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JAMES THURSTON ’62 was honored in October with the National Meritorious Ministry Service Award by the National Congress of Chile. The award, presented by the president of the Senate, is given in recognition of the recipient’s longtime service to and positive influence in Chile. It is the first time the distinction was bestowed upon a foreigner. His first wife, Lina (now deceased), a Chilean national, received the award posthumously in 2013. James went to work for Campus Crusade for Christ a year after graduating from Seattle Pacific, and in 1966 was sent to Santiago, Chile, to establish the evangelistic work of CCC on the country’s university campuses. In 2015, James married Sally Stump, who is from Bellingham, Washington, and served as a former missionary to the Philippines. Today, he is international director for ministry development with Integrity Ministries and produces Christian documentaries, TV programs, and video Bible classes in Spanish. He lives in Santiago.

DORIS BROWN HERITAGE ’64, MS ’70, has received a high honor from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after she won the first five World Cross Country Championships in which women were invited to participate. From this point forward, the best female cross-country runner in NCAA Division II will be recognized with the Doris Brown Heritage Women’s Athlete of the Year Award. The Association bestowed the honor because Heritage “is a pioneering trailblazer in women’s distance running history who led the charge to create opportunities for all female athletes (not runners only) to compete in athletics.” The two-time Olympian, affectionately known as the first lady of American distance running, devoted 30 years to coaching at SPU. She and her husband currently live at Warm Beach Retirement Community in Stanwood, Washington, with many other SPU friends.


GARRY MORGAN ’73 retired last June after 17 years as professor of intercultural studies and director of global initiatives at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Minnesota. He and his wife, Connie, returned to the Pacific Northwest, settling in Spokane, Washington. The author of Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day (Bethany House, 2012), Garry previously served with World Venture with Connie for 18 years, in East Africa.

DEETTE PUCKETT BUNN ’79, who has been a harp soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada, performed “Go Tell It on the Mountain” at the People’s Choice Holiday Concert in Oneida, New York, last December. A harpist since age 9, she has held principal harp positions with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Opera Company, and the Jacksonville Symphony. She was second harp with the Syracuse Symphony for 11 seasons, and is on the faculty at Cornell and Syracuse universities. Deette teaches private harp lessons while pursuing certification in harp therapy. She lives in Jamesville, New York, with her husband, DOUGLAS BUNN ’80, and family.


NANCY LUDEMAN LURKER ’80 is president and CEO of pSivida Corporation, a leader in the development of sustained-release drug delivery products primarily for eye diseases. She is also the chair of X4, a private oncology company, and she sits on the board of directors for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The biology major went on to earn an MBA from the University of Evansville and has broad experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She lives in Peapack, New Jersey.

LORI SALIERNO ’82 is founder and CEO of the youth organization Celebrate Life International. In November, she spoke to hundreds of people at the annual Clark County Prayer Breakfast in Vancouver, Washington. Lori specializes in motivating and equipping youth to become leaders. She also addresses a wide variety of audiences in educational institutions, businesses, the U.S. military, and faith-based organizations. A biblical studies major, Lori received the SPU Distinguished Achievement Award for alumni in 1997. She holds a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in leadership development from Asbury Theological Seminary. Co-author of Hope Dangerously: How Taking a Risk Can Transform Your Community (Celebrate Life International, 2012) and other works, Lori lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

MARK TIPTON ’83, a communication major, is an integrated marketing manager for Scheffey Inc. Immersed in the advertising industry for 35 years, Mark has worked as executive vice president/general manager of KALO Television in Honolulu, Hawaii, and worked for more than 12 years as a producer/director for JPL Productions. A sailor, surfer, and skin diver, Mark lives in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.

SUSAN “SUSY” SANDERS ’89 is a clinical psychologist who owns and operates an expressive arts practice called Morning Bridge Center in Phillips, Maine. An SPU graduate in sociology with minors in art and anthropology, she was January’s “Artist of the Month” at the SugarWood Gallery in Farmington, Maine. Her paintings employ a technique she calls “emerging imagery,” beginning with a messy background of colors and forms. Susan paints images as they emerge, much like seeing images in clouds. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from Seattle University, and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Washington. Her dissertation focused on an anthropological study of interpersonal trauma. Susan lives in Phillips.


SHAWNA GILBERTSON WISE ’92 is assistant city clerk for the City of Gig Harbor, Washington. Last September, she received municipal clerk certification. A self-admitted “education dork,” Shawna, a former reading comprehension teacher at the elementary-school level, completed the three-year certification course in just two years. She is the liaison between the city, the city council, and citizens. For many years, she worked as the regional director for the Council on International Education Exchange and traveled to a number of countries in her work with exchange students. Shawna lives in Gig Harbor with her husband and two sons.

BRIAN CROUCH ’97 is an entrepreneur building augmented-reality solutions for private utilities, as well as a leader of a team developing voice-controlled technology for elder care facilities. As CMO for TeqLaa, a global technology counsel, he is developing turnkey licensing and distribution models for emerging technology companies. He also works as a marketing strategist on a project basis for Gage Group. Previously he was content marketing director for SDL, a language translation and content management enterprise, and social media director for MUSIC Group. Prior to SPU, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard and as a crew member for Mercy Ships, an international hospital ship outreach, where he worked with deaf populations in various ports of call. Brian graduated SPU cum laude and is active with children’s ministry at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church. He lives in Bothell, Washington.

POLLY XIONG ’97 is associate director of events at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. She was recently recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of hospitality. With 18 years in the hospitality industry, she has managed catering, conference services, and weddings, and held oversight for operations and sales at a number of Hawaiian hotels and at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. Polly says the most rewarding aspect of her work is when a program is successful and guests are happy and wish to return. Inducted into the VIP Woman of the Year Circle by the National Association of Professional Women, Polly is a member of the Seattle and Hawaii chapters of the National Association of Catering Professionals. She lives on Maui, Hawaii.

SUSIE BERESFORD ’98 is director of development and communications for Early Life Speech & Language, a nonprofit agency funded by the Scottish Rite Masons that provides intensive speech therapy for children ages 2 to 7 at no cost to families. She says her heart soars whenever parents tell her that the result of therapy through Early Life is to finally hear their child say, “I love you.” A skilled fundraiser and marketer, Susie has also worked as a community reporter for KOMO News, an event planner for Microsoft, an annual giving manager for the Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation, and assistant director of development at Edmonds Community College. She lives in Edmonds, Washington.


DENISE MARTINEZ ’03 is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine and assistant dean of cultural affairs and diversity initiatives at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. While an undergraduate biology major at SPU, she participated in a University of Washington summer education program for underrepresented students exploring careers in the health profession. Were it not for that program and its encouragement, she says, she would not have applied to medical school. She went on to Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston for her MD degree and will now encourage scores of underrepresented minority, low-income, and rural students in a similar undergraduate program funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New to UI, Denise will lead the Summer Health Professions Education Program in 2017 with medical colleagues. Denise lives in West Liberty, Iowa.

ANELECIA HANNAH BROOKS ’05 has a solo exhibition of her paintings, called “Heritage,” on display in SPU’s Nickerson Studios until June as part of the 125th Anniversary celebration. Anelecia combines the bittersweet imagery of young adulthood with imagery drawn from millennia of Christian history, suggesting that personal history and community history share similar dynamics of discovery. A review in Fine Art Today, a weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, calls the 20 featured oil paintings in the show “lovely” and “magnetic.” Anelecia is completing a master’s degree in fine arts in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She and her husband, Charles Philip Brooks, live and paint along the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. The two will host a show of paintings at Waterworks Gallery in Washington’s Friday Harbor June 8–21, titled “Pacific Northwest Parables.” Anelecia’s work is included in the collection of The Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

MELISSA WIRASNIK GLENN ’05 is a clinical services director at Valley Cities Counseling, one of the largest community mental health agencies in King County, Washington. Her work includes ensuring quality of clinical services and staff development, overseeing supportive housing programs for youth and adults, and managing community-based clinics. Melissa will also be earning a doctorate, in counselor education and supervision at Antioch University Seattle. She lives in Seattle.

LINDSAY NELSON BURNER ’06 is a family nurse practitioner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from SPU and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She graduated from both institutions magna cum laude and has international nursing experience with Mercy Ships in Togo and Benin. Lindsay worked in the Mayo Clinic for more than three years and was selected for inclusion in SPU’s “125 Ones to Watch.” She married Ryan Burner in Houston in September 2016. The Burners live in Baton Rouge where Ryan is pursuing a doctorate at Louisiana State University.

RAOUL PEREZ ’06, MA ’13, is executive pastor at Seattle’s First Free Methodist Church. He oversees the office, facility, and finances, while implementing church vision and providing general mediation for the community. His past experience includes church development with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and program coordinator/primary recruiter for Seattle Pacific Seminary. Raoul lives in Seattle with his wife, SARAH JANCI PEREZ ’06, and two sons.


AMANDA BARNES ’10 is a product compliance and nutrition analyst at Whole Foods Market global headquarters in Austin, Texas. She works on product formulation to ensure compliance with both Whole Foods Market standards, as well as federal labeling compliance. Previously, Amanda worked as an in-store nutritionist in McLean, Virginia, at Giant Food, a grocery chain on the East Coast. Amanda is an avid cook and likes to explore new recipes. With a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from SPU, she will complete a master’s degree in sustainable and resilient food systems from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point this year. Her experience includes working in bakeries, a hospital dietetic internship at Beaumont Hospital and as a public school district nutrition coordinator. Amanda lives in McLean.

DENISE FILLEY MITCHELL ’10 is a trauma clinical research nurse at Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Arizona and lives with her new husband, Ben, in Mesa, Arizona.

DANNY RORABAUGH ’10 is a Coleman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He contributes to both research and teaching. At SPU, Danny was a double major in mathematics and linguistics with a Spanish emphasis, and graduated summa cum laude. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

BENJAMIN FELLEMAN MS ’12, PHD ’15 is a staff psychologist with the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System and founder of Behavioral Medicine Services of San Diego. After SPU, he obtained advanced training in psychosomatic medicine where he specialized in psycho-oncology. His research focuses on the effects of mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions for cancer survivors. Benjamin sees patients at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and in his private practice. He says that psychological health is an often-times missing piece of the cancer treatment puzzle. Through his private practice, he provides psycho-oncology services to cancer patients and their families, believing it best to work closely with patients, their health care team, and the people in their lives who matter most. He lives in Carlsbad, California.

RYAN MENGES ’13 is a first lieutenant promotable in the U.S. Army and currently resides in Fort Benning, Georgia. During all four years at SPU, he participated in ROTC at the University of Washington, and has served three combat tours since commissioning. He has completed Ranger School, Airborne School, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Basic Officer Leaders Course, and Air Assault School. His goal is to qualify for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program in order to provide medical care to soldiers worldwide.

EMMANUEL MANCILLA ’14 is the transition coordinator at Seattle Urban Academy. He keeps an eye on every student at the school, which provides a high school education for students at risk. He tracks student progress toward graduation, inspires students to see themselves in college, helps them explore career opportunities, and keeps them academically responsible. The sociology major was a Multi-Ethnic Programs intern and the first vice president of intercultural affairs for student government at SPU, a justice leadership program intern with the United Church of Christ, a social justice intern with The Church
Council of Greater Seattle, and an AmeriCorps member at Jason Lee Middle School. Emmanuel lives in Seattle.

HANNAH SCHUERMAN ’15 performed in this year’s cast ensemble of “The Pajama Game” at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. The February 10–March 5 run was not Hannah’s first. Last season, she performed in 5th Avenue’s production of “The Sound of Music.” A veteran of Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE youth acting program, she also taught musical theatre classes for KIDSTAGE. Hannah lives in Seattle.

JASON BOUCHER PHD ’16 is involved in groundbreaking energy research at the University of Oregon. He and a team of graduate students under the leadership of Professor Shannon Boettcher are at work on the production of low-cost, high-performance solar panel cells that have the potential to revolutionize the solar energy business. It was at SPU that the physics undergraduate took a course in alternative energy that sparked his interest. An internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado sent him to work in Boettcher’s lab. The goal is by 2020 to make solar energy less expensive than electricity from coal. “I thought it was one of the most important problems that we are facing, the way that we generate energy that is clean and sustainable,” says Jason, who is studying at UO for a doctoral degree in physics. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

CHANE’L MENGES ’16 majored in exercise science and during all four years at SPU participated in ROTC at the University of Washington. While in ROTC, she was deployed on a NATO mission to teach English to Lithuanian soldiers. Assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, she wants to qualify for the Army’s Physician Assistant program in order to provide medical care to soldiers worldwide. She is currently at Fort Benning, Georgia, finishing some specialty schools, but plans to move to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, this summer.


LINDSAY NELSON BURNER ’06 to Ryan Burner on September 24, 2016, in Houston, Texas.

HAYLEY DEKOLTZ ’15 to DREW BRYANT ’05 on April 17, 2016, in Highland Springs, California.

In Memoriam

MARIAN BURKLEY BARTLESON ’58 died November 16, 2016, at the age of 80. She was born the youngest of six children in the small community of Maxwelton on the Southern tip of Whidbey Island. Marian was the great granddaughter of William Pickering, territorial governor of Washington under Abraham Lincoln. After receiving her teaching certification from Seattle Pacific, she taught first grade in San Francisco and in the Washington towns of Everett and Oak Harbor. While studying at Everett Community College before transferring to SPU, Marian married her husband, Wayne, a mortician, and they eventually became operators of Bartleson Funeral Home and Ambulance Service. Over the next 22 years, they ran the business and raised five children. Marian, an accomplished vocalist, sang for many college recitals, weddings, funerals, and the church choir. In retirement, she enjoyed volunteering as a story reader at day care facilities and was for many years a member of the Polly Harpole Hospital Guild. Devoted to the Lord, she was for 50 years an active member of Oak Harbor Lutheran church, taught Sunday school, and was a mainstay of the Morning Glory Choir. She also liked to collect dolls, garden, watch Gonzaga basketball, exercise with her walking group, and take her coffee at the Daily Grind. Marian is survived by a son; three daughters; five grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

KATHERINE “KATE” BEESLEY ’05 died unexpectedly November 24, 2016, at the age of 34. Born on Christmas Eve, she had an independent nature and a strong desire to succeed. In second grade, she asked to go to a Christian school even though it meant riding a transit bus on her own 30 miles a day from Freeland to Oak Harbor and return as far as Coupeville where she would get off and walk to the health care clinic where her mother worked. She read to the oncology patients and had them initial her reading assignments. Her teachers puzzled over the fact that rarely did she ever produce a parent’s signature. Fearlessly, Kate faced open-heart surgery as a young teen. An active 4-H member and shower of rabbits, she liked to perform in theatre productions at the Whidbey Playhouse and with the visiting Missoula Children’s Theatre. Spinning and knitting were favorite activities, as were participation in church praise and worship groups and serving as an acolyte at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Feeling called to teach, she majored in English literature, studied abroad in England, and earned her teaching certification from SPU. Her master’s degree in education was awarded by Western Washington University in 2012. Her GPA? 4.0. Kate taught for more than 10 years in the Kent and Issaquah school districts, and taught at the Giddens School in Seattle at the time of her death. She was a beloved daughter and sister.

BYRON BIRDSALL ’59 died December 4, 2016, at the age of 78. Born in Buckeye, Arizona, he was raised in Herman, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He went north to SPU to gain a degree in history, then back south to Stanford University and a master’s degree in education. He taught in Sunnyvale, California, for four years, before he and his first wife, Lynn Sternberg, left the country to teach English to African students in Kampala, Uganda. It was there that he started painting professionally and selling his work for $40 a picture. Not so paltry wages for 1967. The Birdsalls took the long way back to the States through Bombay, Sri Lanka, Macau, and Hong Kong. It was in Hong Kong that he began to incorporate the classic Japanese techniques that informed his own work in the years to come. Byron accepted a job as art director of the public TV station in Pago, American Samoa. A first child was born as was a dislike for heat and high humidity. He next took a job as the creative director of an advertising agency in Anchorage, Alaska. This crucial move led to a life-long love affair with the state, its wilderness, and its rugged individualism. And so he embarked on 41 years of painting all day every day for an appreciative and receptive public. His moons over the mountains of Alaska earned the label “a Birdsall moon.” In 1998, Lynn died and Byron reconnected with Billie Winship, an old college sweetheart. They were married for 17 years. Byron is survived by his wife; a son; a daughter; and two grandchildren, and a step-son; a step-daughter; and six step-grandchildren.

JOYCE BORDERS-ACCORNERO ’72 died September 21, 2016, at the age of 68. Born in Orange, California, she liked to outdo the boys, beating her brother at just about any sport and later her husband in horsemanship. Though college was something of a struggle for her, she received a bachelor’s degree from SPU and a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University. While at SPU, Joyce through a friend named Pam committed her life to Christ. She went on to work with troubled youth. But saying yes to following Christ meant more schooling until in 1982 she received a master’s degree in divinity from Western Evangelical Seminary. Joyce joined in the work of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, before spending 17 years ministering to inmates and officers alike at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office and was known for her humility and obedience to God’s leading. Joyce is survived by her husband, David; a step-daughter; a grandson; and a brother.

DEVERN FROMKE ‘45 died October 28, 2016, at the age of 93. Born in Ortley, South Dakota, he served in Christian ministry for 70 years. The author of more than a dozen books, he traveled extensively as a teacher of Christian principles, including ministering in Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. After graduating from Seattle Pacific, DeVern worked with Youth for Christ, then taught in several high schools and served as headmaster of a private Christian school. He was president of Sure Foundation Publishers and Ministry of Life literature outreach. DeVern is survived by a son; three grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

LARRY HALL ’63 died January 26, 2017, at the age of 82. Born in Seattle, he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1956. Besides an education, Larry was grateful to Seattle Pacific for providing him with a wife, school teacher ELEANOR BIXBY HALL ’60. Together, they had a son and a daughter, JODI HALL ’88. Larry taught high school and community college marketing and accounting courses while successfully pursing a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. In 1975, he moved with his family to Salem, Oregon, where he worked as executive director for the Oregon Student Leadership Center. In 1991, he became director of member services for the Oregon Independent Telephone Association.An avid golfer, fisherman, and traveler by 5th wheel, Larry served three terms as the president of the homeowner’s association for Desert Aire Resort in Indio, California. It was their home away from home. Larry is survived by his wife; children; two grandsons; and a brother.

DOROTHEE “DOLLY” HAAKENSEN HAYMAN ’46 died March 23, 2016, at the age of 92. She lived most of her life in West Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. Dolly displayed exceptional musical talent by age 4 when she started playing piano. By age 14, she was substituting for church pianists. She majored in music at SPC, then earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. For more than 60 years, she served seven churches in Seattle and Bellevue, and played for many weddings and funerals. A career elementary school teacher, she taught for decades in Seattle and Shoreline public schools, and for Bellevue Christian School. She generated much excitement around reading, not at all shy about using C.S. Lewis and the Narnia series to do so. In addition to love of reading, she taught her own five children a love of geography, history, and the origin of words as part of a good vocabulary. Dolly is survived by her two sons; three daughters; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

RICHARD “DICK” HEDGES ’57 died March 12, 2017, at the age of 82. He grew up on the family farm; learned discipline, husbandry, and crop care; and was a promising youth at Stemilt Hill Community Church. A product of Wenatchee High School, Dick excelled academically and athletically. Awarded the Panther Best outstanding athlete award in both his junior and senior years, Dick was a standout as football quarterback, basketball forward, hurdler, relay runner, and in long jump and triple jump track events. He continued to excel at Seattle Pacific, where he majored in history. After graduation, he returned to WHS to coach and teach junior high school social studies and English. It was while pursuing a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington that he married Jean Ferguson, a dental hygienist, and when he wrote his thesis on an historical account of Seattle Pacific College. After receiving his counseling credentials, Dick became director of guidance at SPC. Once he had obtained his doctoral degree in counseling from the UW, he took an appointment in their counseling center and began his own private practice as a psychologist and counselor. When Jean contracted Alzheimer’s in retirement, Dick took of her care. She died in 2005 and he later married his second wife, Joyce Davies. When he eventually became debilitated by progressive supranuclear palsy, she encouraged and cared for him. Dick, who is remembered for his calm, kind manner, is survived by Joyce; a son; a daughter; four grandchildren; and a brother.

BETTY JO MINCHER MACPHEE ’50 died February 10, 2017, at the age of 87. Born in Centralia, Washington, she embraced a life of music and service that made her both winsome and indispensable. A music major and secretary of the SPC Music Department, Betty Jo developed her music skills to become a starter of choirs, a director of church choirs, and a skilled pianist and accompanist. After her three children were grown, she traveled with a Christian member of New York’s Metropolitan Opera and accompanied him when he sang in churches and auditoriums around the country. At Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Southern California, she was heavily involved with the youth and helping kids stay off drugs. Often part of the solution was “drafting” them into the church choir. For 11 years, Betty Jo was associate to the president of the University of New York College at Fredonia, her husband and fellow SPC student, DONALD “DON” MACPHEE. In 1994, the MacPhees were named Alumni of the Year, citing, in part, Don’s devoted years on the Board of Trustees and Betty Jo’s years as an alumni representative on the Alumni Board and her tireless and pioneering work on the popular Casey Weekend for alumni.Count has been lost on how many alumni eventsshe was called upon to accompany on piano. She is survived by Don; a son; two daughters;

ALLEN MOORE ’72 died March 24, 2016, at the age of 65. Born in Everett, Washington, he graduated from Everett High School and earned a degree in engineering science from Seattle Pacific. He worked two years as a draftsman for two years, then joined the line crew of United Telephone Company. Allen moved up to engineer, then expediter, settling in White City, Oregon. For more than 40 years, he served the phone company, even inventing and patenting a tool for engineering offices. He and his wife, Karen, had three children, eventually opening their home to grandchildren and many foreign exchange students. A devoted churchman, Allen was also elected to city council and became a member of the phone company’s speakers bureau. The company which had morphed into Sprint later morphed into CenturyLink. In 1997, Allen was assigned to the engineering office in Poulsbo, Washington, where he joined North Kitsap Baptist Church, and worked with the youth group and AWANA. He earned a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from City University and counseled many in the Poulsbo community. Among his many talents was guitar playing, the recitation from memory of poems by Robert Service, and the recitation and dramatization of the book of Philippians from the Bible. Allen is survived by his wife; a son; two daughters; and grandchildren.

HENRY “HANK” PEARSON ’54 died October 16, 2016, at the age of 87. Born in New York City to Swedish immigrant parents, he earned a bachelor’s degree from SPU and a master’s of divinity degree from North Park Seminary. Hank served Evangelical Covenant Churches in Alberta, Ontario, Minnesota, and North Dakota and was a missionary pastor in Nome and Fairbanks, Alaska. He was field director for the ECC of Alaska from 1986 until he retired in 1994. In retirement, he helped start and was a charter member of Community Covenant Church in Eagle River, Alaska. Hank is survived by his wife, Lillian; two sons; a daughter; and six grandchildren.

LOREEN SCHULZ ’76 died November 8, 2016, at the age of 87. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she soon moved to Seattle with her parents. She received teacher certification from SPU and taught third grade at Kent View Christian School for many years. She earned captivated her students and drew media attention for her Hot Air Balloon science project with ascension day chronicled by the Kent News Journal. Loreen also had a passion for bird watching, paper crafting, and clay pottery-making, and a love for watching Cougar and Seahawks football. A lifetime member of the Valley City Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, she enjoyed trips back to New Mexico for turquoise jewelry and the art of Georgia O’Keefe. Loreen is survived by a son; a daughter; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

CLARENCE “VERN” SIEGNER ’46 MED died December 20, 2016, at the age of 96. Born in Seattle, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey and surveyed the then-unexplored sections of the southern coast of Alaska. Afterwards, he hired on as a sheet metal worker at Boeing, working the night shift while attend Seattle Pacific by day in pursuit of a master’s degree in education. The U.S. Army drafted Vern in 1942 and assigned him to the 60th Depot Repair Squadron, a highly skilled group trained to provide maintenance support for military aircraft. In 1943, his squadron was sent to New Guinea in support of A-26 and B-25 combat aircraft. After the war’s end, Vern completed his bachelor’s degree at Central Washington State College, his graduate education studies at Seattle Pacific, another master’s degree from Oregon State University, and in 1961, a doctoral degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado. In all, he taught several years in Seattle public schools and for a number of colleges, including Colorado State University and Peru State College, where he became the dean of the School of Applied Arts and Technology. He wrote a textbook on art metals and in 1974, taught for Southern Illinois University in the Norton Air Force Base program for military students. Afterwards, he evaluated courses in San Diego for the U.S. Navy until he retired in 1987. Vern is predeceased by his wife, Marijane, and survived by two daughters; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

ROBERT “BOB” WHITLOW ‘70, an ordained minister and former Seattle Pacific director of alumni and personnel, died February 19, 2017, at the age of 84. He served the University as director of alumni and director of personnel (now human resources) from 1975 to 1988. A strong supporter of Seattle Pacific, he and his wife, teacher BEULAH PAULSSON WHITLOW ’62, were Wellspring Society members, established a scholarship endowment, and gifted property on Whidbey Island to SPU, as well as a number of sculpture pieces. In retirement, the Whitlows owned the Colonel Crockett Farm Bed and Breakfast near Camp Casey Conference Center for a time. Known and loved for his compassion, humor, and graciousness, Bob advocated for Christian higher education, even serving two years as the president of Eugene Bible College in Oregon.