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THOMAS “TOM” SINE ‘58, CC, and his wife, Christine, live in a Seattle intergenerational community of eight. A forecaster and consultant to Christian organizations, he has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Washington. Tom, author of Wild Hope and The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, has written a new book Live Like You Give a Damn! Join the Changemaking Celebration (Cascade Books, 2016). It is a call to followers of Jesus to wake up to the opportunity to invite millennials who are creating new forms of social enterprise, to bring lasting change to their neighborhoods. Visit Tom’s website at


JOYCE SPENCER ’68 is a member of SPU’s first BSN graduating class. The senior public health nurse with the Pasadena Public Health Department also studied occupational health nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joyce lives in Pasadena, California.


BRIAN DYCK ’73 retired last year after 36 years as a survey methodologist with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. He conducted social and economic research for B.C. provincial parks. His findings contributed to more than a doubling of the total area set aside for B.C. provincial parks and the protected area system (about 14 percent of the land). One of his tasks was to identify the economic benefits of the provincial park system. In 2013, Brian received a doctoral degree in geography from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The English literature major and his wife, Ruth, live in Victoria, have three children and five grandchildren, and are active members of Central Baptist Church. Brian currently helps sponsor a refugee family of seven from Sudan.

MELINDA MANORE ’73 is a recipient of the 2016 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. The professor of nutrition at Oregon State University maintains an international reputation of excellence in research, education, and service to the scientific communities of exercise science and nutrition. She is known for her seminal research that focuses on the interaction of nutrition and exercise for energy balance, health and performance. She studies optimal nutrition for exercise and sport, and promotion of women’s health by reducing risks for obesity and related chronic diseases. The author of over 125 scientific publications, book chapters, and review articles, Melinda is also a registered dietitian and a certified specialist in sport dietetics. She holds a master’s degree in health education from the University of Oregon, and a doctoral degree in human nutrition from OSU. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

GORDON “GORDY” BYRD ’74 was senior pastor for 18 years of Shiloh Christian Center in Yakima, Washington. He now serves in pastoral care at Yakima Foursquare Church and resides in Yakima.

GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS ’74 is a pastor, chaplain, and bard. The poetic output of the chaplain at Covenant Shores Retirement Community in Mercer Island, Washington, is featured at 7:42 a.m. on KOMO
Radio each Blue Friday during football season. His Seahawks poems urge the team to victory. Even the team’s coach, Pete Carroll, made it into “All I Want for Christmas,” a rhyme beseeching Santa for a Seahawks playoff run. A writer for the Mercer Island Reporter has given Greg the moniker of 12th Chaplain, a play on the popular 12th Man title bestowed on Seahawks fans for their loyal support. A prolific writer and freelancer, Greg often employs poetry as ministry and has published three collections of his poems,
including Sunday Rhymes & Reasons. He lives in Mercer Island.

LARRY EIDE ’74 is assistant district superintendent for 82 Christian and Missionary Alliance churches of the Canadian Pacific District in British Columbia. He and his wife, Diane, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last year and are first-time grandparents. The Eides live in Blaine, Washington.

ROD RUGGIERO ’74, who worked nine years in IT administration for Horizon Lines, an ocean shipping company, also founded London Financial LLC, a firm providing financial forecasting using artificial intelligence. Before working for Horizon Lines, he worked for the Hilton, Hyatt and Ritz-Carlton, and taught classes in the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii, College of Business Administration. A philosophy major active in music at SPU, today Rod crafts and plays ukuleles. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

SUSAN “SUE” KENNEDY SCHULTZ ’74 recently retired from a 40-year career teaching elementary school music in Oregon and Washington. Active in church choir and playing piano, Sue lives on Camano Island, Washington, with her husband, LARRY SCHULTZ ’72, who is retired from careers in social work and as a Boeing production engineer. “We are still close with many of our fellow Falcons,” Sue says.

DEBRA MCKENNA BLEWS ’76 was admitted on March 2, 2016, to practice as an attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts granted the motion for admission in open court. An active member of the State Bar of Michigan, Debra lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with her husband, EDWARD BLEWS ’76.

DEBRA SMITH FORD ’76 has retired from a nursing career. She moved to Iowa nine years ago after finding her soulmate on She actively participates in the art community and has exhibited her art in the local gallery. Debra has two dogs, swims daily, and is “a passionate vegan.” She lives in Ames, Iowa.

WESLEY JOHNSON ’79 is the executive director of the Awakenings Prayer Institute, a one- or two-year learning community dedicated to renewing the spiritual life through prayerful reflection over Scripture and cultivating the art of prayerful listening. Lead pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Everett, Washington, Wesley is author of He Wakens Me: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Pray (Redemption Press, 2016). He has taught the integration of spiritual formation and leadership formation at Bakke Graduate University, holds a master of theology degree in Old Testament from Dallas Seminary, and holds a doctor of ministry degree in transformational leadership from BGU. Wesley and his wife KATHRYN DUNCAN JOHNSON ’79 live in Everett, Washington, where Kathryn leads worship at Bethel Baptist Church and teaches at Everett Community College.


JANICE PETKER-NICKEL VON RAPPARD ’80 is a pastor whose ministry has taken her around the world. A mission worker with the JESUS Film Project, she was the first translation team director. Janice worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Amsterdam and London as editor for overseas conferences. Following that, she served with World Vision International in funding and communications for the global relief and disasters division. In midlife, she has since 1998 served in the ordained ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As a bilingual Spanish/English pastor she has served multiple missional congregations in the Phoenix area. After being widowed, Janice recently married a German widower she met on an airplane. Now travels take them to visit family in Germany, Switzerland, and Yakima, Washington. The Von Rappards live in Carefree, Arizona. Janice notes that though she was the first person in her family to attend SPU, several of her relatives have followed, including sister SUZANNE PETKER MARINACE ’89.

BRIAN ROPER ’84, the high school varsity boys basketball coach at Lynden High School, was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this summer. In 23 years under his coaching, Brian’s teams have made 11 state tournament appearances, won nine state trophies, and taken home two state championships. “Nothing is more important than your relationships with students and players,” he told a news reporter. “Kids want to know you care about them, that you want what’s best for them.” Brian and his wife, JILL GISH ROPER ‘84, have three children and live in Lynden, Washington.

MICHELLE ROSS ANDERSEN MILLER ’86 taught English and social studies in middle school for 30 years — until this year when she became an English teacher at Washington’s Marysville-Getchell High School. Her first husband died in 2010 and she is remarried to Gary Miller. They live in Everett, Washington.


JOY KENNELLY ’91 is founder of Joie de Vivre Travel, also known as Joy’s Travel Adventures. Having traveled to 27 countries and most of the U.S., Joy remembers as a child traveling extensively in South America (in a converted Pepsi-Cola truck), Europe, and Africa with her adventure-loving parents and two sisters. Her interesting life earned her “Spirit of Adventure” honors from Youth Hostels of America. She is a producer of travel videos and is building an online global travel community for
female travelers at Joy lives in Los Angeles, California.

JENNIFER SHELTON ’93 is director of the Snohomish County Small Business Development Center. She has been an SBDC-certified business advisor for several years. For five years, she directed the SBDC at Western Washington University and was recognized for growing the office into what is today considered the main resource for economic development services in Whatcom County. Jennifer wrote and taught curriculum on business planning and technology for Edmonds Community College. A graduate in communication from SPU, she earned an MBA in leadership from WWU and has written on business for several publications including Business Pulse Magazine and the Bellingham Business Journal. She lives in Seattle.

BRAD ROOT ’95 is president of the Corporate Division of GM Nameplate Inc., a global custom printing and component manufacturing company, and president/founder of Levl, a company developing a biosensor device that monitors the effectiveness of a fitness routine by analyzing a person’s breath. “It’s the most liberating thing to learn you don’t have to kill yourself to be healthy,” Brad told Seattle Met magazine earlier this year. He is active in giving back to the community, serving on a number of nonprofit boards, including PanCan Northwest and the Swedish Medical Foundation Board. He’s also a member of WING, an angel investment group focused on early stage medical device companies in Washington State. Brad lives in Seattle.

KIMBERLY WHITTAKER SHIRE ’95 received an MFA in theatre in 2015 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She now works as Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatrical productions at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She also authored a new theatre major proposal which was approved. Kimberly lives in Helena with her husband and three children.

CHANON ROSS ’97 is a program director in religion for Lilly Endowment Inc., a philanthropic foundation funded with stock from the Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical firm. With 15 years of work in youth ministry, Chanon brings expertise to the foundation’s efforts to help congregations more effectively engage youth and young adults in congregational life and integrate their religious values with their passion for service. Chanon, who earned a master’s degree in theological studies from Duke Divinity School and a doctorate in theological ethics from Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary, has experience helping pastors and congregations develop innovative efforts to build relationships with youth and engage them in vibrant ministries. His articles have appeared in The Christian Century and Liturgy Journal. Prior to his work at Lilly, he was director of Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry. Chanon and his wife, SHANNON LAWSON ROSS ’97, live in Batavia, Illinois, with their three children.

SHANNON LITTY ATHERTON ’98 teaches second grade at McKinney Christian Academy. She is the former information specialist for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce in McKinney, Texas. She holds a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University. A public school teacher for seven years, she now enjoys greeting people, taking care of the front desk, and being a liaison for new residents. She’s active in church and says she loves everything about McKinney “except the tornado warnings.” Her husband Eric is now a pastor at a church plant in McKinney called Anchor Church. They have two sons and live in McKinney.

JASON HOLSTROM ’98 is a musician and a music producer who once played with The Lincolns, Wonderful, and the United States of Electronica. In 2015, he released four albums as Sunstrom Sound showcasing the ambient sounds of the four seasons. Contemplative and meditative, they provide a departure from his former dance-oriented pop music. “Vernal, “Estival,” Autumnal,” and “Hibernal” were released on the first day of their respective seasons in the solar cycle and make up The Sundstrom Sound Solar Cycle CD set. Jason lives and creates in Seattle.

JENNIFER “JENNY” BRINDA MOYER ’98 is a former children’s minister who has written and voiced national commercial spots. She co-owns Luminary Creative with her husband, JACOB MOYER ‘99, and is the author of Flashfall (Henry Holt/Macmillan, November 2016), first in a fiction series for teens. Jacob is an Emmy-Award winning producer specializing in commercials, music videos, feature films and documentaries. He helped produce the full-length trailer for Jenny’s new book. The Moyers, including three sons and and a three-pound dog, live in Des Moines.

GUS PETERSON ’98, who spent six weeks of the summer in Europe, specifically Italy, Germany and Austria, is the director of Convocation at Pepperdine University. After graduation from SPU, the theatre major worked in production at Seattle’s Kingdome, Safeco Field, and the Experience Music Project. He found relief from the stress of those jobs by volunteering in Ireland and spending two months traveling through Europe by train. While contemplating the ministry, he decided that he was better suited to work alongside the church, rather than in the church. He is married to Pepperdine Associate Professor of Art Gretchen Batcheller and while he teaches their toddler to speak English, she teachers her to speak German. Some of their favorite times of the day are experiencing the world through the eyes of their joy-filled and curious two-year-old daughter Winefred. Gus and his family live in Malibu, California.


JOSHUA HOLLAND ’00 is associate pastor at Mountain View Baptist Church in Centralia, Washington. He especially appreciated the work of the late SPU Professor of Biblical Studies WILLIAM LANE. Joshua received a master’s degree in divinity from Western Theological Seminary while working as an insurance agent. He and his wife, Lindsi, have four children and live in Chehalis.

HEATHER EGGEN BOWMAN ’01 has, for the third year in a row, been named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. This honor recognizes her as among the top attorneys in the state. A partner with Bodyfelt Mount LLP Heather concentrates her practice on employment litigation, professional malpractice defense, and insurance coverage. She and her husband, JIM BOWMAN ’99, live in Portland, Oregon.

JEFFREY “JEFF” WALTON ’01 is Anglican program director for the Institute on Religion & Democracy in Washington, D.C. The political science and communication double major helps the Institute give voice to Christian orthodoxy through historic ties with mainline churches and connection to the broader evangelical movement. His writing has appeared in a number of periodicals including Inside Catholic, The American Spectator, and Human Events. Jeff worships at Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, Virginia, where he lives.

KEVIN RINDAL ’02 was a member of the medical staff for the 50 members of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team at the Summer Games in Rio. He is founder of Vimocity, an injury prevention company that services the “workforce athlete.” The exercise science major at SPU went on to earn a doctor in chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Rindal specializes in sports injury rehabilitation, and is founder of InHealth, a Seattle sports injury and performance clinic. He has worked with some of the top athletes and organizations in the world, including USA Swimming, USA Hockey, Brooks Beast Professional Running, and Garmin-Barracuda Professional Cycling Team. Kevin, an endurance athlete himself, lives in Seattle.

ANTHONY TRUJILLO ’02 recently applied to three divinity schools in order to pursue a master’s degree – and was accepted by all three (Princeton, Union, and Yale). He chose Yale where he has started a master of divinity program and is an inquirer for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Even though it had been almost 15 years since Anthony graduated from Seattle Pacific, Professor of Music RAMONA HOLMES well remembered his outstanding student achievements and wrote enthusiastic letters of recommendation. He credits her ongoing grace and encouragement, along with the care of the SPU community while he was a student, with helping him discover his voice and vocation. One of SPU’s top music majors and a tenor in Concert Choir, Anthony and his wife, VITA LITVIN TRUJILLO ’01, (now an attorney at the City University of New York) served together with the Peace Corps in Mongolia and Ukraine following their graduation. After completing service Anthony continued working with the agency in recruitment and management in New York City where he sand with the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York. Anthony and Vita live in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

HOSANNAH VALENTINE ’02 works with Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian agency that provides emergency medical supplies, food, shelter, and clothing to people living in the war zones of Burma. She has joined relief efforts in regions of conflict elsewhere as well, including those in Sudan, Syria, and in the Kurdistan areas of Iraq. Hosannah lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

JIUN-YIH “JOSHUA” KAM ’04 is a senior associate at Dunham Associates Inc, Minneapolis. The company provides mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information and communications technology, and commissioning to architects and building owners and facilities managers. Prior to moving to MN, Joshua was a project manager for Sparling, in Seattle, for more than 10 years, and managed complex assignments, specializing in designing electrical systems for military and industrial clients. The electrical engineering major currently lives in Forest Lake, Minnesota.

STEPHEN ALLEN ’05 just joined USAID in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance where he will stay in Jordan, leading the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis on behalf of the U.S. Government. He is a former field coordinator for UNICEF in the Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp, east of Mafraq, Jordan. Temporary home to tens of thousands of people, the immense tent city includes 40,000 children. The camp has seen protests and riots, but UNICEF continues to provide food, medicine, and child protection. Stephen assisted in a tour of the camp earlier this year by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. Stephen, a literature major, has also worked on the humanitarian front lines in Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, and Uganda, and under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Rescue Committee, and Mercy Corps. His wife, ANNA KNUTZEN ’06, works in the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa regional office. They have two children, ages three years and five months. They live where the needs take him.

JAMIE HEIL ’08 is executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County’s Kirkland branch. She began with the organization in 2011 as a teen coordinator. Not only does the sociology major oversee staff, operations, and programs, Jamie also communicates with external community groups, schools, and parents. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University and lives in Redmond, Washington.

MAWUT MAYEN ’08, a Boeing manager, was recognized at Boeing’s 100th anniversary celebration in July at the Museum of Flight. At the age of 4, he and his brother were separated from their parents by the civil war in Sudan. These “lost boys of Sudan” lived in refugee camps in several countries. When he turned 15, Mawut was selected by lottery to move to the U.S. He settled in Washington, earned a degree in economics from SPU, and with Boeing support later earned a certification in aviation flight and a master’s degree in engineering and technology management. Mawut lives in Everett, Washington.


JOSHUA ANDERSON ’10, a a physics major, went on to the University of Texas and earned a master’s degree and plans to complete a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering in May 2017. He and his new wife, Jennifer, live in Austin, Texas.

EVAN EGERER ’10 teaches a third-grade class and pursues a passion for the sound of acoustic rock. In August, he was given a slot at the Christian music festival Creation Northwest and in October was an opening act for Grammy-nominated Crowder in concert at SPU’s Grand Reunion. A double threat, Evan plays guitar and writes songs. “I get antsy if I’m not doing music.” He and his wife, HEATHER HOYE EGERER ’10, live in Pasco, Washington.

KATY STINE ’12 is assistant rowing coach for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. During her collegiate career with the SPU Falcons, she was team captain on the varsity crew, was named a scholar-athlete, and earned the Falcon Award for Excellence. She also received the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors’ Association Academic Achievement Award. Katy went on to the University of Virginia to get a master’s degree in exercise physiology and serve one year as a graduate assistant coach for the Cavaliers. She was responsible for novice team recruitment and overseeing the third varsity eight, which took first at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships to cap off an undefeated season. At OU, she oversees the Oklahoma novice team. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

MEGAN LINDSAY ’13 has since graduation been playing professional soccer for teams in Finland, France, Iceland, and, as a striker, for Norway’s Roa IF last fall. Currently she plays for the Spokane Shadow and this year was named the first Player of the Week in the newly formed Northwest Premier League. Megan was the third all-time goal scorer for SPU. In her senior year with the Falcons, she was the top scorer in the Great Northwest Athletics Conference, with 16 goals. Megan lives in Spokane, Washington.

SCOTT JACKSON ’14 has completed his second year with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Serving with the nonprofits, JOIN and Street Roots, he helped provide the homeless with basic services such as showers, computer access, haircuts, mail pickup, food, even shoelaces, and helped people access income-earning opportunities. He also facilitated half-day and one-week immersion experiences among the homeless for local student groups.

BRUCE KIRBY MFA ’15 is a poet and the former blog and social media editor at Relief Journal: A Christian Literary Expression. His poetry has been published in a number of periodicals and literary journals, including The Potomac Review, Saint Katherine Review, and The Wallace Stevens Journal. Former headmaster at Tampa’s Berean Academy, Bruce has been a church director of education and administration, and a teacher of literature, apologetics, theology, and philosophy. He was 67 when he earned his MFA and began a serious pursuit of creating poetry. Bruce lives in Lakeland, Florida.

KAMILLE DOBBINS REINTJIES ’15 lived in SPU’s Ashton Hall. So did JEFF REINTJES ’15. At Ashton Ball their sophomore year, mutual friends introduced them. In June, the besties became husband and wife. They now live in Issaquah, Washington.

ANDREW BELL ’16 was campaign manager for Kim Wyman’s bid to be re-elected as Washington’s Secretary of State. Andrew, who did his SPU honors project on homelessness reduction policies in King County, showed his political chops, too, as co-leader of the student-run Political Union. He lives in Seattle.


JENNIFER RUTLEDGE to JOSHUA ANDERSON ’10 on January 30, 2016, in Dripping Springs, Texas.

KAMILLE DOBBINS ’15 to JEFF REINTJES ’15 on June 25, 2016, in Woodland, Washington.

ERIC MILL ’07 to Travis Pentz on June 26, 2016, in Northern California.

In Memoriam

NANCY FAIRCHILD DEPOORTER ’61 died February 14, 2016, at the age of 77. Born in New Plymouth, Idaho, she became an elementary school teacher of mostly grades 3 and 5. An active quilter and seamstress, she created more than 500 pillowcases for hospitalized children, as well as quilts for charity. Nancy enjoyed world travel and took trips to Australia, China, and up the Amazon River. Following retirement, she backpacked Europe several times, yet one of her favorite repeat experiences was the wind, waves, rain, and sea birds of the Oregon coast. Nancy was active in Christ’s Church Federal Way and made Bible reading a priority in her life. She is survived by her husband, Joe; a son; a daughter; and a grandson.

MARY DOERFLEIN ’51 died August 10, 2016, at the age of 86. Born in Seattle, she passed away on San Juan Island where she lived with her six goats. A graduate of Ballard High School, Mary brought music into the world through singing and playing piano and violin. She ran a successful stenography business in downtown Seattle called Baruch the Scribe. Steeped in the Bible, she enjoyed historical puzzles and archeological discovery. Mary made 18 trips to Turkey and did research into the remains of Noah’s Ark. She loved life and people and is survived by nieces and nephews. The Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church Bell Choir participated in her farewell services.

WILLIAM “BILL” FREDERICK ’58 died August 27, 2016, at the age of 80. Born in Churchville, New York, he worked in the family greenhouses until the Fredericks moved to Seattle in 1950. He graduated from Lincoln High School, graduated from Seattle Pacific, and pursued a master’s of divinity degree in Christian education at Asbury Theological Seminary. At the Young Life Institute in Colorado he proposed to his wife-to-be, VIOLA “VI” ECKLAND FREDERICK ’61. He taught junior high school, worked 10 years at Boeing, and 10 years on the staff of King County Council, focusing on energy conservation policies and building codes. Bill initiated development of the county’s Bicycle Facilities Plan, including what became the Burke-Gilman Trail and King County Trails System. After working for a time in Texas, he and Vi moved to Whidbey Island, built a summer home, and eventually retired there to the town of Freeland. He became a volunteer for the South Whidbey Fire/EMS Department, serving as an EMT for 19 years until his death, as well as a member of the Friends of Freeland board and the Dick Spady Forum Foundation in Seattle. Ironically, he was showing kids how to take blood pressure at the Island County Fair when he fainted and later died from a severe brain bleed. Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years; two sons; four grandchildren; two brothers, ROBERT FREDERICK ’60 and RICHARD FREDERICK ’63; and a sister.

ROBERT “BOB” REIMAN ’51 died September 4, 2015, at the age of 91. Born in Quincy, Washington, he eventually moved to Spokane and then Seattle. A graduate of Queen Anne High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Deployed to the European theatre, he served as a clerk in General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in England, France, and Switzerland. After the Army, he studied at Seattle Pacific and dated the woman he met at an Evangelical Covenant Church youth conference and who would become EILEEN MARTINSON REIMAN. Some say it was music that brought them together. They did like to sing duets. After 10 years of marriage, during which Bob studied physical therapy at Stanford University and practiced physical therapy, they moved to Eileen’s hometown of Helena, Montana, where Bob worked for the Helena School District as a teacher and guidance counselor. The Reimans were active in church and played piano and organ together for services. Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years; a son; a daughter; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

ELISABETH “LIS” GABLER RUDOLPH ’89 died in an auto accident July 17, 2016, at the age of 50. She was a graduate of Seattle’s Sealth High School. After graduating from SPU, she worked in real estate for a time and was an honored employee of the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office at the time of her death. Known for a generous, gentle, and genuine spirit, Lis was an active participant at Seattle’s Shorewood Foursquare Church. She is survived by her husband, Scott; three sons; a daughter; her parents; and three brothers.

HORACE “DOC” THULINE ’49 died September 11, 2016, at the age of 94. Born to Free Methodist missionary parents, he spent his early years in India. Eventually moving to the U.S., Doc went to work for Kodak and patented a new type of cement for lenses for military use. He also developed a life-long love of photography. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific, on Okinawa, and in northern China. After that, it was time for college and he earned a degree in chemistry from Seattle Pacific and a medical degree from the University of Washington. Doc worked at Harborview Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, and from there focused on research. He was director of laboratories at Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and by the mid-‘70s had established and led the Genetics Program within the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. One of his achievements was to make PKU screening of newborns standard procedure in hospitals statewide. Doc’s appreciation for Mt. Rainier led him to photograph the mountain from every angle in every season and to build a home oriented around a prime view of it. A seasoned traveler, Doc made trips to England, Germany, New Zealand, and South Africa. A chance encounter on the Oregon coast led in 2012 to his being an honored guest in the Chinese village of TangGu. He brought with him photos of the town that he took in 1945 while in the military. The father of nine was received as an honored guest and his photos can be found today in TangGu’s history museum. A life-long Free Methodist, Doc established the Winfred and Evangeline Thuline Family Scholarship Endowment at SPU in honor of his parents. He is survived by his wife, Janice; three sons, including DALE THULINE ‘70 and WADE THULINE ’75; four daughters; a stepson; two step-daughters; dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters. Doc was predeceased by his first wife, Blanche; a son, Mark; a daughter, Gail; and a grandson, Eric.

MIRIAM WATSON ’53 died August 5, 2016, at the age of 85. The youngest of Seattle Pacific President C. HOYT WATSON‘s four children, she was the last to pass away. Miriam invested her life in public education, serving in the school districts of Mt. Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Seattle. Many students at Queen Anne and McClure schools on Queen Anne Hill had “Miss Watson” for physical education and health education between 1957 and 1983. Miriam was active in First Free Methodist Church, Seattleans, and the Washington State School Retirees Association. She is survived by “a multitude” of nieces, nephews, and thousands of her students.

REGINALD “REG” WIGGINS ’58 died August 14, 2016, at the age of 86. Born in Gridley, California, he moved with his family back to their hometown of Cashmere, Washington. In high school, Reg was an accomplished athlete who excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Denver, Colorado, where his getting stranded in and rescued from a late spring Rocky Mountains snowfall made the national news. He married Shirley, his high school sweetheart, and felt a calling to be a teacher and a coach. Seattle Pacific was where he chose to answer that call and with teacher certification in hand went to work for the school district in Issaquah, Washington. But when a teaching position opened in Cashmere, back home they went. He coached high school football and middle school boys and girls basketball, football, and track. Reg served on the Cashmere City Council, with the volunteer fire department, and in summers, delivered mail, managed the Cashmere public swimming pool, worked as a security guard, inspected cherries for the state, and was church custodian. In retirement, Reg and Shirley enjoyed traveling. But in 1997, they moved to Wenatchee, Washington, to work the Wiggins family orchard. Reg changed sprinklers, mowed grass and weeds, sorted cherries, and sold peaches at the farmers market. He also took time to spoil his grandchildren and on Sundays, delighted in greeting and ushering at church. Reg is survived by his wife of 65 years; three sons; two daughters; nine grandchildren, including STACIA WIGGINS CRUZ ‘01; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister.

ROGER WILDER ’59 died March 1, 2016, at the age of 78. Born in Milwaukie, Oregon, he enhanced his high school years by singing on Saturday nights in the Youth for Christ Choir at the Civic Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific, where he became engaged to his high school love, fellow student, and future wife, CAROL MODIN WILDER ’58, Roger earned a master’s degree at the University of Florida. He was soon employed as a school principal in Portland, followed by 25 years as an elementary school principal in Palo Alto, California. At Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, he served as a worship leader and led home Bible studies. Roger completed his education career in Mt. Shasta, California, as principal of the primary school and an adjunct professor at Simpson University. He and Carol attended First Baptist Church where he taught adult Sunday school. His heart’s desire was for others to love and follow Jesus into eternity. Ever the adventurer, he enjoyed travel, nature photography, cycling, and early family Volkswagen camper trips throughout the West. Roger summited several peaks in the Cascade Range, including Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta. He is survived by his wife of 57 years; two sons; two granddaughters; a brother; and a sister.

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