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WINTER 2010 Connecting Seattle University Alumni and Friends

Michael Lowenstein, '64, and Lonnie Veeder, '65, married May 15, 1965. The couple met in the Chieftain in 1961 and, according to Lonnie, was inseparable thereafter. Mike worked as an underwriter in insurance for 10 years, went back to SU to get a degree in psychology and then became a social worker/supervisor for DSHS. Lonnie became a teacher for the Northshore School District. The couple raised two daughters. Unfortunately, Mike, died in 1997, while waiting for a lung transplant. Lonnie's marital advice: "Cherish the moments and fill the moments with love. Time passes quickly and your life as a couple will end before you are ready." Lonnie would love to hear from anyone who knew her and Mike during their days at SU.

Andrea Albenesius, '92, and Rookie Gleich, '93, met at SU while playing basketball for the Chieftains. Says Andrea, "We became best friends after graduation, and that friendship blossomed into true love so we decided to become teammates for life." They married at the Chapel of St. Ignatius in August 2001, with many of their SU friends and teammates cheering them on. "God has blessed us with two beautiful boys, Treyson and Ryan. And, if they are fortunate to get their mom's basketball talent, they may one day play for the Redhawks," Andrea says.

Juliana, '00, and Brian Stachurski, '00, were married at the Chapel of St. Ignatius June 17, 2000, by Father Stephen Sundborg and with Juliana's parents and grandparents [Jeannie and Dayton Balinbin, '78, and George and Rita Krsak, '47] in attendance to receive a special blessing honoring the three generations of SU marriages.

Derek Dunn, '67, and Kathie Fennell Dunn (attended through 1965) met and married while at Seattle University and have been married 45 years. The couple, now retired, lives in Portland, Ore.

Daniel Bootz, '03, and Jeanne Ryan, '03, '06 MIT, met during orientation and dated all four years of college. They were married in the Chapel of St. Ignatius the weekend after graduation, on June 21, 2003, and now live in Madison, Wis., with their daughter, Esme. Another baby is due in July. "I am so grateful that SU brought my husband and me together," says Jeanne.

Elizabeth (Cox), '98, and Daniel Murray, '98, met at SU in 1994, and married in 1998. They have two children, Ryan and Julia, and live in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

We received quite a few comments online about our Fall 2010 cover story on the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. Here's a sampling:

Library a Shrine, Not a Warehouse

Yes, a 1966 library would justify a serious upgrade to support contemporary learning methods and tools; yet referring to the original library as a mere "warehouse for books" I find ingratiating of its stature. The original library, as ancestor to the new one, played no less of a role in defining the quality educational experience that SU stands for. It set the stage and precedent for the new library's architectural design and redefined function. It was a place where students, faculty and others could gather and not just study, but also be surrounded by the magic and glory of learning and knowledge of all the bound volumes contained and protected within it. The old library does not deserve to be dismissed as a "warehouse for books," connoted with a lifeless, chunky shell with no potential for spiritual and social edification. It has every right to be revered as a shrine to the power and mystery of learning and thought that all libraries, no matter how humble, rural, disheveled or foreign, deserve our respect and deference.

Lonner F. Holden
(father of a current SU sophomore)

Historical Fact Check

I don't remember the "bucket brigade" move to the new library back in 1966. What I do remember clearly is that myself and one other student were hired at $1.45 per hour to move all of the books from the old library to the new A.A. Lemieux Library following summer quarter in August 1966. The move took us six weeks working full-time and was tough manual labor involving loading the boxed books about four or five boxes high onto hand trucks and then down three flights of stairs and up to the new library. Some of the books were down an additional stairway to a basement storage in a building between the libraries. We had no assistance moving the boxes, although several people were involved in packing and unpacking the boxes. The gorgeous new modern library was not quite complete by the time we finished in September.

Jim Klinefelter, '68

Girl Power

I was very excited to read your article on the Rat City Roller Girls ["Cruisin' for a Bruisin,'" summer 2010]. This group has come so far in Seattle and stands for so many great things, including empowering women. While I did not know Anna Stevens, aka "Ima Handful" of the Sockit Wenches, I do know some girls I met at the School of Law who are certainly worth mentioning. Jessica Creager, '09, aka "Pris Toff," is also an alumna of the Rat City Roller Girls, playing for the Throttle Rockets throughout her time at Seattle University. Also, Raven Healing, who graduated from the law school in 2009, was, and likely still is, a mascot for Rat City Roller Girls team Grave Danger. I just wanted to highlight these other awesome women.

Monica Hartsock, '09
Huntington Beach, Calif.

A Writer's Life

Thank you for the glowing review of Marlene's Piano ["Bookmarks," summer 2010]. It meant a lot to me to have my novel reviewed in the alumni magazine, which will help me present the book at Elliott Bay Book Co. and other Seattle locations, as I have in Chicago and Spokane. When I graduated from Seattle University in 1999, I was one of the first English/creative writing majors. My seminars with Dr. [Sharon] Cumberland, Father [Emmett] Carroll and Father [David] Leigh, and my work in the Writing Center with Larry Nichols, made me a better writer of poetry and fiction and a better student of life. I realized that I wrote not only to express myself but also to give readers insight into their own lives and hopes, much like Marlene playing music for Depression audiences. I'm very glad that you enjoyed my book and appreciate the support from Seattle University Magazine and the university.

Jill Charles, '99

Honoring Our Veterans

Since the Civil War the United States has had more than 40 million veterans. The most highly decorated living veteran, according to some historians, is a graduate of Seattle University's ROTC program, Maj. Gen. Pat Brady, class of 1959. Maj. Gen. Brady served our country for 34 years and is the 12th most decorated veteran of all time according to one list, and fifth according to another. In addition to the Congressional Medal of Honor he has earned more than 70 awards, including the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation's second-highest award, two Distinguished Service Medals, six Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, 53 Air Medals and the Purple Heart. Gen. Brady was a Dust Off (Helicopter Ambulance) Pilot for two years in the Vietnam War. He flew more than 2,500 combat missions and evacuated more than 5,000 friendly as well as enemy wounded. He has written his first book, Dead Men Flying (with Megan Brady Smith), which documents the great humanitarian effort in Vietnam spearheaded by the Army Aeromedical evacuation that rescued many souls. Seattle University and its alumni should take great pride in its ROTC program and its graduates.

Mike Flannigan, '58
Lakewood, Wash.

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