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Homecoming 2001 Alumni Recognition
For his work in the field of medical research and his dedication
to Pacific Lutheran University, Mark B. Knudson ‘70 receives
the 2001-2002 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Knudson received his B.S. in biology
from PLU and his Ph.D. in physiology from Washington State University
in 1974. He received the National Institute of Health Postdoctoral
Fellowship and was a post-doctoral fellow and faculty member at
the University of Washington School of Medicine from 1975 to 1979.
In 1983, he founded Arden Medical
Systems and served as president and CEO until its 1986 acquisition
by Johnson and Johnson, Inc. He was then president of Johnson
and Johnson Profes-sional Diagnostics until 1989. Since then,
he has been a partner of Medical Innovation Partners, a venture
capital firm. Knudson is currently chair and CEO at Venturi Group,
and president and CEO of Pi Medical, Inc.
Knudson has numerous U.S. and foreign
patents, has published articles and been called to testify before
Congress on medical issues.
He is a member of the PLU Board of
Regents. He and wife Susan (Voorhees) ’70 are senior fellows in
Q Club and members of the Heritage Society. They live in Shoreview,
Minn. and have two daughters, Kirstin and Amy.
For her achievement in the field of music as a teacher, lecturer,
and composer of contemporary music, Cindy McTee ’76 receives
a 2001-2002 Outstanding Alumnus Award, an honor that recognizes
those who have excelled in a special area of life.
a native of Eatonville, Wash., received her bachelor of music
degree from PLU, followed by a year of study at the Higher School
of Music in Cracow, Poland. In 1978, she earned a master’s of
music degree from Yale, and in 1981 a doctorate from the University
of Iowa. McTee taught at PLU from 1981 to 1984, then went to the
University of North Texas, where she continues as a Regents professor
of music composition.
Ensembles throughout the United States,
Japan and Europe perform her compositions. She has received numerous
awards including a Composer’s Fellowship from the National Endowment
for the Arts, a Goddard-Lieberson Fellowship from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Fulbright-Hayes Senior Lecturer
McTee lives in Denton, Texas.
(Pearson) Hoban ‘60 receives a 2001- 2002 Outstanding Alumnus
Award for her vast work in the field of education for the Tulalip
Tribe near Marysville, Wash.
Hoban graduated with a bachelor of
education degree in 1960. In 1972, she was hired by Everett Community
College to work with low-income and at-risk parents in setting
up HeadStart programs in north Snohomish County.
In 1993, she established a branch
of Everett Community College on the Tulalip Reservation.
Her 1991 master’s thesis earned her
an invitation to participate as an adviser to the Washington State
Higher Education Coordinating Board. It also led to the establishment
of the North Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties Higher Education
Consortium. She was recognized as a 1999 “Woman of Achievement,”
by the Seattle Chapter of Women in Communication.
Hoban’s current projects include
Technology Leap, a collaborative program connecting the Tulalips
to the world of technology and the Internet.
Maureen and her husband, Thomas,
live in Marysville, Wash., and have three children and 10 grandchildren.
Recent Alumnus Award
For excelling in the field of bioanalytical chemistry, Neil
Kelleher ‘92, assistant professor of chemistry at the University
of Illinois, receives the 2001-2002 Outstanding Recent Alumnus
received his B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in German from PLU. Upon
graduation, Kelleher won a Fulbright Scholarship and went on to
conduct organic synthesis research at the University of Cologne.
Kelleher earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell in 1997. While
at Cornell, Kelleher’s research bridged the realms of analytical
chemistry and microbiology.
After earning his Ph.D., Kelleher
won a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship to
Harvard University Medical School. He then joined the faculty
at the University of Illinois. Kelleher has also been honored
with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Young Investigators Award, the
Searle Scholar Award and the Henry Dreyfus Foundation Award for
New Investigators. He has also formed the Kelleher Group, a 15-student
team engaged in biological research for organisms with completely
He and his wife, Jennifer ‘91, live
in Urbana, Ill., with their daughter, Emily.
his years of distinguished service to the university and the community,
Brian Olson ‘83 posthumously receives the 2001-2002 Heritage
After earning B.A. degrees in economics
and mathematics in 1983, Olson served PLU as an admissions counselor
before completing his M.B.A. at Southern Oregon State University
in 1987. Soon after, he joined Hewlett-Packard in Boise, Idaho,
where he worked until November 2000, most recently serving as
a marketing manager. Olson made a lasting impact on diversity
issues and employee recruitment.
He provided strong leadership to
the PLU Alumni Board from 1991-2000, particularly as board president
from 1997-99. Olson served as co-chair of the alumni and parent
leadership team on the current Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University.
He felt strongly about helping students succeed, and in his will,
he helped establish the Brian C. Olson Scholarship Fund.
Olson was an active member of Shepherd
of the Valley Lutheran Church in Boise, where he most recently
served as congregation president and as a member of the worship
band. He died in November 2000, of complications resulting from
Brian is survived by his sons, Daniel
and Benjamin; their mother, Mary (Boyd) Olson ‘81; mother, Clarene
(Osterli) Johnson ‘56; father, Robert ‘57; three brothers, Paul,
David ‘83 and Knut ‘91; and sister Marianne.
Larry Neeb receives the 2001-2002 Special Recognition Award
for his years of leadership and service to the university.
a PLU Regent, he has been a member of the budget and finance committee
since 1995, chair of the budget and finance committee since 1998
and co-chair of the Regents Fund of the campaign steering committee
for the Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University: The Next Bold
Step. Professionally, Neeb is the founder and president of Creative
Communications for The Parish, Inc., an ecumenical publishing
company based in St. Louis, Mo.
He contributes to a wide range of
organizations including PLU’s Q Club at the President’s Circle
level; the Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University: The Next
Bold Step; and KPLU.
Neeb received his junior college
education at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas, finishing
at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. He received a master’s
of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1964;
a master’s of sacred theology degree from Concordia Seminary,
St. Louis, in 1973; and a doctor of ministry from Eden Theological
Seminary, St. Louis in 1975.
He is a member of Christ Lutheran
Church in Webster Groves, Mo.
Darcy (Berube) Johnson ‘78 receives the 2001- 2002 Alumni
Service Award for her volunteer efforts, which have helped to
build affordable housing for low-income residents in communities
on Lake Washington’s Eastside.
Johnson received her M.B.A. in 1982,
and worked as a portfolio manager for a number of years. It was
while she was on leave from the investment business, and caring
for her children full-time, that she became involved with St.
Andrew’s Housing Group. Johnson served five years as president
and chair of the housing group, which was founded by members of
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church of Bellevue. She led the group through
site selection, property negotiations, and fund-raising.
St. Andrew’s Housing Group’s first project, Andrew’s Arms in Issaquah,
Wash., opened its doors in 1992 to low-income residents and senior
citizens. The second project, Andrew’s Heights in Factoria, Wash.,
opened in 1996.
Johnson has been in the investment
management business for 21 years. She currently manages assets
for endowments, foundation and high net worth individuals at Bank
of America. She also serves on the equity strategy committee and
is a member of the Seattle Society of the Association for Investment
She and her husband, Dan ‘76, and
children, Matt, Sarah, and Joel, live on Mercer Island, Wash.