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Class Notes

1942, 1950, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, In Memoriam

Josie Shapira is retiring and recovering from accidents. Her Jewish and Norwegian heritage has sparked an interest in genealogy.

Beth Gottwald Peterson was recently featured in an article in the San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Gazette for her volunteer efforts. Her involvement includes helping in a second grade classroom at Los Ranchos Elementary on Tuesday mornings, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and serving in the Altar Guild at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, as well as working in Mt. Carmel's People's Kitchen where she organizes food deliveries and "dishes up" the meals. Beth also gives many hours to French Hospital where she supervised the Candy Stripers for 10 years and is a regular at the reception desk. Beth and her husband, Larry '50, volunteer together at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, as ushers and floor captains.

Virginia Prochnow, a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Yakima, Wash., recently attended IRA 2000: Distributions for the New Millennium, to increase her knowledge of retirement planning. She also earned membership in the 1999 Leaders' Club, based on the sale of insurance and investment products to Lutherans. Virginia is affiliated with the Mauritsen Agency in Spokane, Wash.

Twila (Gillis) Springer and her husband, Bruce, are enjoying their retirement after teaching in Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, and seven overseas locations. They are kept busy with traveling to visit their four children and nine grandchildren who live in Washington, California, and Australia, and with their acreage in Port Angeles, Wash.

Al Dungan has retired after 19 years as an addictions counselor. He is now writing for "Insights for Preachers," "Faith Inkubators," and "The Clergy Journal," providing sermon helps for busy preachers. He is currently at work on Advent 2000 sermon helps for "Faith Inkubators."

Gary Peterson and his wife, Cindy, are enjoying their retirement in Wickenburg, Ariz., about 50 miles northwest of Phoenix. They enjoy hosting friends who come down for baseball spring training.

Karin (Stromberg) Grice is touring the U.S. in an R.V. during a one year sabbatical from her job as director of human resources at Emerald Heights in Redmond, Wash. She will return in September.

John Olson retired after 22 years as executive director of the Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries in Spokane, Wash. He also served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Spokane for the last 11 years.

Donald Wall is retired and lives in Coupeville, Wash., with his wife, Jean. They have two children, Jennifer and Alexander.

Olsens Robert and Kay (Whisler '64) Olsen announce the graduation of their daughter, Lori Jo, in December, with a bachelor of science degree in biology. Lori Jo is the 10th member of their extended family to attend PLU, including Richard '59 and Clintena (Wells) '64 Olsen; James Olsen '63; Paul '67, '74 and Karen (Walley) '72, '73 Olsen; Ruth Olsen Peterson '73; and Jerry Olsen '88. Her grandfather, Dr. Robert Olsen, taught chemistry at PLU from 1947 to 1977.

Mary Baich was named executive director of the Fairview Foundation, a nonprofit corporation in Minneapolis. Mary has been with Fairview Health Services since 1991 and has served as director of community health since 1992. She holds a master of hospital and healthcare administration degree from the University of Minnesota (U. of M.) and is also an adjunct faculty member at the U. of M. department of health care administration.

Christopher Howell received a Pushcart Prize, his second, for his poem, "A Party On The Way To Rome." He is a professor of English and creative writing and director of the University Press at Eastern Washington University. Christopher and his wife, Barbara Anderson, have two children, Evan, 8, and Emma, a freshman at Oberlin College.

Marv Slind will be teaching Early Modern and Scandinavian history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in the fall. He was previously at Washington State University in Pullman.

Bill Ranta will be inducted into the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in October. He recently retired from teaching and coaching after 30 years at Benson High School in Portland.

Rick Rouse was elected president of the Society for the Advancement of Continuing for Ministry, an organization of more than 100 church-related colleges, universities and seminaries in North America with representatives from Germany, Great Britain and Scandinavia.

Larry Cress died on April 3. After PLU, Larry earned a doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1976. In 1987 he became professor of history at the University of Tulsa. He became dean of Willamette University College of Liberal Arts in 1994, was a professor of history at Willamette and held the Dwight and Margaret Lear Professor of American History chair. His memberships included the American Council of Academic Deans, Phi Beta Kappa, and Oregon Symphony Orchestra in Salem Association. He had many writings included in scholarly publications. Larry is survived by his wife, Linda, and daughter, Meghan.

Karen Stenberg French and her husband, Douglas, announce the graduation of their son, Travis, from Huron University in February. He earned a degree in business and finance.

John Hushagen is arborist and owner of Seattle Tree Preservation Inc. His wife, Jan Schurman '76, is a nurse practitioner at Garfield/Nova Teen Health Center in Seattle. Jan is working toward a master's degree in health administration at the University of Washington. Their daughter, Ella, 18, graduated from Garfield High School in June. Their son, Sam, will begin ninth grade in the fall.

Debbie (Kidd) Flajole was privileged to receive a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Korean Grand Master Tae S. Lee, on Feb. 28. She was 'honored and humbled' by the journey and found it to be rewarding both physically and spiritually.

Peg Zander received the C.S. Mott Award at the Oregon Community Education Association conference in March. The award, named in memory of Charles Stewart Mott, founder of the Mott Foundation, is presented to a community education professional or volunteer from a school district, community college or agency, for outstanding service or professional achievement.

Steve Adelson and his wife, Linda, created Backtrack West, an educational organization that offers living history courses focusing on the rich legacy of the American West. Their primary clients are teachers.

Dennis Jaraczeski recently joined Olympic Bank and Mortgage in Federal Way, Wash., as vice president and commercial lending officer. He was previously at Key Bank and Washington State Bank for 18 years. Olympic Bank and Mortgage is a division of Kitsap Bank.

Stephen Fullenweider died on Jan. 31. He participated in the concert band and the jazz band, playing electric piano, trumpet and cornet and also studied composition. After PLU, he had master's classes with Krysotff Penderecki and accompanied the Martha Graham troupe. Stephen earned a certificate in harpsichord and early music performance practice and matriculated at Curtis School of Music, in Philadelphia. In 1978 he received a master of arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Post-graduate work included private studies with Milton Babbitt and Elliot Carter. In 1977 he married Jann Boyd and they had a son, Jan and two daughters, Anna and Lara. An accomplished and ecumenical liturgical musician, Stephen served parishes in many states. In 1984 he was awarded a composition fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Festival and began working as corporate archivist at CBS headquarters in New York. Later he was an editor of music texts at Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston Publishers. He also was a founding member of Amara, a composer's performance group in New York and of the Tabor Camerata, an early music performance society in Philadelphia. From the age of 14, Stephen composed, both for the liturgy and for concert performance. His numerous commissions ranged from anthems for Saint James' Church to a jazz mass for Saint Peter's Church. In his last years, he continued performing and composing in Saskatoon, Canada, where he organized concerts at the Chapel of the Lutheran Theological Seminary on the University of Saskatchewan campus. On the eve of his death, his chamber work, "Cree Winter," inspired by the 6,000 year-old medicine wheel near Saskatoon, was premiered by his colleagues in the Saskatoon Composers' Performance Society Inc. to critical acclaim. Stephen is survived by his wife and three children.

Thomas and Janette (Soderstrom) Mahoney and their son, Ryan, recently moved to Danville, Calif. Randy is senior applications chemist at Varian Analytical Instruments in Walnut Creek. Jan is at home full-time after 18 years at Syntex/Roche Bioscience in Palo Alto, Calif.

Joe Brooks is the plant manager at Tree Top Inc. in Cashmere, Wash.

Jan Schurman is a nurse practitioner at Garfield/Nova Teen Health Center in Seattle. She is working toward a master's degree in health administration at the University of Washington. Her husband, John Hushagen '73, is arborist and owner of Seattle Tree Preservation Inc. Their daughter, Ella, 18, graduated from Garfield High School in June. Their son, Sam, will begin ninth grade in the fall.

Bob Moluf has completed a job transition that began in 1993 when he left his position as an editorial director at Augsburg Fortress Publishers. His new career focuses on electronic information exchange using Oracle databases and Web servers.

Trudy (Thorsness) Lund received the Delta Kappa Gamma Golden Apple Award for outstanding excellence in education. She is a first-grade teacher in the Anchorage (Alaska) School District. Trudy and her husband, Curt, have three sons, Chris, 19, a sophomore at Washington State University; John, 17, a high school senior; and Steve, 15, a high school freshman.

Verna Powers Hazen completed her second master's degree, an MBA, through the Executive MBA program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), last May. She is the director of financial aid programs and services at RIT. Her husband, Logan Hazen '74, is the director of residential life at the University of Rochester, N.Y. They live in Rochester.

David Voss has worked at Stryker Howmedica Osteonics for 17 years. He was recently promoted to Northwest area director, which encompasses 10 Western states. His wife, Debbie (Oftebro '76), is a homemaker. She is actively involved in Cub Scouts and is a School Site Council member for the local school district. They will continue to live in Rancho Murieta, Calif. Their son, Erik, will be a freshman at PLU in the fall.

Fred Davis is the coordinator of the Life Skills program in Washington, D.C.

Ben McCracken '78, '90, became the assistant principal at Pioneer Valley Elementary School in the Bethel (Wash.) School District, in September.

Tara Otonicar and Kenneth Nordstrom were married on Aug. 4 in Lakewood, Wash. They live in Olympia.

Timothy Cline received the 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, an honor that carries with it not only public recognition and an opportunity to join a network of 1,502 outstanding educators around the nation, but also an unrestricted financial award of $25,000. Criteria for selection include exceptional educational talent and promise and distinguished achievement in developing innovative educational curricula, programs and/or teaching methods. Timothy is the principal at Hopson Senior Memorial Middle School in Barrow, Alaska.

Evelyn (Cornwall) Jerden is hoping to hear from PLU alumni who are interested in a gathering in the Tucson, Ariz., area. ejerden@worldnet.att.net

Bradley Falk, a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Reardan, Wash., recently earned membership in the 1999 Leaders' Club, based on the sale of insurance and investment products to Lutherans. He is affiliated with the Mauritsen Agency in Spokane, Wash.

Beth (Coughlin) Zier ran in the Boston Marathon for the third time, in April. In addition to running the 26.2 miles, she was the guest speaker just prior to the race at a service that was held at a church near the starting line. It was an outdoor service for runners and spectators. Beth shared about God's grace in her life, as she told about her survival of a near-fatal car accident in 1980 and her return to running. Beth's running and speaking ministry is called, "Running with the Good News . . . the Victory has been Won!"

Patricia (Kirkwood) O'Neill began her new position as science librarian and associate professor, at PLU in August.

Karen Bates-Olson and her husband, Kevin, enjoy living in Spokane, Wash., and raising their two daughters, Amy Carol, 7, and Katie Ann, 2. Karen is the associate pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church and Kevin is a math professor at North Idaho College.

Muriel (Balch) Gordon died on April 3. She graduated from Clover Park High School in 1976. After receiving a bachelor of science degree in nursing, she worked as a registered nurse at Lakewood (Wash.) Hospital for several years before moving to Salt Lake City, where she continued her nursing career. Muriel is survived by her husband, John, and two sons, John and Trevor.

Diane (Van Vleet) Olsen and her husband, Richard, recently moved to Richland, Wash., where Richard is a business manager for Lockheed Martin and Diane stays at home with their three daughters, Christy, 14, Caroline, 10, and Courtney, 4.

Elizabeth (Wallis) Reinking and her husband, Mark, moved to St. Louis, Mo., last summer. Elizabeth is working for Christians Linked in Mission, a nonprofit organization that supports projects of justice and hope around the world by linking people in faith-centered partnerships. They have two children, Jason, 17, and Sarah, 10.

Patrick Swenson is a teacher at Evergreen High School in Burien, Wash., and the publisher of TaleBones, a fantasy magazine that has won many prizes.

LeeAnne Campos and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Liliana Elizabeth on Jan. 20. She joins Miranda, 6. Michael continues to work for Weyerhaeuser Corp. in Federal Way, Wash. LeeAnne is in her eighth year of teaching private voice lessons at PLU. She also is the vocal instructor at the Cappella Girls' Chorus, working with the director, Stephanie Charboneau, a third-year music student at PLU; the assistant director,Donald Stojack '82; and the accompanist, Debra Steichen Stojack '83. In November, LeeAnne was the soprano soloist in a performance of Poulenc's "Gloria" with the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, directed by Geoffrey Boers '80.

Susan (Pomeroy) Wittenberg left KPS Health Plan to join the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's grant and contract administration in Seattle. She is responsible for negotiating commercial research agreements with pharmaceutical companies. Susan also is working on National Institute of Health grants for cancer research funding.

Oneida (Battle) Blagg was the first project manager of the MESA program. She would like to hear from former participants who have now become PLU alumni. Odblagg@excite.com

Linda (Tingelstad-Carlson) Davis recently exhibited her artwork for the first time at a one-day event and sold three of her works. Besides owning her business, Dusty Rose Ltd. she also teaches writing and art at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, Minn., and serves on the board of directors. Last summer Linda organized and implemented the River Days art festival located at the juncture of the Mississippi River and Rice Creek. The festival included art exhibitions, dance, music and educational events. The closing event was a performance by a professional Shakespearean group. The second annual River Days will be on July 9.

Bruce Berton, an officer with the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, began a new assignment at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong last summer. He was previously at the U.S. Consulate in Hamilton, Bermuda, for four years.

In January, Joy McNally joined Bader Martin Ross and Smith, P.S., in Seattle, as an accountant in the tax department. Joy has a master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.

Craig Norman retired in February from EMC Corporation where he was in high tech sales and marketing for nine years. His positions included work as account executive, district sales manager, Northwest area director, and director of product marketing and strategic planning. His retirement will allow him to spend quality time with his wife, Kris (Poppe), and sons, Sean, 14, and Jason, 11.

Jackie (Romano) Vignal is the lead foster care caseworker at Catholic Community Services and her husband, Bruce, is a reservation agent.

Joseph Strandjord and his wife, Karina, announce the birth of Olivija Winter on Dec. 9, 1998. She was born 16 weeks early, weighed one pound and seven ounces and was 11 inches long. She is now over 17 pounds and doing great.

In January, Steven Neuder was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament and installed as associate pastor of children, youth and family ministries at Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Calif. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had their first child in May.

Dawn (McColley) Darby and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of Haylee Faye on Jan. 26. In June, they are returning to Tacoma after an absence of six years. Paul will be leaving the Army and beginning an occupational medicine residency at the University of Washington. Dawn will continue her busy schedule as a homemaker and mother of four.

David Schaut has entered anesthesiology training after 10 years as a general practitioner in Denver, Colo. His recent publication was "Sevoflurane Inhalation Induction for Emergency Cesarean Section in a Parturient with no Intravenous Access," in Anesthesiology 86:6 of June 1997.

Erik Ryan is the new CEO and owner of Chicago Kenworth Inc. a four-store dealership for heavy-duty Kenworth trucks, parts and service in Bolingbrook, Ill. He previously had a sales position with the Kenworth Truck Company in North Carolina.

David Sperry is a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines and based in Seattle.

David Moylan returned to PLU in August 1999 to assume the position of telecommunications manager after eight years of military service and 10 years as a civilian in telecom engineering.

It was incorrectly reported in the spring edition of Class Notes, that Brent and Susan Andersen were married on Aug. 3. Following is the correct information: Brent Andersen and his wife, Susan, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Olivia on Aug. 3. Brent is also the chairman of the department of anesthesia at Portland Providence Medical Center.

Michael Halvorson and his wife, Kim, announce the birth of Felix Michael on March 20. He joins an older brother, Henry James. Michael has been active at PLU as a visiting assistant professor in the History Department where he has taught classes on the history of early modern Europe.

Barbara (Vial) and Robert '87 Jagels announce the birth of Kelly on Nov. 25. She joins Laura, 3.

Jud and Sari (Tollefson '87) Keim have moved to St. Peter, Minn., where Jud has accepted a position with the Gustavus Adolphus College football program as the defensive coordinator. He previously coached at California Lutheran University with Scott Squires '88.

Barbara (Hefte) DiBlasi and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Lucas on Jan. 6. He joins Edison, 2. Barbara is the print production advertising manager at the Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

After completing a Ph.D. in justice studies at Arizona State University in 1996 and raising her two sons, Kathleen Cameron was recruited by Pittsburg State University, Kansas, to design and develop a new bachelor of science degree program in justice studies. She currently is the director of that program. Kathleen's son, Jim, graduated from Arizona State University in May.

Walt and Whitney (Pohl) Miles announce the birth of Scott Henry on Feb. 9. He joins Jeffrey, 7, Joey, 5, and Matthew, 2. Whitney is a full-time homemaker and Walt is the president of Miles Sand and Gravel.

Shannon (Tellock) Heizenrader and her husband, Doug, announce the birth of Sabrina on Dec. 9. She joins Grant, 3. Shannon is the communications coordinator at Providence Health System.

Kevin Ylvisaker recently received an MBA degree from the University of Washington. He and his wife, Robin, have two daughters, Allyson, 3 and Lauren, 1.

Mary Michele Petrelli has a son, John, 6. Marymichele@msn.com

Rich and Ashlyn (Flanders) Arnold announce the birth of their seventh child, Joyce Rebecca on June 4, 1999. She joins Chelsea, 13, Nathan, 11, Starre, 9, Nadine, 7, Tabitha, 5, and Josiah, 3. Rich also received a master of divinity degree from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in May 1999. He continues to work as a computer network administrator while waiting for a call to pastor.

Marli (Denison) Bartness and her husband, Christopher, announce the birth of Aidan Christopher on Oct. 1. Marli is on leave from her job as an elementary school counselor and enjoying being a mother.

Cynde Laur and Darren Rivers were married on Jan. 30 in Gig Harbor, Wash. Because it was Superbowl Sunday, the ceremony was performed during halftime. The wedding became the talk of several fire stations because along with the food and drink, they provided a big screen TV during the reception! Cynde's father, Rev. Hendrik Laur '60, performed the ceremony. Deborah Laur '01 was matron of honor. For the honeymoon, the couple traveled to Hawaii for a scuba diving trip. Cynde is the EMS coordinator at Mary Bridge Trauma Center in Tacoma and Darren, Mr. July in the 1998 Firefighters of the Northwest calendar, is a firefighter and paramedic with the Bremerton Fire Department. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton, in 1995 with a degree in communications. They are building their dream home in Gig Harbor.

Paula (Sinderson) Bender and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of Caleb Christopher, in May. Paula is a fourth-grade teacher and Chris is a personal lines manager at a Sacramento, Calif., insurance agency.

Teresa (Corrie) Noll received a master of arts degree in literacy education from PLU in December 1999. She is an English as a Second Language instructor at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash.

Jody (Bennett) Moen and her husband, Michael, have two sons, Colton Michael, 1, and Connor James, 3. Jody is a school counselor in the Yakima (Wash.) School District and Michael is a general contractor with the Gilbert H. Moen Co.

Brad Medrud is a land use planner at AHBL in Tacoma. He was certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners in July 1999. Laura (Beck) Medrud is an administrator at PLU.

Amy Jo Mattheis Holmquist and her husband, Peter, announce the birth of Elias Anders on Dec. 21.

Jonathan Edmonds, a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Bellingham, Wash., recently earned membership in the 1999 Executives' Club, based on the sale of insurance and investment products to Lutherans. He is affiliated with the Great Northwest Agency in Seattle.

Jil (Freitag) Rael and her husband, Eric, moved with their two children, Nicholas, 5, and Samantha, 3, from Alaska to New Mexico in January. Jil is working while Eric is finishing his engineering degree. Jil plans to go to law school at the University of New Mexico.

Joel and Patty (Schmutz) Maier announce the birth of Jonathan August on May 21, 1999. He joins Emma, 3. Joel is teaching 6th grade at COHO/NOMS school in the Seattle School District. Patty is job-sharing the clinic coordinator position at a pediatric clinic in Seattle.

Heidi (Hermanson) Nagel recently returned to the Seattle area after several years in Madison, Wis., and Fort Collins, Colo. She has a new position as a genetic counselor for a perinatal obstetrics practice that is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center. Heidi also is playing cello with the Bellevue Philharmonic. Her husband, Dave, is a geographic information systems specialist with the U.S. Forest Service at the Pacific NW Research Lab at the University of Washington. He does data modeling for prescribed burning for forest fire prevention.

Cecilie (Hensrud) Myhre is a client manager at AC Nielsen, the American market research company, in Norway. Her husband, Paal, runs the Ferrari dealership in Norway.

Ruth Ann Rufener and Russ Allen were married on Aug. 28 in Leavenworth, Wash. Ruth Ann is principal/business manager at Bruce Dees and Russ is a tool grinding technician.

Lisa (Hillemeyer) Mauer and her husband, Erik, announce the birth of Madeline Virginia on Sept. 28. Lisa received the Clinician of the Year award from the University of Virginia Health South Rehabilitation Hospital where she was the outpatient coordinator before moving to Boston. They are moving back to Alaska in July. Lisa continues as a physical therapist specializing in assistive technology but will be staying home with Madeline and exploring career opportunities after they move.

Craig and Karin (Gilmer '91) Kupp announce the birth of Kobe Thomas on June 29, 1999. He joins Cooper, 7 and Ketner, 3.

Daren Skonord, a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Spokane, Wash., recently earned membership in the 1999 Leaders' Club, based on the sale of insurance and investment products to Lutherans. He is affiliated with the Mauritsen Agency in Spokane, Wash.

Lance Davenport and Mari Borghorst were married in May and honeymooned in the Cook Islands. Lance has been a police officer for eight years.

Keith Haugen completed his residency in family medicine in June 1999. After taking several months off to fly-fish in New Zealand, He has begun practicing medicine in the tiny town of Cottonwood, Idaho (pop. 890).

Rob and Amy (Detwiler '92) Kelly announce the birth of Brenna Elizabeth on Feb. 7. She joins Bryan, 2. Rob is an emergency room physician at Salem (Ore.) Hospital.

Deidre (Brown) Leer and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of Dawson on July 3, 1999. He joins Kiana, 6, and Dexter, 3.

Kevin Anderson and his wife, Julie, announce the birth of Mitchell Staton on Oct. 19. Kevin is a social worker in the Tahoma (Wash.) School District and Julie is a pediatric occupational therapist in the Good Samaritan Children's Therapy Unit.

Julie (Wilson) Spackman and her husband, Bob, recently moved to Bend, Ore., from Fairbanks, Alaska. Their second child was born in April, joining Lillie, 2.

Eric Strom and Lisa Donner were married on May 30, 1999. Eric is the associate pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Wis. Lisa is a 1994 graduate of Wittenberg University.

Marya Gingrey received a law degree from the University of Washington in June 1997. She is the in-house counsel for the Seattle Housing Authority. Her daughter, Mikayla Lynn, will be 2 years old on Oct. 18.

Tom Noettveit and Kari Bruu announce the birth of Marie on Feb. 10. She joins Henrik, 2. Tom is the accounting director at Norman ASA, a Norwegian-based, computer anti-virus and data security company. Kari is on maternity leave

Lisa (Harris) Gonzalez and her husband, Drew, moved to Newmarket, England, in February. Drew is stationed at the RAF Lakenheath base with the 493rd FS. Lisa is pursuing Red Cross volunteer opportunities on base and within the local community. They are enjoying living abroad and traveling with their two children, Rachel, 4, and John, 1.

Darin Green and Anne Erickson '88 announce the birth of Samantha Elise on Nov. 10. She joins Alexander, 3. Samantha arrived unexpectedly, three weeks early and Darin delivered her at home with the help of a 911 phone operator. All went well!

Claudia Yeaman received the Excellence in Teaching Award (teacher of the year) from the Franklin Pierce (Wash.) School District in April. She is a special education teacher at James Sales elementary school.

Ann (Ostlund) Boucher and her husband, Troy, announce the birth of Sarah Christina on Dec. 20. She joins Nicolena, 2. Ann is an editorial assistant with the Bureau of Land Management, in Billings, Mont.

Jennifer Meyer Brown and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of Rachel Sandra on June 21, 1999. She joins Makenna Lindlee, 2.

Robert and Heather (Postlethwait '92) Pinkley announce the birth of Garrison on Dec. 30. He joins Alexandra, 2.

Patrick Foran and his wife, Laura, announce the birth of Andrew on Jan. 19. He joins Matthew, 2.

John and Robyn (Heft '92) Heller announce the birth of Gabrielle Christine on Feb. 14. She joins Johnna, 5, Ryker, 3, and Summerlyn, 20 months. John is the materials specialist at the Chelan County (Wash.) P.U.D.

Josie Piety and James Hollis were married in September 1995. They have returned to Western Washington where Josie is a special education teacher in the Central Kitsap School District after teaching in Sunnyside, Wash., for several years. They have a son, Jacob, 3.

Shannon (Duff) Horn and her husband, Russ, announce the birth of Brianna Marie on Sept. 26. She joins Nadia, 3. Russ is the network administrator of the clinic at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Under his direction, the information systems office received the Air Force's top ISO of the year award. Shannon loves staying at home with her girls.


Audrey Grace McFarland Chuck and Michelle (Mate) McFarland announce the birth of Audrey Grace on May 21, 1999. They recently moved to Kennewick, Wash., from Yakima, Wash., where Chuck is the manager of the AT&T Wireless store and Michelle is a stay-at-home mom.

Adam and Katrina (Hougen '91) Sturgill announce the birth of Noah Ryan on Feb. 12. He joins Aaron, 3.

Brett Hartvigson is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in La Jolla, Calif. He recently earned membership in the 1999 Top Club, based on the sale of insurance and investment products to Lutherans. He is affiliated with the Southern California Agency in Thousand Oaks.

Ken and Lisa (Barlau '91) Hamilton announce the birth of Levi on Jan. 4. He joins Kaela, 2. Ken is a staff geologist at Blaes Environmental in Phoenix, Ariz.

Douglas Pennington and his wife, Christine, announce the birth of Rachel Ann on Feb. 22. She joins Madison, 3.

Jennifer Nelson is a legal assistant at the King County Prosecutor's Office. She previously worked as a manager at Q-Lube for five years.

Andy Finley has a new position as account executive at VoiceStream Wireless. He works with businesses in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties in Washington state.

Jane (Greenwood) Hansen and her husband, Shane, announce the birth of Sarah Jeanne on April 6. She joins Hannah, 5, and Tom, 3. Jane received a master of arts degree in special education from PLU in May and is a special education teacher at Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School.

Jaymes and Linda (Hollandsworth) Toycen announce the birth of Emily Kay on Dec. 28. Linda works part-time for the Sammamish Family YMCA as the program coordinator of the parent-child programs and teaches swimming lessons. Jaymes is the director of audiovisual services at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.


The Perrys Jeffrey Perry and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the adoption of Lillian Rose, born on Sept. 2. Within 20 minutes of submitting their application for adoption, to the Crisis Pregnancy Outreach in Tulsa, they were matched with Lillian, who was 20 hours old.

Tim and Jennifer (Dykstra'92) Irwin announce the birth of Andrew James on Jan. 17.

Kevin Winder is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Salem, Ore. He recently earned membership in the 1999 Executives' Club, based on the sale of insurance and investment products to Lutherans. He is affiliated with the Great Northwest Agency in Seattle.

Samuel Capps is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Seattle. He recently earned membership in the 1999 Leaders' Club, based on the sale of insurance and investment products to Lutherans. He also earned the FIC (Fraternal Insurance Counselor) designation from the National Fraternal Congress of America, completing extensive basic and advanced training courses. He is affiliated with the Great Northwest Agency in Seattle.

Kara (Berger) McQuillan and her husband, Peter, bought their first home and moved in on March 1.

Kevin and Jennifer (Brown '94) Winder announce the birth of Morgan Elizabeth on Jan. 12.

Toby and Kirstan (Leatha '94) Tobin announce the birth of Kendall Scott on Nov. 25. Pastor John Vaswig '80, assisted by Todd Kelley '88, baptized Kendall at Mt. View Lutheran Church in Edgewood, Wash., on March 5. His godparents are Jeff '93 and Britt '95 (Miller) Scott. Kirstan quit her job as a headhunter to be a full-time mom. Toby is the senior sales executive at Boise Cascade Office Products.

Janine (Wheeldon) Jones and her husband, Don, announce the birth of Emily Louise on March 9. Janine is now a stay-at-home mom and continues to work on her master's degree in initial teaching through Gonzaga University.

Jennifer Erin (Slagle) Johnson graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1999, passed the bar exam and is now a public defender for Cascade County in Great Falls, Mont.

Gro Mesna Andersen and her husband, Inge Korbu, announce the birth of Haakon on June 26, 1999. Gro resumed teaching and conducting band in May, after one year of maternity leave. They moved into their new home in April 1999.

Nicole Fernald and Kurt Hatch were married on July 17, 1999 in Tacoma. Wendy Kritsky '93 and Kim (Nirk) Waterstraat '93 were in the wedding party. Nicole completed a master's degree in education in 1998. Kurt received a master's degree in administration and principal's certification in 1999. They have accepted positions to teach overseas at an international school in Shanghai, China, for the next two years.

Barbara Allendoerfer received a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington in June 1999. She is a social worker in the mental health unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. She lives near Green Lake in Seattle.

Joni Roback and Jason Pfeiffer Joni Roback and Jason Pfeiffer were married on Sept. 4 at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka, Minn. Joni is a pediatric physical therapist at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and Jason is a medical malpractice defense attorney with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin law firm also in Kansas City. They recently purchased their first home and are busy remodeling the 1910 construction. Jroback@cmh.edu

Daniel and Karin (Wiitala '95) Roney moved to Seattle in November and Dan was promoted to the position of director of product development at ELF Technologies in January.

Edwin Tjiramba and his wife, Emmy, announce the birth of their son, Nguundja, on Sept. 17. Edwin was recently appointed director of institutional development at the Polytechnic College of Namibia. He returned to the Northwest in January through a U.S. government grant to assist the Polytechnic College with its faculty and administrative staff development. Ron Tellefson, former director of major gifts at PLU, is mentoring Edwin in institutional development. Emmy is a secondary school teacher.

Zara (Eicholtz) Walters is in the National Guard and was promoted to the rank of captain on March 7 at the Washington National Guard Armory in Seattle. She was "pinned" by her husband, William, and her father, James Eicholtz. Her position is full-time.

Helga Eikehaug moved to Bergen, Norway, and started school. She is studying business administration.

Davis Michael Reisner Eric and Amy (Westenforf '95) Reisner announce the birth of Davis Michael on Feb. 13. Amy is a second-grade teacher in the Lake Stevens School District and Eric is an information specialist at PeaceHealth Corp.

Sarah Reever received a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May.

Elizabeth Gilje is the new president of KPS Health Plans in Bremerton, Wash. She was selected by the receivership now operating the company. Elizabeth is the owner of Clariot, a health care consulting practice. She is taking a leave of absence to accept the KPS job.

Lonna Roberts and Robert Frans '96 were married in June 1999. Lonna is a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey in Tacoma and Robert is a chemist.

Ann Gullickson and Roger Weese were married on July 10 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ann is employed at Great Alaskan Holidays Inc. and Roger is an engineer at RSA Engineering Inc.

Michael Boze is a city trainer with the Hertz Corporation in Sacramento, Calif.

Jennifer Flaskerud and Mark Rosales were married on Oct. 2, in the chapel at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Mark is studying to be a minister of music and Jennifer is designing wide area networks for GTE.

Betty Miller began the school year teaching third grade on the small South Pacific island of Saipan. She recently was promoted to the position of principal of the Saipan International School and is greatly enjoying island life with her daughter, Teresa.

Birch Elizabeth MacLeod Alex and Jenny Brown MacLeod announce the birth of Birch Elizabeth on Dec. 29.

Kathy Martilla and Daniel Butler were married on Feb. 19. Kathy and Daniel are physician's assistants in family practice with migrant worker health care in Central California.

Maiken (Sorensen) Hamilton and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Emma Marie on July 14, 1999. Maiken is a registered nurse in oncology at Tacoma General Hospital. Michael is a firefighter and paramedic.

Thomas Taylor is a platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps, at Cherry Point Air Station in Havelock, N.C. He and his wife, Joy, have one child, Mollie Joy, 1.

Liese Lindholm and Wayne Hironaka were married on Aug. 15, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Lacey, Wash. Liese is a registered nurse with the Center for Sight in Sacramento, Calif., and Wayne is a lab technician at Consolidated Engineering Inc. in Sacramento.

Kelly Cysouw and Russell Hargrove were married on Sept. 11 at Fort Lewis, in Tacoma. Rochelle Clayton Strunk '94 and Lonna Roberts Frans '95 were bridesmaids. Kelly is a registered nurse at Providence St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia, Wash.

Patrick Calcote received a master's degree in education from PLU in 1999. He is an eighth-grade science teacher at Keithley Middle School in the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma.

Carrie (Benston) Thibodeaux completed her first year as director of marketing at Sprague Pest Solutions in Tacoma, specializing in environmentally sound pest control solutions.

Scott and Rebecca (Gilge '98) Benson live in Salem, Ore. Rebecca is teaching a bilingual first-grade class at Richmond Elementary School and Scott is enrolled in a vineyard management and winery operations program. He plans to start a vineyard in Eastern Washington in the next two years.

Annette Goldstein and Mike Mueller '99 were married on July 31, 1999, in Eugene, Ore. They met at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp after Annette graduated from PLU. Mike attended PLU the following year and received a master's degree in education. He is a bilingual eighth-grade teacher and Annette is a bilingual elementary teacher, both in the Wenatchee (Wash.) School District.

Molly Delk-Wood has been living in Washington, D.C., since 1996 while working in the aviation industry. She recently joined Valley Oil Co., a national aviation fuel distributor in Salem, Ore. The company, owned by her father, was started by her grandfather in the 1950s. Molly will continue to work in the Washington, D.C., area for the next two years and then she and her husband, Richard, plan to move back to the Northwest.

Jenna Edlund, after nine months at PACCAR as a purchasing project manager, was promoted to the position of commodity manager, overseeing $90 million in accounts. Three days later she was offered and accepted a program manager's position at Intel, in the server products division, in Du Pont, Wash. She began her new job in April.

David and Jill (Zumbrunnen) Humphrey announce the birth of Riley Lynn, in November.

Jamie Anderson and Robert Passaro were married in May 1998. Teresa Miller '96 was the maid of honor. Jamie is a graduate student in the University of Oregon's literary nonfiction program. Robert is a copy editor at the Register-Guard in Eugene.

Christine Haffey and Appi Habbout were married on Feb. 18 in Tonder, Denmark. Christine is an operations officer in the U.S. Army and Appi is a security officer.

Kathleen (Carlisle) Fountain was hired by California State University, Chico, last summer, as a reference librarian, specializing in political science. Soma Sexton is a registered nurse with Nursing Management Services. She travels throughout the United States serving three-to-six month assignments at various hospitals. She works in labor and delivery, the nursery, and with postpartum patients.

Joseph and Koriene (Salisbury) Paull announce the birth of their first child, Robert Salisbury, on March 16.

Laurie Steinke and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their first child, Madison Nicolle, on July 7, 1999. Laurie is a registered nurse at Meydenbauer Medical and Rehabilitation.

Michael Andrew Appel Paul and Jenny (McClure) Appel announce the birth of their first child, Michael Andrew, on Oct. 30. Paul is a special education teacher and baseball coach at Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash. Jenny is the director of youth and children's ministry at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Puyallup. Paul will receive a master's degree in special education from PLU in August. Jenny entered the master of arts in education program with initial certification at PLU in June. The Appels live in Puyallup. pjappel@hotmail.com


Ruth (Fadness) Thorson died in August 1999.

Marguerite (Hansen) Staswick died on Jan. 10.

Carla (Cain) Strand died in January.

Priscilla (Asper) Schot died on April 22, 1999.

Charles Gleysteen died on Jan. 13.

Larry Cress died on April 3.

Stephen Fullenweider died on Jan. 31.

Muriel (Balch) Gordon died on April 3.

Faculty and Friends

Thomas Anderson, past member of PLU's Board of Regents, died on Jan. 20.

Thora Augusta Westby died on Jan. 15. After attending PLA (Pacific Lutheran Academy), she was a telephone operator in Tacoma for 14 years before marrying Peter Westby. Thora was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. In retirement they lived in DuPont, Wash., where they were members of DuPont Presbyterian Church. Thora was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Peter. She is survived by her four children, Gail Petersen '60, Norman Westby, Elaine Westby, and R.T. Westby; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ruth Hagen died on March 8. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Lauralee Hagen '75, '78, the director of alumni and parent relations at PLU. Her husband, Bud preceded her in death in 1988.

Professor Paul Liebelt died on April 22. He was a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics at PLU from 1970 to 1984 and was instrumental in designing and developing the university's program in computer science.

Vice President Emeritus Rev. Harvey Neufeld '54 died on April 28. He served in a number of PLU administrative positions until he retired in 1994 as vice president for Church Relations. He traveled more than a million miles on behalf of PLU and, in 1993, wrote a book, "Travelin' with Harv," to reflect his "very happy life" at PLU. The book is available at the PLU Bookstore for $10. Please call 253-535-7665.

Jill McBurney Jill McBurney has a new position as production and copy assistant at Coastal Living magazine in Birmingham, Ala. Coastal Living is published by Southern Progress Corp., a subsidiary of Time Inc. Jill joined Coastal Living in 1998 as editorial assistant.

Brian Walker has a new position as a social studies teacher at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho. His wife, Sara, is an elementary school teacher.

George Owings was an ecommerce consultant at Oracle before leaving to help form CBex, an Internet startup company conducting mergers and acquisitions online. He is still an avid divemaster at Under Water Sports in Tacoma.

Lisa Treadwell and Josh Lawrence were married on Sept. 25 at the First United Methodist Church in Olympia, Wash. Lisa is an executive producer at Pro2Net and Josh is a territory manager at CopyCo.

Tracey Sund was named to the dean's list at New England School of Law in Boston with a 3.59 GPA. She is in her second year at NESL.

Ryan Chandlee is the owner of HomeBrewLabels.com, an Internet startup company, combining his interest in brewing and computer graphics. He creates customized beer and wine labels. Ryan is also in his final year at the University of Minnesota School of Law.

After PLU, Jen Hamlow attended school in Salzburg, Austria, on a Fulbright Scholarship. The following year she taught English at two schools in Vienna. Jen is now attending graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago while working as a program assistant at I.E.S.

Shannon Finsand is a staff accountant at CBSI, an information technology consulting company in Beaverton, Ore.

Dawn (Masewicz) Peterson is a high school English teacher at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma.

Michael Taylor and Chelsea Morris '99 were married on July 31 in Astoria, Ore. Michael is a special education teacher in the Tahoma (Wash.) School District and Chelsea is also a teacher.

Jeremiah Savage is the academic director at YBM Education Inc. in Seoul, Korea. Joe Patterson and Allison Roth were married on March 11 in Tualatin, Ore. Angie Lucas '99 was the maid of honor.

Ryan Hoff and Katie Tippett '99 were married on July 24, 1999, in Pasco, Wash. Leah Conrad '99, Lindsay Fowler '99, and Pete Collins '99, were in the wedding party. Katie is a desktop publisher at Global Technologies Inc. in Richland, Wash. Ryan is a draftsman at Lampson International in Kennewick and a student at Washington State University, Tri-Cities branch, completing a mechanical engineering degree.

Nicole Carpenter and Zack Douglass were married on Sept. 11. Danielle Rosendahl '98, Jen Core '98, Alyssa Fishback '98, Erin Sanesi '98 and Tony Rosendahl '98 were in the wedding party. Nicole owns the Meringue boutique in Salem, Ore., and Zack is the general manager of Line-X of Salem.

Michelle Sayler and Patrick Query '99 were married on Aug. 7 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Ryan Alexander '97, Jay Chennault '00, Jennifer Core '98, Dak Jordan '97, and Jennifer Wolfe were in the wedding party. They live in Corvallis, Ore., where Patrick is pursuing a master's degree in English at Oregon State University.

Nathanial Ennen is working as a member of the ski patrol at the Grand Targhee ski area in Wyoming.

Lewissa Swanson received a master of arts degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota in May.

Amy Ekrem has been working on a master of arts in education degree at PLU since obtaining her bachelor of arts degree. She is a teacher at Minter Creek Elementary in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Tamra Miller was promoted to the main evening news anchor position at KIMA-TV (CBS) in Yakima, Wash., broadcasting Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. She also is a producer at the station. She previously worked at a sister station in the Tri-Cities.

John Aardappel is an ROTC "Gold-Bar" recruiter at the University of Texas, El Paso. He will continue as a recruiter until Officer Basic Course begins.

Shana McGillivray and Greg Larsen were married in July 1999. Shana is working at Oregon State University (OSU) in the college of pharmacy. She plans to pursue a master's degree in education and teach high school biology. Greg is a student at OSU.

David Potts is a system engineer at lucy.com in Portland, Ore. Lesley Evans is working part-time and pursuing a master's degree in engineering management at Saint Martin's College in Lacey, Wash. He received bachelor's degrees from PLU in applied physics and philosophy in December.

Sierra Rowe is working with Jesuit Volunteers International in Arica, Chile, until November 2001. She is a social worker for a girls group home. The job is both "wonderful and difficult." sierrarowe@hotmail.com

Casey Dean and Katie Vantol were married on Oct. 8, at Academy Chapel in Vancouver, Wash. Keith Schackel '99 was in the wedding party. Casey has a degree in business and economics and Katie is currently a student at PLU, majoring in English. The couple honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta.

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