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John Gerecht, Olympia, is a customer service representative for the Washington State Department of Licensing. Still a devoted photographer, he’s looking forward to retiring.
Susan Miller, Honolulu, Hawaii, is project director of Discovering Genius, a University of Hawaii small-business development project. A faculty member for 15 years in the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, she earned her master’s degree at Arizona State University.
Ross Carey, Edmonds, a family physician in one of the last independent, doctor-managed groups in the region, still enjoys his work at Edmonds Family Medicine clinic. He attended the University of Oregon after Evergreen, and earned his M.D. at Case Western Reserve University in 1984. He still enjoys road biking.
Eunice Barnett, Tacoma, a grandmother of four, is an account executive with Comcast Cable Corporation. She fondly remembers her days serving as internship coordinator with Larry Stenberg, and working with Maxine Mimms to create Evergreen-Tacoma. Eunice is thankful for that experience and is proud to introduce others to the Evergreen way of learning.
R. (Bob) Ford Denison, Saint Paul, Minn., is a fellow in the College of Agriculture, and adjunct professor in ecology and evolution at the University of Minnesota. His most recent book, Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture, Princeton University Press, was published in July. He continues the research on symbiotic nitrogen fixation he started at Evergreen in 1973, and has been married to postharvest physiologist Cindy Tong for 20 years.
Tom Lenon, Seattle, is a faculty member at Seattle Central Community College, where he teaches graphic design using Evergreen principles whenever he can. He’s been married to Jeanie Taylor ’77, since 1976. They have two sons, Alexander and Patrick.
Constance Palaia Marr, Grants Pass, Ore., and her family—husband, Kevin, and 13-year-old daughter, Sylvia—own and operate the 16-unit historic Motel Del Rogue, just south of Grants Pass on the banks of the federally designated “Wild and Scenic” Rogue River. They are realiz- ing a dream, living and working in a spectacular setting, hosting a special clientele.
Barbara (Olsen) Curtis, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., has worked in publishing since 1986: as a sales representative for Simon and Schuster; as the sales/marketing manager for Bookpeople; running Books Beyond Borders, her own international book sales business; and currently as sales manager for Bona Fide Books in South Lake Tahoe.
Jodi Sandford, Perugia, Italy, earned her Ph.D. in general linguistics at the University of Perugia, where she is a research professor. She and her husband, Valter Gosti, are visual artists and held artistic events in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Australia and the United States. Some of their visual works are in museums, private collections and available on YouTube.
Jim Kennett, Portland, Ore., is the founder and owner of the Northwest Portland International Hostel and Guesthouse (left), which hosts more than 30,000 travelers a year from all over the world. He is developing a retreat center and organic farm on 50 acres on Oregon’s Mount Hood.
Timothy Murphy, Olympia, after earning his M.D. at the University of Washington School of Medicine, moved to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was a faculty member for 20 years. He returned to Olympia and is a physician in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine, affiliated with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. He is proud to have a daughter going to Evergreen.
Russell Flemming, Luxemburg, Wis., is president of Harvest Fitness, where he teaches running and walking courses, trying to encourage people to make healthy choices in nutrition and exercise.
James Burke, Steilacoom, graduated from the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program in 1982. He earned his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Washington in 1991, and is retired from his position as team leader/physician assistant at the Mental Health Clinic, American Lake Division of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.
Leonard Brennan, Kingsville, Texas, is a professor and C.C. Winn Endowed Chair for Quail Research in the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University. He published his fifth book, Wildlife Science: Connecting Research and Management, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, May 2012, with a “chapter on sage-grouse in the American West, written by Evergreen Emeritus Faculty Steven G. Herman, who helped me get my wildlife research started more than 30 years ago.”
Jeanne (Shappell) Carras, Olympia, is owner and founder of Bonaventure, an upscale shoe and handbag boutique in downtown Olympia since 1994. Jeanne is very involved in the community, serving on the Boards of the Olympia Downtown Association, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Y.M.C.A. and Safeplace of Olympia.
Joellyn Rock, Duluth, Minn., is an assistant professor of digital art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her visual artwork is part of private, corporate and public collections such as the Microsoft Art Collection and the Washington State Public Art Collection. Rock's show with artist Deborah Mersky, Godwottery: The Garden Reworked, at Augsburg College opens in September.
John Heal (MES'93), Aptos, Calif., is a senior scientist for Nichols Consulting Engineers of Lake Tahoe. A certified professional wetland scientist working in Northern California and living in Monterey Bay, he’s always glad to hear from Greeners, near and far.
Catherine Dunton-McLeod, Tauranga, New Zealand, earned a Master in Chinese Medicine degree after leaving Evergreen and is a doctor of oriental medicine, enjoying the land, climate and the access to natural beauty and views on her 10-acre property in New Zealand.
Joe Klein, Floyd, Va., a licensed professional counselor, founded Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens through meditation retreats in four states.
Sherry (Pinkerton) Hill, Tenino, lived in Alaska after earning a Master of Science degree in public relations at Scotland’s University of Stirling. She returned to Thurston County as communications director for Children’s Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. She worked for two governors, and has made an impact by communicating statewide in two states, nationally and internationally.
Barbara Powell (MPA), Palo Alto, Calif., a public administrator for the past 30 years serving in Oregon, Washington, Nevada and California, Barbara is a self-employed management consultant enjoying international travel, hiking and bicycling in the San Francisco Bay area.
Donna (White) Schoonover, Bow, earned her M.D. degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a pediatrician for Seattle Children’s Hospital and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She and her husband, Tom, have a small farm and raise fruits, vegetables and farm animals.
Barbara Hinchcliffe, Shoreline, earned her M.Ed. in counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts and runs a small, private psychotherapy practice, serving as a consultant to Child Protective Services, providing in-home family therapy.
Meggan Stordahl, Jackson, Wyo., earned a master’s degree in human development at Pacific Oaks College and is a member of the arts faculty at Jackson Hole High School in the Teton County School District.
Steve Coker, Olympia, teacher-librarian for North Thurston High School, was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence from the Northwest Council for Computer Education.
Sean Murphy, Albuquerque, N.M., a student at the University of New Mexico School of Law, was awarded a Peggy Browning Fellowship for demonstrating his commitment to workers’ rights. Sean will spend the fellowship working at the Legal Aid Society in San Francisco. He is happy to give back to working people in a significant way after being supported for so many years by the solidarity of his fellow workers.
Linda Jo (Reynolds) Sullivan, Olympia, earned her Master of Nursing degree at the University of Washington, Tacoma and is an assistant professor of nursing at Centralia College, and R.N. charge nurse at Providence Saint Peter Chemical Dependency Center.
Terri Thompson (MiT), Union, wears many hats: she’s an artist, photographer, environmental activist, middle school teacher, mother of three and grandmother of seven. She had a mixed media art show on display in the Office of Washington State Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.
Angela Wickham (MPA), Boise, Idaho, is chief of the Bureau of Health Planning and Resource Development for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Ed Love, Bellingham, earned his Ph.D. in business administration at the University of Washington. He is associate professor of marketing at Western Washington University, and lives in Bellingham with his wife, Brooke; his son, Jasper; and his cat, Grover.
Christopher Lucas, Austin, Texas, earned his Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a visiting assistant professor of media studies at Trinity University in San Antonio while working as an associate producer on Living Springs, an interactive environmental documentary on the cultural history of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer in Central Texas.
Audrey Cohn (MiT), East Aurora, N.Y., is a teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools, teaching refugees and immigrants from Burma, Nepal, Africa and Latin America. She taught in Santiago, Chile at The International School, where she learned Spanish by joining mountain bike tours.
Nancy Cook, Astoria, Ore., is a member of the faculty at Clatsop Community College, teaching composition, developmental writing and literature, while serving as editor of the RAIN Magazine and performing her original work at the annual Fisher Poets Gathering. She spent 15 years working as a National Park ranger, environmental educator and fisheries biologist in Alaska. A mother of one daughter, Nancy spends her summers in McCarthy, Alaska, directing the annual Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop.
Erika Hanson, Kenmore, has been a registered nurse for 12 years, the last seven years working in chemotherapy/biotherapy infusion at Cascade Cancer Center. “Nursing is all about intense critical thinking...I use my Evergreen education at least as much as my nursing degree every day at work.”
Susan L. Walton (MiT), DuPont, was appointed principal of Puyallup’s Maplewood Elementary School in spring 2012. She taught in Yelm Schools from 1992 through 2008, when she was hired as an elementary assistant principal in the Puyallup School District.
Jeff Crane, Spring, Texas, teaches history at Sam Houston State University. His book, Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha, was published by Oregon State University Press in December, 2011.
Annie Soles (MiT), Olympia, was named “Teacher of the Year, 2012” for Nisqually Middle School in the North Thurston School District. The award was presented by the North Thurston Education Association and North Thurston Public Schools.
Gay (Dixon) Gorden, Olympia, founded her own landscape design company, Beautiful Environments, after studying Japanese land- scape architecture and garden design. She now teaches youth at risk and teens with special needs in the Tumwater School District.
Shauna L. Heath (MiT), Seattle, was appointed principal of Seattle’s Lafayette Elementary School. Mother to 7-year-old son, Jackson, she has been a principal in Knoxville, Tenn., and the director of curriculum in Decatur, Ga.
May Farnsworth, Geneva, N.Y., was a guest scholar at The Ohio State University's “The Brothel and the Factory: Staging Immigration and Women’s Labor,” an academic symposium in conjunction with two plays about women’s experiences with immigration. May is assistant professor of Spanish and Hispanic studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). She and fellow HWS professor Kevin Dunn co-wrote an article, “‘We ARE the Revolution’: Riot Grrrl Press, Girl Empowerment and DIY Self-Publishing,” published in the March 1, 2012 issue of the journal Women’s Studies. May earned her master’s and Ph.D. in Spanish American literature from UNC-Chapel Hill, and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a Fulbright Scholar.
Natasha Cottingham, Bellevue, is a Soma Practitioner, L.M.P., and owner of Bellevue’s Center for the Whole Body Wellness. She is writing a novel encompassing her backpacking journeys throughout Europe.
Colleen Currie (MiT), Lopez Island, is a social studies teacher at the Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan, although her home is still in the San Juan Islands. She and her husband, Ethan Salter ’97, have two children, 4-year-old Shea and 6-year-old Quinn.
Rita Ely, Lakewood, taught at Park Lodge School in the Clover Park School District until 2007, when she began teaching in a university in Qingdao, China for one remarkable year. Now a faculty member at Green River Community College, Rita says her goal at the beginning of every class is to create a strong collabora- tive learning community.
Nick Mitchell, Denver, Colo., earned his J.D. from New York’s Fordham University School of Law in 2007. An associate at Silver & DeBoskey, he interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and was an investigator for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. He was appointed as the independent monitor of the Police and Sheriff’s Departments for the city of Denver.
Janet O’Halloran (MiT), Olympia, was named a K-12 Distinguished Educator 2012 for Elemen- tary Schools by Evergreen’s MiT program. She teaches 3rd grade at McKenny Elementary. Prior to her work as an educator, Janet was a social worker in community mental health and with DSHS in Eastern Washington.
Sarah Brown, San Francisco, Calif., works for Illuminate Ventures, a venture capital firm. After earning her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School she worked at the law firm Fenwick & West. She also was a consultant at CTI, an analyst at Omidyar Network, and a public policy advisor at Public Knowledge.
Tim Holman (MiT), Louisville, Ky., was recog- nized by Evergreen’s MiT program as K-12 Distinguished Educator of the Year, 2012 for High School. A teacher in the Jefferson County Public Schools for 13 years, he teaches at duPont Manual High School in Louisville. He is the lead assistant basketball coach for the 2012 state champion Lady Crimsons.
Michael Yadrick, Seattle, moved home to Seattle where he started a new job as a plant ecologist with Seattle Parks Urban Forestry, focusing on the Green Seattle Partnership, a 20-year effort to restore Seattle’s forested parks. He and his wife have an 18-month-old son.
Hilary Young, Seattle, is vice president of policy and communications at Pioneer Human Services. Previously, she served as policy director for the Employment & Career Development Division of Washington State Employment Security, public affairs manager for Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, and communications manager for the Washington State Unemployment Insurance system.
Tom Buckley (MES), Albuquerque, N.M., is a public information specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Southwest, trying to save threatened and endangered species. After working in the Pacific Northwest for years, including for Defenders of Wildlife, he feels he’s had the honor of rubbing shoulders with the best in wildlife conservation.
Jeremy Rice, Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand, is in his second year of study for his Bachelor of Building Science degree at Victoria University. He has a 3-year-old son, Julien, and a 5-month-old daughter, Logan.
Liza Hartlyn, Georgetown, Guyana, was a literacy advisor for the Ministry of Education with the Peace Corps in Guyana, South America for two years. She now teaches 4th-5th grade at the Georgetown International Academy.
Norma Dyanne Parnel, Centralia, has been promoted to director of food safety and regulatory compliance at Millard Refrigeration and Logistic Services, Inc.
Morgan Oliveira-Rincon, Olympia, was a vocational counselor for the deaf for six years after earning her M.S. degree in rehabilitation counseling for the deaf at Western Oregon University. She and her husband have three children and own Al Forno Olympia, a rustic Sicilian pizzeria and café with an emphasis on sustainability and local, organic foods. She and her husband have spent the past year developing friendships and business relations with the local community.
Galen Schmitt, Portland, Ore., earned a Master of Arts in Teaching secondary science degree from Concordia University and is an inclusion support teacher with Portland’s David Douglas School District.
Aleesha Towns-Bain, Anchorage, Alaska, is a senior program associate with the Rasmuson Foundation, and has an 11-month-old son. The Alaska Journal of Commerce recently named her “One of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40,” an honor awarded to Alaska’s best up-and-coming leaders who demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to community.
Harald Fuller-Bennett, Washington, D.C., is a program specialist in conservation education for the U.S. Forest Service, where he helps manage the Smokey Bear wildfire prevention program and Woodsy Owl natural resources conservation and anti-pollution program. He married Lucy Moore in March 2012.
Kate Trafton Hudson (MiT), Olympia, a 6th- grade math and science teacher at Marshall Middle School, was recognized by Evergreen’s MiT program as a K-12 Distinguished Educator of 2012. Committed to helping others succeed, she has mentored several Evergreen practicum and student teachers.
Jade Blackwater, Seabeck, published her essay “Our First Language: Why Kids Need Poetry,” in the September 2012 issue of Wild River Review. Her poem, “Overheard from a Window Seat,” appears in issue 8 of The Monongahela Review.
Carolyn Wise (MPA), Steilacoom, is a certified lactation consultant, a midwife’s assistant, and does organizational assessments making recommendations to increase productivity, build inclusiveness, and mediate personnel problems. In addition, she does motivational speaking about inclusiveness and customer service. Her photography was recently displayed at a University of Washington art show, and she is a brand new Grandma to River, her first grandchild!
Dohrman Gray Crawford (MiT), Olympia, is an instructor and educational planner for Tacoma Community College’s Fresh Start Program, instructing and advising students who have withdrawn or dropped out of high school, helping them with an educational plan to earn a degree.
Kelli Fisher (MiT), Decatur Island, is in her sixth year as the K-8 teacher in one of the smallest public schools in the country. She generally teaches two to ten students per year, designing a custom education for each child on this small island in the Lopez Island School District.
James Horne (MiT), Batavia, Ill., is the English Department Chair at Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Ill. He is working on his third master’s degree, which is in educational leadership with an Illinois principal endorsement.
Erin Herda (MiT), Seattle, teaches Honors Language Arts and Honors Social Studies at Showalter Middle School in the Tukwila School District. She still stays in contact with her Evergreen cohort, and they still share ideas.
Tamar Krames (MiT), Olympia, is chair of the English Language Learner Department at Clover Park High School, where she has taught for six years. Her leadership and dedi- cation to students earned her the Lakewood Rotary’s Educator of the Month Award.
Peter Tassoni (MPA), Columbia City, Ore., is director of Emergency Management for Columbia County. Previously, he served as the Washington State Emergency Management program coordinator, and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Whatcom County.
Margaret Thomas, Walla Walla, as student achievement specialist for Washington State University’s GEAR UP program, was instru- mental in bringing an Evergreen admissions representative to speak to students at Walla Walla High School. She is proud to be a change agent for Evergreen and its pedagogy, and for expanding students’ awareness about post-secondary options and the importance of best fit for success beyond high school.
Susanne Beauchaine (MPA), Spanaway, is executive director of Student Services for the Steilacoom Historical School District. She was program supervisor for the Equity and Civil Rights Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and chaired the Special Education Department at Washington High School in the Franklin Pierce School District. She also served as an aircrew life support technician in the Air Force.
Kelly Cunningham (MES), Olympia, is deputy assistant director of the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department’s fish program. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island for 15 years.
Dana Gilbert, Burbank, Calif., earned a Master of Science in Leadership and Management degree at the University of La Verne, and is a casting coordinator for SMAQ Media and Casting, a reality television casting company in Los Angeles.
Per Berg, of Sequim, completed an 8.5-foot- tall, 300-pound sculpture called “Metal Man,” which was installed in front of High Energy Metals in Carlsborg. Dave Brasher, co-owner of High Energy Metals, commissioned the piece. It took Per about six months and 360 hours to finish, using a plasma cutter to cut the steel pieces, then applying heat and a hammer to shape the sculpture and oxidize parts of the metal.
Lauren Takores, Wallingford, Conn., earned her Master of Science degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. She is a freelance writer and multimedia producer for local news media, Patch.com.
Sandra Thompson-Royer, Leavenworth, is store manager for Jubilee Global Gifts, a fair trade store selling hand-crafted items from developing nations with proceeds supporting poverty reduction efforts globally and locally. After working in the domestic violence/sexual assault field for more than 25 years, she loves her work at Jubilee. She has four children and three grandchildren.
Nicholas O’Neill (MiT), Puyallup, is a first-year teacher and honor society advisor at Puyallup High School.
Paul Pickell, Vancouver, British Columbia, is a graduate research assistant with the Univer- sity of British Columbia Integrated Remote Sensing Studio. He was awarded a two-year research fellowship to investigate how human disturbances are changing the natural pattern of forested landscapes in Alberta, Canada.
Jovana Jones Brown—1937–2012
William H. “Bill” Brown, Jr.—1928-2012
Two long-time Evergreen faculty members, wife and husband Jovana J. Brown and Bill Brown, died in August in Arizona. Jovana, Dean of Library Services from 1974-80 and a faculty member specializing in natural resource policy and American Indian issues until her retirement in 1997, died August 22. Bill, Evergreen emeritus faculty member in geography and environmental studies from 1974-95, preceded her in death on August 16.
Over the past seven years, Jovana worked with emeritus faculty member and former provost Barbara L. Smith and faculty member Linda Moon Stumpff on the Enduring Legacies Native Cases Collection funded by the Lumina Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and most recently, the National Science Foundation. As editor, Jovana played a crucial role in producing 90 case studies on significant issues in Indian Country, and was author or co-author in six, most recently one on the take-down of the Elwha Dam on Washington’s Elwha River.
Both Bill and Jovana were great contributors to environmental studies and interdisciplinary programs on campus. Bill was one of the first Evergreen faculty to teach about climate change, and traveled to Africa to do research in the 1960s and ’70s. They also were significant teachers and supporters of Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program. Prior to her retirement, Jovana spent many years teaching in MES, where she added graduate level curriculum on natural resources, western water law, and Native American environmental issues in the West and the Pacific Northwest. She helped develop a conference on natural resources sponsored by the MES program and served as chair to numerous thesis projects. While also teaching undergraduates, Bill did contract work in geography for MES students, and also assisted with many MES theses.
Russell S. Canniff ’90, of Everett, died May 16, 2012. Born in Peekskill, N.Y., he graduated from Shrub Oak High School, and after a trip to the Pacific Northwest, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1954-1958 in the 38th Air Police Squadron. Russ moved his family to Burlington, Wash., in the late 1960’s. He earned his A.A. from Skagit Valley College in 1974, then later finished his B.A. at Evergreen. He worked at the Shell refinery in Anacortes, Blue Ribbon Landscaping in Bothell, and finally as a wildlife biologist at the State of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, retiring in 2003. He spent many years traveling the Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, and Russia researching trumpeter swans, tundra swans and snow geese, and authored several published reports on swans and snow geese utilizing his extensive knowledge of these birds. He is survived by his sons Phillip Canniff and Kevin Canniff, his brother Ron Canniff, sister & brother-in-law Joan & Frank Traditi, long time companion/traveling partner Joyce Kelley & her family, grandchildren Jeremy Canniff, Chris Canniff & wife Natalie, Courtney Molina; great grandchildren Christian (Chris), Jada & Alex (Courtney), many nieces, nephews and cousins, and finally his other traveling companion & special dog, Jake.
Diana Cushing, of Olympia, died July 8, 2012. She worked at Evergreen in the Counseling Center from 1972-73 and as a Member of the Faculty from 1978-95. Born in New York, she earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She retired from Evergreen in 1995 and pursued her private practice. Diana published “Practical Wisdom” and numerous articles in the Daily Olympian and Senior News. She is survived by her daughter Rachel, grandson Jack and numerous friends.
Wade J. Davis, of Pullman, died April 14. He served as Evergreen’s controller from 1991-2002. Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., he grew up in Erie, Penn., receiving his bachelor’s degree from Gannon University and his teaching certificate from Mercyhurst College in Erie, then attending the graduate school of business at Penn State. Wade taught high school in Pennsylvania until moving to Seattle in the late 1960s, when he began his career as an accountant. He worked as an accountant at Washington State University in Pullman before coming to Evergreen, then returned to Pullman as executive director of business services/controller at WSU until his retirement in 2010. Wade was devoted to his family and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. The many family activities they shared included camping, fishing, gardening and time spent in the beautiful Puget Sound area. Wade is survived by his wife Myrna; his children Joseph Davis and wife Danyel; John Davis; Richard Davis and wife Leslie and Sarah Davis and husband Titus Mutchler; his sister Barbara Greving and husband Tim; three grandchildren Michael, Caitlynn, and Laura.
Teresa A. Moore Davis ’74, of Olympia, died July 5, 2012, after a battle with cervical cancer. Born in Torrance, Calif., and raised in Long Beach, Teresa married to her high school sweetheart, Glenn Moore, in 1961. In 1970, they settled in the Steamboat Island area where they raised their five children; Becki, Chris, Timm, Sarah, and Debbie. She and Glenn later divorced, and in 1980, Teresa married Roger Davis. After she and Roger divorced, Teresa married John Murphy in 1996, and they built a thriving real estate and appraisal business. She and Pam Fairbanks owned “Festive Faire” a catering business. She traveled to Montana and New Mexico to organize for the SEIU, and shared her home with her own children and many foster children. Teresa is survived by her husband, John Murphy; her daughters, Sarah Moore Malloy (Chris), Debbie Moore, and Lynne Murphy; her sons, Chris Moore, Timm Moore (Lisa), Matthew Davis (Renae Pasquarello), and John Murphy (Julie); grandchildren, Mark Dempsey, Ryan Case, Mallory and Chad Malloy, Maddie and Alex Moore, Maria Pasquarello, and Helayna Collins; her beloved cousin, Susie Vernon; her aunt, Jonnie Bonsangue; her dear friend, Lee Pugh Burton; numerous nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.
John T. “Tim” Dirstine ’76, of Seattle, died May 31, 2012. He was raised on Capital Hill in Seattle, graduated from Seattle Prep and attended the University of Washington and Stanford University. He served in the United States Army and had one tour of duty in Vietnam. For the past twenty years, Tim has lived abroad, mainly in China and leaves many good friends and colleagues overseas. He is survived by a sister, Joann Hansen (Poul), two nephews, Michael Hansen (Jenna) and Tim Hansen, and his former wife Emily.
Beatriz Flores Gutiérrez, of Olympia, former Evergreen faculty member, died April 21, 2012. She taught media studies at Evergreen from 2006-2010, and was both well known and warmly regarded by the community. She earned her M.F.A. from the State University of New York, and spent more than ten years documenting the human stories behind American immigration policies. She traveled to the U.S.-Mexican border numerous times to network with and gather information from groups working on the complex issues related to the problem and to interview and film the people involved, using video as a tool for opening up dialogue. In 2007, she was awarded a Foundation faculty grant to work on her documentary project “A Hole in the Wall: Mapping Socio-Cultural Fluctuations Across the Mexico-USA Border.”
Herb Gelman, of Tacoma, 12-year Evergreen Trustee and Board of Governors member, died June 13, 2012. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1954, and as an officer in the Air Force he navigated sorties across the Atlantic, and while stationed at McChord he met Barbara Jensen, his wife of 53 years. Following his military service, Heb attended the University of Washington Law School, graduating in 1962. He served as an assistant state attorney general until 1966, when he began a career in private practice that saw him become one of the most respected attorneys in Pierce County. Herb became president of the Franklin Pierce School Board, was active in various bar association groups and served on the board at Lakewood Hospital. He also served on the board of directors at Tacoma Temple Beth El. Herb acted in summer stock on Cape Cod and on stage at local amateur theaters. Herb is survived by his wife, Barbara Jensen-Gelman; sons Mark (Susie) and Dana (Marie); and daughter Sarah Gelman-Simmons (Gage). He leaves granddaughters Lauren, Kristen, and Gretchen Gelman, and Brynn Gelman-Simmons; and grandsons Chase and Connor Gelman-Simmons. He also leaves siblings Ruth Farkas and Lester Gelman and Frieda Gary.
Remy A. Gunther-Brown ’05, of Washington, D.C., died April 8. Remy was born in Washington, D.C. His family moved to Snowmass Village (Colo.) in 1991 and he graduated from Aspen High School. He is survived by his mother Donna Brown and father Don Gunther, grandmother Peggy S. Brown, and his twin brother, Gabriel L. Gunther-Brown.
Bruce E. Horton ’74, of Sitka, Alaska, died Jan. 20, 2012. Born in Pasco, he received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound. He and his wife, September, moved to Sitka in 1986, and in 1990, he was appointed magistrate. Bruce was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and cooking. He is survived by his wife September and his sons Greg and Philip; his sister Ann Clouse, brother James Horton and stepmother Jane; nieces and nephews; and many treasured friends.
Corinne P. Heyman ’10, of Fort Collins, Colo., died July 21, 2011. She read constantly and wrote well, and was a frequent contributor to the Opinion page of the Coloradoan. She was concerned about others and loved pets of many varieties, and had most recently been working at PetCo. She is survived by her parents, Dick and Andrea Heyman, her brother Joel Heyman, her sister Hilary Quarrells, her niece Tasia Brown, her grandmother Flora Smith, her uncle Steve and Aunt Cathy, her aunt Joyce, and many cousins, birth relatives, friends, and former teachers and mentors.
Karl N. “Norm” Johnson, of Poulsbo, died April 11, 2012. He was appointed The Evergreen State College’s administrative architect in August 1969, and was responsible for detailed planning of the college’s first buildings. He earned his Masters in Architectural Engineering from Washington State University, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Norm worked as an architect for Lee Pearson & Richards in Tacoma prior to coming to Evergreen, and designed four dormitories at WSU. He also worked for the Florida State Board of Regents, and was vice chancellor for facilities with the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, which included 46 institutions, until his retirement in 1998. He was a member and past president of the Association of University Architects. He is survived by his wife, Claudia; daughter Karyl and her children Jessica and Karl; son John and his children Alexander and Julianna; and daughter Dodie, her husband Scott Greaves, and their children Sydney and Ben.
Mary Stuart Lux, of Olympia, died March 18, 2012. As a Washington State Representative, Mary was instrumental in the founding of Evergreen, and her son James Lux ’74 was in the second graduating class. Born in Utica, New York, she married James Johnston Lux in 1945. She completed her B.A. at Hobart and William Smith College; her R.N. degree at The Johns Hopkins University; and M.S. degrees at Cornell University Pacific Lutheran University. During WWII, after finishing nurses training, Mary joined the Army Nurse Corps. She served as a Second Lieutenant Army Nurse until her husband was released from 22 months captivity as a prisoner of war. After living in New York and Tennessee, they moved their family to Olympia in 1956. Throughout her life, Mary was an active member of the Olympia and Thurston County communities. She was a life-long Democrat, member of the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women; the Olympia School Board; the Washington State Legislature (1964-1968); and the Olympia City Council (1982-1995). Mary worked as a psychiatric nurse at Western State Hospital, and later as a nursing home consultant and a Federal nursing home inspector. As an Olympia City Council member Mary worked on numerous issues related to Olympia’s downtown, including the Farmer's Market, Percival Landing Boardwalk, the Olympia Senior Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Center. She is survived by her sister Betty Wells; brother John Stuart; son James Lux (Lisa Sutton), daughters Wendy Lux, Gretchen Lux (Bonnie McReynolds), Anne Lux (Steve Lerch), Sarah Lux; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lucile C. Mealey ’90, of Gresham, Ore., died October 21, 2011. Born in Gresham, she became assistant to the dean of Peninsula College. Her passions included travel and family, and she was a member of the Kalani Hiking Club of Port Angeles. She is survived by daughter Celeste Mealey; grandchildren Becky, Andrea, Keith, Todd, Rachelle and Scott. She was preceded in death by husband Keith L. Mealey and her son, Keith A. Mealey.
Christine L. Perry ’09, of Olympia, died March 26, 2012. Born in Bremerton, Christine earned several associate’s degrees and certificates in business, supervision and management, bookkeeping, and a professional secretary, and worked at Boeing Co. in Seattle for several years. After graduating from Evergreen, she worked in governmental short-term study project jobs as a secretary, insurance specialist, and office manager. Christine’s hobbies included watercolor painting, sewing and indoor gardening, and she also enjoyed traveling. She is survived by two sons, Saul Perry and Rueben Perry (Maricell); brother Dan Perry; and two sisters, Donna Perry and Glorianna Nicholson (Curt).
Shirley Dorothy “Punky” Peste-Winkelman ’97, of Olympia, died June 13, 2012. Born in Shelton, Wash., she graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1958 and married Frank Winkelman, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker for a number of years and most recently was employed as a travel agent at ACT Travel of Olympia before her retirement. She was president of the Capital Cruisers (car club of the Chrysler PT Cruisers), Altrusa, Relay for Life Team Marlene/50’s Class, two time volunteer of the year recipient for Thurston County Kiwanis, a supporter and volunteer with the Olympia Children’s Hands on Museum, and of the SPCA. She is survived by her son, Tracy (Suzanne); daughter Teresa Winkelman-Amburgy; sister, Sharon (Gib) Johnson; grandchildren, Bailey and Madison Amburgy, Frank, Elise, Greyson, Jenna and Emma Winkelman and Amanda Baxter. She had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Margaret A. “Peg” Powell ’78, of Seattle, died July 17, 2012. Born in Kansas City, Mo., she retired from the University of Washington as an academic counselor for the biology program. She enjoyed traveling with the Friendship Force for World Peace, and was an avid doll collector and member of Edmonds Doll Hobby Club.
Harold “Lew” Pumphrey ’89, of Olympia, died August 6, 2012. Born in Clarkston, Wash., he attended school in Lewiston and Grangeville, Idaho, and graduated from Grangeville High School in 1967. He attended Washington State University on a wrestling scholarship. Years later, Lew completed his Baccalaureate degree at Evergreen. An accomplished newspaper reporter, he worked on newspapers for years: at the Spokesman-Review, Lewiston Morning Tribune, Wenatchee World, Pahrump Valley Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Longview Daily News. He edited the front page of the Longview Daily News’ Pulitzer prize-winning coverage of the Mt. St. Helen's eruption in 1980. He is survived by his sons and family; Russell Pumphrey; Kelcey, Angie, and Emma Edwards; and Chris Knutson.
Janet Audrey Richardson ’82, of Lacey, died March 23, 2012. A trained x-ray technician, she switched careers after moving to Walla Walla in 1969, using her basic planning experience to become a law and justice planner – a new role financed by the federal government to improve the criminal justice system – for Columbia and Walla Walla Counties. Later relocating to Aberdeen, she became the law and justice planner for the Grays Harbor Regional Planning Office, subsequently rising to executive director of the GHRPO. She spent 13 months as executive director of the project to build a full-scale replica of the Lady Washington, which, under the command of Capt. Robert Gray, was the first American flagship to touch the west coast of North America and to land in Grays Harbor. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia. Janet is survived by Russ, her husband of 37 years; sister, Susan (Dave) Frank; children, John (Deb) Long, Mike (Dianne) Long, and Joan (Martin) Hutchinson; and stepchildren Tracey (Jerry) Wells, Roger Richardson, Linda (Kelly) Keough, Lawrence Hoffman, Deborah Hoffman, Mari Ann (Terry) Moran, and Leonard (Phong) Hoffman; 23 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 39 great-grands, and one great-great-grand.
Patricia L. Ritter ’79, of Ridgefield, died July 15, 2011. Born in Oakland, Calif., she attended Portland State and worked in a dental office until she continued her education at Clark College where she graduated from the School of Nursing as an RN in 1964. She earned her Evergreen degree while being married, raising two children and working as a RN in local nursing facilities. She continued to take classes throughout her life and was awarded a certificate of proficiency as a Chemical Dependency Counselor from Clark College in 1995. She is survived by her husband Wayne Ritter; her son, David (Victoria); daughter, Elizabeth; and grandson, Ryan Paul.
John F. Rohan, of Seattle, died April 18, 2012. Born and raised in Boston, John was in the Army Medical Corps during the Korean War and witnessed the atomic bomb testing in Yucca Flats, Nev., then spent nearly three years as Supply Sgt. at a military hospital in Germany. He was building engineer of Seattle’s Norton Building. and retired as supervising engineer for Evergreen’s campus buildings, as well as being in charge of the buildings at the Everett Mall Office Park. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Dot (Dorothea Larsen Rohan) and son Gregory John Rohan.
Ricardo G. Rowley ’86, of Sammamish, died July 10, 2012. Born in Seattle, he spent his childhood and teen years in Seattle, San Francisco, and Montana, and moved to Bremerton in 1971. He attended college in Bremerton, Olympia, and University of Washington and completed his degree in computer science at Evergreen. From 1987 to 1996, Rico worked as a programmer at Trader Publications. He met his wife Lucinda there and they were married in August 1988. He left Trader Publications in 1996 to stay home as a full-time dad with his sons Carson, born in 1991, and Nathan, born in 1996. Rico is survived by his wife Lucinda and sons Carson and Nathan; his mother Beth Gillardi; and his brother and sister-in-law Mac and Kristina Henke.
Bridget E. Simmons Cx’11, of Enumclaw, died April 6, 2012. She lived at Muckleshoot all her life, where she worked many years at the Muckleshoot Smoke Shop and helped as a teacher’s aide at the Muckleshoot Tribal School. She enjoyed caring for her family, fishing, and making crafts. Bridget is survived by her husband Joseph Simmons; daughters Shashene Simmons and Jenel Hunter; son Danny White; parents Louie and Georgiana "Peachie" Ungaro; brothers Louie Ungaro, Ralph “Pug” Elkins, Ira Elkins, James WhiteEagle, Keith WhiteEagle, Pete Ungaro, Mike Locke and Pat Locke; sisters Laurel “Lola” Elkins, Amy Elkins, Naomi Elkins, Angela George and Lynette Kruse; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marilyn (Beeman) Ward ’79, of Seattle, died May 21, 2012. A long time civic activist, she was born in Oakland, Calif., along with an identical twin sister, Elsie, and grew up in Burlingame, Calif. While visiting relatives in Williamstown, Mass., in 1949, she met Daniel B. Ward, and after he graduated from Princeton University they eloped. After moving to Seattle in 1954, she became involved in a variety of local endeavors. She and her family moved to Olympia when Dan became Director of Commerce for Governor Dan Evans in 1965. She worked for the Department of Social and Health Services as a volunteer coordinator, responding to citizen complaints and overseeing 8,000 volunteers. She was a member of the Evergreen Foundation Board of Governors. She continued lobbying for children's services and was involved in the national drive to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). For years, she was a member of the WA State Medical Quality Assurance Commission which she chaired for 3 terms, followed by joining the Harborview Hospital Board, which she also chaired. With a group of friends, she helped to start a woman's bank, Sound Savings and Loan. She was a member and past president of the Sunset Club and was awarded the Dorothy Bullitt Award by the Seattle Junior League in 1996. Marilyn is survived by her daughters, Anne Ward-Ryan (Gary), Susan Ward Potts (Bill), son Dewey, 3 grandchildren, Sarah Potts Rose (Eric), Cory Potts, Kara Roth (Tom), 3 great-grandchildren and a brother, Bill Beeman (Betty).
Jay SJ Weston ’73, of Olympia, died May 21, 2012. Born Sharon Jean Moore in Beatrice, Neb., she grew up in southern California. Her parents, Gale Moore and Anne (Ingeborg) Kvamme, grew up in the Pacific Northwest where they each still have large extended families. After graduating from Rolling Hills High School (California), Jay attended the University of Washington and Evergreen, one of the earliest students to receive a degree from the college. In 1977, she completed her master’s degree at the University of Southern California.
Jay had a lifelong dedication to social justice, with a long career in public service. For more than 30 years, she worked for various local, county, and state agencies, including serving with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services from1980 to 2006 (when she retired). She worked as a program manager and administrator in areas of department wide auditing and contracting and in children's and public assistance programs. She received multiple outstanding employee awards and was regularly recognized for her dedication to persons being served. Throughout her life and career, Jay remained a true “Greener,” always passionately concerned for the rights and wellbeing of others. On August 1, 1981, Jay married fellow social worker David Weston in Tacoma. The family moved to Olympia in 1992 and lived for the past 20 years in a house that Jay helped design. She is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Anne; father, Gale Moore; mother-in-law, June Weston; three brothers, Doug Moore, Barry Moore and David Moore; and a large extended family throughout the country.
Donna R. (Asher) Williams ’81, of Forks, died Jan. 4, 2011, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Born and raised in Nebraska, she moved to Olympia in 1953 with her husband Denny, where they raised three boys and resided for 46 years. Donna finished her Evergreen degree at the age of 50, and worked at the capitol for more than 20 years before retiring in 1992. Donna was an enthusiastic volunteer and member in many community organizations. Her dedication earned her many awards, including recognition from Governor Locke for her work with the local Caregivers Support Group and Capitol Area Stroke Club. After retirement, Donna found great joy traveling around the world visiting family in England, Malaysia, China and Guam. She is survived by three of her siblings and their families, Carol McGahan, Rich (Sandi) Asher, Ron (Shary) Asher; three sons, Dennis, Doug (Joanne), and Don (Patti); six grandchildren; Angelique and Cody, Vaughn and Linda, and Monica and Ian; and two great-grandchildren, Xavier and Matisse.
Demarie Sue Wood ’74, of Sitka, Alaska, died April 1, 2012. Born in Portland, Oregon, she was an “Army brat,” living all over the U.S., as well as in Germany, and graduated from Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash. She met and married her husband, Patrick, while working as a creel census sampler for the Washington Department of Fisheries in 1973, and they were married in 1974 on the same day she graduated from college. Demarie worked as a marine research technician for Battelle Research Labs in Sequim before relocating to Alaska in 1977, then worked for 20 years as a fishery biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Ketchikan and Sitka. She belonged to the American Fisheries Society, the International Women's Fishing Association, the Sitka Parks and Recreation Committee, the World Wildlife Fund, the Washington Fish Conservancy and the Sitka Volunteer Fishing Department. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Patrick; his mother, Darleen Wood; brothers Brian Fellows, Dixon Fellows, George Wood, Samuel Wood and George Dawson; sisters Georgina Campbell, Joey Dawson, Cheri Wood, Arleen Wood, Sheila Fellows and Kathy Fellows; and her beloved nieces and nephews.