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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)
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
Class Representative –Stan Willis
Class Representative Luella Toso
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
Class Representative Isabel (Harstad)
Class Representative Gerald Lider
Class Representative Norene (Skilbred)
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
Class Representative Edna (Haglund)
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
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
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,
Class Representative Phyllis Grahn
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
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
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
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
Class Representative Kathy (Taylor)
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,
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)
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
Class Representative Rose (Lanes)
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
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)
Class Representative Joseph Hustad
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
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.
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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
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
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
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
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)
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. www.sanddust.com
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
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,
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. email@example.com
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
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
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
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 www.shodor.org. 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. www.poorsportmusic.com
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark and Lori (Scott ’90) Schmidt
announce the birth of Clara Marie on March 21. She joined Elena
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,
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
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,
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. www.rodnash.com
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
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.
Elizabeth Willis died April
Velma Curry died March 1.
Helena (Littau) Kadota died
Stuart Hawkins died March
Peter Coleman died March
Jay Johnson died April 19.
Douglas DeLong died April
James Pierson died April
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