Family and Friends

Volly (Norby) Grande

Our university family mourns the loss of one of the dearest Lutes, Volly Grande. As a graduate of the class of 1936, Volly served for the past three decades as a class representative and has been faithful in her effort to keep her classmates connected to the university. Volly often told how in the beginning of her PLU career she was a “day girl.” She would ride the cable car from downtown Tacoma out to Parkland to attend PLC. She said that on her first day of school (or shortly thereafter) that she announced to everyone on the train that, since they were all going to the same place and would be doing it every day, they might as well introduce themselves and get to know each other. Here are a few photos of her bringing light, kinship and laughter everywhere she went on campus.

Mary “Molly” Reynolds Edman

Molly died peacefully at home with her family and husband of 62 years at her side, just shy of her 89th birthday. She was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Feb. 5, 1928, along with her twin sister, Sally (“Broie”), to Elisabeth Lee Hilles and George Stoddard Reynolds, M.D.

From 1977 to 1992, Molly was employed by Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of Development. She was a “renaissance woman.” In Lakewood, Washington, Molly’s interest in human services made her aware that many lacked access to health facilities. She soon joined the Pierce County Health Council, its regional Puget Sound Health Planning Council and Facilities Review Committee, and served as a co-founding member of the Family Clinic.

Molly volunteered early with the Associated Ministries’ Food First program, an effort which led to the formation of the Lakes Area FISH Food Bank in 1974. She remained actively involved with this service for more than 40 years, training each of its volunteers.

Lakewood, which wasn’t unincorporated until 1996, lacked many social services. Earlier attempts to strengthen the community led to the formation of Lakewood United, an effort that eventually resulted in cityhood. This civic involvement turned Molly’s focus toward land-use planning. Sequential appointments to the Lakewood-University Place Citizens Advisory Committee and Lakewood’s Advisory Commission preceded her realization that increased urbanization could jeopardize preservation of open space. Thus, in 1992, she co-founded the Tacoma Land Conservancy, later absorbed into the Cascade Land Conservancy, now called Forterra. Additional board assignments included the Board of Trustees at Charles Wright Academy, Lakewold Gardens and several years as an elder of the Little Church on the Prairie.

Lawrence “Larry” J. Hauge, Ph.D.

Lawrence “Larry” J. Hauge, Ph.D., ’50 died Dec. 29, 2016. Hauge was born in 1928 to Philip and Margrethe Hauge in Tacoma, Washington. He was raised in Parkland, adjacent to Pacific Lutheran College, where his father was dean. He attended Clover Park High School in Lakewood before attending PLC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and added a second degree, Bachelor of Education, in 1951. For the next two years, Hauge served in active duty in the United States Army. After returning to the Northwest in 1953, Hauge began a long career in education, starting in the Clover Park School District as a teacher, principal and administrator. During this time, his three children — Jan, Steven and David — were born. Always wanting to advance his education, Hauge completed his master’s degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University in 1962. From 1963-67, he served as the university’s director of alumni relations, later returning to the Clover Park School District to work in administration roles until 1975. After earning his doctorate in education at Washington State University, Hauge remarried and moved to eastern Washington. In Wenatchee, he was active in church and the community. He continued his career in education, holding various administrative roles in the Wenatchee School District for eight years before retiring in 1983.

Retirement was short-lived, however, as Hauge became executive director of the United Way for Chelan and Douglas counties in 1985. Following five years with United Way, he consulted organizations on fundraising until finally retiring for good in 1994. He relocated to Green Valley, Arizona, to enjoy retirement in view of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. All of his life, Hauge focused on family and community service. He was active in church in every community in which he lived. He was a 33-year member of Kiwanis International. His military service included 35 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He loved to expose his students to historical sites and events on trips near and far. He doted on grandkids and great-grandkids. He is survived by his children Jan DiConti; Steven and David Hauge; his stepchildren Toni, Scott, Curt and Craig Corvin; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A special thanks to Lauralee Hagen, senior advancement officer at PLU, for representing his PLU family at the memorial service.