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Joanna (Manousos) Tsapralis died May 8. She was a teacher for 34 years, an acknowledged leader in her community and a 75-year member of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. An avid traveler, Joanna visited 36 countries. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn McCabe Love; son, Dean Tsapralis; and four grandchildren.

Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


Elizabeth Willis died April 8. Elizabeth was an elementary school teacher for many years. She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at the her family cabin on Ohop Lake. Her husband of 59 years, Ralph, died in February. Elizabeth is survived by two sons, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Class Representative –Stan Willis


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


William Hansch died in June. He spent 45 years in the brewery business, retiring as general manager of Heidelberg Brewery in Tacoma. He was involved in many civic organizations, including 40 years with the Elks Club. Bill is survived by his wife, Betty, three children, one sister, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Isabel (Harstad) Watness


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Wilbert Ericson will speak about Japan at his 65th high school class reunion on Oct. 4.

Doane and Alice (Andersen ’51) Blair have a granddaughter at PLU, Kendall Blair ’05. Their grandson is attending University of the Pacific.

Velma (Owen) Curry died March 1. Velma was a teacher in Missouri and Yelm, Wash. In 1945, she married her husband, Merle, and they owned and operated Yelm Telephone Company until 1983. She was also an active member of book and garden clubs, and taught Sunday school. After Merle passed away, Velma became more involved in her community. She was a Yelm City Council member, founding director of Prairie Security Bank and its first vice chairman. Velma is survived by her two daughters.

Class Representative – Luther Watness


Camilla (Loftness) Humphrey is still using her special education training in the after school tutoring program at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia.

Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy


LeRoy Spitzer is the choir director of the Ivey Ranch Choir in Thousand Oaks, Calif. His wife, Connie (Aune ’51), sings in the seven-member alto section. The choir performed its ninth annual spring concert in April, presenting both patriotic and religious music.


Helena (Littau) Kadota died March 21. After PLU, Helena did graduate work at U.C. Berkeley. She married T.T. Kadota, and they moved to New Jersey. They divorced in 1978. In 1982, Helena married William Kidder. She retired in 1992 and they moved to Salem, Ore. Helena enjoyed gardening and foreign travel. She worked in administration for public schools for 20 years, but she was always an English professor at heart. In retirement, she was devoted to her reading group and lecture series at Willamette University. Helena is survived by three daughters and five grandchildren.

Elva (Brunt) Eastvold died June 5. After graduating from PLU, she continued her studies at the University of Washington. She was a teacher, community volunteer, bridge club organizer, entertainer and cook. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Beals, Shawn Eastvold and Sharon Eastvold; sons, Carl and Don Jr.,10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Class Representative – Helen-Joanne (Enger) Olsen


Harriet (Olsen) Shull married Richard Nelson June 2 in Bergen, Norway. They spend much of their time traveling between homes in Montana and Arizona and on Vashon Island, Wash.

Class Representative – Iver Haugen


Faith (Bueltmann) Stern was one of three readers in a production of “Mollee Kruger’s Garage Sale of the Mind” at the Kogod Theater at the University of Maryland in March. On March 26, she played the flute in “Ricercare,” a piece for flute, viola, bassoon and cello written by her husband, Kurt.

Class Representative – Phyllis Grahn Carroll


Earl Tilly and his wife, Barbara, were volunteers at the Masters Tennis Tournament during the Tournament of Champions at Indian Wells in California in March. Earl has also been appointed to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Class Representative – Ginny (Grahn) Haugen and Clarene (Osterli) Johnson


Class Representative –Marilyn Katz


Jan (BonDurant) McMillan retired to Westport, Wash., in 2001. She published her first volume of poetry, “Night Gift,” in March. Jan spent 30 years working in nonprofit child and family services. She is also active in environmental and peace issues.

Class Representative – Don Cornell and David Knutson


Anita (Hillesland) Londgren was named the first John Briel Award recipient in March, in recognition of her leadership with the Care Team Ministry for Lutheran Community Services in Tacoma. Anita and her husband, Dick ’59, have retired to Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Class Representative – Alvin Dungan


John Amend, professor of chemistry at Montana State University, received the Two-Year College Chemistry Association’s (2YC3) Award for Outstanding Service to Chemical Education at the national meeting of 2YC3 and the American Chemical Society in New Orleans in March.


Gerry Fosen celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination with a buffalo barbeque retirement party at Westridge Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Ariz. Bishop Michael Neils ’71 presented poetry. Gerry’s wife, Janice ’65, and her family, The Karlstad Family Singers, presented music. Representatives from former parishes; St. Matthew’s Lutheran in Beaverton, Ore., Trinity Lutheran in Enumclaw, Wash., as well as Westridge, were on hand for the toast and the roast.

Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Susan (Leedy) Robarts died May 22. She taught language and P.E. at Coweeman Junior High School in Kelso, Wash., before becoming a stay-at-home mother in 1967. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and is survived by her mother, two daughters, two brothers, one sister and four grandchildren.

Chris Halvorson has retired from a career in urology. He is now active in real estate development and in establishing medical clinics in Third-World countries.

Barbara (Brinkley) Dykman is retiring from teaching. She is planning a trip to see New England fall foliage with Nancy (Newton) Lee and her husband, Olaf.

Georgia (Derr) Bucholz married Mark Pease on Feb. 20, 2000. She is a doctoral student at Azusa Pacific University.

Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Alice May (Wenness) DeSart died June 5. After graduating from PLU, she taught school until the birth of her first child. In 1984, she took graduate level courses at PLU in special education to return to teaching. She was also active at Puyallup Community Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Allen, and two children, Alisa and Adam DeSart.

Class Representative – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry


Stuart Hawkins died March 10. Stuart attended PLU after retiring from 20 years of service in the Air Force. He then taught math in the Clover Park School District. When he retired from teaching he became a builder. Stuart was also a licensed pilot. Stuart was preceded in death by his wife, Leavie Jane.

Dennis Howard was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of management systems and granted tenure in the Computer Information Systems Department of the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska in Anchorage
in July.

Class Representative – Kathy (Taylor) Edlund


Mary (Schnackenberg) Cattani is the director in the U.S. of the Center for University Programs Abroad in Paris. She lives in Amherst, Mass., and travels frequently to Paris, other parts of Europe and Argentina with her husband, Eduardo.

Carolyn (Malde) Kees received a master’s degree in pastoral studies from the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago in the spring.

Christopher Howell is the director of the university press at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. His seventh collection of poems, “Just Walking,” was published in April by Lost Horse Press in Sandpoint, Idaho. He and his wife, Barbara, a garden designer, are the parents of Evan William, 12.


Peter Coleman died March 2. After serving in the Army, Peter opened a bakery
in downtown Tacoma in 1945. He later moved it to Parkland, where he operated until returning to school. Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at PLU and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington. He worked for the Washington State Department of Social Services until his retirement in 1981. His many volunteer efforts included programs that assisted the homeless. Peter is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, five children, 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Class Representative – Angie (Nicholson) Magruder


Class Representative – Michael Ford


Judy (Cedarquist) Eaton works as a flight attendant for United Airlines and is based in Miami. She recently received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she lives.

Joan Petow was awarded the 2003 Outstanding Nurse Practice Award by the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Foundation at NAON’s 23rd Annual Congress in Orlando, Fla., in May. This award is given to recognize a member who has provided high quality health care to the orthopaedic patient and has made outstanding contributions in the field of orthopaedic nursing. Joan was nominated by her local NAON group, the Inland Northwest Chapter. Joan works at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists in Spokane.

Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner


Roger Hansen was appointed grand chaplain for 2003-2004 by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Alaska.

Joseph Dillon has a new position as senior pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Ariz. His wife, Paula, is a cardiac catheter technician at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

Helen Van Noy died June 8 in Tacoma. She was a retired teacher and a charter member of St. Luke’s Lutheran church. She is survived by her husband, Walter Oliver; sons, Edward and William Van Noy; daughter, Marie Gibson; brothers, Robert and Carroll Rieck; and five

Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.


Kris (Ekstrand) Molesworth is the new executive director of the Museum of Northwest Art, the only Northwest museum dedicated exclusively to exhibiting, preserving and collecting contemporary Northwest art. She also continues to work as a studio artist in Washington’s Skagit Valley, where she lives with her husband, Carl.


Alvina (Hauf) Olstead retired from teaching in June. She was a music teacher in the Ferndale, Wash., public schools for 30 years. Alvina plans to continue her studies at Luther Seminary to become an ordained ELCA pastor. Her husband, Halvar ’71, retired in June 2002 after 30 years as an elementary school teacher in the Mount Baker School District. They have three children ages 15, 17, and 19. Alvina and Halvar live in Ferndale.

Jay Stuller is a communications manager at ChevronTexaco’s worldwide headquarters in San Ramon, Calif. The author of several books and numerous national magazine articles, he lives in Marin County with his wife, Susan.

Class Representative – Nikki Martin


Lloyd Johnson was named CEO of FaxBack Inc., a provider of fax server software and fax-on-demand technology. He founded CommercePath Inc., a supplier of fax servers for production applications. Under his direction, the CommercePath solution won the Best Production Fax Server award for five straight years. AVT Corp. of Kirkland, Wash., acquired CommercePath
in 1997.

Kent Knobelauch works as the director of security safety and guest services at the Renaissance 55 Hotel in San Francisco. He is expecting his sixth grandchild.

Charles Mitchell continues to practice law and was elected vice president of Friends of Timberline, a historic preservation group helping to preserve Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, Ore.

Jeffrey Hopkins has spent 28 years in the packaging industry and is the director of business development at Landis Plastics Inc. in Chicago. He is happily married and the father of three children.

Kim Nordberg is a dentist in Puyallup and a dedicated church volunteer. His wife, Bette, is a fiction writer whose most recent work is a Christian devotional book. They have four children.

Class Representative – Dave Johnson


Gay (Thompson) Mitchell retired after 22 years of elementary school teaching. She is now a full-time student in a master of art therapy program at Marelhurst University. She enjoys travel, painting and family.

John Palm was named a National Board Certified Teacher by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in November 2002. His certificate is in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist, covering ages 7-12, and is considered the highest honor a teacher can earn. He and his wife, Nancy (Beam ’75), live in Vancouver, Wash., where he teaches fifth grade and Nancy substitute teaches. They have three children: David, 19; Marie, 15; and Daniel, 13.

Class Representative – Ed Voie


Marianne (Bye) Davis and her husband, Daniel, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary March 18. They have two sons, Jeff, 16, and Kevin, 12. Marianne enjoys being a homemaker and mom.

Peter Ansingh was appointed to the Greater Yakima (Wash.) Chamber of Commerce board in April. He is the superintendent for the West Valley School District.

David Walbolt sold his company, AMCAL Inc., to Mead Westvaco Corporation and is being retained under a four-year employment agreement to serve as director of marketing. He will keep his office in Walnut Creek, Calif., and work closely with the Dayton, Ohio, headquarters. He continues to own Mosaic Licensing Inc., an art licensing company representing artists’ work for use on consumer products.

Class Representative – Gary Powell


Jett (Gibson) Brooks is the pastor of Slateville Presbyterian Church in Delta, Pa.

Ronald Snyder was named 2002 Musical Director of the Year by the L.A. (Calif.) Weekly.

Kari Knudson has been hired by Columbia Bank to manage its Seattle Private Banking Office. She previously was vice president and relationship manager for Key Bank’s Private Banking Program.

Class Representative – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich


Elizabeth James and her family moved from Boston to New Orleans in their 52-foot sailboat, “Rainchaser,” last summer. They are training in preparation for their global circumnavigation. Her sons, Joshua, 9, and Tim, 5, enjoy living on the boat.

Bruce Neswick, canon for music at St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, recently conducted children’s choir festivals in Signal Mountain, Tenn.; Wilmington, N.C.; and for the Three Choirs’ Girl Chorister Festival at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, N.J. Bruce was also one of the guest conductors for the festival service held in November at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Royal School of Church Music. The St. Philip’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir also participated in this event, joining more than 600 other singers from around the country. More recently, the 60-voice Cathedral Choir sang the principal Sunday services at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City.

Roy Hammerling is assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He wrote the text for the prayer portion of the composition “Memorial” by Rene Clausen, associate professor of music. The college choir and orchestra performed the composition in February at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Commissioned by the American Choir Director’s Association, the piece memorializes the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


Jan (Hauge) DiConti moved to the San Diego area, where her husband, Marc, is stationed as a naval chaplain. He is currently serving on the USS Princeton in the Persian Gulf with the Nimitz battle group. Jan is at home caring for their children, Louis, 19; Karen, 17; Issac, 15; Noah, 13; and Lucas, 10.

Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey


Michael Haglund will travel to Ecuador in July for his fifth medical missionary trip and serve as camp doctor for the Royal Family Kids Camp.

Joan Lofgren has been a researcher for eight years at the University of Tampere in Finland, specializing in Russia and the Baltic States. She recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University.

Class Representative – Phil Waldner


Harry Maier recently published “Apocalypse Recalled: The Book of Revelation after Christendom,” an account of Revelation through the eyes of survivors of expulsion of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe from 1945-1950. Harry is associate professor of New Testament Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. He was appointed Edo Gatto Research Chair in Christian studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, for July to December 2003. Harry was also awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to conduct research in Heidelberg, Germany, from January to July 2004. He will use both awards to write his next book titled, “Decolonizing Jesus: New Testament Christologies Against the Backdrop of Roman Imperial Ideology.”

Don Fairley has been named manager of systems and support services in the Northwest regional offices for Country Insurance & Financial Services. Don is responsible for computing systems and support, facilities management, purchasing, records management and mail services. He has nine years of business management experience.

Tracy Hein-Silva is the manager of the Contra Costa (Calif.) Office of Emergency Services. She is also a mom to Zachary, 8, and Christian, 5.

Fredi (Edna) Giesler and Larry Staerkel were married Nov. 9. Fredi is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh, and Larry is an electrician and contractor at Environmental Energy.


Margie McDonnell is a special education teacher in the Vista Unified School District. She has two daughters, Rosemary Mariko, 9, and Ray Kosei, 8. They live in Oceanside Calif.

Sandra (Moen) Culver and her husband, Charles, returned to Anchorage, Alaska, in January. They are having fun with their two daughters, Kristen and Denali, in the great north.

Peter Schuerch and his partners started a franchise for a large Swiss franchise system called Keiser Training, which operates 10 outlets in Germany. Peter is the chief financial officer.

Nina (Boness) Reiten recently received the first Teacher of the Year award in Eatonville, S.D., where she is a fourth-grade teacher. She and her husband, Alvin, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February.

Class Representative – Paul Collard


Beverly Werner earned a Ph.D. in student personnel administration in higher education from Kansas State University in May. She lives in Aberdeen, S.D.

Carl Bjornstal served at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia, between September 2002 and May 2003. He is now assigned to the 13th Psychological Operations Detachment out of Arden Hills, Minn.

Dan Voelpel is the new business columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune. He had worked for the Tribune as a reporter before leaving in 1991 to start and supervise a community relations office at the City of Tacoma. He now returns to his journalistic roots.

Monica (Dryver) Coleston is the Home-Link director and lead teacher in the Loon Lake School District in Minnesota. She and her husband, Craig, are the parents of Nathan, 15; Samuel, 11; Timothy, 8; and Anamaria Monica, 6, whom they adopted from Romania in October 2002.

Class Representative – David Olson


Carolyn (Crawford) Brooks opened her own interior design business, The Designer, specializing in window treatments and designer pillows. She and her husband, Ken, and three sons, Jake, 12, Alec, 8, and James, 2, live in El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Scott Ransom was elected to serve as the president of the 11,000-member American College of Physician Executives. He is a partner with the health care consulting firm, Witt/Kieffer; associate professor in health management and policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University. Scott lives in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., with his wife, Elizabeth, and three children, Kelly, 12, Christopher, 8, and Sarah, 6.

Michael Hunter-Bernstein and his partner, Gabe, have moved to Beaverton, Ore. Michael stays at home with their sons, Ethan, 7, and Victor, 5, and Gabe directs a program at Portland Community College to help public school paraprofessionals earn AA degrees.

Bruce Larson is a secondary education professor at Western Washington University. In 1999, the American Educational Research Association honored Bruce for social studies research. His current research focuses on examining the difference between online learning and face-to-face discussion in the traditional classroom setting. Bruce received both his master’s in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Washington.

Ann (Jenck) Kunckle and husband, Rick, have been married for 19 years. They have two children, Aaron, 13, and Claire, 11. Anne is the Steward for Children’s Ministries at St Michael Parish in Olympia.

Class Representative – Mark Christofferson


Tim Rundquist has published his third book, “Otter Tail Review,” a collection of regional literature from rural Minnesota. Tim is also the author of two novels, “50,000 Watts of Jazz From Fargo,” and “How Heavy Is The Mountain.” Tim still lives in Fergus Falls, Minn., with his wife, Heather, and two children. He also works as a legal editor for West Publishing.

Trudi Strain-Trueit is a children’s author for Scholastic Press, Inc. Recently she had eight new titles released for middle graders, including “Volcanoes,” “Earthquakes,” “Fossils,” and “Rocks, Gems, and Minerals.” This fall, her book, “Eating Disorders,” will be published as part of a new health series for children. She is the author of more than 15 books for Scholastic and is developing a children’s fiction series for Penguin. Trudi’s husband, Bill ’82, is a computer teacher and yearbook advisor at Cascade High School in Everett, Wash. They both preside over Trueit Media, their freelance public relations business based in Everett. Bill handles digital photos, video and editing, while Trudi writes press materials, news stories, and video scripts.

Class Representative – Janet (Olden) Regge


Beth (Brown) Field and her husband, Rodolfo, have lived in North Carolina for 11 years. Rodolfo is on active duty in the Army at Fort Bragg. Beth is taking time off to stay at home with their three children, Kylie, 13, Kendall, 8, and Carlos, 4.

Debra (Weber) Pruitt is a charge nurse at Allenmore Hospital. She and her husband, Jim, also run their own business, Jim’s U-Fish at Old McDebbie’s Farm in Spanaway.

Annette Holmstrom received $5,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for writing a four-unit, high school curriculum, “Epidemiology in Action”, that will appear on the College Board’s Web site. Annette and seven other teachers in the U.S. were recognized in the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) competition, a contest aimed at promoting awareness of public health and the field of epidemiology. She teaches at University Place High School.


Dave Parkhill is a safety analyst for Chelan County Public Utility District in Wenatchee. Dave and his wife, Cari, have two boys, Kyle, 9, and Britt, 6.

Fara Schwencke is the founder of F.I.S.H. Ministries/Unity Music. She produced the Christian music CD,”Thankful People Praise,” and has given many concerts in rehabilitation and retirement centers and in several churches.

Class Representative – Darren Hamby


Greg Schieferstein was named news director at WAGT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Augusta, Ga. He and his wife, Adriane, have three children, Hannah, 5, August, 3, and Gunther, 1. Greg also serves on the advisory board of the Department of Communication for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Dean Burton was named general manager of C.C. Edwards Construction Co. He was promoted from project manager and has been with the company five years. In his new role, Dean will oversee all production operations.


Tamara Johnson and Jeff Hayes were married March 1 at St. James Episcopal Church in Kent, Wash. They live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where Jeff manages a restaurant at a private country club and Tamara continues to work for REI.

Thomas Blue has a new position as a sales professional in the property and casualty department at Marsh Advantage America.

Angela Strege is the Seattle site customer relations representative in business development for the integrated defense systems organization at Boeing. She also serves on the Tacoma School Board and is pursuing her international MBA.

Chris Scharen and Sonja Batalden ’90 live with their children, Isaiah, 5, and Grace, 2, in New Britain, Conn. Chris is the pastor at First Lutheran Church, and Sonja is a nurse-midwife at the Yale School of Nursing.

Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro


Stephen Duster is teaching fifth grade for the Department of Defense schools in Japan. He is also composing and writing his own music. In 1998, Stephen founded Sand Dust Studios and Elkana Records. Since then, he has produced seven CDs. In addition to teaching he travels and performs at concerts throughout Washington and Japan. He has also performed in Canada, the Philippines, and Oregon.

Karen Waltar and Tarn Faulkner married in August 2002. They live in Seattle, where Karen is a speech-language pathologist in long-term care and Tarn is a computer programmer and photographer. They are expecting their first baby in November.

Thomas Howard married Laura Heinonen July 13, 2002, in Kangasala, Finland. They met in a 737 at American Airlines and are both pilots who fly 767s, mainly to Europe.

Karen (Atkin) Vaver is an elementary school teacher in University Place, Wash. She received the Gates Teacher Leadership Technology Grant 2002 and The EDS@Weyerhaeuser Technology Grant 2003. Through these grants, she received training and technology that benefits both her students and her colleagues. Karen and her husband, David, have three children, Alex, 11; Shelby, 9; and Rebekah, born Feb. 28, 2002.

Jeremy Soltroff is stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. He is the shop chief of the Nondestructive Inspection Lab.

Class Representative – Sean Neely and Angel Vahsholtz-Anderson


Michelle (Conner) Stauffer served four years on active duty in the Army Nurse Corps specializing in pediatric nursing and three years in the Inactive Ready Reserve before transferring to the National Guard. She is now a full-time occupational health nurse for the Washington Army National Guard.

Rhonda Haeffele earned a master of arts in pastoral studies from Seattle University’s Ecumenical School of Theology and Ministry. She is director of Christian education for Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland, Wash.

Mike Lorrain and Cynthia Howie were married May 17. Kyle Kupp ’92 was in the wedding party. Mike is part owner of Quantum Productions Inc., a film and video production company in Seattle. Cynthia has a bachelor of arts degree from Central Washington University and is a floor manager at Crate and Barrel. After their honeymoon in Hawaii, they settled in Bellevue, Wash.


Lori Minetti and David Felcyn ’88 were married March 4 in the Caribbean. Lori is a social worker and David is in management. Kari (Edmonds) Leppell is the new Pacific Northwest regional financial office recruiting manager at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (formerly AAL/LB) in Tacoma. She worked in the admissions office at PLU for nine years.

Kelly (Edgerton) Richards lives in Bothell, Wash., with her husband, Dan, and two children, Anna, 6, and Paul, 3. She is a stay-at-home mom and is still running to keep in shape. Dan is a real estate agent.

Mary Walker retired June 30 as principal at Sedro-Woolley (Wash.) High School. Mary was in education for 30 years, the last 11 years in administration.

Jerilyn (Gonzalez) Floyd planned, oversaw, and opened a satellite oral surgery office in 2001 in the Aurora/Centennial area of Colorado. Her husband, Carlton, is a maxillofacial surgeon. They have two children, Adrienne, 19, and Carolyn, 17.

Kaaren (Goeller) Bloom and her husband, Bill ’90, moved to Spokane in April. They will be taking over Kaaren’s parents’ business, publishing a directory for seniors and their families. Their daughter, Ava, turned 2 at the end of March.


Shawn Simpson has a new position as distinguished teacher and English teacher for the Humanity and Arts Academy at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Wash. She bought her first home, in Auburn, Wash., in the fall of 2002.

Julie Miller and Russ Jackson were married Nov. 16 at Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Ore. Julie is a registered nurse at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and Russ is pilot at Hillsboro Aviation, both in Oregon.

Laurie Wood and Charles Uhrig were married March 22 in San Diego. Christine Vaught ’92 was the maid of honor. Kristine Moor ’92, Jenny (Dykstra) ’92 and Tim ’93 Irwin and Dan Wood ’95 (Laurie’s brother) attended the wedding. Laurie is looking for a position in chemistry and Charles is a grocery clerk.

Ed Grogan and Dan Wiersma ’89, have merged their practices into one company, Summit Financial Group. The company, started on the island of Maui in 2001, has just consolidated its offices at a new Gig Harbor location. Dan and Ed have nearly 25 years of experience in financial services between them and serve clients in seven states, as well as abroad. Summit Financial Group is a fee-based financial planning firm with a focus on investment management and comprehensive financial planning.

Kori (McNary) Dewing graduated in June from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in nursing in the Adult and Older Adult Nurse Practitioner Program.

John Larkin is moving to Spokane to join the Department of Physics at Whitworth College. He previously taught at Augustana College in South Dakota.

Class Representative – Kristina Dolan


Carol (Parr) Park is the grant and contract administrator at San Diego State University.

Deborah (Kovac) Holmberg and her husband, Clifford, moved to California for better weather and to be closer to family. Deborah is a Spanish teacher and involved in missions work at Faith Community Church.

Ken Lanyon works at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, Ga., as an engineer who records many local bands. He married Mitchaleen Johnson in September 2002 and lives in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck


Deanne Burnett Keener, development specialist for the Auburn Small Business Center, was honored April 7 as the Washington State Small Business Development Center Star for 2003. This award is the highest honor the center can give to a business development specialist. Deanne has worked with the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce for two years counseling small businesses and soliciting new investment for the community. She serves on the board for the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the economic development division.

Dave Duncan completed his internship in family practice and after further training in the Navy aerospace program is a flight surgeon with Carrier Airwing Five, stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.

Calvin Goings, a Pierce County Council member, was honored by the Washington Parks and Recreation Association for his leadership in passing state and county fiscal legislation to support parks. The Legislative Citation of Merit Award was presented in April.

Marni (Kralman) DeHart moved back to the Pacific Northwest. After marrying her husband, Jonathan, they moved to Europe for three years of business and travel.

Mike Lee received a top national journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his investigative series, “Bitter Harvest.” The series, which appeared in the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald, was named best investigative reporting in 2002 by a newspaper in the under 100,000 circulation category. Mike left the Herald in February and is now a business reporter for the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee.

Class Representatives – Krista Sickert-Bush and Stephanie Page-Lester


Ann Riley-Mace received her master’s degree in the art of teaching in education from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., in May. She teaches Spanish at Lawton High School.

Annette Maillard is a flight nurse, with the rank of major, stationed in Afghanistan with the 446 AES squadron out of McChord Air Force Base.

Megan (Arno) Nichols left the Army on Feb. 3. She is now at home with her children, Ellie, 3, and Benjamin, 1. Her husband, Calvin ’93, graduated from the Washington State Trooper Academy July 1.

Matt DesVoigne is working for the Shodor Education Foundation He is a lead developer for high school and undergraduate interns at Shodor.

Sherrie Hofmann is a seminary student at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

Tareq Al-Bahar works for the National Bank of Kuwait as the manager of
the domestic institutional banking division.

Melanie (Cabigting) Helle was named Puyallup School District’s 2003-2004 Teacher of the Year. She is a third-grade teacher and plans to obtain her school administrator’s credential from PLU this summer. She and her husband, Troy, have a son, Dane, 2.

Brandon Fix is the founder and CEO of the Tacoma-based Donation Depot, an online charitable giving web portal that lets individuals, companies, and nonprofits give, receive and manage donations. Brandon’s company has been sold to Kintera Inc., a provider of software, and he serves as Kintera’s director of sales. Donation Depot has received many awards for its technology and was widely recognized as the portal for much of the online giving connected with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


Heather McDougall married Erik Melver ’96 on New Year’s Eve. Heather works as a senior counselor in PLU’s admissions office, and Erik is an actor.

Kevin Mackey and Kyle Andrews are members of the Seattle-based rock band, Poorsport. They have played at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the Gorge in George, Wash., for the Van’s Warped tour, and the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater for the Bite of Seattle 2002.

Susan (Allard) Nelson received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick, Coventry, England, in January. She has been teaching part-time at PLU since September 2000.

Brian Van Valey married Kelly Flagg March 8 in Las Vegas. They live in Tacoma.

Andrew Wilson and Sarah Hinlicky were married March 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham, N.C. Andrew is working on a master of theology degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, while Sarah is pursuing a Ph.D. at PTS. They live in Princeton, N.J.

Gregory Ennis graduated from Creighton University Medical School in May. He is starting family practice residency at Bremerton Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash.

Young Kim is a registered nurse who has returned to patient care as an emergency room nurse at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash. He is also the emergency department project manager.

Class Representative – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson


Martin Mogk has finished his first year teaching at Elsinore High School in Wildomar, Calif. He will serve as department chair this year.

Jessica Lull and Jacob Elliott were married March 16, 2002. Brandy (Antonius) Stockwell ’98 and Kristen (Kehayas) Sullivan ’98 were in the wedding. Jessica works from her home, as a nurse account manager for Medical Services Company and Jacob is self-employed as a motivational speaker.

Brandon VanDyke directs the symphony and chamber orchestras at Tualatin High School in Oregon. The symphony orchestra won the full orchestra division of the Pac-9 Orchestra Festival April 16, while the chamber orchestra placed second in the string orchestra division. Both ensembles performed at the Oregon State Orchestra Championships in May. Brandon also directs the bands and jazz bands.

Class Representative – Shannon Herlocker


Shana (McGillivray) Larsen started her own company, Ready.Set.Eat! Inc., in Vancouver, Wash. She is a personal chef who plans, shops for, prepares and stores meals for one to two weeks for couples or families that have no time or desire to cook.

Ian McFeat studied in Kenya over the summer through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ian, a teacher at Foss High School in Tacoma, was one of 25 people selected from more than 150 applicants to participate in the six-week program.

Kaj and Janell (Wagenblast) Martin bought their first home in South Tacoma in March.

Nathan and Tone (Beck) Vahl moved to Glesvaer, Norway, where Nathan is studying for an engineering degree in aquaculture and environmental studies at Hogskolen College. Tone is an accountant at Rieber Shipping.

Olivia Martin is a second year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Alliant International University in San Diego.

Aaron Swenson graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry June 7. He and his wife, Erika , are moving to Guam, where he will be a dentist with the U.S. Air Force at Andersen Air Force Base for the next two years. Melissa Holcomb and Jeffrey Priester ’00 were married Oct. 19, 2002. Melissa is a registered nurse at Tripler Army Medical Center, and Jeffrey is an electronic system designer at Design Systems Limited. They live in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Jennifer (Klumpp) Cramer and Matt Cramer were married Dec. 21, 2002. They moved to Colorado Springs where Matt is the national mountain bike director for the U.S. cycling team.

Anneke Geballe has been a staff worker with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship for four years (one year at OSU and the past three at Smith College in Northhampton, Mass.) She has been accepted to a master’s of social work program at the University of Washington.

John Eussen works for Quest/Aegon with several other Lutes. His wife, Michelle (Pleny) ’01 is finishing the first year of her master’s degree in teaching and is working as a substitute teacher.

Class Representative – Karlene Miles


Melissa (Ragan) Griesemer ’00 and ’02 married Greg Griesemer Aug.17, 2002. Melissa is an elementary school teacher at the Village Christian School in Sun Valley, Calif., and Greg is a student at the Master’s Seminary. They live in Valencia, Calif.

Cody and Kira (Johnson) ’01 Johnson live in Peoria, Ariz. Cody is an account consultant at Allegiance Telecom, Inc., and Kira is pursuing a physician’s assistant degree and master’s degree in medical science at Midwestern University.

Nick Callahan and Megan White ’01 were married June 1, 2002 in Newport, Ore. Shawn Myers ’00, Jerry Ladd ’00, Tim Erickson ’00, Layci Nelson ’01 and Laurie (Allen) Aardappel ’02 were in the wedding party. Nick and Megan live in Olympia.

Bridget Pearson is in the master’s in teaching degree program at Seattle University.

Camille (Mesmer) Vancil was hired as the new educational coordinator at Northwest Art Glass in Redmond, Wash., in January. Her husband, Matt ’01, is working for a floral company and teaching at Pierce College. They live in Kent.

Sarah Lord and Adam Sundstrom ‘01 were married March 1 in Yellowstone National Park. Twenty-one Lutes participated in the wedding ceremony. Sarah and Adam are working as co-coordinators of the High Adventure program at Glenville State College in W. Va. They spent four weeks in Bolivia over the summer working with Seth Kirby ’00 who is serving in the Peace Corps.

Michelle Englund has a new job as regional director of alumni relations at Seattle University. She was previously in public relations at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel.

Douglas Prindle earned his professional engineering license for California in February. He passed the 13-hour exam in October. The license enables him to submit and “stamp” engineering plans for work performed in California. He will obtain the necessary work experience for a Washington license in 2004. Doug works at JRR Engineering of Lynnwood, Wash. He is currently attending the master’s degree program for structural engineering at the University of Washington.

Kurtis Johnston and Cynthia Hutterman were married April 21, 2001. They are both teachers and live in Tacoma.

Stacy Croft is a teacher in the Clover Park School District and took a group of student ambassadors to New Zealand and Australia in the summer. In September she will move to England to be a teacher in London.

Andrea White is a user services consultant and help desk manager at Willamette Integrated Technology Services at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

Emily Keys will be attending graduate school this fall at Lewis and Clark College. She will pursue a master of education degree in school counseling.

Class Representative –Ashley Orr


Daniel Ljungstrom is volunteering with youth, managing a Web site and serving as vice secretary for a sports team.

Marie Lang completed her master’s degree in social work at the University of Washington in June. She is a social worker at the Institute of Family Development.

Brian Cleven received a master’s degree in kinesiology and teaching credentials from California State University, Long Beach.

Christina Knowlton received a master of science degree in oceanography from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in April.

Kristina Sawyers and David Dowling were married Aug. 31, 2002, at Pleasant Hill Estate in Carnation, Wash. Amanda Kaler ’03 was the maid of honor. Kristina is a social worker at Bel Air Rehab and Specialty Care and David is a student at Clover Park Technical College, both in Tacoma.

Derek Helmer bought a house in the Puyallup area. He is the accounting manager at Helmer’s Music in Fife.

Jonathon Chesser and Nichol Boutin were married June 29, 2002, in Tacoma. Peter and Renee (Spani ’02) White, Karl Erickson, Bill and Jen Stewart, and Janelle Schulte were in the wedding party. Jon works as an environmental scientist for Steigers Corp., and Nikki is working on her doctorate degree in nursing at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They live in Denver.

Class Representative – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle


Jessica McFarland is in her first year of the Ph.D. program in biological oceanography at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Bridget Baker has a new position as account coordinator at MWW/Savitt in Seattle.

Laurie Lobdell is in her first year of the sociology graduate program at Washington State University.

Kevin Grant and Rebecca Sayers were married June 28. The groomsmen included Jake Rohr, Will Munich, and Tyler Kalberg. Their bridesmaids were Jacy James, and Andrea Thompson ’03.

Stefon Reid has been a special education teacher at Spanaway Lake High School in Spanaway, Wash. since December 2002. Next year, he will teach math, life skills and world history. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in Integrated Technology and Curriculum. He is the father of Jamie, 11, and Tyler, 13.

Class Representative – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs


Future Lutes


Nelda (Reede) Chandler became a grandmother for the first time Nov. 27, 2002, when Shelley Caroline was born. Nelda retired from operating room nursing, but plans to continue to work in nursing on an as needed basis.


Abdullah El-Kuwaiz and his wife, Norah, announce the birth of their 12th grandchild, Abdullah Taha. He also joins one sister, Nagla, 1.


Sandra (Sommerville) Lockhart and her husband, John, have a new granddaughter, Faith, born Aug. 20, 2002, to Sandra’s son, Zack, and his wife, Hilary.


Mike Larson and his wife, Beco, announce the birth of Inga Jane on May 12. Inga joins big brothers Mack and Charlie.


Eric Rizer and his wife, Rebekah, announce the birth of Max on Dec. 20. He joined Jon, 12, and Madison, 1.

Janna (Hamilton) Hudson and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of their son, Ryan Thomas, born Nov. 26, 2002, in London, England. He joined Brianna, 11 months. Fellow Lutes Barbara ’74 and Allen ’75 Banks helped care for Brianna in London during Ryan’s birth. Tom is a captain in the U.S. Navy and was transferred in December from RAF West Ruislip, England to NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. He served a two-month deployment this spring with Fleet Hospital Eight in Rota, Spain. They are now at home in Anacortes, Wash.


Jean (Bennett) Petrenchak and her husband, Doug, announce the birth of Bennett Stephen on Jan. 17. He joined Allison, 9. Jean is a sales representative for Dey Pharmaceuticals and Doug is a pilot.

Elizabeth (Pulliam) Weston and her husband, Will, announce the birth of Beyette on Dec. 2, 2002. Liz is a personal finance columnist of MSN Money and the Los Angeles Times and appears weekly on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”


Chris and Colleen Buren ’87 Gundersen announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Hope on May 18. Lillian joined Isaace 11, Melody 8, and Sonja 5. The Gundersens live in Olympia, where Chris teaches seventh grade science. They can be reached at


Mark and Lori (Scott ’90) Schmidt announce the birth of Clara Marie on March 21. She joined Elena Joy, 2.


Jeff and Anila (Abraham ’91) Neumeister announce the birth of Zachariah Jeffrey on Dec. 29, 2001. He was born three months premature at one pound, seven ounces.

Mary (Davis) and Greg ’88 Pubols announce the birth of Rebekah Ann on Aug. 1, 2002. She joined her sister Amber, 12. Mary has left her job at Intel to stay home with her girls.

Jennifer (Hartley) Carlson and her husband, Craig, announce the birth of their son Tristan on Oct. 18, 2002. He joined Cassandra, 2. Jennifer cares for their children at home, and Craig works in heavy equipment sales.


Brian and Kayce (Wheeler ’91) Gardner announce the birth of Gabriel Douglas on April 19. Gabriel joins Nate, 3.

Kristi (Gorud) Waldal and her husband, Ken, announce the birth of Elyse Maureen on April 10. Kristi works at Northwest OB/GYN in Spokane, and Ken should earn a second degree in landscape architecture at WSU by May 2004.

Carol (Rybak) Halsey and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of William in March. He joins his siblings, Jack, Rowan, and Joe. Matthew is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, while Carol is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Fresno, Calif.

Jamie Zundel and her husband, Larry, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Sarah Elizabeth and Katherine Anne, on Jan. 23.


Susan (Witter) O’Leary and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Violet Genevieve on March 23. She joined Conor James, 4.

Theresa (Raden) Bowerman and her husband, Jerry, announce the birth of Connor Harold on July 14, 2002. He joined Raden Peter, 4. Theresa is a teacher, and Jerry is a vice president with an electronic gaming company. They live in Vancouver, B.C.

Heidi (Burmeister) Sutton and her husband, Kurt, announce the birth of Jack Dallas on April 8. Heidi received her master’s degree in educational administration in Aug. 2002.


Melissa (Hohengarten) Pederson and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their first child, Lauren Elizabeth, on March 18. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash. Melissa works as a radiation/oncology nurse at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Wash.

Cindy (Specht) Dapkus and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of their daughter Lydia Karen on Jan. 22. She joined Elijah Matthew, 2.

David and Rochelle (Clayton ’94) Strunk announced the birth of their first child, George David, July 30, 2002. Rochelle is the Kirkland Center Manager for Hope-Link, a nonprofit social service agency and David teaches 5th/6th grade.

Gregory Houfek and his wife, Hyoung-sun, announce the birth of Hannah Yu on Feb. 18, 2002. Greg works at Intel.

Jennifer (Haroldson) and Darin ’93 Howard announce the birth of Ryan Edward on Aug. 7, 2002. Ryan joins Jacob, 3. Retired PLU basketball coach, Bruce Haroldson and his wife, Joan, and Frank and Alice Howard are the grandparents.

John and Candace (Haberlin) Wright announce the birth of Jessica Erin on March 23. John is an engineer at Hewlett Packard in Vancouver, Wash.

Rusty Frisch and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of Landry Victoria on Jan. 23. She joined Garrison, 2. Rusty is the football coach at Plano (Texas) West Senior High School and elementary P.E. teacher.


Kimberly (Nirk) Waterstraat and her husband, John, announce the birth of Nathaniel Brian on May 30, 2002. He joined Nicholas Mitsuoka, 3.

Jenny Berk and her husband, Alex, announce the birth of Andrew Jacob on Dec. 18, 2002. They live in Brunswick, Ga., where Jenny is a church textile artist and stay-at-home mom and Alex is a pastor.

Anneke (Ernst) Berry and her husband, Will, announce the birth of Finnigan Maxwell on March 4. Anneke was promoted to assistant city attorney for the City of Lakewood (Wash.) Jan. 1.

Kristina (Kurle) Dolan and her husband, Stein, announce the birth of Sarah Madelon on March 11, 2002. She joined Paige, 2.

Gary and Julie (Hogan ’94) Underdahl announce the birth of Sophie on Sept. 2, 2002.

Kristin (Koss) Flandreau and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of Megan on July 4, 2002.


Jerilyn (Dunlap) Hander and her husband, Marc, announce the birth of their son, Gabriel on Nov. 22, 2002. Jerilyn is working part-time as a data control technician at Trust Services, Inc., and Marc is the pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, both in Greenville, Texas.

Eric and Amy (Westendorf ‘95) Reisner announce the birth of Jackson on May 29, 2002. He joined Davis, 2. Eric is the desktop/network administrator at Peace Health Corp., and Amy is a stay-at-home mom.

Karina (McGuire) Callahan and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of Sarah Elizabeth on Sept. 4, 2002. She joined Andrew Michael, 3. Karina is a stay-at-home mom and pre-school teacher for Andrew, and Rob is stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma.


Judd and Elessa (Boam ’93) Benedick announce the birth of their first child, Zoe Marie, on Nov. 13, 2002. Judd is an art teacher at Centennial High School, and Elessa teaches first grade part-time. They live in Meridian, Idaho.

Rodney Van Andel and his wife, Mindy, announce the birth of Abigail Shea on Feb. 3.

Matt and Kristi (Keene) Hulquist announce the birth of Kayden Nikole on Feb. 5. She was named after Nikole (Jansen) Sager ’95. Matt finished his residency in June and they moved to Boise, Idaho, where Matt is working as an emergency medicine physician.


Joseph and Kori (Salisbury) Paull announce the birth of Sophia on Aug. 18, 2002. She joined Robbie, 3. The Paulls have been living in Georgia for over a year. Joseph is assigned to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion.

Paul and Jenny (McClure) Appel announce the birth of Annika Lauren on June 30, 2002. She joined Michael Andrew, 3. Jenny is a teacher in the Sumner (Wash.) School District and Paul is a teacher, JV baseball and varsity golf coach at Rogers High School in the Puyallup School District.

Kimberly (Rempfer) and Troy ’95 Helseth announce the birth of Tyler Jacob on June 19, 2002. After Tyler’s birth, Troy began looking for golf pro jobs in the Southwest, and the family moved to Henderson, Nev.

Rod Nash and his wife, Mindy, announce the birth of John Wallis Nash on June 13, 2002. Rod is the area director for Young Life in the Central City of Tacoma and is playing concerts throughout the Northwest as an acoustic solo artist.


Susan (Jacot) Butler and her husband, Bryce, announce the birth of Colin James Douglas on Jan. 20. Susan and her family live in Rhode Island, where Bryce is stationed in the Navy. They will soon relocate to San Diego.

Devra Sigle-Hermosilla and her husband, Miquel, announce the birth of Olivia Dovie Hermosilla on June 26, 2002. She joined brother Mauricio, 5.

Tomara (Bryant) Miller and her husband, Joseph, announce the birth of Sydney Joy on May 1 at Fort Stewart’s Winn Army Community Hospital. She joined Tahlia, 3. Tomara cares for their two daughters while Joseph is deployed to Iraq.

Joshua and Aimee (Andrews ’98) Requa announce the birth of Madelyn Alisa on Jan. 21. Aimee is a teacher in the Sedro-Woolley (Wash.) School District, and Joshua is an engineer.


Matthew Kusche and his wife, Christine, announce the birth of Mason Alton on June 25, 2001.

Allison (Gray) Grassi and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Madison Catharina on Oct. 30.

Tara (Hudiburg) Stiefel and her husband, Vernon, announce the birth of Quinlan on April 27. Tara is a programmer/analyst at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and Vernon is a professor.


Gavin and Patty (Milton ’00) Brem announce the birth of Noelle Ruth on Feb. 25. Gavin is a teacher for the Upward Bound program in the Franklin Pierce School District, helping low-income, first generation college-bound high school students get into college. Patty cares for Noelle at home.


Therese (Affholter) Nation and her husband, Richard, announce the birth of Jacob Dylan on April 6. He joined Joshua Ryan, 20 months.

Shaun and Lena (Tibbelin ’99) Buhre announce the birth of Mattias Damien on Sept. 8, 2002. Shaun works for Russell Mellon Analytical Services in Tacoma, and Lena is a sports reporter for the King County Journal in Bellevue.


Heather (Nighswander) Andreassen announces the birth of her daughter, Miri, in January.


Heidi (Farley) Mauer and her husband, Russell, announce the birth of Lia Rianne on Sept. 10, 2002.


In Memoriam


Elizabeth Willis died April 8.


Velma Curry died March 1.


Helena (Littau) Kadota died March 21.


Stuart Hawkins died March 10.


Peter Coleman died March 2.
Jay Johnson died April 19.


Douglas DeLong died April 4..


James Pierson died April 1.


Nicole Cunningham died June 24 of complications of cystic fibrosis

Faculty and Friends

Grace Blomquist died May 3. Grace came to PLU in 1939 as assistant dean of women and instructor in Latin and English. She served as the dean of women from 1943 to 1954. During her 37-year tenure, she launched the children’s literature curriculum and was instrumental in the establishment of the library collection to support it. (Today PLU’s extensive and valuable collection is considered to be one of the best children’s literature research collection in the Pacific Northwest.)

Richard Paul Jungkuntz, provost emeritus, died June 22. He was born Oct. 1, 1918, in Cleveland, Ohio. He joined PLU in 1970 and served as provost for 18 years. He was an ordained Lutheran pastor and had served congregations in Wisconsin before becoming a professor at Northwestern College in Watertown, Wis. He earned his Ph.D. in classics at the University of Wisconsin and taught at Concordia Seminary in Sprinfield, Ill., before coming to PLU. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace; six of their seven children; a sister, and two brothers.

The Arts: Selections from the Spring 2003 Saxifrage student literary magazine



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