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Jo McDonald, ’36
Redmond, celebrated her 90th birthday last August with an extended-family picnic at her son’s home on Yarrow Point. Highlights of the day included “perfect weather” and “six great-grandchildren present.”


Rachel Bard, ’44, ’71
Vashon, has brought out the fourth edition of her Newswriting Guide: A Handbook for Student Reporters. Her latest historical novel, Isabella: Queen Without a Conscience—based on the life of Isabella of Angoulême, wife of King John of England—is due out this year.

Norman C. Kunkel, ’46
Seattle, and Georgie Bright Kunkel, ’68, published their memoir-novel WWII Liberator’s Life: AFS Ambulance Driver Chooses Peace. The book recounts Norman’s early life, his courting of Georgie by mail through two years of ambulance-driving service and his experience liberating the women at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after Hitler’s death.

Paul M. King, ’47
Tigard, Ore., and Catherine Anderson King, ’48, retired to Tigard after careers in the news industry. Paul worked as a reporter and in public relations, and Catherine was information coordinator for KBPS AM/FM.


Rollin L. Hurd, ’52
Kirkland, writes, “How great to connect with classmate Ken McVey, ’52, in Spokane. Also, pleased to have published my second nonfiction book, A Minefield Connection.” His e-mail address is .

Joanne Bouse Woodland, ’54
Bozeman, Mont., is still working a few hours a week in a reproductive-health clinic. “Great to be a nurse!” she writes.

William Bolcom, ’58
Ann Arbor, Mich., a distinguished pianist and composer who was named the UW’s Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus in 2003, picked up three Grammys at the 2006 awards—for best classical album, best classical contemporary composition and best choral performance. He was honored for his album Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

Jack A. Ellingson, ’58, ’59
Lakewood, married Helen A. Timmermann on June 17, 2005. He retired in 2000 after 35 years of teaching college-level geology.

Umberto Benedetti, ’59
Missoula, Mont., is the author of eight books, most recently The Boy of Fort Missoula, 1941–1943.


Patricia O’Neil Arvanitidis, ’60
Barrington, R.I., writes that she remembers her years at the UW fondly. “I loved the challenge of such a large and beautiful campus and the security of living in a sorority.” Her husband, Alexander Arvanitidis, who did his medical internship at Seattle’s Providence Hospital, passed away last September.

Syrene Staaf Forsman, ’62, ’66
Seattle, retired from teaching Swedish, art and English at Roosevelt High School in 1992. She has been president of the Swedish Finn Historical Society for 10 years.

Terry French, ’65
Chicago, Ill., retired April 1 after 35 years as a professional equity investor.

Larry L. Dykes, ’68
Bellevue, wrote and published a book on career development, Careers by Choice or Chance.

Greg Heberlein, ’69

Seattle, became chair of the Columns Advisory Committee this month. The former Daily editor is a retired Seattle Times reporter and is a weekly financial commentator for KPLU-FM.


Ed Kingshott, ’70
Blaine, returned to the Northwest after living in Texas since 1974. Now retired, he worked for 27 years at the San Antonio Express-News, holding jobs ranging from reporter to city editor.

Jerris R. Hedges, ’71, ’73, ’76
Lake Oswego, Ore., is completing his first year as vice dean of the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine in Portland, Ore. He writes, “This is a far cry from my engineering training, but my studies as an undergrad at the UW have been valuable.”

Tim Hogan, ’73, ’76
Seattle, joined the environment and natural resources practice group of the law firm Riddell Williams in December.

Jerilyn S. McIntyre, ’73

Ellensburg, president of Central Washington Univ., was named Person of the Year for 2005 by the Ellensburg Daily Record.

Kathy Petersen, ’73
Bellevue, and Eric Palo, ’74, ’82, are joint authors of a chapter on human resources management in community college libraries that appears in It’s All About Student Learning: Managing Community and Other College Libraries in the 21st Century. Kathy is a human resources analyst with King County, and Eric is the library director at Renton Technical College.

Judy Lash Balint, ’74, ’78
Jerusalem, published her book Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times, a series of essays about life in modern Israel.

James G. Falkner, ’75

Spokane, is president of the Dominican Outreach Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Duane Covey, ’76

Seattle, was named a principal with Jones Financial Companies LLLP, the holding company of the financial-services firm Edward Jones.

Carolyn Hale, ’76
Seattle, is leading the nonprofit Circle of Friends for Mental Health, which enriches the lives of the mentally ill through art, drama, music and creative writing. Its Web address is

Jannie Gustafson Des Rosiers-Berman, ’77
West Hartford, Conn., earned a master of library science degree from Southern Connecticut State Univ. She is a library media specialist in the Portland, Conn., school system and lives in West Hartford with her family.

Edmund K. Joyce, ’77
San Diego, is now working at KPBS radio-TV as a senior editor. He previously worked as a wire/features editor at Copley News Service.


James Kelly, ’80
Seattle, received the 2006 Annual Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UW School of Social Work. He is president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

Jamie Walker, ’81
Seattle, received a grant of $25,000 from the Flintridge Foundation for his work in ceramic sculpture. He is a professor of art at the UW.

Craig English, ’82

Seattle, is co-author, with James Rapson, of the self-help book Anxious to Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice, which was published in April, see

Vicky McClellan, ’82
Walla Walla, and Casey McClellan, ’83, own the Seven Hills Winery and donated wine for the intermission receptions of the 2005–2006 UW World Series held in Meany Hall.

Lauren Grossman, ’83
Seattle, received a grant of $25,000 from the Flintridge Foundation for her work in sculpture and installation art.

Bryan Estep, ’85

Scottsdale, Ariz., received a starred review in Publishers Weekly for his book Liquid Mexico, a travelogue recounting how drinks such as tequila and mescal came to play an important role in Mexican culture.

Peter Donahue, ’87

Birmingham, Ala., won the 2005 Langum Prize for Historical Fiction for his debut novel, Madison House (Hawthorne Books, 2005). He is associate professor of English at Birmingham-Southern College.

Thomas P. Shearer, ’87
Peoria, Ariz., will serve as superintendent of the American International School of Lagos, Nigeria, until 2009. For the past eight years, Shearer was principle at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma. His wife, Lori, will accompany him to Nigeria, while sons Brett and Matt complete their undergraduate degrees at Linfield College and the Univ. of San Diego, respectively.


Susan D. Betcher, ’90
Seattle, joined Perkins Coie’s intellectual property practice in January. She was named among the 2006 Rising Stars by Washington Law & Politics magazine.

Grant T. Murakami, ’90
Honolulu, was promoted from senior associate to principal of PBR Hawaii, a design and planning firm.

Connie Olson, ’92
Seattle, and Thomas Olson, ’93, announce the arrival of Chloe Pearl, born Dec. 29. She joins big brother Jacob and big sister Ava.

Jean Gallery, ’93

Pleasant Prairie, Wis., is currently working as an associate director in analytical research and development with Abbott Laboratories Global Pharmaceutical R&D group in north Chicago. She lives in Pleasant Prairie with sons Austin and Derek Holik.

Alice L. Anderson, ’94

Bremerton, is program manager at Visual Apex. Since she joined the company three years ago, it has appeared on Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of the top-100 fastest-growing private companies and is in the running for Inc. magazine’s 2006 “500” list.

Mark Padrnos, ’94

North Chili, N.Y., and wife Tutsanee welcomed their first child, Matthew, on Dec. 19.

Kristin N. Hart Cooley, ’95

Seattle, is a financial analyst in the administrative office of Moss Adams LLP.

Tisha Pagalilauan, ’95, ’98

Seattle, was named a partner at the law firm Preston Gates Ellis. Her legal practice focuses on environmental litigation and regulatory issues.

C.B. Mosher, ’98
Yosemite, Calif., is health officer of Mariposa County, a practicing physician and a medical historian. He evolved his UW thesis into a historical novel called A Greater Pox, about a girl who becomes an epidemiologist and healer during the Black Plague.

Allison Marquardt George, ’99

Ferndale, is working at Interfaith Community Health Center in Bellingham as a behavioral-health consultant. She has a daughter, McKenna Camille, born August 5, 2004.


Ron Chew, ’02
Seattle, was named Distinguished Alumnus, 2006, by the UW Department of Communication. He is executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum and former editor of the International Examiner.

Elizabeth Dole, ’02
Seattle, writes, “I am still actively working on my art in the area. My studio is located in Pioneer Square and I am a part of the Downtown Seattle Artwalk every first Thursday!”

James Arthur, ’03
Seattle, an English instructor at Northwest Missouri State Univ., received the $47,000 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. He will spend a full year living and writing outside North America. The scholarship has gone to a single poet every year since 1953. Past recipients include Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich and Galway Kinnell.

Tabitha G. Mallory, ’03
Miami, received the Jane T. Russell Award for Leadership and Service in December, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the performance of her duties at the National Bureau of Asian Research. She is currently studying at the Johns Hopkins Univ.-Nanjing Univ. Center for Chinese and American Studies in China.

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