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Richard E. Bozak, ’56, taught at California State University, Hayward for 39 years. As a consultant at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, in 1976 he discovered microwave pyrolysis of Green River oil shade.

Donald Leslie Johnson, ’57, is the author of two books, On Frank Lloyd Wright’s Concrete Adobe, published by academic press Ashgate in London, and Anticipating Municipal Parks; London to Adelaide to Garden City, published by Wakefield Press in Adelaide, Australia. He continues to live in Kangarilla, South Australia, with his wife, Sonya Hasselberg, ’57.


Joel Benoliel, ’67, ’71, retired chief legal counsel for Costco, received the 7th annual Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award. Benoliel has been a tireless advocate for youth in foster care.

Collin Tong, ’73, health and education correspondent for Crosscut News, published a book, Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s, in January. It is an anthology of caregiver stories by 23 writers, journalists, educators and health practitioners from across the U.S.

William Gartner, ’75, ’77, ’82, is visiting professor in the School of Management at California Lutheran University. For the past nine years, he taught at Clemson University as the Arthur M. Spiro Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Don Bailey, ’79, has been elected chair of the RTI International Fellow Program. Based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., RTI is one of the world’s leading research institutes. For 27 years, Bailey was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.


Rod Johnston, ’81, has transitioned into design and development. His most recent product, called Cymgard, provides percussion cymbal protection and sound deadening.

Carol Ivory, ’83, ’90, received the Manu Daula (Frigate Bird) Award from the Pacific Arts Association, an international organization devoted to the study of all of the arts of Oceana. She is a professor of fine arts and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University.

Teresa Vaughn, ’84, has joined Kindred Healthcare, Inc., as director of case management at its Kindred Seattle-First Hill Long-term Acute Hospital facility.

Gregory Dziekonski, ’85, ’89, translated a biography of Polish soldier/statesman Edward Rydz-Smigly from Polish into English. It is available on the UW online catalog.

David Franke, ’87, has spent the past 22 years working for Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Franke & Co., a private investment firm. He recently created for college sports fans. He is also involved in community work, having spent 20 years volunteering for Sojourner Center, the United Way and other charities.

Heather Gillette, ’87, was elected president of the Washington State PTA, the largest child-advocacy organization in the state with more than 138,000 members. Her two-year term ends in May 2015.

Sharon Rosell, ’88, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Advisor by the national Society of Physics Students. She is a professor at Central Washington University.


Aaron Bordon, ’95, was elected partner in the Boston-based law firm of Bingham McCutcheon. A 2004 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law, he is a member of the firm’s transactional finance group.

Gordy Williams, ’98, spent 15 years covering the hedge fund industry, first as a CPA and then on the investment side of the ledger before transitioning to cover individuals as part of Morgan Stanley in San Francisco.


Kim Nguyen, ’00, has been named Hawaii director of the American Lung Association. He holds a master’s in social work from the UW.

Peter Mountford, ’06, had his novel, The Dismal Science, published by TinHouse Books.

Cindy Elder, ’07, ’11, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Oman for an English Teaching Assistantship.

Julian Saint Clair, ’09, ’13, has been hired on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is one of only 86 male, African-American, marketing business school professors in the U.S.

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