Class Notes are compiled by Betsy Brown Holmquist ’67,
M.A. ’83. Submit news to the UM Alumni Association, Brantly
Hall, Missoula, MT 59812. You may fax your news to (406) 243-4467
or e-mail it to support@UMontanaAlumni.org. Material in this
issue reached our office by January 14, 2005. Please contact UMAA
with all name and address updates at the above addresses or phone
Class Notes are compiled by Betsy Brown Holmquist ’67, M.A. ’83. Submit news to the UM Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, Missoula, MT 59812. You may fax your news to (406) 243-4467 or e-mail it to support@UMontanaAlumni.org. Material in this issue reached our office by May 25, 2005. Please contact UMAA with all name and address updates at the above addresses or phone (877) UM-ALUMS.
Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, a one-man play about the great Yankee catcher Yogi Berra (center), opened at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York, in 2003. Starring Ben Gazzara (left) and written by UM alum Tom Lysaght, M.F.A. ‘91 (right), the play soon moved to Manhattan’s Lamb’s Theater and then launched into a national tour. Lysaght couldn’t be happier. “I was a kid from Brooklyn. Mickey Mantle was my hero,” Tom says from his home in Los Angeles. Tom found his literary hero, however, in Yogi Berra—“in his great humanity, his unique voice and in his conflicts. Yogi is in that tradition of the holy fool, a Don Quixote,” Tom says, a fine subject for a play. (See story on page 35.) Tom credits UM professors Rollie Meinholtz and Bill Kittredge for honing his writing talents.
The 60th reunion for the class of 1946 will be held on campus May 11-13, 2006. Contact the alumni office for further details.
Robert R. Zahn ’43 writes from Matsuzaka, Japan, “At eighty-three I’m still healthy enough to handle the work in the parish, help out for Mass in the three Catholic institutions in the parish, and keep the Tokiwa house [a residence for mentally challenged working young men] in Yokkaichi City going after twenty-seven years.” Father Zahn has spent his fifty-year missionary career in Japan.
The 50th reunion for the class of 1956 will be held on campus May 11-13, 2006. Contact the alumni office for further details.
Robert F. Kern ’52, Bozeman, grew up in Missoula, a neighbor of Jeannette Rankin. Bob remembers watching the Barnum and Bailey Circus unload at the Milwaukee Railroad siding west of the Van Buren Street Bridge in the mid-’30s. “The handlers had a little trouble convincing the elephants, who were used to walking side by side, to cross the bridge single file,” he writes. Bob has re-catalogued, by county, much of the information in Names on the Face of Montana by Roberta Carkeek Cheney ’32. He notes that Montana has lost 1,644 post offices over the years.
Pat Schammel ’54, Lee Von Kuster ’54, M.Ed. ’67, Ed.D. ’71, and Lynn Hughes Ophus ’54, ’56 attended school together for twelve years in Scobey, graduating from high school in 1950. They then spent four more years together at UM. Pat, a retired senior scientist with Beckman Instruments, lives in Fullerton, California. Lee is on the staff at the University of Texas, Edenberg. Lynn is a retired MSU-Northern faculty member and divides her time between Havre and Yuma, Arizona.
Dexter “Deck” Delaney, J.D. ’55, and his wife, Tink, hosted an April gathering at their Missoula home for the eleven surviving members of the 1955 UM Law School class, which originally numbered twenty-three. In attendance were Burton O. Bosch, J.D. ’55, and Myrt Bosch, Havre; Douglas Drysdale, J.D. ’55, and Martha Story Drysdale ’49, Bozeman; William E. Hunt, J.D. ’55, and Mary Hunt, Helena; William R. McNamer, J.D. ’55, Billings; James N. Purdy, J.D. ’55, Bismarck, North Dakota; Al Slaight, J.D. ’55, and Jean Wiprud Slaight ’52, Sequim, Washington; and Eugene E. Tidball ’53, J.D. ’55, Boulder, Colorado. UM Law School Dean Ed Eck also attended, along with widows of former classmates: Carmen Kreidel Karlberg ’46 (Karl), Missoula; Cathy Skelton (Bob), Missoula; and Jo Mae Drake ’68 (Glen), Kalispell. “I am the only one still practicing law,” Deck says, “but the others have been very busy in their various retirements. Possibly the most interesting retirement story is that of Al and Jean Slaight, who decided to sail a boat (with their dog) around the world—and did so.”
Thomas Bullock '61 has written Siwash, The Biggest Little Indian Brave, a children's book about a Sioux Indian boy who dreams of becoming a brave like his father. While growing up in Great Falls, Thomas held summer jobs that took him to many of the reservations in north central Montana, where he learned tribal lore and culture. Now retired, he lives in West Covina, California, with his wife, Suzie.
Raymon R. Bruce ’62, M.F.A. ’65, Albuquerque, New Mexico, received a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant for conducting workshops on new comparative economics at the Renmin University of China, Beijing, this past spring. Ray is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Albuquerque. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Lithuania in 1996 and has worked with University of Texas partner universities in the Ukraine, Serbia, and Montenegro. His wife, Sharon, and granddaughter, Sarah Kirk, accompanied him to Beijing. While a student at UM, Ray received the Masquer’s Best Playwright award in 1962 and 1965.
Lee R. Mathews ’64, M.F.A. ’66, Everett, Washington, is in his twelfth season as music director and conductor of the ninety-voice Everett Chorale. Recently retired from teaching in the Snohomish School District, Lee is director of music ministry at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Everett. Previously he taught and served as chair of the Fine Arts Department at the College of Great Falls where he founded the Montana Youth Choir. A tenor soloist, Lee has performed with the Seattle Opera and the Sante Fe Opera and managed musical theater programs and community opera productions.
Frederick W. Gilliard, M.A. ’66 and his wife, Bari Lynn Bertelson Gilliard ’64, M.A. ’73, recently settled in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Fred retired as president of the University of Great Falls and has written Adversity’s Sweet Milk, a novella of stories from his year teaching on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass. Followers of Montana Class B basketball will recognize the names of
Don Wetzel ’72, M.Ed. ’81, and
Bill De Groot ’46 whose Cut Bank Wolves play the Lodge Grass Indians in the 1965 state basketball tournament featured in Fred’s story “Crow for Beginners.”
Roberta Hall ’66, Sidney, has taught Spanish for thirty-two years. “I remember thinking I probably wouldn’t ever work when I started college,” she writes, “and like many others got married right after graduation.” Bobbie has five daughters and four grandsons. Her sister, Linda Hall Booher ’68, is an elementary school reading specialist and an adjunct instructor for the University of Texas in San Antonio. Linda has four grown children and admits to enjoying the shorts, sandals, and no-need-to-shovel-snow weather that Texas affords. “I still claim the Grizzlies and Montana will always be home,” Linda writes.
James M Schaefer ’66, former UM associate professor of anthropology, is director of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention at State University of New York in Albany, where he coordinates prevention activities for all sixty-four SUNY campuses. Jim held a similar position at the University of Minnesota from 1978 to 1991. He returned to New York in 1993 and was research professor of anthropology at Union College and head of his own consulting and research business for governmental, corporate, and legal clients. Jim lives in Schenectady with his wife, Kimberly, and children, Michael, eight, and Mikayla, five. Sons Chris, thirty-three, and Jonathan, thirty-one, reside in Duluth, Minnesota, and Seattle.
John D. Gray ’70, Whitefish, retired as chief of the Big Mountain Ski Patrol in March following thirty-three years patrolling the mountain. John owned the Polebridge Mercantile during the mid-’70s, was a co-owner of Glacier Wilderness Guides, and now builds greenhouses and grows plants and flowers as a full-time hobby and business. Gray’s Golf Course, a ski run on the Hellroaring Basin area of Big Mountain, is named in John’s honor.
T.J. Gilles ’71, a May graduate of MSU-Billings, translated Stay Away Joe into Spanish for his senior project.
Stephen H. White ’71, Littleton, Colorado, is a consultant for the Center for Performance Assessment. His recent publication, Show Me the Proof!: Tools and Strategies to Make Data Work for You, offers analysis tools, data principles, and practical solutions for educators.
Lyle J. Olsen ’72, Eureka, a former elementary teacher at Fortine and Pablo, has written three books for the young reader: In Grandma Rita’s Garden, Put the Picture Down, Henry, and Thought Soup.
Lorna K. Thackeray ’74, a general assignment reporter at The Billings Gazette, was named Journalist of the Year for 2004 by the Suburban Newspapers of America. A Gazette reporter since 1977, Lorna was noted as representing “the epitome of an enterprising community journalist.” To sample her award-winning writing, log onto the July 3 and December 27, 2004, “Archives” at www.billingsgazette.com. Glenn V. Oakley ’77, a landscape and lifestyle photographer based in Boise, Idaho, won two first-place prizes in the 2004 Banff Mountain Photography Competition. His work has been published in Outside, Smithsonian, and Sunset and in national advertising campaigns. Glenn recently collaborated on Sand Dunes and Sandhill Cranes: Great Sand Dunes and the Wetlands of the San Luis Valley due out this fall from the University of Arizona Press. While a student at UM, Glenn was a staff photographer for the Montana Kaimin and freelanced for High Country News and Mountain Gazette.
Thomas J. Seifrid ’78, associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has written The Word Made Self: Russian Writings on Language, 1860-1930. The work explores the Russian fascination with the power of the word—as expressed by philosophers, theologians, and artists—which led to the development of Russian Futurism.
Bradley P. Grant, J.D. ’79, is the staff judge advocate for Headquarters Third Air Force, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. Colonel Grant had served as an appellate judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.
Barbara O’Keefe, M.Ed. ’79, a first- and second-grade teacher at Missoula’s Lewis and Clark Elementary School, received the 2005 Maryfrances Shreeve Award. The award, which includes a $2,000 cash prize, honored Barbara for her love of learning and excellence in teaching.
Michael J. McCoy ’80 is editor and his wife, Nancy McCullough-McCoy ’80, is co-producer and marketing/sales director for Greater Yellowstone, a quarterly, regional magazine launched in March by Powder Mountain Press in Driggs, Idaho. The publication focuses on the twenty-five counties in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho that surround Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks—one of the country’s fastest-growing areas.
Charles Czarniecki, M.B.A. ’83 retired from the U.S. Air Force following a thirty-year career (fifteen with their space programs). He and his wife, Beth, moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, settled into their new home, and are enjoying skiing and biking. “I am already engaged in volunteer groups,” Charles writes, “and sometime this year will start looking for a civilian job in a ‘space business’ here in Colorado. I selected October 27, 2004, for my retirement ceremony because it was the night of a lunar eclipse. It made the event even more special.”
Lynn Helding ’83, a senior artist faculty member in voice at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, received the fifteenth annual $2,000 Van Lawrence Fellowship Award from the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia. The award will support Lynn’s research into exercise regimes for victims of voice disorders. A performer throughout the United States, Europe, and Iceland, Lynn was a guest soloist with the Missoula Symphony this past February.
Denise Lee Kelly ’87 is executive director of the World Museum of Mining in Butte, which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year.
Barry P. Shingle ’87 is fitness director at Rancho La Puerta, a premier spa in Tecate, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego. UM alumnae who’ve visited the ranch and stayed on to instruct include Lehni Smith Garza ’90, Jackie Lynn Kohlbeck ’92, and Sonja A. Tysk, M.S. ’98.
Kenneth C. Petterson ’89, Kuna, Idaho, pictured here with his son, Aiden, rows for UM. His rowing team includes Michael Boyle ’88, Sherwood, Oregon; William Keena ’72, New York City; Scott ’71 and Norma Frank Petterson ’61, Ontario, Oregon; Sverre Kjetil Rod ’83, M.A. ’88, Molde, Norway; Brian Sibley ’96, Burlington, Washington; and
Bryan Veis ’73, Arlington, Virginia. These eight alumni have rowed more than 3,980,000 meters in the past three years for UM and they’re looking for more members for the team. Interested? First, you’ll need access to a Concept 2 rowing machine. Then, log onto Concept2.com. “It’s a great way to connect with other UM alums interested in a rowing workout and keep UM competitive with university rowing clubs across the world,” Ken writes. “Many long distance runners have switched to rowing after years of impact have taken their toll on the knees.” Currently UM’s rowing team ranks tenth out of 193 university clubs.
UM Playwright Bats 1,000
By Betsy Holmquist
Tom Lysaght’s one-man play, Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, takes place in the empty clubhouse of Shea Stadium. Yogi is awaiting his appearance on the field, to toss out the first pitch on opening day in 1999. He’d been hired and fired by George Steinbrenner and had vowed never to return. But Yogi’s back and, among the lockers, bats, and balls, is visited by a lifetime of memories. “The invisible is a major character in the play,” Tom explains. And audiences have been thrilled.
Tom began writing Nobody Don’t Like Yogi in 1993, completing fifteen drafts. There were eight years of marketing before the piece got to actor Ben Gazzara, who plays Yogi. Critics have praised the actor’s “inner strength” and “likeable gentleness,” qualities revered in the beloved Yogi of “This is like déjà vu all over again” fame.
A Harvard undergrad, Tom teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Brentwood High School. The past three years he’s taken his theater skills to Third World countries, creating pieces that reflect the social and spiritual challenges facing local citizens. Last November and again in March he traveled to India. He founded a theater company in Peru and wrote plays there in Spanish. Four times he’s taken theater to South Africa. In between, Tom is finishing up a novel he’s been working on for twenty years, a trilogy about a Jewish boy growing up in Persia in the 1840s. “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over”—a fitting Yogism for the playwright himself.
Dean W. Henderson, M.S. ’91, and his wife, Jill, live in Papillion, Nebraska. Author of Big Oil and Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families and their Global Intelligence, Narcotics and Terror Networks, Dean has stayed politically active, winning the democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives from his former district in Illinois this past fall. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.
Vonda Sundt ’92 is staff manager, registered associate, at the Missoula office of D.A. Davidson & Company. Vonda oversees the office’s support staff and private client group support activities.
Karen J. Coates ’93, pictured below, is a freelance journalist who writes for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and journals around the world. Currently based in Thailand, Karen has written Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War, recently published by McFarland & Company. She e-mailed us in May: “The rainy season has just begun, which means the day heats to an unconscionable level by late afternoon, when thunderstorms brew. Last night, heavy winds knocked down several trees throughout the area. Other than that, the food’s great, work is hectic, and life is always interesting. Thailand, however, is much nicer to visit as a tourist than to live in as an expat. I do recommend it for a vacation.” Visit www.redcoates.net to view more of Karen’s work and photography by her husband, Jerry Redfern ’01.
Veronica L. Vance ’93 was accepted into the doctoral program for skeletal anatomy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She traveled there in June to pursue research in age-related skeletal morphology. Nici has been a forensic scientist at the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory in Portland, Oregon, for ten years and will return to her position as a crime scene analyst after the completion of her degree.
Sally J. Southwick ’93, assistant director of corporate and foundation relations and coordinator of faculty support at Carleton College in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently published Building on a Borrowed Past: Place and Identity in Pipestone, Minnesota. An independent scholar, Sally received the Great Lakes American Studies Association/Ohio University Press Book Award for the publication. Her research and writing focus on the role of the middle class in establishing historical and place-based identities.
David C. Berkoff, M.S. ’95, J.D. ’98, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in May 2005. Known for the “Berkoff Blastoff,” in which he covers the first thirty-five meters of a backstroke lap with a dolphin kick under water, David has won four Olympic medals: a silver and gold in Seoul in 1988, and a bronze and gold in Barcelona in 1992. He was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Hall of Fame in May 2004. David practices law in the Missoula law firm Garlington, Lohn and Robinson. He and his wife,
Shirley Gustafson-Berkhoff ’95, have two children, Cale and Katharine.
Zak Andersen ’96, former chief of staff to Senator Max Baucus, is a principal in the Washington, D.C., office of The Gallatin Group, a Northwest public affairs firm.
Thomas LaoToua Vang ’96 is a business analyst with Financial Systems Support at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He earned a master’s degree in management information systems in 2003 from Metro State University in St. Paul.
Mario Schulzke ’02 manages business development for WONGDOODY of Los Angeles. He was a member of the team that won the AAAA Monty McKinney Advertising Excellence Award in the Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies’ Southern California competition. “During my tenure,” Mario writes,” WONGDOODY has won so much new business I now have to share my cube.”
Benjamin Hedge Olson ’03 is a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania, where he teaches English to junior high students. His parents joined him this summer and the family traveled to Norway where Ben studied Norse history, his area of interest while at UM. Ben had spent his junior year in Iceland as a member of UM’s International Student program.
Desirée Michelle Olson ’04, Missoula, opened Indigo Indexing, which provides freelance indexing services to authors, editors, and publishers of non-fiction books.
Alexandra Brynn Fuchs to Ashley Young Fuchs ’98 and Mark T. Fuchs ’95, February 18, 2005, Missoula
Maxwell Richard Hicks to Rebecca Rose Hicks ’02 and Richard W. Hicks, April 1, 2005, Hampton, VA
Jillian Ann Hecht to Ashley Ann Hagerman Hecht ’92 and Robert Hecht Jr., March 16, 2003, Aliso Viejo, CA
By Betsy Holmquist
Sporting black Velcro tennis shoes, sweats, and a maroon, Grizzly-Mallwalkers shirt, Verla Mae Woodard Wills ‘35 hardens into the machines at UM’s New Directions Wellness Center. A fall and back surgery three years ago caused Verla to lose all feeling in her legs. To regain and maintain her strength she pedals, pulls, and lifts—slowly, but deliberately through an hour-long workout. Her son, Wes, beams at Mom’s efforts. Two days earlier he’d taken her to Southgate Mall for her weekly mall walking. On Fridays she attends a rehab session in the Community Medical Center pool. Then Wes and Verla drive back home to Potomac, a route she’s traveled much of her life.
Born in 1912 outside Crosby, North Dakota, Verla came to Montana with her family in 1933. Drought had ravaged their family’s farm, its dust nearly killing her younger brother. They stopped briefly in Potomac where Verla’s aunt was the ranch cook for Roy and Ernest Wills—Verla’s future husband. When her family continued on to Washington, Verla stayed at the ranch.
That fall she entered UM, moved into town, and worked for her room and board at the home of Judge Albert Besancon. The following year Verla moved into the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house. “I had no business joining a sorority—I couldn’t afford it,” Verla says. She cooked for the sorority to help pay her bills.
There was little time for socializing. “Ernest and I dated some but when you’re twenty-five miles from town and there are not too many vehicles except an old ranch truck, you don’t date very heavily.” Verla graduated with a degree in home economics and lifetime teaching certification in English, Latin, and science. “If I had gotten a teaching position, who knows what might have happened,” she reflects on her decision to marry Ernest. “It was the Great Depression and few jobs, and I was hungering for a place to call home.” On October 1, 1936, Verla and Ernest were married, “after the cattle were all in from the hills. I wore a rust-colored dress I had made myself, a new hat, and new shoes. We left by train for our honeymoon in Spokane—where we made a tour of the Spokane Livestock Auction!”
Verla and Ernest raised four children: Wes, her chief caregiver; Sidney, who runs the ranch; Darleen, who lives in Absarokee, and Jeanette, whose three daughters, Crystal, LeAnn, and Lisa Bush, are all UM grads. In May four generations of the Wills family gathered to help celebrate Verla’s 70th class reunion. Her eyes twinkled as grandchildren and great-grandchildren joined in the applause at commencement ceremonies when she was introduced—her strong, muscled arms waving to the new graduates standing below.
New Life Members
The following alumni and friends have made a commitment to the future of the UM Alumni Association by becoming life members. You can join them by calling (877) UM-ALUMS or visiting our Web site, www.UMontanaAlumni.org. Annual memberships and payment plans are available. The Alumni Association thanks them for their support.
David M. Beaton ’90, M.B.A. ’03, J.D. ’03, Missoula
Connie J. Carter, Spokane Valley, WA
Sharon R. LeFevre Christensen ’66, M.A. ’67, Philipsburg
Eugene M. Christiansen ’55, Apache Junction, AZ
Melani D. Hansen Coyle ’99, Missoula
Mary A. McLeod Craigle ’88, Clancy
James D. Crane ’65, Albuquerque, NM
Karen Hunt Crane ’67, Albuquerque, NM
Bernadette Grayson, Portland, OR
George W. Grayson ’97, Portland, OR
Charles A. Hamilton ’88, Evanston, IL
James T. Harrison Jr. ’61, J.D. ’64, Surprise, AZ
Marcia E. Holland ’76, Fairbanks, AK
Jerry L. Huggins ’83, Littleton, CO
Tracy M. Wilson Huggins ’85, Littleton, CO
Allen F. Kelley Jr. ’55, Santa Cruz, CA
Paul K. Lemcke ’77, Honolulu, HI
Lawson N. Lowe ’72, Missoula
Marsha J. Stokke Lowe ’72, M.A. ’74, Missoula
Rick R. Mann ’99, Beaverton, OR
Allison L. Allen McCauley ’84, Ankeny, IA
Mike G. Otis ’03, Great Falls
Scott Palmer ’86, Missoula
Teresa A. Bray Palmer, Missoula
Geannine T. Rapp ’92, Great Falls
Nancy M. Courtright Saine ’64, Fountain Hills, AZ
Gregory C. Sundberg ’01, M.B.A. ’03, Missoula
Jaclyn Sundberg, Missoula
Matthew B. Thiel ’86, J.D. ’93, Missoula
Cynthia Benton Thiel ’91, J.D. ’94, Missoula
Mary L. VanDerhoff ’98, Plains
Donald K. Wattam, Ed.D. ’04, Missoula
Marni Wattam, Missoula
Tami M. Eldridge Williams ’87, M.A.’90, M.A.’92, Ph.D. ’01, Great Falls
Jeanne Windham ’93, Polson
Phil P. Yates ’67, Puyallup, WA
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.
Florence Crouch ’25, Orange, CA
Elizabeth W. Stratton ’26, Sharon, PA
Lena L. Mercer Thomas ’30, Kalispell
Cornelia Klittke Francis ’32, Arlee
Beth Perham McNally ’32, Billings
Maxine Davis Nelles ’33, Missoula
Olive B. Rice ’33, Helena
Olga Wik Erickson ’34, M.A. ’67, Miami, FL
Mary Beth MacKenzie Snyder ’34, Havre
Forrest C. Ullman ’34, Big Timber
Edward H. Dobrinz ’35, Grand Junction, CO
Tom Martin ’35, Billings
John Morrison ’35, Big Timber
Ann Palin Magee Woodhull ’35, Billings
Richard F. Brewster ’36, Buffalo, NY
John D. “Jack” Davis ’36, Livingston
Margaret M. Little ’36, Missoula
Pearl H. Young ’36, East Rockaway, NY
Mary E. Zehntner ’36, Missoula
Eloise Ruffcorn Armstrong ’37, Great Falls
A Letter from the President
I feel honored to serve as president of the UMAA Board of Directors. A major goal of the Alumni Association is to serve the present students at UM, its alumni base of more than 70,000 former students, and the many friends of the University. The Alumni Association and its energetic staff continue to expand its programs, such as the Community Lecture Series, student mentoring, and student recruitment. A task force of Greek alumni currently is working to revive the Greek system on campus.
Each of your contributions of time, energy, and interest adds to the University’s reputation for excellence. Let’s hear from more of you. The UMAA Website is a great way to connect with the association, the University, and each other. Hope to see you at Homecoming September 29 through October 1. Get Connected! Stay Connected!
A Missoula native, Bob Seim ‘59 is a retired orthopedic surgeon, having practiced in Missoula from 1971 to 2003. He and his wife, Carol Anthony Seim ‘60, have one son, Brad ‘91, and a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Kindel Seim ‘91. Bob has served UM as chair and long-time member of the UM Excellence Fund Steering Committee, as president of GSA, and as a member of the UMAA Board of Directors.
James Lynn Baker ’37, Long Beach, CA
Daniel “Mick” Doyle ’37, Polson
Guy L. Griswold, M.Ed. ’37, Spokane, WA
Adelaide Miles Thornton ’38, Phoenix
John Daniel French, J.D. ’39, Ronan
George H. Hayes ’39, Missoula
Louise Monk ’39, Kalispell
Clayton G. Olson ’39, Livingston
Arnold H. Anderegg ’40, San Pedro, CA
Bette Gilmartin ’40, Great Falls
Rhoda Sporleder Lueck ’40, Santa Fe
Glen P. Marcus ’40, Ventura, CA
Roy John Myklebust ’40, Chehalis, WA
Evelyn Wilks ’40, Billings
Arthur K. “Jerry” Conrad ’41, Conrad
William Albert Horning ’41, Vancouver, WA
Lois Grow Jansson ’41, St. Maries, ID
Clarence Kommers ’41, Bozeman
George Ervin Morrison ’41, Columbus
Kenneth C. Donaldson ’42, Rockville, MD
Robert W. Schell ’42, Great Falls
Charles Richard Grady ’43, Great Falls
Adelbert John Smith ’43, Magalia, CA
Patsy Cohe Greene ’44, Missoula
Edward Francis Novis ’44, Great Falls
Sibyl Flaherty Warren ’44, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Marie Murphy Eigeman ’45, Spokane, WA
F. Dean Mahrt ’45, Missoula
Richard Joseph McElfresh ’45, Stevensville
Harold Kenneth Nelson ’45, Butte
Robert Crossley ’46, Missoula
Dorothy Taylor Brooks Dalgarno ’46, Helena
James W. Holley ’47, Polson
Donald H. McKenzie ’47, Daly City, CA
James M. Stiles ’47, Casper, WY
Albert C. “Bud” Clark ’48, Billings
Shirley Alling Renders ’48, Helena
E. Carol Rice ’48, Galveston, TX
Phyllis Timm Svingen ’48, Helena
Jack W. Burnett, J.D., ’49, Billings
H. Louis Clack ’49, Havre
Warren Kirk Harris ’49, Missoula
Sid C. Johnson ’49, Spokane
C. G. “Pat” McCarthy ’49, Missoula
Zorka Mastorovich Mitchell ’49, Palmer, AK
Tore E. Reuterwall ’49, Bozeman
Joan Sheffield Wendland ’49, Grand Junction, CO
Raymond J. Boulds ’50, Poplar
William C. Dockins ’50, Butte
William Schuyler Elliott ’50, M.Ed. ’55, Helena
Patrick E. Lee, M.A. ’50, Great Falls
Roy Grant Malcolm ’50, Missoula
Blanka Wojciechowski Martinet ’50, San Bruno, CA
Margaret Ingeborg Reeb ’50, M.A. ’51, Livingston
Horst H. Schueppel ’50, New Berlin, WI
Harlan H. Schuttler ’50, Bozeman
Marvin R. Stephens ’50, Lewistown
Joseph R. Crowley, M.Ed. ’51, Ed.D. ’63, Missoula
Raymond Dobbs ’51, Great Falls
Charles G. “Jack” Eybel ’51, Bowie, MD
Margaret Drew “Peg” Harriman ’51, St. Ignatius
Orville Lee LaRowe ’51, St. George, UT
Lee Thomson Morrison ’51, Polson
Robert Allen Westcott ’51, Elliston
Helen Duncan Farley ’52, Belmont, CA
Melvin K. Lackman ’52, Billings
Janice Ludwig Nelson ’52, Spokane, WA
Grover S. “Doc” Tyler ’52, Stevensville
Robert Arnst ’53, Cornville, AZ
Lambert L. de Mers ’53, Port Ludlow, WA
Stephen Hucko ’53, Sandy, UT
John S. Spencer, M.S. ’53, St. Paul, MN
Larry Thomas Brodie ’54, Missoula
Annette DesRosier Munson ’54, Columbia Falls
Paul B. Bean ’55, Chetek, WI
Matthias W. Koskela ’55, Plains
Jacqueline Gould Austin ’56, Corvallis, OR
Ronald Oran Eccleston ’56, Anaconda
Ronald Lee Farrell ’56, Danville, CA
Dee Hendricks Shirk ’56, Missoula
Barbara Simonfy Zinnecker ’56, Billings
Gary Russell Castlio ’57, Polson
Peggy Ann Eder Fitschen ’57, Ronan
James D. Owens ’57, Miami, FL
C. Jeannette Underdal ’57, Great Falls
Cara Boggess Corning ’58, Tacoma, WA
Janet Woodcock Getzenberg ’58, Cascade
Oscar B. Prestbo, M.Ed. ’58, Cascade
Jerome Herman Hummel ’59, Jacksonville, NC
Maxine Morse Blackmer, M.A. ’60, Helena
Warren D. Hill ’60, Helena
Barbara Lytle Horton ’60, M.B.A. ’77, Missoula
John A. Linn ’60, Sun City West, AZ
Joyce Massey Shull ’60, Torrance, CA
Herbert K. Anderson ’63, Billings
Kenneth Eugene Hickethier ’63, Missoula
Roderick Lee MacDonald ’63, Great Falls
Jean M. Evenskaas ’65, Sacramento
Hazel Bandy Jacobsen ’65, Ovando
Isobel M. Pohlman ’65, Butte
Randolph K. Moser ’67, Portland, OR
Randy G. Smith ’67, Onalaska, WI
Nell LaVerne Wheeler ’67, Helena
Daryl G. Sorenson ’68, Billings
Antonia Enman Therriault ’69, Missoula
Lowell Conard Lucas ’70, Lewistown
Timothy Stark ’70, Lakewood, WA
Scott D. Frizelle ’71, Minneapolis
Charles F. Greenfield ’71, Missoula
John E. Paradis ’71, Helena
Mary Helen Roscovius, M.A. ’71, Seattle
Vonnie Gregg Webster ’71, Ronan
Robert D. Boley, M.Ed. ’72, Lakeside
Brent L. Garrard ’73, Hamilton
Beth Frisbee Short ’73, ’75, Astoria, OR
William Edward Billingsley ’74, Joliet
Steven Charles Blattspieler ’74, Torrance, CA
Jerry R. Burke ’74, Helena
Gerald Clifton Pike, M.Ed. ’74, Billings
Dwight L. Gauger ’75, Billings
Erik Paul Rocksund ’75, Columbia Falls
Kevin Mikel D. Gallagher ’77, Lolo
James Robert Hosking ’77, Anaconda
Robb LeRoy Wood ’77, Missoula
Amy T. Myhre Hunt ’78, Shelby
Johnny Michael Morton ’78, Missoula
Roberta “Bobbe” Holverson ’79, Belgrade
Robert Wayne Lukes ’81, Trout Creek
Bruce A. Fessenden ’82, Bozeman
Paul L. Frantz, J.D. ’83, Long Beach, CA
Christie F. Murphy ’83, Missoula
Margot Walrath Davis ’84, Stevensville
John Alexander Crane ’85, Lewistown
Rex L. Kohlman ’86, Billings
David T. Ticker ’86, ’88, Florence
Neal Dee Anderson ’87, Frenchtown
Larry Richard Lake ’88, Highland, CA
Marcel Paul Usselman ’96, Missoula
Jody Carpenter Toms ’97, Shakopee, MN
Jeremiah D. “Jer” Nogel ’00, Missoula
Shane R. Maixner ’04, Sandpoint, ID
Kalin Renae Econom ’05, Winifred
Jessica F. Lawhorn ’05, Missoula
Nicholas Sean Porter ’05, Havre
Sophie Morgan Cahill, Spokane, WA
William H. Coldiron, Helena
William G. Craig, La Jolla, CA
Jack Homer Doty, Missoula
Sumner Gerard, Vero Beach, FL
Duane Johnson, Helena
James Theodore Koepke, Missoula
Marjorie Dove Lauson, Billings
Jessica Faye Lawhorn, Missoula
Margaret Smith Little, Missoula
Josephine V. Miller, Polson
Diantha Miller Niles, Carmel, CA
Bert L. Thrasher, Missoula
Christina Maria Trotter, Missoula
George Wandler, Missoula
BENEFACTORS SOCIETY OF THE UM PRESIDENT’S CLUB
New members whose lifetime giving reached the $100,000 level since the Spring 2005 Montanan include:
Silver Level ($250,000 or more)
Ben R. Pollner
Copper Level ($100,000 or more)
Attorneys Liability Protection Society
Andrea M. and Zander Blewett ’71
Ila B. Dousman Fund Inc.
Beverly and Steve Foster ’62
Bonnie and Robert W. Minto ’73
Dorothy Ellen Nelson ’46 Trust
David R. Paoli ’86 and Monica Conrad Paoli ’80
Gerald and Penny Wagner Peabody ’61
Donna E. and Urban L. Roth ’57
Bonnie G. Miller Snavely ’68
John R. Turmell ’64 and Mary Ellen Cawley Turmell ’64
Robert H. Wilson ’53 and Betty Bernhardt Wilson ’52
James M. Wylder ’51 and Frances Jorgensen Wylder ‘53
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