Alumnotes, March 1996

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Nels Widmann, '30, worked in the pulp and paper industry until retiring in 1974.

Leslie Miller, '33, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, still follows the Husky football team while enjoying 85 degree weather on the big island. He still knows the words to Bow Down to Washington.

Ruddick C. Fawrence, '34, Bronxville, N.Y., recalls becoming advertising manager of the forerunner to Columns, The Washington Alumnus, after serving as editor of The Daily his senior year.

Durwood Alkire, '35, Seattle, is treasurer of the UW Retirement Association.

Ade E. Jaskar, '37, Ellensburg, worked his way through UW as a neon sign glass blower. After graduating, he worked as an engineering geologist, and ended up supervising dams in six states and four foreign countries. He retired in 1974.


Lana Lu Hull, '46, Manchester, Mo., took early retirement in 1984 when her husband became ill. She had been a financial adviser for 17 years. Now she volunteers for SCORE, the Red Cross, travels and plays golf.

Hallam C. Shorrock Jr., '46, Claremont, Calif., is now retired after a career in Japan, Korea, Switzerland and at UC-Santa Barbara. He volunteers in a child development center in nearby Pomona and at Pomona College.

George Allen, '49, Seattle, was one of four business leaders inducted into the UW's Construction Hall of Fame. Allen works for McKinstry Co., a mechanical contracting firm. Also honored are William M. Conner, '73, Port Orchard, of Conner Development Co.; Bill (Nathan) Scott of Sellen Construction Co.; and James P. Crutcher of Lease Crutcher Lewis Contractors. They were selected for their significant impact on the construction industry in the fields of leadership, industry advancement, civic/community service and industry education.


Katheren Armatas , '52, Tacoma, reports that her husband Paul died on June 5. She was the featured speaker at the Tacoma Historical Society meeting in February, giving a talk on "Tacoma History of Greek Immigrants and Their Religion Orthodoxy."

James Robb Grover, '52, Ashland, Ore., retired from Brookhaven Natl. Lab in Upton, N.Y., where he was a senior chemist, and relocated to Ashland. He still does collaborative research with his old colleagues and is writing a book on the results.

B. Robert Butler, '53, Pocatello, Idaho, would have graduated from the UW in 1950 but was recalled by the Navy for the Korean War. He came back, changed majors, did graduate work in anthropology and joined the faculty at Idaho State Univ. that year. He retired as a professor of anthropology in 1988.

Grant Winther, '53, Bainbridge Island, and his wife, Barbara, have moved into a new home on Bainbridge Island.

Richard A. Battin, '55, '58, Federal Way, is now a tree farmer after spending 35 years in dentistry. He is the 1995 Lewis County Tree Farmer of the Year.

Hank Heimrich, '55, Olympia, retired in 1990 and spends his time traveling. He says his children are nearby and "are overpowering me with grandchildren."

Attention, Class of 1956
Your 40-year reunion celebration will take place during Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 8 and 9. Join your reunion planning committee by calling Colleen Young at (206) 543-0540 or outside the Seattle area at 1-800-AUW-ALUM or send e-mail to

Betty Stoddard, '56, Bend, Ore., returned to the UW after rearing four children. She is now the department manager of stationery and office products for the Wal-Mart store in Redmond, Ore. She also enjoys cross country skiing and hiking in the Mt. Bachelor area.

Berkley G. Biddle, '57, Bellevue, is vice president, business development and vendor relations, for the Durr Medical subsidiary of Bergen Brunswig. His old firm, Biddle & Crowther, a medical supply distributor, recently merged with Bergen Brunswig.

Margaret Chisholm, '57, '58, '66, Seattle, is vice president of the board of directors of the UW Retirement Association.

Ward R. Eason, '57, Dayton, Ore., retired from an aviation career of 30 years in 1988. He spent 11 years as president of Evergreen International Airlines. In retirement he has dabbled in real estate and grown grapes for the Tori Moy winery.

Judith Jacobsen, '57, Seattle, has been named 1995 winner of the Nellie Cashman Woman Entrepreneur Award, given annually by Women Business Operators. She is CEO of Madison Park Greetings.

Patricia Merrill Allgeier, '58, Westminster, Calif., practices orthopedic nursing at Long Beach Memorial Medical Ctr. She has three children: Michelle, 32; William, 27; and Brian, 26.

Eugene Pyles, '58, Buhl, Idaho, retired in July 1994 after 36 years in public education as a teacher, counselor, vice principal, principal and superintendent. Since retiring he has earned an Ed.D. in counseling and counseling education, and is now working part-time.


Richard A. Dixon, '61, Vashon, is part of a new Tacoma company called Phenix Group, which does pre-employment screening for clients in Oregon and Washington.

David William Foster, '61, '63, '64, Phoenix, had his book Violence in Argentine Literature: Cultural Responses to Tyranny, published by the Univ. of Missouri Press. He teaches Spanish at Arizona State Univ.

Heidi Rabel, '61, Freeland, wrote The What To Fix for Dinner Cookbook, published by Hara Publishing of Seattle. She is the sister of Mari Clack, a UW regent.

Norm Brocard, '62, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, is building a logging camp and log-shipping port on the east coast of the Russian Far East. The facility is producing and shipping logs to Japan. He will be starting another operation 350 miles inland this year.

Nancy DeTurk, '62, Hollister, Calif., is finishing her master's in education at National Univ. She has been teaching for 35 years in Washington, Oregon, California and the Philippines.

John Negrych , '63, '72, Adrian, Mich., is part-owner and president of Silbond Corp., a specialty chemical company in Weston, Mich. His son just started his own law practice in California, and his wife, Ceena, is a retired teacher and aspiring author.

Jim Nickerson, '63, Olympia, writes to say his dogs Nikki and Natalie "know it's the season! They are watching for any pesky Cougars who might try to invade." .

Michael W. Ostrom, '63, Seattle, moved his dental practice to the Roosevelt Dental Center in Seattle.

Marcia Williams-Keeling, '63, Eureka, Calif., will start a five-year journey around the world with her husband on their 45-foot sloop.

Mike J. Bathum , '64, Enumclaw, is a marketing coordinator for the theology department at Seattle Univ. He taught art in New Zealand in 1978-79 and was a cartoonist for The Daily from 1961 to 1964. His daughter, Sara, is a UW junior and his son, Aaron, is a senior at Western Washington Univ.

Linda Good, '64, Langley, is director of the Island Strings and president of the Island Arts Council.

Michael Tillman, '65, '68, '72, La Jolla, Calif., was awarded a Bronze Medal from the Natl. Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. for outstanding work in negotiation an end to the use of marine mammals as crab bait in Chile. He is director of the SW Fisheries Science Ctr.

Author's Query
Ph.D. student Tim Barnett is writing his dissertation and seeks UW students who attended the University between approximately 1967-1973. He is especially interested in memories they have of English classes, campus unrest and the Educational Opportunity Program. If you would be willing to share what you remember, please contact: Tim Barnett, 1801 N. 4th St., Apt. 3, Columbus, OH 43201. Phone (614) 291-1733 (collect) or send e-mail to tbarnett@magnus.acs.ohio-state.du on the Internet.

James Baird, '67, Denton, Texas, has been promoted to associate professor of English at the Univ. of North Texas.

Jim Fowler, '67, Bothell, is a sales manager with Calgon in the paper chemicals group. He is married with three children.

James H. Roberts, '67, Bellevue, retired in January after 35 years with Boeing's Space Systems Div. as a thermal control analyst and engineering manager.

Larry L. Dykes, '68, Bellevue, runs Personnel Consultants, Inc., specializing in the recruitment of property and casualty professionals.

Mike Mariano, '69, Bellevue, is senior vice president for CH2M Hill, where he is technology director for transportation business.

Bruce Pettyjohn, '69, San Jose, Calif., is founder and president of CDworld, a discount music store on the Internet.


Attention, Class of 1971
Your 25-year reunion celebration will take place during Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 8 and 9. Join your reunion planning committee by calling Colleen Young at (206) 543-0540 or outside the Seattle area at 1-800-AUW-ALUM or send e-mail to

Joan Namkoong Clarke, '70, Honolulu, is food editor of the Honolulu Advertiser. Last year, she published the book Family Traditions in Hawaii.

Jeannette Franks, '70, '76, '80, Seattle, is the director of the UW Retirement Association.

Dan J. Cadagan III, '71, Spokane, is with the law firm of Lukins & Annis, practicing agricultural, estate planning, real estate and family corporation law.

Tony Canorro, '71, Olympia, is an industrial appeals judge for Washington state. His son, Tony, is a freshman at the UW.

Moira Ferguson, '72, '73, Lincoln, Neb., holds the Ryan Chair in English and Women's Literature at the Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her two recent books are Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class and Gender, which was nominated for the Louis Gottschalk Prize, and Where the Land Meets the Body.

William Fox, '72, Vienna, Va., was awarded a Bronze Medal by the Natl. Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. for helping end Chile's practice of using marine mammals as crab bait. He is director of the Office of Protected Resources in NOAA.

Lish Whitson, '72, Seattle, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Assoc. He is a lawyer with the Seattle firm Helsell, Fetterman, Martin, Todd & Hokanson.

Irene Vela Drewry, '73, '75, Bellevue, retired from Bellevue Community College in June after teaching English as a Second Language for 12 years. She received the college's Margin of Excellence Award in 1991.

David Hall, '73, Anacortes, is proprietor of David Hall & Co., a certified public accountant firm.

F.A. Loomis, '73, Seattle, owns Storm Peak Press, which has just published the book Catch a Falling Star, Living with Alzheimer's, by Betty Baker Spohr and Jean Valens Bullard. The company has published five titles in two years.

Kenneth Chisholm, '74, Kent, is a market account executive for Weyerhaeuser's Engineered Fiber Div. in Snoqualmie.

Lawrence E. Stephenson, '74, El Cajon, Calif., is owner of Realty Income Corp., a real estate company that went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994. He has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 21 years.

David G. Wilson Jr., '74, Camas, received an M.B.A. from the Univ. of Utah. He spent five years with J.P. Morgan and the last 13 with A.G. Edwards. In 1995, he was the top broker for the entire company.

Christine Notske, '75, Seattle, and her partner, Tom Schellhase, own a used bookstore, An Odd Volume. She previously worked in theater, at the zoo and as a computer programmer.

Sharon Edwards, '76, Fresno, Calif., is working as an OB/GYN nurse practitioner with Planned Parenthood. She has been married for 18 years and has two children, Joel, 15; and Dino, 13.

Mike Ovesen, '76, Seattle, is a trainer and sales representative for Sealed Air Corp.

Navy Cmdr. Richard Weyrick, '76, San Diego, is on a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans.

Gray Carpenter, '77, Golden Valley, Minn., received a master's in software engineering from the Univ. of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., in 1994. He is a software project manager with NorWest Technical Services.

Eileen O'Neill Odum, '77, Woodinville, is regional president, GTE NW in Everett, and co-chair of the 1995 Snohomish County United Way Campaign.

Alex Brikoff, '78, Bothell, joined Best/Newtec Consulting as a software engineer, and is on assignment for Microsoft.

Kevin Feeney, '78, West Hills, Calif., was married to Sandra Enslow on June 24, 1995. He is a senior industrial engineer at the RocketDyne Div. of Rockwell International. His wife is a graphic designer for the LA County Sheriff's Dept.

Cmdr. Kirk D. Kallander, '78, '82, Silver Spring, Md., serves at the National Naval Dental Ctr. in Bethesda, Md.

Patti Case, '79, Shelton, south Puget Sound public affairs administrator with Simpson Timber, will participate in a two-year agriculture and forestry leadership program conducted by the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation.

Greg Fellman, '79, Silverdale, has been promoted to district operations and personnel manager for JC Penney in Salt Lake City. He had been personnel and sales support manager at the Silverdale store.

William A. McKee, '79, Seattle, received his master of divinity from the Catholic Univ. of America in Washington, D.C. and a master of arts in Christian spirituality from Creighton Univ. in Omaha. He is now a pastor at St. John's Catholic Church in Seattle.

Pamela Ribovick, '79, Rochester Hills, Mich., retired from the Air Force as a meteorologist. She has entered into a new career as a management consultant for Comerica, a local Michigan bank.

Jeff Shelley, '79, Seattle, is traveling and researching the third edition of his book, Golf Courses of the Pacific Northwest, which should be in bookstores in the fall. He was media director of the 1995 Ernst Championship.

Navy Cmdr. Brian J. Williams, '79, Omaha, Neb., graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and was awarded a master's degree in national security and strategic studies.


David Behar, '80, Seattle, has been appointed senior regional manager of the Snohomish County Public Utility Dist.'s South County and Halls Lake facilities.

Vhanthip Bhokayasupatt, '80, Brier, has owned Thai Siam restaurant in Crown Hill for the past 8 years.

Lisa Dahlquist Stephens, '80, and her husband, Doug, announce the birth of daughter Hannah on Nov. 1, 1995. Lisa is a Navy Nurse Corps officer pursuing a master's in nursing at the Univ. of San Diego.

Strad Will, '80, Rogers, Ark., is a division manager and senior project engineer for RSA Environmental Consultants.

Terry Barr, '81, Groveport, Ohio, is a programmer analyst at McGraw Hill School Publishing. He hopes to relocate to Washington.

Jeff Bialik, '81, San Rafael, Calif., is executive vice president of Dominican College in San Rafael. He was elected to the board of directors of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Marin County American Red Cross.

Scott Cave, '81, Olympia, was promoted to vice president of public affairs for Northwest Strategies, a Seattle-based communications, public relations and marketing firm.

Dawn Chang, '81, Redmond, is a technology para-professional with the Lake Washington School Dist. after being at home with her sons for 12 years.

Jim Gillson, '82, Missoula, Mont., is a Latin teacher at Loyola Sacred Heart High School.

David W. Lynn, '82, San Diego, was promoted to assistant vice president of the network information systems and engineering division of Integrated Systems Anaylsis.

Gail G. Mattson, '82, Farragut, Tenn., has been elected vice president of member services on the board of directors of the Society of Women Engineers. She is operations manager for environmental restoration and waste management at Foster Wheeler Environmental.

Russell B. Murphy, '82, '90, Issaquah, is a principal with Exvere Inc. of Seattle.

Kent A. Rhodes, '82, Port Orchard, is a pilot with United Airlines, flying domestic routes. He formerly flew domestic and international routes for TWA.

Brian Johnson, '83, and his wife Lori Pollard-Johnson, '84, Puyallup, celebrated 10 years of marriage. They have two children, Kacea, 7, and Grady, 4. Brian is a lead structures engineer at Boeing and Lori is a free-lance writer.

Steve Tanaka, '83, Issaquah, is the Japan sales manager for a forestry products company.

John Cyrus Smith, '85, Playa del Rey, Calif., is a news producer for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles

Attention, Class of 1986
Your 10-year reunion celebration will take place during Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 8 and 9. Join your reunion planning committee by calling Colleen Young at (206) 543-0540 or outside the Seattle area at 1-800-AUW-ALUM or send e-mail to

Paige G. Andrew, '86, University Park, Pa., has a new job as maps/non-book materials cataloger at Penn State's Pattee Library. He had been the maps cataloger at the Univ. of Georgia Libraries for eight years.

Scott A. Cordell, '86, Renton, is a senior financial analyst at Exvere Inc., a Seattle-based merger and acquisition advisory firm.

Samantha Blake, '87, Pasadena, Calif., is an associate in the law offices of Felix Wu in Pasadena. She has been an attorney since December 1993.

Karen A. Andersen, '87, Seattle, is a corporate and securities lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine's Seattle office.

Asondra R. Hunter , '87, Jersey City, N.J., is the hip hop music columnist for The Aquarian Weekly and writes an entertainment column for The Jersey Journal. .

Gaelle Snell, '87, Portland, Ore., is the executive director of the NW China Council, which increases public awareness and understanding of Chinese culture and contemporary affairs.

Jill M. Coates, '88, Seattle, received her M.B.A. in finance from Seattle Univ.

Lawrence Roybal Jr., '88, Redmond, is the director of East King County Multi Services Center in Sno-Valley. He and his wife, Heidi, have two daughters, Kara and Kayla.

Mark Friend, '89, Yakima, has been teaching at Wapato Middle School since fall 1989. He received his master's from Heritage College in Toppenish in 1993.

Victoria Haven, '89, Seattle, was awarded a $12,000 grant from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation. She will have a solo show of her paintings in March at the Grover/Thurston Gallery in Seattle.

Tym Lenderking , '89, Washington, D.C., covers human rights and refugees for the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh.

Theresa Platz, '89, Seattle, and her husband, Chris, '90, announce the birth of daughter Kimberly Ann on May 30, 1995. Theresa will graduate from the UW medical school in June.

Michele Ames Potter, '89, Stafford, Va., moved to Virginia Beach, Va., and was expecting her first child around Christmas. She also expects to move to Iwakuni, Japan, in September.

Bruce Tecklenburg, '89, Federal Way, has been promoted to manager of schedule planning for Horizon Air.


Daniel E. Frank, '90, Arlington, Va., is founder and chairman of The Russell Kirk Society, a conservative parliamentary debate society in northern Virginia.

Navy Lt. Greg A. Ulses, '90, Monterey, Calif., received the Navy Commendation Medal while serving with the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey.

Stella Edens, '91, Seattle, recently opened the Edens Law Firm in Seattle, specializing in business law, international trade and estate planning. Her husband Roger Edens, '91, is operations manager of the Columbia Street Cafe at Seattle Univ.

Eric M. Hansen, '91, San Ramon, Calif., is team manager at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Richard J. Braxton, '92, Eugene, Ore., is pursuing a master's in human resources and industrial relations at Lundquist College of Business at the Univ. of Oregon.

Rachel Holte Butcher, '92, Renton, graduated from the master in teaching program at Seattle Univ. in July. She and her husband, Travis, welcomed their first child, Cole James, in August.

Steve Standrowicz, '92, Iwakuni, Japan, has been serving as a logistics officer at the Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station since 1993. He is as an adjunct faculty member at the Univ. of Maryland.

Chris Visser, '92, Houston, spent several years as a chemical engineer before returning to school and will graduate next summer with an M.B.A. from the Univ. of Houston.

Nicole Basmaciyan , '93, Newport Beach, Calif., is planning a June 1996 wedding to Paul Fedorcheck. She is working in hotel management and wants to purse a career in mediation.

Lizabeth Aranas Hiranaka , '93, San Luis Obispo, Calif., is married to Douglas K. Kiranaka, '86. She is an intensive care unit staff nurse at Valley Community Hospital in Santa Maria. Her husband attends graduate school at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo in aeronautical engineering.

Jonathan D. Park, '93, Lake Oswego, Ore., is preparing for F-16 training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. He graduated from the Air Force's Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program in Texas.

Leslie Kaye Rhodes, '93, Seattle, is a board member of External Communications Intl. Television Assoc.

Dena Hurwit Prather, '93, and Rocky Tharp, '94, announce the birth of their son, Reese R. Tharp, on Nov. 28, 1995.

Jennifer Francis, '94, Locust, N.J., announces that she had a new baby girl, Jolly Briggs Francis, on July 29, 1995.

Jennifer Holland, '94, San Francisco, completed a year-long journey of the U.S. and Canada, visiting every state and province. Her travels are the subject of a book she is writing.

Jessica Laurance Rice , '94, Mountlake Terrace, married Troy Christian Rice, '93, on Sept. 10, 1994.

Paul H. Sinclair, '94, Oxford, England, is in the second year of study toward a doctorate at Oxford Univ.

Jodi Stengem, '94, Seattle, has been chosen as one of eight Presidential Scholars at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Shawn Stern, '94, Seaview, teaches science at Ilwaco Junior/Senior High.

John-Patrick Villanueva, '94, Ann Arbor, Mich., is in graduate school at the Univ. of Michigan's program in Romance linguistics, studying language acquisition and syntax. He is a Rackham Merit Fellow, which includes full tuition and a stipend through his master's and doctorate studies.

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