search PLU
 

alumni class notes

more alumni info

 

Class Notes by year

1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, Future Lutes, In Memoriam

Click here to submit your Class Note!

1936

Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande

1938

Class Representative –Stan Willis

1939

Charlotte (Goplerud) Larsen died Dec. 16. After PLU, Charlotte taught at Sheridan Elementary School in Tacoma. She and her husband, Haakon, married in 1944. They moved to West Seattle, where they raised their two sons. Charlotte was active in her church, where she played the piano and organ for more than 50 years. Her husband died in 1999. Charlotte is survived by her sons, Donald ’78, and Robert, and four grandchildren.

1940

Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson

May (Pellett) Klinzmann’s husband, John, died in December 2001. May lives in an assisted living-care center in Wray, Colo. She has one son, one daughter, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. One grandson teaches in France and another teaches in Oregon.

1944

Charlotte (Swanson) Bumgardner died Feb. 5. She was a fifth-grade teacher in Beaverton, Ore., for 29 years. Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Jesse ‘49. She is survived by a son, David, and sister, Lois (Swanson) Brass ’51.

1945

Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol.

1946

Class Representative – Isabel (Harstad) Watness

1947

Class Representative – Gerald Lider

1948

Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen

Etta (Claussen) Smithson died Feb. 6. After PLU, Etta interned at Tacoma General Hospital, then worked at Roosevelt Memorial Hospital (Bremerton, Wash.) laboratory and the Bremerton Medical Laboratory. Etta married Myrton Keeler in 1952. He died after the birth of their daughter, Barbara. In 1957, Etta married Charles Smithson, and they lived in South Kitsap County. In 1989, they moved to Sequim, Wash., where Etta was active in their church, Dungeness Valley Lutheran. She was also an avid gardener and watercolor artist. Charles died in 1996. She is survived by her three children, Barbara, Paul ’82, and Suzanne ’83; and six grandchildren.

1949

Class Representative – Luther Watness

1950

Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy

1953

Class Representative – Helen-Joanne (Enger) Olsen

David Thorp died Dec. 23. After PLU, David taught art and special education in the Clover Park School District, retiring in 1982. He was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. David’s wife of 47 years, Barbara (Carstensen ’53) preceded him in death in 2000. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Selmer "Bud" Thorp ’48. David is survived by his daughter, Deanna Nowadnick ’76 (Kurt ’76); son, David ’81 (Christy Moen ’80); four grandchildren; and sister, Thelma.

1954

Class Representative – Iver Haugen

1955

Class Representative – Phyllis Grahn Carroll

Judd Doughty died Dec. 15. Judd worked as a disc jockey at KMO-AM radio and then moved to television, hosting, "These are Yours," a program for the Clover Park School District. He also taught English, drama and was the debate coach at Bethel High School and later helped turn KPLU-FM, a small campus radio station, into a 100,000-watt powerhouse. Judd was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Nancy (Halvorson ’57). He is survived by his three children, Elizabeth, Carolyn, and Patrick, and seven grandchildren.

1956

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

John Reay is still teaching in the math department at Western Washington University. He spoke on "Anti-symmetry and 2-homothetic transformations," at the PLU math department’s faculty colloquium in April.

Thomas and Delphine (Danielson) Housholder have three sons who are all ELCA pastors. David ’83 is at Grace Lutheran in Huntington Beach, Calif., Michael is at Lutheran Church of Hope in W. Des Moines, Iowa, and Timothy is at King of Kings Lutheran in Woodbury, Minn.

Norma Borgford is serving as interim pastor at Wilbur (Wash.) Lutheran Church. She is enjoying the small town, rural atmosphere.

1957

Class Representative – Carol (Bottemiller) Geldaker and Helen (Jordanger) Nordquist

1958

Class Representative – Don Cornell and David Knutson

Robert Rodin died Jan. 25. After PLU, Robert attended seminary at Augusta College in Rockville, Ill. After seminary, he married his wife of 31 years, Anita. Robert served as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove, Minn., St. John Lutheran Church in Chehalis, Wash., St. Mark Lutheran Church in Seattle, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Butte, Mont., and Zion Lutheran Church in Medford, Ore., retiring in 1994. Robert is survived by his wife; sons, Rolf and Jon ’86; daughter, Amy; brother, Dennis ’58 and two grandchildren.

1959

Class Representative – Alvin Dungan

Arthur Kempf died Jan. 16. Before PLU, Arthur served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He married Thelma (Salvage ’63) and after PLU, taught school in Tacoma. In 1964, he moved to Sacramento, where he taught school and received a Teacher of the Year award before retiring in 1983. He was involved in his church, including teaching Sunday school, assisting with home projects, and in the Mobile Missionaries Assistant program. Thelma preceded Arthur in death in 1991. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Vivian; one son and two daughters; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

1961

Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Morris Hauge retired from active priesthood in the Episcopal Church in November. He was the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle from 1994 to 2002.

1963

Class Representative – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry

Jo Ann (Threewit) Lo Bianco is a retired elementary principal. She would enjoy hearing from old friends. joannbigmama@aol.com.

1964

Class Representative – Kathy (Taylor) Edlund

Carole Fredrickson is in her 24th year with Windermere Real Estate. Her education degree has helped her to continue to learn new and challenging things in her career and to pass them along to her clients.

John Anderson retired after 34 years in ministry, in which he often used both English and German. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Camrose, Alberta, where John is serving as the interim university pastor, at Augustana University, until July 31.

1965

Stan Hoobing has been serving Redeemer Lutheran Church in Boise, Idaho, as interim pastor since October 2002. He and his wife, Carol, are making their home in the house where Stan grew up.

Mary (Olson) Baich has a new position as president of the Vesper Society.

1966

Class Representative – Jack Oliver

Patricia (Morrison) Syron works with special education students at Moscow (Idaho) High School. She and her husband, Leslie, live on 44 acres with their three large parrots and seven finches. Their first grandchild, Sophia Caputo, was born Oct. 14.

1967

Class Representative – Angie (Nicholson) Magruder

Kenneth Tetz died Jan. 6. After PLU, Kenneth was a manager at Union Oil for two years. He then worked at UniLever for 12 years, Reynolds Metals for four years and Weyerhaeuser for four years before buying Tetz Oil Company in Ilwaco, Wash., in 1988, from his father, Kenneth Sr. In 2002 he sold the company. Kenneth’s interests included sports, hunting and investing. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Dee; sons, Gerald and Scott; and seven grandchildren.

Koran "Karl" Kasperson died Jan. 22. After PLU, Karl taught junior high for three years. In 1970 he became the owner of Bainbridge Island Lumber Company. He retired and sold the company in 1987 and became involved with the Bainbridge Island Historical Society as vice president and docent. He also enjoyed golf, fishing and travel. Karl is survived by his wife of 36 years, Eva; two sons, Leif ’94, and Kris; and one grandson.

1968

Class Representative – Michael Ford

1969

Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

1970

Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

1971

Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.

Nancy Schultz moved to Tacoma after 31 years in pediatric practice in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is physician/pediatrician, working at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Glenn and Cecilia (Satterthwait ’73) Zander urge everyone to make sure they have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes after the recent death of their daughter, Kara ’02, to an accidental CO poisoning. This inexpensive warning device could have saved her life and the life of her friend. Glenn continues as pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in McMinnville, Ore., and Cec works as an RN in the short stay unit of the local hospital.

1972

Kris (Ekstrand) Molesworth has a new position as executive director of the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Wash., the only museum devoted exclusively to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting contemporary art by Northwest artists. She is the former director of Northwest Bookfest.

Robert Hasselblad was elected to serve as vice-president for the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) national board. He serves as the Tacoma representative to the LVC board. He and his wife, Kathleen (Burwash) ’89, ’94, have been involved with LVC since returning to Tacoma in 1998. Robert has been self-employed as a lumber broker for the past 28 years. He is also a part-time writer, published in poetry and fiction. He and Kathleen have three grown children, Isaac, Sarah, and Anna '04, who is a junior at PLU. Besides LVC, his interests include walking, reading and art.

1973

Class Representative – Nikki Martin

Abdullah Ibrahim El-Kuwaiz was named, by royal decree, Saudi ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Dennis Andersen is the co-author of "Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H. H. Richardson," an architectural history of Seattle, 1880-1895. It was published by University of Washington Press.

1974

Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Kristin Lindlan is a librarian at the University of Washington. She co-authored "Advanced Serials Cataloging Workshop: Instructor Manual," written in PowerPoint with an accompanying trainee manual and published by the Library of Congress. The manual serves as the basis for a two-day workshop for catalogers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Winnifred (McLean) McComas is retired from teaching and working with primary and preschool children in a church setting.

Doug Ruecker was named a partner for the Pacific Northwest regional financial offices of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Doug has been with AAL since 1990 and will manage Southwest Washington and Oregon.

1975

Class Representative – Ed Voie

John and Nancy (Beam) Palm live in Vancouver, Wash., where John teaches fifth grade. In the fall, John earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, after completing a rigorous and comprehensive yearlong program. The program included completing a portfolio and a series of exams covering a broad range of curricula and instruction.

Jonathan Mohr was awarded a Ph.D. in computing science by the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is a professor of computing science at Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta.

Tom Brandt was named a partner for the Pacific Northwest regional financial offices of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. He has been with Lutheran Brotherhood since 1990 and will manage Northwest Washington.

Rebecca Thompson earned a master’s degree in physical education and dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. In 1994, Rebecca challenged the California State Board and earned a certificate of physical therapist assistant. She went on to complete a doctorate in clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University in 2000 and is now working in the neuropsychology department at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital-Fulton campus in Orange County, Calif. She presented her research study, "Fibromyalgia and the High Risk Model of Threat Perception: A Personality Profile of Patients with Fibromyalgia," at the American Psychological Association convention in San Francisco in 2000.

1976

Class Representative – Gary Powell

Tom Gallagher moved back to Park City, Utah. He hopes to open a water filtration business with his sons.

Patricia (Speicher) Leal is coordinator of the Strategies in Parenting Program for the Siskiyou County Health Department. She was employee of the month in September 2001. Patty and her husband, Ken, have five children, Sarah, Seattle Pacific University ’04; Nathan, Simpson College ’06; David, high school ’05; and twins, Anna and Mary, high school ’06. Patty and Ken celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary 9/11/2001.


Kristi (Rigall) Weaver is a counselor intern and graduate degree candidate at the University of Maryland. Her husband, Daniel, is a family physician in the U.S. Air Force. They have two sons, Nathan, 23, and Karl, 22.

1977

Class Representative – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

1978

John Gordon and Catherine Burton were married in July 2002. His first wife, Muriel (Balch ’80) died in 2000. John is an engineer and manager at Ceramatec Inc., in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Catherine is a doctor.

1979

Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Timothy and Beth (Purdy) Kobernik live in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where Timothy is a physician in the U.S. Navy. They miss beautiful Washington State.

Jim Steele is working full-time on a doctorate in education at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. He is focusing on adult and post-secondary education. Jim previously worked in human resource management. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Tualatin. Their daughter, Bethany ’00, and son, Matt, live in Seattle.

1980

Class Representative – Phil Waldner

Donna Kahre is a contracts manager, responsible for contracts and programs, at Honeywell International in Paris, France.

1981

Munro Cullum was named the chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in March. Munro and his wife, Heike (Wilhelm ’81), celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last summer.

1982

Class Representative – Paul Collard

Jon Zurfluh has a new position as principal at Emerald International School in Shanghai, China. The school opened in August 2002 to serve expatriates living and working in Shanghai.

Guy Ellison was named a partner for the Pacific Northwest regional financial offices of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Guy has been with Lutheran Brotherhood since 1988 and will manage East King County (Wash.). His daughter, Claire, graduated from PLU in May.

Candace Armstrong and Steve Mumm were married in Spokane, Wash., in fall 2002. Their children, Murphy, 13, Amanda, 12, and Madison, 10, participated in the wedding. Candace is president of the Spokane Planning Commission and Steve is a chief operating officer.

1983

Class Representative – David Olson

David and Wendy (Vermeer) Housholder and their son, Lars, moved to Huntington Beach, Calif., where David is the new senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church. Wendy is a homemaker.

Jens and Leslie (Wieland) Klaar own a small summer art gallery, "High Tide Arts," in Homer, Alaska. It features their artwork as well as other local and Alaskan artists. Their children, Erika, 13, and Bjorn, 9 are active in Nordic skiing, coaching and racing.

Allen Chery is the general manager at LHM First Lease in Sandy, Utah. His wife, Pam, is a trainer at Paccar Financial.

1984

Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Paul Menter was named director of finance and administrative services for the City of Aspen (Colo.) in August 2002. He and his wife, Sandra, and twin daughters, Alexandra and Jordan, 9, live in Aspen.

Rod Nubgaard has a new position as director of the human resources management directorate for the U.S. Coast Guard. He was previously with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Rod and his wife, Lisa (Woods ’82) are actively involved in their community through coaching two soccer teams, serving as director of soccer and executive board members for Seneca Sport Association, and serving on the board of directors of the Maryland Soccer Foundation.

Duane Dudley has a new position as business financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Anchorage. Merrill Lynch has only 40 business financial advisers in the country. He was previously vice president of commercial lending for Northrim Bank in Anchorage.

Lorraine (Mercurio) Hamilton and her husband, Jeff, recently built a new home in Olympia. They have two children, Alix, 12, and Ross, 10. Lorraine is the choir director at Black Hills High School and the district music coordinator for the Tumwater School District. In the fall, she had a PLU student teacher, Cammy Anderson ’02, who now teaches in the Bethel School District.

1985

Class Representative – Janet (Olden) Regge

1986

Michael Herzog and Kathy Gere ’95 were married Jan. 3 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Michael works for Advanced Fibre Communications.

Rolf Agather lives in Sumner, Wash., with his wife, Tamera, and children, Brooke, 11, and Grant, 8. He is working for Russell Mellon Analytical Services in Tacoma.

Jon Price is the operations manager at the Pat Moore Foundation in Santa Ana, Calif.

Lori (Davis) Perry was reassigned as assistant professor of English at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

1987

Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Phillip Lindley was elected to a two-year term on the Hallowell (Maine) City Council. He is also the utilities analyst and public information coordinator for the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Dave Parkhill is the safety analyst for the Chelan County Public Utilities District in Wenatchee, Wash. He and his wife, Cari, have two boys, Kyle, 8, and Britt, 5.

Beth and Eric Utto-Galarneau moved from Lake Tahoe, Nev., to Aberdeen, Wash., to co-pastor at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church.

Scott Moon completed his sixth year as the medical director and radiation oncologist at the Mississippi Cancer Institute. He will be joining the largest oncology group in Hawaii in June as the newest board certified radiation oncologist. Scott and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Joshua, 7, and Tyler, 4.

1988

Kathrine Brooks and Douglas Riley were married in May 2002. They live in Ventura, Calif., with their three boys. Kathrine is a teacher and Douglas is a mortgage consultant.

1989

Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Jon Ball is working for General Electric in their nuclear fuels division in Wilmington, N.C. Recently he was promoted to plant manager and global supply chain leader. In this position, he is responsible for manufacturing and delivering nuclear fuel and components for U.S., Asian, and European utilities. Jon and his wife, Jennifer, have three boys and one girl, Payton, 9, Davis, 8, Riley, 6, and Kayla, 4.

Alan Rogstad is the executive director of Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Northern Calif.

Susan (Andrews) Spengler and her husband, John, have two sons, Grant, 3, and Bennett, 2. The boys are learning to ski and climb with mom and dad in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Susan is balancing teaching part-time, mothering and doulaing. A doula is a person who provides non-medical support to women during labor and delivery.

James Clay moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, to work with Litehouse Custom Printing, Inc., a specialty products company.

Lisa-Britt (Tonning) Davies and her husband, Rick, announce the birth of Erik Christian on Dec. 20. He joins Jared Nilsen, 2.

Kathleen (Burwash) Hasselblad moved back to Tacoma in 1998. After earning her master’s degree in social sciences at PLU in 1994, she did doctoral studies in American diplomatic history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since 1998, she has worked for Highline Community College’s office of instruction. Kathleen is a project manager, writing and administering grants for international programs. Her work has enabled her to travel several times to Namibia and South Africa. Kathleen and her husband, Robert ’72, have three grown children. Daughter, Anna '04, is the fourth generation in Kathleen’s family to attend PLU.

1990

Class Representative – Sean Neely and Angel Vahsholtz-Anderson

Marya Gingrey is the new director of diversity for the Puyallup School District. She previously worked in her own law office.

Ann Smith-Sehdev and her husband, Paul, returned to the Pacific Northwest from Baltimore, Md. They are both physicians, Ann is at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Paul is at Providence St. Vincent Hospital. They are also in the process of adopting a baby from Bombay, India.

Matthew and Sharon (Bales ’91) White have two daughters, Noelle, 1, and Natalie, 3. Matthew is a social studies teacher and assistant girls soccer coach at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup. He is also the head boys’ soccer coach at Puyallup High School. Sharon is a stay-at-home mom and active in MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers).

Knut Olson was named managing partner for the Pacific Northwest regional financial offices of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Knut, the youngest MP in the organization, has been with the company since 1990. He oversees Thrivent Financial associates in Western Washington, Western Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska. Knut and his wife, Kim (Morter ’88), live in Lakewood, Wash., with their two children, Karsten, 10, and Kinsey, 8.

Gregory Barrett-Wilt completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Virginia (U.Va.) in January. His work was in the field of biological mass spectrometry, specializing in protein identification and peptide sequencing. His dissertation was on large-scale identification of peptides presented to the immune system by B cells and identification of proteins regulating mitosis in Xenopus laevis. It took six-and-a-half-years, but he finally made it! Greg now works for ISIS Pharmaceuticals in Carlsbad, Calif., where he is applying the techniques that he used at U.Va. for protein identification by mass spectrometry.

Jonelle Tenneson and Dan Radford were married on April 27, 2002, in Silvana, Wash. Pam (Meyer) Johnson ’90 was in the wedding party. Jonelle is an IT business analyst/project manager at Safeco Insurance and Dan is a software application developer.

Lisa (Harris) Gonzalez and her husband, Drew, have returned from living in England for three years. They are living in Edmond, Okla., with their two children, Rachel, 7, and John, 4. Lisa is a registered nurse and Drew is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Tinker Air Force Base.

1991

Michael Standish was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army. He is scheduled for a one-year oversees tour as military liaison/instructor to the Saudi Arabian army. He also completed a master of science degree in environmental management in April 2002. Michael and his wife, Tracy (Bromley ’92), live in Missouri.

Julie (Birdsell) Funfar was promoted to training coordinator for La Petite Academy, Inc., in January. She oversees training for 113 schools in six western states. La Petite Academy is a preschool/childcare company with 700 locations nationwide.

Warren Beymer became a partner at Market Designs, Portland, Ore., in January. He recently traveled to Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia to conduct focus groups. His wife, Lori (Dorn ’91),
is a stay-at-home mom and preparing for a master’s degree in education. They have two children, Joshua is in first grade and Elizabeth is in preschool.

1992

Kimberly Neu and Gene Wilson were married Sept. 21 in Bull River, Mont. Kimberly is an administrative assistant and Gene is self-employed. They live in Henderson, Nev.

Rebecca Benson is pursuing a master’s degree in professional accounting at Seattle University.

1993

Melanie Kasting completed her fifth year as a high school math teacher in Las Vegas, Nev. She also leads children’s music at her church and is looking forward to a mission trip to Honduras this summer.

Brad Beck and Jennifer Abrams were married Oct. 5 in Kirkland, Wash. Brad is the marketing manager at Baseline, a graphic arts distributor. He is also completing a master of arts degree in history at Western Washington University. Jennifer is an assistant to the chief operating officer of Sparling, an electrical engineering firm. They honeymooned in Mahini, French Polynesia, and make their home in Seattle.

Theresa Campbell and Eric Everest were married in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in June 2001 while Theresa was stationed in Lemore, Calif. Eric is now retired and Theresa is stationed at Naval Training Center Great Lakes since January 2002. She is the women’s health clinic nurse at USS Red Rover, recruit training center medical in-processing, and a forensic nurse examiner for the Navy. Theresa is also pursuing her master’s degree in nursing.

1994

Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

1995

Kim Griffin Esperon received a promotion to licensed clinical social worker last August.

Mike Derum owns and operates ActorsHelp.com. He helps actors, casting directors, producers, and agents come together through electronic submission of head shots, resumes, and videos for all levels of movie and television productions. Mike and his wife, Therese-Marie, live in Valencia, Calif.

Shannon Bates plays saxophone and flute in the San Diego band, Riboflavin’. The band is preparing to release their second CD. Shannon is also writing a novel while trying to publish a novella and short stories. She still plays soccer and is enjoying San Diego.

Eric Stewart is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame and coaches high school soccer. His wife, Rikka (Petersen ’95), is an administrative assistant for The Healy Group. They are in the process of adopting a child.

1996

Class Representative – Steve and Kim (Nadon) Leifsen

Shawna Rowe and Mike Haas were married Aug. 10 in Olympia. They live in Connecticut, where Shawna is an elementary music teacher. They will soon transfer to a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan.

Kristine Bingman has a new position in the research and publications department of TOC Management Services, a nonprofit membership employers association in Tigard, Ore. She earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2002.

Christian Marien and Ileen Kvale were married July 20 in Pleasanton, Calif. Kelly Crithfield ’96 was the best man, Phil Johannessen ’97 was a groomsman, Steve Leifsen ’96 sang, Kirstin (Lindquist) Lagomarsino ’98 attended the gift table, and campus pastors, Dennis Sepper and Nancy Connor, shared in the service of Holy Communion. Christian is the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton, and Ileen works in finance.

Danforth Comins is spending his second season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland, playing the parts of Benvolio in "Romeo and Juliet," and a messenger and in the ensemble in "Antony and Cleopatra." In his first year he played in the ensemble in "Julius Caesar," was an officer in "Idiot’s Delight," and Alarbus, Second Goth and in the ensemble in "Titus Andronicus." Danforth received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Illinois.

Scott and Rebecca (Gilge ’98) Benson live near Lake Chelan, Wash. Rebecca is teaching kindergarten at Morgen Owings Elementary School and Scott is working with his brother and father as manager of their 21-acre wine grape vineyard. They plan to produce wine in the fall.

1997

Class Representative – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Joseph and Kerstin (Hendershot ’99) Anderson were married in September 2000. Their first child, Josiah, was born in November 2001. They live in an old house in the Hilltop area of Tacoma and are members of Peace Lutheran Church.

Tracey Sund accepted a new position as assistant regional counsel with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services in the Worcester Legal Office.

Jeremie and Beth (Salzman) Lipton moved to Albuquerque, N.M. Jeremie was selected to the JAG Corps of the U.S. Air Force. He completed Officer Training School in Alabama and was commissioned in December. He is stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base. Beth continues to work as a veterinarian.

David Quiggle received the 2002 National Alcohol and Tobacco Agent of the Year award from the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association.

Laura Anderson completed medical school through the U.S. Navy at the University of Hawaii. She is now in the Middle East serving as a surgeon for a field artillery regiment of the U.S. Marines. She can be reached at:
LT Laura Anderson USN
HG Btry 11th Marine RAS
UIC 39792
FPO AP 96426-9792

Silas Bowman is a captain in the U.S. Army, serving with the 3rd Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was deployed on Feb. 12. His wife, Cynthia (Andrew ’96), and two children, Andrew, 4, and Sarah, 2, await his return in Bamberg, Germany.

1998

Class Representative – Shannon Herlocker

Bo Nielsen successfully defended his thesis, "Managing Knowledge in International Strategic Alliances: Theory and Practice," at the Copenhagen Business School in January and was awarded a Ph.D. in international economics and management. He is an assistant professor of international business at the Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics and Management.

Irene Derting has a new position as compliance analyst at Stanford University.

Jacqueline Harmon joined four other women poets in reading original pieces composed in honor of artist and Seattle resident Gwendolyn Knight in March. The event was commissioned by the Tacoma Art Museum in association with Free Ya Mind.

Misty (Banks) Smith, head girls’ basketball coach at Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) High School, was named 2003 Coach of the Year by the Tacoma News Tribune. The Emerald Ridge team, in its third year of existence, went from 2-18 in 2002 to 13-11 in 2003. The team advanced to the West Central District tournament.

Daniel Horn is a captain in the U.S. Army. In January, he was assigned to a three-year tour of duty in Germany, where he is on a NATO assignment with the Extended Air Defense Task Force in Giessen, serving as the detachment commander and logistics officer.

Carol Thielen and Paul Alexander were married Dec. 7 in Lacey, Wash. Stacey Snowden ’99 and Cathy Alexander ’01 were bridesmaids. Aurora (Bray) Tallacksen ’98 also participated in the wedding. Carol is an internal auditor for Fidelity National Financial, Inc., and Paul is an information technology manager for Mellinium Funding Group. They live in Vancouver, Wash.

Katye Haroldson and Chad Witt were married Jan. 4 in Santa Monica, Calif. Katye is a streaming media encoding specialist at Sample Digital and Chad is an account executive at Getty Images, both in Santa Monica.

1999

Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Michele McGinnis and John Shaver were married June 29, 2002, at California Lutheran University. Heidi (Johnson) Hiatt ’99 and Karin Anderson ’99 were in the bridal party. Michele is a preschool teacher at Hope Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pa., and John is a United Methodist minister.

Patrick and Michelle (Sayler ’98) Query live in Chicago, where Michelle is in the master’s of occupational therapy program at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Patrick is in the Ph.D. program in English at Loyola University.

Karlene Miles is in her third of teaching. Last September she began her current position as the choir director at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Christine Dunham is a senior teller at Washington Mutual Bank.

Brian Trenholm and Sarah Moeller were married Aug. 3 in Spokane, Wash. Sarah is a quality assurance analyst at Safeco Insurance, and Brian is an operations coordinator at Weyerhaeuser.

Jarrad Mock and Casey Hovis were married Oct. 18 in Tacoma. The wedding party included Crystal (Stoehr) Cochran ’01, Cailyn Akers ’02, Melissa Lagen ’02, Evan Thomas ’01, Ben Cochran ’02, Wai Tim Petersen ’98, and Chad Balcom ’99. Casey is the office manager for the Old Spaghetti Factory and Jarrad is the rental car division manager for Parkland Chevrolet. They honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii, and make their home in Tacoma.

Neil Crist has a new position as lead marketing manager for two key global marketing systems for Microsoft. These systems span marketing functions to include prospect/lead management, campaign management and events management in more than 75 countries. Neil joined Microsoft in 1999 as a frontline product manager on their Worldwide Events application, which at the time was an internal application for sales and marketing events. Worldwide Events is part of the Microsoft marketing systems initiatives. Neil’s wife, Bobbi (Junell ’98) is a newborn intensivecare nurse at Tacoma General and Evergreen hospitals. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Kevin Lint and Jaymie Johnson were married Nov. 16 in Bellingham, Wash. Kevin is a Web and graphic designer and Jaymie is a television producer. They honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii, and make their home in Bellingham.

2000

Class Representative –Ashley Orr

Bianca Luebeck graduated from the University of Muenster, Germany in June 2002. She teaches religion and math at a German high school.

Mark Hjelmervik completed his second year of teaching choir and guitar at Calaveras High School in San Andreas, Calif. He also leads worship and helps with the youth group at San Andreas Community Covenant Church.

Elizabeth Reynolds and Gary Fassnacht were married Aug. 31. Elizabeth works for the Clover Park School District in Tacoma, and Gary is a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Dean Grisham passed the Critical Care Registered Nurse exam on Jan. 17. He is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

Jennifer (Richards) Kerr works in the operating room at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Ore. She and her husband, Avery, recently bought their first house.

Forrest Griek is a history teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Wash.

Randall Thorn was promoted to plant operations superintendent at TransAlta Centralia Generation on Oct. 1. He was previously the engineering manager.

Leif Hatlen and Jill Wilmovsky were married Aug. 24 in Olympia. Jill works in the North Thurston (Olympia) School District and Leif works at Rainier Pacific Bank.

Tricia Schmidt and Mike Berger were married Aug. 24, 2002. Cheyanne Zhart ’01 was in the wedding party. Mike is an assistant basketball coach at PLU and Tricia is a teacher in the Tacoma School District.

Gregg Kuhlmann and Julie Doering were married March 1 in Jefferson City, Mo. Scott Rosendahl ’00, and Andrew Forschmiedt ’01 were in the wedding party. Tim Kelly ’00 and Erik Wells ’00 attended the wedding. Gregg is a master’s student at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and will begin medical school there in the fall. Julie is an administrative manager and researcher for ReSource Institute, an engineering company.

Julie Bergman is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She was deployed to Kuwait in March and is serving as a nurse.

Tharen Michael and Chris Inverso ’01 were married July 27, 2002 in Salem, Ore. Holly Peterson ’01, Salena Goudreault ’99, Shayna (Cusack) Hamilton ’00, Michele Iannitto ’00, Kristen (Gurske) Kavon ’00, Michael Mauss ’02, Brian Fulker ’02, Jonathan Carlson ’01, Scott Sarrensen ’01, and Jake Allan ’01 were in the wedding party. Tharen is teaching first grade at Oakbrook Elementary School in Lakewood. Chris is working at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and applying to medical schools around the country.

2001

Class Representative – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Gabe Miller was deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps and is serving in Kuwait. Prior to leaving for Kuwait, Gabe was promoted to non-commissioned officer. He is also training to become a commercial airline pilot. His wife, Julie (Renne) Miller ’01, is a department manager at the Tacoma Mall Nordstrom store.

Heather Young and Jerry Ladd ’00 were married Sept. 15 in Snohomish,Wash. Heather is an agency field specialist at State Farm Insurance and Jerry is a geologist.

Daniel Ljungstrom moved to Boras, Sweden. danielljungstrom@hotmail.com or www.angelfire.com/wa/pungan.

Brad Powell and Elizabeth Drobac were married May 25. Eric Ruthford ’01 was the best man. Brad continues to study at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Kelly Ringler and Joel Flores ’02 were married July 27, 2001, in Puyallup. Kelly is the office manager at McKendry Insurance, and Joel is a student at Seattle University School of Law.

Brookhunter Whelchel is employed by the Transportation Security Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as a security screener at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. He previously worked in the marketing department for the Oregon Zoo and as a biological science tech for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Gorge (Ore.).

Kara Zander died on Nov. 26 from an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a fireplace damper being closed before a pressed log was completely burned out. At the time of her death she was living and working in Portland, Ore., and planning to apply to the George Fox University graduate school program for elementary school counseling. Kara was interested in mentoring at-risk children in order to encourage and help them become healthy adults. She is survived by her parents, Glenn ’71 and Cecilia (Satterthwait) ’73 Zander, and two brothers.

2002

Class Representative – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Jacob Risbecker has a new position as an IT project manager at Bilprovningen in Vallingby, Sweden.

Nicholas Gorne is a drama, choir and piano teacher at Bret Harte Union High School in San Andreas, Calif.

Annalisa Beeler and Craig Brewster were married on Aug. 17. The wedding party included Lynn Waller ’02. Annalisa is a special education teacher in the Marysville (Wash.) School District.

Lynn Waller and Carl Frair were married May 17. Annalisa Beeler ’01, Pia Dam ’00, Heather Fox ’01, and Jennifer Johnson ’01 were in attendance. Lynn is a retail manager.

Mary Koch and Alan Davies ‘01 were married Jan. 3 in Olympia. Desiree Henderson ’02, Carter Smithhart ’01 and Erik Trask ’01 were in the wedding party. Mary and Alan are pursuing graduate degrees at Colorado State University.

Courtney Ulmer and Joseph DiRaddo were married Aug. 4 in Issaquah, Wash. Courtney is in the operations management-training program at Gordon Trucking Inc.

Philip Palermo has a new position as a reporter at The Puyallup Herald.

Ethan Hulme and Amanda Holmberg were married Dec. 28 in Cannon Beach Oregon. They are now living in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Kristal Sutton and Shawn Graham were married June 15 in Yakima, Wash. Kristal is a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Providence Toppenish Hospital and Shawn is a merchandiser for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company. They live in Yakima.

 

Future Lutes

1984

John and Michelle (Schinnerer ’95) Neeb announce the birth of Jacob Christopher on Feb. 19. He joins Emma Louise, 2.

 

1985

John and Michelle (Schinnerer ’95) Neeb announce the birth of Jacob Christopher on Feb. 19. He joins Emma Louise, 2.

 

1987

David Rogelstad and his wife, Suzanne, announce the birth of their first child, Brittany Anne, on March 7. David is a pilot with United Airlines. He flies out of San Francisco.

 

1988

Elizabeth (Berentson) Slocum and her husband, Chuck, announce the birth of Caroline Faith on Nov. 20. Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom and Chuck is the pastor at Vinland Lutheran In Poulsbo, Wash.

 

1989

Lisle (Tonnesen) Slichko and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of Rozlyn Jane on Feb. 1. She joins Lance Evan, 3. Lisle is a registered nurse in the women and newborn center at Tacoma General Hospital and Mathew is a human resource generalist at Boeing.

Arne Gard and his wife, Kristin, announce the birth of twin girls, Sofia Kathleen and Marie Elise, on April 16, 2002.

Brian and Lise (Hannon ’90) Olsen announce the birth of Christopher David on April 29, 2002. He joins Grace, 8, Joy, 7, and Faith, 5. Brian is the pastor at Harvest Church in Lancaster, Calif., and Lise is a stay-at-home mom.

Suzanne (Catlin) Schumitz and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of Brian Scott on Oct. 1. He joins Benjamin, 8, and Lauren, 6. Suzanne is a stay-at-home mom and Robert is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.

Nancy (Andrew) Clark and her husband, Bret, announce the birth of Emma Katherine on March 5. She joins Ian, 3. Nancy is the readers’ advisory librarian for the Anchorage (Alaska) Municipal Libraries.

 

1990

Laura (Schubert) Baldwin and her husband, Emory, announce the birth of Sophia Madeline on Nov. 8.

Pam (Caird) Kramer and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Andrew Martin on Feb. 21. Pam is the adoptions program manager at the Department of Social and Health Services in Olympia.

Craig and Karin (Gilmer ’91) Kupp announce the birth of Katrina Grace on Jan. 8. She joins three brothers, Cooper, 9, Ketner, 6, and Kobe, 3. Craig is the director of sales at AEGON Direct Marketing Services, a Quest business unit..

 

1992

Alan and Karen (Bennett) Herr announce the birth of Amelia Belle on May 25, 2002. Her sister, Frances Ruth, was born on May 24, 2000. They live in Norwich, England, where Alan is doing post doctoral work in plant genetics.

Melinda (Wilson) Rumage and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of Kara Jane on Jan. 22. She joins Sean, 5, and Seth, 3. Melinda is an at-home mom and Steve is a scout executive with the Boy Scouts of America.

 

1993

Chad and Carolyn (Garrison ‘92) Barnett announce the birth of Callie Lou on Oct. 4. She joins Carson, 6, and Cody, 3. Chad is in pharmaceutical sales at GlaxoSmithKline in Olympia.

Cris and Michele (Dorn) Turner announce the birth of Brynn Nicole on Feb. 28. She joins Bailey, 3, and Kelsey, 1. Cris is a school counselor at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Wash., and Michele is a physical therapist in Poulsbo, Wash..

 

1994

Karie (Post) Cato and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of their daughter, McKenna Jane, on Aug. 12, 2002.

Scott and Becka (Wilson) Thompson announce the birth of Olivia Iris on Sept. 16. She joins Jack, 3, and Henry, 2. Scott is the regional finance manager for UPS Supply Chain Solutions..

 

1995

Kim Griffin Esperon and her husband, Stan, announce the birth of their first child, Kaitlyn Juliana, on Feb. 14, 2002. Kim received her LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) in August 2002. Stan is also a social worker.

Marcia (Olson) Lane and her husband, Daniel, announce the birth of Eric Richard on Nov. 13. Marcia is a registered nurse and board certified medical surgery nurse at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Daniel is a cable technician.

James Marron and his wife, Sarah, announce the birth of Isaac James on March 5, 2002. He joins Hannah Rose, 3. James is an attorney at Paul R. Gary & Associates, PC, in Portland, Ore.

 

1996

Farah (Hussain) Peterson and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of Gabriel Clarence on March 28, 2002.

Patty (Wales) Bickell and her husband, Noah, announce the birth of Parker John on Dec. 15. Patty is a teacher for Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools.

Eric Latimer and his wife, Emily, announce the birth of Annie on Jan. 22.

Anna (Nelson) Holter and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of Kaarin Grace on Aug. 17. Anna is a stay-at-home mom and Todd is completing military physician assistant school at Offutt Air Force Base.

Gregory DeJardin and his wife, Kelly, announce the birth of Micah Jonathon on Jan. 2. They moved to Okinawa, Japan where Greg teaches English and P.E. at Kubasaki High School with the Department of Defense.

 

1997

Matt and Kristina (Hickok ’98) Daheim announce the birth of Micah Joseph on Aug. 1. Matt is an attorney in the Washington State Attorney General’s office and Kristina is working on her master’s degree in English literature at Central Washington University.

Kim (Carl) and Trent ‘95 Erickson announce the birth of Ellie Jean on Aug. 16.

 

1998

Tom and Allison (Becker ’00) Hedgepeth announce the birth of Kathryn Alane on Aug. 27. Tom is a data analyst for Sea West Wind Power.

 

2000

Christine (Axley) and Seth Albright ’98 announce the birth of Cameron Christopher on Sept. 6.

 

 

In Memoriam

1931
Helen Quale
died Feb. 7.

1939
Charlotte (Goplerud) Larsen
died Dec. 16.

1944
Charlotte (Swanson) Bumgardner
died Feb. 5.

1948
Etta (Claussen) Smithson
died Feb. 6.

1953
David Thorp
died Dec. 23.

1955
Judd Doughty
died Dec. 15.

1959
Arthur Kempf
died Jan. 16.

1962
Carl Foss
died Jan. 11.

1967
Kenneth Tetz
died Jan. 6.

Koran "Karl" Kasperson died Jan. 22.

1990
Richard Hubert
died Nov. 12.

1993
Edith Hidalgo
died March 9, 2002.

Faculty and Friends

Curtis Huber, professor emeritus of philosophy, died Jan. 19. See story in Perspective.

Jane Williamson died March 10. She was a longtime faculty member in the School of Education. She earned her Ed.D. in education from Colorado State College. She was a faculty member from 1964 through 1990, served as coordinator of the counseling and guidance program for 13 years and distinguished herself as a consultant to the nation’s Head Start programs, Gifted Council and Educational Training Center.

 

Back to top Summer 2003 Scene Copyright 2003 Pacific Lutheran University Credits ~ Last Updated 06-04-2003 ~ Comments