Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jack Metcalf '51
After graduating from Langley High School in Langley, Wash., Metcalf attended the University of Washington and PLU, receiving two bachelor's degrees in 1951. He then served in the U.S. Army and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before teaching middle and high school mathematics, history and government in the Everett (Wash.) School District for 29 years.
In 1960, Metcalf was elected to the Washington state Legislature where he served for 24 years, representing three different legislative districts in the state House and Senate. He became a member of the U.S. Congress in January 1995 and is currently serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Metcalf and his wife of 50 years, Norma, have four daughters and 11 grandchildren. They own Metcalf's Log Castle Bed and Breakfast on Whidbey Island, Wash.
Metcalf will be retiring at the end of this congressional term as he pledged to serve no more than three terms.
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Peggy Chan '77
After earning her bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1977, Chan moved to Washington, D.C., to be near her husband, Winston Zee, '76. There, she began her career with Arthur Young and Company and quickly became responsible for managing large computer projects for the firm. After her husband was transferred to Hong Kong, she remained in Washington, D.C., to complete a master of science degree in computer science from Georgetown University before returning to Hong Kong to join him and to start her own firm.
Excel Technology International (Hong Kong) Ltd. began on Valentine's Day 1988, and specializes in information technology consulting, computer systems development, technology marketing and recruitment. By 1991, the firm managed projects worth $10 million and employed 40 people. Now the company employs more than 170 people. More recently, Chan began NetFun, a company specializing in Internet games for children.
In 1991, Chan received the Hong Kong Inc. business magazine's city business award, and the magazine suggested that she could be Hong Kong's first female governor. But family has always come first for her. When people tell her that Excel is her best investment, she answers, "No, my husband is. And I hope my son is next best."
William Ramstad '47, '49
After service with the Air Force in Europe during World War II, as a B-24 navigator, Ramstad earned a bachelor of arts in communications from Pacific Lutheran College in 1947 and a bachelor of arts in education in 1949. He went on to receive a master of education degree from the University of Washington in 1954 and a doctorate from Stanford in 1963.
His long and distinguished career of work and public service has culminated in retirement from four different careers. In the private sector, he was vice president of Key Technologies International, vice president of Pacific Media Ministry, and vice president of Jostens Learning Corp.
In his lifetime, Ramstad has exemplified PLU's mission of training people for service. He followed his father, a member of the faculty for nearly 40 years, and mother, the first staff member in the alumni office, by serving PLU in several capacities. As a member of the Board of Regents, he was an informed and active member of the academic affairs committee.
Ramstad and his wife, Betty Ann, are longtime Q Club and Heritage Society members. They have two children, Mary Lynn Ford '68, and Timothy Ramstad. Betty Ann has two sons, Robert Barrett and Thomas Barrett. They also share 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They reside in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award
Calvin Goings '95
Goings, a lifelong resident of Puyallup, Wash., began his life in government as a student at Franklin Pierce High School, serving as associated student body president in his senior year. At Pierce College, while Goings studied for his associate degree in arts and sciences, he was elected commissioner of Pierce County Fire District No. 6. After receiving the degree, he enrolled at PLU, majoring in political science and minoring in history, while continuing to serve as a district fire commissioner.
In 1995 Goings became the youngest person ever appointed to the Washington state Senate, and the next year became the youngest person ever elected as a state senator in Washington.
When Goings is not working at the state capitol or volunteering his time, he works as the executive director of the Washington Credit Union Foundation and resides, with his wife, Amy, in Puyallup.
Alumni Service Award
Sue Ellen Johnson '73, '78
Johnson attended PLU after her five children were all in school. She received her bachelor's degree in 1973 and her master degree in education in 1978. Following graduation, Johnson started a 19-year teaching career at Bordeaux Elementary School in Shelton, Wash.
Concerned for peace and justice issues, Johnson has been actively involved in a variety of related programs. She became a part of the Lutheran Peace Fellowship.
While on tour in Israel, Johnson became involved in helping the Palestinian people in their search for peace and justice. As a result of that experience, she wrote a book entitled "The Other Side of Welcome," to help young readers understand what is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Johnson is an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Shelton and provides a worship service and Sunday School for the residents of Fir Lane Convalescent Center. She and her husband, Carl, reside in Union, Wash. and have five children: Deborah Killough '79, David '74, Daniel, Dale, and Steven.
Special Recognition Award
Arbaugh received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1959.
At the age of 25 he joined the PLU faculty as the first professionally-trained philosopher and helped create the modern department of philosophy we have today. Arbaugh was chair of the committee that drafted the university's statement of objectives and was its primary author. The statement remained part of the official university catalog for the next 30 years.
Former students considered his courses among the most demanding. He has challenged his classes at PLU and promoted critical examination of philosophical issues for over 40 years. To this day, Arbaugh continues to teach effectively, especially in the Honors and Integrated Studies Programs.
Arbaugh and his wife, Donna, live in Parkland, Wash., and have three sons, John '88, Karl '85 and William.