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Charles C. Wynn, '52, of San Rafael, Calif., was named 2009 "Volunteer of the Year" by Love is the Answer, a foundation that aims to improve the quality of life for persons living in skilled nursing, residential care and retirement residence facilities. Wynn has been a weekly visitor to confined convalescent nursing facilities patients in Marin County, Calif., for the past nine years.

Jim Turner, '53, '55, of Seattle, has published a novel, A Promise Not Kept. Turner, a lawyer, created the King County Bar Association.

Vivian O. Lee, '58, '59, a founder of the Multicultural Alumni Partnership, was inducted into the Garfield High School Golden Graduate Hall of Fame.


Carver Gayton, '60, '72, '76, a former Boeing executive and UW lecturer, was inducted into the Garfield High School Golden Graduate Hall of Fame. Also honored was Tomio Moriguchi, '61, former CEO of Uwajimaya.

John M. Meyer, '68, of Mount Vernon, a Skagit County Superior Court judge and former UWAA President, was named the 2009 Judge of the Year by the Washington State Association for Justice.


Mary McCrea, '70, who works for Cascadia Law Group, wrote Landowner's Guide to Washington Water Rights.

Walter Skya, '71, of Williamsburg, Va., had his latest book, Japan's Holy War: The Ideology of Radical Shinto Ultranationalism, published by Duke University Press.

Norman B. Rice, '72, '74, of Seattle, was named president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation. Rice replaces Phyllis Campbell, '87, who is chairman of JPMorgan Chase's Pacific Northwest Business.

Architect James M. Suehiro, '76, '82, of Seattle was named to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

Joan E. DuBuque, '74, of Shoreline, a judge in King County Superior Court, received the Twenty-Year Judicial Service Award from the Washington State Association for Justice.

Gary Graf, '74, of Seattle, recently published And God Said, "Tee it Up!" a book exploring some of golf's greatest players and courses and their connection to Scripture.

George "Pinky" Nelson, '74, '78, of Bellingham, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May. Nelson, a former associate vice provost of research at the UW, is the first UW astronaut to be honored.

Michel Jolivet, '78, of Lake Forest Park, was named medical director and lead veterinarian with the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project.


Gloria A. (Houp) Hilsinger, '80, of Yakima, was named National School Nurse Administrator of the Year by the National Association of School Nurses. She has served as School Nurse Corps Coordinator for Educational Service District 105 in Yakima since 1999.

Heather Barbieri, '85, of Seattle, had her second novel, The Lace Makers of Glenmara, published by Harper Collins.

Jenny Durkan, '85, a Seattle attorney, was nominated by President Obama to become U.S. Attorney for Western Washington. If confirmed, she will become the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in the nation's history.


Wendy Parciak, '92, of Missoula, Mont., received the Montana Book Award of the Year for her work, Requiem for Locusts. Parciak drew from her own experience growing up with a sister with psychosis to write the novel.

David D. Black, '94, of Lakewood, Ohio, joined the law firm of Cavitch, Familo, Durkin & Frutkin.

Eric Zuelow, '96, of Eugene, Ore., published his first book, Making Ireland Irish: Tourism and National Identity Since the Irish Civil War.

John Nottingham, '98, of Woodinville, joined Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc., a Pacific Northwest consulting engineering firm as a senior engineer.


Cascadia Law Group recently welcomed attorney Joe Rehberger, '04, of Olympia. His practice focuses on land use, real estate, and natural resources advice and litigation.