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RUSSELL TROMLEY, ’61, retired from Northwest Natural Gas in May after more than 18 years as Chairman of the Board. He is living in Lake Oswego, Ore., and perfecting his golf game.

KITTY KELLEY, ’64, has an essay in the book Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys, which was released in November by Thomas Dunne Books. Kelley has written biographies of Oprah Winfrey and the Bush family.

PATRICIA DOYLE, ’65, is one of eight national recipients of the Sunstar/RDH Magazine Award of Distinction. The honor recognizes Doyle’s years of community service and contributions to oral health care for people with psychiatric disorders. She volunteered for Harborview Medical Center’s Mental Health Services for 29 years.

SALLY SKELDING, ’65, was honored for her work with the North End Players in Portland by having their green room and a scholarship for the children’s theater named after her.

MICHELLE PAULARENA, ’69, was named 2012 Outstanding Older American Female Volunteer of the Year for Maui County, Hawaii. She volunteers for the Senior Medicare Patrol, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and the Maui Ocean Center.


ALAN D. RAMMER, ’74, received the 2012 National Marine Educators Award from the National Marine Educators Association. Rammer retired from the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in 2009 after 32 years.

CLAUDIA FITCH, ’75, was one of five finalists for the Seattle Art Museum’s prestigious Betty Bowen Award.

KATHERINE SCHLICK NOE ’75, ’78, has won a Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award (part of the Washington State Book Awards) for her book Something to Hold.

ED JOYCE, ’77, has been promoted to breakingnews editor for Southern California public radio station KPCC-FM. He oversees business/economy coverage and three business reporters.

MICHAEL TURELLI, ’77, distinguished professor in the University of California-Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology, received that university’s 2012 Faculty Research Lecture Award. He and his colleagues are introducing a bacterium into mosquitoes that may stop the spread of dengue fever.


SANDRA WOODS, ’80, ’85, has been named dean of the Oregon State University College of Engineering. She previously led the engineering program at Colorado State University.

PAT DE CARO, ’82, is the 2012 Twining Humber Award recipient in Washington State. The $10,000 award honors her lifetime artistic achievement.

SEAN McCAFFREY, ’86, has retired after a 26- year career in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. He’s back in Seattle with his family.

ANNETTE AHLERS, ’87, has become a tax partner in the tax specialty group of Moss Adams, LLP.

ERIC ACHTYES, ’88, has been selected to serve as president-elect of the Michigan Psychiatric Society for the 2012-13 academic year. He is a practicing psychiatrist.

LISA ARD, ’88, won a 2012 Kay Snow Writing Award for her novel, Saving Halloween.


REGINA LAWRENCE, ’97, has been named director of the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication’s Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation.

VICTOR SAMPSON, ’97, received an Early Career Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

VIET Q. NGUYEN, ’99, has been named vice president for corporate and public affairs at Frause, a communications firm with offices in Portland and Seattle.


ANN MERKLE, ’04, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Oman. She previously served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

JOSEPH REHBERGER, ’04, has become a partner in the Cascadia Law Group.

MARIT BOCKELIE, ’05, opened an artisanal print shop in downtown Bremerton.

SARAH HOLLARS, ’05, earned a master’s degree in fine art from Hunter College in June 2012.

PETER MOUNTFORD, ’06, received a Washington State Book Award in the fiction category for A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism.

MATT FLEMING, ’08, received the Tacoma Fire Department’s Medal of Valor for saving the life of a man whose boat capsized.

MATT DUNN, ’09, and DION DIBLASI, ’11, joined Fierce, Inc., which specializes in leadership development and training.

One Response to Alumnotes

  1. Eric Achtyes says:

    My graduation date from UW was 1998, not 1988 as listed in this article. Pls correct if possible.

    Thank you,
    –Eric Achtyes, MS, class of 1998

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