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Class Notes are compiled by Betsy Holmquist '67, M.A. '83. Submit news to the Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-0013. You may fax your news to (406) 243-4467 or e-mail it to email@example.com. Material in this issue reached our office by September 1.
Dorothy J. Brading '29 was guest of honor at summer groundbreaking ceremonies for the Columbia Falls Junior High School. Dorothy graduated from Columbia Falls High School 75 years ago and is the only remaining member of her high school class. Dorothy received a degree in English from UM and enjoyed acting in plays while a student.
Ethel Chesterman Fleming '37 writes from Billings, "Though I'm over 80, I'm still alive and kicking. In fact, I belong to 'The Golden Dancers,' a group of ladies between the ages of 55 and 85 who specialize in entertaining at retirement homes and senior citizens centers. We're still kicking 'em high and trying to recruit new dancers."
The 60th reunion for the class of 1941 will be held on campus May 17-19, 2001.
Adrien E. "Gene" Hirst '42, a resident of Billings, recently published his book, "Rosebud Battleground."
Robert H. Fisher '43 wrote "The Sapling," a freshman forestry newsletter, and a "Montana Kaimin" column, "Vox Ursi," while a student at UM. During World War II, Bob wrote for the Army; his "Military Police Journal" was distributed to MPs world-wide. Now a resident of Tucson, Ariz., he continues writing, most recently an environmental article for Stone Container. "I was the beneficiary of two interested and helpful deans, [Forestry Dean Tom Spaulding and J-School Dean A.L. Stone]," Bob adds. "They launched me down the right path. I am still a Grizzly blessed with the memories of a great school and two fine leaders."
The 50th reunion for the class of 1951 will be held on campus May 17-19, 2001.
Leroy M. Moline '52, who retired from his Glendive dental practice in June, has found international homes for his dental equipment, instruments and library. A free dental clinic in Mexico received five to ten percent of his equipment; the remainder is on its way to the cities of Naryn and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Roy donated the items through an international partnership program linking the Montana National Guard and Kyrgyzstan. The program emphasizes improving disaster and emergency services in former Soviet bloc countries. In September the Montana National Guard loaded Roy's four dental chairs, cabinets, equipment and professional library into a five-ton truck for the first leg of its journey to eastern Europe. The shipment is expected to arrive after the first of the year.
John D. Imsande '53 retired in June as professors emeritus in the Dept. of Agronomy and the Dept. of Zoology/Genetics at Iowa State University. ISU's Research Foundation has filed a patent application on John's research aimed at improving the nutritional value of soybean seeds. John's biography will appear in the 2001 edition of "Who's Who in America." He writes from his home in Ames, Iowa, "I thank The University of Montana for helping to get my career on track approximately 50 years ago!"
Donald C. Orlich '53, D.Ed. '63, adjunct professor at Washington State University, has published more than 100 professional papers since 1960, his most recent being "Education Reform and Limits to Student Achievement." A jazz aficionado, Don sends words of praise for two CDs recently recorded by UM alumni: "Love Story" by Dee Daniels '70 and "I'm Still Swingin'" by Arnie Carruthers '55.
Kim Forman '56 was ordained an Episcopal priest in June and now serves at St. Peter's Church in Seattle's International District. He is chaplain at the Swedish Hospital in Ballard and twice a month does street ministry through Operation Nightwatch. In 1992 Kim earned a master's degree in theology from the University of Dallas. He is a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Kim's wife, Mary Travis Forman '58, enjoys "being a professional volunteer and keeping up with seven grandchildren."
Stanley C. Harrison '56 retired in 1996 after 25 years as a geologist for Exxon Exploration Co. Stanley lives in The Woodlands, Texas, and would like to hear from classmates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gail McLain Rader '59 is president of the Montana State Chapter of P.E.O. She is a licensed real estate broker and property manager in Havre.
Boh A. Dickey '66 was elected to the Potlatch Corporation Board of Directors. Boh is president and chief operating officer of SAFECO Corp. in Seattle.
Carolyn Dusek Jette '66 is part-owner of Prairie Collection, a gift shop located in Stanford's Historical Basin Trading Post.
Gary L. Nelson '66 manages the Bo Jackson Sports and Fitness Center on the Nike World Campus in Beaverton, Ore. For 22 years following graduation, Gary taught and coached at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He was athletic director at MSU-Billings and the Multnomah Athletic Club. Gary and his wife, Sandi Bahr Nelson, live in Tigard, Ore. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
William J. Beaman '67, M.A. '72, retired as a vice president after 28 years with D.A.Davidson. Bill also retired as a Colonel with the Army Reserves where he spent 30 years, serving during the Vietnam era and as a participant in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. "Like many retirees," Bill writes, "I now go under the title of 'consultant.'" Bill and his wife, Vicki Watson Beaman '68, reside in Helena.
Carolyn S. Nayematsu '68 is executive director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota. Carolyn received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and an Academic Staff Award for her accomplishments and services. She and her husband, Vincent Platt, an editor for West Group, reside in St. Paul.
George H. Peck '68 is vice president for public affairs and operations for the Aurora, Colo., Chamber of Commerce. He formerly directed public affairs for the Medical Center of Aurora.
Thomas A. Cannon '72 is city manager for Tybee Island, a beach resort near Savannah, Ga. After retiring from the Army in 1994 as a Lt. Col., Tom worked in municipal positions in Dandridge and Sevierville, Tenn. He invites friends to visit Tybee Island and to e-mail him at tcannon@-cityoftybee.org.
Rolland W. Karlin '72, a teacher at Big Timber Grade School, is one of 200 teachers selected nationwide for the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He received a $7,500 educational grant for his school, a Presidential citation and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Charles E. Scott, M.A. '72, professor of economics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, for five months beginning March 2001. In 1993 Charles taught at Tallinn Technical University in Tallinn, Estonia, on a Fulbright and in 1994 received the Chair's Award for Distinguished Teaching in Economics at Loyola College.
Carol Bulger Van Valkenburg, '72, M.I.S. '88, UM journalism professor, is one of three Journalism Teachers of the Year selected by The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan international foundation promoting free press and free speech. Carol was honored for the creation and development of UM's Native News Honors Project, a senior-level class that challenges student reporters, photographers and editors to go beyond mainstream journalism and broaden the coverage of American Indians. Carol, faculty advisor to the "Montana Kaimin," received $10,000 as part of her award.
Timothy P. Brick '75 owns Brick Wheels in Traverse City, Mich. The bicycle/ski store has been named one of the nation's top 100 bike shops four times.
Melvin McNea '75 a CPA with Summers, McNea & Company P.C. of Billings, was named Montana Accountant Advocate of the Year for 2000 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Kathie L. Jenni '76 is professor of philosophy at the University of Redlands where she has taught ethics and social philosophy since 1988. This spring she received the Faculty Review Committee's Outstanding Service Award. Kathie has published essays on animal rights ethics, moral psychology and social philosophy. A resident of Orange, Calif., she enjoys summers in Lewistown.
Jenanne B. Solberg , '76, M.M. '78, a ten-year faculty member at Billings Central Catholic High School, is director of the school's bands, choirs and orchestra. Jenanne is also a 20 year member of the Billings Symphony, where she serves as principal viola.
William C. Barlet, M.A. '77, M.P.A. '78, is director of Broadband Access Evolution for Qwest in Boulder, Colo. "Treasure your time in Missoula and at UM," he writes. "The good Lord did his best work when he blessed us with Montana." John and his wife, Belinda, have three children: Brittany 16, Chase 11 and Addison 8. William concludes, "I live in beautiful Colorado, but have always argued that John Denver's bona fide Rocky Mountain High was actually based on Big Sky Country. And so was mine."
Bradley E. Dugdale, Jr. '80, senior vice president and financial consultant in D.A. Davidson's Coeur d'Alene office, is co-author of "Let's Save America!" The book is aimed at helping adults realize the value of saving. A dollar from the sale of each book goes to the Let's Save America Foundation, which focuses on teaching school children the importance of saving.
Christine E. Brummer '81 is vice president for tax and legal affairs with Arbor Investments Group in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Christine previouisly was a director in the Detroit offices of Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Diana Lynne Burke '82 is vice president and professional banking manager for Bank of the West in Portland, Ore. Diana develops and manages deposit and loan relationships with professional firms in the Portland area.
Cliff Bara '83, a teacher at Troy High School, is one of 200 teachers selected nationwide for the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. He received a $7,500 educational grant, a Presidential citation and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Margaret "Peggy" Worden '83 and Mark Allen Larson were married May 5 in Missoula. They live in Reliance, Wyo.
Kyle H. Albert, M.A. '84, creates copy for Websites, direct mail, brochures, catalogs, print ads and radio as "Copy Chef" at email@example.com. Kyle, his wife, Judi, and three-year-old son, Ivan, live in Boise, Idaho.
Dana Black Hogan '84 and T.J. Hogan were married July 8. Dana teaches English at Seattle Lutheran High School and T.J. is an accountant for Glitsa American. They reside in North Seattle.
Sharon Muller-Ho '85 is principal flute for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. She is associate principle flute with the Rainier Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle. Shari is also a member of The Lake Quartet, a professional flute quartet, and plays in ballet, opera and musical theater orchestras in the Seattle area. She and her husband, Man Chung Ho '93, recently moved into their first home, which overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Valerie McRill-Samson '86, a third-grade teacher at Peterson Elementary School in Kalispell, was awarded a 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Valerie's winning submission, "Kids in Socks," based on Dr. Seuss's "Fox In Socks," incorporates math, graphing, weighing, numbers, geometry, literature, art and drama She received a $7,500 educational grant for her school and a Presidential citation during recognition ceremonies this fall in Washington, D.C.
Michael Dennis Sweeney '87 is an immigration caseworker with the Bay Area Vietnamese-American community. He and his wife, Nipakhorn, and daughters Marisa, Sarah and Katy, live in San Jose. Michael spent seven years working in Thailand prior to 1997 and hopes to work overseas for the State Department in 2001.
Carl Wackerman '88 is in his fourth year as band and choral director at International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregory F. Viggiano '89 received a Yale Fellowship to work towards his doctorate degree in Greek classical history and philology, specializing in Homer. In 1998 Greg earned a master's degree in classical studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He resides in New Haven, Conn.
Brenda Watts '90, '93, M.A. '93, is assistant professor of Spanish at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Penn. Brenda earned a doctorate degree in romance languages at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
Kelly W. Elder '92, a history and social studies teacher at Fergus High School in Lewistown, received a James Madison Fellowship to fund his pursuit of a master's degree in political science. Kelly is attending graduate classes at UM and will conclude his degree work at Georgetown University next summer. This past summer he spent five weeks on a Fulbright Cultural Exchange to Thailand and then worked as an aviation dispatcher and helitack crew member for the U.S. Forest Service in Helena. Kelly is a current member of the Alumni Association's Board of Directors.
Neal Leathers '92, Brad Robinson '92 and Bjorn Nabozney '93 are owners/partners of Missoula's Big Sky Brewing Company. "We now employ thirteen people," Brad reports, "and are working on an expansion that will vault us to 25 employees." Brad and Bjorn started the brewery in 1995, and now sell their beer "from Alaska to South Dakota." All three are married to UM alumnae: Neal to Lori J. Hudak '87, Brad to Susan Mandeville Robinson '95, and Bjorn to Tamara Olson-Nabozney '97.
Kaia Lynn Lenhart '92 is a senior public affairs officer at the United Nations in Washington, D.C.
Sharon Zunick Moses '92, M.A. '99, received a full-ride scholarship to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., to pursue a doctorate degree in anthropology. Her three-year curriculum program, focusing on ancient belief systems, cultures and rituals, will be followed by a year of field work and a dissertation. Sharon was coordinator of Native American Affairs at Flathead Valley Community College where she organized and led troupes of Native American drummers, singers and dancers on trade missions to Japan. After earning her master's degree in anthropology at UM, she spent six weeks with archaeological scholars on digs in Belize and Guatemala. Sharon's dream is to teach at the college level.
Tom Gardner '93 is co-founder of The Motley Fool. Tom graduated from Brown University, then attended UM where he studied linguistics and geography and claims that here he, "got the best education I ever got." The Motley Fool, Inc. includes the popular Web site, www.Fool.com, a syndicated newspaper column, a weekly radio show and several best-selling books, all dealing with personal finance.
Michael J. Burke '94 is the Pfizer Parke-Davis northwest district manager for women's health care. A recipient of many sales awards since joining the company in 1997, Mike resides in Portland, Ore.
Rachel I. Schneller '95 is editor-in-chief of "The Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs." Rachel resides in Bologna, Italy, and credits UM's writing program for the background it provided her.
Cheyan M. Towne '95, a resident of Las Vegas, is finishing her master's degree in marketing from the University of Akron, Ohio.
Kristen L. Adams '96 is the Washington state on/off-premise market manager for Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide. Kristen previously worked as a retail sales analyst for Brown-Forman.
Lori P. Carey '96, a reporter for the "Helena Independent Record," is among the Montana Small Business Journalists for 2000 chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Lori has been with the "Independent Record" since 1997, and focuses her writing on issues affecting small business.
Nancy Lamb Roth '96 and Stephen Roth '96 were married in August 1998. Nancy earned her master's degree in speech/language pathology at the University of Maryland in 1999. Stephen received his doctorate degree in kinesiology/exercise physiology there in May and is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Dept. of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Their son, Nels Stanton Roth, was born July 24 in Pittsburgh.
Erica S. Olsen, M.F.A. '98, is the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison for 2000-2001.
Jennifer Zellmer '98 has completed two years on the cruise staff of Holland America. Jen has traveled on the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, the Alaskan inland passage, the Mediterranean, the Baltics and will embark on a 96-day world cruise in January. Her duties include hosting nightly theme parties, daily sports activities, game shows, escorting tours and welcoming and assisting passengers. "The world's a wonderful place to see," she writes, "but there's no place like Montana, and I miss my family and friends dearly."
New Life Members
Suzanne E. Crocker '64, Palo Alto, Calif.
Jon Freeland '97, Missoula
Joseph F. Govednik '60, Orinda, Calif.
James T. Hauck '90, Billings
Sara Fenter Knies '90, Bellingham, Wash.
Patrick A. Madison '76, Golden, Colo.
Debra Schmitt Magures '87, Englewood, Calif.
William L. McChesney '70, Miles City
Louise McChesney, Miles City
Heidi Beals McClain '74, Smyrna, Ga.
William P. Mufich '42, Butte
George R. Pease '30, Lynnwood, Wash.
Patricia J. Shevlin '97, Portland, Ore.
Steve R. Sibra '79, Missoula
Monte J. Solberg '79, Lewistown
Starla Peck Solberg '80, Lewistown
Geoffrey J. Sutton '75, Missoula
Joseph A. Turmell '69, Calexico, Calif.
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:
Anna M. Sestak Lukens '23, Missoula
Mabel E. Cyr Driscoll '26, Omaha, Neb.
Marvin Mason Marcy '27, Hayden Lake, Idaho
Sylvia Erickson Taylor '29, San Francisco
Ellen Christine Shields '33, Billings
Mary Wilkinson Jackson '34, Scio, Ore.
George Beck Long '34, Portland, Ore.
B. Meyer Harris '35, Laurel
Elizabeth "Betty" Wright Paul '36, Hamilton
Caroline M. Taylor '36, Kalispell
Charles H. Schramm '37, Billings
Patricia B. Taylor '38, Wichita, Kan.
Harriet Hammond Wyckoff '38, Gig Harbor, Wash.
Howard Jordan Doyle '39, Statesville, N.C.
Leif A. Dreyer '40, Billings
B. Franklin Sigman '41, Spokane, Wash.
H. Lee Hamlett '42, Casa Grande, Ariz.
Loretto Charlotte Lohman James '42, Great Falls
Robert B. Plummer '42, Thompson Falls
Calvin Stanford Robinson '42, Kalispell
Dallas William "Bill" Beaman '43, Missoula
Stanford A. McGuire '43, Missoula
Helen McDonald Clark '44, Butte
Eileen Murphy Guay '44, Kalispell
Virginia Mackey McCarthy '45, Missoula
William L. Jesse '47, Grand Junction, Colo.
Rudolph Paul "Rudy" Koch '47, M.A. '52, Butte
Mariann E. Alexander '48, Fort Worth, Texas
Kenneth A. Hallead '49, Lincoln City, Ore.
Ivan H. Hodges, M.A. '49, Troy
Erford "Bob" Jaqueth '50, Libby
Charles William "Bill" Jardine, L.L.B. '50, Miles City
Harold "Harley" Keyser '50, Missoula
James D. Murphy '50, Butte
Thomas Franklin Murray, J.D. '50, Missoula
Wesley Ryland Woodgerd '50, M.S. '52, Stevensville
Gomien D. Brown '51, Great Falls
Beryl Handford Overton '53, Portland, Ore.
N. Lawrence Coloff '54, M.A. '61, Puyallup, Wash.
Hubert W. Keltner, M.A. '54, Sandpoint, Idaho
Scott Charles Leedham '55, Billings
Thelma J. Donithan Kekich '56, Missoula
Sharon Tri Gillett '58, Missoula
Marguerite Hansen Kinney '58, Missoula
Olga R. "Ollie" Travis '58, Eureka
Evelyn Mikkelsen Stauffer, M.A. '59, Dillon
John F. Iwen '60, J.D. '60, Great Falls
Marabeth Louise Schmitz '60, Kalispell
Craig E. Smith '60, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Jack David Lincoln '61, St. Regis
Rose Marie Stiver '61, Las Vegas
Karen Marie Tomsik Blank '62, Bozeman
Susan M. Puphal Koch '64, M.A. '76, Missoula
Alden Everett Beller, M.A. '65, Kalispell
Kathleen "Kay" Bangman Luding '65, Ft. Collins, Colo.
Ladd E. Macaulay '66, Juneau, Alaska
David Eldah Payne '66, Mill Creek, Wash.
Kenneth E. Schwisow '66, Merced, Calif.
Kathleen Williams Thompson '66, Missoula
W. James "Jimm" Worthington '66, Kalispell
Douglas G. Anton, D.Ed. '68, Castle Rock, Colo.
Melvin J. Wojcik '69, Helena
Judith Larson Chapman '75, Missoula
Jan Rothermel '75, Missoula
Michael John Laabs '76, Bigfork
John J. Harper '77, Lewistown
Launce A. Airhart '78, Hopkins, Minn.
Christopher John McCormick '81, Elephant Butte, N.M.
Anita Jane Miller Osborne '82, Great Falls
Paula Jean Jellison '85, Seattle
Phyllis Kay Jun Bray '92, Whitefish
James Michael Adkins '94, J.D. '98, Boise, Idaho
Douglas Patrick Ellman '94, Silverton, Ore.
Bruce A. Mycroft '94, Florence
Mary Mista Bell, Missoula
Robert J. Boyd, Anaconda
Yvonne Blackwelder Byrne, Laurel
Ezio Cappadocia, Hamilton, Ontario
Louise Castles, Portland, Ore.
William David Diehl, East Helena
Joyce Elise Folsom, Missoula
Madlyn Hulla, Missoula
Neil Eugene Johnson, Cut Bank
William John Kliber, Missoula
Douglas W. Mayer, Missoula
Henry G. McClernan, Butte
Lois A. Meuli, Dayton
John "Jack" Milford Onstad, Missoula
Joyce Ann Palmer, Phoenix
James H. Provost, Washington, D.C.
Ruth Mary Bailey Quast, Corvallis
Margerete Sommer, Missoula
Carmelita C. Stokan, Helena
Robert Lee Velde, Missoula
Noah Benjamin George to Wendy Nord George '93 and Joe George IV, February 12, Missoula
James Theodore O'Rourke to Michelle Munson O'Rourke '94 and Michael John O'Rourke '93, February 13, Great Falls
Gaige William DeShazer to Lara A. DeShazer '94 and Robert Scott DeShazer '93, March 3, Missoula
Ella Lucille Delger to Christina Seeley Delger '94 and Craig Delger, May 15, Cary, N.C.
Sean Patrick Kaleva to Elizabeth Maloney Kaleva, J.D. '95 and Joel Louis Kaleva J.D. '95, June 6, Helena
Alexandra Rarae Barkus to Tamara Lee Barkus, J.D. '96, and Jason Allen Barkus, June 7, HavreLucas Roy Jensen to Peggy Eberhart Jensen '86, '96 and Richard Roy Jensen '96, July 7, Anaconda
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