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Alex N. Dragnich, ’38
Bowie, Md., published his 10th book, Serbia Through the Ages, in 2004. He has written widely on Serbian and Yugoslav history, and has held appointments as professor of political science at Vanderbilt Univ. and at the American Embassy in Belgrade.


Carlton Appelo, ’48
Grays River, has leased his collection of historic photos, articles, newspapers, memorabilia and books to the Wahkiakum Community Foundation for public viewing and use.

Tod Johnson, ’48, ’50
Jacksonville, Fla., published his new book Blueberry Fields Forever, about his life growing up in Depression-era Seattle.


Merlyn Nellist, ’52
Bellevue, has spent the past 15 years studying genealogy and writing his family history, following a 30-year career with the Boeing Corp. His wife, Donna, ’52, retired from the Renton School Dist. after 20 years as a nurse. They are proud grandparents and active in their community.

Salih J. Wakil, ’52
Houston, won the $50,000 Bristol-Meyers Squibb “Freedom to Discover” Award for Distinguished Achievement in Metabolic Research for his studies of how fat is metabolized in the human body. He is L.T. Bolin Professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Charles C. Wynn, ’52
San Rafael, Calif., serves on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco and Marin counties.

Harry A. Dingwall, ’53

Mercer Island, has a granddaughter who just enrolled in the UW, continuing the Dingwall family’s four-generation legacy at the University.

Duane Marble, ’53, ’59

Florence, Ore., retired from the faculty of Ohio State Univ., and is currently living on and enjoying the Oregon coast. He remains professionally active, and presented several lectures at the Univ. of Tokyo in September.

Richard T. Saunders, ’54
Minneapolis, Minn., is returning with wife Marie L. Jackson, ’55, to Seattle to retire after a career as a newspaper reporter and financial and corporate public relations consultant.

Theodore B. Thompson, ’54
Montesano, retired in Aug. 2005, as a road engineer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Olympic Peninsula Agency. His wife, Dorothy, ’50, is also retired.

Richard Battin, ’55, ’58
Winlock, writes, “If you want to know how a polluting glass foundry with $1.3 billion in annual sales can move into zoned agricultural land neighboring your tree farm against the wishes of the other neighbors, contact me.”

Marjorie Palmer Passler, ’56
Issaquah, recently won second place in the state in the Daughters of the American Revolution American Heritage Literature contest. Her subject was the 2004 reunion of the 381st Bomb Group Memorial Assoc. in Seattle, honoring World War II veterans. Marjorie’s brother, 2nd Lt. Philip E. Palmer, a UW student who died in the war, is listed on the war memorial plaque at the flagpole plaza on the UW campus.

Bob Vieira, ’56
Honolulu, recently opened his own real estate company in Honolulu after a successful 32-year corporate career at Hawaiian Electric. Bob Vieira Realty specializes in luxury and residential real estate on Oahu.

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Leslie Caldwell, ’59
Seattle, retired from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 2004 after 30 years as manager and head of the electron microscope laboratory, which she set up in 1974. She also worked at the Seattle Veterans Hospital from 1969–74. Caldwell got her training at the UW pathology dept.


Neil S. Black, ’62
North Hollywood, Calif., teaches sciences, social sciences and language arts at an all-girls probation boot-camp high school for the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s juvenile courts.

Glenn K. Landguth, ’63
Kirkland, is currently writing a family history and welcomes any anecdotes about him or his family.

Sylvia Baltin, ’64
Key Biscayne, Fla., is retired, and enjoys singing with a large choral group associated with the Univ. of Miami and volunteering at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Earl F. Tilly, ’64

Wenatchee, is the current chair of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Jeff L. Selby, ’66

Des Moines, retired from 35 years in software development and testing for Lockheed and Boeing. He now teaches math at Highline Community College and enjoys running, cycling and skiing.

Joseph E. Fielding, ’67
Mercer Island, is an environmental engineer for the city of Kent. Recently, he has worked on projects to aid fish passage, minimize flooding and restore wildlife habitat in an urban environment.

Laura McIntyre Meyer, ’68, ’69

Seattle, retired after 35 years as a children’s librarian with the Seattle Public Library. She and her husband Donald, ’68, ’71, are moving to his hometown, Vancouver, Wash.

Daryl Ries, ’68
Great Falls, Mont., writes, “Montana’s Proud Huskies met at the ‘Gates of the Mountains’ for a boat tour near Helena on the Mighty Mo, Aug. 13, 2005.” Anyone interested in organizing other alumni events in the Montana area should contact her at 406-727-8054.

Robert Berkovitz, ’69
Mesa, Ariz., retired from the National Weather Service after more than 35 years of service.

Elsie Hulsizer, ’69
Seattle, published her book Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on Vancouver Island’s West Coast in October.


Joan M.E. Peterson, ’72
Seattle, is a brand-new certified nursing assistant and is now preparing for registered nurse training. Her husband, Kim, ’82, works for, and their son Alex (a UW junior) and daughter Carolyn (who plans to apply) are carrying on the purple-and-gold tradition.

Dalia L. Hagan, ’74
Walla Walla, took the position of librarian at Whitman College’s Penrose Library in June, after serving for 17 years as library director at Saint Martin’s College in Lacey.

Michael Hutchins, ’75, ’84
Silver Spring, Md., was recently named executive director/CEO of The Wildlife Society, one of the largest organizations representing wildlife professionals worldwide.

Stephen G. Schweyen, ’76

Seattle, has been married for the past 32 years, with seven children and five grandchildren. He has served as a scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America and worked with the Knights of Columbus.

Donna Snow, ’76

Cherry Hill, N.J., received the 2005 Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Senior Faculty Member in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple Univ. She is an associate professor in the theater department and head of the undergraduate and graduate acting programs.

Diane Narasaki, ’77

Seattle, was presented with a 2005 Leadership for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation for her work as executive director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service and head of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of King County. Selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominations, she will receive $100,000 to advance her work and an additional $15,000 for supporting activities over the next two years.

Robert J. Rogers, ’77

Beverly Hills, Calif., has been elected president of the Chicago Medical School National Alumni Assoc. He has been on the board of governors of the organization and is a past president of the Southern California chapter of the alumni group.

Mary Colleen Sembar, ’77
Federal Way, is currently working for the Franciscan Health System in south Puget Sound. She plans in-services, orientation and residency programs for more than 1,000 nursing personnel. She has maintained certification in the field of critical care nursing for two years, and recently completed a master’s of science degree in health care management from Troy Univ. in Alabama.

David R. Hackett, ’79
Bothell, is associate director for visionSynergy, an international Christian mission network helping ministries collaborate. He heads an effort to create the first-ever international Internet evangelism network, and writes a blog often reprinted in mission circles. His blog site is


Toni Bukowski, ’80, ’89
Seattle, learned this fall that she had passed her National Board Certification for teaching biology to adolescents.

William J. Foley, ’80

Haddonfield, N.J., just celebrated the first anniversary of the adoption of his second daughter, Faith Quing Ai, from China. His oldest daughter, Grace Sihui, is now four and a half years old. He writes, “Everybody is healthy and doing well.”

Marilyn A. Ward, ’80
Seattle, is secretary to the Washington State Senior Games board of directors and the Greater Seattle Senior Games board of directors. Both groups oversee regional and state Senior Games competitions.

Leediafastje Bailey, ’81

Tacoma, has been appointed city of Ocean Shores planning commissioner by Mayor Terry Veitz and will serve until 2010.

Michael Eshelman, ’81
Seattle, has been co-owner of FSi Consulting Engineers for nearly 10 years, along with fellow Husky Rob Danforth, ’77. FSi is working on a wide range of projects, from the extensive mixed-income Greenbridge housing redevelopment to the airflow design for the new 787 paint hangar.

Christine Hall-Bachman, ’81

Lacey, is the vice president of marketing for Jenamar Communities, a company that designs and builds planned communities throughout the western United States. She is an Advanced Toastmaster through Toastmasters International, and enjoys singing with the Northwest Repertory Singers in Tacoma.

Sandra Degen, ’82
Cincinnati, has been appointed vice president for research at the Univ. of Cincinnati. She is a professor of pediatrics and associate chair for academic affairs in the UC College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics.

Peter Benda, ’83
Glen Allen, Va., founded Port Real to provide financial analysis services to investors who want to assess and manage the risk of owning real estate as part of their portfolio.

Brad Cummings, ’83
Seattle, took a new position with Washington Mutual Bank in Seattle as their capital markets PMO manager. He is also in his 25th year doing game-day statistics for the Seattle Seahawks.

Lisa Schneider, ’86

Woodinville, started her own physical therapy clinic, Flex Physical Therapy, with two other partners in 2003. It serves a wide array of orthopedic and women’s-health needs.

Peter Donahue, ’87
Birmingham, Ala., has just published his first novel, Madison House, a historical novel set in Seattle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is co-editor of Reading Seattle: The City in Prose, an anthology published in 2004 by the University of Washington Press.

Steve Ellersick, ’87
Shoreline, is currently working on the flight deck displays, optics and lighting systems of the new Boeing 787 airplane. He has been at Boeing for over 22 years. He and wife Sylvia have three daughters: Erica, a senior at Shorewood High School; Anna, a sophomore; and Erin, a 7th grader at Einstein Middle School.

Birke R. Duncan, ’89, ’97

Poulsbo, produced “A Long Vacation: A Radio Play,” which aired on stations in Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico and Minnesota. His collaborator, Garrett Vance, ‘97, originally wrote the story for a UW creative writing class in ’96. Next year it will be in contention for a Charles Ogle Award.

Bob Ferguson, ’89
Seattle, was recently re-elected to the King County Council. Ferguson’s new District, No.1, includes North Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville. He served as president of the ASUW in 1988–89.


Diana George, ’90
Seattle, was awarded a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for her fiction writing.

Debra Kerner, ’90

Renton, is president of SoundStaff/SoundData Partners, an all-woman owned and operated IT, consulting and management company.

Rich Baek, ’91
Portland, Ore., is founder of VTM, a global marketing, communications and consulting firm, where he serves as president and chief consultant. VTM was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine in 2004.

Jennifer Hadley Dioguardi, ’91

Phoenix, and her husband, Mark, were honored as one of “Arizona’s Up-and-Coming Couples” for their active roles in the state’s business, political and philanthropic communities at a benefit for cystic fibrosis in December.

Dean Fulton, ’91
Olympia, was appointed annual gift coordinator for Providence Saint Peter Hospital in Olympia.

Kerri Adair, ’93
Seattle, is employed at Lakeside School as the fundraising data entry specialist. She lives with her husband and 15-year-old son.

Mark K. Oliver, ’93
Lake Forest Park, founded Oliver Capital Management, a comprehensive wealth management and investment consulting firm, in Seattle in 2003.

Dawn Austin Rentrop, ’94

Foothill Ranch, Calif., was married in July 2005, and coached the girls’ volleyball team of University High School (Irvine, Calif.) to its first ever California Interscholastic Federation II-A championship in November.

Keli Anne Wartelle Thoesen, ’94

Freeville, N.Y., and husband Mike welcomed new daughter Eden Scot in April.

Kim Davenport, ’97
Tacoma, just released her first solo piano recording, “John Verrall: Compositions for Piano.” Verrall was a UW School of Music faculty member from 1948–1973. The album is available online at and Kim comes from a family of UW music school alumni.

Kori Sosnowy Voorhees, ’98
West Seattle, and her father, John K. Sosnowy, published their new book God Loves Lucy and So Do I!, an answer book for skeptical Christians. She serves on the executive committee of the Big “W” Club.

Tom Cline, ’99
Lacey, has accepted a position on the Univ. of Puget Sound’s football staff.

Trisha Rosenberg Steidl, ’99

Shoreline, married Uli Steidl, ’02, ’04, on the summit of Mt. Rainier “(yes, the summit)” in July.


Blaine Brock, ’00
Bremerton, completed 22 years of naval service in October. He writes, “My naval experience as well as my UW education made my transition to civilian life easy!”

Shana Nanney, ’00
New Boston, Mich., graduated with a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Kansas State Veterinary Medical College in May. She married Ron Nanney in July and is currently practicing in Michigan.

Celeste Etherington, ’01
Normandy Park, is manager of emergency services and trauma services coordinator at Highline Medical Ctr.. She is currently enrolled in graduate studies at the Univ. of Phoenix, and expects to graduate in the spring of 2007.

Michael Kammerer, ’02
Ft. Knox, Ky., recently graduated from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He is currently completing the Mounted Officer Basic Course and Scout Leaders Course. After graduating, he will serve as a scout platoon leader for the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Tim J. Rice, ’02
Huntington, W.V., married Hillary Thomas, ’02, in August 2004. He is now coaching baseball at Marshall Univ.

Jill Yamamoto, ’03

Seattle, and her team at Richmond PR ran an award-winning public relations campaign for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular’s Seattle performances. Her success was written up in Bulldog Reporter, a publication for PR professionals.

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