Class Notes are compiled by Betsy 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@UMontana Alumni.org. Material in this issue reached our office by February 8, 2006. Please contact UMAA with all name and address updates at the above addresses or phone (877) UM-ALUMS.
The 70th reunion for the class of 1937 will be held on campus May 11-12, 2007. Contact the alumni office for further details.
Robert F. Cooney ’32 and his wife, Carol Wells Cooney ’35, Helena, celebrated their seventy-first wedding anniversary on June 3. They met at a skating rink while in college and married the day Carol graduated from UM. Carol recently had her driver’s license renewed and walks for exercise. “Until last fall,” Carol says, “I swam a quarter mile three times a week.”
Lena Bravo Riveland ’36 traveled from Saratoga, California, to attend her seventieth class reunion in May. Accompanied by her son, Jim, Lena was introduced to the 2006 graduates at commencement. Fewer than 2,000 students attended UM when Lena was a student. “You knew just about everybody then,” she says. “There are so many new buildings now. It’s become a university instead of a school.”
A Letter From the Alumni Board President
Michael McDonough is originally from Glendive. He graduated from UM in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1976 he earned a doctorate in economics at Texas A&M University. After teaching economics at several universities, Mike spent most of his career in the telecommunications industry. He and his wife, Mary, also from Glendive, reside in Dallas, Texas, and Rollins.
Whether we attend Homecoming this fall, have recently visited Missoula, or think back to our student days at UM, all of us appreciate the beauty of the campus sitting at the base of Mount Sentinel and bordering the Clark Fork River. However, something on campus is missing—a missing piece that makes UM unique among schools in the Big Sky Conference. Our University does not have an alumni center. The exciting news is that a center has recently been designated a priority in the University’s capital campaign. Donations by several generous alums have enabled planning work to begin, but realizing the dream will require creativity, hard work, and, of course, funds. The alumni center will be a welcoming and gathering place for alums, friends of the University, and visitors. It will include reception rooms, meeting facilities, and display areas, and will provide office space for alumni association and foundation staff, currently housed in a renovated dormitory. This center will be more than a building. It will be a place to “stay connected,” to maintain, renew, and strengthen relationships with alums, with students, and with the University. The result will be a stronger UM. There is ample opportunity for all of us to participate. We hope you can help.
The 60th reunion for the class of 1947 will be held on campus May 11-12, 2007. Contact the alumni office for further details.
Dean E. Galles ’41, Billings, brought Alaska’s Bloodiest Battle, a newly released History Channel documentary to his sixty-fifth class reunion in May. Dean was flown to Attu Island by the History Channel and is interviewed in the documentary about his participation in the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands in June 1942.
George Ryffel ’41 of Arlington, Virginia (left), and classmate Bill Murphy ’41 of Wildomar, California, climbed to the M during their sixty-fifth class reunion this spring. Both men hiked to the M at their fiftieth and sixtieth class reunions, and have vowed to repeat the climb in 2011 at their 70th reunion.
Clary Kaufman Cory ’43 has long been a local celebrity in Great Falls. Formerly a newspaper columnist, a participant in every Junior League follies, and a sought-after convention speaker, Clary’s current notoriety is as a silent, suffering, housecoat-wearing character in the Dusty’s Sprinklers Service TV commercials. “I’ve always felt I was meant for show business,” Clary explains. “I’m a ham, and I laugh a lot.”
Dorothy Craig Trent ’47, Lebanon, Oregon, recently donated two near mint-condition UM annuals to the alumni association. One, the 1906 Sentinel, is the university’s first annual. It lists all prior graduates and notes the first appearance of “Mascot Teddy.” (See Artifacts, page 40.) If you have copies of the Sentinel you would like to donate, or if you are looking for a special copy for your library, please contact the alumni association.
The 50th reunion for the class of 1957 will be held on campus May 11-12, 2007. Contact the alumni office for further details.
Byron A. Bayers ‘52, Twin Bridges, was named Pilot of the Year at the Montana Aviation Conference. Byron has been a pilot for fifty-one years and has flown nearly two million miles.
Arnie Carruthers ’55, Spokane’s piano jazz legend, was fêted November 10, 2005, when the city’s mayor declared it “Arnie Carruthers Day.” “You’ve put Spokane on the musical map,” he was told. “We love and appreciate you.” Arnie grew up in Kalispell, attended UM, and moved to Spokane in 1957. There he played at the Davenport Hotel, as well as in gigs at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle and the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. In 1974 Arnie suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side. He trained himself to play piano one-handed, enrolled at Eastern Washington University, and completed the degree in music theory he had begun at UM. Still a regular at the annual Sun Valley Jazz Fest, Arnie performed at Spokane Community College last November at the request of his grandson, Nick Klassen, a student at SCC. Nick was fulfilling a requirement for his music appreciation class and needed an audio-visual—Grandfather Arnie. Many members of Arnie’s family were in the audience that day including his daughter, Charlotte Carruthers, a vocalist with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. When asked about the most memorable performance of his career, Arnie replied, “I haven’t had it yet!”
Donald L. Newhall ’59, M.Ed. ’67, has written Dora— Thine is the Glory: Living with Hodgkin’s Disease, a biography of his wife’s faith despite her terminal illness. A retired school superintendent and resident of Loon Lake, Washington, Don was inspired to tell his wife’s story hoping it would provide inspiration for others’ lives. Information on his book is available from www.authorhouse.com.
NEW PREZ FOR MCC
Stefani Gray Hicswa has been making things happen most of her life. Recently named president of Miles Community College at the ripe old age of thirty-eight, she was an Advocate coordinator and resident assistant at UM, as well as peer adviser, Watkins Scholar, and a member of several campus organizations. Homecoming queen her senior year, Stefani graduated with high honors in organizational communications in 1991.
She is shown here with her family at the Muddy Creek Ranch outside Wilsall. Stefani and her husband, Scott, know about career juggling. Scott, a 1990 UM forestry grad from Port Murray, New Jersey, worked for eleven years as a forester with Stoltze Land and Lumber Company in Columbia Falls while Stefani commuted to Libby, Bozeman, and Austin, Texas, working and picking up a master’s degree in adult education from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in community college leadership from the University of Texas.
The couple made major career and life changes three years ago when they signed on as joint managers of the Muddy Creek Ranch. Their first son, Kalin, arrived in the fall of 2004. His brother, Keegan, arrived in February. “I’m a first generation college graduate,” Stefani says, already earmarking 2025 and 2027 as her sons’ graduations years. “The rural aspect of life in Miles City is a perfect fit for our family,” she says, adding, “Scott will work part time as a land management and natural resources consultant, doing lots of child care, but with time to hunt and fish.” Most days this ranch girl from Dillon, Montana, will don a business suit instead of jeans as she heads out the door, her energy and talents ready-made for her new position. Stefani’s looking forward to next May, too—her first Bucking Horse Sale in her new hometown.
The 40th reunion for the class of 1967 will be held at Homecoming, September 28-29, 2007. Contact the alumni office for further details.
Robert E. Rickels, M.A. ’60, Billings, taught at Concordia College in St. Paul, not Moorhead, Minnesota, as listed in the Spring Montanan.
Stanley J. Underdal ’60 received the 2005-2006 Outstanding Lecturer Award, one of the top faculty awards given by San Jose State University. A member of the history department and the American Studies program, Stanley has been on the SJSU faculty since 1984. “I’m not preparing future historians when I teach a survey class,” Dr. Underdal commented. “I’m helping to prepare better engineers, biologists, social workers, computer scientists, and business majors. I try to equip them with ways to comprehend the world and the people they will deal with every day.”
Lorna Mikelson Nelson ’63 performed a recital of oboe/organ music in March at La Trinité in Paris, France. Lorna recently completed her forty-first year as principal oboe of the Bozeman Symphony and continues to be active with the Gallatin Woodwind Quintet and the double-reed trio, OBoze.
Karl A. Egge ’65 retired in May after thirty-five years teaching economics, finance, small business, and entrepreneurship at Macalester College in St. Paul. At a reception honoring his years of outstanding teaching, Karl learned that hundreds of his former students had pledged $2 million to endow a professorship in his name. He has also received Macalester’s Thomas Jefferson Award for lifetime teaching excellence, research, and service. Karl encourages students seeking career advice to “go out and make a buck” rather than enter graduate school. “Invest in relationships,” he urges. “Then, reach back and help others.” Remembering his years at UM, Karl speaks highly of his econ professors George Heliker, Dick Shannon, and John Wicks. He’ll still teach a course or two at Macalester as his youngest of four daughters begins college this fall.
Tom Lee Huffer ’66 writes from Eagle River, Alaska, “On March 19, I was inducted into the inaugural class of the Alaska High School Sports Hall of Fame. I am the first football coach inducted into this organization.” Often referred to as the dean of Alaska coaching, Tom retired as the longest-serving head football coach in the Cook Inlet Conference. A teacher and counselor at Chugiak High School, he was also involved in wrestling and track.
Pierre M. Cantou ’66 received the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his service to real estate and rights protection programs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Pierre has worked in the Phoenix area office for thirty-two years as a paralegal specialist on surveys, land, and water rights claims.
Hale F. Williams ’66, is co-founder and vice president of Safe Shop Tools Inc. in Missoula. The company has developed and marketed the Back Buddy for lifting brake drums and hub assemblies from trucks, an entire line of Truck Service tools, and the BoaGrip, a nylon lifting sling for moving gas cylinders and metal poles. The company’s current project is the RoundUp Ramp, a lightweight, foldable platform/ramp to replace the tailgate in a pickup truck.
Rodger D. Young ’68, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was selected by his peers to be included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Roger presently heads a civil litigation boutique, Young & Susser, PC, with offices in Southfield, Michigan, and New York City.
Keith L. Beartusk ’71, Billings, retired in April as director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Rocky Mountain Region, ending a thirty-six-year career with the federal government. Keith looks forward to hunting, fishing, golfing, trying his hand at making ceremonial pipes, and enjoying grandchildren, Brent and Kaci Lloyd. Keith and his wife, Debby, have two daughters, Miki Lloyd of Helena, and Tahnee Barnes ’97, M.B.A. ’99, a financial analyst for IBM in Butte.
Joseph G. Marra ’77 continues to practice labor law in Seattle as a partner at the firm of Davis Grimm Payne and Marra where he has been for nineteen years. Joe was recently awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award for his work on behalf of small business and recognized by the Washington Bar Association for his pro bono work. He also serves on the board of directors for the Italian Studies Department at the University of Washington. Joe and his wife, Yungmi, have two children—Sam, seventeen, and Maria, thirteen. “In my spare time,” Joe writes, “I ride Dakota, the wonder horse, and rope small animals.”
Are the Greeks History
The walls (and everything else) of the Phi Delta Theta house in Missoula came tumbling down the first weekend of June. The FIJI house has closed. As Greek fraternity and sorority memberships decline, a hearty group of alumni is working hard to resurrect Greek life at UM. Members of UM’s Greek Task Force are holding summer parties for prospective UM students and raising funds for scholarships. They’ve already met several times on campus and will reconvene at Homecoming. They hold regular conference calls, put out an impressive pamphlet, and have enlisted several heavy-hitters on campus.
Emily Yaksitch, UM’s Greek life coordinator and a Kappa Kappa Gamma from the University of Washington, speaks fervently of the values and friendships she experienced with sorority life. Yet, Emily’s acutely aware of some national trends in Greek living that are mirrored in the falling numbers of Greeks on UM’s campus.
Phi Delt Brian Dirnberger ’96, a local member of the task force, reflected on the 1,500-plus men whose college lives centered around their Phi Delt experience. Hoping the fraternity can continue, he explains: “A chapter can exist in the dorms and funds can be set aside to buy a new house. Having a vibrant Greek community requires student body support. Undergraduates who understand the concept and the lifetime benefits will make the commitment.” But times have changed dramatically from the heydays of fraternity row that many members of the task force remember. Living regulations and options have multiplied. Today’s student mix flies in the face of conformity. Yet, there are those values—those friendships and tradition-laden experiences that Greek alumni count among their deepest UM connections.
Interested? E-mail Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 243-2005.
Thomas P. Barnett ’79, ’85, Gilbert, Arizona, was named a fellow in the Society for Technical Communications for his dedication to improving the profession of technical communications. Tom is a senior computer analyst at the development center of the Salt River Project.
Richard L. Robbins, M.A. ’79, director of creative writing and the Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University (MSU), Mankato, received the Minnesota Humanities Commission’s 2006 Kay Sexton Award for his contributions to Minnesota’s literary culture. Rick was recognized for “fostering books, reading, and literary activity; helping build and nurture a thriving literary community in south-central Minnesota; advancing the careers of dozens of writers; connecting the MSU, Mankato campus to the larger community; and for significantly enriching the cultural environment in his region of the state.”
Ron Gillet ’81 began his volunteer involvement with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) in 1986. He currently serves as vice chair for its board of trustees. Ron also was recognized as HOBY’s 2005 Volunteer of the Year. He and his wife, Jan, live in Tempe, Arizona, where Ron is vice president of underwriting for Countrywide Home Loans, FSLD.
Jeremiah C. Lynch, ’J.D. ’81, was selected new U.S. Magistrate in Missoula, replacing
Leif “Bart” Erickson ’64, J.D. ’67, who retired June ninth. Jeremiah has practiced in Great Falls and most recently in Missoula. Bart has moved back to Whitefish to be with his children and grandchildren. He previously served on the UM Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
Robert P. McCue ’83 is the current president of Missoula’s Downtown Kiwanis Club. Bob and his wife, Sydney, own and operate Eagle Self Storage and U-Haul facility. Bob also runs a self-storage consulting business. The McCues have two sons—Scott, a junior and Sigma Chi at UM, and Sam, a sophomore at Sentinel High School. Bob writes, “I am looking forward to seeing old friends and attending the alumni gathering on the 100th anniversary of the Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi at Homecoming this fall.”
Therese Clark Nugent ’85, Sonoma, California, is a certified culinary instructor at Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School. She is also a food writer and a professional fitness and nutrition consultant. After reading our tailgate recipe challenge in the last issue of the Montanan, Therese wrote, “I know tailgating. I’m a graduate of The University of Montana, after all.” Click on “Tailgate Recipes” at the UM Web site (www.umontanaalumni.org) for Therese’s favorites. “I particularly enjoyed the article on the Mission Mountain Wood Band,” Theresa said. “I, too, was a member of the Jubileers, traveling to Vienna in 1983 under the tutelage of Professor Don Cary. Wonderful memories!”
John E. Davis ’86, is the Pacific Northwest regional manager for Zep Manufacturing Company in Kent, Washington. He received the 2006 Acuity Brands Chairman’s Award for Impact and Leadership. John recently finished his military career at the Pentagon after twenty-six years with the U.S. Army Reserve. He and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters, Elizabeth, nine, and Christine, five.
Thom Jensen ’88 received two Emmys in June for his work as an investigative reporter for KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego. His story, “Behind Closed Doors,” which won the political reporting Emmy, exposed deals cut in secret meetings at San Diego City Hall to fund the construction of a major league baseball stadium, PETCO Park. The story also won the Watchdog Award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Thom’s environmental reporting Emmy was awarded for “Rocket Fuel,” which showed how rocket fuel manufacturers in the Las Vegas area dumped millions of tons of perchlorate, a carcinogen, into the Colorado River. Jensen and his team traced the pollutant from Nevada to water taps and foods in Southern California. Thom and his wife, Melanie Wingo-Jensen, have two children, Tanner, nine, and Grace, three, and a third on the way. They live in San Marcos. “I cannot say enough about how men like Joe Durso, Gus Chambers, and Bill Knowles helped shape my future,” Thom writes.
Claudi Jo Sterner Lund ’89 begins her eighteenth year of teaching elementary school in Hamilton this fall. This spring she received her second nomination for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Claudi was nominated for the KPAX Educator of the Week and was a finalist for the KECI Gold Star Teacher Award. She notes that her first grade teacher, Janet A. Flanders ’70, M.Ed. ’76, teaches at Missoula’s Franklin School, and that Scott Holland ’04, a former third-grade pupil, is now teaching with her in Hamilton. “It’s truly remarkable that there are currently three teaching generations of first-grade teachers within our five-valley system,” Claudi writes. “I have had and continue to have the love of teaching, and I find great joy in being part of Hamilton’s extraordinary community.”
Shannon Holmes Behounak ’91, and Jeffrey E. Behouneck ’91 Billings, both received promotions to director within the Shaklee Corporation and were recognized at the company’s international convention this summer in San Francisco.
Michelle L. Truax ’95, Helena, is program supervisor in the Office of Consumer Protection at the Montana Department of Justice. Michelle previously worked in the Crime Victim Compensation Unit of the Department of Justice and for the Montana Board of Crime Control. In 1998 she was recognized by the FBI for her work improving the state’s compliance with national hate-crime reporting requirements.
Danchen Yi Astle, M.ACCT. ’96 was featured in a May 17 article in the Denver Post. She and her husband, Daniel P. Astle ’92, M.B.A. ’96, own A-A Printing LLC in Denver, and have developed a strong business printing menus for Chinese and other Asian-owned restaurants and Chinese-language business cards. Their company was also noted for helping fuel the growth of Asian-owned firms in Colorado.
Zachary D. Cain ’97 joined the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady Streich Lang LLP as an associate in the White Collar Crime Practice Group. Zachary previously worked for the Maricopa County Public Defenders Office and the Montana’s Federal Defenders Office.
Kortny K. Rolston ’97 is city editor of the Post Register daily newspaper in Idaho Falls, Idaho. At a National Press Club dinner in April, the newspaper received the Edward Willis Scripps Award and a cash award of $10,000 for a series of articles documenting the improper sealing and hiding of court files involving sexual predators.
Greg Fitzgerald ’98, M.Ed.’02, and Keeley Konen Fitzgerald ’99 announce the birth of their daughter, Halle Catherine, on March 19, 2006. Halle joins siblings, RJ, seven, Brynley, six, and Jace, three. Greg is the principal and head football coach at Ennis High School. Keeley works from home as a freelance writer and an administrative assistant for several Ennis businesses. “The family is busy, but so much fun,” Keeley writes.
Ashley Mares Jones ’98, parent-liaison for Bozeman’s Sacajawea Middle School and Longfellow Elementary School, received the Bozeman Peacemaker Award. Ashley assists in connecting with the parents of students with special needs and of those students experiencing other difficulties in the school system. She previously worked for both Belgrade and LaMotte school districts.
Steven D. Nash, M.Ed. ’99, and Belinda J. Munday-Nash, Pharm.D. ’01, announce the birth of their second child, Benjamin Peter Nash, on May 9, 2006. Benjamin joins big brother William Russell Nash. Steven is an elementary school teacher in Bozeman. Belinda is a pharmacist at Highland Park Pharmacy in Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Karen Novatney, J.D. ’99, and Patrick R. Kane ’99 were married May 20, 2006, in Missoula. Karen practices personal injury law in the Missoula firm of Meismer & Associates PLLC. Patrick is a professional fly-fishing guide and works in Montana and southern Chile.
Paul J. Staso ’90, ’93, is currently on a 3,200-mile solo run across the United States. His trek came about as the result of a “Run/ Walk Across America” curriculum idea developed by Paul, his wife, Vicki Opstad Staso ’87, a physical education teacher at Missoula’s Russell Elementary School, and their daughter Ashlin. With the goal of increasing student fitness, Paul challenged the fourth- and fifth-graders at Russell to take a virtual run/walk across the United States. If either class completed the trek—totaling their mileage from running or walking during their P.E. classes—Paul vowed to make the actual race. On April 25, the Russell fifth-grade class logged 3,200 miles. (The fourth-graders completed their journey May 16.) Paul began his run in Cannon Beach, Oregon, on June 23, outfitted with a converted baby stroller filled with fifty pounds of gear. He plans to reach Cape Henlopen in Lewes, Delaware, on September 27. The curriculum ideas generated by Promoting Active Children Everywhere (PACE), as the program is now known, have reached educators across the country, as well as Runners’ World magazine online and KidsRunning.com. Log onto www.pacerun.com to read more about PACE, to follow Paul’s run, and to cheer him on.
Callie Ann Meyer ’00, Seattle, is events manager at the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art in Tacoma, Washington. Callie has worked with master glass artist Dale Chihuly, whose Bridge of Glass links the museum with downtown Tacoma.
Michael J. Sparr ‘00, Missoula, launched Goomzee Web Services (named after a childhood friend)three years ago through his holding and venture company, RSI Global. Mike’s key to success: “Rather than telling your employees what to do, inspire them. Work alongside them.” Visit his Web site at www.goomzee.com
Jeremy M. Bennett ’01 writes from New Haven, Connecticut, “As of April 2005, I have been working for the Center for Language Study at Yale University on a feature-length film to raise awareness on the issue of child trafficking. I would like to make myself available to UM students/recent grads needing help in foreign language, business, technology, or film making.” Jeremy’s e-mail is email@example.com
David C. Jones, M.S. ’01, a chemistry teacher at Missoula’s Big Sky High School, received the Vernier Technology Award for High School Teaching at the 2006 National Science Teachers Association conference. Working with colleagues from UM’s Department of Chemistry and Center for Environmental Health Sciences, and the Missoula City and County Health Departments, David and his students created “Air Toxics Under the Big Sky,” a research project seeking a link between incidences of asthma and air pollutants during severe temperature inversions.
Derek D. Crosier ’03 performed this spring with the Juilliard Theatre Orchestra’s “New Dances/New Music” in New York City. Derek is a graduate student at Mannes College of Music in New York.
Denise Juneau, J.D. ’04, Helena, is director of Indian education at the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Before attending law school, Denise taught high school on the Fort Berthold and Blackfeet reservations. Among the team of Indian education specialists working with Denise are
Mandy Smoker Broaddus, M.F.A.’03, and Amy Sings in The Timber, J.D. ’05.
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.
Mary Anderson Dundas ’32, Miles City
Victor C. Vadheim ’32, Hamilton
Percy Frazier ’34, Missoula
Einer “Jerry” Aasheim ’35, Polson
Lorraine Storms ’36, Walla Walla, WA
Wayne B. Gitchel ’38, Wausau, WI
D. Jeanne Mueller ’38, J.D. ’40, Missoula
Robert T. Sterling ’38, Polson
Leonard M. Benjamin ’39, Bigfork
Ada Milne Clapp ’39, Lafayette, CA
Curtis E. Flint ’39, Kalispell
Harold R. Riveland ’39, Saratoga, CA
Oliver A. Roholt ’39, Raleigh, NC
Richard P. Williams ’39, Fargo, ND
Frank J. Davis ’40, Missoula
Virginia Strickland Hasting ’40, Tumwater, WA
Mary K. Dye Hveem ’41, Libby
Rachel Gitchel Williams ’41, Linton, ND
A.E. “Gene” Hirst ’42, Billings
Kay Nichols Burnam ’43, Salinas, CA
James Samuel Caras ’43, Missoula
Corné Murphy Leaphart ’43, Helena
Mary Jo Pease Plummer ’43, Polson
Jean M. Wiegenstein ’43, Seattle
John Babtiste Bellusc ’44, Maple Valley, WA
Dorothy “Two Dot” Martin Mather ’44, Billings
Patricia Corbin Osweiler ’44, Issaquah, WA
Joann Randall Pierce ’45, Gig Harbor, WA
Walter F. Rathbone ’46, Havre
Bette Lorenz Ronish ’46, Lewistown
Tannisse E. Brown ’47, Pomona, CA
Dolores Fellows Brown ’48, Helena
Cecil “Jim” Deming ’48, M.Ed. ’54, Helena
James McDonough, J.D. ’48, Billlings
William L. Baillie ’49, Great Falls
Donna C. Thompson Brown ’49, Bozeman
Dale Virgin Clawson ’49, Missoula
Kathy Lloyd Cloud ’49, Whitefish
Orville G. Haugo ’49, Scobey
Thomas Kiely, J.D. ’49, Great Falls
Albert Gale Linebarger ’49, Saint Paul, MN
Maurice “Bud” Weaver ’49, Drummond
James L. Weir ’49, M.Ed. ’60, Helena
LeRoy Aserlind ’50, Livingston
Harold L. “Whitey” Garnaas ’50, J.D. ’50, Missoula
Eugene Theodore Kallgren ’50, Williamsburg, VA
Dean Stanley Clark ’50, Las Cruces, NM
Robert P. “Bob” Hasquet ’50, Shelby
Virginia Dare Olds ’50, Missoula
James A. VanSickle ’50, Worden
Paul E. Byrne ’51, Billings
Douglas E. Dean ’51, Missoula
Vladimir V. Pishkin ’51, Oklahoma City, OK
Robert Smith ’52, Palm Springs, CA
Florence L. Cook Stone ’52, Missoula
Robert L. Antonick ’53, Kalispell
Ingrid Garnaas Crymes ’55, Missoula
Arthur Lawrence Roe, M.S. ’55, Missoula
Richard S. Tracy ’56, Redding, CA
Clifford D. Wiley ’56, Denver
Robert Harry Anderson ’57, Helena
Jeanne Smith Morrison ’57, Billings
Audrey Kay Wacker Banks ’59, Billings
Paul Eric Nordstrom ’59, Corvallis
Joan Oechsli Boifeuillet ’60, Hemet, CA
Mary Sue Moore Newlon ’60, Carson City, NV
John R. “Jack” Thibaudeau ’60, Great Falls
Bernard Howard Hunk, M.M.Ed. ’64, Sidney
John J. “Jack” Stuart ’64, Helena
Mary V. Hoven Schultz ’65, Kalispell
Violet Baker Miller ’66, M.Ed. ’69, Lolo
Carol Jean Reinhardt Powalisz ’66, Billings
Philip J. Janik ’67, Vancouver, WA
George M. Mungas ’67, Philipsburg
Marilyn Mustoe Barnes ’69, Dixon
Edward G. Millis ’69, Las Vegas
Gene A. Anderson ’70, Bend, OR
Donald Wayne Farwell ’70, Sultan, WA
Karen Elstone Willis ’70, Bonner
Joseph Duffy, J.D. ’71, Great Falls
Terry G. Plakke ’71, Missoula
Allen Lee Doole ’72, Tuttle, OK
Gary W. Ashmore ’74, Stevensville
Catherine Rae Batt Barrett ’74, Juneau, AK
Mary C. Dratz ’74, Oklahoma City, OK
Hazel M. Horsager Drenth ’74, M.Ed. ’88, Superior
Mary O’Leary Hyers ’74, Medina, OH
Paul E. Crowley ’77, Missoula
Keith Morris Gilman ’77, Denver
Michael R. “Jorgie” Jorgensen ’77, Kalispell
Bryce Monroe Wildcat ’79, J.D. ’91, Wolf Point
Pamela Wallis Kierulff ’82, Missoula
Michael R. Mercer ’85, Yakima, WA
Michael Patrick Jellison ’91, Redmond, WA
Keith Alan Kallio ’95, Helena
Margaret “Meg” Vinson, M.S. ’98, Victor
Jerrold Scott Bemrose ’99, Stevensville
Mark B. Hathaway, J.D. ’99, Stevensville
Taylor Samuelson Cook, J.D. ’01, Billings
Brooke Easterday ’01, Woodlake, CA
Cynthia Lee Phillips ’01, Missoula
Christina Marie Anderson ’04, Helena
Craig Patrick Gordon ’07, Missoula
Terry Ansell, Richmond, TX
Emma Hawk Briscoe, La Conner, WA
Dorothy Burrell, Missoula
Edwin Dean Charlton, Long Beach, CA
Maiben Malee Drescher, Anaconda
E.P. Pete Ekegren, Choteau
Jean Sperry Emerson, Stevensville
Charles H. “Hoot” Gibson, Missoula
J. Justin Gray, Fort Lauderdale,
Kelly Graybeal, Sun Lakes, AZ
George Heliker, Polson
Mary Lou Johnson, Missoula
Evelyn Marie Kolendich, Missoula
Jeanette Lake, La Mesa, CA
Avis Baldwin Mitchell, Miles City
K. Dennis Osborne, Greenwich, CT
Lester Orin Smith, Helena
W. Edwin Stahl, Missoula
Sara Steensland, Bellingham, WA
Melvin Stokke, Anaconda
Paul A. “Doc” Wagner, Missoula
William O. Wallinder, Missoula
Iris Montana Gritzner to Jason Montague Gritzner, M.S. ’03, and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, May 13, 2005, Sandpoint, ID
Gracie Marie Appelhans to Warren Appelhans ’95 and Jamie Bras Appelhans ’99, December 19, 2005, Eureka
Rafe Walter Loren to Jessica Loftus Loren ’97 and Nathan Loren, February 9, 2006, Longview, WA
Ava Katherine von Wenner to Katie Bryars von Wenner ’99 and Paul von Wenner, March 6, 2006, Portland, OR
Caden Anthony Dirnberger to Brian Dirnberger ’96 and Kasey Hensel Dirnberger ’99, March 31, 2006, Missoula
Megan Karley Wells to Sarah Pippin Wells ’96 and Matthew E. Wells ’96, April 10, 2006, Parkville, MO
Hunter Daniel Grulke to Daniel Emerson Grulke ’99 and Amy Grulke, May 3, 2006, Fairfax, VA
Tanner James Wiegert to Neal Thomas Wiegert ’85 and Joan Essmann Wiegert, May 11, 2006, Missoula
James Ru-Shiao Lee-South to Garry South ’76 and Christine Wei-li Lee, May 26, 2006, Santa Monica, CA
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 by visiting our Web site, www.UMontanaAlumni.org. Annual memberships and payment plans are available. The alumni association thanks them for their support.
Marleen Bain, Missoula
Phil Bain, Missoula
Kenneth D. Cooper ’75, Eugene, OR
Jason Derlatka ’95, Santa Monica, CA
Anne K. Duffy, Cedar Park, TX
Mary Harnett Ensch ’00, Long Beach, CA
Jonathan Fleury ’99, Olympia, WA
Dean M.Gillmore ’83 Missoula
Robert Gustin ’85, Albuquerque, NM
Darren Hickel ’85, New Hope, MN
R. Scott Horsley ’73, Scottsdale, AZ
Carol Busch Hurst ’70, Eureka
James L. Hurst Jr. ’69, Eureka
Robert S. Jackson ’69, Bayshore, NY
Chester C. Jolly ’61, Aberdeen, WA
Patrick C. Kenney ’88, Butte
Karl Knuchel ’76, J.D. ’79, Livingston
Carolyn Jernigan Lott, Ed.D. ’85, Missoula
Donald E. Olsson, J.D. ’49, Ronan
Harold Palmer, San Antonio, TX
Linda L. Quinlan, Missoula
Geannine T. Rapp ’92, Great Falls
William C. Rathert ’97, San Francisco
Peggy Burtch Rouillier ’87, Franklin, TN
Jack F. Russell ’65, Chillicothe, IL
Julie B. Schwartz, M.P.A. ’96, Corvallis, OR
Martin E. Ueland ’66, Fresno, CA
A. Warren Wilcox ’65, Missoula
BENEFACTORS SOCIETY OF THE UM PRESIDENT’S CLUB
New members of the Benefactors Society of the UM President’s Club, whose lifetime giving reached the $100,000 level since
the Fall 2005 Montanan was published, are:
Platinum Level ($1 million or more)
Margaret M.L. Tse
Copper Level ($100,000 or more)
Michael ’75 and Kim Blodnick
Howard “Nick” and Angela Chandler
Ripley Scott Comegys
Bruce E. and Suzanne Moore ’64 Crocker
John W. and Julie Dixon
E. Edwin ’73 and Joyce P. Eck
Lyle R. ’58 and Gail Lindseth Grimes
Jeffrey T. ’67 and Martha Hamilton
George M. Mungas ’67
Russell ’25 and Diantha Niles Estates
Rick and Penney Oncken
Ivan ’50 and Marian Fosland ’51 O’Neil
Ronald ’58 and Judy Paige
William ’65 and Cheryl Saari ’66 Papesh
John ’57 and Jean M.H. ’58 Peterson
Donald ’63 and Michele Robinson
Jeffrey W. ’68 and Mickey Cummings Sogard ’68
Viola B. Wetterstrom Estate
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