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Class notes by Year: 1932, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952,

1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970,

1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985,

1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, In Memorium, Future Lutes


Clara (Fjermedal) Thrane Bohrman died Oct. 6. She retired from teaching in 1975, having earned a master of education degree in the early 1970s. She married her second husband, David Bohrman, in 1960 and was stepmother to David, Kenneth, Lynda, Carol and Chris. She was a devoted church member and was involved in Teachers’ Retirement Group, Alliance on Aging and Meals on Wheels.


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande

Vern David Knutzen died Oct. 8. An active member of the Burlington (Wash.) business community, he was a partner with his father and brothers in Knutzen Bros. Grocery and Hardware Store for many years. He later partnered with his wife, Myrtle, in Knutzens of Burlington, a retail clothing store. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed hunting, golfing and touring America in a motor home with his wife. Vern was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a life member of BPOE (Elks). A lifelong Republican, he served as county chair for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign. He was also a longtime director of Land Title Company, which was founded by his father and uncles. He is survived by Myrtle, daughter Deanne (Dick) Nevitt, son David, foster daughter Donna (Larry) Nelson, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.


Thomas “Lloyd” Thompson died Oct. 5. After graduating from PLC, he served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines from 1944-46. He was an educator in the Central Kitsap School District for 36 years, retiring as a principal in 1977. He and his wife, Jessie (Jay), were married for almost 64 years. She preceded him in death on Aug. 14. Lloyd enjoyed playing golf, traveling and going south for the winter. He is survived by his sons, Tom, William and Ted, and their wives; three sisters, and six grandchildren.


Class Representative – Luella TosoJohnson

Luella (Toso) Johnson lost her husband of 64 years, Art, Sept. 22.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Frederick “Billy” Schmalenberg died Dec. 8 of Alzheimer’s disease. A World War II veteran, he served in the battle of Leyte in the Philippines, returning home seriously wounded and an amputee. He was a director of education at Ft. Lewis (Wash.) for 20 years. Billy is survived by his wife, Adelaine; his children, Barbara Michelson, Jan Schmalenberg, Kristine Barth, Jay Schmalenberg and Marie Funk; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Edna (Haglund) Dorothy


Henry Erickson and his wife, Carol, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in September at the Scandinavian Cultural Center in Burnaby, B.C. They have two children, Karen and David ’83, and four grandchildren.

Roy Hagen died Nov. 28. While at PLC, he was a proud member of the 1947 football team that was later inducted into the PLU Football Hall of Fame. After graduation, he taught in the Auburn School District for eight years. Following his teaching career, he was a personnel supervisor for Boeing until retiring in 1986. Roy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline (Dewing) Hagen; daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Patrick Michel ’76; three grandchildren; and brothers Jack and Earl ’53.


James Fouts died Nov. 9 after a long illness. He retired from North Thurston High School in 1992 after 40 years of teaching and coaching. Highlights of his coaching career included his induction into the Washington State Coaches baseball and football halls of fame, and the dedication of the South Puget Sound Stadium as Fouts Field. In 1970, he earned his master of education degree at Oregon State University. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jackie; his son, J.D; his daughters, Deb, Denise, Pam and Karen; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Iver Haugen


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz


Class Representative – Don Cornell

David Knutson, former longtime religion faculty member, died Nov. 8. Read more on page 33.


Charles “Chuck” Curtis died Oct. 31. He is remembered as one of “The Big Three” during PLU’s basketball heyday in the late ’50s. His scoring and rebounding records still stand at PLU. He was also known as one of the top amateur golfers in the area and won several club championships at both Canterwood and Brookdale golf courses. More importantly, he is remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Toni; daughters Connie ’85 and Charmaine ’86; son Chris; and eight grandchildren. Read more about him on page 20.

Ferne (Russell) Hay died Oct. 4. After graduation from PLC, she taught in the Tacoma School District for 20 years. In 1962, she married Richard Hay, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Kristin Poling; sons Thomas and Jonathan; and seven grandchildren.


Charles Laubach died Dec. 11 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer. Before coming to PLC, Chuck served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War. For more than 30 years he was a chemist in quality assurance and environmental labs in the Puget Sound area. He retired in 1992 from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where he had a number of inventions patented. Over the years, Chuck served his community in many capacities: as president and member of the Bremerton Central Lions’ Club; president and lifetime member of the Advisory Board for the Bremerton Salvation Army Corp; president and member of the Puget Rental Owners’ Association; president of the American Chemical Society; 40-year member and congregation president at Silverdale (Wash.) Lutheran Church; and associate member of American Lutheran Church of Sun City, Ariz. He was also a 4-H advisor and active in the Bremerton/Kure Japan Sister City exchange program, the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce, and the Bremerton Main Street Association. He was recognized as one of the 100 Distinguished Alumni of PLU. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann; son Brian ’84 and his wife Melissa; daughter and son-in-law Lori and Mike Quatsoe ’84; and three grandchildren.

Williena (Boone) Ausherman retired Oct. 29 after a 43-year career in education. For 15 years she was a classroom teacher in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, Missouri and Florida.

She spent 25 years in school and district level administration in Osceola County, Fla.

David Dahl, PLU professor emeritus, was visiting professor of organ during the fall semester at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. He taught 10 organ majors (five of whom were graduate students) two days a week on the newly installed Paul Fritts pipe organ, located in the recently completed organ/choral hall in the Debartolo Performing Arts Center. He will present an organ recital at Notre Dame in April as part of the dedication series for the new Fritts organ, which was built in Parkland. David also performed his recently published “An Italian Suite for Organ” on three historic pipe organs: the first at the Cathedral in Orte, Italy; the second at the Church of St. Nicolo in Collescipoli, Italy; and the third in the Cathedral da Se in Mariana, Brazil, where he played the 1701 Arp Schnitger organ, gifted to the city of Mariana by the King of Portugal in 1754.


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Daniel Benson died in a car accident Nov. 14. He was a longtime resident of Fullerton, Calif., but for the last five years, he lived in Oceanside, Calif. He enjoyed singing with several barbershop quartets and was a church choir director. He also loved playing trains with his grandchildren. Daniel is survived by his mother, Merle Benson; daughters and son-in-law Elizabeth Benson and Julie and Ken Britsch; sister and brother-in-law Elaine and Alan Brooks; and three grandchildren.


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representative – Paula (Heyer) Billings and Judy Perry

Robert Johnson was incorrectly listed as “deceased” in the recent alumni directory. He and his wife, Myrtis, live in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Marguerite Lebert died Sept.10. After graduation from PLU, she shared her love of learning with first- and third-grade students in the Puyallup School District for 25 years. She and her husband, Bud, lived on a farm on Trout Lake (Wash.) for 40 years. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and the American Rock Garden Society, and was president for many years of the Hill and Dale Garden Club. Marge enjoyed cooking, flower arranging, reading, quilting and travel. She is survived by sons Edgar, Gerald and Kim; her grandchildren, Karie Ann and Russell; and her adopted granddaughter Yvonne Zick and her two children.


Annette (Levorson) Macomber died Dec. 10. She was particularly proud of the master of speech communication degree she received from the University of Washington in 1976. She is survived by her husband, Daniel, and her sons Allen and Benjamin.

Phil Formo recently accepted the call to serve as senior pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn. Phil and his wife, Jean, have two grown daughters: Carrie Peterson, a youth director at Bethel Lutheran in Willmar, Minn. and Krista, a banker in San Diego, Calif.


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

Dave Hanson is the executive director of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office. He is responsible for managing close to one million acres of land and natural resources on behalf of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Such resources include coal, gas, materials, minerals, oil, real estate and timber. The Trust Land Office is a separate unit within the Alaska Department of Natural Resources that is contracted to manage trust land. Revenue generated from trust land management is used by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to improve the lives of beneficiaries, including people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism or Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Rick Nelson has been hired as a math teacher at Auburn (Wash.) High School. He leaves Eastmont Junior High School in East Wenatchee, Wash., after six years to be closer to his son Jeffrey, a freshman at Highline High School. Rick’s daughter Ashley is a sophomore at Washington State University. Rick lives in Puyallup and spends his free time golfing, hiking and gardening.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Lyndon Murk died of a heart attack Oct. 3. He completed his master of divinity degree at Augustana Seminary in Illinois, was ordained, and served in the ministry for 53 years. Learning was his lifelong interest and in 1971, he received a master of arts degree in Reformation history from PLU. Throughout his life, he was very active in many community organizations and especially enjoyed singing with the Tacoma TotemAires. Lyndon also found time to volunteer many hours a week in the PLU library archives. His love of books resulted in a personal collection of more than 35,000 (all of which he read), which is being donated to PLU. He is survived by his sister, Arline Meyer, as well as many nieces and nephews.


Class Representative - Joseph Hustad Jr.


John Stewart died Oct. 19 at his home in Juneau, Alaska. He worked as a powder monkey, mechanic, accountant and commercial fisherman. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish and hunt. He was also a self-taught scholar of World War II history. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Donn; his children, John, Angela and William; and two grandchildren.

Sandra (Haugen) Glover, a Highline Community College faculty member, performed holiday music on Nov. 28 to raise funds for the college’s performing arts scholarships. Nancy Warren, parent of PLU student Bradley Warren, also performed.


Class Representative - Dave Johnson


Class Representative - Ed Voie

Adrian Kalil has published his first volume of short stories. The soft cover version of “The Embrace and Other Short Fiction – The First Collection” is available directly through the publisher, Xlibris Corporation, at Adrian is in his 25th year as staff anesthetist for Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, Ore.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Mary (Cooper) Agnew is senior vice president of investments, senior portfolio manager and financial consultant at the Tacoma office of Smith Barney. She has been a member of the Smith Barney President’s Council, which recognizes the firm’s top producers, for 19 years.

Rick Wells is the new athletic director for the Puyallup School District. He oversees the programs for four high schools, a number of junior high schools and the operation of Sparks Stadium.

Barbara (Nemnich) Mead is the new chair of the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce. A CPA and managing partner at Moss Adams in Tacoma, she also serves on the Franciscan Health System Board and PLU’s School of Business Executive Advisory Board.


Class Representatives - Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich


Ridge Hottle was promoted Oct. 1 to the position of vice president and senior director of implementation at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, NA. He and his wife, Linda (Anderson) ’77, live in Enumclaw, Wash.


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Karen Sullivan died Oct. 2. She worked for Western State Hospital, Monroe State Prison and McNeil Island State Prison as a forensic therapist. She liked to sew, paint, crochet, cross-stitch, garden and make jewelry. Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie, and her daughter, Robin. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Vernon “Sully” Sullivan; son Dan; grandson Adam; father Dan; and brother John.


Class Representative – Phil Waldner

Joyce (Alcantara) Ells and her husband, Clifford, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary June 15. Joyce received her national school nurse certification in July. Clifford completed PLU’s registered nurse re-entry program and now works for Multicare Hospice. They live in Tacoma with their son Richard, 13.

Steve Rambeck was upgraded to captain with Delta Air Lines in June. His wife, Sheila, is a law student. They live in Peachtree City, Ga., with their son Kevin, 13.


LeeAnne Campos is the director for the Bremerton Symphony Association’s Concert Chorale. She also sings with both the Tacoma Symphony Chorus and the Northwest Lutheran Choir and has been a member of PLU’s voice faculty since 1992.

Bob Ball married his junior high school sweetheart, Debbie, Sept. 27 in Westmoreland, N.H., in a meeting house built in 1767, next door to the parsonage where he grew up in the ’50s and ’60s. They live in a home in the pine, birch and maple woods just up the road. Bob says, “Every once in a while life hands you a fairytale.” He earned his master of nursing degree at PLU in 2001 and is a clinical resource coordinator at Dartmouth College Medical Center/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. Debbie is an analyst for the insurance industry. Bob’s daughter Sara attends college nearby.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Tim Cole died Nov 22. His business career matched his love for people and things mechanical. At Skill-Bosch Tool Corporation, he served as the northern California district sales manager for 10 years. He joined Martin Engineering of Neponset, Ill., rising to the position of national sales manager. Tim’s passions were his family, cars, motorcycles, boating and football. He is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, Lynn Laree,

and his two children, Kelsey, 19, and Barbara, 14.

Linda (Vandermaas) Priebe, mezzo-soprano, made her Carnegie Hall debut Oct. 10, singing Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” She performed as a featured soloist with renowned soprano, Veronica Tyler, in her dramatic concert “Woman, Thy Color is Love.” She is also a semifinalist in the 2004 International Classical Singer Competition. Linda is assistant general counsel at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and has served as ethics advisor at the White House Office of the Counsel to the President. Information about her upcoming singing engagements is available at


Class Representative – Dave Olson


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Kent Bassett was promoted to assistant principal at A.T. Mahan Junior/Senior High School, N.A.S., Kefavik, Iceland.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling

Dennis Robertson died Oct. 19 of a stroke. Born with cerebral palsy, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from PLU and went on to write newsletters for the State of Washington and for The Cerebral Palsy Peer Support group. He volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital and at Tillicum Elementary School, where he spent an estimated 9,000 hours tutoring students in math, reading and writing. His family and friends remember him as someone who was fun-loving and who enjoyed life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Esther Robertson, and his brother, Jim. He is survived by four sisters, two brothers and a host of family and friends.

Elise Lindborg’s company,, was named one of five Honorary Members of the Year by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) Member Services division, in honor of National Customer Service Week. Elise writes, “This is a great honor for ZippyDogs, as we are just “li’l pups” in this competitive $14 billion a year industry.” Companies recognized this year were chosen for their accomplishments, success stories and contributions to the industry.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Bob Rognlien is the author of “Experiential Worship: Encountering God With Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength,” released on Jan. 15 by NavPress. This year he will be speaking at national ministry conferences around the country and has several related magazine articles due for publication. For more about the collaborative community of experiential worshipers, visit


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Vicki Livernash married Eric Polhanus Sept. 18 at the Moses Lake (Wash.) Convention Center. Vicki is the director of patient care at Columbia Basin Hospital and Eric works at Seminis Seed Company. They live in Moses Lake.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro

Michael Maland’s 12-year-old company changed its name to Maland Presentations and opened a new office in Tacoma’s Old Town in October. Recent integration projects include digital signage for Bon-Macy’s downtown Seattle store, public meeting and training room for The Seattle Monorail Project, and a distribution system, projectors, and televisions for the Fenix Underground in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. His wife, Kristin (Baldwin ’93), has been a diagnostic medical sonographer at Group Health Hospital in Redmond since 2000. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

Shawn Morton has been recognized for membership in the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants. He received membership for his commitment to investment and financial planning disciplines centered on Biblical principles. He is in his fifth year as a financial advisor at Waddell & Reed in Bellingham, Wash.

Brien Thompson is the director of the Seattle branch of Creative Assets, which recently merged to form Filter Talent. Filter Talent is a creative placement agency, which is a staffing resource to hundreds of progressive companies, and advances the careers of creative professionals. Brien is on the Seattle board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and was recently honored to give the commencement speech for the Art Institute of Seattle.

Matthew Wilde was promoted to the position of team leader in June after eight years in the Boise City Attorney’s Office. He manages a team of eight attorneys and four support staff members, which provides legal counsel to the Boise Airport, Public Works, and Police and Fire Departments.


Jeremy Desel picked up two more regional Emmy awards in October and produced the second annual Lone Star Region Emmy Awards show. Jeremy was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is in his sixth year at KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas.


Sven-Erik Nilsen married Michelle Almy July 23 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Deming, Wash. Sven-Erik works at Viking Masonry, while Michelle works at Sehome High School in Bellingham. They live in Lynden, Wash.

Cynthia Worden received her doctorate of osteopathic medicine and a master of science degree in health professions education from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific on May 14. She is a family practice resident at Downey Regional Medical Center and lives in Long Beach, Calif.

Kristin Mattocks received a Ph.D. in health policy and administration from Yale University in December. She conducts child welfare research at Casey Family Services in New Haven, Conn.


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


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Jean Hase died Oct. 19 of cancer. She owned and operated Jean’s Family Childcare from 1997-2003. She was also an active member of Rainier View Christian Church. She is survived by her children: Michelle Olsen and husband Dave, Laurie Carter and husband Marcus, Joanna Lema and husband Kris, and Michael Hase.

Juliet Laycoe married Thomas Hagley Jr. Sept. 24 at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore. PLU alumni in the wedding included Lynn Olson, Stephanie Wilson ’95, and Kara (Hecker ’95) Ditty. She is an attorney with Blair Schaefer Hutchison & Wolfe LLP in Vancouver, Wash. Thomas is an administrator in the Vancouver School District. They live in Ridgefield, Wash.

Chris Albrecht is a writer for in San Francisco.


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


Darren Kerbs is the new director of special events for the Virginia Mason Foundation in Seattle. He left PLU in October after 13 years at the university, many of which he spent as associate director in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. He lives in Seattle.

Erik Melver is the new assistant director of programs and services in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at PLU. He continues to be active in Seattle, singing with the Esoterics, and acts regularly at a number of different theaters in the area. Erik and his wife, Heather (McDougall ’97), who is the director of freshman admission at PLU, are expecting their first child at the end of April.

Nikki Plaid married Tanya Tarnecki Aug. 3, 2003, in a ceremony along Lake Union in Seattle. In September, she started a new job in development at Lifelong AIDS Alliance. They live in Seattle, where they bought a great old house.

Christian DeHart married Shannon Mitchell Aug. 7 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Los Gatos, Calif. Participating in the wedding were Jonathan Saad ’96, Ryan Bethel ’97, Devin McLane ’96 and Brett Calahan ’96. Christian is a strategic advertising accounts manager at Shannon, a graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., is a professional placement recruiter with Volt. They live in Bellevue, Wash.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Jesse Caryl has joined one of the nation’s largest labor and employment law firms, Ford & Harrison, as an associate in Los Angeles. He primarily concentrates on employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, discrimination and harassment claims, and wrongful terminations in violation of public policy. He has also published several articles concerning compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Prior to joining Ford & Harrison, Jesse maintained an employment litigation practice as an associate at two Los Angeles law firms.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Scott Strapac and Jennifer Ogle ’01 were married July 17 in Maple Valley, Wash. Scott is a senior accountant for T-Mobile and Jennifer is an elementary school teacher in Issaquah. They live in Woodinville, Wash.

Matt Torfin is manager of regional station operations – international and east coast – for Alaska Airlines. He is based in Seattle and oversees the airline’s 14 international and east coast destinations.

Julie Kennedy married Daniel Theda Aug. 14 in an outdoor ceremony in Portland, Ore. The couple honeymooned on the southern islands of Spain and returned home to complete a 400-mile biking tour of southern Oregon. Julie received her master of public policy degree from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and is currently a Ph.D candidate. She is also a policy analyst for the City of Portland. Dan is the vice president and legal counsel for a Portland based company.

Jennifer McCann recently moved to Mumbai, India, to serve among the poor.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Lina Korsmo Johnson left the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce after four years as an editor to pursue her love of teaching and choreographing dance full-time. In addition to directing her own professional jazz dance company, she teaches dance at Issaquah Dance Theatre, Country Village Day School, and the Phinney Ridge Community Center. Lina is also the co-chair of the PLU GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Committee. She and her husband, Dean, just bought their first home in Silver Lake, Wash.

Dan Casmier received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington in August. He is a senior process engineer at the Intel Corporation, where he is designing the next generation of computer processor. He lives in Hillsboro, Ore.

Lindsay Fowler is the marketing coordinator for Metro Parks Tacoma.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Louis Hobson performed last fall in “Smokey Joe’s Café” at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

Kirsten Nelson married Brian Mitchell Aug. 7 in Sumner, Wash. Brian is a security systems analyst for Washington Mutual. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Nathan and Katherine (Graff) Wolfe were married Oct. 23 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, Calif. Bethany Wolbrecht-Dunn ’98 and Scott Schuler were in the wedding party. Nathan is vice president of Trico Contracting in Burlington, Wash., and Katherine is a social worker with the Washington State Children’s Administration. They live in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Holly Larsen married Stephen McHale July 24 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. Holly’s attendants included Gretchen (Voge) Matthews and Natalie Julin-McCleary. Holly is in the graduate program in theology at Seattle University, while Stephen is an account executive with Waggener Edstrom Public Relations.

Erik Swanson married Carrie Pearson July 24 at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Black Diamond, Wash. Erik is the son of Peter ’70 and Jean ’72 Swanson. One of Erik’s best men was his brother, Torey Swanson ’99. Ricardo Char ’01 was an usher. Erik and Carrie work at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, Wash. They live in Enumclaw, Wash.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle

Erik and Rebecca (Sanders) Larson bought their first house in September. Erik is a computer programmer for the State of Washington, and Rebecca works at a riding stable in Tacoma and occasionally as a stage manager at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. They live in Olympia, Wash.

Stacey Schmidt married Dave Roberts April 24, in Vancouver, Wash. Stacey is a registered nurse at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, and Dave is director of ticket services for the Everett Aquasox, a minor league baseball team. They live in Seattle.

Kimberly Chichester and Stuart Brown were married May 22 in Wailea, Hawaii. Kimberly is a senior accountant/financial analyst for Zumiez, a retailer, and Stuart is the executive director of Everett Plaza, an assisted living community. They live in Everett, Wash.

Julie Johnson graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in June and is the sole graphic designer for Gensco in Tacoma.

Anna Hall married Joe Anderson Aug. 28 at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wash. In the wedding party were Cara MacDonald and Stacey (Schadler) Forbes. Anna is a middle school youth director at Sammamish Presbyterian Church and is pursuing

a master of education degree in school counseling at Seattle Pacific University. Joe is a research fellow at the University of Washington. They live in Seattle.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Diann Gilpin married Douglas Spicer Jr. Nov. 14 in Seattle. Diann is a family services assistant with the western and central Washington chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. They live in Mill Creek, Wash.

Brandon Bowman and Kristina Courtnage ’03 were married Aug. 18 at First United Methodist Church in Billings, Mont. Kristina’s maid of honor was Jessica Johnson ’03, and Clarissa Chase ’03 served as a bridesmaid. Brandon is manager of Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood, Wash., and Kristina is a copy editor for the Bellingham Herald. They live in Stanwood, Wash.

Jamie Martin entered the graduate program in biology at the University of Iceland. His research examines the ecology of plant communities growing at Skeidararsandur, Iceland – a large glacial floodplain near Skaftafell National Park.

Matthew Edminster is a flight nurse with the United States Air Force. He lives in Napa, Calif.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Miebeth Bustillo-Booth was hired by the Washington Education Association, which represents 77,000 teachers, support professionals and higher education instructors, to lead the state-lobbying program and direct the political action effort of the organization.

Josh Reiman is the events planner for the Snohomish Chapter of the American Red Cross. He supports chapter fund-raising and other external events promoting Red Cross visibility and community awareness.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Kim Watson teaches kindergarten at Central Linn Elementary School in Halsey, Ore.

Jason Brandt works for the Salem (Ore.) Area Chamber of Commerce, where he is responsible for governmental affairs, member services, Web site maintenance and various events.

Megan Apperson and Michael Rosenau were married Sept. 12 at Wine Country Farm in Dayton, Ore. Groomsmen included Matt Morello and Danny Moen ’88. Ushers and honored friends of the groom included W.C. Harbert and Jim LeFebvre. They live in Vienne, France, where Megan is an English teacher and Michael is a freelance photographer.

In Memorium

Clara (Fjermedal) Thrane Bohrman on Oct. 6.

Vern David Knutzen on Oct. 8.

Thomas “Lloyd” Thompson on Oct. 5.

Frederick Schmalenberg on Dec. 8.

Roy Hagen on Nov. 28.

James Fouts on Nov. 9.

David Knutson on Nov. 8.

Charles “Chuck” Curtis on Oct. 31.

Ferne (Russell) Hay on Oct. 4.

Charles (Chuck) Laubach on Dec. 11.

Daniel Benson on Nov. 14.

Marguerite Lebert on Sept. 10.

Gaylord Enbom on Sept. 18.

Annette (Levorson) Macomber on Dec. 10.

Lyndon Murk on Oct. 3.

John Stewart on Oct. 19.

Karen Sullivan on Oct 2.

Tim Cole on Nov. 22.

Jean Hase on Oct. 19.

Dennis Robertson on Oct. 19.

Faculty, Staff and Friends

David Knutson ‘58, professor emeritus of religion, died Nov. 8, 2004. After graduation from PLC, he went on to Union Theological Seminary and Luther Theological Seminary, where he earned a B.D. in Theology in 1962. He received an M.A. in Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1966. He taught at St. Olaf College, American School (Chicago), St. Xavier College and University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) before joining PLU as an assistant professor of religion in 1969. His teaching was marked by a lively sense of humor and intellectual patience. After complications from diabetes forced him to retire in 1991, David remained engaged in teaching by conducting seminars for the Honors Program and guest presentations in courses. Music was also his lifelong passion. After many years of sharing his gifts in the form of sacred music, following his retirement he took up swing, jazz and Broadway musical styles. He planned and presented five concerts at PLU benefiting the Diabetes Association of Pierce County. David’s friends and family remember him for his intellectual gifts, strong faith, generosity of spirit, goodness of heart and wise counsel. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Force ’59); daughter Kari and her husband, Glenn Elliott; son Kris ’92 and his wife, Julie (Simonson ’93); and grandson Justin.

Paul Reigstad, professor emeritus of English and longtime faculty member, died Nov. 30. He taught one year as an instructor from 1947-48 and returned in 1958 as an assistant professor. Paul retired in 1984, after serving 26 consecutive years teaching English. To many on the PLU campus, he was known as “Mr. Shakespeare,” and without question he personified the humanities and the liberal arts. In 1977, he was honored as a Regency Professor. In 1967, Paul became the first dean (chair) of the humanities division, and in 1971, he chaired a 15-member commission on academic excellence. He also helped launch the remarkable achievements in scholarship and publishing that have marked the last 20 years at PLU with the publication of his book, “Rolvaag: His Life and Art.” He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and daughters Emily ’73 and Katharine ’76.

Henry Berntsen died Nov. 27 at the age of 98. He worked at PLU for 26 years, retiring as the plant facilities foreman in 1971. He was married for 69 years to Ida (Hinderlie ’31), who survives him. Also surviving Henry are sons and daughters-in-law David ’58 and Carolee (Chindgren ’59), and Rod ’60 and JoAnn (Storaasli ’62); four grandchildren, Chris ’85, Paul ’85, Lisa (Berntsen’87) Stephens, and Mark; and four great-grand-children.

Ray Richmond died Nov. 20. He retired from PLU after working as a custodian for 17 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Catherine, and his son, Philip Ray. Ray is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Terry Whittlesey; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Future Lutes

James Left and his wife, Carolyn, announce the birth of twins, Andrew Che Hua and Caitlyn Che Yun, on Aug. 31. They join Michael Che Wen, 2. James is an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security in Los Angeles, and Carolyn is a homemaker. They live in Ontario, Calif.

Judy (Paulsen '88) and JD Gaffney announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Brooke, on Dec. 12. JD is a consultant for Rapidigm, and Judy is an IT Director at UW Medicine. They live in Renton.

Tina (Banning) Richardson and her husband, Geoff, announce the birth of their son Derek on May 21. He joins big sister Lauren, 4. They enjoy living in Leavenworth, Wash., where Tina is taking time away from classroom teaching to care for the kids at home and Geoff is a family physician.

Michael and Lisette (Gonter ’93) Welk announce the birth of Andrew James on July 28. He joins Jacob, 9, and Natalie, 5. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Kevin and Gina (Grass ’91) Weberg announce the birth of Kellin Kurt on June 14. He joins Laurel, 5, and Trevor, 3. Kevin is principal at Liberty Ridge Elementary School in Sumner, Wash., and Gina is a full-time mom. They live in Buckley, Wash.

Tom and Karen (Erickson ’91) Taylor announce the birth of Luke Erickson Taylor on Sept. 8. He joins big brother Alec, 4.

Angie (Sayler) Rutherford and her husband, Jace, announce the birth of Tyson Jay on July 8. He joins brothers Jacob, 4, and Cole, 2.

Erik and Kristine (Giles) Lange welcomed Kira Faith into their family on Christmas night of 2003. Kira was born Aug 28, 2003, and was adopted on March 30, 2004. Kira joins big brother Evan, 8. Erik is a risk analyst for Washing-ton Mutual, and Kristine teaches fifth-grade half-time in the South Kitsap School District.

Paul Thompson and his wife, Tara, announce the birth of their first child, Jessica Lauren, on Sept. 28. They live in Arlington, Wash., where Paul is a senior software developer with NetlQ Corporation.

Julie (Zuydhoek) Nicholas and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of Joshua Ryan on June 28 at Swedish Hospital in Ballard, Wash.

Scott Geibel and his wife, Rena, announce the birth of their daughter, Amara Louise, on March 29, 2004, in Nairobi, Kenya, where they live.

Eric Cultum and his wife, Sandy, announce the birth of Mckenzie Joy on July 15. She joins Andrew, 4, and Stephanie, 3. Eric is the Snohomish County regional director for the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington. He will represent Snohomish County elementary school principals by serving on the ESPAW Board. He was also named Principal of the Year in the Marysville (Wash.) School District by the Marysville PTA Council in May.

Karen (Thordarson) Hassen and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Stephen Kyle on Oct. 3. Karen is a personal banker at Sterling Savings Bank in Auburn, Wash.

Annie (Ofstun) Tubby and her husband, Ron, welcomed their son, Alexander Bruce, on June 14, 2003. They have two other sons – Ethan, 5, and Eric, 3. They live in Portland, Ore.

Carey (Jennings) Sketchley and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Luke Philip on May 8. They live in Seattle.

Steve and Jennifer (Calhoun ’94) Cornie announce the birth of Adam Christopher on June 13. Steve is a database programmer and analyst for Wells Fargo Bank in Beaverton, Ore., and Jen stays home with Adam.

Greg and Tessa (Westby) Wilson welcomed their daughter, Isabelle Anah, on Oct. 21, 2003. Tessa took a leave of absence from her math position at Puyallup High School to be a full-time mom. Greg is the new assistant principal at Lochburn Middle School in Lakewood, Wash. Before assuming his new position, he served as dean of students for two years and taught for eight years. His classroom experience includes teaching leadership, drama, seventh grade language arts and social studies, Pacific Northwest History, and drafting. He has also served as an instructional facilitator.

Dan and Jennifer (Kreger) Nickel announce the birth of their son, Logan Thomas, on July 2. He joins sister Maggie, 3. Dan is an environmental engineer with The Watershed Company, and Jennifer stays at home with the kids. They live in Seattle.

Curt Keller and his wife, Deborah, announce the birth of Julia Faith on Nov. 13. She joins Jonathan, 3. They live in West Linn, Ore.

Mason and Kristin (Wascher ’95) Phelps announce the birth of their first son, George Matthew, on Oct. 7. Mason is a firefighter for the Seattle Fire Department, and Kristin teaches special education in the University Place School District. They live in University Place, Wash., and can be reached at

Jerilyn (Dunlap) Hander and her husband, Marc, announce the birth of Selah Grace on July 20. She joins brother Gabriel, 2. Marc has been pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church for four years. Jerilyn continues her part-time work as a data control technician at Trust Services, Inc. They live in Greenville, Texas.

Scott and Jill (Janke ’99) Jensen have been blessed with their second son, Gabriel Scott, born Oct. 25 in Phoenix, Ariz. He joins brother Samuel, 21 months.

Jennifer (Lukenbill) Freudenstein and her husband, Nick, announce the birth of Ryan Lane on Nov. 6. Jennifer is a vocational counselor at Condon Nero, Inc., in Spanaway, Wash. They live in Roy, Wash.

Tonya (Pasinetti) McGowan and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their second child, Jacob Ryan, on April 12, 2004. He joins sister Elli, 3.

Kevin and Marci (Voeller ’98) Bartholomae announce the birth of their first child, Caleb Lee, on July 19. Kevin is a product manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., and Marci is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tacoma General. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Jason and Shari (Sinnes ’96) Carrell welcomed their son, Andrew Lee, on April 15, 2004. He joins brother Jacob, 3. They live in Spanaway, Wash.

Stephen and Jessica (Chairez ’00) Young announce the birth of their son, Braeden Jacob, on Sept. 23. They live in Eagle River, Alaska.

Rae (Huggler) Graham and her husband, Dennis, announce the birth of Madilyn Grace on Nov. 24. She joins Grace Leighanne, 4.

Pattie (Rombo) Bruckenthal gave birth to Harper Natalie on Nov. 19. Harper’s father, Eric Bruckenthal, was killed April 24, 2004, in Iraq. He was the first U.S. Coast Guardsman killed in active duty since the Vietnam War. Harper’s birth was acknowledged in the Congressional Record. “The birth of Harper Natalie Bruckenthal ensures that everything that was good about Nathan Bruckenthal will live on for another generation and many more to come,“ said New York Rep. Steve Israel. “It is a better world because people like Nathan Bruckenthal answered the call to duty, made great sacrifices and met the greatest challenge posed to every generation: leaving behind a better world for their children.” Donations can be sent to Nathan Bruckenthal Memorial Trust, P.O. Box 398, Northport, N.Y. 11768.

Krista (Marshall) Dearey and her husband, Chad, announce the birth of Isaac Matthew on March 1, 2004. He joins Josiah, 3. They live in Blaine, Minn.

Nathan and Katherine (Smith ’00) Yocom announce the birth of their daughter, Sydney June, on Aug. 5. Nathan is software engineer for Bynari, Inc., and Katie is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Scarborough, Maine.

Justin and Janelle (Strope) Luckman announce the birth of Liam Justin on July 21. He joins his brother Kendall, 4. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Shannon (Fuller) Pennington and her husband, Lance, announce the birth of Cody Owen on July 5. He joins Lance Lynn Jr., 2. Shannon is a homemaker looking for work, and Lance is a manager trainee at Big 5 Sporting Goods. They live in Chehalis, Wash.


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