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Class Notes are compiled by Betsy Holmquist 67, M.A.83. Submit news to the Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-0013. You may fax your news to (406) 243-4467 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Material in this issue reached our office by May 31.
Robert J. Brown 32 writes, "I am in a retirement home in Lake Forest, Calif., nine miles from my daughter. She picks me up four or five days a week, taking me along while she shops, to the beaches and her home."
The 60th reunion for the Class of 1941 will be held on campus May 17-19, 2001.
Stanley R. Ames 40 attended his 60th class reunion and noted campus changes since his visit ten years earlier, "I was impressed with the growth indicated by the greatly enlarged institution," he wrote from his Great Falls home. "I used to swim in the big ditch and hob-nob with the hobos along the now missing railroad track."
The 50th reunion for the Class of 1951 will be held on campus May 17-19, 2001.
Stanley L. Ness 50 wrote following his 50th class reunion about his memories as a freshmen: "I could have never visualized how a loner from Minnesota could have been accepted so readily and treated so well. Youve got the best kept secret there in Missoula . . . only its not so much a secret now as it was back in 1950."
Monte Ralph Littell 62 is superintendent of the Peoria Unified School District, Peoria, Ariz. The district serves 33,000 students at 30 schools and employs more than 3,400 faculty and support staff.
Christy Odum 64, a Missoula free-lance writer, has poems represented on the Muriel Rukeyser Poetry Wall at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Phyllis Lindgren Bouchee 65 retired after nine years as a staff member for the UM Alumni Association. For the past few years Phyllis coordinated off-campus alumni events, Griz-Cat satellite-TV gatherings and the House of Delegates program.
George A. Cole 65 is director of development for Montana PBS, a statewide public television system with studios in Bozeman and Missoula. He is responsible for major gifts, capital campaigns, underwriting and other fund-raising efforts that support public television in Montana. George and his wife, Susie Bickell Cole 65, who recently retired as director of administrative services for the San Diego County Water Authority, live in Bozeman.
Gerald R. Zachary 65 serves on the boards of directors for Lynnwood Financial Servcies, Inc. and Gold Savings Bank in Lynnwood, Wash.
Sheila A. McDonald Mills 68 and her husband, Dave, own Rocky Mountain River Tours in Boise, Idaho. The New York Times featured the business in an article on floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Sheilas third cookbook, "The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook," published by McGraw-Hill, is in its third printing. Gourmet Dutch oven cooking is highlighted on the river tours.
Randal E. Morger 74 is director of communications and administrative services for Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company. Randal joined Sanders in January 1999, following a 24-year career with the U.S. Air Force where he served as chief of plans and deputy director of public information for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. He resides in Amherst, N.H., with his wife, Sally, and their two children.
Stephanie D. Steinberger 70 is a Certified Safety Professional in general practice. She is technical services manager and safety manager for Direct Safety Co. in Tempe, Ariz., and corporate safety instructor for the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross. Stephanie owns a gem and mineral business and writes, "I dream of one day returning to Montana to live and leave the city behind!"
Kevin A. Campana 75, J.D. 78, is vice president and chief operating officer for the Legal Research Center in Minneapolis. He writes, "I have fond memories of working in the residence halls at UM during the 70s and welcome e-mail from friends—at email@example.com." Kevin and his wife, Dulcie, have three children, Josh, Kristie and Katie.
Jan Konigsberg 75 and his wife, Christy Cooper Konigsberg 78, reside in Anchorage, where Jan directs the Alaska Salmonid Diversity Program with the national staff of Trout Unlimited. Christy is accounting and administrative manager for the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Philip A. May, Ph.D. 76, received the O.B. Michael Outstanding Alumni Award from Catawba College, in Salisbury, N.C., his undergraduate institution. Phil is a professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Robin Bruce McGregor 76 is a general partner with Jones Financial Cos., a holding company of Edward Jones. An associate since 1984, Robin oversaw the opening of 36 regional offices during the past four years. Robin, his wife, Jan, and children, Carrie, Julie and Kevin, live in Boring, Ore.
Joseph G. Marra 77 is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Davis, Grimm, Payne, Marra & Berry. Joe is vice president of the Seattle Italian Club and counsel to the Seattle Emergency Housing Service. He and his wife, Yungmi, have two children, Sam 11, and Maria Louis 7. Joe writes, "I miss my two favorite places in the world: Missoula and Shelby."
Mark W. Osteen 77, M.A. 82, professor of English at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., received the colleges 2000 Nachbahr Award in recognition of his scholarly accomplishment. A faculty member since 1988, Mark has written two books: "American Magic & Dread: Don DeLillos Dialogue with Culture" and "The Economy of Ulysses: Making Both Ends Meet," which received the Donald Murphy Prize for Best First Book in Irish Studies. Mark directs the film studies program at Loyola; writes literary, film and economic criticism; plays saxophone and sings with the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet and performs with the Loyola College Jazz Ensemble. He and his wife, Leslie Gilden Osteen 81, have a ten-year-old son, Cameron.
Alexander "Lex" Runciman, M.F.A. 77, associate professor of English at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., has co-authored two college writing textbooks: "Asking Questions: A Rhetoric for the Intellectual Life" and "A Forest of Voices: Conversations in Ecology." Referencing the latter, Lex commented, "We believe that good writing and good thinking more readily arise from a genuine and well-organized engagement with complexity. And issues associated with the environment offer many kinds of complexity."
Brady D. Selle 78, M.Ed. 82, principal at Florence High School, received the Montana High School Association (M.H.S.A.) Service Citation Award for 22 years of service as a coach, athletic director, tournament manager and chair of the M.H.S.A. athletic committee. Brady and his wife, Cathy Weis Selle 77, have five children.
John H. Barsness 79 writes from Laurel, "My wife and I own the longest, continuously operating pharmacy in Montana, Genes Pharmacy—91 years total; 48 between my dad and me. During this time, we have been in the same location."
Mark Gibbons 79, 85, M.F.A. 98, teaches in Missoulas Poet in the Schools program. His book of poems, "Circling Home," was published in 1999 by Scattered Cairns Press.
Richard L. Robbins, M.F.A. 79 received the $20,000 Award of Distinction in Poetry from The Loft, a Minneapolis Literary Center. His second book, "Famous Persons We Have Known," will be published by Eastern Washington University Press in September. Rick, his wife, Candace Black, M.F.A. 81, and sons, Keenan 16 and Lewis 13, live in Mankato, Minn., where Rick directs the creative writing program at Minnesota State University.
Maureen W. Thomas 80, M.S. 94, and R. Dean Braughton, M.B.A. 81, Ed.D. 89, each received a 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Maureen, a health and physical education teacher at Missoulas Big Sky High School, was noted for her emphasis on sports as a lifelong activity. Dean, principal at CY Junior High School in Casper, Wyo., was noted for his commitment to creating a more caring environment for his faculty, students and their parents. In June, Maureen and Dean each received $25,000 in unrestricted funds at recognition ceremonies in Los Angeles. Winning a Milken Award in 1998 for his commitment and leadership in education was Michael A. Tomlinson 80. Mike, a teacher for 19 years, lives in Beaverton, Ore
James R. Tobin 80, M.S. 92, lives on Pohnpei, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). A Peace Corps volunteer to Pohnpei in 1982, Jim was hired by the FSM in 1994 to run its national sports program. In 1997 he was elected secretary general of the FSM National Olympic Committee in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. "For the first time, the FSM flag will be carried at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games," Jim writes. "We will have six athletes competing in swimming, weightlifting and wrestling."
James D. Bruggers 81, M.S. 87, and his wife, Merle, live in Louisville, Ky., where James covers the environment beat for the Louisville Courier-Journal. "Been writing about coal mining, coal-fired power plants, so-called factory farms and bourbon spills," James writes. "Yes, a distillery warehouse caught fire and sent rivers of flaming Wild Turkey into the Kentucky River." He would like to hear from old classmates—at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Gipe 83, a music student and jazz saxophonist while at UM, is a photographer/digital illustrator and owner of Pivot Media in Florence, Mass. The May issue of PEI [Photo>Electronic Imaging] magazine has a feature article on Jim. His image, "Mandusa," appears on the cover. Jim explains, comparing music and photography, "the spontaneity of capturing a fleeting moment with a camera is reminiscent of jazz improvisation." He and his wife, Kim Hicks 84, an English professsor at Mount Holyoak Community College, have a four-year-old daughter, Maggie.
Ian Stewart Woo Price 85 and Ky J. Boyd 87 own the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Their five-screen theater ranks among the largest theaters in the Bay Area devoted to independent, art and foreign films. While working as a film programer at UM, Ky promoted "Dive-In" movie nights.
Mark J. Erickson 86 is chief information officer for GiantRewards.com, a Web site dedicated to establishing and maintaining relationships between on-line businesses and customers. Mark, his wife, Cheryl, and eight-year-old daughter, Allyson, live in Arvada, Colo. "The Montanan makes me feel closer to the last great place and Class Notes provides a wonderful way for us to all stay in touch," Mark writes.
Eric D. Sprunk 86 is vice president and general manager for NIKEs Americas Region: Canada, Mexico and Central America. Eric spent the last five years in Holland with NIKE. He is a member of UMs School of Business Advisory Board.
Janie Sullivan 87 directs faculty development at the University of Phoenix, Phoenix campus. She is working on her Ph.D. from Capella University, studying adult education with a focus on faculty development.
Shelley Sanders Freese 88 illustrates educational materials; her current project is an elementary level textbook for Prentice Hall. She and her husband, Bart Freese 85, announce the birth of their daughter, Cecelia, on March 30. Bart teaches 5th and 6th grade and is half-time principal at Miles City Sacred Heart Elementary School.
Lance C. Clark 89 appeared in the article "Movers and Shakers Under 40" in his hometown, Wheatland, Wyo., newspaper. Lance is district manager for the Platte County Resource District, executive director of the Wyoming Well Association and a consultant for Clark Public Relations. He writes, "I thoroughly enjoyed the 1999 Homecoming game. Its been years. Hopefully, Ill make the 2000 game!"
Susan A. Paseman 89 is pursuing a masters degree in technical communication at Boise State University. A resident of Nampa, Idaho, Susan has her own technical writing business. She would like to hear from classmates—at email@example.com.
Vonda J. Sundt 92, a registered associate at D.A. Davidson & Co. in Missoula, recently completed the companys training program at corporate headquarters in Great Falls. Vonda is licensed to handle securities transactions and assist financial consultants in serving clients.
Lisa M. Pyron 93 is a first-year member of Chicagos Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. A mezzo-soprano, Lisa will perform on the Lyric Operas main stage during the 2000-2001 season.
Robin J. Lipke, Ph.D. 95, received the 2000 Benard A. Ennenga Award from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D. Robin, an assistant professor of psychology, was recognized for her excellence in teaching and ability to motivate, excite and challenge her students.
Sharon M. Noel, J.D. 97, is chief of staff in the office of the president and vice president of the Navaho Nation, Window Rock, Ariz. Sharons position is the highest held by a woman in the Navaho Nation, the largest Indian reservation in North America.
Greg A. Roadifer, M.B.A. 97, published "The Golden Guru," through his Billings publishing company, Goldenhouse Publishing Group. His book discusses ten spiritually-based principals for success, fulfillment and wealth.
Meghan McMeel Rydell 97 has taught kindergarten for three years in the Palm Springs Unified School District. This spring Meghan received her Masters of Arts in Education degree, with honors, from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.
Barrett L. Kaiser 99 is deputy press secretary for Senator Max Baucus in Washington, D.C. A former ASUM president, Barrett writes press releases and news advisories, works with the Montana press and prepares speeches for the senator.
New Life Members
Helen Parons Ahders 40, Midland, Texas
Aloha Hannah Alava 39, Turku, Finland
Thomas E. Barnett 79, Gilbert, Ariz.
Michael A. Cogar, Grand Terrace, Calif.
Staci Moss Cogar, Grand Terrace, Calif.
Charles W. George 64, Frenchtown
Janis Malone George, Frenchtown
Ellen C. MacMillan, Kalispell
John S. MacMillan 58, Kalispell
J. Scott MacMillan 86, Overland Park, Kan.
Mark D. MacMillan 88, Kalispell
Patti Ann Mehrens 90, Great Falls
Ann M. Monaghan 91, Butte
Gina Oldham, Bellevue, Wash.
Michael R. Oldham 80, Bellevue, Wash.
Thomas E. Roberts 50, Louisville, Ky.
Mary Kitte Robins, Missoula
Patrick R. Robins, Missoula
Bruce D. Tate 67, Whitefish
Susan Bergstrom Tate 68, Whitefish
Shane A. Vannata 90, Missoula
Ernest W. Williamson 73, Fort Wayne, Ind.
To be included in In Memoriam, the Alumni Association requires a newspaper obituary or a letter of notification from the immediate family. We extend sympathy to the families of the following alumni, friends and faculty:
Beulah May Trotter Ellickson 24, Eugene, Ore.
Morgan RuthAnn Rehm to Mary Slama Rehm 88 and Brent Rehm, January 25, Helena
Julie Ann Speare to Lisa Rodeghiero Speare 92, J.D. 95, and William John Speare, J.D. 94, February 7, Billings
David Wilson Hull to Sara Elizabeth Hagen Hull 93 and Todd Charles Hull 94, March 1, Billings
Jameson Isaac Bishop to Erika Colness Bishop 87 and Shane C. Bishop 86, March 8, Livingston, N.J.
Ryan Scott Miskiv to Laura Evans Miskiv 87 and Scott Miskiv 86, April 10, Boise, Idaho
Ryan Andrew Swimley to Susan Brooks Swimley 86, J.D. 89 and Brett D. Swimley, April 11, Bozeman
Madeleine Rose Chesek to JeanAnne Chesek, J.D. 97, and David Welch, April 13, Rio Rancho, N.M.
Finnian Gray Phillips to Beth A. Cogswell 98 and Rick A. Phillips, M.F.A. 86, April 20, Missoula
New members of the Benefactors Society of the UM Presidents Club, whose lifetime giving reached the $100,000 level since the Fall 1999 Montanan was published, are:
Platinum Level ($1,000,000 or more)
Gold Level ($500,000+)
Silver Level ($250,000+)
Copper Level ($100,000+)
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