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Class Notes are compiled by Betsy Holmquist ’67, M.A.‘83. Submit news to the Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-0013. You may fax your news to (406) 243-4467 or e-mail it to Material in this issue reached our office by May 31.


Robert J. Brown ’32 writes, "I am in a retirement home in Lake Forest, Calif., nine miles from my daughter. She picks me up four or five days a week, taking me along while she shops, to the beaches and her home."


The 60th reunion for the Class of 1941 will be held on campus May 17-19, 2001.

Stanley R. Ames ’40 attended his 60th class reunion and noted campus changes since his visit ten years earlier, "I was impressed with the growth indicated by the greatly enlarged institution," he wrote from his Great Falls home. "I used to swim in the big ditch and hob-nob with the hobos along the now missing railroad track."


The 50th reunion for the Class of 1951 will be held on campus May 17-19, 2001.

Stanley L. Ness ’50 wrote following his 50th class reunion about his memories as a freshmen: "I could have never visualized how a loner from Minnesota could have been accepted so readily and treated so well. You’ve got the best kept secret there in Missoula . . . only it’s not so much a secret now as it was back in 1950."
Lesley J. Mortimer ’58 plans to join her sister, Elizabeth A. Mortimer ’60, who will fly from Berkshire, England, to her 40th class reunion at Homecoming. "The State Department keeps calling me back to fill in at posts without a medical attache," Lesley writes from her New Mexico home. "I have no idea where they will send me next. So much for retirement!" Lesley has been to Liberia twice since November for the State Department.


Monte Ralph Littell ’62 is superintendent of the Peoria Unified School District, Peoria, Ariz. The district serves 33,000 students at 30 schools and employs more than 3,400 faculty and support staff.
Christy Odum ’64, a Missoula free-lance writer, has poems represented on the Muriel Rukeyser Poetry Wall at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Phyllis Lindgren Bouchee ’65 retired after nine years as a staff member for the UM Alumni Association. For the past few years Phyllis coordinated off-campus alumni events, Griz-Cat satellite-TV gatherings and the House of Delegates program.
George A. Cole ’65 is director of development for Montana PBS, a statewide public television system with studios in Bozeman and Missoula. He is responsible for major gifts, capital campaigns, underwriting and other fund-raising efforts that support public television in Montana. George and his wife, Susie Bickell Cole ’65, who recently retired as director of administrative services for the San Diego County Water Authority, live in Bozeman.
Gerald R. Zachary ’65 serves on the boards of directors for Lynnwood Financial Servcies, Inc. and Gold Savings Bank in Lynnwood, Wash.
Sheila A. McDonald Mills ’68 and her husband, Dave, own Rocky Mountain River Tours in Boise, Idaho. The New York Times featured the business in an article on floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Sheila’s third cookbook, "The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook," published by McGraw-Hill, is in its third printing. Gourmet Dutch oven cooking is highlighted on the river tours.


Randal E. Morger ’74 is director of communications and administrative services for Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company. Randal joined Sanders in January 1999, following a 24-year career with the U.S. Air Force where he served as chief of plans and deputy director of public information for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. He resides in Amherst, N.H., with his wife, Sally, and their two children.
Stephanie D. Steinberger ’70 is a Certified Safety Professional in general practice. She is technical services manager and safety manager for Direct Safety Co. in Tempe, Ariz., and corporate safety instructor for the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross. Stephanie owns a gem and mineral business and writes, "I dream of one day returning to Montana to live and leave the city behind!"
Kevin A. Campana ’75, J.D. ’78, is vice president and chief operating officer for the Legal Research Center in Minneapolis. He writes, "I have fond memories of working in the residence halls at UM during the ’70s and welcome e-mail from friends—at" Kevin and his wife, Dulcie, have three children, Josh, Kristie and Katie.
Jan Konigsberg ’75 and his wife, Christy Cooper Konigsberg ’78, reside in Anchorage, where Jan directs the Alaska Salmonid Diversity Program with the national staff of Trout Unlimited. Christy is accounting and administrative manager for the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Philip A. May, Ph.D. ’76, received the O.B. Michael Outstanding Alumni Award from Catawba College, in Salisbury, N.C., his undergraduate institution. Phil is a professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Robin Bruce McGregor ’76 is a general partner with Jones Financial Cos., a holding company of Edward Jones. An associate since 1984, Robin oversaw the opening of 36 regional offices during the past four years. Robin, his wife, Jan, and children, Carrie, Julie and Kevin, live in Boring, Ore.
Joseph G. Marra ’77 is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Davis, Grimm, Payne, Marra & Berry. Joe is vice president of the Seattle Italian Club and counsel to the Seattle Emergency Housing Service. He and his wife, Yungmi, have two children, Sam 11, and Maria Louis 7. Joe writes, "I miss my two favorite places in the world: Missoula and Shelby."
Mark W. Osteen ’77, M.A. ’82, professor of English at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., received the college’s 2000 Nachbahr Award in recognition of his scholarly accomplishment. A faculty member since 1988, Mark has written two books: "American Magic & Dread: Don DeLillo’s Dialogue with Culture" and "The Economy of Ulysses: Making Both Ends Meet," which received the Donald Murphy Prize for Best First Book in Irish Studies. Mark directs the film studies program at Loyola; writes literary, film and economic criticism; plays saxophone and sings with the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet and performs with the Loyola College Jazz Ensemble. He and his wife, Leslie Gilden Osteen ’81, have a ten-year-old son, Cameron.
Alexander "Lex" Runciman, M.F.A. ’77, associate professor of English at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., has co-authored two college writing textbooks: "Asking Questions: A Rhetoric for the Intellectual Life" and "A Forest of Voices: Conversations in Ecology." Referencing the latter, Lex commented, "We believe that good writing and good thinking more readily arise from a genuine and well-organized engagement with complexity. And issues associated with the environment offer many kinds of complexity."
Brady D. Selle ’78, M.Ed. ’82, principal at Florence High School, received the Montana High School Association (M.H.S.A.) Service Citation Award for 22 years of service as a coach, athletic director, tournament manager and chair of the M.H.S.A. athletic committee. Brady and his wife, Cathy Weis Selle ’77, have five children.
John H. Barsness ’79 writes from Laurel, "My wife and I own the longest, continuously operating pharmacy in Montana, Gene’s Pharmacy—91 years total; 48 between my dad and me. During this time, we have been in the same location."
Mark Gibbons ’79, ’85, M.F.A. ’98, teaches in Missoula’s Poet in the Schools program. His book of poems, "Circling Home," was published in 1999 by Scattered Cairns Press.
Richard L. Robbins, M.F.A. ’79 received the $20,000 Award of Distinction in Poetry from The Loft, a Minneapolis Literary Center. His second book, "Famous Persons We Have Known," will be published by Eastern Washington University Press in September. Rick, his wife, Candace Black, M.F.A. ’81, and sons, Keenan 16 and Lewis 13, live in Mankato, Minn., where Rick directs the creative writing program at Minnesota State University.


Maureen W. Thomas ’80, M.S. ’94, and R. Dean Braughton, M.B.A. ’81, Ed.D. ’89, each received a 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Maureen, a health and physical education teacher at Missoula’s Big Sky High School, was noted for her emphasis on sports as a lifelong activity. Dean, principal at CY Junior High School in Casper, Wyo., was noted for his commitment to creating a more caring environment for his faculty, students and their parents. In June, Maureen and Dean each received $25,000 in unrestricted funds at recognition ceremonies in Los Angeles. Winning a Milken Award in 1998 for his commitment and leadership in education was Michael A. Tomlinson ’80. Mike, a teacher for 19 years, lives in Beaverton, Ore
James R. Tobin ’80, M.S. ’92, lives on Pohnpei, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). A Peace Corps volunteer to Pohnpei in 1982, Jim was hired by the FSM in 1994 to run its national sports program. In 1997 he was elected secretary general of the FSM National Olympic Committee in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. "For the first time, the FSM flag will be carried at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games," Jim writes. "We will have six athletes competing in swimming, weightlifting and wrestling."
James D. Bruggers ’81, M.S. ’87, and his wife, Merle, live in Louisville, Ky., where James covers the environment beat for the Louisville Courier-Journal. "Been writing about coal mining, coal-fired power plants, so-called ‘factory farms’ and bourbon spills," James writes. "Yes, a distillery warehouse caught fire and sent rivers of flaming Wild Turkey into the Kentucky River." He would like to hear from old classmates—at
Jim Gipe ’83, a music student and jazz saxophonist while at UM, is a photographer/digital illustrator and owner of Pivot Media in Florence, Mass. The May issue of PEI [Photo>Electronic Imaging] magazine has a feature article on Jim. His image, "Mandusa," appears on the cover. Jim explains, comparing music and photography, "the spontaneity of capturing a fleeting moment with a camera is reminiscent of jazz improvisation." He and his wife, Kim Hicks ’84, an English professsor at Mount Holyoak Community College, have a four-year-old daughter, Maggie.
Ian Stewart Woo Price ’85 and Ky J. Boyd ’87 own the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Their five-screen theater ranks among the largest theaters in the Bay Area devoted to independent, art and foreign films. While working as a film programer at UM, Ky promoted "Dive-In" movie nights.
Mark J. Erickson ’86 is chief information officer for, a Web site dedicated to establishing and maintaining relationships between on-line businesses and customers. Mark, his wife, Cheryl, and eight-year-old daughter, Allyson, live in Arvada, Colo. "The Montanan makes me feel closer to the last great place and ‘Class Notes’ provides a wonderful way for us to all stay in touch," Mark writes.
Eric D. Sprunk ’86 is vice president and general manager for NIKE’s Americas Region: Canada, Mexico and Central America. Eric spent the last five years in Holland with NIKE. He is a member of UM’s School of Business Advisory Board.
Janie Sullivan ’87 directs faculty development at the University of Phoenix, Phoenix campus. She is working on her Ph.D. from Capella University, studying adult education with a focus on faculty development.
Shelley Sanders Freese ’88 illustrates educational materials; her current project is an elementary level textbook for Prentice Hall. She and her husband, Bart Freese ’85, announce the birth of their daughter, Cecelia, on March 30. Bart teaches 5th and 6th grade and is half-time principal at Miles City Sacred Heart Elementary School.
Lance C. Clark ’89 appeared in the article "Movers and Shakers Under 40" in his hometown, Wheatland, Wyo., newspaper. Lance is district manager for the Platte County Resource District, executive director of the Wyoming Well Association and a consultant for Clark Public Relations. He writes, "I thoroughly enjoyed the 1999 Homecoming game. It’s been years. Hopefully, I’ll make the 2000 game!"
Susan A. Paseman ’89 is pursuing a master’s degree in technical communication at Boise State University. A resident of Nampa, Idaho, Susan has her own technical writing business. She would like to hear from classmates—at


Vonda J. Sundt ’92, a registered associate at D.A. Davidson & Co. in Missoula, recently completed the company’s training program at corporate headquarters in Great Falls. Vonda is licensed to handle securities transactions and assist financial consultants in serving clients.
Lisa M. Pyron ’93 is a first-year member of Chicago’s Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. A mezzo-soprano, Lisa will perform on the Lyric Opera’s main stage during the 2000-2001 season.
Robin J. Lipke, Ph.D. ’95, received the 2000 Benard A. Ennenga Award from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D. Robin, an assistant professor of psychology, was recognized for her excellence in teaching and ability to motivate, excite and challenge her students.
Sharon M. Noel, J.D. ’97, is chief of staff in the office of the president and vice president of the Navaho Nation, Window Rock, Ariz. Sharon’s position is the highest held by a woman in the Navaho Nation, the largest Indian reservation in North America.
Greg A. Roadifer, M.B.A. ’97, published "The Golden Guru," through his Billings publishing company, Goldenhouse Publishing Group. His book discusses ten spiritually-based principals for success, fulfillment and wealth.
Meghan McMeel Rydell ’97 has taught kindergarten for three years in the Palm Springs Unified School District. This spring Meghan received her Master’s of Arts in Education degree, with honors, from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.
Barrett L. Kaiser ’99 is deputy press secretary for Senator Max Baucus in Washington, D.C. A former ASUM president, Barrett writes press releases and news advisories, works with the Montana press and prepares speeches for the senator.

New Life Members

Helen Parons Ahders ’40, Midland, Texas
Aloha Hannah Alava ’39, Turku, Finland
Thomas E. Barnett ’79, Gilbert, Ariz.
Michael A. Cogar, Grand Terrace, Calif.
Staci Moss Cogar, Grand Terrace, Calif.
Charles W. George ’64, Frenchtown
Janis Malone George, Frenchtown
Ellen C. MacMillan, Kalispell
John S. MacMillan ’58, Kalispell
J. Scott MacMillan ’86, Overland Park, Kan.
Mark D. MacMillan ’88, Kalispell
Patti Ann Mehrens ’90, Great Falls
Ann M. Monaghan ’91, Butte
Gina Oldham, Bellevue, Wash.
Michael R. Oldham ’80, Bellevue, Wash.
Thomas E. Roberts ’50, Louisville, Ky.
Mary Kitte Robins, Missoula
Patrick R. Robins, Missoula
Bruce D. Tate ’67, Whitefish
Susan Bergstrom Tate ’68, Whitefish
Shane A. Vannata ’90, Missoula
Ernest W. Williamson ’73, Fort Wayne, Ind.

In Memoriam

To be included in In Memoriam, the Alumni Association requires a newspaper obituary or a letter of notification from the immediate family. We extend sympathy to the families of the following alumni, friends and faculty:

Beulah May Trotter Ellickson ’24, Eugene, Ore.
A.L. "Bud" Ainsworth ’27, Missoula
Harold E. Blinn ’27, Denver
Ruth Merrill Alling ’28, Helena
Dorothy Collins ’29, Oklahoma City
Lois Zeigler Penman ’30, Conrad
Elizabeth "Betty" Bryan Hope ’31, Hamilton
Mary E. "Betty" Daniels Tarbet ’31, Columbia Falls
Georgia M. Judge ’32, Portland, Ore.
Margaret E. Groombridge Cooley ’33, Broadus
Earl H. Fellbaum ’33, Bozeman
William Ross Wilkinson ’33, Waterville, Wash.
Ernest Samuel Holmes, Jr. ’34, Bigfork
Elsie Evatz Westcott ’34, Missoula
James F. O’Brien ’35, Sun City, Calif.
Edward E. Cooney ’36, Minneapolis
Eugene C. Davis ’36, Rockville, Md.
Elizabeth Byrne Salsbury ’36, Billings
Raymond F. Stevens ’36, Laurel
Larry C. Bowler ’37, Scobey
Marcus V. Nichols ’38, Kalispell
Jane Bowman Waniata ’38, Great Falls
Leland M. Yates ’38, Missoula
Dorothy Pat O’Brien Crowley ’39, Missoula
Gladys Bowman Fox ’39, Red Lodge
Walter Herman Zimmerman ’39, Hot Springs
Robert H. Doull ’40, Sequim, Wash.
Audrey Watson Brunsvold ’41, Laurel
Theodor Zorn Miller ’41, Jerome, Idaho
Alfred S. Ophus ’41, Big Sandy
Dean Brown Marshall ’42, M.Ed. ’50, Missoula
Dorothy Perrine Mohland ’42, Great Falls
Joan Faller Davis ’43, Dillon
Christine W. Hoppe ’43, Williamsburg, Va.
John William Mohland ’44, Great Falls
Bruce M. Brown ’47, J.D. ’49, Miles City
Edward J. Dolan ’47, Sacramento, Calif.
Susan Brenner Erickson ’47, Glendive
Shirley E. Howe Hicks ’47, Wolf Creek
Frank L. Kurtz ’48, Omaha, Neb.
Richard H. Bauman ’49, Newberg, Ore.
Lila Cleveland ’49, Hamilton
Mike A. Dudik ’49, Ronan
Marie Cornelia Hubbard ’49, Kalispell
Arthur C. Jacobson ’49, Spokane, Wash.
Wayne K. Cumming ’50, J.D. ’51, Sidney
William W. Ingham ’50, Goleta, Calif.
Elwyn F. Peffer ’50, Beaverton, Ore.
Maile O’Donnell Shaw ’50, Missoula
Garry V. Fisher, J.D. ’51, Billings
Phyllis Johnson Lull ’51, Las Vegas
James C. Wilkins, Jr., J.D. ’51, Lewistown
Sheila Sullivan Galen ’52, West Covina, Calif.
Benjamin Miles Larson, J.D. ’53, Stanford
Phyllis Bellmore Smart ’53, Libby
Anne Fowler Anderson ’54, M.A. ’68, Lewistown
Donna Lea Steeves Grotte ’55, San Jose, Calif.
Timothy Stuart Burns ’56, Sheridan
Donald Arthur White ’58, Creston, B. C.
Doris Winifred Binder Eudaily ’56, Missoula
John W. Ronald ’58, Windsor, Calif.
John P. Duke ’59, Snoqualmie, Wash.
Frank Danichek III ’64, Helena
Donald Lee Ostrem, J.D. ’65, Great Falls
Thomas Michael Monaghan, J.D. ’66, Miles City
Vincent James Frezzo ’67, Billings
Daniel T. Dusenberry, Jr. ’68, Boonville, Calif.
Thomas Ivar Follinglo ’68, Edgar
Karen Jean Pirrie Rodeheffer ’69, Topeka, Kan.
Thomas Clay Boydston ’71, Redmond, Wash.
Francis W. "Bill" Boisvert, M.Ed. ’73, Harlem
Edward J. Cleary ’73, Florence
Kenneth E. Scheytt ’77, Missoula
Gregory Anderson ’78, Blue Island, Ill.
Mary Rotering Petty ’82, Boise, Idaho
Marcia Machado Jacobson, J.D. ’89, Missoula
Redmond Philip Bunche Wyatt ’92, Missoula
John A. Reed ’99, Missoula
Dixie Moore Babcock, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Anna C. Bower, Missoula
Willis Dwight Brown, Missoula
Emma Fleig, Missoula
Evelyn C. Gelston, Missoula
Fred John Glaspey, Missoula
Alice Nursema Godfrey, Mesa, Ariz.
Iva M. Hargett, Hamilton
Bonnie J. Henkel, Missoula
John W. "Jack" Hoehne, Philipsburg
Chester L. Hursh, Coronado, Calif.
Fred Joseph, Missoula
Lorraine Margie Smith Knight, Portland, Ore.
Minnie M. Krause, Beaverton, Ore.
Edward W. McCune, Polson
Rose M. McGurk, Missoula
Frank Bert Miller, Sr., Lolo
Lewis Franklin Miller, Missoula
Rae H. Miller, Missoula
Raymond Burnett Rodgers, Missoula
Dorothy A. Scudder, Missoula
Eleanor Granlund Vaughn, Libby


Morgan RuthAnn Rehm to Mary Slama Rehm ’88 and Brent Rehm, January 25, Helena
Julie Ann Speare to Lisa Rodeghiero Speare ’92, J.D. ’95, and William John Speare, J.D. ’94, February 7, Billings
David Wilson Hull to Sara Elizabeth Hagen Hull ’93 and Todd Charles Hull ’94, March 1, Billings
Jameson Isaac Bishop to Erika Colness Bishop ’87 and Shane C. Bishop ’86, March 8, Livingston, N.J.
Ryan Scott Miskiv to Laura Evans Miskiv ’87 and Scott Miskiv ’86, April 10, Boise, Idaho
Ryan Andrew Swimley to Susan Brooks Swimley ’86, J.D. ’89 and Brett D. Swimley, April 11, Bozeman
Madeleine Rose Chesek to JeanAnne Chesek, J.D. ’97, and David Welch, April 13, Rio Rancho, N.M.
Finnian Gray Phillips to Beth A. Cogswell ’98 and Rick A. Phillips, M.F.A. ’86, April 20, Missoula

Benefactors Society

New members of the Benefactors Society of the UM President’s Club, whose lifetime giving reached the $100,000 level since the Fall 1999 Montanan was published, are:

Platinum Level ($1,000,000 or more)
Albertson’s, Inc.

Gold Level ($500,000+)
Ezio and Helen Cappadocia
A. Clifford Edwards ’74
John C. Hoyt ’48

Silver Level ($250,000+)
Kameron Cirica and Virginia Cirica

Copper Level ($100,000+)
Louise Tendeland Betzner ’31 Estate
Dean and Kristi Laughlin Drenzek ’86
John D. French ’39
Kenneth W. Hufford ’34 Estate
Linda Phillips Knoblock ’65
Neurological Associates
R. Keith and Jean Osterheld
James B. Pendleton Charitable Trust
Fred ’71 and Polly Peppard Rohrbach ’68 and
John ’66 and Anh Rohrbach
Jean’ne M. Shreeve ’53
J.B. ’49 and Eva LaPine Spaulding ’47
A. Warren ’65 and Betsy Ross Wilcox ’66

The following names appeared incorrectly in the Spring 2000 Montanan:
C. Louise Jarussi Cross
Bob Friauf
Louise Garnet Eiselein Rasmussen


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