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1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969,

1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985,

1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, In Memorium, Future Lutes


Stan Dahl died Oct.14. After graduating from PLC, Stan taught in Silverdale, Mukilteo, Tacoma and Vaughn, Wash. He served as the principal of Harbor Heights Elementary School in Gig Harbor, Wash., from 1952 until 1960, when he began working for Dahl Contractors, a road-striping company. Stan was a man of action and endless projects known for his generosity, loyalty, honesty and optimism. Preceding Stan in death were his wife, Norma (Preus) Dahl '35; his sister, Irene (Dahl) Hageness '27; and his brother, Orv Dahl. Survivors include his children, Susan (Dahl) Atkins '67, Melissa (Dahl) Ericksen '69 and Peter Dahl '71; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Olai Hageness '31, Paul Preus '33 and Marcus Stuen '43.


Herb Norgaard died Sept. 18. After attending PLC, Herb served four years in the military. He went on to a 27-year career in the postal service in Everett, Wash. He is remembered for his friendly ways, his sense of humor and his easy laugh. Surviving Herb are his wife of 60 years, Ruby; sisters, Ruth '31 and Esther '38 Norgaard; three children and their spouses, Skip and Shari Norgaard, Jan and Tim Melhorn and Ginger Norgaard; nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande


Class Representative – Stan Willis


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Isabel (Harstad) Watness


Class Representative – Gerald Lider

Art Larson received a great honor on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Rogers High School in Tacoma. The Tacoma School Board voted to change the name of the Rogers High School Performing Arts Center to the E. Arthur Larson Center for the Performing Arts. Art served as the first principal of Rogers High School from 1968 to 1980 and helped develop the school's reputation for excellence in the performing arts. A committee of students, administrators, staff and community members recommended the name change to the school board. An official dedication took place in March.


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Class Representative – Luther Watness


Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy

Charles Musto died Sept 23. During World War II, Charles served with the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific. He worked for 31 years in the Tacoma School District and was a much-loved teacher, principal and administrator. His wife, Betty, preceded Charles in death, as did his children Theresa and Charles. He is survived by his daughters, Cathy (Mark) Kimmitt and Jodi Jensen; his brother David; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Helen Vawter died Nov. 4. She taught in elementary schools in Puyallup, Wash., from 1950 to 1971 and was the first to receive the Golden Acorn Award from Karshner School. For 72 years she was a member of the Tacoma First Christian Church, where she held numerous service and leadership positions. She is survived by her nephew, Allan Vawter and his wife, Ginger; a great-nephew; two great-nieces; two great-great-nieces; two great-great-nephews; and her sister-in-law, Theresa Vawter.


Class Representative – Helen-Joanne (Enger) Olson


Class Representative – Iver Haugen


Class Representative – Phyllis Grahn Carroll

Suzanne (Skubinna) Nelson died Nov. 29. She earned her degree in teaching from PLU. She also met her husband of 45 years, the late Len Nelson '54, in college and began a life of lasting friendships and contributions to her community and church. She was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Wash., a member of the Lakewood Orthopedic Guild and an active member in the PLU community. She is survived by her, daughter Teri Litt; sons Drew Nelson '81 and Kurt Nelson '86; her brother, Myron Skubinna; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


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


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz

Eula Stevens died May 4 in her home in Arkansas at the age of 91. Her husband, Edgar, preceded her in death in 1999.

Louise (Makay) Tucker is the Washington State leadership chairperson for the General Federation of Women's Clubs. For seven years, she has served as co-chairperson in charge of construction for the Battleground (Wash.) Chamber of Commerce's annual entry in Portland's Grand Floral Parade.


Class Representatives – Don Cornell and David Knutson


Class Representative – Al Dungan


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representatives – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representatives – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry


David Kniefel is principal at Design Research Reports, a market research company in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Mary (Griffiths) Wiltse was installed as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 14.


Class Representative – Angie (Nicholson) Magruder

Louise (Gustafson) Jardine died July 22 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Gary.


Class Representative – Michael Ford


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

Patty Thoe is the Mason County coordinator for Senior Services for South Sound, a nonprofit agency started in 1973 in Olympia, Wash., as the Senior Center of Thurston County. She has worked with adults in many social service settings. She lives on Harstine Island, Wash.

Barbee (Linthicum) Ehli died Oct. 27. After graduating from PLU, she taught at Bryant Elementary and Fern Hill Elementary Schools in Washington. Her love for teaching and for her students was second only to her love for her family. Barbee is survived by her husband of 54 years, Adam; son Michael Ehli '82 and his wife, Barbara; daughter Janet Fairchild and her husband, Dale; daughter Cynthia Darland; her brother, Jack Linthicum, and his wife, Dawn; six grandchildren, including Rebecca (Ehli) Miller '02; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert and Byrna (Rowberg '70) Klavano returned from England after a year of teaching during the week and traveling during the weekends and holidays. Their travels included much of England, Africa and several parts of Europe. Bob was part of the Visiting International Faculty Program and returns to teaching middle school math in Parkland. Byrna was an aide in a school for children with multiple handicaps and returns to her job as a microbiologist at Northwest Medical Specialties. Byrna enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Bob pursues photography.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Pat Kelly is the new principal at Orting Middle School. He has 32 years of experience in education, having served at different times in his career as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal. He and his wife, Lisa, a band teacher at Olympic Middle School, have two daughters, O'Rian and Anam.

James Aageson is the chair of the Division for Arts and Humanities at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. James has taught New Testament studies and intertestamental literature at Concordia since 1985.


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad Jr.


Maxine Marlow performed in the annual Monday Musicale benefit scholarship concert, which benefits graduating Port Angeles and Sequim high school students. The Oct. 12 concert featured area musicians who contributed their talent to raise scholarship funds. Recipients are selected through auditions each spring. Maxine, a PLU graduate in flute performance, received a master's degree from Eastern Washington University and taught at the University of Iowa while pursuing a doctorate of musical arts.

Gayle (Severson) Berg and her husband, Rick, live on a ranch in Lennep, Mont., where they recently received a visit from Janine (Galbraith '72) and Jerry Skaga '73. Gayle has survived 30 years on the fourth-generation cattle ranch. The Bergs' youngest daughter, Solveig, is a senior at PLU and sings in the Choir of the West.


Alma (Schamber) Shea died Oct. 12. After graduating from PLU, she received her master's degree in public administration in 1974 from the University of Puget Sound. Alma was a member of the Phi Chi Theta business fraternity and volunteered as a Dale Carnegie trainer and a Laubach Literacy Tutor. She was an active member of her church and enjoyed gardening and traveling. Alma loved life and the time she spent with her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy Shea, granddaughter Aimee Shea, sister Esther Schamber, and her father. She is survived by her mother, Marie Schamber; sons Robert Shea '74 and John Shea; daughter Janice Smith; four brothers; four sisters; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Allen and Barbara (Schneider) Banks moved to the United Kingdom after four years at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev. Allen has been with NATO in Afganistan since August, but will return soon to his job as head of intelligence at NATO Naval Headquarters North. Their son, Taylor, is in his first year of medical school at the University of Virginia, while daughter Lauren is a sophomore at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Barbara lives just outside London in a small brick Victorian cottage and is enjoying the English countryside and village life. They plan to retire in two years to their house on Hood Canal.

Jillinda (Greene) Bossen is the 2004 president of the PLU Nursing Alumni. For information about her organization, contact Jillinda at

Alice Welchert is a prison psychologist. Her job allows her the opportunity to meet fascinating people, a dream come true. She enjoys living in Los Osos, which is on the beautiful central coast of California.

Bruce Voie retired in July 2001 as director of probation services for Douglas County. He is now self-employed as the owner of Home Study Services and is guardian ad litem on child-custody matters and adoptions. He and his wife, Lori, live in East Wenatchee, Wash.


Class Representative – Ed Voie

Rod Herling retired as Grays Harbor (Wash.) juvenile court administrator, a position he has held since 1986. Thirty-two years ago, he came to the county straight out of college. During those years, Rod served as a probation officer, administered diagnostic psychological assessments, worked on social services grants and served at the Health and Human Services Department. He lives in Aberdeen, Wash., with his wife, Dresmond, who works at Harbor High School.

Anne (Neilsen) Gresham recently retired and moved from Minnesota to her Orcas Island home. She is happy to be back in Washington.

Stan Petty suffered a heart attack and died March 17, 2003, at his ranch house in the San Jose foothills of unincorporated Santa Clara County, Calif. He was a man of greatly varied interests and talents. He liked books and he loved music, particularly the flute. He owned a Sir Speedy copy business in Sunnyvale. He also owned three horses: a Tennessee walking horse, an Arabian, and a Missouri fox trotter. After graduation from PLU, Stan received his MBA from Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Stan and his wife of 24 years, Sheryl Wold '76, together learned woodworking and remodeling by buying fixer-uppers to save money. They also joined riding clubs. He is survived by Sheryl; his mother, Shirley Petty; two brothers, Bert and David Petty; a sister, Susan Petty; and sister-in-law, Sandra Hattan.

Cheryl Bostrom co-authored “Children at Promise: Nine Principles to Help Kids Thrive in an At-Risk World.” Cheryl, a former teacher of the year who lives in Lynden, Wash., has taught and mentored junior and senior high school students in public and Christian schools.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Cindy McTee has been named to the American Music Center Board of Directors, elected by the organization's 2,500 members. The AMC is a national nonprofit service and information organization that seeks to advance new American music. As a member of the AMC, Cindy serves in an advisory capacity. She is a Regent's Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, having joined the faculty in 1984. She also served as chair of the College of Music's division of composition studies in Cracow, Poland, with Krzysztof Penderecki. In addition to her PLU degree, Cindy holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of Iowa.

Larry Green has been selected to join Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' Financial Consulting Group, an elite group of senior financial consultants representing the top 2 percent among peers in the organization. He is one of 22 senior financial consultants nationwide selected to join the 50 current members in the group, which represents the organization's “best of the best” in terms of financial experience. Larry was selected to join the FCG by passing extensive licensing requirements, earning advanced industry designations, achieving certain sales production levels and exhibiting exemplary conduct.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

David Herivel died Nov. 19, after fighting a courageous 15-month battle with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. He was a financial associate at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and served the church all his life in many capacities, especially ministering to youth and through music. David was a vocalist and guitarist. He enjoyed woodworking, as well as working with electronics and audio recording. At PLU, he and his wife, Dianne (Hiett) Herivel '76, sang in the Choir of the West under the direction of Maurice Skones and were members of Spiritborne, a contemporary Christian music group. David was preceded in death by his father, William Herivel. He is survived by his wife; daughters Jennifer Thomas, Rebecca Herivel and Emily Herivel, a current PLU student; his mother, Dorothy Herivel; sisters Marcia Herivel, Marita Ericksen, Kathy La Rose, Suzanne Maloney and Debbie (Herivel) Hushagen '70; and brothers John Herivel, Nick Herivel and Doug Herivel.

Debra (Christianson) Florian, has been named president of the Washington State Music Teachers Association. She and her husband, Mike '78, live in Poulsbo, Wash.


Bruce Neswick completed in July an 18-day tour of England with his choirs, the Cathedral Choir of Adults, and the Choir of Girls, Boys and Adults of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Ga. Under Bruce's direction, the choirs sang daily services at Hereford, St. Albans and Coventry cathedrals, as well as Westminster Abbey. Bruce recently conducted choral clinics for Augsburg-Fortress Press in Columbus, Ohio, and in Philadelphia. He also played the dedicatory recital in September of the new organ at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church in Aiken, S.C.


Class Representatives – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Leslie Forsberg has been the managing editor of Alaska Airlines Magazine at Paradigm Communications since 2001.

Greg Fowlie-Neufeld lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where his wife, Marilyn, is an assistant pastor at Zion Lutheran Church. Greg, a parish pastor for 15 years, is unemployed but continues to seek a call. They have four daughters between the ages 16 and 8.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Cary Bassani died Oct. 4. As a vocal performance major at PLU, Cary studied with Barbara Poulshock, who provided his first exciting experience in several forms of music, especially opera, which became his great love for the rest of his life. A devoted Christian, he shared his many talents with his church and his community. Cary was also a devoted and supportive husband to his wife, Linda, and father to his son, Ian, both of whom survive him, along with his mother, Maxine Bassani. His father, Victor Bassani, preceded him in death.

Steve Stenga lives in Soldotna, Alaska, where he and his family are involved with commercial real estate brokerage and commercial construction. He and his wife, Mary, are marathon competitors and have traveled outside Alaska for various races over the years. Daughters Jennifer, 14, and Jessica, 12, compete in swimming, soccer and basketball.

Linda (Van Der Maas) Priebe, mezzo soprano, presented a recital entitled “Uff Da! Folk Music, Passion and High Art from Norway and America” at the residence of the Royal Norwegian Embassy Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C. The program featured Edvard Grieg's passionate “Mountain Maid” song cycle sung in New Norwegian and John Carter's spectacular “Cantata” song cycle. In January, Linda entered the “Working Artists” development program for emerging professional singers established by renowned soprano, Veronica Tyler, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera. Linda is a practicing attorney and has been assistant general counsel at the White House Office of Drug Policy since 1999. In November, she began work at the White House Counsel's Office. She and her husband, Brian, live in Cheverly, Md.


Class Representative – David Olson

Hal Snow completed his first year in real estate, after spending 14 years in the wholesale grocery industry. He lives in Shoreline, Wash., and works at Windermere Real Estate.

Barb Rasmus is the new Ocosta (Wash.) High School athletic director. She is responsible for all sports activity and personnel scheduling, as well as participating in the interview processes for the coaching staff. Barb was a classroom teacher at the elementary and junior high school level in Ocosta for 22 years. She has also coached volleyball for all of her 23 years in that district, in addition to several years of coaching girls' basketball, track and fastpitch.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Brendan Glaser is the dean for workforce and continuing education at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. In his new position, Brendan oversees the former Business and Industry Center, as well as other college workforce training programs. He taught business and technology courses at LCC from 1990 until 2002, and then served as director of workforce and continuing education before his promotion to dean.

Beth (Davis) Luttmann teaches first grade at the elementary school she attended as a child in the Burns-Hines School District in Burns, Ore. She has taught school for 18 years and lives in Hines, Ore.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Shawna (McLaughlin) Graves and her husband, Don, recently bought their first home in Battleground, Wash. They enjoy living in the country with their cat and horse and keep busy on the professional rodeo circuit, where Don is a steer wrestler.


Alex Seidel founded in the summer of 2003 and acts as vice president of business development and marketing. He lives in Redmond, Wash.

Eric Swansen is the new city manager in Farmersville, Calif. He was the senior management analyst for the city of Shoreline, Wash., when he was selected from a field of 20 candidates for the position.

John Wolfe is the new executive director of the Port of Olympia. He was the port's marine terminal manager for three years before being selected for this new position from a field of several hundred candidates. John and his wife, Deborah (Osborn ‘87), live in Olympia with their two children.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro

Nancy (Andrew) Clark is the head librarian at the Samson-Dimond Branch of the Anchorage Municipal Library system. She has been with AML for almost 11 years. She and her husband, Bret, are parents to Ian, 3, and Emma, 1. Nancy can be reached at


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

Robert Vogelsang left Washington Mutual after five years to become vice president in charge of funding and treasury management at Columbia Community Bank in Beaverton, Ore. Robert and his wife, Teresa, are thrilled to be closer to family.

Li Wang is a global messaging specialist at Transitions Optical. He and his wife, Zifan, have two children, Grace, 18, and Samuel, 9. They live in Beijing, China.

Rob Carney has recently published two award-winning books. His collection, “New Fables, Old Songs” won the 2002 Dream Horse Press National Poetry Chapbook Prize and was published in January

2003. It is available through either or His first book, “Boasts, Toasts and Ghosts,” won the 2002 Pinyon Press Poetry Book Award and will be available on After graduating from PLU, Rob earned a master's of fine arts degree in creative writing from Eastern Washington University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1997. He is in his seventh year, coming up for tenure, in the English and Literature Department at Utah Valley State College. Rob and his wife, Jill, live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their son Quentin, who was born May 7, 2003.

Erik Lorenz is a senior global commodity manager for RadiSys in Hillsboro, Ore.


Moriaki Miyajima is a teacher of English in Niigata, Japan.

Kristie Pfendler married Ben Bonham July 26 at Pt. Reyes Seashore Lodge in Olema, Calif. Lori (Cruikshank) Sauter was Kristie's matron of honor, while Ann (Ostlund) Boucher and Jana (Town) Ostlund did readings in the ceremony. Kristie is a developmental biologist in the San Francisco bay area, and Ben is a neuroscientist at the University of California at San Francisco.


Edward Running is an architectural designer with Yost Grube Architects in Portland, Ore. He received his master's degree in architecture from the University of Oregon in 1998.

Pamela (Turner) Flood and her husband, Sean, live in Elk Grove, Calif., where Pamela stays home to care for their son, Frank. Sean is an officer with the California Highway Patrol. They're expecting their second child in June.


Class Representatives – Kristina (Kurle) Dolan and Jennifer (Kreger) Nickel

Lisa Rutherford is the new director of nursing at Heritage College in Toppenish, Wash.

David and Jennifer (Olson) Jones live in Portland, Ore. David is the sales manager at JVNorthwest Inc., and Jennifer is an account manager at Update Management. They have a daughter, Lauren Rose, who was born on Nov. 5, 2001.

Debra Papacek married Mark Kafentzis June 28 at Visitation Catholic Church in Tacoma, Wash. Debra is a health teacher in the Puyallup School District, and Mark is an investment representative with Edward Jones. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Berith Ballard spent two weeks in England last summer and had the opportunity to attend the International Church Music Festival in Chester and sing under Sir David Willcocks. The festival lasted only four days, so she was able to travel extensively in Scotland and England. Berith recently composed a piece of music, “Meditation on the Psalms,” inspired by her trip and dedicated it to the Kent Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir. The director of that choir, Gabriel Dumitrescu, agreed to perform the piece at the church on Sept. 14, as well as publish it and some of Berith's arrangements of Swedish Christmas songs through his publishing company, Musica Romanica. Berith is the new director of the Svea Male Chorus. She retains her position as director of the Swiss male chorus Edelweiss in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Rick Topel graduated from the Chapman School of Seamanship's professional mariner training course. This program prepares men and women to operate and maintain vessels in a safe, efficient manner and provides the opportunity to advance into the marine-industry careers of deck hands, mates, navigators and captains. Rick received his captain's license from the U.S. Coast Guard in September and serves on the Angel II yacht.

Tana (Jones) Gudbranson is a marketing manager for Brenthaven in Bellingham, Wash. Her husband, Greg, is the owner of an insurance brokerage. The couple lives in Bellingham with their son, Jax, 2.

Monica Nilsson married øystein Halvari Rinde Oct. 18 in Oslo, Norway. Monica works with the BP group (British Petroleum) and is the human resources advisor at Castrol and BP Lubricants.

Hilary Burtt married Benjamin Eldridge Aug. 9 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, Wash. Among the attendants was Stacey Sunde '92. The couple met in 2001 at the wedding of David Benson '94. They honeymooned in the San Juan Islands and then settled in Chicago, where Ben is an engineer, and Hilary is a kindergarten-eighth grade teacher.


Class Representatives – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Mark Carrato has accepted a presidential fellowship as the El Salvador desk manager for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Jim Matthias received an associate's degree in electronic engineering technology and began work at the Bonneville Dam in June. He and his wife, Mari (Yokers), purchased a new home several miles from their old one and moved in July. They live in Underwood, Wash., with their children, Sidra, 5, and Jedreck, 2.

Kirstin Jensen is the head softball coach at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif.

John Bridges married Angela Radcliff Aug.16 at Lake Lawrence Lodge in Yelm, Wash. John is an associate chiropractic physician at Steamboat Chiropractic Clinic, and Angela works for the Washington State Department of

Social and Health Services. They live in Shelton, Wash.


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

Julie (Crawford) Rice works at Providence Rochester Family Practice. She has worked for the Sisters of Providence Health System for 17 years and for Providence St. Peter Hospital Fast Track Program for four years. She also works for the Thurston County/Olympia police department jail system.

Rachael Gunn and George Lord married Sept. 13 on the big island of Hawaii. They live on a 300-acre farm with 80 head of beef cattle to keep them company. George is an electronics engineer, and Rachael loves her job as a research associate for the National Center for Juvenile Justice, a nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh. She says living in the East will be an adjustment, but she's looking forward to it.


Troy Toland and Christie Vogelbacker married Sept. 5 in the wooded outdoor setting of Home Spun Ministries in Eatonville, Wash. Josh Hamblin '96 served as best man, and Rick Valtee '00 and Colin Sannes '93 were groomsmen. The couple met as elementary school students in the Bethel School District. Troy works for Bank of America in Seattle, while Christie works at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

Aare Valvas and his wife, Carrie Booker, live in Seattle, where Aare is a sales executive for The Cobalt Group, Inc. and Carrie is a recreational therapist. They are expecting their first child in May.

Lisa Balmes is a special events manager for Junior Achievement, focusing on fundraising efforts to provide programs to more than 100,000 students in the greater Puget Sound area. She lives in Bellevue, Wash.

Carrie Soto married Kyle Erickson Aug. 1 at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. Several PLU classmates participated in the wedding, including Kacey (Cockram) Hahn, Lea (Wicklander) Corvin, Wendy (Howard) Talbert, Sarah (Parker) Lewis, and Jennifer Riches. Carrie is a mental health therapist at the Ruth Dykeman Children's Center. Kyle is also a mental health therapist. They live in Bothell, Wash.

Amy Wigstrom is the new executive director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Amy previously served two years as director of performing arts at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho. She also worked in production and education at the Seattle Opera.

James Lamb and his wife, Lori, recently bought their first home in Monrovia, Calif. James is the Web developer for Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, and Lori works in human resources at Warner Bros. in Burbank.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Jessie Gargas and Mark Mattox were married Aug. 2 at Hyatt Vineyards in Zillah, Wash. Jessie is a pediatric resident in Children's Hospital at the University of California at San Diego, while Mark is an F-18 flight instructor at Miramar Air Station.

Maggie Peterson has joined Cozen O'Connor, a full-service law firm, as an associate attorney in the products liability and complex tort group. The firm is among the 100 largest law firms in the United States serving business and private clients. Prior to joining Cozen O'Connor, Maggie was an associate with George W. McLean Jr. & Associates, where she handled a variety of civil litigation matters. She lives and works in Seattle.

Heidi Vanderford lives in New York City and reports she is “getting adjusted and figuring out the city, bit by bit.” She was in residence at Glimmerglass last summer, and sang in November with Washington Opera as one of the Walkuries in Wagner's “Die Walkure,” a production in which Placido Domingo sang the lead character, Siegmund. She has a manager, attends about two auditions a week and just landed a great church job.

Matthew Engelbert and Nicole Marshall married July 19. Nicole, who is from upstate New York, is a woman brave enough to take Matthew's name.

They live in a 400-square-foot apartment in Manhattan with their cat, Miranda.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Signe Baumann and Jim Fritsch were married Oct. 18 in Salem, Ore. Signe's sister, Erica (Baumann) Owens '95, was matron of honor. Signe is a lab technician at Prince William Sound Science Center, and Jim is a guide for Points North Heli-Adventures and Orca Adventure Lodge. They live in Cordova, Alaska.

Aurora (Bray) Tallackson is pursuing a master's degree in design at the Institute of Design in Chicago. She expects to complete her degree in 2006.

Rachel (Paul) Harris and her husband, James, recently bought their first condo in Kirkland, Wash. Rachel is a teacher in the Lake Washington School District, and James is a computer technician for Volt Computer and Engineering Services.

Mark and Erika (Olson '97) Mariani live at Azusa Pacific University, where Erika is a resident director for a freshman residence hall for women. Mark is in his second year of residency in family medicine at Pomona Valley Hospital.

Alicia (Manley) Lawver is the editor and publisher of Sound Living Magazine, a general interest magazine for the Tacoma/South Sound region. A special holiday edition came out in December. The first full issue launched in February 2003. Alicia began this venture with her husband, Nathaniel, after the birth of their son, Nathaniel “Eddie,” in September 2002. They also have a daughter, Abigail. Nathaniel is a life and disability insurance specialist with Pilkey-Hopping Ekberg in Tacoma. The Lawvers live in Tacoma. (

Tadd and Charlotte (Martin) Foote recently moved from Boise, Idaho, back to the Seattle area, where Charlotte is a psychotherapist and Tadd is a computer animator.

Brandon VanDyke received his master's of science degree in music from the American Band College of Oregon University in Ashland on July 3. Brandon is the director of bands and orchestra at Tualatin High School in Tualatin, Ore.

Kari (Stoll) Barnes spent four months on a temporary assignment in Eindhoven, Netherlands, after receiving her MBA from PLU in 2002. In March 2003, she was promoted to regional sales manager for Paccar Parts and was transferred with her husband, Scott, to Nashville, Tenn.

Makyla (Miller) Moody graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in May 2003 and passed the July 2003 Colorado Bar Exam. She and her husband, Eric '98, live in Denver.

Leslie Jean Harstad married Anders Jens Bell Aug. 16. Leslie, who received her master's degree in education from PLU in 2000, is a middle school teacher in Creswell, Ore. Anders is a business student and entrepreneur. They live in Springfield, Ore.

Joel Larson and his wife, Raissa, recently relocated to the Tacoma area after spending several years in Philadelphia. In June, Joel started his new position as the network administrator in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Washington.

Tina Marie Newman was promoted from assistant director to acting director of student development programs at the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y. Tina oversees orientation, residence life, on- and off-campus activities, clubs, publications and student government. She also received the second place National Activities Award for Student Activities Director of the Year 2002-2003.

Bo Bernhard Nielsen has been appointed assistant professor of international business and strategy (tenure track) at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. Nielsen also holds an adjunct faculty position at the Copenhagen Business School, teaching in the distant learning business program.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Korina Schellhase and Travis Woods were married August 2003. Korina is a pediatric physical therapist and Travis is a computer programmer. They live in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ron Podmore, author and KCTS/PBS Golden Apple teaching recipient, was featured in Teacher Magazine. The article explores the explosion of American Sign Language being taught to hearing high school students in the Puget Sound region and the variable response from universities and colleges across America.

Tricia Stevely is the new youth director for Hope Lutheran Church in Klamath Falls, Ore. She oversees the junior high and high school programs at the church. She is also planning to start a young adult and singles program.

Jennifer Goody married Rene Edward Hughes Sept. 6 in Tacoma, Wash. Kelly Smith '98 was the maid of honor. Jennifer is a human resources manager at the American Heart Association, and Rene is a land surveyor. They live in Bellevue, Wash.

Danika Mutomb a Kabey married Roderick Nicholes Oct. 25 in Dallas. They live in Desoto, Texas.

Julie Johnston received a master of education degree in college student services administration from Oregon State University June 15. She is the resident director of Tingelstad Hall at PLU.

Eric Allert has enrolled at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., to earn a master of divinity degree in youth and family ministry. After leaving PLU, Eric served as a youth associate for St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Seattle. He also worked as a chaplain intern at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma and as the director of youth and family ministry at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, Wash.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Heather Meier is the Puyallup (Wash.) Herald's new lifestyles coordinator and lead designer. During the past three years, she designed pages for the Northwest Guardian of Fort Lewis and wrote for the Tacoma News Tribune.

Nathan Bankson graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in May with his JD degree, passed the Washington Bar Exam in July and began practicing law as a member of the Judge Advocate's General Corps upon completion of officer training in Virginia with a rank of first lieutenant. He is stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.

Phil Edlund works as Lutheran community services specialist for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. In the fall, Phil started work on his MBA in technology and innovation management at PLU. He continues to be involved with Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, and serves as chair of the childcare kindergarten board. In late 2002, Phil led in the completion of a new playground for the childcare center.

Mindy Norris and Jordan Sneva were married Aug. 9 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Wash. Mindy's matron of honor was Larissa Norris '98, and Josh Sneva '99 was one of Jordan's best men. Beth (Colwell) Isenhath '99, Holly Peterson '01, and Desi Wreyford '00 were bridesmaids, while Hilary (Petersen) Lester '00 and Sarah (Axley) Williams '00 were candlelighters. Holly Peterson and Leah Stubbs '00 provided the vocals. The wedding hosts were Bob and Judy Adeline '76. Mindy is a third-grade teacher, and Jordan is junior high history teacher in the Sumner (Wash.) School District. They live in Puyallup.

Angela Jantz married Michael Gill July 5 in Spokane, Wash. The reception took place at the Davenport Hotel. Angela's bridesmaids included Hollie (Jantz) Eastman '95, Heidi Jantz '97, Emily Keys '00 and Julie Johnston '99.

Megan Swanson was the first assistant softball coach of the Keller (Texas) High School coaching staff in 2003. The coaches were named high school coaching staff of the year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Megan is head coach this year at Central High School in Keller, Texas.

Jennifer Vredenburg married Adam Narciso Sept. 26 in Tacoma, Wash. PLU alumni involved in the wedding were Jenelle (Durkee) Mazzoncini, Erika Juntunen, Miki Shintaki, Patty (Milton) Brem, Danielle Hodge, Jenny (Ripley) Angell '01, Sarah (Nicholson) Hires '01, Regan Myers '02, Mike Manuel '02, Jesse Thomas '03 and Gavin Brem '99.

Ashley Orr is in her first year of teaching seventh- and eighth-grade social studies (her dream position) at Calle Mayor Middle School in Torrence, Calif., where she has been a substitute teacher for three years. She will finish her master's degree in education in May.

Leif Lunoe married Emily Carlson on Orcas Island, Wash., Aug. 2. Attending the couple were fellow Lutes Lindsay Gilster '99, Trevin Carlson '99, Peter Lunoe '02, and Toby Kock. Leif is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington and Emily works as a graphic and production artist for KNCB Dave, a Seattle-based advertising agency. Also in attendance were Emily's parents, David and Flavia (Flaherty) Carlson '72, Paul and Kelly (Wilson) Carlson '74, Carl '80 and Julie (Carlson '81) Knox, Adam '01 and Sarah '00 Lord Sundstrom, Mike and Janel (Greenlaw) Schlitt '98, Sarah Haley Pierce '00, Kari Hovde '99 and Michelle Iannitto Kock '00.

Beth Steele married Coby Cavanaugh Aug. 31 in Portland, Ore. Several Lutes were in the wedding party, including best man Andy Seitz '97 and bridesmaids Rona Pryor '99, Tiana Harper '00 and Megan O'Hanlon '01. Brian '00 and Jill (Schnaser '01) O'Hanlon gave readings, and Beth's father, Jim Steele '76, played the guitar. Two days after the ceremony, Beth started her new job teaching drama at Rowe Middle School in Milwaukie, Ore. They live in Portland.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Eric Ruthford has completed a term of service as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. He taught English as a foreign language for two years in Dneprorudny, Ukraine.

Ari Mattson and Katherine Zimmer were married June 7 at Camp Lutherwood in Cheshire, Ore. PLU alumni in attendance were Jennifer Smith '01, Pete Bonifaci '02, Krystel Torkko '02, Joe Scheidt '03 and Jessica Darling '03. They live in Philadelphia.

Otis Morgan died Sept. 22 in Tacoma. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Patricia; his mother, Ora; brothers Odell, James, Lorenzo and Randy; sister Carolyn; stepchildren Elena, Marcy, Eli, Miguel and Julian; and many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Whitney Dolman recently returned from Germany, where she taught English on a Fulbright Scholarship. She now works at Stewart Title and Escrow in Olympia, Wash. She plans to attend PLU next year to pursue a master's degree in marriage and family therapy.

Gabrielle (Free) Easterby married Nicholas Barnes April 5, 2003. She teaches at three schools in Puyallup, Wash.

Angela Meade is studying at the University of Southern California. In, 2002 she sang the role of Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute” and Madame Silberklang in Mozart's “Impresario.” Last fall she sang the role of the mother in Humperdinck's “Hansel and Gretel.” Angela won the American Educators of Italian Origins United competition, and was named the Marilyn Horne Scholar for the 2002-2003 school year. This past summer, she attended the International Vocal Institute on the island of Hvar in Croatia. Angela received a teaching assistantship for this year, which covers the full tuition and a stipend. She will assist in teaching a Broadway musical class that deals with diversity in musicals.

Amy Reed married Derek Reinke '98 July 12 in Wilsonville, Ore. Amy's attendants included her matron of honor, Whitney Johnston '01. Among Derek's best men were Scott Pierce '99, Mark “Louie” Andrus '99, Edward Nau '99 and Justin Johnson '99.

Paula Kirby married Benjamin Franz April 19, 2003, in Steversville, Md. Paula is the new director of marketing and communications at R & R Events, Inc. Benjamin is the train director for Amtrak at Union Station in Washington, D.C. The couple lives in Ferndale, Md.

Emily Laine and Zac Thorpe were married July 26 in Seattle. Included in the wedding party were classmates Stacey Schmidt, Heather Longacre, Garrett Schroeder, Erik Mortensen, Doug Moore, Brooks Gladow, Keith Pranghofer, Andy Sears and Nate Wiggins. Tim Holmes '00 and current PLU student Carrie Thorpe also were in the wedding. Emily is a senior consultant in risk and advisory services at KPMG, a public accounting firm in Seattle, and Zac is an assistant manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. They live in Seattle.

Victoria Shotwell earned her master's in social work from the University of Denver. She works as a family advocate in the life skills center at an alternative high school in Denver.

Keith Helmka received his master's degree in social work from the University of Washington in 2002 and is working as a social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs at American Lake. He lives in Sumner, Wash.

Teralyn Colbert is the youth director at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Fountain Valley, Calif. She was the first facilitator of the “Walking Together” program in Orange County and is a board member of the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council.

Stacie (Lintvedt) Hanson earned her master's degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in May. She is now working as a research associate at the Center for Social Development at Washington University. Her husband, Jason, works as an editor of medical journals at Elsevier Publishing in St. Louis.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Regan Myers and Amy Wheeler '03 were married Aug. 1 at By His Word Christian Fellowship Church in Tacoma. Regan is an account representative for Gordon Trucking in Tacoma, Wash., while Amy is a PLU student and an intern with Youth for Christ's foster-care program.

Matthew Edminster is a registered nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. He lives in University Place, Wash.

Joseph Michels is doing graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He will be appearing in a production of Carlisle Floyd's “Of Mice and Men.”

Tim Rothlisberger is a kindergarten teacher in the Highline School District in Seattle. He lives in Renton, Wash.

Mike and Abby (Buck '03) Houston were married Aug. 9 at West Hills Covenant Church in Portland, Ore. Abby is working on a master's degree in art therapy at Marylhurst University, and Mike is a freelance advertising copywriter.

Lindsay Nelson and Nick Hanculak were married July 18. Lindsay is a trauma nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Nick is a senior design engineer at Kenworth Truck Company. They live in Kirkland, Wash.

Kelley Brandt traveled in Europe last year, studied with Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and performed in “La Traviatta” in Italy. She is a graduate student at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, working with Edward Zambara toward a master's degree in vocal performance with an emphasis in opera.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Michelle Smith is serving a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in the West African country of Benin. She will be working with host country nationals to promote disease prevention and HIV/AIDS awareness. Michelle became interested in the Peace Corps after visiting Ecuador during a one-month visit through PLU.

Leischen Moore is in her first year at New York University School of Music Theater Graduate School.

Shannon Fritzke is a health teacher at Skyridge Middle School in Camas, Wash. She moved to Vancouver, Wash., in August.

William Nation married Kiersti Zenkner at his parents' home in Eatonville, Wash. William teaches seventh grade at Eatonville Middle School, and Kiersti is a personal trainer at Bally's Fitness Center in Puyallup. They live in Eatonville.

In Memorium

Stan Dahl died Oct. 14.

Herb Norgaard died Sept. 18.

Marv Tommervik died Dec. 29.

Eula Stevens died May 4.

Charles Musto died Sept. 23.
Helen Vawter died Nov.4

Suzanne (Linthicum) Nelson died Nov. 29.

Louise (Gustafson) Jardine died July 22.

Barbee (Linthicum) Ehli died Oct. 27.

Alma (Schamber) Shea died Oct. 12.

Stan Petty died March 17, 2003.

David Herivel

Cary Bassani died Oct. 4.

Svend Goran Stendahl died Aug. 23.

Otis Morgan died Sept. 22.

Music professor Raydell Bradley died Nov. 27.
Former English professor Jack Cady died Jan.14.

Future Lutes

Joseph Foss and his wife, Else-Marit, announce the birth of Marie on June 27. She joins Peder, 2. Joseph is a senior legal advisor at the University of Oslo, while Else-Marit is a physician. They live in Oslo, Norway.

Cyndee Kraiger and her husband, Brett Burris, announce the birth of Alexa E. Kraiger Burris on July 3. Cyndee is a manager at Microsoft. The family lives in Redmond, Wash.

Ken and Suzy (Arter '92) Swanson announce the birth of Abigail Rose on June 23. Ken is a research scientist for Battelle and the astronomer for Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory. Suzy stays home to care for Abigail.

Marianne (Morley) Meese and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Andrew Thomas on Oct. 26. Andrew joins Emma, 5, and Anna, 2. They live in Beaverton, Ore.

Brian and Jennifer (Laraby '91) Jacobson announce the birth of Sarah Kathryn on July 14. She joins Haley, 2.

Lori (Rasmussen) Nehls and her husband, Dan, had a second son on March 22, 2003. Joshua Matthew joined his brother, Brady, 18 months. Lori is a stay-at-home mom, and Dan is a neurosurgeon. They live in Tacoma.

Mary Beth Ailes and her husband, Pradeep Barua, announce the birth of Brian Ailes Barua on May 28, 2003. He joined Christopher, 3. Mary Beth is an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she was granted tenure last spring.

Peter Gradwohl and his wife, Andrea, announce the birth of Major Gradwohl on Nov. 7. He joins Max, 6, and Sophie, 3.

Teresa (Dunley) O'Donnell and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Everett Robert on Aug. 3. He joins Hayley Marie, 3. Teresa is a case manager with the State of Washington's division of developmental disabilities. They live in Lakewood, Wash.

Pete Ostenson and his wife, Wendy, announce the birth of Elsa Rose Ostenson on June 16.

Boyd Heyn and his wife, Anne, announce the birth of Madeleine on Nov. 1. She joins Alexandra, 3. Boyd is senior staff physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. They live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Brooke (Grossberg) Steveson and her husband, Alan, have a son, Miles Benjamin, born on Dec. 12, 2002. They live in Seattle.

Maria (Parfit) Pederson and her husband, Jonathan, announce the birth of Markus Bjorn.

Kristin Mattocks and her partner, Kim Callicoatte, announce the birth of Ella Callicoatte Mattocks on Oct. 22. Kim is a graduate student at Yale University. They live in New Haven, Conn.

Karen (Kelley) Mares and her husband, John, announce the birth of their daughter, Kelley Samantha, on Aug. 20, 2002. Karen is working part time teaching art to toddlers at Gymboree, and John is a technical manager for ACS, Inc. They live in Portland, Ore.

Jan (Korver) Wolsleben and her husband, Bill, announce the birth of Cian Jacob on Sept. 27. He joins Fianna Ruth, 3. They live in Beaverton, Ore.

Stephanie Bullard-Beares and her husband, Kevin Beares, announce the birth of Haven Michael Beares on Sept. 3. Stephanie is taking time off from teaching sixth grade at Pine Lakes Middle School in Issaquah, Wash. Kevin is supporting the family as a program manager for Microsoft. The three Beares live in Issaquah.

Karl and Alison (Wigstrom '93) Hoseth announce the birth of Kaelen Andrew on Nov. 5. He joins sister Annika Kailey. Kaelen was born into a family with a rich PLU tradition. His aunts are Mari (Hoseth) Shouse '96, Amy Wigstrom '99 and Abby Wigstrom-Carlson '97. His uncle is Danny Carlson '97. Grandparents include Paul Hoseth, PLU's Dean Physical Education and Athletic Director, his wife Jeanne, the Rev. Dean Wigstrom, a member of the Board of Regents, and his wife, Helen.

Per and Lisa (Johnson '91) Bakken announce the birth of Lina Sophia on Aug. 4. She joins Luke Alexander, 4.

Courtney (Miller) Mohatt '94 and her husband, Jon, announce the birth of Chloe Hope on July 18. Chloe joins Claire, 6, and Olivia, 2. Courtney is a registered nurse at Children's Hospital of Denver, and Jon is a major in the U.S. Air Force. They live in Aurora, Colo.

Andrew and Nicole (Mathieu) Gray announce the birth of Jonathan Andrew on May 9, 2003. He joins Nathaniel, 2. Andrew is a mental health therapist at Greater Lakes Mental Health in Lakewood, Wash.

Bjorn Larsen and his wife, Lilineth, announce the birth of Christian Berdin on Sept. 24. Bjorn is the CEO of BEL Consult, and Lilineth is a teacher. They live in Oslo, Norway.

Sean and Nichole (Staba '97) Dailor announce the birth of Kyle Nicholas on March 14. He joins Michael, 3. Nichole is a student life coordinator at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. They live in Natchitoches, La.

T. Nicholas and Jennifer (Dyer) Jones announce the birth of Holland Irene on Aug. 26.

Taj and Andrea (Smedes) Giesbrecht added a daughter, Lilianna Marie, to their family in 2002. She has two siblings, Caleb, 4, and

Molly, 3. The Giesbrechts live in Silverdale, Wash.

Brent and Heidi (Roseleip '98) Donnelly announce the birth of their daughter, Grace, on Sept. 1. Brent works in mortgage lending in Vancouver, Wash., while Heidi stays home with Grace.

Bryan and Heather (Treibel '99) Zagar announce the birth of Luke Anthony on June 16. Bryan is a teacher at Keithley Middle School in Parkland, and Heather is a registered ER nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., where they recently bought a new home.

Libby (Brossia) Whitehead and her husband, Jon, announce the birth of Timothy James on Sept. 29. They live in Findlay, Ohio.

Neil and Bobbi (Junell) '98 Crist announce the birth of Jackson Robert on Sept. 9.

Jason and Michelle (Libby '03) Hulen announce the birth of their son, Issac Daniel, on Sept. 19.


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