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1930

Jennie Adatto Tarabulus, ’37
Seattle, moved back to the city from Jerusalem, Israel after her husband died. In Jerusalem, she worked at Hebrew Univ. Medical School and wrote for the Jerusalem Post. She still does free-lance writing.

1940

Robert Lemman, ’48
Bellevue, received the 2006 NAED Arthur W. Hooper Award, the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ highest honor. Lemman is chairman of the board of North Coast Electric Co. in Seattle. After he purchased the company in 1974, it became one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the Pacific Northwest.

1950

Maurice Delabarre, ’51
Bellevue, is retired. He writes that he and his wife have three sons and six grandchildren, and keep busy in church and family activities.

Andrew Jordan, ’51
Tacoma, retired in Nov. 2005 from Morgan Stanley as a broker after almost 48 years with the company.

Sue Clark, ’52
Lincoln, Calif., was the ghostwriter for Barbara Birchim’s Is Anybody Listening? A True Story About the POW/MIAs in the Vietnam War. To complete the book, Clark traveled throughout Southeast Asia and spent time going through files and records in Washington, D.C.

Bob Loudon, ’52

Eugene, Ore., has given more than 200 talks with his wife, Meredith, on “Old Time Radio” throughout the West and are now doing them on cruise ships worldwide. “Tough duty,” he writes, “but somebody has to do it!”

Hal Newsom, ’52
Seattle, is the author of the book HOPE: Four Keys to a Better Quality of Life for Parkinson’s People, which is available from the NW Parkinson’s Foundation at www.nwpf.org. He is also co-chair of the Straight Talk and Honest Hope Distribution Team, which gives out a free DVD on coping with Parkinson’s Disease. Former UW Police Chief Mike Shanahan is also co-chair of the team. To inquire about a free copy of the DVD, send an e-mail to .

Charles Wynn, ’52
San Rafael, Calif., received an award for visiting elderly people confined to assisted care facilities. He made his visits on a weekly basis for five years.

Victor Olason, ’53
Kensington, Md., celebrated 10 years in retirement after a career that included editorship of the Daily, six years as a Seattle Times reporter, and 36 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. He retired with the rank of career minister.

Fred Jessett, ’56
Sammamish, recently published his book Remembering Grace, which contains 13 true short stories of grace in ordinary lives. He has also had three true stories accepted for an anthology on the home front in wartime to be published later this year.

Donald Leslie Johnson, ’57
Kangarilla, Australia, was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal Australian Inst. of Architects. Last year, McFarland & Co. published his book The Fountainheads: Wright, Rand, the FBI and Hollywood.

Constance Nelson, ’57
Wenatchee, married Jay Bean on Nov. 19, 2005. She is a retired educator, teacher and principal. Bean is the owner/broker for John L. Scott in Wenatchee and a 1952 Stanford graduate.

Barry Upson, ’57
Paso Robles, Calif., received the 2005–06 T.H.E.A. Lifetime Achievement Award for planning and design excellence from the Themed Entertainment Association. Upson has worked for the Seattle World’s Fair, led the design and development of the Universal Studios theme parks and resorts, and worked in a private practice.

Paul J. Green, ’58
Eugene, Ore., published “Explaining Lafcadio” in the 73rd volume of Dalhousie French Studies, as well as The Song of Eugene with Translations From the Poetry of Heinrich Heine and Rene Char. He is also a member of the Legion of Honor of the United Cultural Convention and a recipient of the 2006 International Peace Prize from the United Cultural Convention.

Dick Nichols, ’58
Olympia, was recognized for his distinguished service by the Olympia High School Alumni Assoc. in May. Nichols retired in 1998 and is active in many community activities, task forces and boards. He is known throughout the state for his work with youth.

1960

Attention Husky football players and fans:
Kathy Bygren, the daughter of former UW football coach Jim Owens, writes, “My father… has been battling health problems these past few months and I’m sure he’d love to hear from his former players and his many friends in the Husky family. His address is P.O. Box 1749, Bigfork, MT 59911.”


Vara Kay Lahdenpera, ’61
Anchorage, Alaska, retired as a public health nurse after 35 years. She is active in community nonprofits that support homeless and runaway youth.

Dennie Crowe, ’62
Spokane, retired in 2003 after almost 40 years of teaching English. She has seven grandchildren and enjoys being a member of the Tap Grandmas, a group of retirees who practice and perform tap dancing in Spokane. After an error in Columns a few years ago, in which she was listed as a male, she reports that she is “very much a female” and thanks Columns for finally “making the gender change.”

Tulin Idemen, ’66
Seattle, retired after 22 years of work as a school psychologist in Bellevue and Everett school districts and will spend the fall in Turkey before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Goodbye Seattle, farewell,” she writes.

Norm King, ’66
West Linn, Ore., was recently elected mayor of West Linn, a suburb of Portland.

Joy Pocasangre, ’66
Bellevue, is president of the non-profit organization Niños Estudiando El Salvador, which “encourages and enriches” the lives of young people living in Salvadoran orphanages and gives them scholarships to attend high school. The NESES website is www.neses.org.

Alfredo Arreguin, ’67, ’69
Seattle, will have several of his portraits in the 2007 “Memory Portraits” exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The artist was profiled in the Sept. 2001 Columns.

Ivan Doig, ’69
Broadwater County, Mont., received a Homestead Legacy banner May 6 from the National Endowment for the Arts at the National Homestead Monument. Doig’s latest novel The Whistling Season follows 10 prize-winning books. He was on a nationwide book tour in June and July.

Michael Wiley, ’69

Oak Park, Calif., retired after almost 40 years as a chemistry professor at California Lutheran Univ. He taught classes in organic chemistry, quantitative analysis and instrumental methods of analysis.

1970

Jim Beers, ’70
Seattle, manages a small software development company focused on supplying cost accounting solutions for government contractors. He would like to hear from anyone who remembers him. Beers’ e-mail address is .

Karin E. Mesmer, ’70, ’76
Redmond, and husband Richard Mesmer, ’71, own Northwest Art Glass, the largest stained glass supplier in the Pacific Northwest. Karin is an accomplished glass artist and painter and Richard is the former general secretary of the Stained Glass Assoc. of America.

Howard Young, ’71, ’74
North Potomac, Md., was a recipient of the 2006 National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration. Young is the principal investigator in the Laboratory of Experimental Immunology at the National Cancer Inst. He developed a student internship program that brings high school seniors to the NCI and pairs them with research mentors.

Ellen Fix, ’72

Bellevue, founded EMB Management, an accredited management organization that has recently joined with Associa, a national leader in community association management.

Rich Nash, ’72, ’76

Burlington, writes, “In July, the Class of 1976 UW School of Dentistry celebrated its 30th year reunion at the Washington Athletic Club.”

Terry Whitledge, ’72
Fairbanks, Alaska, is the director of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Inst. of Marine Science.

Steve Markkanen, ’73

Monterey, Calif., will retire this fall from the National Weather Service after a career of 28 years. “A lot of travel will be done,” he writes, “mostly to places with good weather!”

Charles Clegern, ’74
Bellevue, operates a consulting and owner-representation business for development and commercial construction projects. He has lived in Bellevue for 28 years, and he and his wife Lorraine have four children.

C.K. Chou, ’75

Plantation, Fla., was honored by the Bioelectromagnetics Society with the 2006 d’Arsonval Award in recognition of his accomplishments in bioelectromagnetics. Chou is chief EME scientist and director of the Corporate EME Research Laboratory at Motorola Laboratories. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Mary Dunbar, ’76, ’86, ’88
Bainbridge Island, performs psychiatric consultations for Peninsula Community Health Service and Kitsap Mental Health Services. She is a certified chemical dependency counselor, an advanced registered nurse practitioner and a licensed social worker.

Andrea Cheatham-Johnson, ’77

Seattle, is the mother of Dallas Maverick basketball player Jason Terry, who played in the 2006 NBA finals.

Leslie E. Grant, ’78
Baltimore, Md., has been elected president of the National Dental Assoc. In 2004, she was honored with the Dean’s Award from the University of Maryland Dental School.

Gregory J. Fellman, ’79

Pocatello, Idaho, was honored May 5 with the JC Penney Chairman’s Award, the company’s highest honor for managerial excellence. He received the award after only one year as store manager at the Pine Ridge Mall JC Penney.

1980

Margie Bone, ’80, ’84, ’05
Lake Forest Park, completed her psychiatry residency last year and has a private practice with a special interest in perinatal issues and infant mental health. “Practice is fun; being a grandmother is fabulous!” she writes.

Pesha Joyce Gertler, ’80
Seattle, was elected for a one-year term as Seattle’s Poet Populist. She was nominated by Nancy Finelli of the UW Women’s Center. Gertler’s poetry and information about upcoming events can be found at her website, www.peshajoycegertler.com.

Rick Gleason, ’80
Seattle, is a lecturer at the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. At the end of 2005 he was named the Distinguished Industrial Hygienist of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Assoc.

Janet Durbin Simonton, ’80

Sammamish, completed her 26th year of employment with the City of Bellevue’s Park Department. For the last two years, she has been operations supervisor for the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Her daughter, Ariel, is a junior in the UW psychology department.

Christopher “Kit” Bakke, ’81, ’88
Seattle, recently published her book Miss Alcott’s E-Mail. Visit www.kitbakke.com for more information. “Miss [Louisa May] Alcott was far more than just another little woman,” Bakke writes.

Bev Franklin, ’82, ’00
Seattle, became an officer of the UW Alumni Association in August. She will serve as treasurer for a two-year term.

Samuel L. Odom, ’82
Chapel Hill, N.C., was appointed director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Inst. and professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stephanie Shine, ’83
Seattle, is entering her ninth year as artistic director of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. She is also the “proud mother” of Conor, a sophomore at O’Dea High School, and Cally, an eighth grader at Washington Middle School.

Kriss Turner, ’84
Los Angeles, reports that her first movie, released by Focus Features, is now out on DVD. It is called Something New.

Verne Mounts, ’85
Ashland, Ohio, was honored with the 2006 Beal Award from the Ohio Pharmacists Assoc. Mounts is the director of pharmacy at Buehler’s Food Markets and is a weekly columnist for several local newspapers.

Lynne Almvig, ’86
Sedro-Woolley, is a mechanical design engineer at BE Aerospace-Flight Structures Inc. in Marysville. She finished her ATA degree in multimedia and interactive technology at Skagit Valley Community College in 2005.

Lois Harris, ’86
Anacortes, writes that her first book will be published in October 2007. The title is Mary Cassat: Impressionist, a picture book biography about the American painter.

Carolyn Schaad Harvey, ’86

Bellevue, is co-founder of Quest for Balance, which provides consulting, training and recruiting services. She published her first book Comfortable Chaos: Forget “Balance” and Make Career and Family Choices That Will Work for You with her business partner last year. Harvey lives with her husband, David Harvey, ’85, and their two children, Nicolas, 9, and Tessa, 7.

Ross Still, ’86
Lake Forest Park, is a recently licensed electrician through IBEW Local 46. He and his wife, Nancy Gillingham Still, ’85, have four children. Their son, Tiernan, was accepted to the West Point Military Academy. Their three daughters attend Blanchet High and St. Mark School.

Raja Atallah, ’87
Shoreline, left the UW Department of Environmental Health to join GT-Engineering in Redmond as senior chemist.

Silvette Boyajian, ’87

Richland, is senior industrial hygienist at Washington Closure of Hanford.

Peter Donahue, ’87

Birmingham, Ala., received the Richebourg Gaillard McWilliams Faculty Scholarship Award.

Michael West, ’89
Arlington, Va., and his wife, Diana, announce the birth of their second child, Avery Michael David.

1990

Priscilla Long, ’90
Seattle, won a National Magazine Award in feature writing for her piece titled “Genome Tome,” first published in the American Scholar.

Coleen McArthur-Weglarz, ’90
Wolverine Lake, Mich., welcomed her second child, Elizabeth Rose, on Aug. 23, 2005.

Steve Emtman, ’93
Cheney, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After the 1991 season, when Washington went undefeated, Emtman, a defensive tackle, won the Lombardi and Outland trophies and was the first pick in the 1992 draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He is now concentrating on a residential-land development company near Cheney.

Martha Silano, ’93
Seattle, released her second book, Blue Positive, a follow-up to her 1999 award-winner What the Truth Tastes Like. The poetry collection details motherhood and the birth of her two children. She lives with her husband, Langdon, and their children, Riley and Ruby.

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94
Seattle, joined the UWAA Board of Trustees in August as an at-large member.

Greg Lewis, ’94
Seattle, joined the UWAA Board of Trustees in August as an at-large member.

Michael Backstrom, ’95
Orlando, Fla., is a Dept. of Defense integrated logistics support manager. Backstrom and his wife, Tina Marie Ringer, have five children: Joshua, Rebekah, Hannah, Josiah and David.

Loris Clark, ’97
Ventura, Calif., received a doctorate degree in audiology from the Univ. of Florida in 2005 and is currently employed as a dispensing audiologist with Newport Audiology Centers in Santa Barbara and Grover Beach, Calif.

Jason Hamilton, ’97
Seattle, joined the UWAA Board of Trustees in August as an at-large member.

Kimberly Deuchar Mularoni, ’97
Atlanta, Ga., is entering her second year of private practice as a pediatrician. She and her husband welcomed their first child, Julia Grace, on April 8.

Anna Buskirk McDonald, ’98
Gig Harbor, received her doctorate degree in psychology from the Univ. of Denver in 2004. She now has a private practice at the Family Center for Behavioral Health.

Karin Heusted, ’99
Bothell, has opened—along with Diane Kennedy, ’91,—a unique children’s clothing store in Mill Creek. The store specializes in coordinated sibling outfits as well as mother-daughter and father-son ensembles. “Check us out,” she writes. The store’s website is www.lilladsnlasses.com.

Gretchen J. Summer, ’98
San Francisco, graduated with a Ph.D. in nursing science from the Univ. of California, San Francisco, in September 2005 and received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2006. Her dissertation is titled Mechanisms of Pain Following Thermal Injury, which she became interested in after working for several years at the UW Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center.

Carol Washington Mizoguchi, ’99

Shoreline, was appointed to the King North Community Service Office of DSHS as administrator in January 2005, having previously worked for the City of Seattle Human Services Department and King County Community Services Department.

2001

Richard Heitmann, ’01
Walnut Creek, Calif., was promoted to the position of vice president of product marketing at EVault, an online data production solutions company.

Krista Marken Vanos, ’01
Seattle, is a communications analyst at Washington Mutual Bank. Her husband, Sean Vanos, ’02, works for the Seattle Seahawks.

2002

Zachary Bakke, ’02
Idleyld Park, Ore., married Jenniffer Holt, on April 30. They honeymooned in San Pedro, Belize. Zac is currently working as a senior wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service and Jenniffer is a fish and wildlife technician for Plum Creek Timber Company.

Brian P. McClatchey, ’02
Spokane, was admitted to the Washington State Bar and has joined Workland & Witherspoon, PLLC, as an associate. A 2005 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, McClatchey will publish an article on the unionization of tribally owned businesses in the fall 2006 edition of the Idaho Law Review.

2003

Darren A. Hopper, ’03
Corona Del Mar, Calif., is working as an engineer on the $540 million CA-22 freeway expansion project.

2004

Phillip Belenky, ’04
Seattle, works as a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain, specializing in condominiums.

Mikayla Byers, ’04
Kent, and her husband, Paul, had a baby girl, Hayley, in January. They have traveled to Mexico and numerous places throughout the country. Currently, Byers is a stay-at-home mom.

Kristine Campbell, ’04
Tacoma, and fiancé Tracy Worwood, welcome “future Husky alumna” Laney, who was born at home Aug. 17, 2005. “Mom, dad and big brothers are glad they finally got their girl,” she writes. Campbell is a certified doula and perinatal educator at the UW Medical Center.

Hilary Maynard, ’04

Tacoma, started her second post-college journalism job in May at the Business Examiner in Tacoma.

Sumaya Palis, ’04

Seattle, is working as an engineering design coordinator for Quadrant Homes.

Trisha Shrader, ’04
Tacoma, is currently working for North American Seminars, Inc. and is the head coach for the women’s wrestling team at Henry Foss High School in Tacoma.


2005

Matthew “Mate” Keeton, ’05
Great Falls, Mont., is on deployment aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, serving as the ship’s intel systems officer and flag intelligence watch officer. “I’ve been to places I never dreamed I’d go,” he writes.

Chelsea King, ’05
Seattle, is working as a credit analyst with Wells Fargo Business Banking Group in Bellevue. She also served as an alumni advisor on a student consulting team for the UW BEDC.

Rachelle Longé, ’05
Seattle, has taken a position as assistant editor for a large local publisher.

Mary Novak, ’05
Glendale, Ariz., has accepted a teaching position in Glendale, Ariz. Novak and her husband, Rich, will be moving there for the 2006–07 school year.

Renee Ryan, ’05
Seattle, returned to the Perkins Coie Personal Planning group after working as an assistant vice president and trust officer for Washington Trust Bank.

Adriana Sewell, ’05
Everett, married her husband, Mark, in 2004 and gave birth to their son, Lloyd, May 6, 2005. She is currently a stay-at-home mom, but is looking into starting an online business.

Debra Taevs, ’05
Portland, Ore., became the new construction manager for Conservation Services Group’s Portland office. She has more than 15 years of experience in management, program development, marketing and sales. Recently, Taevs ran a paper-waste prevention program for Seattle Public Utilities.

Thomas Ulep, ’05
Seattle, has joined the Construction Industry Training Council as the client services coordinator.

Lesley Young, ’05

Seattle, finished a fellowship with a non-profit organization in New York City and will join Teach for America this fall.

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