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Iver Johnson retired in 1998 after a 50-year career as a country pastor, a professor of biology at Bethany College, a high school principal and a pastor of a large metropolitan church in St. Paul, Minn.

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Thomas Hoskins and Nancy Lipscomb '59 were married on Aug. 8. They met in 1988 at a PLU gathering that was held at Nancy's son, David Lipscomb's '84, home. Thomas is a retired U.S. Navy commander. He was also a Naval aviator and later worked in technical support at McDonnell Douglas Co. Nancy is a homemaker. Thomas recently wrote his memories of the Korean War for the Northwest Valley edition of the Arizona Republic. The article was published along with a color photo of Thomas on Nov. 2.

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Jack Guyot was a featured artist at RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Ore., in October. His oil paintings were part of the two-person exhibit, "Two for the Show…." Jack became a dedicated artist after his retirement a few years ago from a career as a construction contractor.

Eugene Ahrendt died on March 20. He spent 32 years in the Franklin Pierce School District as a music teacher, high school administrator and past president of the Franklin Pierce Education Association. Following a tour of duty in the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Gene enjoyed classical music and played violin for many years in the Tacoma Symphony and PLU Orchestra. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Parkland, and served as congregation president, choir director, member of the bell choir and Men of Trinity. He enjoyed tennis, landscaping, traveling and an annual trip to the mountain in his 1960 TR3. Gene is survived by his wife, LaWanna (Wellsandt '51); daughters, Debra Nelson '76 (Dan '76), Jeannie Kundig '80 (Tom) and Whitney Holland '87 (Tony); two grandchildren, Margo and Teague Nelson; sister, Evangeline Moeller '48; and brother, Armand Ahrendt.


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Margaret (Larsen) Antonsen rretired from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in 1990. She was the eligibility office manager. She then worked in Hawaii for 11 months as a business analyst for System House. When Margaret returned to Ketchikan, she worked at a museum for nine months. In 1996, her husband, Hans, retired after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She cared for him at home for two years before he entered the Pioneers Home in Ketchikan last July. Margaret is a Stephen Minister at First Lutheran Church, and she welcomed her third grandchild in November. She would appreciate hearing from former classmates who are coping with having a loved one with Alzheimer's.

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Vernon Lestrud died on July 1, 1998. He was a professor of speech and theater at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio, and retired in 1997. He then continued on as the director of theater productions in the fall of 1997 through spring 1998. During his 12 years at Urbana, Vernon also served as associate dean of faculty, dean of faculty and vice president for development, and division chair. He was honored with professor emeritus status in speech and theater by the university board of trustees. Before going to Urbana, he held faculty and administrative positions at Idaho State University, Pocatello; College of St. Mary, Omaha, Neb.; Tusculum College, Greenville, Tenn.; University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.; and Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. Vernon is survived by his wife, Darleen (Holl '54), three daughters, two sons and eight grandchildren.

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James Clifton died on Jan. 19 at his home in Rockville, Md. James was a group leader in the building and fire research laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 1969. After PLU, he earned a master of science degree in physical chemistry from the University of Puget Sound and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Oregon State University. He began his career at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, before joining the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST). James also had an interest in historic preservation, and his many research projects included the stone in the walls of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, Fla. He published more than 100 technical papers and was active on many committees, both nationally and internationally, including the International Organization for Standardization. The U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal was one of many awards that he received during his career. James is survived by his wife, Eva; son, Michael; and sister, Fran Clifton '65.
From Gordy Strom: Dedicated to that talented, but often silent, Class of '56: We the undersigned have vowed to get together often for fun and world problem-solving (using our superior education) and to faithfully (sort of) report our findings. This year's question: "What are PEEPS, and why?" Those having a good time were Kay (Jerstad) and Stu Morton, Clarene (Osterly) and Allen Johnson, Ginny (Grahn) and Iver Haugen, Donna Swanson, Carol (Bottemiller) and Chuck Geldaker, Cathy (Biery) Hoyer, Sharon (Kinzer) Parton, Millie (Van Buren) Odum, Jean (Christensen) and Bob Wolfe, Norma Borgford, Mary Lou (Biery) Magnuson, Barbara (McDonald) Spinny, Norita (Miller) Liebelt, Adonna (Bondahl) Galusha, Bev (Tranum) and Dick Knutzen, Jean (Cogburn) Danielson, Myrna (PfanneKuchen) Kucklick, Ruth (Sather) Phillips, Carol Hintze, Millie Brammer and Diane (Bassett) Macgougan. Still building for character.

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Ruth Christian
Ruth Christian
Ruth Christian died on Feb. 4. Ruth was born in Minnesota and moved with her family to Seattle in 1937. After graduating from PLU with a bachelor's degree in education, Ruth began teaching in the Dupont/Fort Lewis School District. In 1965 she went overseas to teach with the Department of Defense Schools. She taught in Japan for two years and in Germany for two years. Her last assignment was in England, where she stayed until her retirement in 1990. Ruth earned a master's degree from Michigan State University and also a specialist degree. She was active at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cambridge, and enjoyed traveling throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and India. She returned to Bothell, Wash., after her retirement, where she served on the church council and various committees at Bothell First Lutheran Church, and volunteered her time in the community. Ruth is survived by her brother, David '59, and his wife, Anita (Gregersen '59); sister, Rhoda '71; nephew, Aaron '97 and his wife, Julie '96, as well as many other family members and friends.

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Merle Metcalf moved to the woods of Northern Minnesota after 34 years with the U.S. Navy. After traveling much of the world, he and his wife, Heidi, now live four miles west of the headwaters of the Mississippi River. They cut wood, fish, hunt and continue to travel. After PLC, Merle attended Luther Seminary, Yale University, Taipei Language Institute and the University of Minnesota. He was on the faculty of Luther Seminary in Hong Kong, the National Taiwan University and St. Olaf College, where he was the first instructor of Chinese language and where he established the Asian studies major. He also has served as a parish pastor in rural Waseca, Minn. Merle served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War, and was on active duty as a chaplain and Asian cultural resource during the Vietnam War. In 1980, he was recalled to active duty as a chaplain and cultural program developer for the Navy Chief of Chaplains in Washington, D.C. He received numerous awards for cross-cultural work, including four Meritorious Service Medals from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Merle attributes his good life and rewarding career to the care and interest of PLC. It all began in 1953 when he met Milt Nesvig '35, a reserve Navy chaplain, and President Eastvold.

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Edwin Bracher died on Dec. 16. He was born in 1906 in Monohan on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, Wash. After two years in the business program at Oregon State University, he decided to study for the Lutheran ministry and transferred to Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio. He graduated from Wittenberg in 1928 and completed his ministerial training in 1931. Edwin married Marjory Louise Scholl, also a 1928 graduate of Wittenberg, in 1931. After his ordination at University Lutheran Church in Seattle, he served in three Northwest parishes between 1931 and 1947. In 1947, Edwin became the director of Compass Mission, a Lutheran social service agency on Skid Row in Seattle. In 1959 he was elected president of the Pacific Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America, a position he held until the merger in 1963 that created the Lutheran Church of America. In 1963 he became the director of Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Edwin received honorary doctorates from PLU and from Wittenberg. His book, "The First Fifty Years of the Pacific Synod," was published in 1951. He retired in 1971 and returned to Seattle, where he lived for 17 years before moving to Des Moines, Wash. In retirement, Edwin took up woodcarving and was the business manager of Northwest Senior Craftsmen until the organization disbanded in 1993. He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by his son, Peter, from Dayton, Ohio; daughter, Alice Reed from Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Beth (Erkkila) Gembus received the Diamond Circle Award for excellence in teaching at Marion Elementary School in the Ritenour School District in St. Louis County, Mo. Beth recently retired and moved with her husband, Bill, to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Duane Johnson, is a portfolio manager at New Mexico State Investment Council. He and his wife, Patrice, have two children, 12-year-old Erik Martin and 9-year-old Britta Anne.


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Gary Olson is the vice president of Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Glendale, Calif. He is the 1999 Burbank Chamber of Commerce president and the only person to hold that position twice, previously in 1988.

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Emily Erickson Borling's music was recently heard on Minnesota Public Radio's production of "Pipedreams," a weekly program hosted by Michael Barone and devoted entirely to music written for the organ. The mid-February program titled "Rice Pudding" featured the organ at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston. The program was taken from recital performances recorded in the Edythe Bates Old Grand Organ Hall by Elaine Walters and Emily, both doctoral music students, and Clyde Holloway, professor of organ at the Shepherd School.

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Cynthia (Weaver) Bennett and her husband, Walter, attended their son, Daniel's '98, graduation from PLU on Dec. 12. Daniel will be attending law school.

Gus Kravas has accepted a position at the University of California, Riverside, as assistant vice chancellor in student services and enrollment. He was recently the vice-provost for student affairs at Washington State University (WSU), a position he has held since 1992. Under his leadership, student services expanded with the development of the Wellness Program, the Leadership Center, the Community Service Learning Center, and the growth of the Student Advising and Learning Center. He began his career at WSU as a counseling psychologist in 1971 and served as the director of counseling services for eight years until he was appointed associate vice provost for student affairs in 1988. Gus earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1971 and a master's degree from Indiana State University in 1969. His wife, Connie '67 (see class note), will be at UC Riverside also.


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Connie Kravas has accepted a position at the University of California, Riverside, as vice chancellor for university advancement. She will be overseeing development, alumni relations, communications, legislative relations, new initiatives and economic development. Connie was recently the vice president for university advancement at Washington State University (WSU) where she has worked since 1971. She earned a Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision from WSU in 1974 and a master's degree from Indiana State University in 1969. In 1981 she was elected president of the WSU Foundation, and she led the university's first comprehensive fund-raising effort, Campaign WSU, to which donors contributed more than $275 million for teaching, research and scholarships. Connie was named WSU Woman of the Year in 1996 and received the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1997. Her husband, Gus '65 (see class note), will be at UC Riverside also.

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William Allen continues his consulting practice, providing process management consulting to residential builders across the country. He serves on the board of directors for the Seattle-King County Master Builders Association.

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Claudia (Frieden) Kwasinski is an elementary reading specialist in the Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District.

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Turi (Thompson) Hoversten is a French teacher at Mojave High School in North Las Vegas. Her husband, Mark, is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They have two children, 15-½-year-old Knut-Kjell and 13-year-old Liv.

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Pamela Gutierrez is a teacher at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, Calif. She holds an administration credential and also is a professor at National University. Pamela was named teacher of the year by Hilltop High School, the Rotary Club and National University. In addition, she also was named teacher of the month several times.

Susan (Burnham) Curtis died Feb. 8 following a nine-month battle with leukemia. Susan began graduate studies at PLU and completed them at Utah State University. She married Thom Curtis on Feb. 13, 1976, and they had five children. She was a teacher in the White River School District and recently taught English as a Second Language at Honaunau School in Captain Cook, Hawaii. She was also a disaster services volunteer and instructor for the American Red Cross. Susan is survived by her husband; daughter, Rebecca and sons, Robert, Aaron, Shawn and Christopher.

Gaelyn Beal is editor of Lutheran Brotherhood's "bond" magazine, which recently increased its circulation from 700,000 to 2.5 million Lutheran households. This circulation figure compares with major consumer magazines such as Newsweek (3.2 million) and People (3.4 million).

Cindy McTee returned to campus in March to attend a performance of her work, "Circuits," a concert overture for orchestra, by the University Symphony Orchestra. "Circuits" was written in 1990 on commission from the Denton Chamber Orchestra in Denton, Texas. It has been performed by major symphony orchestras on two continents and dozens of wind ensembles throughout the United States. It is her most frequently performed work. While studying under David Robbins at PLU, her student works attracted the attention of visiting composer Krzysztof Penderecki in the spring of 1974. He invited her to study with him in Poland at the Higher School of Music in Crakow for her senior year. Cindy went, and returned to PLU to finish her bachelor of music degree in 1975. Further study with Penderecki and a master's degree at Yale followed. After earning a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, she returned to PLU in 1981 as a visiting professor of composition. She taught at PLU for three years before taking her present position as professor of music composition at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in Denton. Her list of performances and awards is extensive, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), the Saint Louis Symphony, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fulbright Foundation, BMI, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the American Guild of Organists, the College Band Directors National Association, the Washington State Arts Commission, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Cleveland Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.


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Michael Armstrong was promoted to associate professor of classics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and came to HWS in 1993 after serving as assistant professor of classics at Kalamazoo College from 1991-1993. Michael is a former Fulbright scholar with special interests in Latin poetry and textual criticism. His latest book, "Hope the Deceiver," offers commentary on a first-century AD Latin poem that describes hope as delusion and a cheat.

In September, Robb Dale was named president of Unity Group Insurance in Bellingham, Wash., after serving as vice president for the past 10 years. He received the Don C. Burnham Insurance Man of the Year Award at the 77th annual conference of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington (IIABW) on Sept. 20. Dale is a past president of the IIABW, a statewide trade association representing about 1,300 independent insurance agents and brokers.


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John Paul Olafson and his partner of 19 years, Bill Burqua, have relocated from Seattle to Sacramento, Calif. John Paul accepted a transfer with AirTouch Cellular. He is the new manager of accounting operations in the Shared Services Organization.

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Regina Braker received the 1999 Pacific Northwest Council for Languages/National Textbook Company Northwest Language Teacher of the Year Award, post-secondary level. She was one of five language teachers recognized nationally.

Bruce Neswick recently conducted a choir festival at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, N.M., and conducted for choirs at St. Paul's Church and Trinity Church in Indianapolis; St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte, N.C.; and Episcopal Diocese of Delaware at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington, Del. In addition, he played recitals at the Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, Va., and at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Va. His Girl Choristers at Washington Cathedral performed concerts this spring at Emmanuel Church in Chestertown, Md.; St. Mary's Cathedral in Memphis, Tenn.; and St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown, Md.

Perry Schmidtis a U.S. Navy Commander, currently serving as the reserve program director at Naval Air Reserve, San Diego.


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Dan Anderson graduated from Luther Seminary in May 1998. He was ordained on March 13 and installed as associate pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore., on March 14.

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Lt. Cmdr. John Swanson is a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. He recently completed sustainment training in Hawaii while assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit serves aboard the ships of the USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. John joined the Marine Corps in June 1991.

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Kenneth Jelinek is a realtor at RE/MAX Properties, Inc., in Anchorage, Alaska.

Brenda (Rice) Gormly and her husband, Ken, announce the birth of their son, Connor Elliston, on Feb. 1. Brenda is a teacher at Curtis High School in University Place, Wash., and Ken has a law practice in downtown Tacoma.


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Dana Schroeder and his wife, Lynnette Johnson Schroeder, celebrated the adoption of their daughter, Emily Bit Na, on Dec. 2. She was born on June 24, 1997, and arrived from Korea on March 2, 1998. She joins a 5-year-old brother, Christopher. Dana is director of chaplaincy services at Wyoming Medical Center, in Casper, Wyo., and is board-certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Karen (Bliss) Demaree and her husband, Kendall, announce the birth of their son, David, on Jan. 12. Karen and Kendall were married on March 14, 1998, in Shoreline, Wash. Karen is a teacher in the Bellevue School District and Kendall is an electrical engineer and software developer/consultant.

Kari (Francis) Hanson is enjoying living and working in the small town of Granite Falls, Wash. She spends most of her time at Mountain Way Elementary School, K-3, as a parent volunteer and substitute teacher. Gov. Locke named Mountain Way a "Reading School" for its success in teaching children to read at grade level by the end of third grade. Her husband, Rich, is a firefighter for the city of Everett. They have two children, 7-year-old Max and 5-year-old Maia.


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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. Michael and his wife, Bethany, have three children: 9-year-old Christopher, 7-year-old Brianna and 2-year-old Lacey. Christopher will make his theatrical debut playing 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.

Mike Larson was named president of Harold A. Allen Company Realtors in Lakewood, Wash. The company, currently in its 59th year, is the oldest real estate brokerage in Pierce County. Mike and his wife, Beco, are enjoying their nine-month-old son, Peter Mack.

Craig Norman and his wife, Kris, returned to the Northwest with their two sons, 13-year-old Sean and 10-year-old Jason, after six years in Boston and Minneapolis. Craig created a district office for EMC Corporation in Bellevue, Wash. After a successful first year he was promoted to area manager.

Mike McNamara was promoted to physical medicine flight commander with the U.S. Air Force in November and was elected president of the Anchorage Orthopaedic Society in September. He is also coach and vice president of his area ski team.


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Randy Olson and his wife, Barbara, announce the birth of their daughter, Angela Marie, on Oct. 28. Randy works for National Merit Insurance in Seattle, and Barbara is a dental hygienist.

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Les Dunlap is a Naval Supply Systems commander in the U.S. Navy. He is currently using his MBA skills to coordinate the Navy's competitive sourcing effort, opening certain government functions for competitive bids from the private sector in a true "win-win" situation for taxpayers.

Doug and Jill (Johnson '89) Gardner announce the birth of their son, Bryson, on Feb. 4. He joins 3½-year-old Emily and 2½-year-old Elliot.


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Robert St. Pierre is chief financial officer at the Maine Veterans' Homes in Augusta, Ga.

Daniel and Carol (Norton) Wildermuth announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Danielle, on Oct. 1. After spending more than four years in Budapest, Hungary, and Hong Kong, Daniel and Carol moved to Atlanta. They opened Kalos Capital, a limited broker dealer that specializes in capitalizing small-to-medium size Christian companies.

Julie Gephart Jones and Jerry Jones '91 announce the birth of their son, Jared, on Nov. 3. He joins 4-year-old Natalie.

Connie (Craig) Kline and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of their son, Dawson John, on Feb. 16. He joins 3-year-old Drew.

Pollyann (Brynestad) Butler and her husband, Jim, announce the birth of their daughter, Elaine, on Jan. 23. She joins a brother, 2½-year old MacGregor.

Matt Orme recently appeared in dual roles as Philostrate and Puck, in the Tacoma Actors Guild production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." His wife, Anna (Lauris '89), appeared with him. They both earned master of fine arts degrees from Mankato State University and have many other stage performances to their credit.

Laurie (Kiemele) McFadden and her husband, James, announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah, in January.

Ed Walawender accepted a position as senior computer integrated manufacturing engineer at WaferTech in Camas, Wash. WaferTech is a new foundry company that manufactures integrated circuits and semiconductor chips. His responsibilities include administration of the servers and software products supporting the shop floor environment. He resides in Vancouver, Wash.

Norhana (Sulaiman) Schumacher and her husband, Albert, announce the birth of their daughter, Alika, in October. She joins 7-year-old Farah and 5-year-old Alana. Norhana is a public housing specialist for the state of Hawaii and Albert works in the computer industry.


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Randy Wilson and his wife, Lisa, announce the birth of their daughter, Michaelann, on Dec. 1. Randy is a marketing educator at Kent-Meridian High School, and Lisa is a CPA at Knight Vale & Gregory.

Shannon (Ryan) and Steve Mayer announce the birth of their daughter, Jordyn Beth, on Dec. 3.

Michael Keene and his wife, Georgina, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Ilián, on March 8. Michael is a physician assistant and faculty development fellow in the Community and Family Medicine department at Duke University Medical Center. Georgina is a physician assistant for a private OB/GYN practice.


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Jakob Wolstad and his wife, Kristin, announce the birth of their son, Bjorn, on May 4, 1998. He joins 3-year-old Nora. Jakob and Kristin moved back to Norway in January after living and working abroad for more than five years, mostly in Malaysia. He can be reached at j.wolstad@dyvi.com.

Joseph and Lisa (O'Neil '89) Upton announce the birth of their daughter, Sara, on Dec. 6. She joins 3-year-old Austin. Joseph is a family practice physician at Bellevue Family Medicine.

Miyako Maeda moved back to his hometown of Tottori-shi in April to be near his mother. He was an English teacher at Nissei High School. He plans to teach in Tottori-shi when he gets settled.

Karen (Auestad) Keenan and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their daughter, Bethany Ann, on Nov. 10. Karen is working per diem while being a stay-at-home mom. Eric is a firefighter.

Steven and Helen (McCarthy) Shaw announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Virginia, on Oct. 5. She joins 8-year-old Jessica and 6-year-old Joshua. Helen is in customer service at Nordstrom and Steven is the national accounts manager for Georgia Pacific in Highlands Ranch, Colo.


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Eirik Nilsen and his wife, Vibekke, announce the birth of their daughter, Kamilla, on Sept. 4. He is back in Norway after two years as a logistics manager for Norsk Hydro in Paris. Eirik is now in charge of buying and selling ammonia worldwide for Norsk Hydro.

Rodney and Tonya (Langford) Wishart announce the birth of their son, Joseph (Joey), on Sept. 23. He joins 2½-year-old Jake.

Brian Olsen is the new associate pastor at Harvest Community Church in Lancaster, Calif. He and Lise (Hannon '90) have three daughters, 4-year-old Grace Carolyn, 3-year-old Joy Christine and one-year-old Faith Elizabeth.

Maria (Wienhold) Raynes and her husband, Brian, 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.

Steven and Katrina (Neely) Wreggit announce the birth of their son, Brandon, on Dec. 3. He joins 2-year-old Nathan.

Paul '89, '95 and Susan '91 (Robins) Cheek announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth, on March 9. She joins 5-year-old Dillon and 2-year-old Shannon.

Anna (Lauris) Orme recently appeared as Hermia in the Tacoma Actors Guild production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Her husband, Matt '86, appeared with her. They both received master of fine arts degrees from Mankato State University and have many other stage performances to their credit.

James Mischler moved to Seattle from Chicago where he has lived the last seven years. He is an instructor at the Art Institute of Seattle.

Tammi Williams is working in her own graphic design and illustration business. She is also assisting a friend with the start-up of his CD-ROM advertising business.

Kenny Byrne recently appeared as Lord of Camelot in the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company production of Lerner & Loewe's "Camelot," in Seattle. He started singing at the age of 27, after spending 15 years playing football, studying Tae Kwon Do and working with computers. After earning a business, computer and information science degree from PLU, he worked as a computer engineer while studying theatre locally and in New York for the past five years. His favorite roles have been Curly (twice) in "Oklahoma!," Captain Tempest in "Return To The Forbidden Planet," and Vittorio Vidal in "Sweet Charlotte."

Jenny Hermanson is a youth and family therapist at Park County Mental Health in Powell, Wyo.


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Stacey Heller-Weeks received the 1998 PBS TOPS Award as one of the top two individuals in station operations for PBS. She recently started a new job with the state of Oregon working with state, county and local agencies as a member of the state archives staff.

Arne Gard and Kristin Allen were married on Nov. 28 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, Wash. Arne's father, the Rev. Grant Gard '51, was one of the officiating ministers. Arne is an engineer at Boeing, and Kristin is a nurse at Children's Hospital & Medical Center.

Knut Olson is a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood in Tacoma. He recently earned membership in the Executives' Club and was ranked third among more than 1,200 representatives nationwide in the amount of life insurance products issued in January.

Erik Benson
Erik Benson
Erik Benson has a new position as senior associate at Voyager Capital, a Northwest-based venture-capital firm investing in private information technology companies. Erik will provide pre- and post-investment support to three managing directors at Voyager Capital. Prior to joining Voyager, Erik was president of two early-stage software companies in the Seattle area. After earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, he spent four years as an investment banker in New York, where he co-founded Chemical Banking Corporation's Private Equity Group. He then worked in business development for the Perkin-Elmer Corporation, a life science instrument systems company in Norwalk, Conn.

Dan Wiersma is a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood in Tacoma. He recently earned membership in Lutheran Brotherhood's 1998 President's Club.

Gregory Barrett-Wilt and his wife, Karen, announce the birth of their son, Elias Alan, in May 1998.

Oyvind and Michelle (Lechnyr '92, '95) Henningsen announce the birth of their son, Kristoffer Martin Tidemann, on Feb. 23. Oyvind is the vice president at Leitor Inc., in Seattle, and Michelle is a social worker at Sun Health Youth Treatment Center. They live in Shoreline, north of Seattle.

Kari (Sansgaard) Brendefur graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in May 1998 and was ordained a Lutheran pastor in August 1998. Jonathan Brendefur completed a Ph.D. in mathematics education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in January. They have a two-year-old daughter, Maren.

Christopher Schmit
Christopher
Keri (Lenz) and Chris Schmit announce the birth of their son, Robin Christopher, on Oct. 30.

Michael '90, '97 and Susan (Larson '89) Greenleaf announce the birth of their son, Aleksander Mikael, on March 22. He joins 3-year-old Anastasia Jenée. Susan is an NICU/BSNC nurse at Tacoma General Hospital and Michael is an earth science teacher at Stadium High School. He earned his master's degree in education technology from City University.

Erik Lorenz survived two years of humidity in Hong Kong and North Carolina and graduated with an MBA from Duke University in 1998. He now lives in San Jose, Calif., where he works for Nortel Networks. He can be reached at erik@alumni.duke.edu.


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Lois (Johnson) Debner and Jerry Debner '90 have moved from Minnesota to Washington state. Lois is a desktop production technician at The Hacker Group in Bellevue. Jerry is a systems engineer for IBM, supporting Windows 95 and NT at Washington Mutual Bank in Seattle.

Del Lofton is a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood in Tacoma. He recently attended Career I School, a weeklong educational event held at Lutheran Brotherhood's Minneapolis headquarters.

Kristi (Saari) Christianson accepted the position of U.S. corporate controller at Global Network Architects in Bellevue, Wash. Kristi and her husband, Gary, live in Redmond with their two daughters.

Fredrick Frahm is the new music director at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Wash. He and his wife, Susan (Foster '87), spent the previous year in Atlanta. They moved there with Susan's company from River Forest, Ill. While there, Fredrick taught counterpoint at Concordia University.

Paula-Noel Hibbard is a Ph.D. candidate in the Recovery of Indigenous Mind doctoral studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a dreamer and student of indigenous science, her life work is committed to the decolonization of the Western mind and the recovery of the indigenous mind, specific to Western European tribal ways of knowing. She is also active in traditional Irish Step Dance, travelling to competitions and performing in pubs.

Rick Dunn recently rejoined Grant Thornton as a senior manager and manufacturing/distribution practice leader in its Seattle office. He previously worked at Grant Thornton from 1991-97, when he left to become the controller for StairMasters Sports/Medical Products, Inc.

Margie (Ferguson) and Theo '87 Roe announce the birth of their daughter, Margaret Ferguson, on March 15, 1998. Margie is an English as a Second-Language instructor at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Issaquah, Wash., and Theo is a software development manager at AspenTech where he plays cards with his co-worker and brother, Paul Roe '91, every lunch hour..

Donald Walters opened a dental practice, Southside Dental Care, in Bellingham, Wash., in November 1997. He has incorporated some of the latest technology, including video screens showing three dimensional images of each tooth, special glasses that allow a patient to watch a feature film while having work done, and a digital X-ray machine that exposes the patient to one-10th of the radiation used in conventional film processing.

Richard Malsch accepted a program manager position with Visio Corporation's IT Products division. His wife, Shana, is a human resources assistant with F5 Labs. They are enjoying their new home in Kirkland, Wash., with their two cats, seven birds and one tarantula.


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Steven Sporre is lead singer for "I Am," a recording group based in Portland, Ore. They concentrate on music that lifts the spirit and the soul.

Cynthia Worden and Kevin Johnson were married Feb. 28, 1998, at University Place Presbyterian Church in University Place, Wash. Cyndi is a contract administrator at Jesse Engineering Company, and Kevin is a Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy. Cyndi will begin medical school in the fall.

Shane Moe graduated from Colorado State University in May 1998. He is an equine veterinarian at Range View Large Animal Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Carmen Hauck is in the master of education program at the University of Montana. She is pursuing a secondary certification in biology and general science.

Mark and Karen (Graham '94) Bain announce the birth of their daughter, Kayla Christine, in December. Mark and Karen are financial planners at Bain Financial Group. Derek and Kim (Foiles) Enz announce the birth of their daughter, Amanda, on Sept. 4.


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Stephanie Lorenz and Stephen Yenne were married on April 19, 1998, in Sunriver, Ore. The couple lives in Salem, Ore., where Stephen is an orthodontist.

Michelle Perry is a graduate student at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Ariz. She can be reached at map121@hotmail.com.

Hilary Burtt is an apprentice artist for the 1999 season with Opera Colorado in Denver. She will perform the third lady in "The Magic Flute," Stephano in "Romeo and Juliet" and Frugola in "Il Tabarro."

Marla Hardman is a teacher at Umatilla High School in Hermiston, Ore.

Vidar Skoglund started a new position Feb. 1 as vice president at Storebrand, the largest insurance and finance company in Norway. He was previously a key account manager at SCA Hygiene Products in Tonsberg, Norway.

Karyn (Swiackey) Gould and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandria Rose, on Feb. 18. Jeff is an advertising and promotions coordinator at Northwest Washington Medical Bureau.

Duke Paulson '93, '94 and Amy Neel '98 were married on Aug. 8, 1998, at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash. Duke is the director of Upward Bound for the Metropolitan Development Council located at PLU. Amy earned her master's degree in education from PLU and is a third-grade teacher at Lake Louise Elementary School in the Clover Park School District. PLU alumni in the wedding included best man Dean Kelly '93; and groomsmen Darren Wenz '95 and Adam Johnson '93.

Carolyn Fulton taught elementary music to children of 42 different nationalities at the International School of Bangkok, Thailand, for two years. She traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to present a research paper at the ISME Commission Seminar on Music in Cultural, Educational and Mass Media Politicies. While she was there she had an accident with a "killer bathtub." Carolyn required nine hours of surgery to save her right eye. They restored the eye orbit, tear duct, and saliva glands. She calls the four doctors who performed the surgery her "dream team" because they were educated at Harvard, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University and in Britain. During her recovery, Carolyn went to a festival one-and-a-half blocks from the American Consulate on the night that it was bombed. Many professors from Kenyatta University gathered around her after the explosion to protect her fragile face from the stampede of 700 students. The consul, who visited her twice when she was in the hospital, was killed. Carolyn is currently studying under renowned music education and behavioral researcher Clifford Madsen at Florida State University. She has a teaching graduate internship and her students, not able to see the scar, agree that the doctors were brilliant. Carolyn says she feels fortunate to be alive.

Heather (Giakoumis) Stewart is a therapist at Oak Forest Psychological Services. She begins a pre-doctoral psychology internship at Chicago-Read Mental Health Center in September.

Catherine Herbstler is in marketing and public relations at Franciscan Corporation in Tacoma.


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Rolf Bloomquist and Pamella Howard
Rolf Bloomquist
and Pamella
Howard
Rolf Bloomquist and Pamella Howard were married on June 27, 1998. Pamella is a career counselor at the University of Oregon, and Rolf is a student.

Kimberly Petersen earned a master's degree in psychology from Rutgers University in May 1998. She is currently spending a year working as a visiting instructor of psychology at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Heather (Carlson) Wheeler graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in June 1998. She is a resident family physician in Spokane. Heather and her husband, David, went with World Medical Mission/World Gospel Mission to Kenya last spring for two months. She worked as a doctor, and David worked as a pharmacist at Tenwek Hospital. They were involved in the treatment of malaria and cholera epidemics, AIDS and tuberculosis. They also prayed with the patients and studied the Bible with them in their huts and many came to know Jesus.

Krista Martin earned an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Washington in August. She is attending veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scott Bakke and Lorri Dale were married on May 28 in Seattle. Scott is in sales at Seawestern, and Lorri is a flight attendant.

Siw Karinen Maloney has a new position as information editor at Agresso Group ASA in Oslo, Norway.

Mikael Clement is a financial analyst at H & Q Norden Securities in Oslo, Norway.


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David Wallin accepted a position with IBM in the export regulation division in December. He earned a master's degree in international affairs (international economic policy) from American University on Jan. 31. Jennifer Evans Wallin has been working at Exponent since July 1997. She earned a master of science degree in environmental toxicology in December 1997.

Joel Aosved was ordained in the United Methodist Church in June 1997. He finished seminary at Boston University in May 1998 and has been serving three churches in Central Idaho — Grangeville, Nezperce and White Bird, — since July 1, 1998. Joel and his wife, Laura, enjoy being back in the Pacific Northwest.

Melanie Coulson has a new position at Public Radio Management with headquarters in Rhinebeck, N.Y. She works on the nationwide fundraising reporting system for public radio stations and on web development. Melanie was previously the gift manager at KPLU in Tacoma.

Susan Wussow and Greg Weber were married on June 27, 1998, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Susan is an accountant for the state of Washington, and Greg is a graphic designer.

Nancy Keene and Thomas Steele were married on Feb. 27 at Parkland Christian Church. Nancy is the human resource director at Seattle Telco Credit Union, and Thomas is a machinist at the University of Washington.

Jennifer Johnson and Andrew Higgins were married on Dec. 12 in Mount Vernon, Wash. The wedding party included Robin (Buck '94) Evans, Jennifer (Dyer '94) Dietrich, Amy (Westendorf '95) Reisner, and Amy Wigstrom-Espinoza '96. Jennifer is in the master of education program at Antioch University in Seattle, and Andrew works in the building permit department for the City of Seattle.

Shannon Reed and Brian Boldt '98 were married on May 30, 1998, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Shannon is a research lab technician at the VA Medical Center in Lakewood, Wash., and Brian is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army transportation corps.

Douglas and Susan (Glenn) Nicholson announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Faye, on Jan. 3.

Nathan Aune is majoring in jazz saxophone performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Shannon Bates completed a novel titled "Sleep," and is seeking an agent to represent her. She is currently working on a new novel, playing the saxophone in two community bands and playing soccer.

Jennifer Gailband was promoted to cruise director for Carnival Cruise Line in March. She was previously an assistant cruise director and performer for a number of cruise lines. As the newest cruise director for Carnival, she will go from ship to ship, filling in where needed. Jennifer is enjoying the hectic lifestyle of an administrative staff member of a cruise ship, but she looks forward to securing a performing spot sometime in the future. If you take a cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, Key West or Cozumel, be sure and look for her.

Krista Anderson, a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, presented a poster at the National Neuroscience Conference in Los Angeles in November. She will enter the doctoral program in neurobiology at UAB this summer.

Leroy Standifer was promoted to police sergeant with the city of Tacoma.


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Amy Spies and Kirk Myhre were married on Nov. 14 in Des Moines, Wash. Amy is a programmer-analyst at Boeing, and Kirk is an artist.

Homan Emami earned an MBA from Seattle University in December. He is an operation program analyst at Boeing.

Kevin Marousek accepted a position with 3-Ring Circus, an advertising agency in Los Angeles. Kevin was formerly at NBC in Burbank, Calif., where he worked for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Howie Mandel Show."

Max and Monica (Day) Milton have moved from Honolulu to Fort Irwin, Calif. Fort Irwin is the national training center, and Monica is stationed at the hospital as a labor and delivery nurse. It is a Baby Friendly Hospital, one of only 14 in the United States that hold that designation. Monica is the head of that program, and she became a certified lactation consultant in March. Max worked as a security specialist for Project Sea Launch in Long Beach, Calif. He continues to work on a master's degree.

Navy Lt. j.g. Harvey Ausmus is stationed at Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla. He joined the Navy in 1983.

Wendy Howard and Brett Talbert were married on Aug. 22, 1998, at First United Methodist Church in Salem, Ore. Wendy is a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, and Brett is a configuration coordinator at Microsoft.

Laura Flathau accepted a one-year position in Tsuchiura, Japan, teaching English as a Second Language.

Erik Melver is a candidate for Ohio University's master of fine arts in theater degree. He will begin his third year in the program with an internship as a professional actor at the Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, in August. Eric was a Fulbright Scholar in 1996-97.

Michelle Horan and Shawn Wiley were married on Jan. 14 in Leavenworth, Wash. Michelle is a teacher with Tacoma Public Schools, and Shawn is a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Isaiah Johnson was voted Teacher of the Year for 1996-97 and 1997-98 by the students at Kent Jr. High School in Kent, Wash. He has been a social studies teacher at the school since 1996.

Devyn Copley and Kevin Alan Larson were married on Oct. 3. Devyn is a teacher and earned a master's degree in teaching from George Fox University in May. Kevin is an Oregon State University graduate and civil designer in the Portland area.

Julie Nordstrom is working on a master's degree in occupational therapy and a master's degree in education at Idaho State University in Pocatello. She will graduate in 2001. Julie can be reached at nordjuli@isu.edu.


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Stephanie Dotson and Russell Watts were married on Aug. 15. Stephanie works in accounts payable at United Pipe and Supply, and Russell works in ground services.

Brian van Valey and Amy Saathoff '95, '97 were married on Dec. 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Amy is an adapted physical education specialist in the Central Kitsap School District, and Brian is a tax accountant at Knight Vale & Gregory in Tacoma. The wedding party included Lyris Nixon '95, Lisa Erickson '95, Jennifer (MacDougall) Fulfs '95, Turi Widsteen '96, Scott Cushing '97, Josh Johnson '97, Josh Wyrick '97 and Chris Peirce '97.

Mark Brannfors is a systems support specialist at Good Samaritan Community Healthcare in Puyallup.

Mikel Michener recently appeared in the roles of Snug/Lion/Moth in the Tacoma Actors Guild (TAG) production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Besides appearing in many productions while at PLU, he was Leonard Vole in "Witness for the Prosecution" at the Lakewood Community Playhouse, and Jimmy Curry in "The Rainmaker" and Juror #5 in "Twelve Angry Men" at Tacoma Little Theatre.

Faisal Alsabah is in international research at the Central Bank of Kuwait in Alsafat, Kuwait.

Scott Kolbet and Angie Davis were married on Feb. 13 at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Tacoma.

Loise Babbitt '97 was recently diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. She has a 2-year-old son, and your prayers for her and her family would be greatly appreciated. Cards and letters can be sent to 953 Melrose Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911.


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David Wilson is in the international relations master's degree program at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Allison Gray works in special events at Boys and Girls Clubs of Pierce County.

Kathleen Jones and her husband, David, announce the birth of their son, Christian David, in January. He joins 3-year-old Matthew Steven.

Ellie Siegmund began a new position as a kindergarten teacher at Seward Elementary School in Tacoma in November. She was previously a substitute teacher at 14 other schools in the Tacoma School District.

Mao Liang is in the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship. He returns to Northeast Normal University in China in August.

Joy Will is a personnel assistant I for the Alaska Department of Labor in Juneau.

Tamra Miller was promoted from reporter to news anchor at KEPR-TV in Pasco, Wash. She was also awarded a journalism fellowship with the Institute for Educational Inquiry.

Liz Russell was promoted to assistant branch manager at TERRA Personnel Group's downtown Seattle branch in April. In January she passed the PHR exam, a nationally recognized certification program/exam in human resource management.

Katie Wasenmiller and Jonathan Saad '96 were married on July 25, 1998. Katie is an art teacher at Seattle Lutheran High School and has started a freelance business in hand-painted ceramic items. Jonathan is an advertising producer at InfoSeek.


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Jill Nelson and her boyfriend Clint Wilson
Jill Nelson
and her boyfriend
Clint Wilson
Jill Nelson and her boyfriend Clint Wilson won an all-expense-paid trip to the Super Bowl in Miami through Coke's promotion, The Red Zone.

IN MEMORIAM
1935
Gene Burgoyne
died on May 23, 1998.

1950
Eugene Ahrendt
died on March 20.

1954
Vernon Lestrud
died on July 1, 1998.

1956
James Clifton
died on Jan.19.

1958
Ruth Christian
died on Feb. 4.

1962
Edwin Bracher
died on Dec. 16.

1974
Joe Tveten
died on Jan. 27.

1975
Susan (Burnham) Curtis
died on Feb. 8

Friends and Faculty
Elmira "Molly" Baker
, PLU librarian in the late '50s and early '60s, died on Jan. 19 at the age of 86.

Authors Bookshelf

Russell Rowland '80 recently sold a novel to William Morrow & Co. Publishing that will be published next year. It is a historical account of a ranch family in Montana.

Rick Machle and Sandy Nervig '87 recently published "Ester's Easter Tale – How The Easter Bunny Came To Be," under Growing Ideas, L.L.C. Rick, an award-winning multimedia and video producer/director/writer and business owner, wrote the book. Sandy, an illustrator, designer and architecture intern, illustrated the book. They moved back to Colorado in 1991 and live in southeast Aurora. Sandy earned a master's degree in architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 1996.

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