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Henry Kiel died on May 22. He was born on March 31, 1899. He attended the two-room Alder Grove School through eighth grade before attending high schools in Ferndale, Bellingham and Pacific Lutheran Academy. He fished Alaska and the Puget Sound for 10 summers before attending Pacific Lutheran College and the University of Washington for his double bachelor's degrees in botany and zoology. His graduate work was done at the University of the Pacific, Western Washington University and Oregon State College. He taught biology at Roosevelt High School in Port Angeles from 1929 to 1964. He married Luette Enda Svinth in 1931 and they had four children, David, Mary Louise, Charles and Karsten. Luette died in 1958. Henry married Hazel Porter in 1960 and after their retirement they were hired by Crown Zellerbach to teach the children of plant managers in Chile, where they spent two years. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Louise Cowley; stepdaughters, Ruth Crapo and Mary Katherine Loyal; stepson, Seldon Porter; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


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Ruth (Jacobson) Hunnicut died on May 25. After her graduation from PLU, she taught school in McCleary and Silverdale before her marriage to Edwin Hunnicutt in 1939. She raised her family and then returned to teach in the Seattle Public Schools, retiring in 1972. Ruth and Edwin were married for 56 years at the time of his death in 1995. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Querna; son, David; and eight grandchildren. Ruth's daughter, Linda Howard, preceded her in death in 1993.


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PLU's first May queen, Kathryn (Kay Johnson) McClary, died on Feb. 6. Kay taught in Malone, Wash., and Puyallup, Wash., before marrying her husband, Cecil. They were long-time residents of Redmond, Wash., and were temporarily living in Charlotte, N. C., at the time of her death. Kay is survived by her husband, Cecil; her daughter, Dottie McClary McLeod, who attended PLU between 1966 and 1968; a son, Robert; and four grandchildren.


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Enid (Hutson) VanLeuven died on May 26. She was born in Billings, Mont., and grew up in Washington. She taught for 30 years before retiring 20 years ago. Enid is survived by her husband of 60 years, John; one of her identical twin daughters, Margaret Reyhner; and grandson, Marc Reyhner. Her twin daughter, Maria Love, preceded her in death a year ago.


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Stener Kvinsland died on March 30. He and his wife, Margaret '40, were married in 1941. His career as an educator and coach in the South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard, Wash., spanned four decades beginning during World War II. He coached basketball, track and football, and guided the boy's basketball teams to six league titles, and the track team to a third-place state finish. While he was head football coach, the Wolves captured six championships, and in 1943, 1946 and 1953 the team was undefeated. In the classroom, he taught science, social studies, math, health and physical education. He also served as boys counselor, attendance counselor, athletic director and vice principal, retiring in 1975. He is survived by his wife; sons, Stephen and Eric; daughter, Julie Poier; and eight grandchildren.

Nevella Lemagie and her husband, Richard, retired in 1973 and traveled over much of the world. They also had a boat they used to explore the Northwest waters from Puget Sound to Alaska for 18 years. They live in a home near Gig Harbor where they enjoy their garden and family that includes four grandchildren, three of whom serve in the Navy.


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Don and Marie (Johnson '36) Monson have recently become great-grandparents for the first time with the birth of Logan Daniel Grimm.

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Robert Krueger died in March. After graduating from PLU, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WW II. He had a career in restaurant equipment sales and established a manufacturing representative agency, Krueger and Associates. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mildred '45; two sons, Martin and Mike; daughter, Mary Jane Putt; and their families.


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Delores Randolph died in December. She taught for many years in the Franklin Pierce School District.


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Jeannette "Kookie" (Burzlaff) Koch died on April 27. She was a wife, mother, music teacher, minister of music, and entertainer. She was involved in her church and many volunteer community activites. Kookie was an active supporter of PLU, she was a past alumni board memeber, congregational representative at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham, Ore., and the current class representative for 1946. Her oldest son, Peter '73, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Wilbert '52, and son, Jeno.


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Wilbert Ericson traveled to Ireland in May to see the results of St. Patrick's mission. He is looking forward to his 50th class reunion in 1999.


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Louise (Buness) Madsen and her husband, Richard, have moved to Newberg, Ore., to be near their four children and seven grandchildren. They look forward to participating in activities offered at George Fox University.


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Robert Nistad died on March 20. He worked at Century Companies of America for 32 years as an agent, manager and regional vice president, winning many awards and achieving the designation of chartered life underwriter, retiring in 1988. Robert's community involvement included serving on the board of directors of Hearthstone Retirement Community, being a member of Kiwanis Club of Southcenter and being a PLU Q Club member. He was named PLU Alumnus of the Year in 1970. Robert is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters, Marjie and Kathie; a son-in-law, Wayne; and two grandsons.

Sig Sorenson died on March 21 in Port Angeles, Wash., of melanoma cancer. After graduating from PLU with a bachelor of science degree, he attended the University of Washington Dental School, where he received his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1956. Sig practiced dentistry in Port Angeles for 34 years, after serving as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 1992 and went on staff at the University of Washington Dental School in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, where he was asked to be an affiliate assistant professor. Sig and his wife, Laura (Sperstad) '51 lived in Port Angeles for most of their 43-year marriage. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Peninsula Golf Club, Puget Sound Continuing Dental Education Group and Xi Psi Phi dental fraternity. He is survived by his wife and their two daughters, Laurie Sorenson and Karen Ward. His brother, Robert Sorenson '58, preceded him in death on March 10.


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Hermina Meyer retired after 44 years as a medical technologist. After receiving her degree as a medical technologist from PLU, she was a missionary with the Evangelical Lutheran Church and in 1958 went to India where she stayed for 20 years. In India she worked in hospitals and traveled extensively as a member of the Christian Medical Examining Board, helping train students as medical technologists. For the past two decades, she has worked at Pathologist's Regional Laboratory in Lewiston, Idaho.


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Richard Nieman died on March 20. After graduating from PLU, he attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and earned a master of divinity degree in 1961. In 1989 he earned his doctorate of ministry degree from Northwest Theological Union in Seattle. Richard was a pastor from 1961 until his retirement in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Stella (Anderson) '57; daughters, Diane and Phyllis; son, Mark; three grandchildren; a brother, Robert V. Nieman '50; and a sister, Dorothy J. Anderson '46.

Barbara (Skjonsby) Fosso died on March 27. Barbara and her husband, Don '57, were married in 1957 and moved to Oak Harbor, Wash., where she taught elementary school. She also taught piano and was the church organist at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, where she was a member. Barbara belonged to the local, state and national music teachers associations, was an avid swimmer and received great joy from training and caring for her dogs. She is survived by her husband, Don; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Fosso, Steve and Kori Fosso, Dan and Tracey Fosso; and two grandchildren.

Jon Soine is a full-time real estate associate broker at Windermere Realty in Bellingham, Wash. He and his wife, June, have five children and 10 grandchildren. They take as much time as possible for fishing trips to Ross Lake and Chelan, Wash., and Canada, and are planning a trip to Alaska this year.

Walton "Wally" Berton retired after 37 years in parish ministry in Oregon, Washington and California. His last Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in San Pedro, Calif., was June 28. He and his wife, Carole Booth, are living in Long Beach, Calif., where Wally will do some substitute teaching and occasional interim ministries. They hope to have more time to visit their eight children and six grandchildren as well as do some more traveling.


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Robert Sorenson died on March 10. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from PLU, an MBA from the University of Washington in 1972 and a master's degree in applied behavioral science from Whitworth College in 1981. Robert began his career at General Electric, Hanford, in Richland, Wash., in 1959. In 1967 he joined Battelle, and became a member of its Exxon Nuclear Project Team. While there he was recognized as one of Battelle's Distinguished Senior Scientists, responsible for planning research programs and organizing teams to carry them out. In 1987 he moved his family to Vienna, Austria, for three years to work for the International Atomic Energy Agency as a senior safeguards analyst. For the past five years he was the senior program manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the International Safeguards Program. Robert was recognized by his professional peers in 1986 when he was elected a fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, a professional society; only about one percent of members have received this distinction and honor. Robert was a competitive runner, and he coached a Miss America softball team. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Lisa Harrow, Kristi Sorenson Zollars, Karis Skrivan; and six grandchildren. Robert's brother, Sig Sorenson '56, died on March 21.

David Wake, University of California, Berkeley, is a new member of the National Academy of Science.


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Hildred (Hansen) Dungan earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., in May.

Gerald Erickson died on May 23. After graduating from PLU, he attended Luther Seminary where he received a bachelor's degree and master's degree, and Aquinas Institute of Theology where he received a doctorate. Gerald served congregations in Minnesota and Texas and was the founding pastor of Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Bothell. Survivors include his wife, Susan; daughters, Anne Green and Janet Adams; and one grandson.

Bob Erickson received the Ron Sperline Service Award for his work with the girls softball and basketball programs at Ocosta High School in Westport, Wash. He and his wife, Merri (Nelson) '62, are cranberry growers in Grayland, Wash. Merri is president of the Washington Cranberry Alliance and serves on the Southwestern Washington Synod Council and Region One Governing Council. Their daughter, Jeannine '90, is an assistant audit manager with the Washington State Auditor's Office, and is pursing a master of public affairs degree at the University of Washington. Their daughter, Sharon, attends Seattle Pacific University.


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David Haaland is a senior associate consulting surgeon in the orthopedic department and oversees the Impairment Evaluation Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is also an orthopedics instructor at the Mayo Medical School. He and his wife, Joanne, have enjoyed the transition from California, though the recent mild Minnesota winters have made it easier.


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Jean Lidin visited relatives in Norway in September 1997. While there, she took the train to Tonsberg to visit one of her PLU classmates, retired teacher Grethe Rom '62. A Viking ship on display in Oslo was discovered on the Rom family farm.

Sandra (Tynes) Hagevik went with her two sons, Randi and Erik, to Norway in the summer of 1997. They visited with more than 100 relatives during their stay. Sandra is a career counselor to Housing and Urban Development employees throughout the West.

Ralph Carr will complete his 25th year as a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis, Wash., on Aug. 31. He and his wife, Joyce (Taylor '62) were in Malawi, Africa, for three weeks this past summer. They were part of a 12-member team doing mission work.

Dan Erlander received an honorary doctorate from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, during the commencement ceremonies on June 6. He served congregations in St. Charles, Ill.; Spring Valley, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and was campus pastor at PLU before taking his current position as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland, Wash. He is the author of "Baptized, We Live: Lutheranism as a Way of Life," "Manna and Mercy: a Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe," and "Let the Children Come, A Baptismal Manual."


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Ruth Schaffler completed her post-master's degree work in the family nurse practitioner course at PLU in September 1997 and is working as a part-time advanced registered nurse practitioner while she teaches full time in the School of Nursing at PLU.


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George Beard has a new position as court services officer, for the child in need of care section in the juvenile department of the 29th Judicial District in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Mary (Olson) Cornils and Gregory Baich were married on Aug. 15. Mary is the director of community health at Fairview Hospital and Healthcare Services in Minneapolis.


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Deanna (Zimbelman) McDermott earned a master of science in nursing degree in June 1997 from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and was nationally certified as a family nurse practitioner in 1998. Deanna presented a research poster at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners conference in June. She works at V.A. Bandon, a community-based outpatient clinic. She has been a nurse practitioner since 1980.


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Louise (Siepmann) Zmuda received a Master of Education degree in special education from the University of Idaho in August 1997. She is an eighth-grade special education teacher in the Bonner County School District in Priest Lake, Idaho. Her son, Jay, is a junior in high school and active in sports. Her daughter, Laura, is a senior at New Mexico State University.

Charles and Kathy '71 Vanderpool's youngest daughter, Ruth, is in the freshman honors program at PLU, their son, Virgil, is in the civil engineering program at the Oregon Institute of Technology and their middle child, Jill, was married in May.

Patrick Kelly '70, '79 and Lisa Allen '95 were married on July 10, in Bend, Ore. Lisa is a music teacher, and Patrick is the principal of a large middle school in Central Oregon. The couple divides their free time between their nine pets and fishing, boating, skiing, horseback riding and other sports.


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William Friday is the director of administrative services for the Fort Worth Housing Authority in Fort Worth, Texas. He is also the national trainer for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). NAHRO provides financial management of public and Indian housing authorities. He is treasurer for the Southwest region and past treasurer for the Pacific Northwest region of NAHRO. William is active in other public and affordable housing organizations and has experience in bond issues for purchasing HUD and FDIC property. For the past 18 years he has enjoyed seeing needy families move into affordable housing. His wife, Carol, is an assistant insurance underwriter for workers compensation in Texas. Katherine (Mancke) Kidd has a new position as the director of international studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. Her daughter, Elizabeth, is beginning her second year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., continuing a tradition of Lutheran higher education.


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John Beck earned a Ph.D. in marital and family therapy from the University of Iowa in August 1997. His dissertation examined clergy burn out and job satisfaction. John and his 8½-year-old son, Jordan, moved from Clear Lake, Iowa, where he was pastor of Galilean Lutheran Church since 1993, to Portland, Ore. There he married Rev. Joan Hunt, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. John served as interim pastor at Highland Lutheran Church in La Center, Wash., and now serves at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore.

John Burch is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Shelton, Wash. His organization, Spiritborne Productions, provided the lighting, sound and video systems during the Southwestern Washington Synod assembly in June.


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Alvina Olstead is the 1998 recipient of the Golden Apple Award for excellence in education in the Ferndale and Blaine, Wash., school districts. Students, parents, community members and fellow teachers nominate a teacher who has made a difference in their life. Alvina teaches full orchestra, strings and general music at Vista Middle School and Central, Eagleridge, Mountain View and Skyline elementary schools. She has also participated in many elementary school musical productions. The most recent was "Fiddler on the Roof" at Central Elementary School.


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Sarah Jean Cooper is a nursing instructor at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wash. After 20 years in nursing administration, she is enjoying working with students in the classroom and clinical settings.

Ivan Gorne is the new vice president for student affairs at Southern Oregon University. He had been the associate dean of students at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash. As vice president for student affairs, his responsibilities include enrollment management, overseeing academic resource services, residential and family housing operations, the Stevenson Union and other student services.


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Doug Ely has posted a web page for the members of the Ivy House (pre-1980). The site address is http://members.aol.com/henckenent/IvyHouse/.


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Ruth (Berntson) Stenson and her husband, Robert, moved to Thief River Falls, Minn., with their three children; Andrea, Robert and David, after spending a year living in married student housing at North Dakota State University while Robert completed a master's degree in school counseling. Ruth continues to serve as state president of the North Dakota Music Teachers Association.


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James Nieman earned a Ph.D. in theological studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., in May. He is a professor of homiletics at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. His wife, Joann, is a pastor at First English Lutheran Church in Platt Jille, Wis. They have two daughters, 10-year-old Clara Ann and 1½-year-old Madelene Trayce.

Virginia "Jimmie" Saffell '78, '80, died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 27 at the age of 75. A resident of Lakewood, Wash., for the past 40 years, she taught at Ft. Steilacoom Community College (now Pierce College), was past editor of the Lakewood Press newspaper, co-authored a book and was published in various magazines. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Saffell and Leslie Saffell-Nisbet, and son, John Saffell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John Saffell, Lt. Col., U.S.A.F., Ret.

Elizabeth James and her husband, Mark Pease, announce the birth of their son, Timothy, on March 26. He joins 4-year-old Joshua. Elizabeth is technical director at Edu-BioTech Inc., in Boston.


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Laurie Steele is a freelance writer and author and was published several years ago in The Lutheran. She received her first watercolor commission, sings in the choir and is the assistant organist at St. Demitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle.

The Rev. Maria-Alma Rainey Copeland, pastor of Mizpah Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo., became the first African American Lutheran female pastor to be invited to preach at the 84-year-old Hampton Ministers' Conference, the largest and oldest interdenominational conference in America. It is held annually in June at historical Hampton University in Virginia. Maria-Alma, a native of Gastonia, N.C., is also the first African American Lutheran Pastor to be a guest columnist for the Gaston Gazette, her hometown newspaper.


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Matt Solum and his wife, Dianne, have two daughters, 13-year-old Kristi and 10-year-old Nicole. Matt is flying B-747s with Northwest Airlines in Seattle and KC-135s with the Washington Air National Guard in Spokane, Wash. Dianne is a teacher's aid.

Angela Hoffman is a Benedictine Sister of St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Wash. She received the 1998 Award for Scholarship from the University of Portland, where she has taught since 1989. The award denotes excellence in research as judged by a committee of her peers. Sister Angela teaches chemistry and is engaged in research on taxol, an anticancer agent found in yew trees. She has been granted a patent on a process she devised for extracting taxol from yews.

Patricia Furnish-Mueller and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their son, Matthew Edward, on Jan. 22. He joins 3½-year-old Ashleigh. Pat, Ashleigh and Matt joined Steve in Hamamatsu, Japan, in June where he is part of a support group from Boeing working with the Japanese self-defense army on its new 767 AWACS. They will be there for two years.

Kent Tuohino and his wife, Valerie, announce the birth of their daughter, Joanna, on March 19. She joins 5-year-old Christopher. Kent is a pastor at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church in Tucson, Ariz.

The alumni office would like to congratulate Michael Peterson, who was recently named Country Weekly's Favorite Male Newcomer. Songs from his hit album, Michael Peterson, continue to climb the country music charts.

Gary Falde was elected vice president of individual insurance at Pacific Life Insurance Company, in Newport Beach, Calif. He attained the Fellow, Society of Actuaries designation in 1985. He joined Pacific Life in 1980.

The Rev. Ladd Bjorneby accepted a call to serve as the co-pastor at Central Lutheran Church in Yakima, Wash., in July. He and his wife, Kari, have 5-year-old twin girls and would love to hear from friends at ladd.bjorneby@ecunet.org.


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Munro Cullum is the president-elect of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, an organization of neuropsychologists with more than 3,000 members. He co-authored his first book, "Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology," published by Pro-Ed, with Richard Naugle and Erin D. Bigler. Munro is an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology and the director of neuropsychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He and his wife, Heike (Wilhelm '81) Cullum live in Texas.

Nancy Soderlund Tupper is teaching gifted students at Isom School in the Lynden School District in Lynden, Wash. She took six years off to be at home with her and her husband, Geoffrey's, three children. Recently, Nancy has created some fiber art pieces for liturgical settings and is looking forward to doing more.

Steven Kagele is practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine in Roseburg, Ore. He and his wife, Patty, have three children, ages 11/2 to 6 years old.

Edna Rector was recently accepted to the Ph.D. social welfare program at the University of Washington School of Social Work. She will be doing her research in child abuse prevention and family support.

Harry Maier was promoted to associate professor of New Testament at Vancouver School of Theology, British Columbia in September 1997 and became a fellow at Green College University, British Columbia. He was recently awarded a Von Humboldt research fellowship at the University of Heidelberg in Germany beginning in May 1999. He will be researching a forthcoming book on the book of Revelation in the Bible.

Timothy Kramer is an associate professor of music at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He was recently awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The 168 artists, scholars and scientists to be awarded a fellowship were chosen from more than 3,000 applicants. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of unusually distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise of future accomplishments. Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted more than $180 million in fellowships. Past winners include Joyce Carol Oates and Wendy Wasserstein. As the composer-in-residence at Trinity, Timothy will use the fellowship to support his work on a large orchestra piece being composed for the San Antonio, Austin Civic and Tacoma Symphony Orchestras. Recent performances of his work include the premiere of his "Mimetic Variations," an octet for the Detroit Chamber Winds and a performance of his quartet "Cycles and Myths" at the College Music Society Regional Conference in Arkansas. Timothy received his master of music and his doctor of musical arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dianna (Koneman) Johnston was promoted to regional clinical director with the TriWest Healthcare Alliance Central region TriCare contract. Her husband, John, is a heavy truck mechanic for Ryder in Boise, Idaho, and her son, Matthew, is in the fourth grade.

Steven Kelley has a new position as co-director of the Downtown Arts Academy in Tucson, Ariz. The academy is an educational institution for middle school children with special gifts and talents in the visual and performing arts. Steve is leading the way in establishing the nonprofit school that opened in August with more than 200 students. It includes an arts partner mentoring program, linking each student with a local artist or performer for individualized assistance. In May, Steve completed a weekend intensive workshop that was sponsored by the New Warrior, a national network for men.

Melissa Majar and Steve Lamoreaux were married on May 24. Melissa left her job as the assistant finance director with the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma and moved to New Mexico where Steve is a physicist and technical staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Chris Connerly Benton has returned to PLU and is the director of academic assistance programs. She had worked at PLU as a peer tutor in academic assistance while she was a student. For the last 15 years she was at the University of Washington: two years as a graduate student, five years in admissions and records at UW Seattle, and eight years in student affairs at UW Tacoma. Chris lives in Tacoma with her husband, Greg Benton, a project manager at Thomas Cook Architects in Tacoma. They have two children, 7-year-old Max and 4-year-old Colman. She can be reached at bentoncc@plu.edu.

Randy and Cynthia (Nelson) Blank and their three children, are transferring to Barrington, Ill., where Randy has a new position as manager of funding services at GECAL. He has been at GECAL for 16½ years.

Patricia Witt has been named care team director for Care Team Ministry, a new program for Foss Home and Village. The program is funded by a faith in action grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will address the nonmedical, quality-of-life needs of frail elders. Patricia will be working with Memorial Lutheran Church and an ecumenical group of congregations in the North Seattle area to recruit and train volunteers to provide transportation to medical appointments, shopping, visits, light house and yard work, and respite for primary caregivers. She recently received a master's in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University.


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Linda (Tingelstad-Carlson) Davis was recently appointed as a small grant panelist for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) in Carver, Scott, Anoka and Washington counties in Minnesota. The MRAC panelist positions were formed to review proposed grants and determine which grants will be accepted or declined.

Chris and Cindy Shultz announce the birth of their son, Corey Isaac, on Jan. 8. He joins 3-year-old sister, Kasey.

Janet (Smith) Cooper and her husband, Tony, announce the birth of their daughter, Jane Rachel, on Feb. 6. Tony is a civil engineer for VLMK Design Engineers in Portland, Ore., and Janet, a psychotherapist, is a stay-at-home mom.

Jane Kinkel received a master of arts degree in student development administration from Seattle University last spring. She works at Seattle Pacific University as a counselor.

Marjorie (Brose) Jacobs and her husband, Nathan, announce the birth of their son, Jesse Glenn, on April 27. He joins 9-year-old Caleb, 6-year-old Holly and 3-year-old Dustin.

Susan (Pomeroy) Wittenberg and her husband, David, announce the birth of their daughter, Analise Eleanor, on May 30. She was born two weeks before their 16th wedding anniversary.

Kaaren Roe and her husband, Mark Hicks, announce the birth of their daughter, Laurel Roe Hicks, on June 17.


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Michael Givens and his wife, Kelly, announce the birth of their daughter, Tana Elizabeth, on Sept. 30, 1997. Michael is the owner of Altenried & Associates, which develops affordable housing in Indiana, Alaska, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington. Tana is their first child, and they are having a great time watching her grow.

Eric Dooley and his wife, Jenny, with their five children, 12-year-old Emily, 10-year-old Natalie, 6-year-old Nicole, 4-year-old Rachel, and 2-year-old Ian, moved from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in March 1997. They started a church for English-speaking expatriates. It is the first church allowed in the city since the end of the war. Eric is also the host at an annual conference for pastors of the churches they started in Indonesia, Singapore and Cambodia.

David Coltom, a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood, earned membership in the fraternal benefit society's prestigious president's club. Only nine percent of representatives nationwide qualify for this elite club.

Peter Brunner is the Pacific Rim sales manager for Pella Corporation, a manufacturer of wood windows and doors. His territory includes all of Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Mike Larson and his wife, Beco, announce the birth of their son, Peter Mack, on April 19.

Todd and Dawn (Hoeck '88) Davis announce the birth of their son, Kasey Charles, on Feb. 16. He joins 3-year-old Kody.

Michelle (Thibault) Koblas and her husband, David, announce the birth of their daughter, Sonja Marie, on Jan. 14. Michelle is the manager of the local networking support group at Cisco Systems. Her e-mail address is mkoblas@cisco.com.

Michael Carlson has worked for the Sacramento Police Department since 1984, first as a dispatcher, then as a supervisor. In March he was promoted to administrative analyst. Mark and his wife, Bethany, have three children, 9-year-old Christopher, 7-year-old Brianna and 2-year-old Lacey. Christopher will be making his theatrical debut playing the part of "young Joseph" in the Sacramento Light Opera Company's summer production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." He was selected for the part from 450 children who auditioned.


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Charles "Trip" and Leslie (Clark) Edgerton announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Elise, on April 11. She joins 4½-year-old Katie.

Steven Neuder received a master of divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Southern Calif., on May 23. He attended seminary part time while working in theatre in Los Angeles.

Dawn (McColley) Darby and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of their son, Philip George, on April 1. He joins 2½-year-old Ashleigh and 15-month-old William. Paul and Dawn returned to the States from Germany in the summer of 1997 and are stationed at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., where Paul is a doctor. With three children under 3 years old, Dawn is a very full-time mom and homemaker.

Jay Abbott and his wife, Jackie, announce the birth of their twins, Tricia and Ryan, on Dec. 2.

Jean Sensel '84, '87 announced in June her Democratic candidacy for the District 2, Position 2 seat in the Washington State House of Representatives. She is a member of the PLU Q Club and active in the community.

John Einar Sandvand is now the Asia correspondent for the major Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife, Merete Knoph and their children, Johanne, 5, and August, 2. John would love to hear from old friends at PLU; he can be reached by email at sandvand@netvigator.com.


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Jean (Ladderud) Coy and her husband, Robert, announce the adoption of their son, Joshua, in April. He was born on Oct. 19 in Korea. Jean left her job of 12 years at Matsushita Semiconductor in Puyallup to be a stay-at-home mom.

Craig Johnson is the new associate pastor at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Ore. He is developing a youth and family ministry and providing pastoral help to Rev. Bruce Little. Before taking the position at Our Saviour's, he was the director of the Northeast Seattle Lutheran Youth Association, a cooperative youth and family ministry supported by five Lutheran congregations. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, 8-year-old Katharine and 4-year-old Alexandra.

Todd and Julie (Wicks '86) Giltner announce the birth of their son, Alexander Dean, on April 27. He joins 3½-year-old Katie. Todd teaches orchestra at Puyallup High School. His chamber orchestra won the state ensemble contest three days before Alexander's birth.

Stacey (Davis) Nelson and her husband, Grant, announce the birth of their son, Garrett Alfred, on March 1. Stacey is taking a leave of absence from teaching physical education in the first through eighth grades in the Griffin School District in Olympia, to take care of Garrett.

Todd Kinkel recently became a U.S. Secret Service agent. He completed 12 weeks of training at the U.S. Secret Service Academy in Beltsville, Md. He and his wife, Kim, and four children, 9-year-old Kailan, 6-year-old Makena, 4-year-old Hayden and 1-year-old Reid, relocated to Seattle. In five-to-seven years, Todd will be transferred to Washington, D.C., to complete a permanent protection assignment.

Jerry Johnson and his wife, Jenny, announce the birth of their son, Dexter McKanna, on March 28. He joins 3-year-old Henry.


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Deirdre Reardon-Brown is celebrating the first anniversary of her own business as a medical transcriptionist. She works out of her home so she can be with her two daughters, 5-year-old Natalie and 3-year-old Amelia.

Teresa Hoover is a consultant to home-school teachers and a teacher at Academy Northwest. She has three grandchildren.

Brad Johnson and his wife, Grace, announce the adoption of their daughter, Katrinna Mae. Katrinna was born on May 4, 1997, in Archangelsk, Russia. She joins 4-year-old Evan. Brad completed his first year as the manager of fleet support services at Suburban Propane LP in Whippany, N.J.

Marie Gettel was promoted to the Northwest regional publications manager at CH2M Hill, an environmental consulting firm, in 1996. She manages 70 people on the publication staff throughout the Northwest and Alaska. Marie and her husband, Michael Gilmartin, had their son, Christopher, in August 1996. He was born prematurely at 24 weeks, weighed 1 lb., 6 oz., and was only 11 inches long. Christopher spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit and is now a thriving little toddler. They truly understand the power of hope.

Pete Peterson received limited partnership with Edward Jones Investments after only four years with the firm. He says, "Hey," to the first-floor Cascade guys of 1982-83.

Birdena (Melton) Coate and her husband, David, announce the birth of their daughter, Lauren Alicia, on April 18. She joins 3½-year-old Shane. Birdena has changed careers and is working at Boeing as a computing representative. She was recently promoted to a lead position.

Ronald Cook is the assistant division controller of PACCAR in Renton, Wash. PACCAR is the parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, and owns Al's Auto Supply and Grand Auto Supply. PACCAR is a Fortune 300 company with offices worldwide.

David Kangas and Julie Rains Kangas announce the birth of their daughter, Brianna Rain, on May 17. David is a teacher at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma and Julie is on maternity leave from teaching until January 1999.

Brian O'Morrow and Kristen DeBoer '87 announce the birth of their son, Daniel Joseph, on April 24. He joins 3½-year-old Emily.

Kirsten (Olson) Wees and her husband, Joel, announce the birth of their son, Patrick Ashton, on Jan. 7. He joins 4-year-old Brianna and 2-year-old McCall. Joel was promoted to captain at Horizon Airlines in May. They can be reached at J.Wees@Juno.Com.

Scott Menzel is a business process designer at Sears Credit. He and his wife, Susan (Koenig) '86, and their two children, 6-year-old Heather and 3-year-old Shea, have moved from Southern California to the Chicago area.

Karla Houk is a registered nurse and community liaison at St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in Walla Walla, Wash., and was named to the Ambassador 2000 program by Oncology Education Services, Inc. The program is supported by an educational grant through Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology/Immunology, and promotes the role of the oncology nurse to advance the public's knowledge about the supportive care of individuals with cancer. As an ambassador, Karla will be educating patients, healthcare providers, policy makers, and the public about current and evolving clinical practice to improve outcomes of cancer care, specifically issues that relate to pain, fatigue and nutrition. She has held positions at St Mary's as radiation therapy nurse, chemotherapy nurse, relief nurse supervisor and manager of the Herring Guest House. Karla also belongs to the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society; she volunteers with the American Cancer Society, and serves as president and chairperson of the patient service committee of the Walla Walla Unit. She recently completed her term as a member of the breast cancer task force.


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Runnoe Connally recently returned from a church mission trip to an orphanage in Linares, Chile (about 240 km south of Santiago). The team of 21 built a new school for the boy's orphanage. Beginning with a concrete slab, they constructed four classrooms, a library, cafeteria, kitchen, pantry, secretary's office, director's office, bathrooms and showers. The full details can be found at www.bayoucity.com/chile.nsf.

James Daly and his wife, Yuko, announce the birth of their son, John Daichi, on Jan. 24. They have returned to the United States after teaching in Japan for eight years.


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Mollie McCarty left KBCI-TV, a CBS affiliate, after anchoring and reporting the news for 7½-years, to take a position at Elgin Syferd Drake, an advertising agency in Boise, Idaho. Her new job as a public relations specialist began in September 1997.

Chris Olsen recently accepted a position as manager of sales and operations for the Northwest region at National Mobile Television.

Brenda Ray Scott assumed the position of development coordinator with Providence Child Center Foundation on Dec. 29. In her spare time, Brenda continues to sing with other PLU alumni in the Portland Symphonic Choir.

Charles "Bryan" Colson works at Western Wireless, a telecommunications company in Bellevue, Wash. He was promoted to office manager and travel manager on April 1.

Eric and Kimberly (Wilson '89) Olson announce the birth of their twins, Matthew Issac and Katrina Suzanne, on Jan. 29. They join 3-year-old Joshua Brien. Eric is a family physician and Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom.

Lisa Pollman is in the University of San Francisco's Asia-Pacific Liberal Studies Master of Arts program. She looks forward to a career in cultural consulting, promoting better understanding and communication between Asian and American people.

Chuck and Christine (Brooks) Harris announce the birth of their son, Thomas Robert Brooks Harris, on May 24.

and her husband, Craig, moved to Western Australia from New Zealand. Craig has a new position as account manager at BHP.

Dirk and Gena (Wadsworth '89) Vincent announce the birth of their son, Aaron Louis, on March 26.


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Dave Pearson has returned to the Seattle area to be the director of public relations for the Seattle Seahawks. He spent the last four years as media relations director for the Houston/Tennessee Oilers. Dave was a public relations intern for the Seahawks in 1989-90 following his graduation from PLU. He and his wife, Beth, have a 3-year-old daughter, Allison, and a 7-month-old son, Chase.Jerry and Jenny (Johnson) Gard announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Marie, on March 12. Jerry is a computer software engineer at Traveling Software in Bothell, Wash., and Jenny works part-time as an ultrasonographer at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, Wash.

Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro and her husband, Joseph, announce the birth of their son, Tyler Joseph, on Sept. 16, 1997. Lisa is a major gifts officer at the University of Connecticut and Joseph is a police officer. They coordinate their schedules to share in the care of their new addition.

Christian Scharen and Sonja Batalden '90 announce the birth of their son, Isaiah Abner Batalden Scharen, on March 28. Sonja is a nurse-midwife, and Christian is a Ph.D. student in ethics.

Michael and Kristin (Baldwin '93) Maland announce the birth of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, on June 7. Michael owns Maland Communications, an audiovisual sales, rental and wireless services company, started in 1993. Kristin has been accepted into the diagnostic ultrasound program at Bellevue Community College. She has worked at Summit Cardiology since graduating from PLU.

Dave DeMots started his own business, DHX Advertising, in Portland, Ore., in January.

Larry Walters and his wife, Gina, were married on Sept. 27, 1997, in Kankakee, Ill. Larry is an anesthesiologist and was promoted to chief resident in the department of anesthesia at the University of Arizona in July. He will complete his residency in December. Gina is a registered nurse.

Karen (Moore) Ash and her husband, Dean, announce the birth of their son, Braden Gregory, on April 4. He joins 2½-year-old Logan Robert.

Cari (Rue) Black and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their son, Samuel Dean, on Feb. 6. He joins 3-year-old Spencer Allen.

Melissa (Phillips) Maxson and her husband, Peter, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Elijah, on April 16. He joins a two-year-old sister, Callie.

Darin and Shannon (Roberts '92) Dollemore announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Marie, on April 2.

John Schoenberg and his wife, Debbie, announce the birth of their son, Michael Lorance, on March 13. He joins 13-year-old Nathan and 11-year-old Jared. John is a Title I coordinator and physical education teacher in the Kila School District in Kila, Mont., and Debbie is an assistant floor manager and computer graphic artist at the Daily Interlake in Kalispell, Mont.

Dale Haarr and Jennifer Ostrum were married in September 1997 in Billings, Mont. Jennifer is a physical therapist at Saint Vincent's Hospital, and Dale is in his third year as an investment executive with Paine Webber.

Julie (Brooks) Meulemans and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their daughter, Kate Riley, on May 17.

Shelly (Carlson) Carlisle and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of their daughter, Giorgi Lynn, on May 22. She joins 6-year-old Brianna. Kevin and Shelly recently moved to Portland, Ore., from Vancouver, Wash. She left her job as campus manager for student housing at Portland State University, to be a full-time mom and homemaker.

Brendan and Kelly (Mickelsen) Rorem announce the birth of their daughter, Alison Elise, in January. She joins 3-year-old Kathryn Anna. Brendan has a new position at ENSO, in Seattle and Kelly is a second-grade teacher in the Auburn School District.

Brian and Maria (Wienhold) Raynes announce the birth of their son, Kaelan Mathias, on June 15. Maria is a report taker for the Anchorage Police Department, and Brian is a land survey assistant for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Paal Ryan and Elizabeth Allen were married on Jan. 17. Paal is an engineer, and Elizabeth is an attorney.


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Marsh Cochran joined Business Technologies Consulting Group, Inc. of Boston. He is a staff consultant specializing in business process re-engineering and business requirements planning in the financial services industry.

Frank and Tracie (Barrons) Johnson announce the birth of their son, Evan Noren, on Feb. 12.

John and Angie (Miller '91) Skibiel announce the birth of their daughter, Danielle Marie, on April 5. She joins 2-year-old sister Madison.

Paul and Christen (Harvie) Stockdale live in Birmingham, Mich. Paul works at Ford Motor Company in powertrain purchasing, and Christen is corporate counsel for Domino's Pizza International, Inc.

Del and Kristy (Jerke) Lofton announce the birth of their son, Zachary Donald, on April 7. He is a beautiful boy who already has more hair than his dad.

Timothy Farrell and his wife, Kimberly, announce the birth of their daughter, Kathryn, in April. Timothy is the director of bands and brass at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., and Kimberly is a music teacher at Mapleton Elementary School in Mapleton, N.D.

Kenny and SueAnn (Garrison) Brydson announce the birth of their son, Corey Lee, on April 29. He joins 2-year-old Erin Samantha.

Tracy (Colter) Carpenter and her husband, Rick, announce the birth of their son, Austin Lyle, on May 28.

Nancy Ascher is a medical sales representative for Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

Brent Grauerholz is in his third year of training in family practice medicine in Erie, Pa., and was appointed chief resident. He will complete his residency in June 1999.

Sarah Agsten finished her residency in family medicine in Portland, Ore., and has joined a group practice in Roseburg, Ore.

Julie (Wilson) Spackman and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Joyce, on May 26. Julie loves her new career as a mother.

Mark Brovak moved to Bellingham, Wash., to work at the Trillium Corporation as a financial reporting manager.

Sean Neely received a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Washington in June 1997. He is a technical training consultant at Technology Resource Institute, a non-profit partner with the Gated Library Foundation. He travels throughout the U.S. networking public libraries and conducting initial staff training.


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Cheryl Dupras and her husband, Jim, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Leilani, on Feb. 28. Cheryl is currently with the JAG Corps serving as special assistant U.S. Attorney at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Jim is serving with the MP Corps as a company commander.

Kristina Pfendler completed her Ph.D. in developmental biology at Northwestern University in Chicago and has accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of California, San Francisco.

Ryan and Julie (Henning '92) Hamlin announce the birth of their son, Braden Richard, on April 3. He joins 2-year-old Caleb Ryan.

Kristin (Grover) Shelton and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of their son, Andrew Warren, on Dec. 22. Kristin works part-time as a physical therapy assistant and Brian does technical support for a brokerage firm.

Scott and Anne '95 McMillan announce the birth of their son, Harrison Scott, on March 24. He joins 3-year-old Darby.

Ken Brown and BJ Chandos were married on March 21 in Seattle. Ken earned his MBA from the University of Washington in June and is now a financial analyst at Hewlett Packard in Boise, Idaho. BJ was a respiratory therapist at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash., and plans to do the same in Boise.

Warren and Lori (Dorn) Beymer announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Grace, on May 21. She joins 2-year-old Joshua. Warren was promoted to account executive at Market Decisions Corp. in Portland, Ore., and Lori, working part-time as a social worker, left her job to become a stay-at-home mom. They are enjoying their new home in Sherwood, Ore.

Beth Anne Newbill is a senior program analyst at Raytheon Systems Company/TSSL in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at BANewbill@juno.com.

Brenda (Schutt) Snyder and Brad Atencio were married on June 26. Brenda is a clinical manager in the surgical unit at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash., and Brad is an engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

Heidi (Porter) Stenzel and her husband, Casey, announce the birth of their daughter, Carley Anne, on April 1.

Eric Cultum and Sandy Bradley were married on June 20 at Overlake Christian Church, in Redmond, Wash. Eric is a school principal and Sandy is a cosmetologist.


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Jacqueline Keeler recently opened Asante, a European day spa in San Rafael, Calif., after studying spa management in the Czech Republic. She and Caroline Harrison sold their house and bought a boat to live on.

Nori Wendt is a stay-at-home mom with her 3-year-old son, Patrick, in Fort Bragg, N.C. Her husband, Jay Cash '93, is currently serving in Bosnia with the 21st MP Company (Abn) as part of the multinational stabilization force. His deployment is scheduled to last six-to-nine months.

Thor Ivar Hellesoy and Tone Reinertsen were married on May 30 in Oysleo, Norway. Thor received the MSci in marine engineering from the University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands, in December 1997 and is working as a ship designer. They will be in the Netherlands for three years while Tone finishes her MSci in industrial design.

Andy and Katie (Davis) Finley announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Frances, on May 17. She joins 2-year-old Dawson.

Jun Chea and his wife, Jeannie, announce the birth of their daughter, Faith, on May 12. Jun is assistant vice president, branch manager and KeySales leader at Key Bank of Washington in University Place.

Kimberly Neu is in patient billing services at Alpine Home Health in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her guide dog, Sage, is doing well at work and play on the farm. Kimberly raises and trains Norwegian Fjord horses and can be reached at kimneu@micron.net.

Troy and Cheryl (Kragness '93) Brost announce the birth of their son, Alexander Grant, on Dec. 20. Troy is vice president and Cheryl is corporate secretary of Royal Property Corporation. They are completing the development of a premier manufactured home community for seniors in Eugene, Ore.

In May, Rebecca Benson joined Jefferies & Company, a broker, dealer, investment bank and trading house in San Francisco. She is working to broaden the business services equity research group.

Thad Person received the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 24. He served a year-long internship at the English-speaking Lutheran congregation in Ngaoundere, Cameroon, under the guidance of the Rev. Thomas Christensen. Thad was awarded the graduate preaching fellowship, which allowed him to spend the summer traveling and studying in his wife's native Ireland.

Maria (Parfit) Pederson received the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 24. She served a year-long internship at Camano Lutheran Church in Camano Island, Wash., under the guidance of the Rev. Lowell Stordahl '61. Maria and her husband, Jonathan, also a Luther Seminary graduate, are awaiting calls to serve parishes in Wisconsin.

Julie Blum received the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on May 24. She served a year-long internship at Central Lutheran Church in Bellingham, Wash., under the guidance of the Rev. Leonard Ericksen '59. She was assigned to the Eastern Washington/Idaho Synod of the ELCA, and is awaiting a call to serve in a parish.

Edward Running graduated from the University of Oregon in June with a masters degree in architecture. Within days he was on his way to Copenhagen, Denmark, to begin a teaching position at the Royal Academy of the Arts and Architecture.


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Chad Bentsen and his wife, Kristen, announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Paige, on Jan. 4.

Brian and Lisa (Langsdorf '92) Rybloom will be moving to Oslo, Norway, at the end of summer. There, Brian will help open a new IKEA store and serve as a sales manager through August 1999. Lisa plans to study Norwegian language and culture and host visitors.

Jonene (Zinne) Bernhardt was recently promoted to community and government relations specialist at Paragon Cable TV in Portland, Ore. She oversees the charitable donation campaigns, employee volunteer efforts and ensures compliance with national and local regulatory requirements. She also handles various media, educator, employee and customer relations responsibilities. Jonene serves on the Multnomah County Advisory Committee for the Start Making A Reader Today program and volunteers weekly to read with two children. She is a certified presenter of the "Taking Charge of Your TV!" workshop developed by The Family and Community Critical Viewing Project, working to promote literacy skills.

Carolyn Morrison Fulton received a graduate assistantship from Florida State University where she will begin doctoral studies in music education and ethnomusicology. Her two children are glad to have her back "on the continent" after spending two years living and traveling in Bangkok, Thailand, where she was a music teacher at the International School of Bangkok. Recently, seven of her Trinidad Carnival photos were selected to appear in a new Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.

Jay and Robin (Buck '94) Evans announce the birth of their son, Tyler Joseph, in April.

Masahiro Mori has been a temporary software tester since January 1997. He lives in Seattle with his American roommate, Alan, and New Zealander roommate, Greg.

Kristin (Stevens) Koskinen and her husband, Sean, announce the birth of their son, William Baley, on May 16. Kristin is a registered dietitian practicing clinical nutrition in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and Sean is a physician completing his residency in radiology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Kristin Johnson-Campbell received a certificate of ordination and a church charter for Living Rock Ministries, an Internet ministry with online Bible study and prayer. Kristin also started Creative Light Design, a business that builds web sites for churches and Christian businesses. She can be reached at www.angelfire.com/ biz/creativelightdesign/1.html. Kristin and her husband, Christopher, were married on July 2, 1994.

Rhonda Jones and Charles Wilkins were married on April 19 in Tacoma. Rhonda is a registered nurse and was promoted to assistant director of nursing service at Jefferson House Care Center. Charles is the floor manager at the Paradise Card Room.

Outi Francis and her husband, Steven, announce the birth of their child, Matias Francis, in December. Outi is the operations manager at Concord Technology, and Steven is a national account manager at MCI Communications.

Laura (Manderscheid) Davis and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel Ryan, in March. Laura is a marketing specialist at General Services Administration.

In July, Greg Hanson was promoted to bank manager at Washington Federal Savings Bank in Woodburn, Ore., where he has worked for four years. Sivhong (Go '93) Hanson teaches a first-and-second-grade multiage classroom. They recently bought a home in Salem.

Lynn Mason is a teacher in the Corvallis School District in Montana. He is also the assistant football and wrestling coach. He started the archaeology club and teaches driver's education.

Lea (Dayberry) Crouch and her husband, David, announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Kate, on May 17. She joins 16-month-old Allyson Anne.

Laura Russell and Jay Cabe were married on Aug. 16, 1997, in Raymond, Wash. Laura is an associate territory business manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals in Portland, Ore., and Jay is an account executive at AT&T Wireless Service.

Jennifer Graham and David Hampton were married on July 4 at the Schmidt Mansion in Tumwater, Wash. Julie (Cruikshank '93) Siepmann, was the maid of honor. Jennifer is an assistant portfolio manager and David is an account manager. They can be reached at jmg@atlcap.com.

Matt Kees and his wife, Kymberly, announce the birth of their twin sons, Aidan and Griffin, on March 4. They join a sister, Amanda, and a brother, Keegan.

Scott Welborn was named the new head football coach at North Pole High School, a AAAA high school in Fairbanks, Alaska. He can be reached at scotty@northstar.kiz.ak.us.

Carla (Putvin) Derie and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Michelle, on April 10. She joins 2-year-old Trevor.

Gary Hogan-Underdahl was named to the 1997-98 Dean's Honor List at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn. He is a law clerk in downtown Minneapolis and will graduate in 1999.

Kim (Nirk) Waterstraat and her husband, John, were married on July 12, 1997, in Puyallup. Kim is a fourth grade teacher in Puyallup, and John works for Fireside Heating and Air. They recently bought a home in the Puyallup valley.


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Svend Stendahl was promoted to OEM technical account manager at Microsoft.

Abigail Blankner received a master of theological studies from Emory University last spring.

Mark Carrato has been traveling around the world and expects to end his trip in Central America in November. During his travels he became a deep-sea diver and enjoyed free-fall sky diving.

Tofa McCormick began a new position as marketing coordinator, overseeing two divisions, at Safe Works, LLC, in April. Safe Works is a global provider of suspended power access equipment based in Kent, Wash. He earned an MBA in marketing and management from City University, where he worked for three years.

Peter William Guertner died May 22 in a car accident in Japan. Pete received his degree in broadcasting and communications and will be remembered by classmates and friends as an easy-going, lively person who always had a smile to share. Pete lived in Hong Hall and was instrumental in the emergence of LollaPLUza, which continues as a PLU tradition. In the evenings, students could hear Pete's voice over the airwaves of KCCR student radio. He interned at KPLU 88.5 FM. More than 150 friends and relatives gathered June 7 to celebrate Pete's life. Remarking at the memorial service friend, Chris Albrecht '94, said of Pete, ". . . he showed up on campus with a RUN-DMC T-shirt and untied tennis shoes and left with a large and diverse collection of friends." Pete was a member of the Washington National Guard and involved in gifted and honors programs throughout his education. He is survived by his mother, Dianne Newsom; father, William Guertner; step parents, Louis Newsom and Eva Guertner; sister, Michelle; brothers, Quincy and Louis; grandparents, Frank and Lois Guertner, Dice and Pattie Heats; and a host of family and friends. David Berndt received a doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin on May 16. He will serve an internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Shannon Tilly entered medical school at the University of Colorado in September.

Jim and Mari (Yokers) Matthias announce the birth of their daughter, Sidra Holian, on June 1.

Kirstin Jensen entered the master in education program at PLU in June.

Aaron and Lori (Golliet) Tang announce the birth their daughter, Danielle Renae, on June 11.

Coriander Krause was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal and selected for promotion to captain. She is in the master of science, family nurse practitioner program at Troy State University in Alabama.


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Dawn Collins was promoted to cost analysis manager at U.S. West Communications in June 1997.

Katherine (Swensson) Murray and her husband, Mitchell, announce the birth of their son, Ian Patrick, in March.

Kelsey Johnson earned her juris doctor degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 18.

Brian Pochert and Mary Zylstra '98 announce the birth of their son, Gavin Lloyd, on June 6. Mary is in the master's with certification in education program at PLU and Brian has worked for the Kennewick Police Department since August 1997.

Sara Brown and Cody Hartley were married on Feb. 14 in Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Cody is a '91 grad of CLU, where both he and Sara are admissions counselors. Bobbi Junell '98, Melanie Van Engen '96, Jennifer Yelle '96 and Michelle Werre '96 were in the wedding. Mike Fuller '94 and Erin (Koster '95) Fuller attended the wedding.


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Curt Mulder and Rachelle Snowdon were married on April 4 in Tacoma. Rachelle is a teacher in Sumner, Wash., and Curt is a detention officer and football coach.

Kimberly Mooneyham is in the master of education program at the University of Minnesota.

Sarah Zieske and Jason Kruger were married on Nov. 20, 1997, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jason is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He is from Monticello, Minn., and a graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

Brian Perron finished a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, researching environmental policy with a recycling emphasis. He is now attending William and Mary School of Law.

Yun (Ellie) Jiang works for Boeing in marketing, airline analysis.

Marneta Hoel and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their son, Tyler Arvid, on Nov. 4.

Alexis Johnson received a master of public policy and administration degree from California State University, Sacramento, on May 22.


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Aaron Christian and Julie Hankel '96 were married on April 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Their wedding party included Heidi Robinson '96, Kristie Giese '96, Cindi Brown '96, Jennifer Baddgor '96, Greg Ennis '97 and Andy Tomlinson '97. Julie entered graduate school at Washington State University in September, and Aaron is the video director for men's basketball at WSU.

Kristina (Hansen) Swenson is pursuing a master's degree in accounting at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla., while her husband, Aaron, is at Naval Air Station, Whiting Field, training to be a pilot.

Debbie Lindstedt taught elementary music for two years and is now at Norfolk Christian School in Norfolk, Va., teaching high school and middle school choir. Her daughter, Nicole, is in her second year at Virginia Wesleyan, pursuing a pre-med and vocal double major. Her daughter, Rachel, is a high school junior and plans to become a piano professor.

David Carlson is teaching English at Gansu University of Technology in Lanzhou, China. He will be there for at least one year.

Karyn D'Addio worked with Americorp this past year. She has been accepted to the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo., where she is studying to be a general practitioner.

Jeremie Lipton is attending Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.

Devra Sigle-Hermosilla and her husband, Miguel, announce the birth of their son, Mauricio Raul, in November 1997. Devra is attending Seattle University School of Law.

Katherine Fameli and Anthony Schwab were married on July 25. Katherine is a registered nurse at Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma and Anthony is a service technician at TCI Cable in Tacoma.

Mary (Blorigren) McFarlin and her husband, Rex, announce the birth of their daughter, Annika, in December.



Faculty, Staff and Friends

Samuel Carleton, modern and classical languages, 1969-1981, retired in June as director of the Savannah, Ga., campus of the New York City-based School of Visual Arts. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Savannah's historic district where they have a bed and breakfast. Their home appeared as Joe Odom's house in the Clint Eastwood movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Sam would enjoy hearing from former colleagues and students.

Rick Kaps, husband of Kay (Overly) Kaps '75, '89, died on Feb. 3 of lymphoma. He was retired from the Sequim School District in Sequim, Wash., where he was a physical education teacher and coach.

The Rev. Kathleen O'Connor, sociology, '77-'87, has a new position as pastor and CEO of outreach ministries at Potter Park United Methodist Church in Lansing, Mich., that includes a community kitchen, after-school computer and learning games, and many other services. Her student associate pastor work at Delaware's Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church ended on June 28. She was also the piano accompanist and organized the Children's Choir of Angels.

Author's Bookshelf

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Rosemary Jones is the author of "Educational and Career Opportunities in Alternative Medicine," a resource for anyone contemplating a career in natural medicine. It is the first book to provide all the information in one place on all the naturopathic, osteopathic, and chiropractic doctor programs available in the United States. She believes the "hardcore" journalism skills she gained under Professor Cliff Rowe here at PLU, prepared her for this project. From the time she sent the query letter to the publisher, to the final deadline for the first draft, she had six months to track down and interview 200+ admissions directors, teachers and students. The book has been endorsed by several Northwest schools and professionals. Rosemary can be reached at healingpgs@aol.com.

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Greg Schuster completed the first edition of "Handbook of Clinical Dental Assisting," published by the W.B. Saunders Co., in September. His wife, Julie, is a registered nurse at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma.

A Window to the Past

If you were on campus in the early 1950s, you might know about the Spider Web. The blue house just off 112th Street South was home to five fun-lovin' fellas - Dale "Spider" Keller '53, Glen Werner '53, Don Reiman '52, John Liming '52 and Bob Brog '53. It was also a hub of off-campus activity, thanks in part to Keller's famed good cooking. The five friends have stayed in touch over the years through picnics and other activities. Their 1997 summer picnic drew more than 40 spouses, children, grandchildren and friends of the original enthusiasts.

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