Class notes by Year: 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, Future Lutes, In Memoriam


Roland Swanson died Jan. 8. He graduated in 1942 from Augustana Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Ill. He was ordained into the parish ministry and served Messiah Lutheran Church in Bakersfield, Calif.; Central Lutheran Church in Yakima, Wash.; Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Wash.; and Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore. He was active in numerous church and community organizations throughout his life and served as the secretary of the Pacific Northwest Synod of the Lutheran Church in America from 1963 to 1975. His wife of 63 years, Isabelle, preceded him in death. He leaves behind four sons and their spouses, Paul ’66 and Mary (Greene ’67) Swanson, Mark ’68 and Wendy (Lider ’71) Swanson, Peter ’70 and Jean ’72 Swanson, and Thomas ’74 and Debbie Swanson. Roland also leaves behind six great-grandchildren and 16 grandchildren, including Kristen (Swanson ’93) Paschall, Karlynn Swanson ’96, Nathan Swanson ’00, Laef Swanson ’05, Torey Swanson ’99, Erik Swanson ’00, Kurt Swanson ’04, and current PLU students, Colin ‘09 and Carl ’09 Swanson.

Viola (Larsen) Nybakke died Oct. 23. She taught for 30 years in small Oregon schools, such as Monitor, Whiskey Hill, Hubbard, Dayton and Aurora, as well as in large schools in Portland and Redondo Beach, Calif. In the early years, she even taught her own children in a one-room schoolhouse. She was an active church member, playing the piano and teaching Sunday school. Viola is survived by her son, John; her daughter, Phyllis Cavens ’61; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death in 1990 by her husband of 54 years, Clifford.


Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


Obert Haavik died Dec. 24. After serving in the Navy, he worked for Continental Can Company in Seattle, San Francisco and Portland until his retirement in 1975. He spent the next 25 years as a relief worker for World Concern, visiting over 25 countries. His wife of 48 years, Edna, preceded him in death. Surviving him are his son, O. Jay ’65; his daughter, Diane ’68; four grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren


Nevella (Ross) Lemagie died March 12. She began her career in education in Puyallup, Wash., but after marrying her husband, Dick, in 1945, Dolly took time to raise her family. In the Mid-’60s, she returned to teaching and helped organize the local Head Start program in Tacoma. She and Dick both retired in their mid-50s and enjoyed many years cruising in their ’42 Grand Banks on Puget Sound and in Canadian and Alaskan waters, frequently for five months at a time. Dolly was a member of the Day Island Yacht Club and for many years acted as the club’s historian. She was also an avid writer, recording many stories of their travels, as well as family history. After 61 years of marriage, Dick preceded her in death by only seven weeks. She is survived by her son, Pat (Lynne); her daughter, Colleen ’72; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Alalie Fosso Johnson died Feb. 11. After graduating from PLC, she taught in Seattle and Shoreline (Wash.) schools until her retirement. She had many friends in the school system and in her church, where she was very active. She loved people and enjoyed cooking, entertaining and traveling. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Kenneth ’42, a former Seattle school principal; her sister, Corrine (Fosso ’48) Stuen; and her brothers, Paul ’38 and Harold ’51 Fosso. She is survived by her son, Tim; her daughter, Cori Wright ’81; four grandchildren, including Randi Johnson ’05; her sister, Ruth (Fosso ’46) Gilbertson, and brother, Don Fosso ’57. She was also an aunt to five nieces and seven nephews who graduated from PLU.

Peter Londahl died Dec. 4. He received four degrees from PLC: an associate’s degree in 1937, a normal degree in 1939, and two bachelor’s degrees, one in 1941 and the other in 1948. He completed his master’s degree at the College of Puget Sound in 1954. During World War II, he served in the United States Army. He taught for 50 years in Western Washington and served as a vice principal and guidance counselor. He was also a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, Wash., and the Gloria Dei Jubilee Club. Peter enjoyed reading, college football, the Mariners, crossword puzzles, home building projects, games, trips to the Oregon coast and boating.

He and his wife of almost 50 years, Daphne, both died in an accident in their home. They are survived by their daughters, Priscilla, Kristin, Gretchen and Daphne; 10 grandchildren, including Amellia Partlow ’03; and one great- grandchild.


Nadine (Friedline) McMillan died Nov. 8. She was an elementary school teacher in the Sumner and Orting (Wash.) school districts. She was an active member of the Sumner Presbyterian Church and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and her son, Lauchlin. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy; son-in-law, Emory Van; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Robert Thoren died March 3. He served with distinction as an Army captain in Europe during World War II. After the war, he attended PLC and then began a successful career as an independent insurance agent. His commitment to people, service and professionalism gained him a reputation of integrity and the respect of his peers and his many clients during his 40-year career. He was also a devoted member of Little Church on the Prairie in Lakewood, Wash. His first wife, Mary, preceded him in death, as did his sisters, Lorraine Forsberg ’32 and Mable Shore Kish. Surviving him are his wife, Betty; his sons, James (Victoria) and Jeffrey (Peggy); and three grandchildren.


Class Representative – Lorna (Rogers) Greer


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol

Mildred (Tollefson) Krueger died Jan. 5. She taught for 20 years in elementary schools in the Tacoma and Portland, Ore., school districts. In 1975, she moved to Seattle, where she helped her husband, Bob ’40, start a business as a restaurant equipment factory representative. During the last 30 years, they lived on Mercer Island, Wash., where Mildred was also a talented gardener. Bob, her husband of 56 years, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Marty (Carol), Mike (Gabriela), and Janie (John) Putt, and two grandchildren.


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Class Representative – Dick Weathermon

Edna (Haglund) Dorothy died Oct. 8. After receiving her degree from PLC, she taught elementary school in Washington state on Vashon Island and in the Lake Washington School District. She raised her family in Kirkland and was a charter member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edwin ’50; her son, David ’77; her daughters, Cathy Speral ’78 and Sue Hardin; and five grandchildren.


Robert Voie died Sept. 24. Before attending PLC, he served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he went back to school and graduated from Everett Junior College. He then went to work as a correctional officer for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on McNeil Island, while attending PLC. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he left the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to work in security at The Boeing Company, where he stayed for 33 years, retiring in 1986. During that time, he held a second job as regional director of the United Plant Guard Workers of America for 26 years. In 1972, he and his wife, Mary, divorced and in 1977, he married his second wife, Bertha. One of his greatest joys was traveling, which he and Bertha did a lot. He also enjoyed gardening, finances, politics and current events. He is survived by Bertha; his sons with Mary McConihe, Bruce ’74 and Edward ’75; his stepson, Steven Johnson; 11 grandchildren, including Christa Whelchel ’02; and seven great-grandchildren.


Margaret (Winters) England and her husband, Lee, are doing very well and are enjoying the quiet life on their farm in Elkview, Wisc. Margaret retired as manager of their purebred Arabian horse breeding farm, LeMar Arabians. All horses and cattle have been sold since 2002. Lee is a retired accountant and business manager.

Richard Berg died Dec. 22. Before attending PLC, he served four years in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked as a business representative for the plumbing industry until his retirement in 1984. He loved to golf with his friends at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. One of his proudest accomplishments was a hole-in-one at Fort Steilacoom Golf Course. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Martin, and leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Marlys; his son Rick (Cheryl); and his daughter, Allison.


Class Representatives – Naomi (Roe) Nothstein and Carol (Schuler) Karwoski


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz


Class Representative – Don Cornell

Jon Soine is a residential and commercial real estate agent for Windemere Real Estate and the new president of the Whatcom County (Wash.) Association of Realtors. The organization’s goal this year is to get $100 million in state funding to create and maintain parks and preserve wildlife. Jon says he is a “big believer in maintaining a balance” between preserving wildlife habitats and providing an adequate number of affordable homes. He is also a member of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.


Class Representative – Todd Penson

Twila Ann (Gillis) Springer and her husband, Bruce, retired in 1992 after years of teaching in the Northwest and overseas. They live in Port Angeles, Wash., their permanent home since 1969, where they have home schooled a grandson for three years. It has been a rewarding experience!


Class Representative – Marilu (Miller) Person

John Olson died Dec. 3. He attended seminary in Berkley, Calif., and was ordained as a Lutheran minister. During the first 15 years of his ministry, he served numerous congregations in southern California and in the Sacramento area. After moving to Spokane in 1977, he began his 22-year ministry in ecumenical and community work. He first served as director of Spokane Ecumenical Ministries, but soon began acting as an at-large minister to the community, involving himself in many other programs. These included the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, the Interstate Task Force on Human Relations, Nightwalk Ministries, Camp PEACE and the Greater Spokane Coalition Against Poverty. He also served as a pastor at several Spokane churches, including Grace Lutheran Church for 11 years. In 1999 he retired to the Seattle area, where he continued to serve the religious community. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marie (Ostroot ’61); his son, Kevin (Kathie); his daughter, Kim (Doug); his son, Keith (Jen); and four grandchildren.

Larry Johnson, retired pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, Calif., initiated the reinstatement of the Scandinavian Festival, which had been held for 30 years at California Lutheran University before a hiatus last year. As a member of the board of the sponsoring Scandinavian American Cultural & Historical Foundation, he set up town meetings that led to the festival, which took place in April. As a member of the festival’s executive committee, he coordinated plans for a Scandinavian worship service as part of the festival. Dennis Bryant ’71, director of conferences and events at CLU, also played a major role during the celebration. Richard Londgren ’59 is a fellow Lute on the executive committee, and his wife, Anita (Hillesland ’59) Londgren, organized the opening reception for Scandinavian consulates and other dignitaries.


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Russell Mueller retired after 43 years of ministry. After PLU, he studied at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and received his doctorate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian seminary. He began his ministry at Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk, Mich., and preached in one other Michigan parish, two parishes in Nebraska, and two churches in Pennsylvania.


Class Representatives – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representatives – Merl and Joan (Maier) Overland

Gary Shaw retired in 1996 after 30 years in sales and market analysis with Georgia-Pacific Corporation and 28 years with the United States Army and Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel in personnel, administration and finance. After 25 years in Atlanta, he moved back home to the Olympia/Lacey (Wash.) area in October. He now works 30 hours a week in retirement, giving back for 31 years of happy and continuous sobriety, as a drug and alcohol counselor for Western Washington Drug and Alcohol in Tacoma, Olympia, Auburn and Renton. He’s glad to be home in Lute country and would love to hear from old roommates.


Class Representative – David Wytko

Tom Carlson is the author of Pi Photo Contest: Take Your Best Shot, published in the Washington Apple Pi Journal, a bimonthly magazine for the largest of the Washington, D.C., metro area’s Macintosh user groups. The article explains subject area, skill levels, judging, submissions and recognition planned for prospective contest participants. The architecture subject area, defined as buildings, fountains, bridges and statues, is illustrated with a photo of Martin Luther watching students in PLU’s Red Square. Tom retired in April after 39 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., global management and technical consultants.


Class Representative – Frank Johnson


Class Representative – Craig Bjorklund

Ronald Rosevear died Dec. 21. During his career, he taught school and sold paint and hardware in the Tacoma area. He was a very hard worker, always dedicated, dependable and knowledgeable. Ron is survived by his wife, Sharon (“Sheri”); his daughter, Stacy Eney; his son, Ryan; his stepson and very close friend, Gary Lebow; and his brother, Fred ’69.

Nancy (McCallum) Buccino died Feb. 12. She began her career in education in her hometown of Great Falls, Mont. She went on to teach in Santa Barbara, Calif., but after two years moved to Oregon, where she taught for 25 years in the West Linn School District. After retiring in 1998, Nancy enjoyed spending time in Montana with family and friends, traveling, and pursuing her love of music. She played several instruments and sang in the choir at West Linn Lutheran Church, where she was an active member. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Monroe.


David Herfindahl is the new Riverside County (Calif.) deputy public health officer. He had been the Siskiyou County (Calif.) health officer and director of the Public Health Department, whose programs and spending doubled, at no cost to the county, during his 13-year tenure.

Barbara (Thrasher) Richards is a trainer/consultant with the Becoming Parents Program and at NCAST-AVENUW at the University of Washington, a self-sustaining program affiliated with the School of Nursing and the Center on Human Development and Disability/Center on Infant Mental Health & Development. Her husband, Fred, is retired. She lives in Jefferson, Ore., and has two children, Tiffany Pfaff, 27, and Mark Pfaff, 25.


Class Representative – Bill Allen

Doug Nixon is a new member of the Cheney (Wash.) Planning Commission. He owns the Farmers Insurance office in town and has also been a member of the American Legion for 25 years.

Ivan Gorne is vice president of student services at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. In addition to his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from PLU, he received a juris doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound. He has more than 30 years of experience in education in both administration and teaching.


Class Representative – Joe Hustad, Jr.


Class Representative – Molly Stuen

Richard Martin died Feb. 2. Rich taught and served as an administrator and counselor in the Olympia and Tumwater (Wash.) school districts for 30 years.

For 31 years, he was a member of Westwood Baptist Church. Surviving him are his wife of 35 years, Lynn (Rosinbum ’71); his sons, Justin (Beth) and Scott; and his granddaughter, Naomi Re.

Bonnie Hitchcock is a Dominican nun, who took the name Sister Mary Lucy 20 years ago. She is a registered nurse, working at Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, N.Y., with incurably ill cancer patients. She says she loves what she is and what she does. She’s also proud of PLU!

Mike Warner is president of the Eugene (Ore.) Active 20-30 Foundation. He is also a charter member of the Lane County Recreational Vehicle Consortium and a member of the board of directors of the Lane Workforce Partnership. He recently completed 13 years on the board of the Oregon Club of Eugene-Springfied.


Class Representative – Karen (Wraalstad) Robbins

John Nilson was appointed minister of environment in Saskatchewan, Canada, in February 2006, after five years as minister of health. He has been a provincial cabinet member for over 11 years. He is also co-chair of the Reforming States Group, a nonpartisan organization of senior executive and legislative leaders from more than 40 states and provinces formed in 1992 in response to unrelenting increases in prescription drug spending and use. John, his wife, (Linda Lee ’74), and daughter Solveig, 17, live in Regina, Saskatchewan.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

John Roeber retired after 32 years of teaching. He taught for 31 years in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, 29 of which were spent at Mt. Si High School, where he taught social studies, geography, English, art and athletics. He also served as head or assistant coach of several sports, including baseball and softball.

Randal Shipley is a vice president and commercial lender at the Federal Way (Wash.) branch of Heritage Bank. He has over 30 years of banking and finance experience. He is an associate trustee of St. Francis Community Hospital and a member of the Tacoma Estate Planning Council, South Sound Estate Planning Council and the Planned Giving Council of Pierce County. Randal is also a member of PLU’s Athletic Hall of Fame and is a college All-American in football and track.

Kenneth Waag celebrated the 27th anniversary of his ordination on July 8, 2006, the same day his daughter, Sarah, was married to Jack Keller in Fargo, N.D. He and his wife, Julie, live in Great Falls, Mont., where he is senior pastor at Faith Lutheran Church.

Linda (Lee) Nilson is a family physician at a cancer clinic in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She and her husband, John ’73, have two daughters: Ingrid, 20, who is pursuing an acting career in Vancouver, B.C., and Solvieg, 17, who graduates from high school in June with bilingual honors in French.

Priscilla (Pflueger) Smith is director of hospitality at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D., where her husband, Kevan, is pastor.

Melodee (Malm) Mathay is in her 18th year as a senior attorney for California’s Fair Political Practices Commission in Sacramento, Calif., prosecuting elected and public officials on campaign and ethics violations. She and her husband, Herb, live in Granite Bay, Calif.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

John Parks died Oct. 15. He lived in El Paso, Texas, where he was the community’s first director of emergency management until his retirement in 1992. During a 26-year career in the military, he did two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea, retiring in 1977 as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He earned his master’s degree from PLU while serving in the Army. Jack was also a community activist. He was a national president of the American Society of Professional Emergency Pioneers, a president of the Five Points Lion Club, a director governor for Lions Clubs International, and a lifelong member of the Military Officers’ Association of America. In 1988, he was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame as a rifle marksman. A longtime member of Faith United Methodist Church, he served as a Sunday school teacher, administrative board chairman and liturgist. He is survived by his wife, Anne, three children and four grandchildren.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Paula Jasper is an art history instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County (Pa.). She lives in Girard, Ohio.

Carl Florea is the new director of the Housing Resources Board, Bainbridge Island’s non-profit affordable housing provider and advocate. Carl has 30 years of experience in community service. He was a Lutheran minister in Montana and Eastern Washington, and worked through inner-city programs in the Deep South, and more recently through social service agencies in Leavenworth, Wash.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Greg and Marlene (Selene) Kleven have been living in London for the last five years. Greg is the managing director of the Europe/Middle East/Africa division of TCS Corporation. Marlene is the medical evacuation coordinator at the American Embassy in London. Their older son, Dane, 21, is a junior at The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and their younger son, Matthias, 16, is a sophomore at The American School in London.

Ron Snyder is a musical director and accompanist in the Los Angeles area. He has worked in various venues for many of L.A.’s finest singers and performers. He’s played on cruise ships throughout Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexico and the South Pacific for Exploration and Holland America Lines. He has also performed in Las Vegas, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the London Palladium. A highlight of Ron’s career was working as the musical director for Mark Savage’s production of “Pinafore!” at the Celebration Theatre, for which he won two L.A. Weekly awards for Musical Director of the Year and for Musical of the Year. He also won a Dramalogue Award as the musical director for Celebration Theatre’s production of the “Ballad of Little Mikey,” also written by Savage.

William Carnett is the medical director for Silverton Hospital’s Immediate Care Center in Woodburn, Ore. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Laura (Blobaum) Knoerr is artistic director at Hidden Talent Theatre in the Chicago area. She is also a self-employed writer and director. Her husband, David, is an entrepreneur. They live in Elgin, Ill.

Vickie Grahn graduated from Seattle University with a juris doctor degree in 2004. She is an attorney with Land America Financial Group in Seattle.


Class Representatives – Dave and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Doug Hoffman was one of 25 educators chosen to travel in Saudi Arabia for two weeks under the Educators to Saudi Arabia program administered by the Institute of International Education. Doug is a media specialist in the Lincoln County (Ore.) School District.

Allison Arthur has a new position as a reporter with the Port Townsend & Jefferson County (Wash.) Leader. She was previously an editor at newspapers in Friday Harbor and Vashon Island, Wash. and in Astoria, Ore.

Michael Bury died Dec. 28. After graduation from PLU, he moved to Portland, Ore., where he was a department manager for Best Buy. He was on the staff of Portland Youth for Christ for 15 years and served as its executive director for five years. He also received master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix and George Fox Seminary. Survivors include his wife, Karin; his daughter, Kersti; his son, Robert; his parents, Joyce and David; his sisters, Diane Geona and Cheryl Brown; and his brother, Steven.


Class Representative – Drew Nelson

Pete Strom is the general manager of Onyx Software Corporation, a business unit of M2M Holdings, Inc. He has more than 20 years of consulting, sales and sales-management experience in the software industry.


Class Representatives – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Gayle (Ensor) Warner is a safety administrator and designated employee representative at Eagle Systems, Inc., based in Wenatchee, Wash. Her daughter, Jaylee Hille, 23, is a stage manager for various Central Washington theater groups, and also sings and acts. Her son, Shane Hille, 21, serves in the Air Force and is stationed in Italy. Stepdaughter Ashley Warner, 19, lives at home and works at Eagle Systems, Inc., in the driver manifest department.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Julie Holboke Ertel married Joseph Frediani July 9, 2006, in Vancouver, Wash. Julie is a teacher in the Gresham-Barlow (Ore.) School District. Joseph is a director of operations at United Pipe & Supply. They live in Portland, Ore.


Class Representative – Dave Olson

Bracy Elton has left Cray, Inc., in Seattle to take a position with the Ohio Supercomputer Center at Ohio State University as director of signal image processing in the user productivity enhancement training subprogram of the defense high performance computing modernization program.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Janna (Hamilton) Hudson, her husband, Tom, and children, Brianna, 5, and Ryan, 4, are enjoying Italian life and European travels. Tom is a captain in the United States Navy, serving as senior dental executive at the U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy.

Juanita Hopkins died March 5. She was a registered nurse in Washington and Oregon, specializing in labor and delivery. She loved spending time with her family, as well as gardening, reading, baking, crafting and sewing. She was preceded in death by her son, Lawrence. Surviving her are three sons, 10 daughters, 21 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn (Plocharsky) Stelling


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly


Class Representative – Darren Hamby


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott

Steve Smith, director of community relations for the University of Washington Tacoma, is the new president of the Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8. Jeff Rounce ’85, publisher of the Business Examiner, is the president-elect nominee, who will serve as president following Steve.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Chris Algeo is a vice president and commercial banker at Sterling Bank’s Fircrest, Wash., branch. He has 17 years of financial experience, 14 years working as a commercial lender.

Del Shannon was honored by the United States Society on Dams (USSD) with the 2007 Award of Excellence in the Constructed Project for his work as the lead designer and engineer-of-record on the Pine Brook Dam, located in Boulder, Colo. The award, presented at the 2007 USSD annual conference in Philadelphia on March 7, recognizes the best water storage project in the United States each year. He lives in Boulder.


Class Representative – Sean Neely


Robert Strachan is a director responsible for West Coast consultant relations with Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division. He has 20 years of financial services experience and is based in San Francisco.

Ken Kriese completed his doctorate in ecology from the University of California in December 2004. After teaching at the university and working for the State of California, he relocated to Memphis, Tenn., in October 2005 to work as a regional biologist for the Latin America and Caribbean program at Ducks Unlimited, Inc. His focus is the conservation of wetland habitat and aquatic birds in Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America.

Scott McMillan is owner and CEO of Colmac Industries and Colmac Coil. In March, he received a Governor’s Emerging Trader of the Year Award from the Seattle World Trade Club, which recognizes substantial contributions to the development or facilitation of international trade in Washington state.


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews

Doug Pennington is chief market analyst with the Washington state insurance commissioner’s office. He assumed his management position in January to develop a new market analysis department.


Class Representative – Barbara (Murphy) Hesner

Tyler Stone is the new Wasco County (Ore.) employee and administrative services director. He most recently served as director of process improvement at Minor and James Medical in Seattle.

Cliff Mills is a supervisor at Crisis Clinic in Seattle and is applying for graduate school at the University of Washington.


Class Representatives – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Gino Casello is founder and president of Casello Commerical, Inc. He specializes in the acquisition and investment of commercial buildings in the Puget Sound area.

Darrick Hartman is a teacher in Tacoma, where he lives with his wife, Lori Fernholz-Hartman, and their children, Dylan 7, and Hadyn, 4. They plan to travel to Germany this summer.


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

Chris Gleason is the new manager of the Tacoma Public Utilities community/media services office. She has worked for Tacoma Power since 2003, providing public relations and marketing support for several programs and services, including the Narrows Crossing project and Tacoma Power’s parks.

Judd Benedick is the head football coach at Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho.

Rachael (Gunn) Lord is executive director of CASA of Westmoreland, Inc., in Pennsylvania. The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program is new to the area and she looks forward to developing it into a successful non profit dedicated to advocating for abused and neglected children. The organization’s Web site is at

Mike Lee is an environment reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. The newspaper honored him in 2006 for best achievement by a staff writer.

He lives in Fallbrook, Calif., where his wife, Kristen (Buckley ’96), home schools their sons, William Grant, 6, and Michael Owen, 4.

Todd Jones is a real estate compliance manager at His wife, Stephanie, is a systems analyst at LexisNexis. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Jay Jensen has been accepted to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.


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

Amy Wigstrom is the new executive director of the American Heart Association in Tacoma. In March, she left her previous post as executive director of the Tacoma Symphony after four seasons with the orchestra.


Class Representatives – Andy and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Stephen Rue had his second solo exhibition in January and February at the Lorinda Knight Gallery in Spokane, Wash., where he lives. In this series of 21 paintings, entitled “Saints and Sinners,” Steve used saints, along with other subjects and images, to delve into psychological and religious concepts while deeply examining his own faith and spirituality. Among his subjects are his father, Phil Rue ’68; his wife, Kristin (Hollingbery) Rue ’97; his mother-in-law, Jan (Swanson) Praxel ’70; his sister-in-law, Kaarin Praxel ’07; Erik Manz ’99 and other friends – and even himself. To view Steve’s artwork and read his artist’s statement, visit

Jesse Caryl was chosen as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine, which names California’s top up-and-coming attorneys, chosen by their peers and through independent research. He is an associate with the law firm Ford & Harrison LLP in Los Angeles.

David Nova passed the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam, conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, and is now the director of human resources for the Hacker Group, a direct marketing agency in Bellevue, Wash.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Jamie (Meyers) Bredstrand is a customer service representative for The Boeing Company division of Regence Blue Shield in Burlington, Wash. Her husband, Jeffrey, is a firefighter for the City of Seattle.


Natasha Curry returned home to the Puget Sound area in January to join the KOMO 4 News Morning Team as anchor/reporter. She also co-hosts Northwest Afternoon with Kent Phillips and Cindi Rinehart. A former Miss Washington, she has spent the last several years working as a news anchor and reporter in Washington, Arizona, South Carolina and Texas.

Anneke Geballe married Peter Geel Oct. 8 in Everett, Wash. Lutes in the wedding party included Matthew Geballe ’02, Rebecca (Kluck ’02) Geballe, Audra (Buckley) Osborn, Lori (Grimberg) Eng and Jana (Strasburg ’98) Steiner. Anneke is a cancer information specialist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Peter is a director of youth and family ministries at Sand Point Community United Methodist Church. They live in Seattle.

Sarah McCoy married Keith Hobart Sept. 30 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Erin (Tilney ’00) Eilmes was in the wedding party. Sarah earned her master’s degree in reading from the University of Colorado while teaching second and third grades for the last seven years in the Cheyenne Mountain School District in Colorado Springs. Keith is in the Air Force Reserve and will move to Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina after he finishes his pilot training.

Craig Vattiat married Margaret Timm Dec. 17 in Portland, Ore. Craig is a business teacher at Oregon City High School and Margaret is a dietetic intern at Oregon Health and Science University. They live in Portland.

Patrick and Michelle (Sayler ’98) Query live in Highland Falls, N.Y. Patrick is an assistant professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Michelle is an occupational therapist.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Mary Beth Leeper is the cultural-diversity liaison for the City of Auburn (Wash.). Fluent in Spanish, she is the first person to hold the position, in which she is exploring ways to link minority communities to the government.

Cecilie Kongsvik married Erik Ibsen ’01 June 11, 2005, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mone Sveia ’01 was maid of honor. Other Lutes in the wedding party included Kenneth Gundersen ’01, Cecilia Flachs, Nina Iversen ’99 and Hege Kjoniksen ’99. They live in Copenhagen.

Jenny Roraback married Ryan Carson May 28, 2006, at Central Lutheran Church in Seattle. Alumni in the wedding party included maid of honor Amy Roraback ’90, Chad Roraback ’99, Sarah Roraback ’98, Jon ’01 and Tiana (Harper) Nelson, Bridget Pearson, Todd Shively, Nora (Hampton) Gregersen and Katie (Mininger) Meers. Lutes in attendance were Erin Swanson, Lindsay Daehlin, Tasha Ockfen, Mariah (Toft) Tackett, Dave and Kelly (Harbert) Goodsell, Sarah Stauffer, Bobbi Hughes, Beth (Steele ’00) Cavanaugh, Alex Doolittle and Abby Jenkins ’02. Jenny is attending medical school at the University of Washington, and Ryan is a law student at Seattle University.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer

Kirsten Trulson married Jarel Bakke Aug. 5, 2006, at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, Wash. The bridal party included Lisa Muroya, Jen (Spiedel) Stewart and Jill Erickson. Among the groomsmen was Bill Stewart. Other Lutes involved were Bjorn Anderson ’02 and Vester Wilson. Kirsten and Jarel met while pursuing doctorates of physical therapy at the University of Washington. Kirsten is a physical therapist at Kitsap Physical Therapy and Jarel is a physical therapist at Harrison Hospital. They live in Poulsbo, Wash.

Whitney Dolman married Wylie Sampson Sept. 16, 2006, at the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Wash. Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens presided over the ceremony. Whitney is a data entry supervisor and title assistant at Stewart Title Company in Olympia, and Wylie is finance accountant with the Clover Park School District. They live in Lakewood, Wash.

Sarah Champion Freitas is the new manager of strategic development at SiteCrafting, Inc., a Web design and development company. She is responsible for traffic management, client communications and special marketing projects.

Gregory Thomas has the chance to help save lives and work on cutting-edge technology at the same time. He works for Raytheon as a Department of Defense contractor in Iraq on an infrared system that allows soldiers to view and track potential adversaries before they can do any harm. He’ll be there until Nov. 7, when he will return home for reassignment within Raytheon.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Peter Wogsland has joined the law offices of Micheau & Associates in Cosmopolis, Wash. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Katie Gauthier married Brandon Whitley ’03 on July 7, 2006, at Tracy Castle in Wilkeson, Wash. Amy and Nicole Gauthier were the maids of honor. Lutes in the wedding party included bridesmaid Cameron Wright and groomsmen Josh Reiman ’03 and Adam Utley’04. Jennifer Peck ’04 officiated the ceremony. Katie and Brandon live in Atlanta, where Katie is an assistant director of a preschool and Brandon is working on his master’s degree at Georgia Tech.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Megan Freiling married Lee Hutton Oct. 14 at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church in Renton, Wash. Alumni in the wedding party were groomsman Ryan Greco, reader Laura (Hunter) Rose and usher Eli Armen-Van Horn ’04. Alumni in attendance included Kristin (Hovenkotter ’02) Greco, Jon Rose ’04, Matt ’02 and Abby (Gray) Faust, Nick Moseman ’02, Fred Larabee ’04, Amy Kostelecky-Roe ’04 and Aaron Schrenk ’04. Megan is a television producer for Pierce County’s RCC (Rainier Communications Commission). Lee is a freight train conductor for BNSF Rail in Seattle. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Jillian Foglesong graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine In May and will complete her residency training at Family Medicine Spokane in Spokane, Wash.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Breanne Pautz married Daniel Tanzer June 30, 2006. She is a middle school teacher and Daniel is a mail carrier. They live in Söderköping, Sweden.

Michelle Racicot is deployed in Iraq, working with the 21st Combat Support Hospital as an emergency room nurse.

Megan Hurt is working in her dream job as an electrophysics engineer on the new Boeing 787. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of working on the cutting edge of airplane technology and looks forward to a promising career. She lives in Everett, Wash.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Micheal Steele is the new executive director of the Chelan (Wash.) Chamber of Commerce. After graduating from PLU, he worked as a White House intern in the office of political affairs, where he drafted political briefings for the president and cabinet members concerning 10 Western states. When he returned to Washington state, he worked in the state legislature for the Republican caucus. He is now also a field director for the Republican caucus political action committee.

Valentina Petrova is an account coordinator for Owen Media, Inc., in Portland, Ore., a global high-tech marketing agency. Val was most recently a reporter for The Central Kitsap Reporter in Washington state. She has also been a freelance writer for The Kitsap Sun and has interned at the Seattle bureau of CNN and at a newswire service based in Washington, D.C.

Mary Bartlett is an accountant at Peterson Sullivan, an accounting, auditing and tax services firm based in Seattle.

Anne Mastrodonato is a service delivery specialist in the Carson Valley branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. She has worked in childhood education and social counseling.

Lutherina Walk is finishing her master’s degree in social work at the University of Washington. She will pursue a career with the Veterans Administration, working with Wounded Warriors, which provides support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations, or work in geriatric long-term care/hospice.

Andy Palmquist is a graduate student pursuing a doctorate in the history program at the University of Maryland-College Park.


Class Representative – Jenna (Steffenson) Serr

Emily O’Leary married Joel Barker Aug. 19, 2006, in Butte, Mont. She is an administrative assistant at Robert Half International. Joel is a development officer. They live in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Tina Schmidt is a health science research specialist with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Seattle. She lives in Puyallup, Wash.


Class Representatives — Maggie Morgan and Kaarin Praxel


Future Lutes


Jeff and Lindsay (Nicol ’93) Elston announce the birth of their son, Alexander, on Sept. 21. He joins Gard, 7, and Natalie, 4. Jeff is vice president of development at Executive Conversation. They live in Seattle.


Katherine Hedland Hansen and her husband, Bryan, announce the birth of their son, Hawke Aren Hansen, on Dec. 26. Katherine, former director of news and information at PLU, is director of communications at Seattle University School of Law.

Catherine Miller and her husband, Lars-Åke NorlÏng, announce the birth of Sarah Rebecca on Nov. 8. She joins Andreas, 3. Catherine is a project manager in Stockholm, Sweden. They live in Bromma, Sweden.


Ken Schonberg and his wife, Jody, announce the birth of their son Joshua on Nov. 17. He joins Matthew, 6, and Daniel, 2. Ken is a support manager with Symantec Corporation. They live in Brooklyn Park, Minn.


Sean Neely and his wife, Ester Suan Tjoe, announce the birth of their daughter, Keira, on Feb. 3. Sean is an instructional designer at Group Health. They live in Kent, Wash.


Erika Hermanson and her husband, Patrick Banasky, announce the birth of Karl Patrick on July 9, 2006. He joins Claire Abigail, 3. They live in Seattle.

Gail (Ingram) Kinner and her husband, David, recently adopted their first child, David Christian, born on Dec. 1. Gail is a marketing manager at University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. They live in Mukilteo, Wash.


Kristina (Price) Navarro and her husband, Michael, are thrilled with their first child, Gabriel Michael, born on Jan. 3. Kris is a speech language pathologist for the San Antonio (Texas) Independent School District and Mike works in sales at Rosenberg Supply Company.


Sam and Teresa (Kelley) Cook announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Hannah, on Sept. 17. She was born in Shanghai, China, while Sam and Teresa were working at Hangzhou International School. In January, they moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, where Sam will take over as headmaster at North Jakarta International School. Teresa will teach in the lower school and work with the school curriculum. You can email them at and check out their new school at


Heather (Mullen) McClure and her husband, Danny, announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey, on Oct. 17, five days after Heather took a promotion as principal public events manager for the University of California Davis department of music. Danny is an environmental engineer. They were married on June 11, 2006, in Sacramento.


Josh and Aimee (Andrews ’98) Requa announce the birth of Mason Joshua on July 24, 2006. He joins sister Madelyn, 4. Josh is an engineer at Janicki Industries. Aimee is a teacher in the Sedro-Woolley (Wash.) School District. They live in Sedro-Woolley.


Brian van Valey and his wife, Kelly, announce the birth of Finley Randall on Feb. 5. He joins his brother, Angus, who will be 2 in October. They live in Snohomish, Wash.

Andy and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson welcomed Brandon James on Aug. 11, 2006. He joins brother Bryan, 4, and sister Megan, 2. Andy is vice president of finance for Atlas Products, and Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom.

They live in Nampa, Idaho, and can be reached at or

Kyle Andrews and his wife, Angela, welcomed their daughter, Kennady Joy, on May 11, 2006. Kyle reports that she has her daddy wrapped around her little finger. Kyle is a technical account manager at Microsoft and plays guitar and sings in the band, Poorsport (a.k.a. “Who’s Your Daddy?”), which is working on a third album. Check them out at Angela is a stay-at-home mother. They live in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Ryan Chandlee and his wife, Kristin, announce the birth of their daughter, Leah, on March 8. She joins Dylan, 3. They live in Golden Valley, Minn.


Paul and Carol (Thielen) Alexander announce the birth of Braiden Matthew on Dec. 12. He joins big brother Cameron, 3. Paul is a licensed massage practitioner at Calcara Family Chiropractic in Olympia, Wash. Carol is a supervising auditor with Fidelity National Financial, Inc. They live in Olympia.

Liz (Russell) Sawyer and her husband, Ryan, are pleased to announce the arrival of Ryder William on Jan. 17 at Tacoma General Hospital. He joins brother Brayden, 3. Liz continues to focus on raising her boys and supporting Ryan as he grows his family’s auto dealerships. They live in northeast Tacoma.

Jessica (Hoffman) Resendiz and her husband, Robert, welcomed Natalie Mae on May 7, 2006. Jessica is a stay-at-home mother and Robert is a policeman in the Navy, stationed in Bremerton. They live in Tacoma.


Kaj and Janell (Wagenblast) Martin welcomed their daughter Asha Leanne, born on July 23, 2006, at Tacoma General Hospital. She joins sister Phoebe, 3. Kaj is a pastor at Tacoma’s Puget Sound Christian Center, where Janell is an administrative assistant.

Zachary and Heidi (Johnson) Hiatt are the proud parents of Cameron Zachary, born on Oct. 27.

Nikki (Schneider) Fisher, and her husband, Garrett, welcomed their first child, Alli Nicole, on Feb. 4, Superbowl Sunday. Nikki is a litigation associate for Bingham McCutchen in Boston, and Garrett is a captain in the United States Air Force.

Corinne (Kenney) Hartley and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their first child, Cohen Crawford, on Jan. 28. Cori is a middle school science teacher at Centralia (Wash.) Middle School, and Kevin is a blaster for Dyno Nobel.


Cora Reuter and Justin Foster ’02 are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful daughter, Mera Saige, on Oct. 26. Justin is vice president of professional services at Whatcounts, Inc., in Seattle. Cora is a private violin instructor. They live in Federal Way.

Nathan and Katherine (Graff) Wolfe announce the birth of Meredith Lucile on Dec. 15. Nathan is a project manager at Trico Contracting and Katherine is a social worker with the State of Washington Children’s Administration. They live in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Megan (Swanson) Brown and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Colton Michael on Oct. 25. Megan is a stay-at-home mom, and Matt is a State Farm Insurance agent. They live in La Vernia, Texas.

Dean Grisham and his wife, Cathy, announce the birth of their son, Hunter, on Sept. 22. Dean graduated from the Navy nurse anesthesia program with a master’s degree in nursing. They live in Jacksonville, N.C.


Chris and Tharen (Michael ’00) Inverso welcomed their daughter, Siri Joy, on April 5, 2006. Chris is a mortgage broker and Tharen is a stay-at-home mother. They live in Tacoma.

Peter and Renee (Spani ’02) White announce the birth of their son, Brady, on Oct. 26. He joins sister Ellie, 3. They live in Edmonds, Wash.

Stephanie (Tise) Beagley and her husband, Michael, welcomed their son, Caiden, on May 10, 2006. They live in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Renee (Ross) Watson and her husband, Kyle, announce the birth of Spencer David on Aug. 9, 2006. He joins his brother, Keegan, 2. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Aaron and Anna (Goodsell) Henderson welcomed their daughter, Kailey, on Oct. 18, 2005. They live in Langley, Wash.


Teresa (Spaulding) Handy and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Aidan Michael on July 15, 2006. Teresa is a stay-at-home mother and Michael is a production worker at Atlas Foundry. They live in Tacoma.


In Memoriam


Roland Swanson on Jan. 8

Viola (Larsen) Nybakke on Oct. 23


Obert Haavik on Dec. 24


Nevella (Ross) Lemagie on March 12


Peter Londahl on Dec. 4

Alalie Fosso Johnson on Feb. 11


Robert Thoren on March 3

Nadine (Friedline) McMillan on Nov. 8


Mildred (Tollefson) Krueger on Jan. 5


Edna (Haglund) Dorothy on Oct. 8


Robert Voie on Sept. 24


Richard Berg on Dec. 22


John Olson on Dec. 3


Ronald Rosevear on Dec. 21

Nancy Buccino on Feb. 12


Richard Martin on Feb. 2


John Parks on Oct. 15


Michael Bury on Dec. 28


Juanita Hopkins on March 5

Faculty, Staff and Friends

Roger Gard died Jan. 19. He joined the faculty in 1974 as director of bands. His elegant conducting, incredible ear and adventuresome programming brought the PLU Wind Ensemble to new levels of achievement and recognition. In 1985, Roger took over the leadership of the jazz program and laid the foundation for the outstanding reputation the program enjoys today. In both his roles as wind conductor and jazz director, Roger enriched the campus by bringing noted musicians to campus to work with students. An outstanding trombonist, he was a founding member of PLU’s Lyric Brass Ensemble and performed often in local and regional classical and jazz ensembles. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lori; his five children, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Christopher, and Catherine Gard ’97.

George Wehmann died Feb. 27. He served on the PLU Board of Regents from 1987 to 1995. After receiving a degree in meteorology from the University of Washington, he moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he began an extensive career in the development and refinement of the nuclear industry. He was co-founder of the Idaho Sight and Hearing Foundation, a devoted member of the Lion’s Club, and an active member of his church. George also served multiple terms as a councilman and then as mayor of Ammon, Idaho. He is survived by his four children, Lois La Curan ’70, Ronald ’73, Donald ’76 and John; nine grandchildren, including Dana ’04 and Ronald ’06 La Curan; and two step-grandchildren.

Marvin Swenson died March 24. Joining PLU in 1969, he was hired to oversee construction of the University Center and to serve as its director. When he began his phased retirement in 1985, he was director of the University Center and campus activities. During his almost 20 years of service to PLU, Marv mentored countless students. Many of them chose to pursue careers in higher education. He also supported students and faculty of the arts, especially through the artist series. His expertise was recognized as he served in regional and national roles of the Association of College Unions International. Marv is survived by his wife, Jean-Marie; his daughter, Marva Blackmore; and four sons, Michael ’73, Patrick ’82, Paul ’84 and Jim ’88