Fall 1996 Montanan - Volume 14, Number 1
Class notes are compiled and edited by Paddy O'Connell MacDonald, M.A. '81. If you would like to submit information, please write to her c/o Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-1313. Or e-mail your news to:
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Dorris Harbert x'21, a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Polson, celebrated her 99th birthday on March 12.
Ethel Brockway Grieve '22 lives in Spokane.
Kenneth W. Hufford '34 in LaFayette, Calif., plays with a musical group, "Oldies but Goodies," at convalescent hospitals, retirement homes and senior centers. He recently received an award from the National Library of Poetry for his poem, "I'm Thankful," which will be published in the Best Poems of the '90s.
Ruth Ambrose Stennett '34 of Olympia, Wash., recently published Hidden Beauty: The Art of Gemstone Photography.
Edith Peterson Gronhovd '36 of Billings received an honorary doctorate from Rocky Mountain College.
Martha "Mike" DeMers '40, M.Ed. '63, of Missoula was recently inducted into the Museum of Mountain Flying's Aviation Hall of Fame
Jack Burnett, J.D. '49, a tax attorney in Billings, was featured in a Billings Tennis Association newsletter.
The work of George Gogas '51, a Missoula artist, was featured at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls.
Dr. William A. Reynolds '52, a Missoula internist, is president-elect of the American College of Physicians.
William J. Speare '52, J.D. '94, practices law with the Billings firm of Herndon, Sweeney and Halverson.
Donald C. Orlich '53, Ed.D. '63, of Pullman, Wash., recently published his 13th book, Designing Successful Grant Proposals. Don, who taught at Washington State University for 29 years, recently conducted a week-long seminar on grant writing at the University of Jordan at Aman.
The Washoe School District in Reno, Nev., named a new elementary school after Ted Hunsberger '54, to honor him for making a difference in the lives of teachers and students in his 34 years of service.
David Leuthold '54, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, won the University of Missouri 1996 Thomas Jefferson Award.
Carol Nicholson Culver '55 and her husband, Bob, live in La Jolla, Calif., and own Culver's Travel Photojournalists, specializing in photographing recreational activities and travel destinations.
William S. McVicars '56 retired in February as president of First Federal Bank of Idaho. After 34 years of service. He and his wife, Bertha, live in Lewiston and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They have four children.
George Weatherston '56 retired May 31 after 31 years with the Job Service of North Dakota, where he was an interviewer, manager and college placement coordinator. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Fargo. They have a daughter, Samantha.
John P. Heggers '58, professor of plastic surgery, microbiology and immunology and director of clinical microbiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, received the Curtis P. Artz Distinguished Service Award in March.
Don Stevenson '58, a USDA forester from Missoula, participated in an information exchange with forestry officials from Kazakhstan sponsored by the Cochran Fellowship Program and the Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance.
Mari Amadeo '59, M.F.A. '67, Frances Mari Carden, made her debut at a piano recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in May.
Ron Hinman '59 retired after owning the Choteau Drug for 30 years. He and his wife, Chris Henderson Hinman x'58, plan to maintain their home in Choteau and travel.
Gail Guntermann '60 recently received the 1995 Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. An associate professor of Spanish at Arizona State University, Gail also directs a Modern Language Association grant to review and redesign teacher education programs for university departments of languages and literatures.
Tom Monger '60 teaches political philosophy at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. He published The Death of Communism and the Rebirth of Original Marxism. He was elected vice president of the United Faculty of Florida and completed his first year as chief negotiator for the state university system's bargaining council.
Ronald B. Chase, M.A. '61, Ph.D. '68, a professor of geology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, was awarded a grant by the Terrestrial Sciences Program of the U.S. Army research office.
Martha "Peggy" Speelmon x'61 is a registered medical records administrator and a certified medical staff coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach Calif.
Ralph Lintz '62, M.B.A. '67, a retired bank president in Orchard Homes, Wash., carried the Olympic torch during ceremonies in Bremerton.
Redge Martin '62 is with the NATO/SHAPE Support Group's Civilian Personnel Service Center in Chievres, Belgium. His work involves travel in Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and France.
Lorna Mikelson Nelson '63 of Bozeman is a member of the Gallatin Woodwind Quintet and will be the featured soloist at a Bozeman concert in September.
Phil Card '64, M.A. '66, is vice president of operations for TomaHawk II, lives with his wife, Janet, in San Diego.
Ruth Ostenson '65, M.A. '67, a psychology professor at Worchester State College in Worchester, Mass. Her essay, "Who's In and Who's Out: The Results of Oppression," which was in Lectures on the Psychology of Women.
Dick Holmquist '67, M.S. '69, won the American Chemical Society's 1996 Northwest Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching. The award, presented at the society's annual meeting in Corvallis, Ore., was given to Dick for his outstanding achievements as a teacher and for his exceptional contributions to science education. Dick, who teaches at Sentinel High School in Missoula, is married to Betsy Brown Holmquist '67, M.A. '83. They have a son, Torrey.
Darrell Hagen '68 is pursuing his doctorate in higher education while serving as academic dean of the Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana. Darrell and his wife, June x'68, have two grown daughters, Sara Hull '94 and Jenny.
Channing Hartelius '68, a Great Falls attorney, is president of the Cascade County Bar Association.
George Peck '68 of Aurora, Colo., directs community affairs for Columbia Presbyterian/St. Lukes Medical Center in Denver and does voice-overs for Premier Talent Services.
Robert Wood, Ed.D. '68, a professor at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, was a 1996 recipient of the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching.
J. Michael Young '69, J.D. '73, is a principal in the Great Falls law firm of Ugrin, Alexander, Zadick and Higgins.
Charles R. Cashmore '70, J.D. '73, lives in Billings and practices law.
Patricia Elliott Schoonover '70 of Clintonville, Wisc., earned a doctorate in creativity and creative problem solving through Walden University, a virtual campus based in Minneapolis, Minn. Patricia and her husband, Reid, have two children.
Keith Beartusk '71 directs the Billings area office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Brad Hertz '71 writes: "After an exciting career in the Middle East in education and training, I have been living in Salt Lake City for the last 10 years working as principal of an adult education high school completion program. I have a beautiful wife and five children: Stephen, Ben, Julia, Michael and Susannah."
Roy Robinson '71 of Missoula was named to the National High School Hall of Fame.
Stephen E. Medvec '72, M.A. '77, defended his dissertation, "Obstacles to Economic Integration in Post Communist Central Europe: A Case Study of the Czech and Slovak Republics and Poland," at Temple University in Philadelphia. He will receive his doctorate in September.
Jack Tanner '72 is design editor of the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, where he's worked for nine years, winning layout, design and special section awards. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Champaign.
Mick Dennehy '73 lives in Missoula and is head football coach at The University of Montana.
Rebecca J. Manring '73 earned her doctorate in Asian languages and literature from the University of Washington in June. She teaches Hindi and Sanskirt in the religious and India studies departments at Indiana University in Bloomington
Tim Ragen '73 earned a master's degree from Stanford University and his doctorate in biological oceanography from Scripps College in La Jolla, Calif. He now works for National Marine Fisheries in Honolulu. Recently, Tim's brother, Brian, of Spokane, sent us a news story featuring Tim removing a fishhook from a Hawaiian monk seal.
Ravindra S. Thapa '73, of Karnataka, India, writes: "Since my return to India in 1974, I have used the experience and education gained to adapt to Indian conditions. I joined the tea industry, working with organizations as a tea taster, auctioneer, seller, blander and¬most recently¬general manager, marketing tea, coffee and mineral water in the Indian market. I've now started up my own company, which will provide teas in bulk and in packets and tea bags to markets within the country and also to interested parties anywhere in the world.
"I would very much like to be a part of the alumni constituency as best I can from this faraway place, and would be delighted to be of any help to anyone coming to India, Nepal or Sikkim."
Janelle Fallan '74 is executive director of MOMENTUM, a Spokane economic development association. She and her husband, Ken Durham '70, executive director of the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors, enjoy attending alumni functions and Grizzly games in Eastern Washington. "I proudly wear copper, silver and gold. You won't see me in maroon at a UM function," Janelle writes. "Maroon and gray are WSU colors and I'm too proud of being a Griz here in Cougar country to want to blend in!"
Ernie Jean, M.Ed. '74, Ed.D. '88, former Florence-Carlton School superintendent, teaches in UM's education department.
William Marcus '74 of Missoula directs UM's Broadcast Media Center.
John Lingner, M.A. '75, of River Forest, Ill., was reelected secretary of the Chicago's Union League Club. An attorney in the law firm of Kakacek and Lingner, John and his wife, Margaret McLaughlin, have four sons.
Kathie Jenni '76 lives in Orange, Calif., and is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Redlands. She was awarded a $3,000 Graves Foundation Teaching Prize for her classroom presentations on practical ethics and personal morality.
Jack Kendley '76 is a forest silviculturist for the Helena National Forest and, he writes, "a whitewater rafting nut."
Gregory G. Murphy '76, a principal in the Billings law firm of Bellingham, Longo and Mather, chairs the Montana Board of Examiners.
L. Thomas Winfree Jr., Ph.D. '76, of Las Cruces, N.M., published his third book, Understanding Crime: Theory and Practice. He is on sabbatical leave from his position as department chair and criminal justice professor at New Mexico State University. Tom and his wife, Eileen, are in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he is studying New Zealand police and prison practices. They have a son, Matthew.
Robert Wrigley, M.F.A. '76, of Omega Bend, Idaho, won the 1995 Poetry Center Book Award for his book, In the Bank of Beautiful Sins.
John Buxton '77 of Laramie, Wyo., was inducted as a charter member in the Owatonna, Minn., High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
David Pfrimmer '77 lives outside Fairbanks, Alaska, and is principal of North Pole Elementary School. He and his wife have three children.
Daniel Sullivan '77 is executive manager of information systems for the Montana Power Co. in Butte.
Navy Cmdr. William G. Sweeney '77, J.D. '80, received his second Meritorious Service Medal while serving at the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I.
Julie Swanson '77 is a partner in the law firm of Altheimer and Gray in Chicago.
Diana Louise Bjorgen '78, M.A. '93, Ph.D. '95, works at Western Montana Community Mental Health Center in Missoula.
Tana Sparks Dearborn '78 teaches chemistry at West Linn High School in West Linn, Ore. She recently received a teaching award from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Sidney R. Thomas, J.D. '78, was sworn in as a judge for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this March. He and his wife, Martha Sheehy '85, J.D. '88, lives in Billings.
Perry Cole '79 is vice president of business development for the Energy Services and Communication Division of the Montana Power Co. in Butte.
Kitty Hatton Mackey '79 of Waukesha, Wis., is associate editor of Nutshell News.
Shelley George Van Atta '79, director of college relations and marketing at Rocky Mountain College, at the Billings YWCA "Salute to Women" awards banquet this spring. She and her husband, Larry, have three children.
Peggy Probasco '80, J.D. '83, lives in Butte and is president of the Silver Bow Bar Association.
Patrick D. Sheehy '80 and his wife, Wendy O'Leary x'78, live in St. Paul, Minn., where Pat works in the College Advancement Office of Macalester College. They have two children, Mariah and Dylan.
Dirk A. Williams '80, J.D. '85, works for the law firm of Church, Harris, Johnson and Williams.
James Bruggers '81, M.S. '87, writes a column and covers environmental topics for the Contra Costa Times, West County Times, Valley Times and San Ramon Valley Times in the San Francisco area. Jim lives in Oakland.
Attorneys Steven Carey '81, J.D. '84, and Paul Meismer, J.D. '81, formed a limited partnership, Carey, Meismer and McKeon, with offices in Missoula and Anaconda.
J. Kim Schulke '81 is a shareholder in the law firm of Linnell, Newhall, Martin and Schulke, which has offices in both Great Falls and Kalispell.
Jim Crist '82 is an attorney in Edina, Minn. He and his wife, Jodie Hagstrom, have a daughter, Carly.
Darrel Mast '82 and his wife, Esther, of Oregon City, Ore., began a three-year Mennonite Central Committee assignment in Africa's Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Jim C. Cumming '83, lives in Helena and practices law.
Doug Decker '85 directs the Tillamook State Forest Interpretive Program in Forest Grove, Ore. His wife, Marie Mahon-Decker '85, is an international student adviser for Portland Community College. They and their daughter, Emma Marie, live in Portland.
Tom Dimmer '85 writes: " I have taken the big step and am launching a microbrewery in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the shadow of the other UM. The micro is called Worker Bee Brewing Company and will brew an amber, pale ale and porter. We'll be primarily local, so alumni in the Midwest should keep an eye out for it on this fall. I'm currently living in a 100-year-old Victorian house in Fowlerville with my wife, Holly, and our son, Zachary. We're expecting a child in October.
Kyle Larsen '85, J.D. '95, is an attorney with the Larsen and Neill Law Firm in Great Falls. He works with his brother, Kory '89, J.D. '92, and father, Dirk '52, J.D. '56.
Peggy Marshall Prigge '85 lives in Butte with her husband, Brad, and their children Teal and Sage. Peggy homeschools the children and is assistant drama director of their church.
Michael Dahlem, M.A. '86, practices law in Helena.
Katharine Havert '86 lives in Beaumont, Calif., and teaches seventh grade science at Fontana Middle School. She and her husband, Ben Royland, have two children, Lucas and Darcy. They "long to retire in Missoula as soon as possible and get back to the easy, slow pace of the Montana lifestyle."
Pat Ortmeyer '86 is outreach coordinator for the Institute of Energy and Environmental Research and managing editor of the institute's, Science for Democratic Action. She writes: "I currently live in Takoma Park, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C., where I try to avoid Capitol Hill politics as much as possible."
Steve Gniadek '87 is a wildlife biologist in Glacier Park.
Catherine Murray, M.F.A. '87, is assistant professor of sculpture at East Tennessee State University. She received major grants for 1996-97 to develop public art projects. Catherine lives in Jonesborough.
Janie Sullivan '87 lives in Mesa, Ariz. and owns her own business doing production support (graphics and documentation) for clients worldwide. She was nominated for a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Phoenix, where she received her M.B.A. in 1991.
Tami Nyquist Whalen '86 and her husband Warren, live in Murrieta, Calif. They have a daughter, Kara, and a son, Cory. Tami will graduate from medical school this year.
Bradley A. Larson '88 is an international technical support engineer at Micron Electronics in Napa, Idaho. He and his wife have a son, Erik.
Kevin Forder Phillips '88, M.P.A. '93, J.D. '94, lives in Butte and works for State District Court Judge John "Jack" Whelan. He's also vice president of the Silver Bow Bar Association.
Tia Rikel Robbin '88, J.D. '91, a shareholder in the Kalispell law firm of Kaufman, Vidal and Hileman, is co-president of the Northwest Montana Bar Association.
Tonya Duggan Schaff '88, J.D. '91, lives in Great Falls and practices law with the firm of Mateucci, Falcon, Squires and Lester.
Gary Carmichael '89 teaches at Paris Gibson Middle School in Great Falls.
Keith Fortmann '89 was married to Melissa Martinez in July 1995. In February he was hired as an account specialist for CNA in Overland Park, Kan.
Larry Heidel '89 writes: "I have relocated from Chicago to Southern California and am now working for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, Calif. I am currently on the production management staff for a project about dinosaurs that will be the first in-house digitally produced animated movie for Disney¬slated to be released in 1999. I'm also the principal trombonist for the Valley Symphony Orchestra in Van Nuys and the Santa Susanna Symphony Orchestra."
Sean P. Stack x'89 graduated from the University of Idaho in 1992 and lives in Boise, where he is a design engineer for Trus Joist MacMillan.
Clint Porter '90 is art director for Kochmab Consulting in Great Falls.
Holly Johnson '91 lives in Missoula, where she owns First Discount Travel.
Timothy C. Line '91, J.D. '94, is an attorney with the law firm of Milodragovich, Dale, Steinbrenner and Binney in Missoula.
Jeffrey Noble, J.D. '91, lives in Broadus and is the Powder River County Attorney.
Teresa Reardon '91 of Missoula is a news reporter for KECI-TV.
Kellie J. Wells, M.F.A. '91 was one of 28 Western Michigan University graduate students who received the 1996 Graduate Research and Creative Scholar awards for contributions to WMU's research. Kellie, who is pursuing her doctorate in English, has published eight short stories, two of which won honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize in 1995. She lives in Kalamazoo.
Lisa Renee Dunn '92 recently earned her master's degree in physical education from San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif.
Nick Helwig '92 graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and began his residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Joe Kolman '92 is chief of the Bozeman bureau of the Billings Gazette.
Patricia Day-Moore, J.D. '93, lives in Whitehall and practices law.
Beth K. Price '93, after teaching English in Japan and traveling abroad for two years, lives in Fort Collins, Colo., where she is on the marketing team for a credit union.
Cyndi Raymond '93 is a social worker at the Salvation Army in Missoula.
Kellie M. Wasik '93 earned her master's of education degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson University in 1995 and is now the head athletic trainer at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C.
Susan Galbreath '94 of Browning is a state certified counselor at the Blackfeet Chemical Dependency Program.
Larry Mikkola, M.B.A. '94, of Hardin is vice president of finance at Westmoreland Resources.
Navy Lt. Bruce L. Peck '94 is in the Western Pacific Ocean near the island of Taiwan aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
Willie A. Sharp '94 is a seventh grade language arts teacher with the Browning Public Schools.
Cory M. Bruce '95 is president of Norwest Bank Montana in Circle.
Jennifer Hicswa '95 lives in New Jersey and works in New York as a marketing associate for American International Groups.
Brady L. Meltzer '95 lives in San Francisco and works for Advent Software.