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John Woodward, ’38, was on the first UW ski team in 1935. Woodward, 95, started the Armstrong & Thompson Sports store in Seattle and outfitted most of the earlier Seattle skiers.


James S. Rogers, ’69, a Seattle attorney, received the Outstanding Plantiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.


Irene Matlock, ’74, was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame. She played four years for the Husky volleyball team and was team captain in 1973-74. She coached Sandpoint (Idaho) High School to four state titles and then led the Community Colleges of Spokane to four conference championships.

Martha Choe, ’76, chief administrative officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, received the “trailblazer award” at the Women of Valor Award ceremony in February.


Dan Ashe, ’82, was appointed by President Obama to be the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He served as the agency’s deputy director since August 2009. Before that, he was science adviser to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director.

Julie Ann Elston, ’82, ’92, associate professor of business at Oregon State University, received a Fulbright Fellowship to study the impact of science on policy formation in the European Union.

Sean Smith, ’89, was named 2010 Commissioner of the Year by the city of Covington for his work as chair of the city’s planning commission.


Georgie Ann Weatherby, ’90, was promoted to professor in Gonzaga University’s Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice in September.

David A. Hammond, ’94, ’07, of Lake Forest Park, was appointed internal audit director for Sound Transit in January.