CONTENTS Leaving Life in the Parking Lot
Where is the Parking Lot?
Fighting the World's Fight
Diva in Her Own Right
AROUND THE OVAL
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
About the Montanan
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 June 1.
Kinga Gayeski Mather 29 of Vancouver, Wash., wrote inquiring if she were perhaps the last living member of my class? No, Kinga, our records show 25 members of the class of 1929 on file. Her letter continues, At ninety-four I am in excellent health, active and am an artist and poet. Kingas poetry has been published in several anthologies and her art is in six states. Chrys, her painting of chrysanthemums, is part of UMs permanent collection.
Donald C. Orlich 53, Ph.D. 63, received the Outstanding Affiliate Article Award from the Association for Curriculum Development and Supervision for A Critical Analysis of the Grade Four Washington Assessment of Student Learning that appeared in Curriculum in Context. Explaining his award, Don writes from Pullman, Wash., After 100 published papers, somebody finally read number 101.
Jeanne M. Shreeve 53, Ph.D. 82, was named the University of Idaho Distinguished Scientist 2001. Jeanne was honored for her internationally recognized research in fluorine chemistry . . . for effective research leadership . . . and [for her role] in graduate education at the University of Idaho. Jeanne received UMs Distinguished Alumni Award in 1970.
Eugene C. Tidball 53, J.D. 55, has written No Disgrace to My Country, a biography of his distant cousin, John C. Tidball, a Civil War general. The book will be published next spring. A resident of Boulder, Colo., Eugene is a former UM Foundation trustee and a member of the Presidents Advisory Council.
James R. Graff 57 retired in February after a 42-year career in marketing. A Billings resident, James serves as a consultant to GSEA Montana, the firm he chaired at retirement, and on the board of directors for the Montana Broadcasters Association.
Anthony J. Antonucci 61 recently sent us a fan letter. Born and raised in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood, Tony credits UM with turning his life around. Tony has worked 38 years as a teacher and counselor and received many awards, including being named a distinguished alumni at UM in 1974. I owe all my success to UM, he writes from Spokane, Wash. I consider it to be the finest, most outstanding university in America.
Thomas W. Brown 65 retired after 34 years as deputy auditor general for acquisition audits with the Army Audit Agency. Tom and his wife, Mari, reside in Gilbert, Ariz., where they enjoy the desert living and golf courses. Check out Toms Arizona license plate in Around the Oval.
Cheryl S. Hutchinson 66, part-time executive director for the Montana Capitol Restoration Foundation in Helena, writes that shes already making plans for the centennial re-dedication of the statehouse in July 2002. Cheryl saved Tower Rock, a Lewis and Clark historic site, from being sold as excess property in public auction last year.
David B. Rye 66 is news director for Northern Broadcasting Systems new Northern News Network. The network provides four different Montana news programs to more than 20 radio affiliates statewide. Dave began his broadcasting career more than 35 years ago at KYLT in Missoula and was news director and anchor for 17 years with KULR-8 TV in Billings.
Carl A. Gidlund 67, M.A. 67, retired after a 33-year career in the military and as a public affairs officer for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. A resident of Hayden Lake, Idaho, Carl writes a weekly column for the Spokesman-Review and writes and edits for the National Smokejumper magazine. Last year he was president of the National Smokejumper Association. Carl volunteers as a marshal on the Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trail in the Bitterroot Mountains, as a trail crew member with fellow smokejumpers in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and as a host on a Forest Service Island in Priest Lake. To assuage Carl, his wife Sally - a proud Idaho State alum - personalized her cars Bengal license plates with UM2.
Martin V. Melos 69, M.A. 71, received the George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History for the best book in environmental history for 2000 — The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present. The University of Pittsburgh Press recently published Martins eighth book, Effluent America: Cities, Industry, Energy and the Environment.
Diane D. Dufour-Wong 70 is national treasurer for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Elementary, Secondary and Adult Education Professional Section. Diane established the Fashion Production/Fashion Marketing Academy where she teaches at the nations largest high school — in Miami, Fla. Diane also writes that her students love to hear her Montana tales. I didnt leave a hanging chad last November, she reports. Dianes parents, Bernadette and Wilfred Paul Dufour 41, of Lakeside, were on campus in May for Wilfreds 60th class reunion.
Mike McGrath 70 was elected Montanas 19th attorney general in November. He previously served five terms as county attorney for Lewis and Clark County and as Montanas assistant attorney general. Mike and his wife, Joy, have two sons, Pat and Chris.
Stephen 71 and Mary F. Dill 79 write from their new home in Carefree, Ariz., that they plan to enjoy our dream of spending the winters in the warmth of Arizona, and the summers in the beauty of western Montana. Steve is an executive recruiter specializing in cardiac device sales. Their son, Kevin, has completed his freshmen year at UM.
Leon J. Theroux 71, a biological technician at the USDA Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, received the Outstanding Science Support Award from the Rocky Mountain Research Station. Leon was noted for exceptional technical support to the stations research mission.
Mark R. Angelo 73, M.A. 78, will receive Canadas highest award, the Order of Canada, on November 14. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in making a difference with conservation efforts. Mark heads the British Columbia Institute of Technologys Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program and founded the 120,000-member Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia. A resident of Burnaby, B.C., Mark has published more than 200 articles and editorials on river conservation and other environmental topics.
W. Boyd Collins 74 was promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Army following 27 years of military service. This summer he moved from Helena to his new duty assignment in Salt Lake City. Boyd has traveled worldwide with the military and is a Desert Storm veteran. He and his wife, Karen, have two children, Brittini and Brandon.
J. Kelly Leary 79 joined the Missoula D.A. Davidson & Co. office as a financial consultant. Kelly co-owns Sean Kellys in Missoula. He and his wife, Robin, have three grown children.
Gregory G. Murphy 76, is a principal in the Billings law firm Moulton, Bellingham, Longo & Mather, P.C. and chairman of the Montana Board of Bar Examiners. He chairs the National Conference of Bar Examiners for 2000-2001.
Thomas A. ONeil 78, M.S. 81, is co-managing director for Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington, published by Oregon State University Press. Tom directs the Northwest Habitat Institute in Corvallis, Ore., and writes that this book updates and expands the work done by Jack Ward Thomas, now a UM professor. It has direct application to all of the Northwest, including western Montana.
Laurie Blauner, M.F.A. 80, a Seattle resident, will have her fourth book of poetry, Facing the Facts, published this fall by Orchises Press.
Bruce A. Carter M.A. 82 and Sheri Brownrigg were married May 20 in Ojai, Calif. They live in Marina Del Rey and would like to hear from friends at email@example.com. Bruce is an assistant director in TV production; Sheri designs toys for Small World Toys.
Bo Larsen 83 directs public relations for Thunderbird Samaritan Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz., and is an assistant director of marketing and communications for Banner Health System in Phoenix. He and his wife, Marci, have two daughters, who are being brainwashed to become Grizzlies, Bo writes. We get up to Montana several times each year, especially during football season. Its fun meeting Montana snowbirds in Arizona. Quite a few ask if Im from Montana when they see my car. The Larsens VW van sports Go Griz vanity plates.
Rita Kay Gibson 85, department head for access services at the State Law Library in Helena, won the 2001 Support Staff Award from Library Mosaics magazine and the Council on Library/Media Technicians. Co-founder and chair of the Montana Library Paraprofessionals, Rita was recognized for her work with mentoring, distance education, continuing education opportunities and compiling bibliographies on library support staff issues. Rita was featured in the May/June issue of Library Mosaics.
Nancy Carlson Hultquist 85 is assistant professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where she teaches public relations, media relations and public speaking.
Joe G. Moran 86 and his wife, Julie, announce the April 8 birth of their son Harold Harry Moran. Joe has been teaching middle school social studies since 1990. Julie is an elementary teacher. The Morans reside in Smyrna, Ga.
Robert C. White 86 is a financial consultant with D.A. Davidson & Co. in Kalispell. Bob previously was vice president of sales and finance for Great Western Growers of California.
John Barnes M.A. 88, M.F.A. 88, resigned as associate professor of theatre and communications at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., to pursue fiction writing full time. John is under contract for six books in the next fourteen months. The paperback edition of The Return, written in collaboration with astronaut Buzz Aldrin (their second book together) was released in July. Johns 21st published book, The Merchants of Soul, will be released in November. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher K. Clark 89 has worked ten years for Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. Chris recently completed a three-year assignment at corporate offices in Princeton, N.J., and was named northwest region manager. He lives in Beaverton, Ore.
Kenneth J. Lull M.S. 90, commands the 1-17th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Sill, Okla. Lt. Col. Lull is the first Army National Guard officer since WWII to command an active duty battalion. Ken was a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver for ten years prior to his current position. I often say I would give it all up to go back to Montana, Ken writes. My heart truly lies in the Big Sky country. He and his wife, Chris, have three children — Krystal, Kenric and Kyle.
Paul Bergen 93 is news director for KXLF-TV in Butte. Paul and his wife, Amy Gannett Bergen 93, have two daughters.
Brandon W. Byars 93 is a solutions development strategist for the Bernard Hodges Group in Phoenix. Brandon develops and manages recruitment strategies and business accounts in the desert southwest.
Thomas Kevin Gray 94 received his doctor of medicine degree in May from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks. He also received the Kokila and Raman Patel, M.D., Family Practice Award for his interest in rural health and for being accepted into a family medicine residency within the state. Thomas began his family practice residency program this summer at the UND Family Practice Center in Bismarck.
Barbara N. Thorson 94 is administrative coordinator for the English, Foreign Language & Speech Division of Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. I would like to say hello and best wishes to everyone at the Kaimin and in the history and education departments. Thank you all! Barbara writes.
Ryan E. Vestal 94, M.A. 95, is a senior associate in the tax department of Eide Bailly, LLP. He and his wife, Kyla Kinghorn Vestal 97, live in Billings.
Jennifer B. Hicswa 95 lives and works in New York City where she is a regional marketing manager for American International Group.
Laura E. Olson 95 is manager of copywriting at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas. Her e-mail is email@example.com.
Reid H. Sabin 97 won his second World Cup title for telemark ski racing in 2001. Last year Reid became the first American to win a World Cup telemark race. This season he won five World Cup races in Vermont, Norway and Switzerland and captured the national title. The February issue of Skiing magazine named Reid one of the top 25 skiers in North America. He and his wife, Kirsten Hauge Sabin 92, live in Whitefish.
Melanie A. Sandoval 99 teaches Salish to 250 students at St. Ignatius Middle School. Melanie began learning Salish in grade school in Dixon, but found no programs at UM for teaching Native languages. She develops her curriculum by meeting with other American Indian language teachers across Montana and from attending a weekly Salish speaking group in Arlee.
New Life Members
John K. Bebee 77, Great Falls
Diana L. Bjorgen 78, Missoula
David R. Chisholm 87, Billings
Sally Ruehr Chisholm 86, Billings
Richard L. Connell 88, Sparks, Nev.
Teresa Dobrowski Connell 88, Sparks, Nev.
Penny Warden Gans 64, Federal Way, Wash.
A. Alan Guenther 70, Roslindale, Mass.
Mary Murphey Hall 51, Seattle
C. Shelton Jones 50, Hillsboro, Ore.
Erin E. Juedeman 95, Billings
Jim R. Kittle 94, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Linda J. Kittle, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Elizabeth Solem Lybeck 92, Chinook
Mary Jo Murphy Obayashi 70, Redwood City, Calif.
Duncan A. Peete 91, Billings
Michele Leary Peil 75, Raleigh, N.C.
Kenneth D. Peterson 67, Billings
J. Kim Schulke 81, Great Falls
Larry A. Schulz 59, Kalispell
John L. Swanson 67, Bartlesville, Okla.
Susan Anderson Talbot 80, Missoula
Clancy D. Walsh 74, Grand Junction, Colo.
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, faculty and friends.
Mabel Jacobsen Foster 24, Missoula
Alice E. Nichols Johnson 29, Ronan
Donald William Nelson 29, Dillon
George R. Pease 30, Lynnwood, Wash.
Julia Patten Bell 32, Billings
Lois Rhea Dixon 33, Missoula
Ann Moser McKinney 33, San Diego
George DeVoe 36, Ketchum, Idaho
Carol Wood Kane 36, Helena
Catherine Flynn Anderson 37, Livingston
Ora Evelyn Cameron Clark 37, Kalispell
Kenneth Richard Coughlin 37, Bozeman
John G. Jack Davidson 37, Butte
Bruce K. Winters 37, Medford, Ore.
Billy M. Watters 38, Thompson Falls
Ronald A. Watters 38, Columbus
Edna M. Kelly Kenny 39, Great Falls
James E. McCabe 39, Highland, Calif.
George J. Moffitt 39, Missoula
Lillian Kyppen Roe Richardson 39, Helena
Leonard H. Langen 40, J.D. 40, Glasgow
Harold Esterbrook Longmaid 40, Helena
Roy Mathias Mart 40, Missoula
Jesse Wild Poore 40, Missoula
Conrad E. Priess 40, Reno, Nev.
Janet Stiff Shelly 40, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ruth Clough Herbert 41, Spokane, Wash.
Robert Isaac Penner 42, Wolf Point
Dorothy Borcherding Dahlstrom 43, Lewistown
Cyrus S Lee 43, Billings
Mallory OConner Ingersoll 47, Portland, Ore.
William P. Lukes 47, Cascade
Marian Joyce Mast Ryan 47, Missoula (correction)
John C. Hoyt, LL.M. 48, Great Falls
William Mortson 48, Eugene, Ore.
Malvin Tracy Alexander, M.S. 49, Frenchtown
Abijah Lucore Bige Cook 49, Salt Lake City
William C. Magelssen 49, Seattle
William Johnson Blair 50, Missoula
John F. Kincaid 50, Kalispell
Mary Lou Harrison Larson 50, Ellensburg, Wash.
Mary Ann Dockery Pickrell 50, Polson
Claire Kassay Rhein 50, Stevensville
Donald E. Ritchey 50, Chula Vista, Calif.
Edwin A. Schiller, M.Ed. 50, Missoula
Alan W. Sexton 50, Evergreen, Colo.
Rosemary J. Jordon 51, Mesa, Ariz.
Harald R. Lellelid 51, Seattle
Robert E. Tremper 51, Missoula
Ruth Mae Luxford Palmer 52, Decatur, Neb.
Robert William Steiner 53, Hamilton
Eugene V. Lagerquist, M.Ed.54, Plentywood
Allan L. Porter 54, Anchorage, Alaska
William Bruce Russell III 54, Spokane, Wash.
John L. Hautzinger 55, Helena
Elvin T. Choong 56, Baton Rouge, La.
Arthur Leonard Dahlberg 57, Tustin, Calif.
Lynn Eilefson 57, Fresno, Calif.
Sally Mills Good 57, Helena
Leona Stoural Harrsch 57, Sedro Woolley, Wash.
Merna Mason Niblack 57, Springville, Calif.
Sonia A. Tetlie 57, 59, Kalispell
Jewell Esther Moore 58, Malad City, Idaho
Richard F. Lukes 59, Groveton, Texas
Roland H. Pedersen 59, Polson
James M. Rowan 59, Sulsun City, Calif.
Thomas Mike Granbois 60, Poplar
Gail Kammerzell Nussbaum 60, Kalispell
Robert W. Stewart 61, Woodinville, Wash.
Douglas J. Knapton 63, Bigfork
Shirley Mae Groves Myers 63, Polson
Dale E. Berry 64, Hamilton
Robert W. Pickert 64, Minocqua, Wis.
Alice Lee Lund 66, Missoula
William N. Schuler 66, Staunton, Va.
Vicki Watson Beaman 68, Helena
Shirley M. Connick 68, Missoula
Richard Lee Huntsberger 69, Stevensville
Anthony James Terzo 69, Missoula
Shirley R. Gray Torgerson 69, M.Ed. 80, Missoula
Daniel N. Vichorek 69, Helena
Blanche Hendrickson Hanson 71, Polson
Fred J. Reineke 71, Post Falls, Idaho
Laura Waddill Taylor 71, Anchorage, Alaska
Nellie M. Rinke Hendricksen 72, Hamilton
Timothy John Mixon 72, M.Ed. 77, Polson
Douglas H. Myers 72, M.A. 81, Bismarck, N.D.
Robert Eugene Wind 72, Ballantine
Teressa J. Tary Mocabee 73, Ronan
William P. Gillespie, M.F.A. 74, Butte
Donald E. Harrington 74, Billings
Donald C. Popham, M.Ed. 74, Missoula
Angelo A. Andy Logozzo, M.Ed. 75, Hamilton
Douglas C. Anderson 84, J.D. 87, Helena
Heather D. Buchanan-Moore 85, Auburn, Wash.
Paula A. Nelson 89, Florence
Arlene Beauchaine Savage 92, Dillingham, Alaska
James Elliott Hayhurst 93, 95, Helena
Theodore E. Crowe 95, Missoula
Raymond Benjamin Laidet III 99, Missoula
T. Anthony Pollner 99, London, England
Lynda Jeanne Littlefield 00, Polson
Ron G. Dahlman, Kalispell
Richard Ahlvers Faust, Missoula
Patricia D. Flachsenhar, Missoula
Patsy Waldron Green, Missoula
Frank G. Lovinger, Polson
Wilbur T. McKinney, San Diego, Calif.
Beryl Mahlum, Kalispell
Natalie Ann Rasmussen, Missoula
Obert Seim, Missoula
New members of the Benefactors Society of the UM Presidents Club, whose lifetime giving reached the $100,000 level since the Fall 2000 edition of the Montanan was published, are:
Platinum Level ($1,000,000 or more)
Gold Level ($500,000+)
Irene Evers Estate
Frank L. Kurtz 48 Estate
Silver Level ($250,000+)
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
William V. Moore 44
Copper Level ($100,000+)
George B. and Janet C. Boldt
William L. 63 and Phyllis Lindgren 65 Bouchee
Robert M. Burgess Estate
John R. 65 and Wendy Barr 67 Coghlan
Thomas W. 53 and Neva Cotter
D.A. Davidson & Company
Dorothy M. Gerer Erickson 31 Estate
First Interstate Bank of Polson
Sherman V. 43 and Elizabeth Stoick 50 Lohn
John S. 58 and Ellen C. MacMillan
Paul J. McCann Foundation
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Outdoor Writers Association of America
George R. Pease 30 Estate
William A. 52 and Joanne Reynolds
Georgia Stripp Rowe 32
Southgate Mall Associates LLP
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Wesley W. and Luella Wilson
Sonja Walden Severtson to Molly Walden Severtson 96 and Eric B. Severtson 97, October 9, 2000, Hamilton
Vanessa Sharon Burch to Theron L. Burch 97 and Erin Burch, February 26, 2001, Kalispell
Evan William Wells to Emily Hazelton Wells 91 and Todd Wells, March 24, 2001, Portland, Ore.