June 2009 -



Bill Gates Sr., '49, '50, of Seattle, was awarded the Medal of Merit in February, the most prestigious award given by the state of Washington to citizens whose achievements have benefited others. He is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest charitable organization in the world, and has served as a volunteer and officer for more than 24 Northwest organizations.


Bruce L. Foxworthy, '50, of East Wenatchee, published a book, Making Do and Hanging On: Growing Up in Apple Country Through the Great Depression.

Raymond L. Marik, '57, received the Shoreline Police Volunteer of the Year award in 2008.


Attention, Class of 1960 Your 50-year reunion will be held at Homecoming 2010. For more information, or to help organize the event, please contact Taylor Westphal at or call 1-800-AUW-ALUM.

S. Edward Boselly, '62, '64, of Olympia, was chosen as an American Meteorological Society Fellow for his outstanding contribution to the sciences. In 1996, he established the Weather Solutions Group, advising public and private organizations on how to reduce the impact of weather on their corporations.

Bill Bynum, '68, of Seattle, moved to RBC Wealth Management after 25 years with Morgan Stanley.


Dennis Kunkel, '72, '80, of Kailua, Hawaii, won the American Institute of Physics 2008 science writing award for the children's book he co-authored, SNEEZE! The book follows nine children who discover the different reasons for sneezing.

Michael Spence, '74, of Tukwila, will have his third book of poems, Crush Depth, published this year by Truman State University Press. He has driven public-transit buses in the Seattle area for 25 years.


Thane Cleland, '87, of West Linn, Ore., was named top money manager of Cleland Woolworth Capital Group, LLC, for the performance of his small-cap portfolio.

Kayla Mohammadi, '87, '98, of Boston, received a $25,000 award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for Painters for the exceptional creativity and quality of her work.

Michele M. D'Amour, '88, of Redmond, set three records at the Washington State Powerlifting Championships. She is a 42-year-old mother who took up powerlifting to help get in shape after years of a sedentary lifestyle.


Eric Flom, '91, of Mill Creek, is the author of Silent Films Stars on the Stages of Seattle: A History of Performances by Hollywood Notables, published in May by McFarland & Co. The book discusses the performances of more than 30 silent film actors.

Matthew Klingle, '95, '01, of Brunswick, Maine, received the 2009 Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best book on American frontier history. His book, Emerald City, guides readers through Seattle's history, recognizing the ties between cities, culture and nature.

Chris Marx, '95, '08, of Seattle, was hired as executive director of the Edmonds Community College Foundation. Previously she worked as the executive director of Rosehedge and as alumni relations manager for the Evans School of Public Affairs.

Hutchison & Maul Architecture, based in Seattle, has been chosen by the Architectural League of New York as a 2009 Emerging Voice. The annual Emerging Voices lecture series recognizes and encourages architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. Robert Hutchison, '96, and Tom Maul, '96, both of Seattle, co-founded the firm in 2001. They traveled to New York in March to participate in the lecture series.

Rex B. Hughes, '96, '00, of Bainbridge Island, was one of the featured speakers discussing a major cyber security program at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He has worked for the past several months with prominent U.K. security experts to create the report.

Sean K. Griffee, '99, '02, of Seattle, was named partner at Helsell Fetterman LLP, a leading Seattle-based law firm.


Michael Bull, '00, of Snohomish, was hired by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington as its communications coordinator.

William Rodgers III, '00, of Seattle, was named athletic director at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.

Megan Dosher, '03, of Austin, Texas, received a $26,000 student fellowship from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for her dedication and leadership within the church.

Zach Savich, '04, of Amherst, Mass., received the 2008 Iowa Poetry Prize for his collection Full Catastrophe Living. The University of Iowa Press published the book in March of this year.

Ryan Parfait, '05, of Seattle, has joined Sparling as an electrical project designer for various electrical design studios.


Air Van and the Galvagno family are partnering with the UWAA for a new scholarship in the names of Remo Galvagno, '61, and Sheila Galvagno. The UWAA will award a UW student full tuition for one academic year starting this fall. Presented by the UW Alumni Association, the Remo S. and Sheila A. Galvagno Scholarship is designed to support local UW students who are working their way through college. Scholarship efforts are nothing new for the Galvagno family, whose moving company, Air Van Lines, has been the presenting sponsor of Coaches Tour for the past 11 years. To learn more about the Remo S. and Sheila A. Galvagno Scholarship, visit .

On Nov. 4., 2008, Johnson Toribiong, '72, '73, was elected president of Palau, an island nation in Micronesia about 500 miles east of the Philippines. Toribiong is a Palauan attorney and politician. He received his master of laws and juris doctor degrees from the UW School of Law.

Bruce Barcott, '88, received a 2009 fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. The awards recognize men and women "who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Barcott is the author of several books, most recently The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird, as well as the cover story for the March issue of Columns, "Why Do We Need Art?"

Cammie Croft, '05, was recently named deputy new media director at the White House. Croft previously worked in online communications for the Obama-Biden Transition Project and the Obama for America campaign. She has helped integrate new media and communications through managing Web sites and monitoring different rapid-response programs.

Taking care of his community is something Herb Tsuchiya, '55, has done his whole life. Honored as the UW School of Pharmacy's Distinguished Alumnus in Pharmacy Practice for 2008, he spent 50 years as a pharmacist, nearly 30 of them as owner, manager and student mentor at Genesee Street Pharmacy in Southeast Seattle. He also co-founded the Walk for Rice, the annual fundraiser for the Asian Counseling and Referral Service food bank, and the Kin On Health Care Center, the nation's first nursing home operated by the Chinese community to serve non-English speaking Asian people.

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