Class Notes

Winter 2010

Reminiscing at the Reunions

SU Mag Class of 1960

Graduates of the Class of 1960 and the Class of 1970 came together late in the summer for a weekend of fun events and festivities on the SU campus. The weekend included social gatherings, dinner, Mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius and tours of the campus.

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Class of 1970

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Julie Smith

Julie Smith, '08, married Bryan Alexander in August 2010. The couple resides in Montana.

Bob Seeley won the Canadian National Senior Men's Age 75 Singles and Doubles Championship title in August 2010. The tournament was at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.


Margaret Gaffney has been hon- ored by the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP) for her volunteer work with the organization. After a teaching stint Gaffney earned a law degree and was an assistant Washington state attorney gen- eral and administrative law judge for more than 25 years. For the past several years she has been a full-time volunteer at NWIRP's Eastern Washington office. Founded in 1984, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project provides legal services and defends legal status for low-income immigrants.

Walter Smith

Walter "Kamika" J. Smith III, '83, finished his 100th mara- thon when he completed Seattle's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon this past June. Smith, who lives in Kauai, Hawaii, ran his first marathon, the Emerald City Marathon, in 1983 while an SU student. Since then, he's completed a marathon in all 50 states. In Kauai, Smith manages his family's visitor attractions, the Wailua River Cruise to the Fern Grotto and the Smith Family Garden Luau.


Wynn Erickson has released his 19th CD on iTunes, Winter Celebration 2, a collection of Christmas- and winter-themed music. Other collections by Erickson include organ preludes and fugues to Halloween music, easy listening and electronica.


Don Bennett, JD, has been appointed executive director of the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). In 2007, he joined the board's staff as executive deputy director. Bennett, who was interim director of the agency prior to his appointment, brings to the position considerable executive management experi- ence in state government. From 1997 to 2006, Bennett served as executive secretary of the State Personnel Board. In 2004–05, he was deployed to Iraq with the 81st Brigade Combat Team. Currently, he serves as state judge advocate, Joint Forces Headquarters, Washington Army National Guard, where he holds the rank of colonel.

Sheldon and Doreen

Sheldon "Shelley" Drogin, EdD, '97, and Doreen A. Harden-Cato, '07 EdD, are using their SU College of Education degrees in executive roles at academic institutions teaching the art and discipline of leadership. Harden-Cato delivered the June commencement address to the graduating class of Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) Graduate College of Saybrook University in Kirkland, Wash., an institution that is a leader in humanistic psychology research and education. Harden-Cato, who also received an honorary doctorate from Saybrook, is an international advocate for children's rights. Currently, she is the executive director of Seattle's First Place, a school and social services agency serving children and homeless families. Drogin serves as the president of LIOS and as a vice president of Saybrook University (San Francisco)


Lt. Col. Andrew Green is commanding the 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, stationed in Vilseck, Germany, and is currently deployed to Spin Boldak, Afghanistan.


Greg Beckman is a published author. His novel, The Drawing Boy, a coming-of-age story, is available at retail- ers including (Look for it under his pen name, Gregor Eliot.)


Mark Hart, MA, is a published poet. His work can be found at


Kathleen Fiehrer was recently named marketing co-chair of Climate Savers Computing Initiative. She will also continue in her role as technical program manager for the organization. Climate Savers Computing is a nonprofit made up of computing and component man- ufacturers focused on improving computer energy efficiency.

Meredith Swallow

Meredith (Colliander) Swallow, '08, is the recipient of the national MathMovesU Math Hero Award from Raytheon. Swallow, who teaches math at Seattle's Billings Middle School, is the only teacher from Washington state to receive this honor, recognizing teachers who engage students in math through interactive and creative learning tools. The award comes with a gift of $2,500 and a matching grant for the recipient's school. Swallow has taught math for seventh- and eighth- graders at Billings since 2008. In 2009, she helped launch an applied math course for seventh- and eighth-graders.


Rafael Calonzo and Andrew Brinkworth, '97, both fine arts graduates, started a video game development studio, Tinfoil Fez Company.

Patrick Norton was promoted to senior litigation support analyst at Cooley LLP. Previously he worked at DLA Piper LLP and Qualcomm. Another accomplishment for Norton: In July 2009 he rode his bike 1,100 miles over five days along the California coast, from San Diego to Monterey, to attend the Red Bull MotoGP U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

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