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Julie Hungar, '53, '60, is co-author of The Wisdom Trail: In the Footsteps of Remarkable Women, published by Penguin Press.

Charles Z. Smith, '55, of Olympia, former justice on the Washington State Supreme Court, was honored by the Washington State Historical Society for advancing public understanding of the cultural diversity of the peoples of Washington State.

Guy W. Farmer, '57, of Carson City, Nev., received an award from the Nevada Press Association for column writing. He has been a political columnist for the Carson City Appeal since 1996.

Gerry Alexander, '58, '64, will step down in 2010 from his post as chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. He will finish his term as an associate justice.

Ralph Shape, '59, was recently elected to serve a second term on the SeaTac City Council. He currently serves as mayor of SeaTac.


Patricia Doyle, '65, volunteers at Harborview Medical Center, where she created and manages an annual holiday gift project, which benefits 600 mental-health patients annually.

Julie Weston, '69, authored The Good Times Are Gone, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. It is a memoir set in Kellogg, Idaho, in the 1950s and '60s.


Bonnie Dunbar, '71, '75, Washington's first female astronaut, is being profiled by The Legacy Project, a state oral history project.

Dennis Yamashita, '76, of Seattle, is chair of the board of directors of the Japan America Society of the state of Washington.

Pam White, '72, '74, has been named dean of the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.

Rita Zawaideh, '75, of Seattle, was honored for the seventh year in a row by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as the top travel specialist for the countries of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia. She owns Seattle-based Caravan-Serai Tours.

Debbie Martin, '76, of Austin, Texas, is worldwide director of infection prevention for BD Diagnostics. She had been the co-founder and CEO of Infection Control & Prevention Analysts Inc., which was purchased by BD Diagnostics in July 2009. She holds a master's in nursing from the UW.

Laura Dassow Walls, '76, '78, the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina, recently published a book, Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America.

Erik D. Langer, '77, professor of history at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, published his book, Expecting Pears from an Elm Tree. It is an in-depth examination of the Franciscan missions of republican-era Latin America.


Cindy Ryu, '80, '83, mayor of Shoreline, has been re-elected to the Western At-Large position on the Association of Washington Cities. She is the first Korean-American mayor in the U.S.

Karen Clippinger, '84, a dance professor at California State University, Long Beach, received the school's Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award.

Jenny Durkan, '85, a Seattle defense lawyer, was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as U.S. Attorney for Western Washington.

Jon Hauss, '85, '90, a professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills, has been honored with the Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teaching Award.


Tanya Egan Gibson, '90, recently published her first novel, How to Buy a Love of Reading. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young children.

Greg Ulses, '90, a commander in the U.S. Navy, has been selected for promotion to captain. He recently commenced graduate studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., after completing tours at the Pentagon and with the United States Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan.

Sean K. Fay, '91, founded Envision Response Inc. in 2003.

Annie Young-Scrivner, '91, is the new global chief marketing officer for Starbucks. She had been chief marketing officer and vice president of sales for Quaker Foods & Snacks.

Robert C. Thomas, '93, was selected as the U.S. Professor of the Year in the baccalaureate campus category by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He is a professor of geology at University of Montana Western in Dillon, Mont.


John W. Amaya, '01, '05, is the associate director for immigration with the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C. He was a student regent when he was a UW student.