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Class Notes

Class reunions will be held for 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, and 1996 during Homecoming 2001, October 12-14. If you would like to serve on your class reunion committee or would like information about your reunion please contact your reunion class representative(s). See under your class year for more details.

1936, 1941, 1943, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, In Memoriam

Ellen Torongo received the community service award and was inducted into the Clark County Hall of Fame sponsored by the East Vancouver Rotary Club. A rose, the “Anisly Dickson,” and a plaque honoring Ellen were placed in the Orchards Rose Garden.

Lenore Taylor died on Jan. 28. While at PLU she was a member of the Choir of the West. After PLU, Lenore taught elementary school and televised music education in the Clover Park School District. She was a member of Q Club and charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Blair ’40. She is survived by two daughters, Karan Vanderwarker ’64 and Toni Hardman; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Harold Peterson died on Jan. 27. After PLU, Harold earned a master’s degree from the University of Wash-ington. He was a principal for 32 years in the Tacoma School District. He served in World War II and was a member of the WEA, NEA, Phi Delta Kappa, the Elks Lodge and a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Harold is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bernice ’43; sons, Lanny and Davis; and eight grandchildren.

Rolv Schillios died on Oct. 2. Rolv spent his professional career as a journalist except for a term as administrative aide to a U.S. congressman in Washington, D.C. During WWII, he was the youngest combat correspondent in the U.S. Navy and at the end of the war, he covered the war crime trials in the Philippines. He worked for several years as a reporter for the Eugene (Ore.) Register Guard. In 1969, he became editor of Portland Magazine, published by the Portland Chamber of Commerce. Over the next 18 years, he turned the magazine into a national award winner. Rolv was also honorary consul general for the Republic of Korea and was twice elected Dean of the Oregon Consular Corps. Rolv is survived by his wife, Olive; daugh-ter, Siri; son, Mark; and two grandsons.

Helen (Jensen) Weathermon died on Feb. 6. After PLU, she taught school in St. Helens and Aberdeen, Wash., for several years before her daughters were born. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Richard ’50, and daughters, Kristine and Karen ’83.

Alvera (Johnson) Westberg died on Feb. 27. Alvera attended Lutheran Bible Institute, received a bachelor’s degree in education at PLU, and then completed a master’s degree in education at the University of Oregon. She taught school at every grade level and served as a parish worker in Bremerton, Wash., where she married Horace “Jerry” Westberg ’49 in 1947. Alvera and Jerry served in ministry in Iowa, Oregon and California before retiring to Tacoma. She wrote or co-wrote 10 books, contributed to several others and published poetry. She also led a Christian writer’s workshop and numerous Bible study groups. Alvera was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her daughters, Judi, Ruth and Carolyn and seven grandchildren.

Larry and Beth (Gottwald) Peterson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last June. They were married on June 24, 1950 in Castle Rock, Wash., after their graduation from PLU. They taught in the Longview, Wash., public schools for six years before moving to San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1956, where they taught in the San Luis Coastal District. Larry received a Master of Arts degree in administrative education from Cal Poly in 1959. Beth received a Master of Arts degree in education in 1969. They enjoy spending time with their two sons, Joel and Jeffrey, their daughters-in-law and six grandchildren. They lost their daughter, Janel, in a car accident in 1974. Larry and Beth are involved at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church as well as travel, golf and participate in elderhostel activities.

Faith Bueltmann Stern was in China for five weeks in October and November. In March, she was in Whistler, B.C., skiing for ten days. This fall she is planning a trip to Eastern Europe.

Norma Borgford is now fully retired. She keeps busy as a volunteer and looks forward to the 45 th reunion for the class of ’56 at Homecoming 2001.

Lind Karlsen and Yoshiko Kaneda were married on Feb. 7.

Eileen “Paddy” (O’Callaghan) Myers died on Jan. 31 in Yakima WA of ovarian cancer. She taught in six different school districts, earned a M.Ed. while in Oak Harbor, raised three children, drew, painted, did rosemaling, and quilted. She is survived by husband, Steve, daughters Jennifer and Kari, son Steven, and three granddaughters.

Kenneth Black retired from the state of Washington after 28 years in the administrative offices in Yakima. He has been teaching in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Heritage College in Toppenish, Wash., for several years.

Orville Jacobson and his wife, Donnalee, moved in October to Port Orchard, Wash., where Orville is the new associate pastor at First Lutheran Church.

Jeanne (Ogden) Nalbach died on Jan. 30. A bluegrass musician, Jeanne played the piano, guitar, violin and mandolin and was a singer. She was also a published songwriter. Jeanne is survived by her husband, Larry; son, Scott; daughter, Lynne; and a grandson.

Willy (Baer) Ertsgaard was promoted to vice president of the western region for McGraw-Hill/SRA on Nov. 1. The region includes 10 states. She was previously the Washington state sales representative for eight years.

Janice (Reinikka) Piper is the resource coordinator at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. She received a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda (Calif.) University.

Julie (Svendsen) Anderson is in her second year as a language arts specialist for the Oregon Department of Education.

Paul Dessen retired after 31 years of teaching high school English. He continues to coach swimming at Astoria (Ore.) High School.

Peter Swanson is a compliance officer at Affiliated Health Services in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Chris Boerger is the pastor at Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Wash. Northlake was recently identified as one of the 300 best Protestant churches in the U.S., in a study conducted by Dr. Paul Wilkes at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. “Excellent Protestant Congregations: The Guide to Best Places and Practices,” (Westminster John Knox) was published as a result of the two-year study funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Jim Fischer has a new position as parts director at Auburn Valley Cars, a multi-line automobile dealership. His fourth grandson was born on Jim’s birthday, Feb. 6. All four grandchildren are under 3 years old.

Colleen LeMagie provides psychiatric services to the rural Bighorn Basin in Cody, Wyo. Her first grandchild, William Keith, is 1 year old.

Sara (Quigley) Wick is back in the Pacific Northwest after 19 years in Texas. Her son, Brian, is a senior and her daughter, Sydne, is a sophomore, both at Wilson High School in Portland, Ore. Sara is the regional underwriting manager at Universal Underwriters Insurance Company.

Evelyn (Peers) Bowen died January 8, when she was struck by a vehicle while walking through a crosswalk in Auburn, Wash. Evelyn was a deacon for the last three years at St. Matthew Episcopal Church. The one-time nurse devoted her life to spiritual concerns and the care of others.

Suzanne Staub Tushkov moved to Renton, Wash. She is a registered nurse case manager for Gentiva Health Service in Kent. Her son, Tyler, is a freshman at Central Washington University.

Daniel Eum died on Jan. 9. He entered the U.S. Army in 1946 and served in Europe during the post-war occupation where he met his wife, Ruth. He also served in Korea, Alaska and Hawaii. Daniel retired as a major in 1966 and moved to Tacoma. While living in Tacoma, he was the director of the Advanced Technology Center at the Keyport Naval Station until his final retirement in 1995. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Rose, Patricia ’76, and Michele; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Thomas Van Vleet is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Everett, Wash. He recently qualified for membership in the 2000 Top Club, one of Lutheran Brotherhood’s most prestigious honors given to district representatives who are successful in helping their clients link faith, values and finances.

David Nelson is serving as adminis-trative director of the global AIDS program in Lusaka, Zambia for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based in Atlanta, Ga. His wife, Ubon, and son, James, have accompanied him.

Deuane Kuenzi has accepted the position of Director of Music at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Washington. Deuane also conducts the professional choir Gloriana and is the organizing chairperson of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Choir of the West to be held at Homecoming in October. All PLU alumni are invited to come and sing with the Sanctuary Choir at Messiah Lutheran.

Linda (Weberg) Lair is on the board of governors at Opportunity International.

Ann Hafer became a senior vice president at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, in February. She is division manager of the Commercial Real Estate Group. Before joining Northern Trust as a vice president and division manager in private banking in 1998, Ann was associated with First Bank (U.S. Bank) in Billings, Mont., from 1992-1998, most recently as president. Ann received an M.M. degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a board member of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council, the Real Estate Finance Forum, the National Advisory Council of Rocky Mountain College and a member of the Board of Regents at PLU.

Linda Dyer died on Dec. 10 after a battle with breast cancer. Her career included Army military intelligence, being the first female correctional officer at McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, public affairs for the Tacoma Police Department and Army; work as an interior designer and TQM facilitator. She is survived by her husband, Richard ’80; three children; and two sisters, Leslie Watts ’65 and Lauren Geer. Her parents and youngest son, Ian, preceded her in death.

Daniel Luce and Amanda Houston were married on June 9, 2000. Daniel is a principal in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, Wash., and Amanda is a first-grade teacher.

Karl Fritschel is the MIS manager of the western division at WorldTravel BTI. He continues to be the organist at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church where he has served for more than 17 years.

Carrie (Kipp) Howard and her husband, Andy, announce the arrival of Lily Elisabeth. Lily was born on March 18, 2000, and adopted on March 6, 2001, in Anhui Province, China. She joins Tessa, 5, who was also adopted from China. Carrie is a writer and editor.

Susan Scott and Christopher Hoffman were married on Aug. 12 on Orcas Island, Wash. They honey-mooned on the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands.

Kathy (Johnson) Schaller and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of Nicole Elizabeth, on Dec. 16. She joins Paul’s son, Benjamin, 14.

Mark Chesnutt and his wife, Asha, announce the birth of Jack Nedathur, on Jan. 18. He joins Cameron, 5, and Mika, 4.

Paul Mueller and his wife have two children, Jon, 13 and Erika, 9. Paul is a remodeling carpenter. They live in Steilacoom, Wash.

Jean (Johnson) DeWitt and her husband, Rick, announce the birth of Frederick “Derick” William, on Feb. 25. On their first morning home from the hospital, they were awakened by the Ash Wednesday earthquake.

Todd Baxter died in May 2000. He was vice president of operations of the Pam Companies in Sioux Falls, S.D. Todd also sponsored a foster child in Ecuador and corresponded with him frequently for the past 10 years. He was an avid reader, fluent in Spanish and enjoyed traveling abroad. Todd is survived by his par-ents, Patricia and Rod; brother, David; and sister, Pamela.

Eric Dooley and his wife, Jenny, have been missionary church planting in Southeast Asia for 15 years. They are now taking a one year furlough in Gig Harbor, Wash., with their five children, Emily, 15, Natalie, 13, Nicole, 9, Rachel, 7, and Ian, 4. They will be there until June 2002, and then return to Asia.

Kelly (Irwin) Townsend is an educator and her husband, Rich, is a financial planner. They live with their daughter, Rikki, 7, on Marco Island, Fla.

Rod Nubgaard transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission where he is chief of planning and budget operations. He also coaches U-10 select girls, U-7 coed and kindergarten soccer teams and coordinates a soccer clinic for 3 to 5-year-olds. The clinic has grown from 35 to 160 kids in four seasons.

Kevin Morrow and DeAnna Cross were married on July 26, 2000 in Maui, Hawaii. Kevin is a teacher at Lincoln High School and DeAnna is an executive assistant.

Trudi Strain-TrueitTrudi Strain-Trueit recently completed a four-book series on weather for Scholastic Books. The non-fiction books on clouds, rain/ hail, storm chasing and the water cycle are geared to 10-12 year olds. She is now working on a new series on volcanoes, rocks, fossils and earthquakes. In February, Trudi experienced the Nisqually (Wash.) earthquake, but would have preferred not to do such firsthand research. She spent several years as a television news reporter and anchor before becoming a professional freelance journalist and writer. Her specialty is fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults.

Linda Skibiel-Gossler was promoted to assistant vice president at Safeco Securities, Inc.

James Diacogiannis completed a master’s degree in ministry through Pepperdine University’s Seattle extension program in August 1999. He and his wife, Laurel, had their ninth child in April 2000. Josiah Daniel joined Hosanna, 4, Benjamin, 7, Joshua, 10, Carissa 12, Lindsey, 12, Jeremiah, 14, Cassie, 15, and Gregg, 16. After living in the Puyallup area for 16 years, the family was ready for a change. They bought Sonshine Blueberry Farm in Everson, Wash., in May 2000 and spent the summer learning all about harvesting blueberries. James recently enjoyed his second year of teaching at Cascade Middle School in Sedro Woolley.

Fergus Edward RoeTheo and Margie (Ferguson ’91) Roe announce the birth of Fergus Edward Roe, on May 26, 2000. He joined Margaret, 2.

Barth Merrill is serving as the aide to the Surgeon General of the Navy. He will be transferred to the Bremerton Naval Hospital family practice department as a staff physician during the summer.

Steve and Lisa (Mikulencak ’89) Danis announce the birth of Dominic Albert, on June 5, 2000. He joins Matteo, 4, and Lorenzo, 2.

Kathy (Nelson) GibsonKathy (Nelson) Gibson, the head women's basketball coach at Issaquah High School, was named the 2001 Kingco Women's Basketball Coach of the Year. The Kingco league is in the AAA division.

Her team posted an 18-7 record in league play, which advanced them to the district tournament. At Districts, the competition proved tough as they missed qualifying for one of the six spots to advance to the state tournament, and five out of the six teams that advanced from their district, ended up in the top eight finishers at state.

Along with her coaching duties, Kathy is also a teacher. She has been at Issaquah High School for three years and was previously at Mt. Si High School in North Bend for six years.

Todd Kelley was recently promoted to manager of media relations in a department-restructuring move at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma. He was in a similar position at MultiCare for 10 years. Todd has also been teaching public relations part-time at Tacoma Community College. He lives near Puyallup with his wife, Suzanne (Capelli ’89) and their daughters, Sara, 5, and Lisa, 2.

Scott Campbell is the business development manager at ESRI in Redlands, Calif.

Michael Herlevi and Jennifer Galle were married on Sept. 24, 1998 in San Diego, Calif. Michael is in sales at Bertek Pharmaceuticals and Jennifer is in real estate sales.

Cynthia (Laur) Rivers and her husband, Darren, announce the birth of their son, Kele Tamas, on Feb. 20. Their Super Bowl wedding last year was followed by a Super Bowl baby shower this year. Everyone is trying to figure out what Super Bowl 2002 will bring.

Alexander Seidel is a search consultant at Ian Martin Technology Staffing in Bellevue, Wash.

Susan (Donovan) Winton and her husband, Craig, have returned to the Los Angeles area after five years in New Zealand and Australia. They return with a daughter, Mackenzie, who was born in Australia in May 1999.

Julie (Allen) Fenedick and her husband, John, announce the birth of Thomas Evan, on March 8. They live in Bellevue, Wash.

Cate Milburn and Deb Lambourn ’91 have been together more than 10 years. Their godchildren, Rocky, 15, and Stephanie, 12, have been living with them for more than two years. Deb has returned to school to obtain a computing degree. Cate has been a manager at Boeing for four years and loves her work.

Kevin Eliason and his wife, Kristin, adopted Halla, 4 and George, 2, from Monrovia, Liberia. They joined Jasmine, 8, and Reid, 6.

Jonathan and Nancy (Cratsenberg ’88) Edmonds announce the birth of Ava, on Dec. 18. She joins Kohl, 6, and Brant, 4. Jonathan is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Bellingham, Wash. He recently qualified for membership in the 2000 Leaders’ Club, one of Lutheran Brotherhood’s most prestigious honors given to district representatives who are successful in helping their clients link faith, values, and finances.

Devin Dice is employed by Justin Boot Company. He travels to rodeos and provides sports medicine coverage to rodeo athletes as a member of the Justin Sports Medicine team.

Brad and Laura (Beck) Medrud announce the birth of Paul, on March 1. Brad is a land use planner at AHBL, Inc., in Tacoma.

Heidi (Hermanson) Nagel and her husband, David, announce the birth of Madison Paige, on Nov. 5. Heidi returned to work in April after taking five months off following Madison’s birth.

Robyn Wells has released two solo classical piano CDs. The first, “A Grand Adventure,” includes the world premiere recording of the “Nostalgic Waltzes” by Ross Lee Finney. The second, “A Grand Italian Adventure,” contains works highlighting Italian life and culture. It also includes a Tarantella written by Robyn. The “Italian” CD was recorded at PLU last fall. Both CDs are available by writing to: A Grand Adventure, P.O. Box 11, Nampa, Idaho 83653-0011.

Daren Skonord is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Spokane. He recently qualified for membership in the 2000 Leaders’ Club, one of Lutheran Brotherhood’s most prestigious honors given to district representatives who are successful in helping their clients link faith, values, and finances.

Amy Drackert and David Pelton were married on Sept. 23 at Lake Quinault Lodge. David is a software test engineer at Microsoft.

Angela Coate-Clites and Michael Considine were married on Feb. 24 in Concord, N.H. Angela is an agricultural statistician for the New England Agricultural Statistics Service and Michael is a bridge superintendent.

Stuart and Jenna (Hayden ’89) Ashley announce the birth of Owen, on March 3.

Jon Funfar was named city communications coordinator for the City of Enumclaw, Wash., in August. He is in charge of Enumclaw Municipal Television and the city’s website. Jon appreciates the opportunity to live, work, and serve the public in his hometown, and the commute is great!

Jeremy Desel spent six weeks in Tallahassee, Fla., covering the presidential election for KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas. While he was in Florida he learned he was awarded a Dallas Press Club “Katie” award and two Suncoast region Emmy award nominations.

Erika Somm and her husband, Peter Davis, announce the birth of Vivien, on Dec. 31.

Larry Deal and Lisa Simonsen announce the birth of Bruce Lorence, on Dec. 9.

David Hatlen and his wife, Kari, announce the birth of Kate Christine, on Oct. 21. David is the vice president of HomeStreet Bank in Seattle.

Brian Kampe and his wife, Amy, announce the birth of Amanda Grace, on Jan. 2. She joins Julianna, 3. Brian is the national accounts category manager for The Perrier Group.

Lynne (Haney) De La Cruz and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of Kira Lynne, on Feb. 22. Lynne returned to work in April as the health education coordinator for the acute and communicable disease program at the Oregon Health Division. She was previously at the American Cancer Society for seven years. They continue to live in the Portland area.

Beth Anne Newbill and Robert Percival were married on Dec. 2 at Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Wash. They live in West Seattle.

Heidi (Porter) Stenzel and her husband, Casey, announce the birth of Cole Thomas, on Sept. 19, 2000. Heidi continues to work part-time from home.

Ben (Kauna) Shingenge has returned to the states where he assumes the role of diplomat at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations. Ben will reside in New York with his wife, Justina, and three children.

Jacob Tyler KimMichael and Amy (Ledgerwood ’92) Kim announce the birth of Jacob (Coby) Tyler on Dec. 5. He joins Noah, 4, and Naomi, 2.

Darin Johnson and his wife, Beth, along with their daughter, Alyx, and son, Dean, moved to Proctorville, Ohio. Darin works for Amazon.com in Huntington, W.Va.

Ethan Martin McDonaldBrandon McDonald and his wife, Tracey, announce the birth of Ethan Martin, on Oct. 12. Brandon continues to work at Crate and Barrel Furniture in Washington, D.C.

Nathan James HenningerTracie (Bernklau) Henninger and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Nathan James, on Nov. 1. Tracie is a teacher in the Newberg (Ore.) School District.

Brett Hartvigson is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in San Diego. He recently qualified for membership in the 2000 Top Club, one of Lutheran Brotherhood’s most prestigious honors given to district representatives who are successful in helping their clients link faith, values and finances.

Brian WatsonBrian Watson has been enjoying his new vocation as a full-time artist since December 1999. In December 2000, he had a solo showing of his artwork at Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, Wash., and in May, he had another solo show at Westsound Bank, also in Bremerton. Brian has been married to Elizabeth Roberts for more than six years. www.collectivevisions.com

Angie (Saylor) Rutherford and her husband, Jace, announce the birth of Jacob Isaiah, on Feb. 9. Angie is a stay-at-home mom.

Tim Mitchell was promoted to accounting supervisor at RREEF Management in March.

Tracy (Wensel) Mitchell received a Pharm.D. from the University of Washington and accepted a position in the pharmacy at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Jun Chea and his wife, Jeannie, announce the birth of Isaiah, on Jan. 23. He joins Faith, 3. Jun is a vice president at Key Bank in Tacoma.

Jennifer Nelson and Bruce Ritchie were married on Nov. 11 in Edmonds, Wash. Elizabeth (Hartmann ’92) Schwerdt was the maid of honor and Marie Brice ’92 was an attendant. Jennifer is a legal assistant in criminal records at the King County Prosecutor’s Office and Bruce is a warehouse supervisor at NC Machinery. They live in Auburn.

Jenny Berk and Alex Hoffner were married on Dec. 9 at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. Jenny is the director of youth and church growth at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Johnson City, Tenn. Alex is a fourth year seminarian at Southern Seminary.

Kristan (Miller) Ashbridge and her husband, Tyler, announce the birth of Maxwell, on Sept. 20.

Kevin Winder is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Salem, Ore. He recently qualified for membership in the 2000 Leaders Club, one of Lutheran Brotherhood’s most prestigious honors given to district representatives who are successful in helping their clients link faith, values and finances.

Sam Capps is a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Seattle. He recently qualified for membership in the 2000 Leaders Club, one of Lutheran Brotherhood’s most prestigious honors given to district representatives who are successful in helping their clients link faith, values, and finances.

Stefan Damstrom and his wife, Melissa, announce the birth of their son, Kai Anders Stuart, on March 13.

Paige Mary-Elizabeth DolanKristina (Kurle) Dolan and her husband, Stein, announce the birth of Paige Mary-Elizabeth, on Dec. 18.

Heather (Carlson) Wheeler and her husband, David, announce the birth of Hannah Ruth, on April 25, 2000. Heather completed her residency in family medicine in June and David is a pharmacist at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane.

Tracy Perry was a cast member in the musical, “Titanic,” at the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach, Calif., during March.

Tracy Kramer has a new job as program manager at Aging and Adult Services in Olympia. She works with the training, communications and development unit.

Jessica MeyerVal and Kristine (Johnson) Meyer announce the birth of Jessica, on May 7, 2000. Kristine is taking time off from her fifth-grade classroom to stay at home with Jessica. Val will graduate this summer with an MBA from Seattle University. He recently joined Washington Mutual’s mergers and acquisitions group.

Micah and Julie (Thompson ’96) McBride live in Olympia where they just bought their first house. Julie is a school counselor in the Tumwater School District and Micah is a teacher in the North Thurston School District.

Doug Nicholson and his wife, Susan, announce the birth of Kyle Douglas, on Feb. 1. He joins Kaitlyn, 2.

Karen Frank and John Goebel were married on Dec. 30. Karen is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians and John is the director of research at Higher Education Consulting.

Kerri Schroeder and her husband, Lance, announce the birth of Connor Daniel, on Nov. 27. He joins Brandon, 2. Kerri is the vice president of commercial lending at Bank of America in Bellevue, Wash.

Robyn (Guntrip) LaChance was promoted to director of marketing at Woodstone Credit Union in December. Her husband, Peter, is a team manager for government computer sales.

Shane Row is pursuing a professional certificate at the Drummer’s Collective in New York City where he lives with his wife, Erica.

Rebecca (Bjork) Willman and her husband, Christopher, announce the birth of their son, Quinn, on May 10, 2000. Rebecca is a voice teacher and Christopher is an engineer.

Jenna Edlund moved to Northern New Jersey, about 20 minutes outside of New York City, on Jan. 1. She was promoted to product marketing manager within Intel’s Telecommunications Division of Dialogic.

Gregory DeJardin and Kelly Fredrickson were married on May 12, 2000 at First Baptist Church in Tacoma. Rod Nash ’96, Ryan McDonald ’95, and Tracy DeJardin McDonald ’92 were attendants. Gregory is a teacher with Upward Bound for the Metropolitan Development Council.

Lisa Balmes is working in corporate human resources at Nordstrom. She was previously with the Seattle Seahawks.

Rob Koll and Melissa (Missy) DavisRob Koll and Melissa (Missy) Davis were married on Aug. 19 in Portland, Ore. Scott Erickson ’95, Erik Monick ’96, Mike Liefeld ’96, Kristen Summers ’97, Jana Stott ’98, Marci (Voeller) Barthlomae ’98, Bobbi (Junell) Crist ’98, and Karen Koll ’93 were attendants. Rob is a network administrator for BEST Consulting of Kirkland, Wash., and Missy works as a nurse at Tacoma General Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit. The couple lives in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. rmkoll@hotmail.com

Rob Koll and Erika Richardson and Luis ValdiviaErika Richardson and Luis Valdivia were married on Feb. 10 at Victory Harvest Church in Baton Rouge, La. Ali Lauer ’96, Hillary Carlson ’96, and Kay Von Gohren ’95 were in the wedding. Erika is the human resource specialist at the Safety Council of the Louisiana capital area. Luis works in construction and as a mechanic. Luis and Erika live in Baton Rouge and will soon travel to Danli, Honduras to visit Luis’ family.

Mona Aboel-nil is in her ninth year of teaching secondary level science. She lives in Seattle and teaches biology at Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Wash.

Erica (Wood) Row is working towards her master’s degree at Mannes College of Music in New York City where she lives with her husband, Shane. She made her Mannes debut as Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and recently preformed in a master class given by Renata Scotto.

Sarah Michelle BowmanSilas and Cindy (Andrew ‘96) Bowman announce the birth of Sarah Michelle, on Jan. 26. She joins Andrew, 2.

Tayah Lin (Rathje) Butler is working on her MBA while working for PLU. Her husband, Rodney, will start his undergraduate work in the fall, after serving five years in the U.S. Army.

Anneliese Gorne received her law degree from the University of Washington in June 2000. She passed the Washington state bar exam during the summer and works at Inslee-Best in Bellevue, Wash.

Susan Wagener received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Davis in June 2000. She is now working at ICON Clinical Research in San Bruno, Calif.

Kim Schelin and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of Payton Catherine, on Feb. 6. She joins Taryn, 2. Kim is the event coordinator for Multicare Healthworks in Tacoma.


Laura (Hauge) Adams
died on Feb. 27.

Dennis Gallagher died on Sept. 28.

Lenore Taylor died on Jan. 28.

Harold Peterson died on Jan. 27.

Rolv Schillios died on Oct. 2.

Helen (Jensen) Weathermon died on Feb. 6.

Horace “Jerry” Westberg died in December.

Alvera (Johnson) Westberg died on Feb. 27.

Jacqueline (Stephenson) Holt died on Jan. 22.

Eileen (O’Callaghan) Myers died on Jan. 31.

Jeanne (Ogden) Nalbach died on Jan. 30.

Evelyn P. (Peers) Bowen died on Jan. 8.

Daniel Eum died on Jan. 9.

Carol (Sanders) Smith died on Dec. 17.

Sharon Ganser died on Dec. 7.

Linda Dyer died on Dec. 10.

Todd Baxter died in May 2000.

Kris Geldaker died on March 20.

Faculty and Friends

Gary Peterson, math professor emeriti, died on March 1. Professor Peterson taught in the math department from the late ’60s to the mid-’90s. He graduated from Iowa State University, completed his master’s degree at Western Washington University and received his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1972. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Christine ’93; and two grandchildren.

PLU mourned the loss of freshman Monica Lightell of Steilacoom, Wash., who died Feb. 25 when a deck collapsed at an off-campus party. Several other students were injured.

Monica was a member of the PLU crew team and worked in the Counseling and Testing office.

She was born Dec. 29, 1982, in Monterey, Calif. She grew up in Panama and attended the International School of Panama. A 2000 graduate of Steilacoom (Wash.) High School, she was president of the International Club and lettered in volleyball and javelin.

About 1,500 people attended an on-campus celebration of Monica’s life. PLU President Loren J. Anderson urged the PLU community to remember her gifts and to turn to God to cope with their grief.

An endowed scholarship fund was established in her name.

To find out more about the Monica Lightell Scholarship Fund, and to read the addres from the memorial, go to: www.plu.edu/encore.

Arild Lovaas left his position as an investment adviser in May 2000 to become head of accounting for Score AS, a Scottish company that provides total value management for offshore installations in the North Sea.

Allyson Weld and Arik Tedrow were married on Aug. 27 at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club in Olympia. Shannon (Robinson) Thompson ’98 was a bridesmaid. Allyson is a substitute teacher in the Spokane Valley and Arik is an engineer in sales at Siemens Building Technologies. Allyson previously taught physical education at Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash.

Erin Romine and Andrew Albaugh were married in May 1999 and moved to Boston, Mass., where they volunteered with Americorps in an inner-city intergenerational program, Generation Inc. They are now working toward master of arts degrees in teaching at PLU.

Jacqueline Harmon starred in the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts production of Blackbird Singing, a one-woman show that celebrates the legacy of African-American divas and their contribution to opera music. It toured Tacoma and Seattle middle and high schools, stopping at PLU in March. Jacqueline is also the administrative assistant at The Wood Products Consortium and The Engineered Wood Research Foundation.

Megan Jo RyghWendy Rygh and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Megan Jo, on July 26, 2000. Wendy is working on her master’s degree in teaching at George Fox University.

Bonnie Hoornstra is a high school Spanish and history teacher and ASB adviser at Life Christian Academy.

Lori Johnson and Royce Cannon were married on July 15, 2000 in Federal Way, Wash. Lori is a teacher for the Department of Defense at Seoul (Korea) American Middle School and Royce is a para-educator.

Wally, Corina, and Megan SimsWally and Corina (Wynn) Sims announce the birth of Megan, on Dec. 23. Wally and Corina are medical students at Flinders University School of Medicine in Adelaide, Australia.

Matt Iseri was promoted to senior consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst.

Abigail Anne Marie LawverNathe and Alicia (Manley ‘98) Lawver announce the birth of Abigail Anne Marie, on Nov. 18 at home in Tacoma. Nathe is working at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and Alicia is a full-time mom and part-time copy editor for The Olympian newspaper. They live in Tacoma’s North End neighborhood. lawvern@wwdb.org

Sara Reibel and Aaron Locke were married on Sept. 2. Sara is a special education teacher in the Puyallup School District and Aaron is a software support specialist.

Carolyn Cichanski is a research coordinator at the University of Washington.

Vanessa Kramis is a Suncare sales representative for South Beach Sun.

Jennifer Richards and Avery Kerr were married on June 17, 2000 in Hillsboro, Ore. Jennifer is a regis-tered nurse at the Avalon Clinic in Lakewood, Wash., and Avery is a U.S. Army Ranger. Andrea (Anderson) Stevens ’99 was the maid of honor. Drew Melton, son of Ordal Hall’s past resident director, was the ring bearer.

Erik Wells and his wife, Cara, announce the birth of Ethan James, on Jan. 26.

Veronica Paulson and Jason Kaipainen ’99 were married on Oct. 7 in Tacoma. Veronica is the lead teacher at Immanuel Preschool and Jason is a web developer and graphic designer for LaborReady at corporate headquarters in Tacoma.

Scott Schuler is a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch in Tacoma. He received his certification as a financial manager on March 30.

Sara Simpson and Courtney Drebis were married in September at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Shelton, Wash. Sara is a charge nurse at Western State Hospital in Steilacoom. They are living in Olympia.

Jennifer Vredenburg is the new recreation manager for the Franklin Pierce School District. She manages the sports program at the Summit-Parkland Youth Association.

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