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Class Notes is compiled by Betsy Holmquist '67, M.A.'83. To submit news, please drop a line to the Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, The University of Montana, Missoula, Mont., 59812. You may fax us your news at (406) 243-4467 or send an e-mail to
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Class of 1940: Watch for information in January on your 60th class reunion May 11-13, 2000.
Russell H.D. Edwards '43 was invited to the 50th class reunion for students who had attended Duniway Grade School in Portland, Ore., during the late 1940s. Russ, a faculty member at Duniway, joined other returning faculty members to referee the reunion baseball game. "It's a good thing they [the students] made us ref," Russ said, "but they really shouldn't have been playing either!" Russ and his wife, Jean, live in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Leona Lampi Hassen '46, M.A. '50, has written At the Foot of the Beartooth Mountains: A History of the Finnish Community of Red Lodge, Montana. Retired UM history Professor Harry Fritz wrote in his review, "The Finns have helped to define Red Lodge to the world for more than a hundred years. They are still there, and now, thanks to Lampi's book, they have their history. It's a good one." Leona's first book was Red Lodge Finns, a collection of family histories. She also has written articles on the Red Lodge Festival of Nations and Finnish-English linguistics, and translated Finnish articles and oral history tapes. She currently resides in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Hu Neal Williamson '47, Montana's oldest practicing certified public accountant, received the School of Business Administration's Outstanding Alumnus Award at its 52nd annual scholarship awards banquet in May. Hu is known as an "accountant's accountant" in Sidney for the expertise and advice he shares with area accountants. At the banquet, Hu advised the UM students present to "stay in close touch with the University--join the Alumni Association right away and be an active member."
Class of 1950: Watch for information in January on your 50th class reunion, May 11-13, 2000.
John C. Pine '51 responded to the Winter 1999 Montanan article on Richard Hugo by forwarding his essay "Softball, Richard Hugo, and Me" previously published in Fan: A Magazine of Baseball. Hugo traveled from Seattle to Missoula, John in the opposite direction. Though both worked at Boeing at the same time and called Missoula home, they never met. "Night Game," the poem within John's essay, pays tribute to both men's love of softball.
Ralph H. Olson '56 sent a postscript to the Winter 1999 Montanan "In Memoriam" on Professor Emeritus Reuben Diettert. "Professor Diettert was my botany instructor," Ralph writes, "and his son, Eldon E. Diettert x'52, was in my class. Eldon was a smokejumper for several summers when the base was located at South Higgins and South Avenue, and he was one of 13 smoke jumpers killed fighting the Mann Gulch Forest Fire in the Gates of the Mountains on August 5, 1949."
Robert S. "Bob" Gilluly '57 has self-published One Man's Montana, a collection of his best columns and feature stories from his 24 years at the Great Falls Tribune. "It's light reading," Gilluly says of his book, "something you can put on your nightstand or toss into your camper." Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, have retired to Anaconda where Bob continues to write a weekly column for the Tribune. Before his time in Great Falls, Bob was editor of the Ravalli Republic and a sports information director at UM.
William J. "Bill" Weatherly '57 retired after 13 years with the Anaconda Company and 18 years with the Bureau of Land Management. Bill received his bachelor's degree in mining from Montana Tech in 1981 and is a Certified Mineral Examiner. He and his wife, Laura Ryan Weatherly '66, sing in the Butte Symphony Chorale. They plan to remain in Butte.
Clifford Carl Jacobsen '64 retired as assistant professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During his 30 years at UWSP, Cliff directed the small business institute and taught extension courses and Oxford Prison programs. He performed with the Shoestring Players, "taking roles as a giant, wolf or shish kebab, as the script demanded" and advised the student flying club, Wings. Cliff is now a financial planner and mutual fund counselor for World Marketing Alliance in Stevens Point.
George A. Cole '65 and Susan Bickell Cole '65 have moved from San Diego to Washington, D.C. George continues his business development contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Susan is an international business consultant. The Coles own and operate Media West, Inc., an international marketing company.
Boh Dickey '66 received an honorary law degree from Seattle University in June. President and chief operating officer of SAFECO Corporation since August, 1966, Boh's business accomplishments and community involvement and his company's social responsibility were commended. In 1998 he received Junior Achievement's national Gold Leadership Award for his volunteer work. Boh and his wife, Marilyn Brown Dickey '67, live in Woodenville, Wash.
Terri Barnett Johanson '66 directs the statewide distance learning program for Oregon's 17 community colleges. She received her doctorate from Oregon State University in 1996; her thesis was titled "The Virtual Community of an Online Class." Terri's office is at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
Martin V. Melosi '69, M.A. '71, was named Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Houston. "This is an honor rarely given at the University of Houston," UH Provost Edward P. Sheridan wrote in a letter Martin shared, "and it acknowledges the exceptional performance you have shown as a scholar and teacher." Martin is married to Carolyn Ronchetto Melosi '71.
Stephen Warren Dill '71 is president of Steve Dill & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of sales and marketing individuals in the medical device industry. Steve and his wife, Mary Frasher Dill '79, recently purchased a condo in Missoula and will summer in Montana. They live in Alpharetta, Ga.
Lyman H. "Bill" Bennett III, J.D. '72, was appointed Montana state representative of the Defense Research Institute, the nation's largest association of civil litigation defense lawyers. Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Bill focuses on civil litigation, and business and real estate transactions. He and his wife, Bonnie, live in Bozeman.
Stephen Edward Medvec '72, M.A. '77, will discuss "Self-Government Units Management in the USA" in Suwalki, Poland, in November. He'll cover urban economic development in Philadelphia and American urban policy in Polish. Steve was a Fulbright scholar to Poland during 1973-1975 while a student at UM. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Alexandra.
Ronald R. Campbell '73 received the 1999 Montana State Pharmaceutical's Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service. A Montana State Pharmaceutical Association member for the past 25 years, Ron owns Drug Mart in Cut Bank. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children.
Joelene O'Neill Goodover, M.A. '75, a psychologist for Great Falls Public Schools, was elected to the National Association of School Psychologists. Joelene will represent Montana at annual assemblies and coordinate activities for regional, state and local school psychology associations and the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Joelene has been with GFPS since 1978.
Amy N. Lester '77, M.S. '80, is director of field services for the Conservation Science Division of The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Va. Amy, husband Mark Scardiglia, and sons Alexander and Camilo, live in Falls Church, Va.
William G. Sweeney '77, J.D. '80, is stationed at the Naval Legal Service Office in Jacksonville, Fla. Captain Sweeney joined the Navy in 1980.
Deborah LaCounte Wetsit '78, Ed.D. '92, was recently appointed to the Montana Board of Regents to complete the vacancy created when Colleen Conroy of Hardin retired. Deborah, a member of the Assiniboine Tribe, was a UM faculty member and is currently the program manager for Shared Visions Project: Circles of Care, a counseling service for Indian foster children in Billings, where she resides.
Marcia Herrin, a '79 graduate in home economics, earned her doctorate at Columbia. She was hired as a nutrition professor at UM just as that department closed in the mid-1980s. Marcia went on to Dartmouth where she founded and now heads the Eating Disorders Education, Prevention and Treatment Program. In April, Marcia discussed eating disorders with Katie Couric on the Today Show and in an article in People magazine.
Russell W. Lawrence '79 and his wife, Jean M. Matthews '80, celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Hamilton book store, Chapter One Books, and their 21st wedding anniversary in April. Russ and Jean bought the store 13 years ago, and say it's still fun. "The customers who come in are, by and large, well-read and intelligent people," Russ says, "the kind of people you want to spend your time with every day."
Terry L. Hetrick, Ph.D. '80, is the new president of Dawson Community College in Glendive. He received his bachelor's degree from Carroll College and master's degree from MSU-Northern. Terry was vice president for instruction at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., before returning to Montana.
Timothy B. Starry '80 received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his achievements as an aviation safety officer. Timothy joined the Marines in 1980 and serves as chief of naval aviation training at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Randal J. F. Miller '81 writes: "After ten years, I left my position with the city of Portland and joined Turner Construction Company as a business development manager." He and his wife, Christine, and sons, Matthew and Joe, live in West Linn, Ore. "I encourage any past UM colleagues to contact me at email@example.com."
Marla St. Clair Shoemaker '81 writes that her photograph, "Just Lion in the African Sun," appears on the International Library of Photography Web site. Marla and her family live in Manhattan, Kan.
Sara S. Foland, M.S. '82, CEO and president of Farallon Energy Group in Denver, was named executive director/chief executive officer of the Geological Society of America. A GSA member since 1983, Sara says, "GSA is all about science, stewardship and service. We see ourselves as stewards of earth-science knowledge and of the Earth itself." Sarah will complete her doctorate in tectonics at the University of California-Santa Cruz next year.
John Anthony Blavatsky '85, J.D. '93, and Renee Jacqueline Scatena were married this spring. They both practice law in Phoenix.
Joyce H. Brusin, M.F.A. '85, coordinates on-campus events for the UM Alumni Association. She also works as a freelance writer and editor. Her first published essay, "Memorization: A Childhood on the San Francisco MUNI," which appeared in Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Jody Noffsinger Hellegaard '85 is the new director of fiscal services at MSU-Northern. Judy and Kevin Hellegaard '85, who owns and operates the Dairy Queen in Havre, have two children, Karla and Zachary.
Steven Majstorovic '85, M.A. '87, is a political science professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Martha Sheehy '85, J.D. '88, received the American Bar Association's annual John Minor Public Service and Professionalism award for her pro bono contributions. Martha, a partner at Anderson & Liechty in Billings, has worked to expand low-income residents' access to the justice system since 1995. She helped raise the number of active pro bono lawyers in Montana from 93 to 600 since 1995. At the awards ceremony in April, Martha was cited as one who "demonstrates that public service is--although a road less traveled--populated by truly extraordinary travelers." Martha is married to Sidney R. Thomas, J.D. '78.
Thomas Charles Nicholson '87, associate vice president and assistant cashier at D.A. Davidson & Co. in Great Falls, recently served as chairman of the United Way of Cascade County. Tom and his wife, Barbara, have two sons, Zach and Alex, and a new daughter, McKenzie Shea, born May 3.
John Michael Courtney '87 was promoted to major in the Army while serving a one-year, unaccompanied tour in Seoul, South Korea. In August he transferred to Fort Bliss, Texas, to join his wife, Patricia, and their three children.
Karyn Love Dona '87 married Stefano Dona on March 20 in Milan, Italy.
Natalie Munden Ringland '87 and her husband, John, moved to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula last summer after seven years in the Arctic, where they worked for the local government and the school district. They work full-time for their own company, Touch Alaska, offering technology consulting and interactive media design. "We live in paradise," Natalie writes. "The Kenai Peninsula is home to the world famous Kenai River king salmon. The world record is 97 pounds. And that's no fish story!"
Carl L. Wackerman '88 has begun his third year as choral and band director at International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand. ICS serves the Thai and expatriate community in Bangkok.
Frank D'Angelo '90 recently was named vice president, financial consultant and assistant branch manager of D. A. Davidson's Missoula office.
Steven N. Dorfman, M.A.'90, assistant professor of aerospace studies at Kansas State University, was one of eight faculty members to receive a $500 William L. Stamey Award for teaching excellence and advising. A faculty members since 1996, Maj. Dorfman also commands the Air Force ROTC cadets at KSU.
Stefani Gray Hicswa '91 is interim director for Flathead Valley Community College's Lincoln County Campus in Libby. During her eight years at FVCC, Stefani was a continuing education instructor and an adviser for Upward Bound. She also has done consulting for the U.S. Department of Education. Stefani is married to Scott Thomas Hicswa '90, a forester in the Flathead Valley.
Dennis W. Gaub, M.B.A. '92, operates The Internet Mentor, providing Internet training and technical assistance in customers' homes or offices. A Billings resident, Dennis also is an independent representative for Big Planet, an Internet-based technology company.
Christine Marie Higle '92, M.B.A. '95, and Jeffrey Berke were married April 3 in Las Vegas. They reside in Castle Rock, Colo., and work at Centrobe.
Meegan Anne Kriley '92 has joined the Missoula office of D.A. Davidson & Co. as a financial consultant. Meegan formerly worked in the company's Great Falls office.
Morry Clark Matson '93, who produced his first opera in 1994, is the founder and executive director of the Rimrock Opera Company of Billings. ROC debuts this November in the Alberta Bair Theater with Barber of Seville, featuring baritone Pablo Elvira as Figaro and UM music faculty member Anne Basinski as Rosina. "I look back on my college years at UM with great fondness," Morry writes. "I received a world-class education there and want my alma mater to get a hunk of the glory from our high profile debut production."
Benjamin Phillip Doan '94, M.A. '97, and Yvette Marie Schaach were married April 24 in Cascade. Benjamin is employed by San Diego County.
Stephanie J. Frostad, M.F.A. '94, held a June exhibit of her paintings, "Love Stories," at the Davidson Galleries in Seattle.
Simon Crawford '95 and Jennifer Lasar were married February 14 at Marshall Mountain Ski Lodge in Missoula. Simon is a paramedic with the Missoula Emergency Service. Jennifer is working toward a degree as a medical technician at UM.
Timothy William Kuney '95 and Tina G. Chiampas '96 were married May 15 at the Crazy Mountain Ranch near Clyde Park. They live in Dillon where Tim is director of information systems for Great Harvest Franchising and Tina works for a local dentist. Tim's photo recently appeared in a nationwide print ad campaign for Microsoft and Great Harvest Bread.
Pat L. Murphy '95, '98. After 27 years of working at the University, Pat now is a 4-H extension agent with the Missoula County Extension Service.
George Richard Price, M.A. '96, co-edited To Heal the Scourge of Prejudice: The Life and Writing of Hosea Easton, University of Massachusetts Press. George teaches Native American studies at UM and Salish Kootenai College.
David Clark Dickenson '96 and Tammy Jeanette St. Cyr, M.S. '96, were married May 15 in Great Falls. They live in Calgary, Alberta, where Tammy is a pharmacist and Dave is quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders.
Regan Williams '97 and his wife, Nami, announce the birth of their first child, Austin Musashi Williams, born June 16 on Oki Island, Japan. Regan taught two years with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program (JET), an experience he highly recommends. In August the family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Regan attends law school at Southern Methodist University.
Shamus Michael Kirschbaum '97 and his wife, Julie Glase Kirschbaum, a former UM nursing student, live in Kirchheim, Germany. An English major, ROTC commissioned officer and second lieutenant, Kirschbaum serves as executive officer of a personnel services battalion in Heidelberg. "When we get the chance to travel we usually take day trips to the quaint area towns just to see what they have to offer," Shamus writes. "Each town has its own personality--[Richard] Hugo might have called them 'triggering towns.'" When he received the Heidelberg Symposium and alumni gathering invitation, Shamus vowed to attend. "Great to see familiar faces and for a moment feel like I was back in Montana again," he wrote.
Blair Anthony Bohn '98 and Michelle Gullo were married March 28 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Blair works for Kal-Mont Distributors of Kalispell. The couple resides in Eureka.
Amy Lane Mannix '98 and Ryan Mannix were married March 27 in Las Vegas. Amy is a closing agent and marketing representative for First Montana Title Company in Missoula.
Josh J. Sticka '98 began studying pediatrics and rural medicine this fall at the University of Washington Medical School.
New Alumni Association Life Members
Janet Simmons Bazzett '83, Corvallis, Ore.
Robert D. Blanchet '74, Billings
Jo A. Breneman '93, Walla Walla, Wash.
William Chord '68, Anchorage, Alaska
M. Alan Dunham '57, Union, Wash.
Clyde Frederickson '54, Dallas, Texas
Elizabeth A. Gilbert '68, Spokane, Wash.
Daniel Goldsmith, Sedona, Ariz.
Karyl Neuwerth Goldsmith '80, Sedona, Ariz.
Alan Guanell '86, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Nathan Harrell '95, Portland, Ore.
Renny Hellickson '96, Kalispell
Robert Hoene '70, Bigfork
Charles Holbrook '78, East Glacier Park
Vicki Holbrook, East Glacier Park
Albert Howell '64, Larkspur, Colo.
John Litvin '93, Fayetteville, N.C.
Mary Louise Mark, '85 Grand Rapids, Minn.
Doug Miller '72, Phoenix
William Mitchell '61, Dillon
Stuart C. Nicholson '59, Great Falls
Carina Niedermier '92, Bozeman
John Niemi '65, Littleton, Colo.
Jeff O'Brien '83, Kalispell
Sandra Lippert Orendain '83, Encinitas, Calif.
Dirk Peterson '94, Poplar
Shannon Frantzick Peterson '92, Poplar
DeAnna Gross Poling '81, Issaquah,Wash.
Robert Raffety '66, Missoula
John Reynolds '63, Cut Bank
Linda Reynolds, Cut Bank
Jeanine Jenkins Roadhouse '72, Austin, Texas
David Senf '78, St. Paul, Minn.
Terry Symmes, Missoula
Weymouth Symmes '73, Missoula
Eugene Tidball '53, Boulder, Colo.
Dean Vinal '42, Hamilton
Virginia Young Vinal '48, Hamilton
Teresa Welch '98, Minneapolis, Minn.
Encourage other UM alumni and friends to become life members of the Alumni Association. Call us at (800) 862-5862 for more information.
In order for names 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:
Pauline Powell Tobey '21, Kalispell
Devin Elena Kuhn to Paul W. Kuhn '83 and Berrin Guzel Kuhn, Sept. 24, 1998, Spokane, Wash.
Allison Jean Pinnock to Gina Boysun '92 and Geoff Pinnock, Nov. 15, 1998, Spokane, Wash.
Lauren Eileen D'Angelo to Frank D'Angelo '90 and Ray Lynn McCarty-D'Angleo, March 6, 1999, Missoula.
Marcene Piper to Glenda Skillen-Robison '92 and Wayne Robison, April 5, 1999, Hysham.
Samuel Craig Shepherd to Craig A. Shepherd '84 and Wendy Shepherd, May 2, 1999, Glendive.
Lucia Rose Soloman to Kelly Anne Ward '86 and Gene Michael Soloman '87 May 24, 1999, Missoula.
Allison Elizabeth to Kevin Eames '86 and Bettina Eames, August 12, 1999, Hampton, N.H.
Allie Maren to Amber Baldwin '94 and Devin Case, August 25, 1999, Missoula.
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Silver Level ($250,000-$499,999)
Copper Level ($100,000-$249,999)
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