Alumni Notes

Keep Us Posted. Send your news to Betsy Holmquist, The University of Montana Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, Missoula, MT 59812. E-mail your news to, FAX it to 406-243-4467, or call 1-877-UM-ALUMS (877-862-6867). Material in this issue reached our office by June 25, 2007. Note: the year immediately following an alum’s name indicates either an undergraduate degree year or attendance at UM. Graduate degrees from UM are indicated by initials.

Here’s to Sigma Alpha EpsiloN— The SAE brothers have been busy. A complete remodel and refurbishing of 1120 Gerald Avenue has been under way for the past year. In May a work party was held under the guidance of SAE alums Dick Ford ’64, Walnut Creek, California, and Dave Hafer ’64, Dayton, pictured here on the tractor. Dave and his wife, Bobbie, also have overseen much of the interior construction and decorating of the house. Montana Beta will celebrate its eightieth birthday and house restoration at a Homecoming gala event Saturday night, September 29, at the Holiday Inn.

The sixtieth reunion for the class of 1948 will be held on campus May 8-10, 2008. Contact the UM Alumni Association for further details.
William A. Cobban ’40 writes from Lakewood, Colorado, “I was honored twice last fall. First, by a group of paleontologists and geologists at a symposium held in my honor at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, and second, at a reception held by the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver.” William received the U.S.G.S. Dallas Peck Outstanding Scientist Emeritus Award at the Denver reception.

The fiftieth reunion for the class of 1958 will be held on campus May 8-10, 2008. Contact the UM Alumni Association for further details.
Jewel Beck Lansing ’52, Portland, Oregon, has written My Montana: A History and Memoir, 1930-1950. “I rely heavily on writings I did while in high school, as well as a diary I kept between the ages of eleven and sixteen,” Jewel writes. Her father and grandfather homesteaded on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the Mission Valley in 1910 and 1911. Jewel has written six other books, including two about women and politics, and a murder mystery set in Portland City Hall.
Harry Hoffman ’58 and Joan Tryon Hoffman ’58 celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with a trip to Alaska and a cruise through the Alaskan Inland Passage. They visited campus on their drive from their home in Gillett, Wisconsin, to Vancouver, British Columbia. They plan to return to Missoula for their fiftieth class reunion in May 2008. Harry and Joan have three children and five grandchildren.

The fortieth reunion for the class of 1967 will be held at Homecoming. Contact the UM Alumni Association for further details.
Dale Haarr ’62, Kalispell and Mohave Valley, Arizona; Loren Haarr ’69, Harlowton and Mohave Valley, Arizona; and Tom Riggers ’62, Brisbane, Australia, pictured here left to right at Rainbow Bridge in Lake Powell, Arizona, enjoyed a two-week photographic vacation in the national parks of Utah and Arizona last April.
Mike Reynolds ’63, Cut Bank, was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June. Honored as a cross-country coach, Mike began his coaching and teaching career in 1963 at Cut Bank Middle School. He taught for thirty-four years and completed his forty-third year of coaching track this past season. Mike is the first Montana coach to win state championships in boys track and field, girls track and field, boys cross-country, and girls cross-country. He was inducted into the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1991. “I have two rules of coaching,” Mike says. “Tell the athletes a joke (clean) as often as possible and don’t be on time—be early!” Mike and his wife, Linda, a foreign language instructor with the Cut Bank schools, have three children, Jill, Erin, and John. All played sports for their father.
Jerry R. Holloron ’64, M.A. ’65, J-School professor in the 1970s and 1980s, is a desk editor at The Seattle Times. Jerry was chief copy editor on two Times projects that were finalists in the investigative-reporting category of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes: “Your Courts, Their Secrets,” about illegally closed court files, and “License to Harm,” about doctors and other medical professionals who sexually prey on their patients. Jerry sends word to his former students that “I look unbelievably old but just as mean.”
Michael J. Tilleman ’65, president of Tilleman Motor Company in Havre, received a Time magazine 2007 Quality Dealer Award, presented to only sixty of 19,500 dealerships. Mike has been a car dealer for twenty-nine years.
Larry E. Vahl ’65, and his wife, Linda, of Oxnard, California, took an extended motor home trip through the north and midwestern states following Larry’s retirement after forty years as a physicist and electronic engineer with the Department of the Navy.
Joyce Tooke Horton ’66 retired from teaching and serving as a librarian in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, and moved to Miles City. Joyce writes, “I am now retiring from my antique business. I wish my friends and alums well. I thoroughly enjoy hometowning it in Miles City and this part of Montana, recalling it fondly as the ‘big empty.’”
Jay W. Malcan ’69, Midlothian, Virginia, is the new chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice at Virginia State University. Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed Jay to his second four-year term on the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. “So much for the sailing I had planned for this summer,” Jay writes. For the past ten years Jay worked at the Richmond Police Department and Virginia Union University.

Full Steam Ahead

Don T. Stagg Don T. Stagg ’55, ’59, Blaine, Washington, is pictured here playing a steam calliope he helped redesign, increasing its range from nine steam pipes to twenty-six. The calliope, installed aboard the steamboat Whistler, has often delighted crowds on Lake Whatcom in Bellingham, Washington. A self-styled “collector of keyboard instruments,” Don recently took possession of a piano-case organ. This instrument joins twenty-three other organs, eight grand pianos, two clavichords, and a double harpsichord—perhaps the only one in the world. Another prize among Don’s collection is an original Johnson pipe organ that traveled up the Mississippi and Missouri rivers by steamboat to Fort Benton in 1860. Don tunes, maintains, and plays all the instruments in his home. “I play as many of them as I can every day. I can play from memory for up to six hours and not repeat myself,” he says. Dubbed the “Staggsonian Museum,” his residence also houses a world-class collection of antiques, china, and other treasures. Don also tends seven horses, a garden, and an orchard. Last year he froze fifty quarts of pears. Don played the pipe organ in UM’s Adams Center (the original Wilma Theatre pipe organ) and the organ in the Episcopal church while attending UM.

Ken D. Durham ’70, Folsom, California, is executive director of the Lumber Association of California, Nevada, and Hawaii. “Being a native of the lumber and timber town of Troy, Montana, is a real asset for this position,” Ken says. “I relate a lot with the industry from growing up there.” Ken has managed construction and other business trade associations for many years after careers in television news, political management, advertising, and public relations. He and his wife, Janelle K. Fallan ’74, have two children. Their son, John Durham ’94, Spokane, Washington, and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of three-year-old twins, Gordon and Mahle, who have “an assortment of Griz apparel,” according to grandfather Ken. “Daughter Torhil broke with family tradition,” Ken says, “and graduated from Western Washington University. She lives and works in Bellingham, Washington.” Ken and Janelle look forward to the Griz coming to Sacramento on October 13. “Count on us to help with tailgating when UM plays Sac State this fall. We will be there! And I have some Sac State friends whom I need to pick on for what happened at basketball here last winter,” Ken concludes.
Tim Paul ’72 enjoyed his thirtieth year as the voice for the Great Falls Giants, the Dodgers, and the White Sox this summer. A teacher at Great Falls High for nineteen years, Tim has announced Great Falls High football games for twenty-five years. He is the P.A. guy for Bison basketball, the announcer for the Electrics and Stallions Legion teams, and frequently sings the national anthem. Tim’s been the pronouncer for the Cascade County spelling bee for sixteen years, has sung in and directed church choirs, has been a lector at Holy Spirit Parish and a reader at Morningside Elementary School, where his wife, Carol, teaches. Since 1998 this “voice” of Great Falls sports has been the business and technical programs director for Web technology at MSU-Great Falls College of Technology. “I’m crazy about baseball,” Tim says. “I have a ball!”
Abram “Mac” Stevens ’72, received the 2007 Montana Society of CPAs’ George D. Anderson Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the profession and his involvement in community, charitable, and civic activities. Mac is senior vice president at First Interstate BancSystem in Billings and serves on the board of the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation and the Amani for Africa USA Foundation. He and his wife, Kathy Coppo Stevens ’71, live in Red Lodge.
Robert E. Clark Ph.D. ’73 is vice president for institutional effectiveness and enrollment management at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he is completing his thirty-fourth year. Robert has served as interim vice president for academic affairs, associate provost, and vice president for enrollment management. “I still miss Montana and visit as often as possible,” Robert writes.
Randolph L. Hosler ’73, Danville, Kentucky, retired in 2005 following twenty-eight years of public service, twenty of them as an occupational safety and health officer with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and eight years as a compliance safety and health officer with the U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA.
Kay F. Lakey B.S. ’74, Shoreline, Washington, is included in Deborah Reber’s In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers. One of fifty day-in-the-life profiles in the book, Kay’s career as a physical therapist for more than thirty years serves as a reference for young women searching today’s career opportunities.
Pamela Pfau Higgins ’77, Lewistown, is the Montana-Wyoming regional director for Midwest Assistant Program Inc. (MAP) and heads MAP’s new housing program initiatives. Pamela previously served as the Montana MAP resource development adviser.
Mark W. Osteen ’77, M.A. ’82, an English professor and director of film studies at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, was inducted into the Libby High School Hall of Fame this spring. A former high school saxophone player, Mark has remained active as a musician, singer, and composer. During the ’70s and ’80s, Mark appeared in clubs with an Atlanta rock group and now performs regularly in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Mark has been on the Loyola faculty since 1988. He and his wife, Leslie Gilden ’81, also from Libby, have one son, Cameron.
John Greener ’79 and Gail Dana Greener ’79 of Crystal Lake, Illinois, received an energy-filled boost from Barry Anderson, a.k.a. Benny the Bull, mascot for the Chicago Bulls, a.k.a. UM’s former Monte, at their Dawnbreakers Rotary Club Auction last March. Barry’s presence proved a “huge hit” according to John, helping to raise a record $103,000 for the club’s local charity. “The UM network is a special gift,” John said, as it led him to contact Barry and concluded in the highly successful fundraiser. A member of UMAA’s House of Delegates, John also helped plan the SAE’s 80th anniversary celebration for Homecoming. John is a real estate broker with Re/Max in Crystal Lake. Gail is an ordained UCC minister and a hospice chaplain in suburban Chicago. Their son, Mike Greener, graduated in 2006 from UM in photojournalism. Their daughter, Kate Greener, is a wildlife biology student at UM.

Letter from the UMAA Board of directors president

We all remember the transition from UM student to UM alum. One minute, walking across the Oval is a daily occurrence—the next, it may be a rare pleasure. Threads both visible and invisible keep more than 75,000 alumni connected to The University of Montana. The UM Alumni Association provides many of these threads: catching up on news through the UMAA Web site, newsletter, and Montanan magazine; traveling to faraway locales with other alumni; cheering the team on at a Griz-Cat satellite party; continuing education at the Community Lecture Series; mentoring a current student; recruiting a future student; or simply catching up with fellow alumni and students at local and regional get-togethers.

The strength of these threads is seen in the success of the current $100 million Invest in Discovery campaign. More than 24,000 donors have contributed—8,000 of those donors for the first time. The percentage of alumni contributions is well above the national average for universities of equal size.

Campaign contributions have created or enhanced 471 undergraduate scholarships, 58 graduate fellowships, and will begin to fund the development of the Alumni Center, where students and alumni will build lifelong relationships. The UM Alumni Association encourages all of us to take advantage of the many connecting threads that bring us back to The University of Montana. Your next walk across the Oval awaits you.

Marcia Holland, a Butte native, graduated from UM in 1976 with a degree in political science. She graduated from law school in Chicago and spent the last twenty-three years practicing law in Fairbanks, Alaska. Marcia and her husband, Chuck Pengilly, and their ten-year-old son, Mick, recently moved back to Missoula.

Pamela G. Willison ’81, Kalispell, was named Teacher of the Year by the Montana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Pam has taught high school for fourteen years, the past eight in Bigfork.
Colleen I. Murphy ’84, Helena, was chosen as the 2007 Social Worker of the Year by the Montana Chapter National Association of Social Workers. Colleen served as director of the MT-NASW for nine and a half years and was noted for promoting and inspiring social services throughout Montana. She writes, “I am spending the summer at home with my six-year-old son and plan to return to the workforce in the fall.”
Tammy Yaeger Lacey ’85, M.Ed. ’91, is human resources director for the Great Falls Public Schools. For the past sixteen years Tammy was an elementary school principal in Great Falls and Fairfield. She recently was honored by the Montana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals with the Executive Board Award for outstanding service. Tammy has one daughter, Darby.
John Francis M.S. ’86, Point Reyes Station, California, has been called one of the country’s first eco-celebrities. For seventeen years, during which time he received his degree at UM in environmental studies, John maintained a vow of silence—in protest of pollution. He also avoided all cars, trains, and planes, crossing the United States on foot and bicycle—his banjo a main communication tool. “Because I didn’t speak, people paid attention,” John says of his silent years (1973-90). He recently published Planetwalker: How to Change Your World One Step at a Time and now flies thousands of miles each year for speaking engagements and environmental consulting. John’s summer plans included joining Native American people on a 2,000-mile canoeing, walking, and running trek through Alaska to discuss climate change. Find out more at
Sarah Yarter Harris ’87, Mackay, Idaho, received the American Chemical Society’s 2007 Division of Chemical Education Northwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching. Sarah taught chemistry for more than twelve years in Pocatello, Idaho, before accepting a position at Mackay Junior-Senior High School in 2002. She teaches science classes for grades eight through twelve at Mackay, including earth science, physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics.
Terri L. Gruba M.B.A. ’88 (right) with sisters, Mary Ann (center) and Dorothy (left), all of Missoula, are pictured at the Leaning Tower of Pisa during their tour of Italy with the Alumni Association’s international travel program last March. “We loved our trip,” Mary Ann says, “and would go on another in a heartbeat!” Sixteen UM alumni and friends were included in the tour group, which visited Rome, the Vatican, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, and Lucca. Terri, an eighteen year employee at UM, is associate director for Financial Aid. Mary Ann and Dorothy, both retired teachers, have attended UM and are now enjoying classes offered by the Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on campus.
Erika Colness Bishop ’89, is general manager for California Oregon Broadcasting Inc. Digital HD. Erika previously served as an executive producer at the Food Network and for Lifetime Television in New York, as a producer of the Joan Rivers Show, as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University, and as an editor of Joy Magazine. Erika and her husband Shane Bishop ’86, (who also is one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, see page 6) have three children—Meredith Grace, eleven, James, seven, and Luke, four.

Laurie Lamon M.F.A. ’81, was chosen by the U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall as one of two 2007 recipients of a $10,000 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Laurie received her award and read from her works during a March ceremony at the Library of Congress. “Laurie is an exquisite writer of lyrics, writing a musical poetry that is delicate and pure,” Hall says. An associate professor of English at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, Laurie authored the poetry collection The Fork Without Hunger. She received an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship in 2005 and a Graves Award in the Humanities in 2002. Laurie was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2001 for her poem “Pain Thinks of the Beautiful Table.” Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and other magazines and reviews. “I was completely surprised by the notification of the award,” Laurie says. “It is an honor for which I am most grateful to Mr. Hall and to the Witter Bynner Foundation.”

Alumni Events ’90s
Diane Woodard ’90, technology coordinator for the Superior School District, was named Educational Technology Leader of the Year by the Northwest Council for Computer Education. Diane has been involved in teaching and technology for more than fifteen years, beginning with a dial-up modem and old Apple computers. Diane was noted for bringing technology resources and training to countless Montana teachers, students, and the public.
Garland J. Thayer ’92, Missoula, has been an investment representative with Raymond James Financial Services Inc., in Missoula since 1992. He also owns G.J. Thayer Companies LLC, a local, independent insurance firm. Garland and his wife, Molly, have three children, Seth, Erin, and Todd.
Karin Larson-Pollock ’93 gave birth to Andrew James Pollock on February 27, 2007. Karin was recently promoted to vice president of operations of Methodist Hospital in Houston, where she has worked since 2004. She writes, “I’m at the main academic medical center that has almost one thousand beds and about five thousand employees. I’m over our hospital’s intern and fellowship programs for MHA and MBA students, so if there are UM students interested in healthcare administration at a very large medical center, pass my name along as a resource. Would love to help these new careerists get started.” Karin, her husband, Darren, their two-year-old daughter, Madison, and Drew live in Bellaire, Texas.
Eathan J. Guler ’94 is building manager at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, where he served as a cadet in the mid-1980s. Eathan writes that he “is happy to return to his secondary school and give something back to the 123-year-old campus, the oldest and only private military school in Wisconsin.”
Thomas M. Nybo ’94, ’95, Atlanta, Georgia, has crisscrossed the globe to video and report on its biggest stories. Tom reported for CNN from ground zero following 9/11. He reported from Iraq during the earliest weeks of the war. His stories on AIDS orphans in Africa, Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, and the tsunami in Asia have been viewed across the country. Tom is one of the first journalists to report, shoot, and edit his own work using lightweight digital video cameras and laptop editing systems. For the past three years he’s reported mainly for UNICEF, traveling already this year to Guatemala, Azerbaijan, France, the Caribbean, Turkey, Mexico, and Colombia. Tom’s also produced Guerilla Radio: The Hip-Hop Struggle Under Castro, a documentary film now available on DVD. “I consider myself a storyteller above all else,” he said in an interview earlier this year. “I love the excitement of journalism, but sometimes it’s frustrating trying to convey someone’s personal story within a two- or three-minute window that you’re given in television.”
Jay D. Broudy ’95, M.ACCT. ’97, was elected director of the 2007-08 Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jay is a senior tax manager with KPMG LLP in Portland, Oregon.
Jason G. Dykstra J.D. ’95, is an associate with the Boise, Idaho, law firm Meuleman Mollerup LLP. Jason also is a Permanent Elite Roster member of the Boise Development Cycling Team.
Andrew Reed ’96, is director of the newly created Land and Forest Division of Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, headquartered in Manchester, Vermont.
Fallou Ngom M.A. ’97, assistant professor of French and linguistics at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, received a Fulbright Research and Teaching Award that takes him to Senegal, West Africa, for ten months beginning in October. Fallou will teach at the University Gaston Berger and study the linguistics of Wolofal, an Arabic-based writing system used to transliterate the Wolof language. His research will result in a book that could help modernize Qur’anic schools throughout West Africa. Fallou speaks eleven languages and has written three books, the latest titled Lexical Borrowings as Sociolinguistic Variables in Saint-Louis, Senegal. “Please include thanks to my Montana mother and father, Joy and
Jon “Jack” Jourdonnais
’50, in Missoula,” Fallou writes. “They gave me the love and support in my initial stay in Montana without which all of these achievements would not be possible.”
Shawna Higgins Shaules ’97 and Chris Shaules celebrated the arrival of their second son, Benjamin Tyler, on September 5, 2006. He joins big brother, Colin. The Shaules live in Seattle, where Shawna has been a registered nurse for the past seven years.
Tina Sommer ’97 recently earned her RN degree. She writes, “I’m working as an ER nurse and loving it. I’m in Santa Fe, New Mexico, so if any of my long-lost classmates are in the area, let me know!”
Mark A. O’Neill ’98, Lolo, is the new business relationship manager for the Missoula Wells Fargo Business Banking Team. Mark joined Wells Fargo Financial in 1996. He and his wife, Angie, have two daughters, Shae, fourteen, and Madi, eleven.
Josh Sticka ’98 writes, “I finished my residency in pediatrics at UCSD here in San Diego in July 2006. Since then I have been working in the Emergency Department at the Children’s Hospital San Diego. I recently returned from a volunteer trip to Roatan, Honduras, for a month to do charity pediatric care for the local residents there. I’m packing up to move to Denver, where I’ll be starting a fellowship in pediatric cardiology in July at the Denver Children’s Hospital and the University of Colorado. I still miss Montana, and I’m hoping to someday return. Until then, at least I’m moving back to the mountains!”
James M. Diefenderfer ’99, Salt Lake City, is a strategic new business manager with L-3 Communication Systems-West, which provides intelligence collection, imagery processing, and satellite communications for the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

Matthew J. Porrovecchio ’00 is the librarian and tennis coach at Bigfork High School. Matt and his wife, Lacey Buzzell Porrovecchio ’01, an agent with Western States Insurance, are pictured here with sons, Andrew, three, and Dylan, one. They also have a five-year-old son, Avery.
David “Max” Smith ’00 writes, “In 2005, I completed my Master of Science degree at the University of Oklahoma, where I investigated effects of wildfire on populations of birds, arthropods, and trees in a riparian forest. I am currently a volunteer and part-time environmental educator at the Audubon Society of Portland.”
Frances Hwang M.F.A. ’01, Berkeley, California, published Transparencies, her debut book of short stories. Two stories from the collection have appeared in Best New American Voices, and another was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2005 Frances received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She has held fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Colgate University. This fall Frances is teaching at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.
Jennifer Aguirre LaPointe ’01 received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in May. Jennifer is now in residence training in pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
Jason Miller ’01, Hillsboro, Oregon, took his talents to the road. With longtime friend Mathew Boggs, Jason traveled 12,000 miles around the United States interviewing “Marriage Masters,” couples married more than forty years who have the “magic” that keeps relationships alive. These efforts resulted in a documentary film and the 2007 publication of Project Everlasting: Two Bachelors Discover the Secrets of America’s Greatest Marriages, which led to appearances on the Today Show and CNN and to book signings across the country. Visit their Web site,, to learn about their adventures, listen to interviews, and read selections from their book. Jason, who played free safety for four years with the Griz, writes, “I’m looking forward to speaking to the young entertainment students at UM. I want to keep working with the University as much as possible.”
Krystal Spring Steinmetz ’01, Havre, is director of community planning at Bear Paw Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization to help economic conditions in Hill, Blaine, Liberty, Chouteau, and Phillips counties and the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy’s Indian reservations. Krystal and Steve Steinmetz, who were married May 20, 2006, are pictured here on their honeymoon in Maui.
Shane Christensen ’02, former Grizzly point guard, now a Harlem Globetrotter, delighted local fans when his team took on the New York Nationals in the Adams Center on March 29. Shane scored the team’s first basket—off his head—and provided many more dazzling displays throughout the game. Shane’s played with the Globetrotters in Baghdad, in Italy, and across the United States since joining them in 2006. Shane played in front of former UM coaches Jim Sampson, Don Holst, and Wayne Tinkle, as well as his parents, who’d flown into Missoula for the game, and many old friends. “It’s been a crazy ride,” Shane said in an interview. “I feel very fortunate and blessed to be in the position I’m in today with the Globetrotters. They’ve given me a great opportunity to pursue my dreams even more.”
Ryan M. Bundy
’04, is a Missoula-based Web designer, graphic artist, media designer, and musician. View Ryan’s work at, and hear his music at
Daniel Alan Carr
’05, Broomfield, Colorado, is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa. His primary assignments include assisting the natives in improving their agriculture skills and teaching physical science and organic farming. A former walk-on Grizzly football player and member of the UM rugby team, Dan also is managing the village’s soccer team. His mother reports that Dan’s team hadn’t been able to practice for several weeks as their only soccer ball broke. (His folks quickly had two in the mail.) Dan’s blog is available at
Kristen A. Springer ’06, Missoula, performed as Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It with the Cromulent Shakespeare Company in the Twin Cities in June.
Paige Emory Williams
M.A. ’05, M.F.A. ’06, Missoula, traveled to the deep south this spring to film Mississippi Queen, a documentary exploring Southern homosexuality and Christianity. “I desire to produce a documentary that is even-keeled ... that looks at both sides of the coin,” Paige states. “Ultimately, Mississippi Queen is about dealing with and loving those in our lives whom we don’t see eye to eye with.”

In Memoriam
To be included in In Memoriam, the UM 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, faculty, and friends.

Robert C. Graham ’25, Absarokee
Evelyn Clinton ’28, Bloomington, IN
Howard W. Turner ’33, Reno, NV
Jack C. White ’33, Bigfork
Virginia Molloy Johnson ’34, Butte
Mattie Ellis Miller ’34, Denver
Winogene Wood Earl ’37, Tucson, AZ
Clarence “Bud” Eldridge ’37, Seattle
Jerome ”Jerry” Kohn, J.D. ’38, Billings
Warren O. Lemp ’38, Rolla, MO
Elizabeth Downing Lockridge ’38, Lubbock, TX
Bernard J. Jacoby ’39, Bellevue, WA
Woodrow “Woody” Leininger ’39, Lewistown
Jean Pattison Baker ’40, Glasgow
Tom Beverly McKelvey Delmeire ’40, Forsyth
Harold A. Hanson ’40, Beaverton, OR
Bjarne Johnson ’40, J.D. ’42, Great Falls
Phyllis Bloomdahl Walker ’40, Cascade
Samuel Benjamin Melnick ’41, Billings
Thurman H. Trosper ’41, Ronan
Loren S. Foot ’42, Kalispell
Roy F. Homme, M.Ed. ’42, Billings
Fred C. Root, J.D. ’42, Missoula
Michael S. Besich ’43, Laguana Hills, CA
A. B. “Tony” Evanko ’43, Missoula
Mary Rita Corbett Molloy ’43, Great Falls
Ray Thrailkill ’43, Hamilton
Fred J. Weber ’43, J.D. ’47, Helena
Elisabeth Raess Zenier ’45, Seattle
Fred A. Henningsen ’46, M.A. ’48, Missoula
Royal T. Brown ’47, M.Ed. ’48, Ed.D. ’74, Raleigh, NC
William L. Hinrichs ’47, Tacoma, WA
George Edward Philips ’47, Albuquerque, NM
John M. “Jack” Dietrich ’48, J.D. ’49, Billings
Richard Franklin Kerr ’48, Palm City, FL
Norman A. Larson ’48, Mesa, AZ
Kenneth Charles Thomas ’48, M.A. ’49, Renton, WA
Paul R. Thornfeldt ’49, Ontario, OR
Lyle Rathman Achenbach ’50, Billings
Patricia Rae Ryerson French ’50, Medicine Lake
Mont H. Gutke ’51, Arvada, CO
William W. “Bill” Kennedy ’51, M.Ed. ’59, Browning
Duane J. Magee ’51, Hospers, IA
Robert W. Miller ’51, Yuma, AZ
Byron “Pete” Dunbar, J.D. ’52, Billings
Bernard I. Sutliff ’52, Walla Walla, WA
Orville Edward Vinge ’52, Arvada, CO
Robert W. “Bob” Gabriel ’53, J.D. ’55, Great Falls
David T. Kauffman ’53, Bandon, OR
Mary Joyce Quinn Keast ’53, Missoula
Robert F. Klant ’53, Decatur, GA
Leta Dickinson Erickson ’54, Missoula
Maxine C. Johnson, M.A. ’54, Lake Oswego, OR
John Franklin Munson, M.Ed. ’54, Hamilton
Floyd E. Paul ’54, Placerville, CA
Miles H. O’Connor ’55, Walnut Creek, CA
Georgia George Hightower ’56, Missoula
Robert L. Woodahl ’56, J.D. ’59, Choteau
Monte Franklin Brammer ’57, New Castle, IN
John J. Francis ’57, El Cajon, CA
Albert Franklin Gilman III, M.A. ’58, Cullowhee, NC
William L. “Bill” Higgins ’58, Nashville, TN
Jim Byron Orr ’58, Dillon
Eugene Ward ’59, Cameron Park, CA
William G. Bowd ’61, Bigfork
Sue Gregg Lanier ’62, Dayton
Thomas I. Sabo, J.D. ’62, Bozeman
Ray Otis Youdan, M.Ed. ’64, Miles City
Daniel O. Larson ’65, Libby
Anita Kay Walters Olson ’65, Billings
Raymond G. Dilley, M.A. ’66, Lincoln, NE
Roger W. Perschke ’66, Gilbert, AZ
Joseph Lionel Gregoire, M.S. ’68, Westbrook, ME
Lynn E. Taplin ’68, Havre
Barbara Sheffels Croghan Briant, M.A. ’69, Great Falls
Marian P. O’Brien ’69, Prunedale, CA
Helen Koechel Nelson ’72, Saco
Wallace Dean Miller ’73, Butte
John L. “Jack” Willson Jr. ’73, Ekalaka
Candace K. Brown ’74, Washington, DC
William A. Nordquist ’77, Missoula
Steven McKay Botten ’78, Oxnard, CA
Eugene “Tad” Kolwicz ’78, Missoula
Stacie Ann DeWolf ’82, Missoula
Steven M. Hudspeth ’82, J.D. ’86, Great Falls
Raymond G. Branine, M.B.A. ’85, Mesa, AZ
Michael SmuinHon, Ph.D. ’85, San Francisco
Annette Trinity-Stevens ’86, Bozeman
David W. Boyd ’88, Dixon
Lewis A. “Lew” Curry, M.S. ’91, Missoula
Jessica Lynn Syring ’91, Helena
Natasha L. Wood ’93, Eugene, OR
David Ray Fawcett ’94, Whitefish
Christopher Shane Swanz ’94, Billings
Kenneth Lawrence Doney Jr. ’97, Hays
Brenda Zabel Stively ’98, Redmond, WA
John David Kemple ’03, Kila
Justin Chad Moore ’03, Florence
Scott Edward Preston ’04, ’05, Hailey, ID
David Mach Landeck ’07, Missoula
Travis William Atkins ’08, Bozeman
Rudy Autio, Missoula
Jeraldine Portra Bakken, Homestead
James McDowell Berthrong, Logan, UT
Lawrence Stuart Bradshaw, Mapleton, UT
Richard Alan Campbell, Stevensville
Frank Richard Dotz, Missoula

Leonard Edward Foley, Laurel
Richard Fossum, Helena
Fred Mathias Fry, Kalispell
Annette Greenberger, Lancaster, CA
Patricia Burke Gudmundson, Helena
Harry C. Harlan, Helena
Suzy LaTrielle Hignight, Dixon
David Iver Klies, Butte
Katie Atwood Lovell, Havre
Carling I. Malouf, Missoula
Donald E. Oertli, Hamilton
Virginia Gifford Olson, Polson
Robert A. Poore, Butte
Lee Franklin Rhea, Askov, MN
Helen Tucker “Tuck” Rigg, Missoula
John Toomey, Layton, UT
Daniel Vachon, Merrimack, NH
Barbara Brinck Waller, Gillette, WY
Jane Fouty Whiting, Big Arm

Kyle Daniel Wilkinson to Bryce C. Wilkinson ’98 and Lora Lee Wilkinson, November 22, 2006, Spokane, Washington

Lisette Francis Durkin to Lisette F. Carter ’90 and Tim Durkin, March 30, 2007, Spokane, Washington
The following alumni and friends have made a commitment to the future of the UM Alumni Association by becoming life members. You can join them by calling 877-862-5867 or by visiting our Web site: Now is the perfect time to consider a life membership, as membership fees will increase January 1, 2008. The UM Alumni Association thanks all our dues-paying members for their support.
Thomas R. Acevedo ’75, Polson
Walker J. Ashcraft ’59, Hamilton
Jesse M. Bale ’07, Billings
Diane M. Barlow ’79, J.D. ’82, Dallas
Robert T. Baxter ’62, J.D. ’65, Thompson Falls
Clarice Lam Beck ’62, Helena
James R. Beck ’60, J.D. ’63, Helena
James D. Bobbitt ’75, Missoula
Ryan J. Burfeind ’06, Seattle
J. Martin Burke, J.D. ’74, Missoula
Scott Chaffee ’07, Federal Way, WA
William R. Connell ’07, Missoula
Ken Crippen ’87, J.D. ’91, Missoula
Marianne Nelson Crippen ’88, ’89, Missoula
Nicholas Chad Dalessi ’06, American Canyon, CA
Carey Evans Davis ’92, Minturn, CO
Katharine Crockett Davis ’56, Alpine, TX
Maxon R. Davis, J.D. ’76, Great Falls
Samuel E. Davis ’54, Ed.D. ’68, Alpine, TX
Stephanie Davis ’80, Columbus
Robert Douglas DoBell, M.Ed. ’06, Bonner
Barbara M. Doggett ’90, Helena
Maribeth Dwyer ’42, Missoula
Daniel E. Goehring ’65, Bigfork
Mary C. Warner Goehring ’65, Bigfork
Stanley J. Goodbar ’56, Cheyenne, WY
D. Thomas Graff ’65, M.A. ’74, Missoula
Hal S. Gronfein ’81, M.A. ’83, McKinney, TX
Tracey Mitchell Halland ’90, Shepherd
Dennis S. Harlowe ’63, J.D. ’66, Gig Harbor, WA
Ruth I. Hauge ’33, Missoula
Andrea Kara Helling ’07, Victor
Cory A. Henderson ’92, Reno, NV
Leslie G. Henderson ’00, Reno, NV
Randolph L. Hosler ’73, Danville, KY
Linda Gladstone Howard ’04, Helena
Rick Hullett ’00, Bigfork
Susie M. Hullett ’00, Bigfork
Kathryn Zarnick Jackson ’82, Billings
Timothy P. Jackson ’79, M.B.A. ’81, Billings
Daniel A. Jacques ’72, Helena
Patti Robertson Jacques ’91, Helena
Stacy C. James, M.B.A. ’00, Billings
Rebecca J. Jasmine ’85, Beverly Hills, CA
Holly Fallan Johnson ’80, Seattle
Christopher D. Jones ’00, Las Vegas, NV
Deborah Kelley ’07, Dillon
Bruce Koerner ’07, Missoula
Yee-Fong Leong ’95, Missoula
Corrin Printz Lipinski ’99, Chicago
Beda J. Lovitt ’68, J.D. ’79, Helena
Douglas G. Mason ’91, Corvallis
Joan McKiel ’87, Long Grove, IL
Sara McLeod ’07, Billings
Patrick E. Melby ’69, J.D. ’73, Helena
Susan L. Munsinger ’90, Kalispell
Justin D. Nicholls ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, Salt Lake City
John W. Northey ’67, J.D. ’70, Helena
Kara K. Olson ’05, Pharm.D. ’05, Seattle
Jason S. Orpe ’97, Sammamish, WA
Brian Padgett ’02, Lisle, IL
Garrett Phillips ’07, Chicago
Tim D. Prater ’71, Prescott, AZ
CarolAnn Russell Schlemper, M.A. ’79, Bemidji, MN
Jeremy B. Sauter ’85, Beverly Hills, CA
Dennis W. Siegle ’99, Missoula
Shana Goss Smith ’84, Port Gamble, WA
Amy Knapton Swanson ’96, Spokane, WA
Jody M. Sykes ’98, Louisville, KY
Blaine G. Taylor ’82, M.Ed. ’84, Virginia Beach, VA
Suzanne L. Thompson ’01, M.Ed. ’06, Salt Lake City
John T. Wagner ’72, Spokane, WA
Nancy Wagner Coleman ’72, Spokane, WA
Barbara Warrington ’00, Saint Ignatius
Gordon Warrington ’00, Saint Ignatius
Jeanne Windham ’93, Polson
Gary M. Winship ’70, Bigfork
Justin William Woodman ’07, Denver

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