's degree in wildlife conservation at the University of Minnesota and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in California or Oregon.

Craig Cammock opened a general practice law firm specializing in real estate law in Mt. Vernon, Wash., after working several years for a superior court judge and as a Pierce County prosecuting attorney.

Erick and Cara (Cossairt '92) Swenson announce the birth of their son, Tristan Douglas, on July 28. Erick is a chef at the Pike Street Cafe in the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, and Cara is an elementary music teacher in the Federal Way School District.

Ray Wilson and his wife, Deborah, announce the birth of twin boys, Troy and Tyler, on March 26.

Mindy Belton and her husband, Allan, announce the birth of their daughter, Melanie "Lanie" Nicole, on Aug. 3.

Carol (Olson) Goodwin and her husband, Joseph, announce the birth of their daughter, Mariah Lynn, on March 21.

Martin and Kimberly (Ammon) Schaeferle announce the birth of their son, Gavin Martin, on Aug. 5. He joins 2-year-old Lauren Nicole. Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom, and Martin works at Application Developers Training Co. in Edina, Minn.

Scott and Julie (Vraspir) Sager announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel Douglas, on Aug. 20. Scott was promoted to manager of Western Montana at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in July. They moved into a new house on the same day their son was born.


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Lesley (Smith) Niemi and her husband, Rick, announce the birth of their son, Jonathan Frederick, on July 15. After four years as a junior high school choir teacher and an elementary music specialist with the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, Wash., Lesley took a position teaching music at Olalla Elementary School in the South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard, Wash.

Beth Erlander is attending the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colo., to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy and transpersonal counseling.

Traci Brammer and John Rauch were married March 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewiston, Idaho. Traci is a scientific aide and a student at the University of Idaho at Moscow, and John is a manager at Follett's Mountain Sports in Moscow.

Maria Parfit and Jonathan Pederson were married Aug. 30 in Maria's hometown of Novato, Calif. Maria and Jonathan are finishing their last year at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Jennifer Hallman and Derek Luhn were married April 19 at the United Methodist Church in Redmond, Wash. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. Jennifer works for Safeco Insurance in the corporate legal department, and Derek is a software test engineer with Microsoft.

Derek Floor and Robyn Pickett '93 were married Oct. 4 in Salem, Ore. Derek works at Supra Products, Inc., and Robyn is a registered nurse for Salem Hospital Home Care.

Susan Boeder and Bryan Soriano were married Oct. 3. Susan is an esthetician at Studio Donna in Everett, Wash., and Bryan is a self-employed contractor with Advanced Irrigation Co.

Elmer Olney and Melissa Carruthers were married Sept. 12. Elmer and Melissa work for Costco Wholesale corporate offices in Issaquah, Wash.

Steinar Bjornbet works at Orkla Medias Polska, a holding company for Polish newspaper investments. He manages the department of corporate development and is responsible for making the newspapers effective, profitable and ready for expansion. He and his wife, Galina, live in Warsaw, Poland.

Kate Rowe-Maloret was promoted to program director at a domestic violence/sexual assault center in Republic, Wash., where she has worked for two years as a therapist.

Jane Lin works as a graphic designer for Visio Corporation, a software company located in downtown Seattle. She is active at University Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir and working with the children's ministry. She lives in the Greenlake district.


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Lisa Rowland and Mark Gsellman were married July 5 at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Wash. Mark is a photographer and photo editor at Tony Stone Images in Seattle.

Steven and Elisa (Sullivan '89, '92) Hays announce the birth of their son, Zachary Taylor Hays, on Jan. 29, 1997. His middle name is in honor of their dearly loved friend Billy Taylor '90 who passed away Sept. 21, 1996. Elisa and Steve live in Puyallup where Steve is a computer technician at Good Samaritan Hospital. They welcome e-mail at steveh@wa.net.

Thomas Kaneko earned an MD degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine on June 7. He entered a residency training program in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., during the summer.

In June, Kari Kangas accepted a sales representative position in digital printing products at Xerox Finland in Helsinki.

Stacy (Bryan) and Rod ('90) Bigelow have recently taken new positions. Stacy is a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, and Rod is the director of finance and administration at the Tacoma Art Museum. Their daughter, Madison Kay, turned 1 on June 19. Rod is in the MBA program at PLU.

Cathy Corrie and David Warner were married Aug. 9 in Portland, Ore. Cathy received her master's degree in education from Portland State University last summer and is a science teacher at Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Ore. David is a telecommunications engineer.

Brian Arnot was named director of developmental teams for Eastside F.C., a Redmond, Wash.-based premier soccer club.

John Town was promoted to senior in the audit department of Bader Martin Ross & Smith, P.S., certified public accountants, where he has worked since July 1996.

Mary Ollas teaches earth science and biology at Shelton High School in Shelton, Wash. Her husband, Rod, owns Tinners, Inc., a mechanical and general commercial contracting firm.

Tricia Franks earned her master's in English in 1996 and her master's in teaching in 1997 at Oregon State University. She teaches language arts at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Ore.

Mitzi Hansen works at the Roost Lodge Resort in Vail, Colo.

Robert Gustafson and Cathleen Parknavy were married Aug. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Robert is a financial analyst at Microsoft, and Cathleen is a medical assistant in the Cardiac Study Center in Puyallup.

Leah Haney lives in Madison, N.J., and is a procurement analyst for American Express Company in New York City.


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Lahja Mbango and her husband, Evat Kandongo, announce the birth of their daughter, Ndapandula, on July 31. Ndapandula's name means "thank you." Lahja is chief reporter with the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation and was recently offered a position with the United Nations Development program in Namibia as a national researcher for the Ministry of Health and Social Services. Evat is a civil engineer.

Merianne Bigler received her master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Puget Sound in May. She is a physical therapist at Renton Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash.

Joel Ertsgaard and Sarah Gutzman were married May 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle. Joel works as a graphic designer at Seattle Pacific University, and Sarah is an occupational therapist at Providence Mount St. Vincent Nursing Center in West Seattle.

Pamela Hansen was promoted from accountant to fiscal management analyst at the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems on Sept. 1. She is responsible for the preparation of the department's comprehensive annual financial report. Pamela recently bought a home in Puyallup.

Erika Johnson and Richard George were married Sept. 7. Both Erika and Richard are practicing law in Portland, Ore.

Jodi Pfaender is the soccer events coordinator for Adidas America. She hosts and coordinates such events as the NCAA Final Four tournaments; World Cup, France; and Major League Soccer teams, including DC United, KC Wiz, and Columbus Crew.

Scott Johnson and Kim Bradford were married Aug. 17, 1996, at St. James Church in Vancouver, Wash. Scott is an attorney for the prosecutor's office in Kennewick, Wash., and Kim is a reporter at the Tri City Herald newspaper.

David and Jenifer (Olson '93) Jones work in the Washington, D.C., area. David sells brewing systems for J.V. Northwest, and Jenifer works for the Composite Fabricators Association.

Rob Church and his wife, Jana, were married May 24, in Tucson, Ariz. Rob is a forensic scientist for the Tucson Police Department, and Jana is a graduate student in pharmacy.

Brenda Heim and John Picha were married June 28 at All Saint's Catholic Church in Puyallup. Brenda is a teacher, and John is a track and football coach at Central Washington University. The couple honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Andrew and Nikki (Mathieu) Gray work at Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. Nikki is an admissions counselor and marketing assistant, and Andrew is a resident director and assistant football coach.

Lisa Chapman and Matthew Hill were married Aug. 9 on Whidbey Island at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland, Wash. Janelle (Smith) Bersch '94 was in the bridal party, Bryan Stelling '84 sang at the wedding and former campus pastor, Dan Erlander '62, gave a reading. Matt is a lieutenant in the Navy, and the couple lives near Tokyo, Japan.


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Jeff Olson and Amanda Hermsmeyer were married July 12 in Portland, Ore. Eric Wiederhold '95 was best man and Kelsey Johnson '95 was a bride's attendant. The couple went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for their honeymoon. Jeff works in the office of US Senator Patty Murray, and Amanda is a research director at the Matrix Marketing Group in Portland. Amanda received her master's of management (an MBA and MPA) from the Atkinson School of Business at Willamette University, Willamette, Ore., in May. They live in Vancouver, Wash.

Anne Schmidt is teaching physical education at Saint Andrew's Priory, a K-12th-grade private girls' school in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the 1997-1998 school year.

Krista Anderson is in the doctoral neuroscience program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She spent two weeks during the summer at a sea laboratory near Mobile, Ala,. to begin her neurobiology studies.

Heather (Snover) Boren and her husband, Brad, announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Leann, on Sept. 15.

Max Milton and Monica Day '96 were married July 20, 1996, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., with many PLU friends in attendance. Monica is a second lieutenant and registered nurse in the US Army. She works in the obstetrics and gynecology department at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Max is a law clerk for a busy law firm, and is also working on his master's degree in business management at Hawaii Pacific University. They moved to Honolulu in April, where Monica will be stationed for three-to-four years.

Kara Hecker and Michael Ditty were married June 28. Kara is a resident counselor for Columbia Center for Youth, and Michael is an account executive loan officer at Bank of America FSB in Clackamas, Ore.

Mark Henderson was named the head football coach at Vashon High School on Vashon Island, Wash., where he is teaching math and journalism. He and his wife, Christine, live on Vashon Island.

Scott Lester accepted the position of marketing coordinator at SCS Engineers in October. SCS is an environmental engineering firm in Bellevue, Wash.

Wesley Au and Johanna George '96 were married May 17 in Portland, Ore. Johanna is a tax associate with Coopers and Lybrand, LLP, and Wesley is a senior sales manager at Associated Credit Systems, LLC.

Lessley Skay has returned from Malawi, Africa, where she served in the US Peace Corps for the past two years. She taught mathematics in a village high school.

Eric and Rikka Stewart live in Mishawaka, Ind., where Eric is working on a Ph.D. in New Testament studies at Notre Dame University. Rikka is working in the insurance industry as an office manager.

Kristian and Erica (Dick '94) Erickson work for GE Financial Assurance in Richmond, Va. Kristian was promoted to a system consultant team leader, and Erica is a financial reporting accountant. She passed the CPA exam in May.


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Steve Leifsen and Kim Nadon were married May 3. Steve is a special education teacher at Pope Elementary School in Puyallup, and Kim is a customer advocate at Washington Consulting Services.

Andrew Low and Amy Ebert were married Aug. 2. Andrew works for Graham Fire and Rescue in Graham, Wash., and Amy is a teacher in Puyallup.

Asta Kvitne is teaching physical education at a university in Sogndal, Norway.

Pernille Johst is a site negotiator for Mobilix in Denmark.

Sheri Laverman and John Wick were married July 12 at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside, Wash. Sheri is a registered nurse at Porthaven Care Center in Portland, Ore., and John is a medical student at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

Andrew McClure and Kelly Oppelt '95 were married July 19 at Parkway Presbyterian Church in Parkland. Kelly is completing studies for a master's degree at City University and is employed as a special education teacher in the Eatonville School District. Andrew is a science teacher in the Federal Way School District.

Thomas Jones and Jennifer Dyer were married May 17. Thomas is a graduate student in Bozeman, Mont.

Andrew White and Stacy Johnson '97 were married Aug. 16 at Central Baptist Church in Tacoma. Andrew is a youth counselor for Tri-County Human Services, and Stacy works in sales at Walmart. The couple lives in Great Bend, Penn.

Martina Young and Charles Leonard were married July 18 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Martina is a math teacher at Sumner High School in Sumner, Wash., and Charles is a machinist at Apex Forge.

Kathi (Carlisle) Fountain works for Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., as a reference librarian and government publications coordinator. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's graduate school in library and information science.


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Kim Creighton is an assistant editor at Parenting Press, a publishing company for parenting books and children's literature in Seattle.

Silas Ross Bowman was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army by his father-in-law, lieutenant colonel ret. USAF, David Andrew. Silas is at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he is training to be a combat engineer. Following this training, he will be stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Scott Cushing is an account coordinator at Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft's public relations firm, in Bellevue, Wash.

Andrew Tomlinson and Stephanie Merle were married June 28 in Colville, Wash. Stephanie is a graduate student in speech communication at the University of Washington, and Andy is a staff accountant at Ernst & Young LLP in Seattle.

Sonja Gall has entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., as a student in the Master of Divinity program. She will be studying the Bible, pastoral care, ethics, church history, theology and ministry. The program also includes a one-year internship and a three-month period of intensive pastoral care in a field setting. The four-year degree is required for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Amanda Pickett is in the masters of social work program at the graduate school of social work at the University of Denver.


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