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Joy Plein, ’51, ’57, has been named distinguished alumna by Idaho State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Idaho State in 1947 and spent nearly 40 years as a professor in the UW School of Pharmacy.

Joseph Slate, ’51, an award-winning author of children’s books, was inducted into the UW Department of Communication’s Hall of Fame.


Michael F. Tillman, ’65, ’68, ’72, has been appointed by President Obama to serve on the Marine Mammal Commission. He is a research associate at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

Larry Matsuda, ’67, ’73, ’78, released a book of poetry, A Cold Wind From Idaho, published by Black Lawrence Press. He was president of the UW Alumni Association in 1996-97.

David Ensor, ’68, ’72, was promoted to International Distinguished Fellow at RTI, a North Carolina-based research institute. He conducts research on aerosol and air pollution.

Thomas J. McPartland, ’69, ’76, had his book Lonergan and Historiography: The Epistemological Philosophy of History published by the University of Missouri Press. He is a professor at Kentucky State University.


Thomas S. Harbin Jr., ’71, published his book, Waking Up Blind: Lawsuits Over Eye Surgery. He is a clinical professor emeritus of ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Eddie Pasatiempo, ’77, past-president of the UW Alumni Association, was inducted into the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame. He is president at EMP Consulting.


Heidi Lewis Coleman, ’80, received the Mayor’s Award and was named one of the city’s “Art Treasures” by Mayor Dan Mallow of Stamford, Conn.

Yasushi Kambayashi, ’86, is the editor of the new book Multi-Agent Applications with Evolutionary Computation and Biologically Inspired Technologies: Intelligent Techniques for Ubiquity and Optimization, published by IGI Global.

Terri Marceron, ’88, has been named forest supervisor for the Chugach National Forest, the second-largest national forest in the U.S.

Margaret Fimia, ’89, ’92, was inducted into the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame. She served on the Seattle City Council and worked on regional transportation projects for many years.


Shari Storm, ’92, had her first book, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss, published by St. Martin’s Press.

Warren Brown, ’93, ’09, has been appointed vice president for instruction at Seattle Central Community College. He replaces Ron Hamberg, ’70, ’74, who retired after 30 years.


Kelly Miyahara, ’00, is a member of the Clue Crew for the TV show “Jeopardy!”

Missy M. Brost, ’04,received the Distinguished New Engineer of the Year Award from the national Society of Women Engineers. She is a stress analyst at Boeing.

Deborah Turner, ’09, is an assistant professor in the iSchool at Drexel University in Philadelphia.