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Class notes by Year: 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1952,

1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 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, 2005, In Memorium, Future Lutes


Esther Westby Aus died Oct.16. A regent and a founding member of Q Club, she was awarded an honorary doctorate. She was on the board of Better Homes and Gardens and was president of the Soroptimist Club of Portland, Ore., and a member of Eastern Star. She also served the Portland PTA and was a delegate for the Republican Party in Santa Barbara, Calif. She and her husband of 68 years, Alfred, owned several corporations, including Oregon Typewriter and Recording Company; Oregon Audio-Video; The Aus Building (an office building in downtown Portland) and a shopping mall in Salem, Ore. Their love of travel took them around the world. Alfred, a great granddaughter, and her son-in-law, Alma Johnstun, preceded her in death. Surviving her are her son Alfred Burton Aus; daughters Jan Johnstun ’64 and Judi Allen ’64; 13 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Ruth Newburg Gaschk died Nov. 10. After graduating from PLC, she became a teacher, raised a family and led a full, active life. Her church, family and friends were very important to her. Preceded in death by her husband Ranny, Ruth is survived by her three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Junet Runbeck died Sept. 20. A highly respected educator, she taught in her birthplace, Preston, Wash., at Geiger School in Tacoma and at PLU (1952-62). She was an educator in Ethiopia, Mexico and the Philippines. She earned a degree from Stanford University and her doctorate from the University of Colorado. Among her many awards for professional and volunteer endeavors are the National Laubach Literacy Action Award and PLU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996. After retirement, Junet volunteered with adult literacy programs and spent many years leading Bible studies and teaching adult Sunday school classes. She is survived by her niece, Britta Runbeck, whom she helped raise, niece Janet, nephews Richard and T. Grant, and sister-in-law Doris.


Class Representative - Volly (Norby) Grande

Bergliot (Vogan) Koppen died Nov. 1. After graduating from PLC, she had a career as an elementary school teacher. In 1940, she married Carl Koppen, who died July 5. Bergliot is survived by her daughters, Audrey and Mary; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


Rudolph Elmer died March 19, 2005. He was a teacher and principal in Bellevue, Wash. In 1951, he joined Handcrest, Inc., as a salesman and in 1964 he merged Handcrest with the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, becoming the executive director for the Lighthouse. He was instrumental in the substantial growth of the Lighthouse during his 40 years of leadership. He leaves his wife, May; his daughter and son-in-law, Mimi and Jere Murray; and grandchildren, Chelsea and Kelly Michael.


Class Representative – Luella TosoJohnson


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.


Lucy Tippie died Nov. 12. She began her public school career teaching at the Tacoma Indian Hospital, working at the bedside of patients. She then became involved in the development and teaching of the special education curriculum in Tacoma Public Schools. Lucy ended her career at Lincoln High School and in her retirement years continued teaching in the tutorial program for Children In Need. Her faith and her church were very important to her, as was her husband George, who preceded her in death. They sang in the choir, and Lucy taught Sunday school for 25 years. Surviving her are her three daughters, Jean Tippie, Georgia Kohout and Laura Tippie; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Class Representatives – Naomi (Roe) Nothstein and Carol Karwoski


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa

Carol Neufeld married Orville Hewes Stout Jan. 8, 2005, at Christ Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Wash. Carol retired from the Steilacoom High School library in 2004. Orville is a retired educator who publishes local history books, including Carol’s book, “The Illustrated History of the Bethel School District,” published in 2001. He has also published his own family history.


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


Class Representative – Marilyn Katz

William Foege received the 2005 World Citizen Award from The World Affairs Council of Seattle in recognition of his commitment to internationalism through his work in the public health field. Bill’s contributions extend from his leading role in eradicating smallpox and encouraging childhood immunizations to his work at the Centers for Disease Control and the Carter Center. The award also honors his most recent work on the board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeking to reduce and eventually eliminate inequities in health care around the world. He is a member of the PLU Board of Regents and is professor emeritus at Emory University. Bill received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from PLU in 2000.


Class Representative – Don Cornell


Class Representative – Todd Penson


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representative – Frank Johnson


Class Representative – Michael McKean

Marian Halvorson died Oct. 17. The Augustana Lutheran Church commissioned her as a missionary in 1946. For 30 years, she worked on adult literacy programs in 20 African countries, under the auspices of the Lutheran Church, the National Christian Council, World Literacy and Christian Literature (later Intermedia). In 1972, PLU awarded her an honorary doctorate for her long years of humanitarian service overseas. Throughout her retirement, Marian continued her work in literacy on various international boards, as well as locally in her community, Mount Vernon, Wash. She was very active in her church, where she was involved in every aspect of parish ministry. She is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews, including Maribeth (Anderson) Payne ’73.


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner

James Olander retired Jan. 14, 2005, from Kaiser Permanente in San Diego after 35 years of service as an inpatient coder and employee in the Hospital Medical Record Department. On Oct. 16, 2004, he married his wife Ann.

Rick Rouse taught at the Lutheran University in Germany last fall as he completed 11 years of service as executive director of church relations at PLU. In January he began a new call as senior pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Ariz.


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran

Marjorie Miko died Oct. 31 in Gig Harbor, Wash. She graduated from Tacoma General Nursing School in 1945 and enjoyed a long nursing career in several local hospitals. She retired from the Pierce County Health Department. An active church member, Marjorie’s Christian faith, family and friends were most important to her. She enjoyed studying the Bible, following current events, reading, sewing, gardening and serving others. Surviving her are her children, Gordon King, Joy Suzanne Iverson and Daniel Duncan; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Class Representative - Joseph Hustad Jr.


Loren Johnson died May 2, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. His most recent job was at Green Hill School in Chehalis, Wash. He had a passion for gardening, fishing, golfing, hunting, traveling and entertaining. He is survived by his wife, Kyra Kessler, and his children, Noel Johnson and Katie Johnson Bang.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Gayle Duggar Olsen died Oct. 2 after a long battle with cancer. After graduating from PLU, she returned to Alaska, where she met and married Andrew Olsen. In 1981, they settled in Seattle and have been active members in their community ever since. She loved reading, studying language, traveling, cooking and attending the various activities of her three children. Gayle always found time to serve at school, her church and in her community. Surviving her are her husband, Andy, and her children, Berit ’02, Kristofer, and Tori.

Brian Berg was recently elected chair of the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley, an organization that connects computer consultants with high tech engineering jobs. Brian has been a computer consultant since 1979 and specializes in computer storage devices, including CD-ROM and DVD. Much of his work relates to patents and intellectual property, and he has worked as an expert witness in a number of legal cases. His whole family loves live theater. His daughters, Elizabeth, 16, and Natalie, 11, are involved in theater programs and his wife, Joyce, has co-produced many of local high school plays. Their annual trip from their home in Saratoga, Calif., to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., is a highlight for them. Brian also maintains an e-mail listserv that creates a virtual community for the Class of 1974.  As most of his 634 fellow class alumni are not yet a part of this online

community, Brian invites e-mail at for those who would like to join.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

Jim Hatch died Oct. 17. Before attending PLU, he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma. He went on to work for the Seattle/King County Boys and Girls Clubs, where he became director of operations. After 10 years in Seattle, Jim served 16 years as executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Tacoma and Pierce County, and seven years as associate and executive director with Campfire U.S.A. in Snohomish (Wash.) County. Continually dedicated to service, he volunteered decades of his life’s work to Kiwanis, United Way, Rotary and a variety of civic organizations, boards

and charities whose mission is to help children. Surviving Jim are his children, Natasha and Kurt, and daughter-in-law, Nicole (Fernald ’93).


Class Representative – Gary Powell


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Michael Maples is the new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. A major general in the United States Army, he has served as vice director and director of management for the Joint Staff, as commanding general of the Army Field Artillery Center and as director of operations, readiness and mobilization for the service’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans.


Prentis Johnson was inducted into the U.S. Corporate Athletics Association (USCAA) Hall of Fame. A 27-year Boeing employee, he has been team captain and coordinator of the Boeing track team in the Puget Sound area for more than a dozen years. He has participated in a variety of corporate competition events, including sprints, long-distance runs, relays and field events. Prentis also is an assistant track coach at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Wash., and is on the board of the USCAA.

Brian Billdt owns LifespaFitness, a Jakarta, Indonesia, based Fitness Center Company with approximately 10 locations, mainly in hotel facilities throughout the Jakarta area. He is also the distributor in Indonesia for LifeFitness Exercise Equipment, a company co-founded by Brian’s friend Augie Nieto, who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Brian actively supports Muscular Dystrophy Association’s ALS research program. Brian’s sister, Linnea (Billdt ’76) Epstein, and his son, PLU student Ryan Billdt, attended on Brian’s behalf Augie’s Lifetime Achievement Award dinner, which benefited ALS research.


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Debbie Trafton O’Neal is the author of a new children’s book, “A is for Angel: A Christmas Alphabet and Activity Book,” which tells the story of the nativity through the alphabet and provides instructions for several craft projects. She is a best-selling author of more than 50 books for children and families.


Class Representative – Phil Waldner

Ruth Babcock was inducted into the PLU Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 7. Ruth, with rowing partner Paulette Bergh, won the bronze medal in the

varsity pair national finals as seniors in 1980. She also competed in Open 4 and Senior 4 at nationals, twice finishing in the top six. Bergh was also inducted into the hall of fame on the same day.


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Charlotte Stern died July 29 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She worked at the Boeing Company and the City of Puyallup, where she was an accountant. A member of the Mountaineers of Tacoma, she climbed the six major peaks of Washington and a number of peaks in Montana. She was also active in the National Ski Patrol and was the ski patrol director at Mount Rainier National Park. Charlotte love to sail with her husband, Philip, and daughter, Julie, who survive her. They were members of both the Tacoma and Anacortes (Wash.) yacht clubs. An active member of her church, her faith was very important to her.

Ann Goos is one of four new officers on the Washington News Council, an independent forum for media fairness. She is a director of development for the Washington Agriculture & Forestry Education Foundation. She is also vice president of and a board member of Schools First.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Tim Drewes completed the restoration of PLU’s 1890 Kilgen organ, which was formerly in the basement of the University Center and is now in the chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church. Both the university and the church use the organ for services, lessons, practice and performance. A picture and history of the instrument can be found at


Class Representative – Dave Olson

Kathy (Solie) Atwood was promoted in August to captain at the Everett (Wash.) Police Department, the first woman in the position. She lives in Marysville.

Kirk Parce is vice president/commercial loan officer at the Bonney Lake, Wash., branch of Kitsap Bank.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn Stelling


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Jennifer (Bauer) Hipp was one of 89 Southern Baptist missionaries appointed by the International Mission Board on Nov. 15 in Huntsville, Ala.

Jennifer (Price) Good has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at Penwest Pharmaceuticals Co. in Danbury, Conn.

Ross Warner has been appointed to the board of directors for General Steel Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of hot-rolled steel sheets primarily for use in tractors, agricultural vehicles and other specialty vehicles. He has 13 years of experience in management, training and consulting in China and the United States. He is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese and is an expert on both American and Chinese business practices.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott

Edwin Dierdorff sings tenor in the Northwest Sound Barbershop Chorus, which won the coveted 2005 Evergreen District Chorus Championship and will compete as representatives at the 2006 international convention in Indianapolis.

Ed Chun is an agent at the Farmers Insurance Financial Services Agency he recently opened in Medford, Ore. He qualified for Topper Club in his first year of eligibility as an agent. His wife Susie ’90 works for PacificSource Health Plans as a marketing service representative. They have two children, Brandon, 8, and Madeline, 4.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussy) Ferraro


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

Robert Vogelsang is a vice president and treasury management officer with Bank of America’s global treasury services group in Portland, Ore. He is a certified treasury professional (CTP) and lives in Beaverton, Ore., with his wife and two daughters.

Julie Thompson bought a newly renovated condo in Federal Way, Wash., in November. She is a collection representative for the Internal Revenue Service in Seattle.


Frederick Frahm has been at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a congregation of 1,400 members in Bellingham, Wash., since 1998. He directs the music

program, that includes an adult choir, a children’s choir, a bell choir, a youth orchestra and a praise band. An accomplished composer, Frederick has completed hymn arrangements that will be included in the new Lutheran Hymnal.

Jon Funfar was promoted to media services manager for the City of Enumclaw, Wash., in December. He manages ECTV, government access television in Enumclaw, the city’s Web site, IT and telecommunications. Jon was also recently elected president of the Enumclaw Rotary Club for 2006-07.

Scott McMillan is the chair of the board of directors of Colmac Coil of Colville, Wash. He joined the company in 1996 and was promoted to president in 2002.


Class Representative – Darcy (Patee) Andrews


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

Marla Hardman is a physical therapy aide at Bellevue Sports Medicine Clinic. She lives in Renton, Wash.

Amy Nelson married Pete Jackson July 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. The reception was held at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. PLU alumni in the wedding party or in attendance included Bryon McRae ’93, Tricia Buti ’92, Duke Jackson ’90, Barbara Jackson ’05, Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips ’81, Nicki Harris-Monsen ’96, Mike Monsen ’96 and Matt Kluh ’89. Pastor Dave Monsen ’68 officiated and former PLU music professor David Dahl played the organ. Amy is a manager for Northwest Janitorial and Pete owns a home building business.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck


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

Bethany Graham is an associate in the Bend, Ore., law office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. She received her law degree from the University of Montana in 2000.


Class Representative – Mari (Hoseth) Lysne and Jennifer (Riches) Stegeman

Kay von Gohren married John Miles ’92 April 23, 2005, in Tacoma. Tasha Woodward ’97 was a bridesmaid and Michael Konen ’92 served as best man. Jen Thoraldson ’90 and Bonnie (Wassall) Potts ’93 read scripture. They live in Tacoma, where Kay is a secretary at Rainier View Christian Church and John is a teacher.

Colin Arnold is a full-time physical education specialist for the Beaverton (Ore.) School District. In 2004 he earned his master of education degree and his teaching license with two graduate certificates.

Kelly Davis lives in Columbia, SC, where he started a new position in September as a Web reporter for The State newspaper. He previously worked as a reporter for the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail. His wife, Nancy, also works for The State as editor of the newspaper’s safety reporting team.

Sara Strom owns Sara Strom Photography. She photographs weddings in the Northwest, as well as in Tucson, Arizona.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Aron Johnson has left his job with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and is enrolled in the Graduate School of Agriculture at the University of Washington. He and his wife, Annnelise (Gorne), live in Sammamish, Wash.

Kitty Gibbs owns Kitty Gibbs Marketing & Communications in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Mark Brannfors was promoted in August to IT operations manager at Good Samaritan Community Healthcare in Puyallup, Wash.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Sarah Graham has been appointed to a tenure track position as an assistant professor of music at Monmouth College in Illinois.

Eric Lowe is director of technology for the Camas (Wash.) School District.

Tara Nelson is an executive secretary for the Colorado state court administrator’s office in Denver. She lives in Colorado Springs.

Sarah Shouse earned a master’s degree in reading/literacy and moved back to Tacoma, where she is a physical education and reading teacher at James Sales Elementary School in the Franklin Pierce School District. She lives at Annie Wright School, where she is a resident advisor for high school boarding students. Sarah is also a Mary Kay beauty consultant.


Class Representative – Karlene Miles

Serena (Dwyer) and Aaron Johnson ’97 were living in Biloxi, Miss., when Hurricane Katrina hit last August. They lost their home, automobiles and all personal belongings. Aaron is in the U.S. Army and as been relocated to Colorado. Serena is caring for their two small children. Their PLU friends encourage others wishing to contribute to the Aaron and Serena Johnson Donation Fund to do so at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Kaj and Janell (Wagenblast) Martin worked between Sept. 21 and Dec. 2 with India Gospel Outreach and the Indian Pentecostal Church of God at three Bible colleges in India, where they trained leaders for campus ministry and evangelism. Kaj is an associate pastor and Janell is an administrative assistant at Puget Sound Christian Center in Tacoma.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Doris A. Grage is the China Program Assistant for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In May 2005 she graduated with a Master's degree in anthropology with a focus on international development from the George Washington University. She and her husband, Thongphanh Duangboudda, make their home in Washington, DC.

Bridget Pearson graduated from Seattle University in May 2004 with a master’s degree in teaching. In August, she started teaching broadcast journalism, speech and theater at Spring Branch Middle School in Houston, Texas.

Matthew Rygg married Michelle Cresap July 30 at First Baptist Church in Portland, Ore. The wedding party included PLU alumni Robert Larson, Mark Hjelmervik, Brian Riehs ’02, and Brent Chamberlain ’02. Nicholas Gorne ’02 and Karlene Miles ’99 were part of the wonderful worship music. After honeymooning in Costa Rica, Matt and Michelle returned to Pullman, Wash., where Matt is an assistant director of residence life at Washington State University and Michelle is sixth- and seventh-grade language arts teacher at Lincoln Middle School.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer and Linda (Hutson) Pyle Deann Merkel married Brian Holliday Oct. 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Julie (Schroedel ’02) Ewing, Krista (Thronson) Francis, Melanie Pursel, and Kristin Becklund ’02 were bridesmaids. Lutes in attendance included Brian’s sisters, Danelle (Holliday) Mathews ’93 and Tara Holliday ’94. The reception was at the Tacoma Yacht Club. As Seahawk season ticket holders, they took in their first game as a married couple the day before departing on their honeymoon. Deann is an account manager for the Student Loan Finance Association in Seattle, and Brian works for Cingular Wireless National Business Services, in Bothell, Wash.

Aimee Sieverkropp married Matthew Dubbs ’00 Sept. 3 in Ephrata, Wash., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The wedding party included Jamie (Gabriel ’99, ’00) Farman, Brita Willis ’01, Betsie Sieverkropp and Emilee Sieverkropp ’06. In attendance were Susan Andresen ’99 and Melanie Doty ’99, ’03. Aimee will finish her master’s degree in health services administration at the University of Washington in June. Matt is a software development engineer at Microsoft.

Sara Wolbrecht married Jason Bendickson ’02 June 26, 2004, at Trinity Lutheran Church near PLU. The wedding party included Steve Wolbrecht ’99, David Wolbrecht ’05, Aaron Bendickson, Tarah Demant ’01, Micah Steinhilb ’00, Sarah Bendickson, Sean Bendickson ’04, Kat Kempe ’03, Jill Nyegaard ’02 and Nathan Bendickson ’06. Under the direction of Karlene Miles ’99, current and alumni members of PLU’s Choir of the West performed ”Beautiful Savior,” among other pieces. The Rev. Tim Wolbrecht preached, while the Rev. Mark Brocker assisted. Jason and Sara live in Walnut Creek, Calif., where Sara is fulfilling the internship for her master of divinity degree through Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, where Jason serves as associate director of worship and music.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Kelly Kinnaman married Cameron Pruitt July 16 at Kilworth Memorial Chapel at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Kelly, daughter of PLU alumna Jean (Jonasson ’86) Kinnaman, works at Edison Elementary School in Tacoma. Cameron, who has a degree in song-writing from Berklee College of Music in Boston, attends Tacoma Community College and serves as the director of worship at Olympic View Baptist Church in University Place, Wash.

Benji Sonnichsen is the new football coach at Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School. While at PLU, he played defensive back on a national championship team.

Jeff Carroll is a strength and conditioning assistant for the Seattle Seahawks. He lives in Redmond, Wash.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Kelly Gaspar married Mike Poth Aug. 20 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Lake Chelan, Wash. She works in the PLU registrar’s office as a graduation evaluator. Her mother, Patricia Gaspar, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing at PLU. Mike works for Poth Investigations.

Paige Vanderhoff married Bryan Arnold May 28 at the McMenamins Edgefield in Oregon. Lutes attending the couple included Dena Pederson and Tammy Yerke. After honeymooning in Greece, they settled in Seattle. Paige received a teaching certificate from City University in Bellevue in 2005 and Bryan is a systems engineer at Areva.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Kirsten Helleson married Patrick Herzer of Kingman, Ariz., at Clover Creek Bible Fellowship in Spanaway, Wash., on Aug. 27. Chris Hippe ’98 officiated and Lutes in the wedding party included Michael Chan ’05, Melissa Hill, Tiffany Robinson, Ericka Lynch, Christie (Novak) Heany, Kimberly Andre ’03, Rhianna (Casler ’03) Bedient, Jennifer (Shaw ’03) Harris, Brian Riehs ’02, Aaron Gentil ’98, and current PLU student, Erik Helleson. Kirsten is a student in PLU’s entry level master of science in nursing program and works for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Patrick works for NewSong Church and plans to attend school.

Cory Holcomb married Crystal Mahoney May 21, 2005, in an outdoor ceremony and reception at an aunt and uncle’s home in Bend, Ore. Cory is a developer/programmer for ThinLogic, Inc. Crystal works for the Bank of the Cascades. They live in Bend.

Lori Hahn married Steven George July 16 at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima, Wash. Alumni in the wedding party included Amber (Hahn) Landis ’99, Janice (Kueffler) Wiggins ’02, Autumn Bryan ’03 and Cheresa Peterson ’03. Lori is a registered nurse in the NICU at Seattle Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center. They live in Issaquah, Wash.

Carmen Unti is a first-year teacher at Sierra Heights Elementary School in Renton, Wash., the school she attended as a child.

Heather Johnson married Chris Linderman ’05 July 3 at Snoqualmie Falls, Wash. PLU alumni in the wedding party included Ashleigh Houlton ’05 as maid of honor, and Michelle (Axley ’00) Johnson as a bridesmaid. Chad Johnson ’00, Mark Renne, Dave LaSalata, Kent Bailey, and Ryan Lehmann ’04 were groomsmen.

Libby Lamb married John Voigt on August 21 at The Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

In Memorium

Esther Westby Aus on Oct. 16

Ruth Newburg Gaschk on Nov. 10

Junet Runbeck on Sept. 20

Bergliot (Vogan) Koppen on Nov. 1

Rudolph Elmer on March 19

Lucy Tippie on Nov. 12

Marian Halvorson on Oct. 17

Marjorie Miko on Oct. 31

Loren Johnson on May 2

Gayle Duggar Olsen on Oct. 2

Jim Hatch on Oct. 17

Frank Walker on Aug. 16

Charlotte Stern on July 29

Kevin Sack on Oct. 22


Byard Fritts died Nov. 4. He was a brilliant musician, performer, conductor and composer. A member of the PLC/PLU music faculty between 1949 and 1966, he taught piano and organ performance, music composition and theory, and conducted the Concert Chorus. Byard served 34 years as organist at First United Methodist Church in Tacoma and continued as organist at Central Lutheran from 1987 to two weeks prior to his death. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean ’52; their children, Carol, Susan, Judy, and Paul, who built the Fritts Organ in PLU’s Lagerquist Hall; and their grandchildren.

Phillip Gordon Kayser died Oct. 20 at his home in Milwaukie, Ore. He was 84. Gordon graduated from Montana State College in Bozeman in 1940 and had a long and distinguished career in mechanical engineering. For nearly a decade in semi-retirement Gordon was a computer consultant, developing and refining mathematical computer programs. He and his wife, Alice, were active members of Milwaukie Lutheran Church. The Kaysers have been long-time supporters of PLU. Their many contributions include the establishment of an endowed scholarship program that has enabled the education of hundreds of PLU students.

C. Douglas Lamoreaux, PLU professor of education, died December 31 after fighting a courageous battle against cancer. Doug was born in 1946 in Syracuse, N.Y., earning a B.A. in German and English in 1969 from Linfield College, where he also earned his master’s degree in 1978. He earned Ph.D.s in Educational Policy and Teacher Education at the University of Oregon in 1993. He joined the PLU faculty in 1994. Doug developed the PLU Master of Arts in education with initial certification program, where hundreds of graduates are now teaching in our area and beyond. Remembrances may be made to the C. Douglas Lamoreaux Scholarship, PLU Office of Development. Find a reflection on Doug Lamoreaux by Ian Mcfeat ’00 at

Future Lutes

Janet (Olson) White and her husband, Max, announce the arrival of Jaime Le, who was born Oct. 3, 2003, and adopted on Aug. 23, 2005. Jaime joins big sister Brittany, 13, and is adjusting quickly to life in America. Janet is the manager of accounting for the local electric utility, Benton PUD. They live in Kennewick, Wash.

Chip Kessler and his wife Katie are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Cole Matthew, on July 26, his grandfather’s birthday.

Kirsten (Olson) Wees and her husband, Joel, adopted 4-year-old JaeLin Faith In July. She joins Brianna, 11, McCall, 9, Patrick, 7, and Jill, 2. JaeLin is their second child adopted from China. They live in Olympia.

Christine (Winkel) Grienauer and her husband, Michael, welcomed son Andrew on April 15, 2005. He joins Jackson, 4. They live in Seattle.

Kimberly (Gross) Skrinde welcomed Ian Christopher on June 8, 2004. They live in Everett, Wash.

Amy Drackert and David Pelton welcomed Luke Michael Aurelius on Oct. 7. He joins his sister, Tirzah, 2.

David Hatlen and his wife, Kari, announce the birth of Jack Alan on June 23. He joins Kate, 4, and Sarah, 2. They live in Seattle, where David is a vice president at Homestreet Bank.

Shannon (Duff) Horn and her husband, Russell, announce the birth of daughter Mikaela on March 31, 2005. She joins Brianna, 6, and Nadia, 9. Shannon is serving her family full time at home, homeschooling, and helping at church. Russ is working as a computer engineer, as well as a mission church pastor. He is also studying for his doctorate in information management. They live in Bremerton, Wash.

Jana (Town) Ostlund and her husband, Dale, announce the birth of Jessica Katrine on June 8. She joins Sonja, 6, and Wes, 3. Dale is an engineer at Boeing and Jana resigned from Amgen two years ago to stay at home with the children. They live in Snohomish, Wash.

Trina (Durham) Peters and her husband, Perry, announce the birth of Andrew Ryan on April 21, 2005. He joins Kelson, 3. Trina is a stay-at-home mom and Perry is a sales representative at Nu-Ray Metals in Auburn, Wash.

Hilary (Burtt) Eldridge and her husband, Ben, announce the birth of their daughter, Meredith Allison, on Nov. 1 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Hilary will be taking the rest of the year off from her job teaching music with Chicago Public Schools to take care of Meredith.

Debra (Papacek) Kafentzis and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Giovanni Andreus on July 25. Debra is a health teacher in Puyallup and Mark is a representative for Edward Jones Investment.

Adrienne Chamberlain and her husband, Rick Parris, announce the birth of their first child, Mason Randall, on Oct. 10. Adrienne is in her 10th year of teaching Spanish at Mariner High School in Mukilteo, Wash. They live in Lynnwood.

Kara (Hecker) Ditty and her husband, Mike, welcomed Paige Elizabeth on Oct. 9, 2003. Kara is a field supervisor for City University’s master of education guidance and counseling program. She is also a substitute counselor for the Vancouver (Wash.) School District.

Matt Avery and his wife, Diana, announce the birth of Justin Brian on Sept. 21 in Silver Spring, Md. They live in Germantown, Md., where Matt teaches high school geometry, coaches varsity baseball, and referees college basketball. Diana is a 1998 graduate of the University of Manizales in Colombia.

Alexis (Vasquez) Meissmer and her husband, Christopher, announce the birth of Graydon Andrew on May 10, 2005. Alexis is an assistant vice president at the Bank of New York and a manager of the International Market Access and Analysis Group. Christopher manages the business development group at France Telecom North America. They live in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Aare Valvas and his wife, Carrie, announce the birth of their son, Marek, on May 19, 2005. Aare is an account executive for the Cobalt Group and Carrie is a recreational therapist for the Puget Sound VA.

Kelly and Kasie (Scales) Pranghofer welcomed their son, Kayden Scott, on Aug. 31, 2004. He joins sister Kyla, 3.

Josh and Erin (Mortensen) Wyrick announce the birth of their daughter Ella Noelle on July 14. Josh is a senior financial analyst for Verisign and Erin is a first-grade teacher. They live in Olympia.

Erik Bangsund and Amy (Leslie) Bangsund announce the birth of Luke David on August 16.

Lina Korsmo Johnson and her husband, Dean, announce the birth of Leif Jaydon on Oct. 16. Lina is the founder and director of Seattle Jazz Dance Company and a full-time mom. Dean is an electrician for Veca Electric.

Chris and Cherstin (Johnson ’02) Aageson announce the birth of their son, Reider, on Sept. 14. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Curt and Mollie (Chapman) Gavigan are the proud new parents of Brady Brown Gavigan, born in September. They live in Tumwater, Wash.

Sarabeth (Schwartz) Butts and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of Travis James on June 29. Sarabeth is a stay-at-home mom and private music teacher. Steve is a construction superintendent for Quadrant Homes. They live in Spanaway, Wash.


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