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Margaret Mettert Thompson, ’27, ’29
Seattle, will turn 101 in May and has been retired for 55 years. She was an economist for the U.S. Dept. of Labor under Frances Perkins. She still visits campus every year for the Group Health annual meeting, she reports. While both of her children have died, she has two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. “Once you reach 100, you shouldn’t have to pay alumni dues anymore,” she suggests.


Robert Whitebrook, ’37, ’53
Kaneohe, Hawaii, is the author of Coastal Exploration of Washington, which won the state’s Centennial History Award in 1959. Following that, he spent many years in Seattle working as a senior partner for the investment bank, Blyth & Co. Upon retirement he also taught in the history department at the Univ. of Hawaii. He celebrated his 90th birthday in October.


Lois K. Champion, ’46, ’49, ’59
Mukilteo, traveled to the Middle East countries of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman in February.

Horton Smith, ’47, ’50
Seattle, won “The Oldest Swimmer Award” at age 82 in a competition sponsored by the Port of Hood River in Oregon. A retired King County superior court judge, he swam 1.7 miles across the Columbia River.

James R. Huntley, ’48
Sequim, recently published an autobiography, An Architect of Democracy: Building a Mosaic of Peace, chronicling the working life of the World War II veteran’s search for peace through strengthening democracies and the international institutions that unite them.

Clyde Anderson, ’49
Spokane, is a retired president and general manager of the Inland Empire Paper Co. Gov. Christine Gregoire, ’69, ’71, recently named him “Honorary Parks Commissioner for Life.” An avid skier, bicyclist, rower and mountain hiker, he has visited nearly all 120 Washington state parks.


Harry Roegner, ’50
Gig Harbor, is a retired chemist who volunteers for the Pierce County Stream Team, which works to improve water quality in the community. In October 2003 he was awarded the Jubilee of Liberty Medal for his participation in the World War II Normandy invasion. He and his wife, Inge, have two children and three grandchildren.

Dolores Sibonga, ’52, ’73
Seattle, has been inducted into the Dept. of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1973 she became the first Filipina American lawyer in Washington state. She later worked as a public defense attorney, a legislative analyst for the King County Council and a 12-year member of the Seattle City Council.

Maxine Softky LeBeau, ’54
McFadden, Wyo., celebrated 50 years of marriage to her husband, Gerald, in June. LeBeau retired from teaching in 1984.

Robert L. Horchover, ’56, ’60
Tacoma, specializes in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Learn more at

Dean Derby, ’57

Walla Walla, a retired pro football player, has turned his pension fund business over to his daughter and son-in-law. He and his wife now spend their time at Spring Valley Vineyard, raising wheat, red wine grapes, horses and dogs.

Mike Peringer, ’57
Seattle, has been inducted into the Dept. of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. He is the vice president of marketing and sales for Process Heating, and in 1992 founded the Sodo Business Assoc. representing 2,000 businesses and 50,000 employees.

Peter Clarke, ’58
Santa Monica, Calif., has been inducted into the Dept. of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. He is a professor of preventive medicine and communication at the Univ. of Southern California. Clarke, a former UW dean, is also co-director of a project that provides surplus produce to low-income Americans.

Attention Classes of ’58 and ’59
Your 50-year reunions will be held at the UW in April of 2008 and 2009 respectively. For more information or to help organize these events, please contact Eryn Boyles Ilk, ’99, at or call 1-800-AUW-ALUM.

Frank Garred, ’58
Port Townsend, has been inducted into the Dept. of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame for his work as owner and operator of community newspapers on the Olympic Peninsula from 1967–2002.

Stuart Klein, ’58
Quilcene, enjoys life in Dabob Bay by actively participating in community events and singing with several chorus groups from the Olympic Peninsula.

Kendall Wilson, ’58
Seattle, has been elected president of the Pacific NW Organizational Development Network.


Auria E. Rosenberg, ’61
Northbrook, Ill., is chair of the Dept. of World Languages at Phillips High School Academy in Chicago. Her daughter, Deena Robyn, ’91, is a pilot with Mesaba-Northwest Airlines.

Roy Jerome Peterson, ’61, ’65

Boulder, Colo., is a physics professor at the Univ. of Colorado-Boulder. He was recently named a Jefferson Science Fellow and is spending the 2007–2008 calendar year working at the U.S. Dept. of State in Washington, D.C.

Marie Cowan, ’64, ’79
Los Angeles, is dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. She has been chosen to receive the Living Legend Award by the American Academy of Nursing.

David B. Offer, ’65
Augusta, Maine, a retired editor of several daily newspapers, was recently honored by both the New England Society of Newspaper Editors as well as the New England chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. He received the Yankee Quill Award for distinguished service to journalism in New England.

Ann Wolford Holiday, ’66
Seattle, recently returned from a visit to China, where she had worked as a foreign expert at China Daily in 1995. She was amazed at the changes in this fascinating and important country.

Ginny Nicarthy, ’68, ’74
Seattle, is a private practice psychotherapist. She received the 2007 NW Women’s Law Center Cynthia Gillespie Award for her work in promoting women’s rights. She also revised and expanded her books, Getting Free, and its easy-to-read version, You Can Be Free.

Charles J. Bishop, ’69
Grafton, Wis., retired after a 25-year career as the senior VP of corporate technology for the A.O. Smith Corp. He and his wife, Yvonne, are looking forward to relocating to the Pacific NW to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

George Contreras, ’69
Camarillo, Calif., retired from a 37-year career as a social science teacher and football-track-baseball coach. He will continue coaching football at Rio Mesa High School this fall.

Ivan Doig, ’69
Shoreline, the author of This House of Sky and 10 other books, including the recent The Whistling Season, has won the Wallace Stegner Award from the Univ. of Colorado. The prize goes to an individual who has made “a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the American West through the literature, lore or understanding of the West.”

Paul Hunter, ’69

Seattle, has a new book, Ripening, from Silverfish Review Press. It is his second collection of farm poems. This book expands on the world and values of his first book, Breaking Ground, which won a Washington State Book Award in 2005.


Daisy Arredondo Rucinski, ’70, ’73, ’83
Tuscaloosa, Ala., professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Alabama, received a Distinguished Research Award from the American Educational Research Assn.

Ann Forest Burns, ’71
Rhinelander, Wis., is the executive director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Assoc., the progressive voice of the forest products industry.

Kenneth J. Rone Jr., ’71
Vancouver, Wash., is the VP of corporate maintenance-western region for Ash Grove Cement. He is looking forward to retirement in seven to eight years.

Marie-Annette Brown, ’73, ’83

Burien, is a professor of family and child nursing at the UW School of Nursing. She is the recipient of the school’s new Group Health Endowed Nursing Professorship in Chronic Illness Care.

Shantha Benegal, ’73
Seattle, recently retired but is still actively involved with the NW Puppet Center and People for Progress in India. She was the public information coordinator for the UW School of Music for many years.

John E. Ehrenberg, ’73
Seattle, has been named president and chief executive officer of Hydroacoustic Technology.

Lawrence Watters, ’73, ’88
Ashland, Ore., specializes in environmental law and is currently a visiting lecturer with the Faculty of Law at the Univ. of Copenhagen. He was a visiting lecturer at the UW Jackson School of International Studies in 2004 and 2005.

Gary Graf, ’74

Seattle, has published his second book, And God Said, “It’s Good!”—Amusing and Thought-Provoking Parallels between The Bible and Football.

Dennis Ruff, ’74, ’76
Saint Charles, Ill., has completed his fourth book, The Wisdom of Asia.

William Morton, ’75
Edmonds, retired in 1982 after 30 years as a speech/hearing therapist, audiologist and administrator of special education. He is now in the process of earning national and state certification to become a hearing-aid and hearing-services specialist. He and his wife of 22 years, JoAnn Stevens, have also worked to develop hearing and ESL programs in Kenya, Thailand, Brazil, South Africa and Peru.

Marianne Martin, ’76

Bend, Ore., owns Klondike Mortgage in Bend and Sisters, Ore. She is also a member of the Ladies Golf League and Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Joanne Krippaehne, ’76, ’81

Ashland, Ore., is a principal at Madrona Architecture. She works on residential and commercial design projects and specializes in “green” building practices.

Pat Hansen, ’77
Seattle, is the first woman to ever receive the Seattle Show Legacy Award in honor of her creativity in graphic design. She is also a co-founder of the Seattle Design Assoc. and the founding president of the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. She is currently the president and creative director at Hansen Design and often guest lectures for the UW School of Art Visual Communication Design Program.

Linda L. Simpson, ’78

Lacey, recently completed her 37th year as an agricultural statistician for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Greg Brown, ’79

Bothell, is the author of the new book What It Means to Be a Husky, a collection of interviews with 91 former football players, including Don Coryell, ’50, ’51; Jim Lambright, ’65; Norm Dicks, ’63, ’68; Sonny Sixkiller, ’74; Warren Moon; Greg Lewis, ’94; Mark Brunell, ’93; and Marques Tuiasosopo. ’01. Brown was team captain of the Husky baseball team his senior year and was also a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.


Marilyn Henry Childs, ’80, ’84, ’85
Bothell, was the first person to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in the field of archeo-astronomy in the U.S. and “quite possibly” the world, although, she adds, many scientists do work in the field with related degrees. She is also the first person to propose that ancient Mayan and Chinese astronomers used and manufactured primitive reflection telescopes.

Kate Wood, ’80
Portland, Ore., has left the state of Oregon after 20 years to become risk manager for the city of Portland. The position oversees the city’s commercial insurance, claims, loss, prevention, safety, workers’ compensation and occupational health programs.

Dana Twight, ’81, ’07

Seattle, recently earned her master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the UW College of Education and is now working with the Newspapers in Education program of the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

David Boardman, ’83
Seattle, has been inducted into the Dept. of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame for his editorial work at the Seattle Times directing two Pulitzer Prize-winning projects: an investigation of abuses in the federal tribal-housing program (1997) and the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath (1990).

Michael Naber, ’83, ’86
Phoenix, has received his doctorate in civil engineering from Arizona State Univ. He is a professional environmental engineer with over 21 years of experience.

Kathy Gronowick Johanson, ’84

Kirkland, recently graduated from Walden Univ. with a doctorate in applied management and decision sciences. She has launched her own wine label, “O” Wines, which donates a portion of its proceeds to fund educational scholarships for local at-risk young women.

Peter Shimer, ’84
Federal Way, is a managing partner at the Seattle practice of Deloitte & Touche.

James Eflin, ’87
Muncie, Ind., is a professor and chair of the Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State Univ.

Nina M. LaFleur, ’87
St. Augustine, Fla., graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala. She is a senior partner at LaFleur Law specializing in bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Merilee Karr, ’87

Portland, Ore., has written the lead essay in the book Silence Kills, about medical errors and the communication necessary to prevent further mistakes.

Beth Ann Locke, ’88

Seattle, has moved back to Seattle after spending a decade in Vancouver, B.C. She works for United Way of King County. Her daughter, Lorraine, is a junior at Garfield High School.

Bryan Monroe, ’87
Naperville, Ill., has been inducted into the Dept. of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. He is VP and editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines. He was part of the Knight Ridder and Biloxi, Miss., Sun-Herald team that received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Rodney Moore, ’87

Atlanta, was elected president of the National Bar Assoc. for the 2008–2009 term. The National Bar Assoc., first organized in 1925, has a network of 22,000 members representing African American members of the bar who are lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. Moore is the first Georgia lawyer ever elected to serve as its president. He is an attorney with Greenberg Traurig in Atlanta.

Carron Wick-Schmick, ’88

Gilbert, Ariz., co-founded Bouncell—The Ultimate Party & Play experience with her husband. Starting with one location in Arizona, they now have 20 stores in 10 states.

Lance Trebesch, 88
Bozeman, Mont., is the co-owner and CEO of, an online technology company in the events market.

Randy G. Barthelman, ’89

Renton, has been elected president of local 1857-S, WSCCE, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, King County Library. He is an assistant manager and has been employed by the library system for 17 years.


Stephen Ogden, ’90
Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and wife, Amy, proudly announce the birth of their third child and second daughter, Maleah Christine, June 5.

Michael Burns, ’91

Spokane, has been named a senior account executive at First Choice Health.

Lisa Dabek, ’91, ’94

Seattle, is one of 29 animal conservationists nominated to receive the Indianapolis Prize, a $100,000 award in recognition of contributions to the conservation of threatened animals. As the director of conservation at the Woodland Park Zoo, she was nominated for spearheading research and habitat preservation efforts in Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula.

Steve Emtman, ’92
Spokane, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his three years at the UW. He left at the end of his junior year to join the NFL, and is the only Husky player taken as the first pick of the NFL draft.

Annette Lessard McGart, ’92
Seattle, taught preschool at the Perkins School until the birth of her daughter in early June. She and her husband, Mark, already have two boys, ages 8 and 5.

Melanie Ruiz, ’92

Seattle, announces the birth of her second son, Thomas Weston Ruiz. She and husband, Chris, ’91, welcomed him to their family June 5, 2006.

Jeff Mangahas, ’93

Santa Rosa, Calif., is the winemaker at Hartford Family Wines in Forestville, Calif. His wife, Crystal Tecca Mangahas, ’93, recently left her position as director of operations at the Men’s Wearhouse to become a stay-at-home mom for their daughter, Mia, born in February.

Raul Raidna, ’93
Seattle, is the managing director of the private equity firm, Graham Capital. He also serves as honorary counsel for the Republic of Estonia in Washington state.

Kristin Nicole Hart Cooley, ’95
Shoreline, will speak on French Architecture and Nationalism: The Exposition Universelle at the 2008 Whitehall Lecture Series at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 24.

Anita Bingaman, ’97
Seattle, is a photographer. Her work is on display at Lombardi’s Cucina of Ballard as well as the Rosen Building in South Lake Union. She will also have an exhibit at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library in May and June.

Kristan Louise Ruggerello, ’97

Newport Beach, Calif., graduated from the Seattle Univ. School of Law in 2001 and now works as an attorney. She and her husband, Ryan, welcomed two new additions to their family, twins Anthony and Mackenzie, born April 17, 2006.

Lt. Col. Christopher G. Cross, ’98
Raleigh, N.C., graduated with a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Jill Angelique Dupont, ’98
Irvine, Calif., married William Patrick Roach on Sept. 5 in New York.

Nathan Christensen, ’99
Denver, is an associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Tom Cline, ’99
Lacey, is in his third year as an assistant football coach and academic coordinator for the Univ. of Puget Sound football program.


Patrick Flynn, ’01
Seattle, announces his engagement to Elizabeth Jasperson, ’02. They are planning to have their wedding in Vancouver, Wash.

Amanda Ford, ’01

Kirkland, has published the book, Kiss Me, I’m Single: An Ode to the Solo Life.

Bob Nydegger, ’01

Everett, is manager of the new Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center in Arlington.

Lt. Robert E. Danielson, ’02
Seattle, received his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Christian Wade, ’02
Sammamish, is a clinical scientist with Centocor and has two children, a three-year-old daughter, Riley, and an 18-month-old son, Owen.

Darren Hopper, ’03
Corona Del Mar, Calif., is closing out a freeway project in Orange, Calif., and may be heading to Ventura or Monterey Bay, working as a civil engineer.

Meredith Webster, ’03

San Francisco, has received the Princess Grace Award from the Princess Grace of Monaco Foundation in recognition of her talent as a professional ballet dancer.

Christina M. Kulp, ’04
Lawrence, Kan., is presently stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, with the 486th Civil Affairs Unit from Tulsa, Okla. Her tour of duty began in November 2006. Her unit is working with the Marines to help restore electricity, water and sewer services to the people in Ramadi.

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