Class of 1940
Tony Daigle died Jan. 16, 2010. He was 94. While a student at Seattle College, Daigle helped found the Hiyu Coulee hiking club. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and married Bert Gleason in 1944. They settled in Normandy Park, Wash. A carpenter, teacher, wood carver and harmonica player, he was also a volunteer for the Catholic War Veterans, Cursillo Movement, Friend to Friend program and volunteered with prison ministries. Daigle had a lifelong passion for hiking and skiing. At age 86, the same year that he hung up his skis, he led three generations of Daigles on a 5-day backpack to the Enchantment Lakes. As his family predicted, his sense of humor was his last sense to go. He is survived by his wife of 65 years; children, Mike, Mary Bethe, Pete, Jeannine, Colette, Colleen and Joe; 12 grand children; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Agnes.
Class of 1942
Evelyn Pressentin died July 25, 2011. She was 90. Raised in Montana, Pressentin came west to attend Seattle University, where she met her husband Norman. The couple fell in love, married, and welcomed a daughter, Patricia, before Norman entered the Army in 1943. Pressentin gave birth to her a son, Patrick, while her husband was serving abroad in Germany. When Norman returned, they welcomed their third child, Dennis. She cherished motherhood and loved to spoil her grandchildren. Her knack for floral arrangements is one her most notable legacies, as she took every occasion to bring an arrangement to a friend, family member or event. Pressentin was a gentle and generous woman, known for her dry sense of humor and ever-present courtesy. She is survived by two of her children, Patricia and Patrick; son-in-law, Douglas; daughter-in-law, Margaret; grandchildren, Jeff, Anne, Kristen, John, Teri, and Erin; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth; and brother, Glenn. She was preceded in death by her husband and youngest child, Dennis.
Robert "Bob" Borrows
Class of 1943
Robert “Bob” Borrows died July 18, 2011. He was 91. Born in Seattle April 16, 1920, Borrows was raised in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and attended St. Joseph’s, Seattle Prep and Seattle University. A decorate war hero who served in World War II, Borrows was one of the first POWs to return home to Washington State. Borrows and his wife, Jeanne, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary April 16, 2011. The family spent many years at their beach home on Whidbey Island, where Borrows was famous for his Sunday breakfasts and barbecued chicken. Bob and Jeanne also enjoyed spending many years vacationing at their home in Maui. Borrows is survived by his wife, Jeanne; his sons, Michael and Bill; his daughters, Julie, Mary and Nancy Marie; his grandchildren, Olivia, Keegan, Sean, Isaiah, Travis and Madison.
Frank C. Buty
Class of 1943
Frank C. Buty died in Seattle Dec. 28, 2011. Born Oct. 14, 1919, the son of Frank S. Buty, a businessman and leader in the early Seattle Italian community, and Clementina Bonadio Buty, Buty played varsity football at O’Dea High School. Following high school he came to Seattle University, where he earned a business degree. Buty joined the U.S. Marines following Pearl Harbor, was commissioned through OCS and served in the South Pacific. During his time in the service, he married Bettie Walker, his high school sweetheart and the joy of his heart for 68 years of married life. With two high school friends Buty acquired a transfer/moving business, which continues as one of the oldest businesses in the city. Buty built another business, Independent Delivery, which he and his partners grew from several Harley motorcycles with sidecars to 120 vehicles serving Washington and Oregon. In 1969 he sold the delivery business but he stayed on as executive vice president and regional manager for Purolator Courier until he retired in 1985. In the community, Buty served as a volunteer host for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center families and as treasurer and a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Family parish in White Center. He was also a member of Kiwanis. Favorite hobbies included fishing, sailing and golfing. Buty is survived by his son, Frank M., Steven and Kim; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie; his daughter, Sherry; and two grandsons, Ryan and Nicholas.
Michael F. Hardiman
Class of 1943
Michael F. Hardiman died June 27, 2011. He was 89. Born in Seattle as the second of three sons to Michael and Margaret Hardiman, he attended St. Joseph’s Grade School, Seattle Prep High School and later Seattle University. Hardiman spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific. He met his wife of 61 years, Virginia, while in college. They wed in 1950 and were inseparable.
Hardiman had a lifelong love for his Catholic faith and family, with many memorable family dinners at Canlis and Palisades. He possessed a keen Irish sense of humor and used that cleverness during his 23 years as co-owner of William Staadecker Jewelers, where he built a thriving business. He spent his retirement years in Magnolia. He will be missed by his wife, his family and his helper the past few years, Benjamin. Hardiman is survived by his wife Virginia; his daughters, Mary Ann and Ginni; his son, Michael; and six grandchildren, Kristen, Sean, Ryan, Alexandra, Anne and Jack.
Ruth Helen (Butler) VandenBerg
Class of 1943
Ruth Helen (Butler) VandenBerg passed away peacefully in her home April 2, 2011, with her family surrounding her. She was 91. VandenBerg was born July 29, 1919 in Vancouver, Wash., and grew up on the family farm with her four brothers. At Seattle University (then Seattle College) she was the first female editor of the student newspaper, The Spectator. In 1943, she married Francis “Van” VandenBerg and the couple had three children together. The couple worked in real estate together for more than 40 years and founded F.M. VandenBerg Realty in Seahurst. She was also a devout Catholic and a talented musician who played the organ for services at local Catholic churches and played the piano and sang at home regularly. At family functions, she and her husband, Van, routinely brought the family together with special songs and activities. VandenBerg is survived by her three children, Karen, Gregory and Tamara; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Robert I. Odom, Sr.
Class of 1944
Robert I. Odom, Sr., passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2011, after a brief illness just days before his 89th birthday. Born in Seattle at Swedish Hospital, Odom attended St. Joseph’s elementary school, graduated from O’Dea high school in 1940, and went on to Seattle University (then Seattle College.) His education was interrupted by the onset of World War II, when he joined the US Army and his tour of duty included landing at Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion. In 1946, after leaving the military, he returned home to study at Gonzaga University, where he received his law degree in 1949. For many years he worked as a successful trial lawyer in Seattle, completing his career at the law offices of Preston, Thorgrimson, Ellis and Holman. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosemary Knowlton Odom, and their two sons and family of whom he was extremely proud, Stephen R. and Robert I. Jr., wife Helen and daughter Margaret.
Class of 1945
Aubrey Albright died Oct. 29, 2011. He was 89. A Navy man, Albright was honorably discharged as a Lt. Jg. USNR, having served his county as a Turret Officer on the USS Vicksburg and an officer in charge of the small craft salvage depot at Pearl Harbor. He married Loretta Joyce Ashurst on July 9, 1949, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle. When asked his favorite memory of life, he would recall telling Loretta after their first date that he was going to marry her, and as she closed the door behind her, he could hear Loretta's disbelieving laughter. After Albright’s retirement from Chevron International as an award-winning sales engineer at the Port of Seattle, he launched his company, Ship Shore Inc. With Ship Shore, Albright invented and engineered stackable oil containers that changed the fishing industry forever. He was a private pilot, a home builder, an outdoorsman and an excellent marksman. He enjoyed sharing with his family his love of boating, skiing, road trips, and photography. He was a member of the Catholic Faith, Society of Automotive Engineers, Lions Club and Toastmasters. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, three children, seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Class of 1945
Bea Edwards died Feb. 17, 2012. She was 89. Born in Juneau, Alaska, Edwards settled in Spokane following her time at SU. Edwards was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Hope Rebekah Lodge #38.
Class of 1945
Huber Grimm died Feb. 18, 2011. He was 90. For 30 years Grimm was a physician for the Seattle University Athletic Department and a member of the SU Athletic Hall of Fame. Grimm graduated from Centralia High School and enrolled at the University of Washington in 1938, where he played on the freshman football team. He then enrolled in the San Francisco College of Embalming and received his license as an embalmer and funeral director, working as a circuit embalmer for numerous funeral homes in the greater Seattle area. In 1942 he enrolled at SU and received his bachelor's degree in 1945. Four years later he earned a medical degree from Saint Louis University, then returned to Seattle for his certification in general practice and general surgery from Providence Hospital. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1952-54 and was a surgeon and medical commander at Camp Irwin in Barstow, Calif. Upon his return, Dr. Grimm opened his medical practice in Seattle, serving the community for 42 years until 1996. During that time, he delivered thousands of babies and provided medical assistance to underprivileged families. He served on numerous professional boards and was past president of Washington State Academy of Family Physicians, King County Blue Shield, King County Medical Services Corporation, and Washington State Academy of Family Physicians. Grimm was named a Legend of First Hill, and was also a charter member of the Seattle Seafair Clowns and past president of the associated Seattle University Graduates Club. He is survived by his wife Mary; his 10 children and their spouses; his 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Frank McKenna Donaghy
Class of 1947
Frank McKenna Donaghy died March 14, 2011. He was 89. Born in Seattle, he grew up in the White Center area and attended Seattle Prep. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard in August of 1944. Following graduation from Seattle University, with a degree in business administration, he married Patricia Drummey in 1949. Donaghy owned a tavern and became sales manager for Brew 66/Rainier Brewing Company. In 1967, he moved to Wenatchee, Wash., to buy B & F Distributing, Co. In 1972, Frank married Patricia A. Luna in Wenatchee, Wash. Frank was a member of the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club, Rotary International, American Legion, Elks Club, Eagles Club and the Washington State Beer and Wine Association. He was also president of the Washington State Seniors’ Golf Association and in his spare time loved to play golf, cards, fish and travel. He was a member of Holy Apostles Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Pat; and his children and their families.
Class of 1947
Mary Marshall died Feb. 22, 2011. She was 85. Born and raised in South Dakota, Marshall graduated from Seattle University in 1947 with a degree in medical technology and began her career as a medical technologist and chemist with an internship in Victoria, British Columbia. She went on to hold positions in cities such as Washington, D.C., and La Jolla, Calif. In the early 1950s, she moved to Ventura County, Calif., where she met the love of her life, Henry Marshall. The couple married in 1954. In 1993, Marshall retired as part owner of Las Posas Clinical Lab. Marshall’s love of travel took her to more than 60 countries in her lifetime. She was also a gourmet cook and active volunteer. She loved to socialize and was a devoted parishioner of Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo, Calif. In addition to her husband, Henry, Marshall is survived by her children, Thomas and Monica; her daughter-in-law, Carol; and her grandchildren, Dominic, Zachary and Stuart.
Robert Aquinas Dempsey
Class of 1948
Robert Aquinas Dempsey died July 16, 2011. He was 91. Dempsey was a man who embraced life, spending time trout fishing, picking blackberries and sharing his vast knowledge and love of history. Born in Seattle Feb. 22, 1920, he spent his early childhood divided between life in the city (Seattle) and the countryside, in the Delphi Valley near Tumwater, Wash. It was here that he learned how to cast his fishing pole into Dempsey Creek that ran through his family's homesteaded property. His siblings, Kathleen, Patricia and James, were his constant companions whether doing chores on the farm or finding adventures throughout Seattle. After serving in World War II, he completed his studies at Seattle University, earning a degree in education that led to a lifetime of teaching. While visiting his mother in Arizona he met his future wife, Lydia, at the post office; Lydia would soon become his wife of 58 years.
The couple settled in Elma, Wash., and raised six children. After retiring Dempsey enjoyed traveling with his family and visiting his children and grandkids. He made it a point to pass on his love of learning to them.
He is survived by his wife, Lydia; his children, Rita, John, Bob, Brian, Lisa and Joe; his sister, Patricia; and grandchildren, Meagan, Michael, Eric, Trenton, Tyler, Isaac, Reagan, Mitchell, Stephen, Matthew, Michael and Patrick.
Class of 1948
Richard Corrigan died Oct. 27, 2011. He was 90. Along with his sister and seven brothers, Corrigan grew up in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and was a member of Seattle Prep’s class of 1938. In 1942, he joined the Army and married his childhood friend, Florida Frances Perri. Corrigan graduated from Seattle University with a business degree in 1948. He had a long and distinguished career in business and finance working primarily in the construction field. He retired from Stoneway Concrete in 1985, but continued to work in-home as a tax accountant. Corrigan’s Catholic faith was an integral part of his life. His longstanding commitment to the poor and disenfranchised was apparent through his work with the St. Vincent DePaul Society both at Our Lady of Guadalupe in West Seattle and St. Francis of Assisi in Burien, Wash. Corrigan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be remembered for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He is survived by his children, Carol, Richard Jr., Corrine, Diane, Barrett, and Terry; sons-in-law, Jim and Ron; daughters-in-law, Jeanne, Maggie and Tammie; as well as 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Class of 1948
Florence Pressentin died Jan. 22, 2011. She was 89. Pressentin was raised in Chehalis, Wash. After graduating from Seattle University, she married Martin Pressentin. The couple settled in Rockport, Wash., where they raised their three daughters. She served the community in various roles including as president of the San Juan Girl Scout Council, co-founder of Aero-Skagit Emergency Services and a dedicated volunteer and parishioner of St. Catherine's Mission Catholic Church. In her professional life, Pressentin worked as a registered nurse and U.S. Postmaster.
She was an advocate for young girls and women, encouraging them to explore and follow their dreams. Pressentin was a vibrant beauty with an engaging smile that she shared easily with everyone. With her style, sharp intellect, and quick wit, Pressentin left a lasting impression with those she met. Pressentin is survived by her daughters, Denise, Lea and Marce, as well as many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Betty.
Class of 1948
Jack Gordon died Nov. 30, 2010. He was 89. Gordon graduated from O'Dea High School in Seattle, attended the University of Washington and Seattle University, and worked for The Seattle Times and two other Seattle daily newspapers. During World War II he joined the Navy and after his discharge from the service, he met Roberta Walsh and they married. Gordon then began a long career in public relations that earned him the title of “Mr. Seattle.” During his career, Gordon welcomed dignitaries including Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford and Carter, as well as the Queen of England and king and queen of Sweden. For years he promoted Seattle’s Seafair festival. Gordon became a consultant for the state Department of Commerce at the time of the Seattle World’s Fair and designed the Plaza of the States program for the fair's run in 1962, negotiating other states' involvement in the event. In 1965, he became the first executive director of the Washington State Restaurant Association, a post he held until retiring in 1990. In addition to his wife, Gordon is survived by his four children, John, Joseph, Mary Margaret and Ann Patrice, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sigurbjorn “Sig” Z.B. Johnson
Class of 1949
Sigurbjorn “Sig” Z.B. Johnson died June 6, 2011. He was 90. Born Nov. 24, 1920 in Seattle, he moved in 1932 to Iceland for a year with his mother. By 1933 they returned to Seattle but Sig remained in close correspondence with his Icelandic relatives and friends. He was fluent in Icelandic and visited the small country many times during his life to see extended family and friends. His Icelandic heritage was very important to him and played a central role throughout his life. After earning a business degree from Seattle University, he began a career as a salesman, first in the produce industry and later in the grocery and beverage distribution business.
While skiing at Snoqualmie Pass he met Olga Raykovich and after a two-year courtship they were married on July 5, 1947. They remained happily married for almost 60 years until Olga's death in 2007. The couple had one son, Mark, a daughter-in-law, Shaun, and two grown granddaughters, Bryn (Kirk) Kimberly and Brooke Johnson. Sig loved them all dearly. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. For many years he was a member of The Drifters, a Seattle salmon fishing club and he owned a small boat and would take fly fishing trips with family and friends frequently during the fishing season. He especially enjoyed teaching his two granddaughters to fish for rainbow trout in Eastern Washington each summer when they were young. Sig was also an expert gardener and enthusiastic participant in the Interbay P-Patch. He was legendary for his beautiful Walla Walla sweet onions, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and giant sunflowers. He dedicated much of his time after retirement to the preservation of Scandinavian history and his love of Iceland and Icelandic culture. He volunteered frequently in the Icelandic Room of the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. He was also quite active in the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle, having served as president for several terms. An avid reader, Sig loved to read books on Icelandic history and their immigration to North America. The family would like to thank the supportive friends and staff of the Norse Home and the compassionate staff of the Columbia Lutheran Home for all their kindness and loving care.
Sister Rita Mary Lyons, CSJP, MEd
Class of 1949
Sister Rita Mary Lyons, CSJP, MEd, died June 3, 2011. She was 97. Born Aug. 30, 1913 in Prior Lake, Minn., she graduated from Sedro Woolley High School in 1931 and attended the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Bellingham, Wash. She entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1934. Sister Lyons earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, a master’s in education from Seattle University and a master’s in religious education from Immaculate College, Los Angeles. For more than 40 years she served as a nurse, instructor and supervisor in health care ministry in PeaceHealth in Bellingham and Wenatchee, Wash., and in Eugene, Ore. From 1977 through 2001 she ministered as a hospital chaplain at Ketchikan General Hospital, in Ketchikan, AK. Since retirement in 2001, Sister Lyons lived at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue, Wash. In 2010 she celebrated her 75th Jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace. Sister Lyons touched many lives in countless ways: her dedication in serving others and her deep faith and warm hospitality.
Guy Emmett Trotter
Class of 1949
Guy Emmett Trotter died Feb. 24, 2011. Raised in Seattle, in 1942 he married Helen Panattoni. In 1972, he retired from the U.S. Navy after having served in World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Trotter was an editorial columnist for the Lewiston Morning Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho, as well as a community college instructor and a member of the Lewiston Civic Theatre and Kiwanis International. In addition to his wife, Trotter is survived by his sons, Robert and Thomas; his daughters-in-law, Anita and Kathleen; his six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Jules Edmond Gamache
Class of 1950
Jules Edmond Gamache died Aug. 13, 2011. He was 84. Born in Worchester, Mass., the middle of five children, Gamache left New England in 1946 and headed west to Seattle University, where he attended with the assistance of the GI Bill. After he graduated from SU with a degree in commercial science, he began his lifelong career with the General Electric Company. In college he met the love of his life, Joan O’Neill, and the couple married in 1949. Following three years working for GE in Seattle the company offered him a role in a manufacturing program that took him and his family back to the northeast United States. His 39 years career with GE included several foreign assignments and three years at the New York City headquarters.
An avid outdoorsman and skier, Gamache loved and appreciated the beauty of mountains and landscapes of the many places where he and Joan traveled throughout their lives. His devotion to his faith, family and music touched many. A talented jazz bassist, he is most remembered for offering his gift o music to his family and community. For more than 40 years Gamache was the resident bassist of the choir at the Holy Spirit Church in the Almaden Valley. He was also an active member of the parish and involved in many ministries over the years.
Gamache is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan; his sisters, Constance and Annette; his brother, Roger; his children, Julie, Robert and Clare; his eight grandchildren, Sean, Aaron, Johanna, Stefan, Mikaela, Kaleb, Jullian and Trevor; and his two great grandchildren, Linnea and Amelia. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Marie; and his brother, John.
Vito Trifone Chiechi
Class of 1950
Vito Trifone Chiechi died July 26, 2011. He was 86. Chiechi’s world revolved around family and politics. The graduate of Seattle University who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II was a man of great values, devoted to his wife and nine children. The Chiechi house was known for its lively discussions around the dinner table—a nightly tradition—where the kids would recite the day’s events over food. After 20 years working for the Boeing Company, Chiechi got involved in state politics, performing various roles including as administrative assistant for a Democrat Speaker of the House, Republican co-chief clerk and later chief clerk of the House of Representatives. He was also federal regional administrator of the General Services Administration, Chief of Staff to the House of Republican Caucus and a lobbyist for a variety of clients. Chiechi owned a public affairs consulting firm and later founded two additional businesses: one designed to facilitate campaigning through the distribution of mailing lists and voter data and the other to conduct government affairs seminars for executives. Chiechi was passionate about politics and urged young people to get involved by running for office and voting. In 2009 he co-founded the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute that offers seminars for future Republican leaders. Believing the divide between the left and the right could be made smaller by sharing a plate of pasta and a glass of wine, his annual dinner get togethers mixing Italian cuisine and political discourse enlivened every legislative session. Chiechi is survived by his nine children, Chris, Steve, Douglas, Victoria, Gina, Donna, Michael, Maria and Dolores; 24 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 52 years, Dolores.
Michael Thomas Comer
Class of 1950
Michael Thomas Comer died Aug. 13, 2011. He was 87. Born Aug. 13, 1924 at Providence Hospital in Seattle, Comer grew up in Seattle and graduated from Seattle Prep in 1943. He entered the Army and served for three years with stations in Texas, Germany and England and served as a German interpreter. After his discharge from the Army in 1946 he attended Seattle University, focusing on education. In 1961 he received a master’s degree from Oregon State University. Comer taught chemistry in the Seattle School District for 15 years and taught physics at Seattle University. In 1968 he left teaching to further support his family and became a real estate broker. He loved spending time with wife Dolores and his children and grandchildren, including trips to Alaska and fishing. Comer is survived by his wife, Dolores; his children, Kathleen, Karen, Mary, Patty, Mike, Mark, Debbie, John, Jim and Paul; his 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; his brother Bernard and his wife, Gerrie; and many nieces and nephews.
Class of 1951
Ted Dooley died Oct. 13, 2011. He was 86. He was a graduate of O’Dea High School and Seattle University. Dooley was a proud WWII veteran and was retired from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Dooley is survived by his brother, Tom; sister-in-law, Miriam; children, Tim and Mary Kay; daughter-in-law, Kay; son-in-law, Vinnie; and grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Danielle and Vinnie. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Patricia, who died in 2003.
Class of 1951
Paul Wein died Oct. 28, 2010. He was 91. During World War II, Wein served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division. While in the service he met his wife, Leola Mae Rice. The couple married and settled in Seattle. Following graduation Wein worked as a representative for area businesses. He and his wife also owned and operated a number of gift stores for many years. Always active, Wein enjoyed making friends and loved to dance. He is survived by his six children, Carolee, Nancy, Susan, Kathleen, Paul, Jr., and John; his sister, Katherine; his 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Class of 1952
Roland Blanchette died June 12, 2010. Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Blanchette lived in Washington when his family moved here during World War II. A veteran of the Korean War, he graduated from Seattle University with degree in civil engineering. His career spanned 35 years with the Army Corps of Engineers, and he worked on several notable public works project such as Chief Joseph and Wynoochee Dams. An active member of the St. Mark Catholic Church for 55 years, he was involved with the financial committee, ushering and Boy Scouts. Hobbies were important to Blanchette, who enjoyed photography and travel. He enjoyed taking his family on camping trips, fishing trips and vacations to national and state parks and spending time at Leisure Time Resorts. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mary Blanchette; and his brother, Roger Blanchette, S.J. He is survived by Stella, his wife, of 55 years; his sons, Michael, Mark and Joe and his daughter, Mary; 10 grandchildren; and his sister, Marcella Thornton.
Richard A. Foley
Class of 1952
Richard A. Foley died Oct. 4, 2012. He was 83. Foley spent 56 years as a Trappist monk, known as Brother Gerard Foley, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Ore. In addition to living a life of monastic prayer, he was skilled in building church furniture and worked as a book binder, forester and logger.
Class of 1952
Solomon Israel died April 13, 2012. He was 86. Israel served as a sergeant in World War II and the Korean War. With a business partner he started Pine Street Food in Seattle. The grocery and deli was an institution in downtown Seattle for 20 years.
Class of 1952
Charlotte Sohnly died Sept. 5, 2011. She was 81. Born Sept. 23, 1929 in Seattle, Sohnly attended St. Alphonsus Grade School in Ballard and Holy Angels High School. She graduated from Seattle University nursing school and worked for Steven’s Hospital in Edmonds and Providence Hospital in Everett, north of Seattle, while raising her five children.
Sohnly was a longtime member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Lynnwood, Wash., and a member of the Legion of Mary. Over the years she volunteered many hours making rosaries. She was also a volunteer at the Lynnwood Senior Center.
Sohnly is survived by her children, Susan, Chuck, Therese, Mary and Paul; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles.
Flavia Marie Lagerquist
Class of 1952
Flavia Marie Lagerquist died May 30, 2011. She was 80. Born Oct. 4, 1930 in Seattle, Lagerquist lived in the city her entire life. A graduate of Holy Names, she went on to Seattle University where she earned a degree in nursing, training at Providence Hospital. In 1952 she married Bill Lagerquist, the start of 59 years together. She loved the Seattle Mariners, Starbucks coffee, Immaculate Conception Church, weekly lunches with her friend, Joyce, and get-togethers and holidays with her family. Flavia was a great wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her six children, Jim, Dave, Janet, John, Bill and Don; her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother Kathryn and three brothers.
Class of 1953
Beverly Kaufer died Nov. 8, 2011. She was 79. After graduating from Seattle University, she went on to work as a lab technician at Providence Hospital in Seattle. In 1959 she married Philip Kaufer, and left her work at the hospital to raise the couple’s three children. She was a member of Assumption Parish in Seattle, and volunteered for various church and school activities. She enjoyed several hobbies, including calligraphy, playing bridge and watching sporting events. Kaufer was an avid daily walker for more than 30 years. After her husband’s retirement, Beverly and he traveled extensively, to Spain, Italy, France, and other locations in Europe and the US. They particularly enjoyed yearly visits to their only grandson, Victor, in Spain. She is survived by her children, Steven, Larry and Susan as well as their spouses; her brother, Robert; sister-in-law Jean; grandson, Victor; and nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Phil.
Mary Jo Kilian
Class of 1954
Mary Jo (Giacobazzi) Kilian died Jan. 1, 2011. She was 76. The “Elegant Scarf Lady” was born Aug. 11, 1934, in Havre, Mont., the eldest of six children. Initially she was raised in Missoula before moving to Seattle in 1947. A graduate (class of 1952) of Holy Names Academy, she attended Seattle University through spring of 1954. At an SU ROTC picnic she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Kilian, ’55. The couple was married for 55 years. From 1954-55, she worked at SU’s Registrar’s Office, later taking time off to raise her children, Scott and Karen. She returned to work and was an office manager/receptionist for 25 years at a dental office. Travel was important to Mary Jo, who took trips to China, Russia and the European capitals with friends. Her best times were with her husband, Bob, in Kona, Hawaii, where they traveled to every winter, initially staying for one week, then two weeks then two months. She also enjoyed shopping, lunch with friends, home garden tours and more.
In 2004, Mary Jo was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which went into remission that year, only to return in 2008. Mary Jo rallied during this time of crisis, as only she would do, finding a scarf with a ribbon to match every outfit. She was the best dressed lady on chemo. Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Bob; her son, Scott; her daughter, Karen, ’78; and her granddaughter, Emma. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Helen Giacobazzi; and her brother, John.
Class of 1954
Patrick Lynch died July 4, 2010. He was 79. Born in Seattle, Lynch lived a full and exciting life. He was the 1949 prom king at Frankfurt High School in Germany. Lynch was a pioneer of skiing in the Pacific Northwest. While attending Seattle University, he was a member of the school’s ski team and placed second in the NCAA in 1954. He worked in the insurance field, where he enjoyed an excellent reputation for service and professionalism. Lynch is survived by his wife, Margee; children, Christopher and Jennifer; grandchildren, Emma, Morgan and Max; and sisters Joan and Judy.
Class of 1954
Verna Scherer died Jan. 10, 2012. She was 88. Along with her husband, John, Scherer enjoyed adventures that involved traveling the world, with trips to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The couple was active in the arts and cultural scene in Seattle.
Class of 1955
Pat Arbow died Nov. 18, 2010. He was 77. Arbow was born and raised in Seattle and attended O’Dea High School and Seattle University. He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 1958, he married his college sweetheart, Donna Coon. The couple settled in West Seattle and had five children. Arbow worked at Boeing for 35 years. He enjoyed salmon fishing with his children and friends and traveling to sunny places, especially Bend, Ore., where he spent time visiting his many relatives. Arbow was also an original Seafair Clown; “clowning around” for 55 years with friends and family provided many great memories. Actively involved in Holy Rosary Parish, his Catholic faith was ever important in his life. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Patrick, Theresa, Michael, Molly and Michele; and his grandchildren, Jason, Ryan, James, Max, Joseph, Michael, Jordan, Emily and Joshua.
Shirley Ann Ryan
Class of 1956
Shirley Ann Ryan died April 27, 2011. She was 76. Born in Spokane July 7, 1934, Ryan was a woman of strong faith who shared the love of God with others daily. If there were an empty bed in the house or an empty seat at the table she would offer it, with pleasure, to someone in need. Through the many challenges of this life, her laughter and sense of humor shone through. Ryan lived each day with gratitude, optimism, generosity and grace. In 1955 Ryan married her sweetheart, Tim Ryan, who she met at Seattle University. They married at St. Joseph’s Parish in Seattle. After living for several years in Kirkland, Wash., the family made their home in the Kitsap Peninsula. The former city girl now country girl in Kitsap became involved in a direct marketing business, helped manage the Poulsbo Golf Course and did bookkeeping for a construction business. While managing a busy home and professional life, Ryan also spent time helping others. She taught English to refugees. Over the years she was involved in many organizations and groups but her favorite was the Go-fer Girls, her group of loving high school friends. She enjoyed spending time in her garden and home on Hood Canal where she lived for more 22 years. She is survived by her husband, Tim; her children, Molly, Pat, Mike, Dan, Colleen, Kevin, Katie, Jim and Chung; many nieces and nephews; her brother-in-law, the Reverend Michael J. Ryan; her sister, Joan; and her brother, Dan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gertrude and Bernard Lenoue; and her sister, Mary Jo Schaaf.
Thomas Patrick Colleran
Class of 1956
Thomas Patrick Colleran died June 7, 2011. He was 81. A veteran of the Korean War, Colleran graduated from Seattle University with a teaching degree and received a master’s in counseling from Arizona State University. For 30 years he was a community teacher and administrator for the Bellevue School District. He also taught at Lake Washington Vo-Tech and was interim principal for the Catholic Archdiocese. His greatest joys in life were spending time with his immediate family, reading, teaching and trying to uncover the secret for a perfect golf game. He is survived by his wife, Mireille; his sons, Tom, Tim, Peter, Paul and John; his grandchildren T.C., Mitchell, Andrew, Troy, Bryce, Joshua, Lacey, Monica, Laura, Rebecca and Jessica; and his great granddaughter, Hailey.
Philip John Crowell
Class of 1957
Philip John Crowell died June 9, 2012. He was 84. Crowell served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. In 1990, he retired from Boeing.
James A. Darcy
Class of 1957
James A. Darcy died Aug. 17, 2012. He was 79. A graduate of Bothell High School and Seattle University, Darcy was a retired Naval Reservist who worked for General Electric and later the Boeing Company, until his retirement.
Father James Louis Plastino
Class of 1957
Father James Louis Plastino died July 20, 2011. He was 75. Born Feb. 5, 1936, Plastino was raised by his aunt Laura in Spokane. At Gonzaga High School in Spokane his Jesuit teachers inspired Plastino to further grow his faith and education. The first in his family to attend college, Plastino graduated from the University of Washington, where he was student body president. He married Mary Plastino and raised a family of four children. Professionally, he was an assistant vice president at Bank of America in San Francisco and director of public relations at Cooper Laboratories in Palo Alto, Calif. Later in life Plastino received the calling to priesthood. He attended St. John’s Seminary and received his master’s in divinity at St. Patrick’s Seminary. From 1994 to 2001 he served as priest in the Monterey Diocese in California. Plastino is survived by his sons, Mark, Greg and Michael; his daughter, Joan; and his grandchildren, Jesse, Matthew, Michael, Sofia and Nicholas.
Mary Agnes “Merm” McKillop
Class of 1957
Mary Agnes “Merm” McKillop died Sept. 11, 2010. She was 78. Born and raised in Lansing, Mich., McKillop graduated from St. Mary's High School, Mercy School of Nursing and Seattle University. She began her nursing career in labor and delivery at Providence. In 1960, she married Paul McKillop, and they welcomed seven children, Maureen, Molly, Bridget, Beth, Sheila, Katie and John. She enjoyed spending time with her children and her grandchildren, Tony, John, Laura, Sam, Jake, Kelly, Katie, Bella, Mary Bridget, Mimi, Victor, Lydia, Miki, Parker and Emmett. When her children were grown, she returned to nursing, providing home care for the terminally ill. McKillop, who earned the nickname of “Merm”—short for mermaid, because of her love of the water—was a fan of the Seattle Mariners, wine and Italy. She also loved to spend time visiting beaches. An exceptional cook, she threw lavish parties and baked mouth-watering breads. She was an active parent at both St. Joseph School and Holy Names Academy, even sharing her culinary expertise as a home economics teacher.
Class of 1958
Clair Markey died in July 2012. He was 76. Born in Nebraska and raised in Washington state, Markey played on the famed SU basketball team during the 1957-58 season that went head to head with Kentucky for the national championship title. (One of his teammates was Elgin Baylor.) Later he would coach the team. As a student athlete Mackey won state championships at Juneau Douglas in 1969 and Lathrop High School in Fairbanks in 1972.
Coaching was a big part of Markey’s life, having coached not only at SU but also at the high school and professional level in Alaska. Coaching jobs included the high school teams in Barrow and Wrangell, Alaska and summer camps in Juneau. In 1981 he coached the Anchorage Northern Lights of then Continental Basketball Association. Known for a coaching teams with a fast-paced style of moving of the ball on court, Markey had great success at the college level with Alaska Southeast, a team that averaged 97.6 points per game in the1987-88 season.
Markey is survived by his wife of 37 years, Brenda; his mother, Jane; and his four children, Stephen, Bruce, Chris and Tiffany.
Class of 1958
Louis Tice died April 2, 2012. He was 76. Tice is survived by his wife, Diane, five adopted children, his foster daughter Kady, his brothers Wally and T.R., and 13 grandchildren.
Ray B. Weber
Class of 1958
Ray B. Weber died Oct. 23, 2010. He was 74. A longtime resident of Bellevue, Wash., Weber was born March 25, 1936 to Matthew and Vivian Weber in Seattle. Raised on Queen Anne Hill, Weber attended St. Anne’s grade school and for high school, Seattle Prep. There he excelled as a student, participating in debate competitions and winning regional and state awards. At SU, he joined Army ROTC and graduated with a degree in business administration. He was active in extracurricular programs at the university, including the ROTC drill team, class officer for three years and chairman of the Military Ball. Following graduation he served as a transportation officer with the Army, stationed in Germany.
When he returned to Seattle, he met and married Marite. The couple moved to Bellevue where they would raise three children, Mark, Matthew and Kristin.
An amazing salesman, Weber earned several awards for this dedication to his work. For nearly 45 years he was employed by John L. Scott real estate company. He was active in the community including service with the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors. An avid sports fan, Weber especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. Another passion was salmon fishing, a hobby that he never missed a chance to partake in. Ray is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marite; his children, Mark, Matthew and Kristin; and his grandchildren, Callan, Sidney, Meghan, Avery, Maxwell, Zackery and Vivian.
Mary Ellen McLane Maffia
Class of 1959
Mary Ellen McLane Maffia died May 31, 2011. She was 73. Born in Seattle and raised in Yakima, Maffia’s commitment to education and welfare began from an early age. While in high school she was active with the March of Dimes Teens Against Polio (TAP) drive. In 1957 she was appointed as a national chairperson for TAP, along with Eddie Fisher. As a chairperson she traveled throughout the United States organizing groups of young adults to engage in the fight against polio. Following graduation from St. Joseph’s Academy in Yakima—she was class valedictorian—Maffia went to Seattle University, where she earned a degree in education. Her career in education started at Queen Anne Junior High School, where she taught English. She touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families during her more than 30 years of teaching in Queen Anne and at Our Lady of Fatima, Laurelhurst, Whitworth, Madrona and Lowell elementary schools. Despite earning a master’s in education administration, she decided to remain a classroom teacher fulfilling her passion of working with gifted and advanced placement students. She continued to be active even in retirement. Maffia spent time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital Thrift Store on Bainbridge Island, and enjoyed travel, gardening and reading. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Paul; and her children, Timothy and Felicia.
Class of 1959
Thomas O’Neil died Aug. 12, 2011. He was 79. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, O’Neil served on aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He attended Seattle University on the G.I. Bill. While attending SU, he met the love of his life, Mary Claire O’Brien. They were married shortly after graduation. For 35 years, O’Neil worked as finance manager at the Boeing Company. He was an active member of St. Luke’s parish in Shoreline, Wash., where he was involved in a variety of activities including the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Youth Organization, and Eucharistic ministry. He was a dedicated coach and fan of his children’s and grandchildren’s sports teams. He also was an avid follower of the Seattle Mariner’s and Seahawks. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Michael, Daniel and Edward; daughters-in-law, Kari, Cindy and Gina; grandchildren, Conor, Brigitte, Elle, William, Maddie, Caroline and Max.
Terrance “Terry” Michael Byrne
Class of 1959
Terrance “Terry” Michael Byrne died June 11, 2011. He was 74. A man of great faith and smiling Irish eyes, Byrne was born in Spokane. He and his six brothers and sisters were raised on the South Hill of Spokane in a loving family home which became known as “Byrne Hall,” with a constantly open door to extended family and friends. A graduate of Gonzaga Prep School, Byrne enrolled at Seattle University where he met his wife, Veda Jo Vargo, his freshman year. Following graduation from SU he entered the retail trade and became general merchandising manager at the Bon Marche. Along with Veda Jo he started and operated a chain of clothing stores in the Bellevue and Kirkland areas called Strawberry Patch and Main Street. For several years he also worked in the real estate business where he was the managing broker for the Windermere Real Estate Bellevue office. Traveling the world with Veda Jo and great friends John and Mary Jo Costello was also one of Byrne’s favorite things to do. Many trips to Europe and Asia resulted in a home filled with beautiful antiques, artworks and treasures of all kinds. Annual trips with their children and friends to Maui and the Iron Springs Resort on the Washington Coast filled their albums with enduring memories. Byrne’s love of his Irish heritage resulted in his annual participation in the Friendly Son’s of St. Patrick festivities, including the sacred painting of the green line down 5th Avenue in Seattle to mark the route of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Byrne is survived by his children, Marilu, Melinda Morgan, Terrence “Michael,” Thomas and Sarah; his 13 grandchildren, Evan, Cayley, Samantha, Sarah, Alex, Kennedy, Taylor, Julia, Sean, Madeleine, Terry, Jackson and Joey; his brothers, Patrick, Robert and Peter; and his sisters, Kathy and Molly. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Veda Jo; his parents; his sister, Helen Marie; and his twin boys, Christopher and Michael.
Class of 1960
John Levine died April 17, 2012. He was 73. In 1960 Levine, a graduate of SU with a business administration degree, opened a chain of pizzerias and gained many lifelong friends. He’s remembered for his unfailing sense of humor.
Class of 1960
William Mar died Dec. 16, 2010. He was 92. A lifelong resident of Seattle, Mar attended Franklin High School, Seattle University and the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea and the Philippines during World War II. For 32 years he was an active reservist and an instructor at the Army Command and General Staff School, where he was enrolled for several years. After 28 years as a mechanical engineer he retired from PACCAR, Inc. In his retirement, Mar and his wife visited all seven continents and more than 60 countries. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary; his children, Bill Jr., Deanna and Sharon; his daughter-in-law, Anna; his son-in-law, Richard; and his grandchildren, Michael, Allison, Laurie and Jasmine.
Class of 1961
Leo McGavick died March 28, 2012. He was 76. McGavick joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served on the USCG Northwind icebreaker as an electronics technician in Alaska. He also served at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse at Cape Blanco, Ore. Following service in the Coast Guard, McGavick joined the Naval Reserve.
Sharonlee Ruth McDonald
Class of 1961
Sharonlee Ruth McDonald died Nov. 17, 2011. She was 73. McDonald was a founding member and longtime parishioner at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. She is survived by her children, Shawna, Lisa, Debbie, Timothy, Andrew, Toby, Daniel, Martha, Matthew, Colin, Molly and Adam; and 19 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry and her daughter, Melissa.
Keith Anthony Mead
Class of 1961
Keith Anthony Mead died July 7, 2012. He was 79. Born in Chicago, Mead spent his life loving and caring for family and friends. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy in Denison, Texas, eventually relocating to the Pacific Northwest.
Robert Lloyd Lavergne
Class of 1962
Robert Lloyd Lavergne died Sept. 15, 2011. He was 87. Born Dec. 11, 1923 in Portland, Ore., Lavergne served in the Army during World War II and graduated Cum Laude in engineering at Seattle University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Lavergne worked for Boeing, McDonald Douglas and McClellan AFB. Golf was a great passion of his and Lavergne enjoyed playing the game at Cameron Park Country Club, where he served as president for two terms. Lavergne is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jausma (Jan); his children, Richard, Cheryl and Brian; and many friends.
William Bruce MacIsaac
Class of 1962
William Bruce MacIsaac died July 17, 2011. He was 71. Born Feb. 2, 1940 in Seattle, MacIsaac graduated from North Kitsap High School and later Seattle University, where he earned a civil engineering degree. On July 25, 1970 he married Sandra Zito. For 35 years he worked as an engineer with Lockheed Martin. The last 22 years with Lockheed were spent supporting the Navy’s Deep Sea Rescue Vehicle in San Diego. In 2001 he retired and some of his favorite pastimes included working in the yard, going to the gym, visiting his timeshare and spending time with his family. MacIsaac is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sandy; his son, Randy; his three grandchildren, Jeremie, Conor and Logan; his two brothers, Bob and Jim; and many nieces and nephews.
Albina Therese O’Sullivan
Class of 1962
Albina Therese O’Sullivan died July 7, 2011. She was 93. Born on a farm in Weston, Nebraska, O’Sullivan graduated from high school in Lincoln, Neb., attended college in Lincoln and Kansas City and graduated from Seattle University. In 1969, she married Arthur O’Sullivan in Seattle. For the past six years she lived in Federal Way, Wash., to be near her family. O’Sullivan was preceded in death by husband, Arthur; her brothers, Thomas, Ludvik, Louis, Stanley and Rudy; her sisters, Lillian, Hattie and Tillie; her niece, Rose Marie and her nephews, Adolph and Bill. She is survived by her brother, Bohumil; her great-nephew Ray; numerous nieces and nephews.
Joel Allen Barber, Jr.
Class of 1963
Joel Allen Barber, Jr., died April 8, 2011. He was 81. Born in Spokane to Joel Allen and Katharine (O'Neill) Barber, he was raised in Seattle, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1947. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, Barber earned a Master’s in Education from Seattle University, a master’s from Stanford and a Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Washington. Dr. Barber served the Seattle Public Schools in supervisory and science positions from 1953 to 1983, and was an Army reserve officer from 1949 to 1978. He also hosted a weekly science program, “Science is Fun” for junior high school students on Channel 9 for two years. After retiring from the school system, he served for 16 years as an accountant for Toni Barber Travel, Inc. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Antonnia; his son, Joel Barber III; his daughter, Sheli; and his two grandsons, Tyler and Aidan.
Imelda Aquino del Carmen, MEd
Class of 1963
Imelda Aquino del Carmen, MEd, died April 23, 2011. She was 75. Born in the Phillipines, del Carmen received a scholarship from the Maryknoll Sisters to study in the U.S. In 1962, she married her husband, Renato. The couple initially settled in Wisconsin before relocating to California. Together, they had four children. Del Carmen lived a happy and fulfilling life as “soccer mom” and schoolteacher, serving in the Fresno Unified School District for nearly 40 years. She was dedicated to physical fitness and made friends easily with people of all ages. She is survived by her children, Dana, Stephanie, Jay and Darlene; son-in-law, Rob; grandchildren, Torey, Julia, Micah, Anika, Kaia, Nico, Emilio, Beatrix, Catalina, Aurea and Enzo; and siblings, Connie, Zeny and Roger.
Class of 1963
Helen Humbert, ’82 MEd, died April 24, 2012. She was 72. Humbert devoted her life to teaching, offering guidance and encouragement to high school students in the Kent School District. She served as president of the Washington State Business Education Association.
Charles George Dynes
Class of 1965
Charles George Dynes died June 24, 2011. He was 67. Born Jan. 5, 1943 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., Dynes graduated in 1961 from Burlington-Edison High School. He played several sports and was involved in school activities.
At SU he was a member of the ROTC and earned a degree in business and accounting. During his senior year he met his future wife, Elizabeth Spinharney. Elizabeth was the ROTC Ball Queen and he was one of her escorts for the week. She says that after meeting Chuck, she only wanted to spend time with him. The couple married in Seattle Nov. 13, 1965.
After graduation, Dynes was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army. He served two tours as a fixed wing and helicopter pilot in Vietnam. His service and dedication to his country continued to define all aspects of Dyne’s life.
After leaving the military in 1973, he returned to Burlington, Wash., to work with his father and brothers at their family-owned egg farm, Dynes' Broadview Farms. In addition to working at the farm, he also continued to serve his community as a member of the school board and the Burlington Kiwanis. He was a regular at BEHS athletic events and a life-long supporter of education. Dynes loved to travel, boat, ski, scuba dive, read, eat ice cream and spend time with his family. His devotion to his family defined him and he reveled in his role as husband, dad and “papa.” Each day with him was like a celebration. His twinkling eyes and wonderful smile, as well as his love of good food and drink, made him an easy companion and excellent host. Dynes is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer; his daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and Chris Pearson and Anne Marie and Casey Bahr; his grandchildren, Ellie and Connor Dynes, Charlie, Annie and Jack Pearson, and Colby and Paige Bahr; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Peggy Dynes, Bill and Sherry Dynes, Patti Dynes, Ron and Judy Rogstad, and Dave and Jeannie Pinamonti; his nieces and nephews, Mike and Jodi Dynes, Colleen Dynes, and Tom and Kathy Dynes; and numerous cousins and beloved friends.
Class of 1966
Dan Dempsey died April 10, 2012. He was 66. After 23 years of service in the Army, Dempsey was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He retired as a financial planner for Ameriprise.
Class of 1966
Margaret Passanisi died May 6, 2011. She was 67. After receiving her bacherlor’s degree from Seattle University, she went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from New York University. She spent 17 years in New York as a social worker. In 1985, she returned to her hometown of San Francisco. She established a private psychotherapy practice and also lectured at California State University, East Bay, in the Sociology and Human Development department. She was an accomplished dancer and swimmer, as well as an avid traveler. She is survived by her mother, Ada; siblings, Carmela and Dominic; sister-in-law, Sue; niece, Maura; nephew, Sebastian and his wife, Jody; and grandnephew, Levi.
Class of 1966
Edward Ward died April 18, 2012. He was 68. Ward served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and attending their school and sport activities. For 35 years he worked as a regional program manager with the San Mateo County, Calif., government.
Class of 1966
Brian Templeton died Dec. 3, 2010. He was 68. Born in Brockton, Mass., he moved west with his parents during World War II. A graduate of O’Dea High School and Seattle University, he attended law school at the University of Washington, Gonzaga University and the University of Puget Sound. Templeton was a talented musician, songwriter, journalist, producer, arranger, playwright and author. His works were recorded by many well-known artists including the Limliters and Carl Sagan. Templeton was co-founder of the Pacific Northwest Songwriters Association. Templeton is survived by his brother, Lynn; his sister-in-law, Sharon; his three nephews and their families.
Mary Ellen Dunbar
Class of 1967
Mary Ellen Dunbar died May 1, 2012. He was 66. For several years Dunbar was a Girl Scout leader and an active volunteer at her children’s schools. She loved to sew, sing, cook, travel, read and entertain family and friends.
Class of 1968
John Wilkens died Feb. 12, 2011. He was 64. Born in Seattle, Wilkens graduated from Ingraham High School in 1964 and Seattle University, where he was an ROTC recruit, in 1968. His love for life came through basketball and relationships with people. He never met a person he didn’t like or a person who didn’t like him. In his youth, Wilkens was a star basketball player who helped Ingraham win the metro championship and continue to a third place finish at the state tournament. At Seattle University, he was a member of the basketball team that beat undefeated NCAA Champion, Texas Western. He enjoyed nature and working outdoors in the agricultural field, spending much time working in the orchards of eastern Washington. Wilkens is survived by his son, Zeke, and his daughter, Lauren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis and his long-time companion, Michelle.
Class of 1969
Kathleen McCaffery died April 3, 2011. McCaffery grew up in rural Puyallup, Wash., and attended Puyallup High School where she participated in many activities. She then went on to attend Seattle University, where she earned a degree in medical records. In 1969, McCaffery moved to San Francisco where she started her career in an entry-level job at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She quickly moved up the ladder at UCSF to become director of medical records services. Even while keeping busy with her career, McCaffery found the time to pursue a master’s degree in allied health education from San Francisco State University. She had more than 40-years of experience as a health information professional with a wide range of accomplishments in both the public and private sectors. These positions included being the deputy director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Health Facility Data Division, and serving as the director of Health Information Management and Compliance for Marin General Hospital. In addition to all her professional accomplishments she held many positions in the American Health Information Management Association, at one time serving as president of the American Medical Records Association. At 57, she married the love of her life, Sandy Corbett. The couple settled down in Fairfax, Calif. McCaffery was energetic, vivacious, warmhearted. Her passionate zeal for life rubbed off on those around her. She is survived by her husband, Sandy Corbett; her stepsons, Ross and Kevin; her sisters, Sheila and Sue; her brother, Bill; nephews, Jake and John; niece, Angela; and her two-year old grandson, Jack.
Class of 1969
James “Jim” Merlino died Aug. 10, 2011. He was 64. Born in Seattle on April 30, 1947, Merlino graduated from Blanchet High School (1965) and Seattle University, where he was president of the Ski Club and later the Tomahawk Club. He served in the National Guard and spent his entire career at American Meter and Appliance where he was president, running the business the only way he knew how like a family. One of Merlino’s loves was spending time with family and friends outdoors. He rode his bicycle down the West Coast, across the north and south with his sons and just recently completed the East Coast with his wife to realize his dream of having ridden around the entire country. He was a licensed pilot, dirt biker, expert skier and a multiple champion in softball, hearts and pinochle, as well as an avid Seahawks fan. Merlino was an excellent cook and a generous host. He cherished spending time in Alaska and had retreats in Bend, Ore., and on Lake Roesiger in Washington. He traveled the world with his wife, Lynn, from Africa to Europe to Australia (much of it on his bicycle). Merlino is survived by his wife, Lynn; his three sons, Doug, David and Nik; his stepchildren, Tom, Cori and Chris; his three grandchildren, who had a special place in his heart, Madison, Makenna and Calise; and his siblings, Paul and Jean.
Taylor Tag Greene
Class of 1970
Taylor Tag Greene, MBA, died Aug. 25, 2011. He was 82. Born March 23, 1929 in Asheville, North Carolina, Greene earned his bachelor’s degree at High Point College in North Carolina and later an MBA from Seattle University. He worked in insurance and banking in Bellevue, Wash. Greene is survived by his wife, Joyce; his sons, Taylor and Stuart; his daughter, Gretchen and son-in-law Jim; and three grandchildren.
Class of 1970
Joalene Santos died Jan. 19, 2011. She was 63. Santos was born in March of 1947 in Wailuku, Hawai’i. She loved to read, shop and travel, but her passion was for teaching. She will live on in the hearts of the many students she touched over the years. Santos is survived by numerous friends and relatives.
Francis Bernard Lally
Class of 1971
Francis Bernard Lally died June 12, 2011. He was 74. Born in Springfield on Nov. 10, 1936, Lally was a 1955 graduate of West Springfield High School and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a master's in education from Westfield State College and a master's in physics from Seattle University. For several years he taught math at West Springfield Junior High School and later physics at Chicopee High School until his retirement in 1998. Along with his parents, he taught ballroom dancing at the Frank Lally Dance Studio in Chicopee. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1960–1963, stationed in Verdun, France. He served as chairman of the West Springfield Historical Commission. A former town meeting member, he also served on the West Springfield Planning Board. He was a member and past president of the Ramapogue Historical Society, as well as town historian. Lally is survived by his wife, Lynne; his four sons, John, Michael, Adam and Justin; his four granddaughters Kate, Jenny, Maggie and Anna; his former wife Lorna Lally; and a niece and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia.
Class of 1972
Robert Geiger died May 28, 2011. He was 70. Geiger was a registered nurse who worked for many years as a nurse manager at Rainier School for the Developmentally Disabled. He was an avid fisherman who spent many relaxing hours on Puget Sound. Eager to share his wisdom and encouragement, Geiger will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Jennifer; a brother, Charles; sister-in-law, JoAnne; as well as his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Florence May Lang
Class of 1972
Florence May Lang died June 22, 2012. She was 87. A graduate of Friday Harbor High School, Lang worked in the pea cannery and drove for her father’s lumber company. She taught in the Seattle School District on a war emergency certification then later graduated from SU’s College of Education.
Joseph Sauter, MA
Class of 1972
Joseph Sauter, MA, died Nov. 29, 2011. He was 54. As a child, Sauter moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. He attended Our Lady of Fatima School and O’Dea High School before enrolling at Seattle University. He worked for many years at St. Joseph parish on Capitol Hill in Seattle. There, he met his wife of 24 years, Carol. Eventually, he opened his own real estate firm. He was a dedicated family man, coaching many of his children’s athletic teams as they grew up. A baseball player in his youth, Sauter remained an avid sports fan throughout his life. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Ryan, Rory and Mary Colleen; siblings, Jim, Terry and Mary Ann; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Roscoe Bass, MEd
Class of 1973
Roscoe Bass, MEd, died Nov. 8, 2011. He was 85. A celebrated school administrator and civil-rights activist, Bass was a fixture of education in Seattle. He retired in the mid-1990s as principal of Sharples Alternative High School, but remained active in the education community. He graduated from the Kansas State Teachers College and taught in Texas before beginning in Seattle as a substitute teacher in 1958. He worked at Luther Burbank School for Boys on Mercer Island and Queen Anne High School before joining Garfield High School, where he served as a counselor, assistant principal and, ultimately, principal. He is credited with helping to turn Garfield from a troubled school on the verge of being closed into one of the best in Washington State. Bass is survived by his three daughters, Rosalyn, Paula and Sheryll. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Robert; his wife, Zeola; and son, Roscoe Jr.
Paula Anne Rust
Class of 1973
Paula Anne Rust died Oct. 3, 2011. She was 60. Born in Wenatchee, Wash., Rust graduated from SU with a degree in medical records administration. She spent the past 30 years of her medical records career at Ballard Community Hospital (later Swedish Hospital). She was a devoted mother to her two daughters, Becky and Kayla, and a second mother to many of her friends. Rust is survived by her daughters; her brother, Robert; and her sister, Maureen.
Class of 1973
Frances Mayer died Sept. 9, 2011. She was 90. Born May 21, 1921 in Vienna, Austria, she lived there until escaping Nazi occupation by traveling alone to Palestine in 1939 where she resided until 1946. That year she moved to Portland, Ore., where she met Victor Mayer, himself a survivor of Nazism, and the two were married in 1949. Mayer worked in the library at Reed College in Portland. In 1962 the family moved to Seattle, making their home in the Seward Park neighborhood. She completed her university education, graduating with honors from Seattle University and went on to teach foreign languages in the Seattle School District and area private language schools. Fluent in several foreign languages including German, Hebrew and French, Mayer was very active in community life in Seattle. She played prominent roles in numerous Jewish organizations. A life member of Hadassah, Frances was a member of Temple Beth Am for more than 40 years, often leading services as well as teaching in the congregation’s Sunday school and adult education programs. She was a leader in the fight in Washington State to secure settlement of Nazi-era insurance claims for holocaust survivors, a cause for which she was an effective lobbyist in Olympia in the late 1990s. A music lover, Mayer regularly attended Seattle Symphony and other musical performances in the region. Along with her husband she traveled to destinations throughout the world. She is survived by her children, Miriam, Eli and Daniel; her four grandsons, Adam, Nathaniel, Jacob and Andrew; her brother, Eric; her niece, Naomi and her nephew, Michael. Mayer was preceded in death by her husband, Victor.
Margaret (Beckman) Fettig, MEd
Class of 1974
Margaret (Beckman) Fettig, MEd, died June 15, 2012. She was 75. Born in Idaho, Fettig taught 33 years in the Auburn School District, earning the district’s Teacher of the Year award in 1968 and serving as the Auburn Education Association’s president. Fettig was active in her Catholic Church in Kent, Wash., and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling and doing crossword puzzles.
Christine Clishe, JD
Class of 1975
Christine Clishe, JD, died April 28, 2011. She was 69. Born in Olympia, Wash., Dec. 24, 1941, Clishe was the first of five children. Clishe attended Lacey Grade School, Roosevelt Elementary and Washington Junior High School. She graduated from Olympia High School and the University of Washington. In 1972, after teaching junior high English and social studies she enrolled in the law school. In 1975, she began her legal career in the state, later retiring as an Administrative Judge. Clishe loved her cats and all animals, and enjoyed planning her high school reunions. She also enjoyed genealogy and reading, cooking, playing bridge, holidays, traveling, attending movies and plays, and entertaining friends. Clishe is survived by her beloved companion of many years, Kathleen Houston; her sister, Taya; her brother, Casey; her nieces, Rachell, Sarah and Olivia; her nephew, Christopher and great-nephews, Colton, Ryder and Calvin, and great-nieces, Samantha and Alexa. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Candace; her brother, William; her nephew, Noah; and her dear cat, Shandy.
Class of 1976
Edward Lang died March 18, 2012. Born in Iowa, the 14th child of his parents Sylvester and Anna, Lang was an ordained minister and graduate of Mount St. Bernard Seminary and SU’s Theology and Religious Studies program. In Sheridan, Wyo., Lang established a recovery home for alcoholics and was a volunteer in hospice care.
James Ozanne, ’76 MBA
Class of 1975, 76
James Ozanne, ’76 MBA, died Sept. 22, 2011. Ozanne graduated from Seattle University in 1975 with a BA in Civil Engineering and in 1976 with a Masters in Business Administration. He also taught as an adjunct professor for the College of Science and Engineering. For 25 years Ozanne was an engineer for the City of Everett. He is survived by his wife Pam; and children, Sarah, Wendy, Mitchell. His sister Marie Gehman works for SU’s College of Nursing; and two of his nieces currently attend Seattle University.
Class of 1977
Geoffrey George died Aug. 30, 2011. He was 56. Born in Seattle June 14, 1955, George attended Greenwood Elementary School, Ballard High School and Seattle University, where he earned a degree in accounting. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell and as a division manager for US West, earning many awards through the years, and Net Star communications in Bellevue, Wash. He was known as a meticulous gardener, interior designer and as an accomplished chef. George is survived by his children, Christopher and Lauren; his parents, Harry and Mary; his brothers, Evan and Nick; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Sonya Ann Fujioka
Class of 1978
Sonya Ann Fujioka died July 19, 2011. She was 79. Born Feb. 29, 1932 in Oakland, Calif., Fujioka spent her childhood working with her sister and five brothers on the family farm. At age 16 she became the matriarch of her family and helped raise her younger siblings. In later years, she continued to support them and her many nieces and nephews as they navigated through life. In 1955 she married Victor Fujioka and together the couple raised four sons. When her sons were older she fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to college. She graduate from Seattle University with honors, earning a degree in social work. Following graduation she got a job with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in which she helped tribal members find job training and employment. Later she worked with Ina Maka, a family services program offered through the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation where her focus was finding safe homes for Native youth. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with, and spoiling, her grandchildren. Fujioka is survived by her brothers William and James; her sons, Darrell, Gary, Jon and Jason; her grandchildren, Danielle, Gary, Griffin and Kendall; her great grandsons, Jaden and Riley; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; her sister, Zenia; her brothers, Constancio, Francisco and Sterling.
Kevin James Sullivan
Class of 1978
Kevin James Sullivan died July 20, 2012. He was 60. Following high school, Sullivan went to work for Beebe and Runyon as a warehouse man before becoming ill with kidney disease. The donation of a kidney from his older brother Sean helped him be well enough to go back to school, first Shoreline Community College and then SU.
Class of 1980
Carl Ervin died June 25, 2011. He was 53. A standout on the court as a player on the men’s basketball team and a standout individual, Ervin was inducted into Seattle University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Bill Hogan, director of athletics, said of Ervin, “He was true to Seattle U to the very end. Carl spoke with Ed O’Brien the day before he passed, remarking how wonderful it was for Seattle U to return to Division I after a 29-year absence.” His ability of pass the ball is legendary, and he led his high school and college teams to terrific season. Ervin is survived by his wife, Penny, and his daughter, Karlee.
Sister Mary Ursula Lowe
Class of 1980
Sister Mary Ursula Lowe died Jan. 22, 2011. She was 94. A native of San Francisco, Sister Ursula was born Feb. 9, 1916, and was a Sister of the Presentation for 78 years. Lowe spent nearly 40 years in the ministry of Catholic education, beginning in 1935 in elementary schools in Sierra Madre, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sr. Ursula served as Mistress of Novices from 1952 to 1958, and as Mother General from 1958 to 1964. During her years as Mother General, she oversaw the expansion of the Sisters of the Presentation service in schools, which eventually stretched from Washington to New Mexico. Sr. Ursula taught at Presentation High School in San Jose, Calif., for three years, then for 17 years in elementary schools in San Francisco and San Jose. She finished her full-time ministry at Presentation High School in San Francisco as a College Counselor, from 1983 to 1987. Since 1970, Sr. Ursula lived at the Presentation Motherhouse and has been engaged most recently in the ministry of prayer for the needs of the world. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Honora; her nieces, Aileen and Kathleen; her nephews, Kevin and William; and her loving Presentation Sisters.
Carol Ann McLeod
Class of 1983
Carol Ann McLeod died Aug. 9, 2011. She was 68. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy and son-in-law, Kevin; her son, Christopher; and her daughter-in-law, Shari; her grandchildren, Justine, Kwana and Reid; and her sisters, Linda, Marcia and Laura.
Mary Bethia Carter
Class of 1984
Mary Bethia Carter died July 31, 2012. She was 50. Following graduation from SU, Carter went to Frieburg, Germany, where she lived for many years. Later in life she moved to New York City and earned a law degree from NYU. For the past 11 years, she was Secretary General at the Claims Resolution Tribunal in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sister Joan Martin
Class of 1984
Sister Joan Martin died May 10, 2011. She was 75. Born in Marshall, Mo., Martin was the youngest of nine children. In 1954, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Shortly thereafter, she began her teaching career. She worked at schools throughout Nebraska and Missouri, reaching countless students with her cheery disposition. Those who knew Martin as an educator remember her sense of humor and her kindness. Later in life, Martin pursued pastoral care work, first in Idaho and then back in Missouri. Diagnosed with breast cancer, she took a sabbatical for a year to recover before returning to work. She became a volunteer chaplain at St. Luke's Northland Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She is survived by her sister, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Alfred B. Williams
Class of 1984
Alfred B. Williams died Aug. 29, 2011. He was 85. Born March 9, 1926 in Everett, Wash., Williams graduated from Snohomish High School in 1943 and served in the Navy during World War II. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college, with a degree in electronic engineering from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1958. While a challenging engineering career included designing the Aural Warning System for the Boeing 757 jetliner and a master's degree in Software Engineering from Seattle University, his greatest accomplishment was winning the heart of Shirley Beck, who he married in 1957. After settling in Kent, Wash., for several years, the family moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1969, where Williams worked for Hughes Aircraft until moving back to Washington State to take a job with Boeing in 1978. Alfred and Shirley shared a life in Kirkland until her sudden passing in 1992, at age 63. A naturally quiet person, Williams made a conscious effort to make a new life in Olympia, Wash., reaching out to make new friends, researching family history and contacting relatives, and pursuing a variety of interests. A lifetime amateur radio enthusiast, he became active in the Radio Club of Tacoma, participated in contests using his home-brew computer-controlled transmitter and was vice president of the Olympia Microcomputer Users Group. In his free time he was a bicyclist, photographer, fisherman, hiker, gardener, camperand Scout leader who shared his love of the outdoors with family and friends. He is survived by his sons, Frederick and Nathan Williams and their wives Sylvia and Yoshie, and many friends.
Ralph Bilbao, EdD
Class of 1985
Ralph Bilbao, EdD, died Jan. 2, 2011. He was 69. Born in New York City, Bilbao, his parents and his twin brother soon relocated to Plattekill, N.Y., where his extended family owned and operated Villa Garcia, a popular Spanish resort. Throughout his life, his first love was his family, with whom he made his most fond memories. He reveled in attending every single one of his sons' school games and in his retirement gained even more enjoyment from attending the practices and games of his three grandchildren. Bilbao attended the University of Miami for his bachelor's and master's degrees. He also earned a sixth-year administrative degree from the University of Bridgeport in Conn., and his doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University. A natural leader, Bilbao put his formal training to good use as a lifelong, highly successful educator. He moved quickly from teaching and coaching to high school principal to superintendent of schools, and ultimately to college president. In each of his positions he was known for having an unmatched ability to blend the needs of the students with the fiscal responsibility of the educational organization. Strong, decisive and knowledgeable, he was a role model for future administrators. He retired after 45 years of dedicated service to students in Florida, Maryland, New York, Washington State and Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elaine; his sons Marc, Paul and their families; his stepson, Scott; his twin brother, Gene; his sister-in-law, Betty; and several nieces and nephews.
Anne Rebecca Fidler
Class of 1986
Anne Rebecca Fidler died June 9, 2011. A graduate of Garfield High School, Fidler earned a bachelor’s at Whitman College and later a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle University, a master’s and certificate of private investigation from the University of Washington. She applied her numerous degrees and talents to a variety of professions, all of which had in common her dedication to helping others. An especially generous, loving auntie and friend, Fidler also had a passion for street fairs, travel, gardening, reading, worthwhile causes and life's oddities. Her flamboyant purple-flowered house in Madison Park enchanted every child—and many an adult—who passed by.
Eleanor Biddle Wagner
Class of 1986
Eleanor Biddle Wagner died March 24, 2011. She was 44. Born the youngest of eight children, Wagner was raised in a happy and caring home. After graduating from Seattle University, she went on to spend her career in the non-profit sector. She worked with many organizations including Junior Achievement, The Museum of Flight, the Medic One Foundation, the YWCA and most notably, The Group Theater. Her exceptional courage and indomitable spirit in the face of her 10-year battle with atypical meningioma brain tumors was truly remarkable and inspirational to all who knew and loved her. This difficult challenge only seemed to strengthen her love for life and for others, and her gratitude for the medical professionals who were so deeply committed to assisting her in her fight against her illness. Wagner’s interests were vast and included writing short stories and poems, reading, walking marathons, travelling, puzzling, attending theater, promoting social justice and peace, and creating wonderful, lasting memories for her family and friends. She loved attending Shoreline Universalist Unitarian Church where she was an active member of the congregation. Wagner was preceded in death by her loving parents Arthur and Eleanor. She is survived by her husband, Joel; seven siblings, Nora Elaine, John Hazen, Lauren Elise, Shaun Susan, Sarah Beth, Karen Daisy, and Amanda Marie; her birth son, Daniel; as well as her many nieces, nephews, extended family members and a multitude of dear friends.
Frank Connelly, JD
Class of 1987
Frank Connelly, JD, died Oct. 10, 2011. He was 59. Connelly was a graduate of Central Washington University and Seattle University School of Law. He began his career in public safety in 1974 in South Kitsap County, Wash., as a fire department dispatcher and later served for several years as a 911dispatcher in Bremerton, Wash. Connelly was also a certified EMT and a mobile intensive care unit paramedic. His interest changed to law enforcement when he began serving as a reserve deputy sheriff for Kitsap County. He later became a police officer and detective for the City of Port Orchard. He served the Kent, Wash., police department as an Executive Board member and two-term president of the Kent Police Officer Association. Connelly also maintained a professional legal practice as a consultant and expert witness for police legal issues. He will be remembered for his intellect, generosity, integrity and the pride he took in his work. Everywhere he worked, he quickly became the "go to" guy for answers and solutions. He survived by his wife, Marilyn; his sister, Kathy; his brother-in-law, Richard; his cousins; and two cats.
Jean C. Krost
Class of 1988
Jean C. Krost, MBA, died July 14, 2012. After graduation from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, where Krost earned a nursing degree in 1964, she began her career in the field at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. In the early 1980s Krost relocated from St. Louis to Seattle and soon became assistant director of nursing at Group Health Cooperative’s Redmond Hospital.
Kathleen Maria “Kuech” Kuechenmeister
Class of 1989
Kathleen Maria “Kuech” Kuechenmeister died June 10, 2011. She was 58.
Born Jan. 4, 1953, in Pipestone, Minn., she moved with her family to Marysville, Wash., in the 1960s. In 1971, she graduated from Marysville High School and received her bachelor’s of science degree from Seattle University in 1989. She graduated summa cum laude and was also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honorary academic Jesuit group. For years she worked for General Telephone, serving in a variety of positions from operator to supervisor to auditor. She was a longtime member of several organizations, including at the Northwest Kidney Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her pets, Peanut and Freddy. Kuechenmeister is survived by her sister, Linda; her brothers, Steven and James; her stepmother, Clara; stepbrother, James; stepsister Susan; her niece Jesse and nephew Jasper; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and her beloved cat, Emma.
Paul Lawrence Jr.
Class of 1989
Paul Lawrence Jr., died Feb. 16, 2011. He was 44. Born in New Orleans, La., and raised in Hawaii, Lawrence first came to the Northwest to play basketball at Seattle University. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in public administration. In 2001 he joined Maximum Sports Management and was the main contact for many of Maximum's NFL clients. He was well known in the business for his integrity and ability to create excellent relationships with players and management alike. He is survived by his wife, Holli; his children, Dominique, Ashlee and Trey; his mother, Barbara; his brother, Tyrone; and many extended family members.
Class of 1991
Marcia Greenwell died Jan. 1, 2011. She was 64. Greenwell was a lifelong humanitarian, spending her life advocating for civil rights and doing her best to help children in need. She enjoyed politics and was deeply devoted to her family. Greenwell also loved to cook and travel with her husband of 45 years, Robert. She is survived by her children, Rob, Mike and Danielle; her grandchildren, Desiree and Elliott; her siblings, Betty, Laura, Marilyn and Al; and many nieces and nephews.
Kathryn "Katie" Roe
Class of 1993
Katie Roe died Sept. 7, 2011. She was 58. Roe grew up in Seattle before moving to Alaska in 1971 and residing mostly in the southeast Alaska communities of Sitka and Craig. In 1978 she moved to Anchorage, where she met her husband Jeff. Between 1991 and 2002, the couple lived in Edmonds, Wash., where she enjoyed boating, gardening and sharing with her husband the views of the Puget Sound from her back deck. In 2002 the couple moved back to Alaska. Roe received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle University, graduating with honors. She was a wonderful nurse, owing to her compassionate heart and attention to detail and was proud to be part of the team at Alaska Regional Hospital's Cardiovascular Service Unit. Over the past decade, Roe enjoyed travelling between her home in Anchorage and her home in Seattle where her daughters Andrea and Karen live, as well as her grandchildren Ashanti, Tariq and Makaio. She served on the Board of Directors of Challenge Alaska. Roe will be remembered for her ardent love of flowers and gardening, along with her convivial nature and her immense strength of character. Those who have had the opportunity to build a relationship with her know there was never a more dedicated and loving supporter than she. Roe is survived by her husband of 32 years, Jeff; her mother, Mary Ann “Molly”; her daughters, Karen and Andrea; her brother, Michael; and her sisters, Cindy, Suzanne and Alison.
John Christopherson, JD
Class of 1994
John Christopherson, JD, died Jan. 5, 2011. He was 56. Christopherson was born and raised in the Puget Sound area. After completing a few years of college, he opened retail stores with his sister Karen in 1978. During this time he met and married his wife, Lindy. The couple traveled extensively during the early years of their marriage to many destinations including Hawaii, Alaska, London and the surrounding countryside, Hong Kong, Mexico and the Caribbean. Though his retail business thrived, Christopherson had always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. He sold his stores and went back to college to finish his undergraduate degree. He enrolled in the University of Puget Sound Law School, now the Seattle University School of Law, in 1991, and graduated with honors in 1994. A year later he opened a law office with his brother-in-law. In the early days of the firm when clients were few and far between, Christopherson and his partner allowed clients with little money to pay them in trade—home baked bread, fresh eggs and other interesting barter items became fees for legal work. His life was guided by his huge heart and his desire to be thought of as a good man. Christopherson thrived on helping anyone in need. In addition to his wife, Lindy, he is survived by his siblings, Karen and Jim; and many extended family members.
Rev. Kathleen A. Youde
Class of 2001
Rev. Kathleen A. Youde died Nov. 21, 2010. She was 66. Born in Iowa, Youde moved with her family to southern Oregon in 1950, then graduated from Grants Pass High School and the University of Oregon. After years as a CPA, she earned a Masters of Divinity from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry in 2001. She interned at The Church of Mary Magdalene, a ministry with homeless women in Seattle, and Bellevue First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC). Ordained in the UCC, she served congregations in Tonasket and Newport, Wash. She was committed of peace and justice both regionally and nationally, sharing her many gifts and talents in arts, music and worship. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda and Tanya, and her son, Brian; her sisters, Sheryl and Linda, and her brother, James; her grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel and Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.
Betsy (Elizabeth) Marie Arntz
Class of 2004
Betsy (Elizabeth) Marie Arntz died Sept. 20, 2010. She was 29. The beloved daughter of Craig and Josie Arntz and older sister of Jamie, Bryan, Kristina and Amanda, Betsy attended St. Francis of Assisi School and was a National Merit Scholar from Holy Names Academy. She graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. Arntz worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and loved her job and co-workers. Every year she looked forward to volunteering and attending the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala. She was grateful for the time, talent and treasure people committed to finding a cure for diabetes.
Class of 2005
Marilyn Fullen, ’05 MDiv, died Nov. 21, 2010. She was 56. Fullen touched so many people with her loving, unconditional heart and creativity. She is survived by her husband, Darrell; her son, Nikolas; and many relatives and friends.
Class of 2006
Daniel Strickland died Sept. 23, 2011. He was 27. Following graduation from Seattle University's College of Science and Engineering where he earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering, Strickland went to Stanford University for his graduate studies. Within four years he had earned a prestigious scholarship from the National Science Foundation and earned a master's and his PhD. In fall 2010 Strickland joined the faculty at Santa Clara University as an assistant professor in mechanical engineering. During his time at SU, he made an indelible and positive impression on everyone he came in contact with. At SU he was executive vice president of ASSU, was on the Dean's List every quarter, was a Bannan Scholar and a recipient of the Rev. Edmund B. McNulty, S.J. Award presented to him by President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. The McNulty award recognizes outstanding graduating students in engineering or computer science who exemplify scholarship, leadership, dedication and inspiration. He was also active in Campus Ministry and volunteered in the community, including as a tutor to school children. Those who know him regard Strickland as a friendly, caring, happy, cool and respected individual who was much loved.
Andrea Janel Larsen
Class of 2007
Andrea Janel Larsen died Nov. 14, 2010. She was 25. Larsen grew up and attended high school in Miles City, Mont. She worked on campus during her years at Seattle University and in 2007, served as a literary editor for SU’s annual literary arts publication, Fragments. In June 2007, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing, and continued working in the SU mailroom until early 2010, when she moved to Whitehall, Mont., to be near her family and to take a position at the town’s small weekly newspaper. She is survived by her mother, Nancy; her brother, John; her sister-in-law, Cindy; her niece, Lizzie and nephew Dalton; and many friends in Seattle and Miles City. She was preceded in death by her father, Wesley Larsen.
Class of 2012
Student Cameron Christian died Oct. 16. He was 22. Christian was the captain of Seattle University’s baseball team. “He was an incredible young man just coming into his own,” said Coach Donny Harrel. A gifted athlete and individual, Christian was born in Renton, Wash., and was a history major. He volunteered for the Boys & Girls Club and for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, where he was a big brother to a young boy battling a brain tumor. Christian graduated from Auburn High School and was a starter on the school’s varsity baseball team for three years and also played for two years on the school’s football team.
Class of 2012
Taro Kobayashi died Oct. 15, 2011. He was 25. Kobayashi graduated from high school in Japan and came to the United States in 2006 to take English language classes. In 2008 he enrolled in the Albers School of Business and Economics. He was known for his infectious smile, as a good friend and for his interest in academics. He had planned to finish his finance degree and return to Japan to start his career.
Paul Luger died Jan. 19, 2011. He was 99. A man of prayer, science and people, Luger’s life was devoted to service of God, teaching physics and bringing the love of God to all he met through his quick smile, warm words and gentle demeanor. Born in Spokane in 1911, Father Luger attended Gonzaga High School. In 1929, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Los Gatos, Calif. Fr. Luger was ordained a priest on June 13, 1942, in San Francisco. He completed his master’s at Fordham University in 1946. Following the completion of his Jesuit training, he taught physics at Seattle University for the next 28 years and retired in 1974. He continued to work in parishes and hospitals in the Northwest until he was assigned to the Jesuit assisted-living in Spokane in 1991. Even then he continued to celebrate Mass, visit shut-ins and walk several miles every day. Fr. Luger is survived by his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province; his nephews George, Robert and John; his nieces Maryann, Loretta Mary, and Therese Marie; and many cousins, friends and extended family members.
Richard L. Turner, Jr.
Richard L. Turner, Jr. died Sept. 5, 2011. He was 87. In 1946 Turner earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering and master’s in 1952. He earned a PhD from the University of Washington in 1963. In 1993, after 30 years of service, he retired from Seattle University and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. A longstanding member of the Tau Bea Pi and IEEE, Turner was a registered professional engineer in the state of Washington. His interests included gardening, bonsai, photography, woodworking, sailing, hiking, traveling and classical music. Throughout his life he was an active member of Presbyterian churches. In 1961 he was ordained as Elder. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sonia; his daughter, Kristen; his son, Allyn; his grandchildren Amanda and Jeff Turner and Shelby and William Sundquist; and his brothers, Daniel and David.
Virginia M. Steele
Virginia M. Steele died July 13, 2011. She was 94. Steele was an extraordinary woman who was known to put the needs of others above her own. Raised in a tight-knit Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts, Steele went to work as a fashion model for Elizabeth Arden in Boston. But she fell in love with the Northwest during a visit to the region in 1946 and never left. In 1951 she married Allan Steele and moved to Capitol Hill in Seattle. After Allan’s sudden death in 1960, and with three small boys to raise, she went to work at Seattle University’s library, where she remained until her retirement in 1980. Steele’s life was defined and shaped by her faith in God and her ability to instill that faith in those around her by the way she lived her life. She is survived by her children, Bill, Mark and Greg; her grandchildren, Jason, Ivan, Rachael, Lisa, Aaron, Ryan and Kelsey; and her great-grandkids Tresean, Samuel, Avery and Paige.