Alumni Authors

The late Ethel Means Dickson ’23 and her Alaska bush pilot husband, Roy Dickson, documented his adventures in a book titled “Roy Dickson: 1930s Alaska Bush Pilot.” The book is an amazing first-person account of how one man’s efforts helped bring aviation to Alaska, as recorded by his wife and edited by his children, Dorothy and Roy Jr. Roy also recorded movies of many of his remote destinations in Alaska, and his children have donated these historic films to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Ethel died in 1981 and it was only recently that Dorothy and Roy Jr. finished the book. Read more about the adventures of the life of a bush pilot and view video clips at www.alaskabushpilot.org. The book is for sale through the website or at amazon.com.

Junius Rochester ’57 is the author of “Traditions of Caring: A History of Norse Home.” Norse Home is an assisted living and retirement community located on Phinney Ridge in Seattle.

Diana Ketcham ’66 is the author of “In Thomas Jefferson’s Paris Walks.” The Arion Press website describes her book as follows: “In her book, Diana traces the actual routes of Jefferson, a great walker, through the city where he spent his happiest years (1784-1789). Renowned landscape photographer Michael Kenna was commissioned to follow in Jefferson’s footsteps, capturing more than 40 Paris locations frequented by the American diplomat. Neighborhood maps allow the reader to join Jefferson on his walks. Diana Ketcham, Ph.D., has written on architecture for The New York Times, The Nation and The New Republic. A recipient of the Berlin Prize and the Manufacturers Hanover Award in Architecture Criticism, she is the author of “The deYoung in the 21st Century: A Museum by Herzog and de Meuron.” Her earlier book with Michael Kenna, “Le Désert de Retz: A Late Eighteenth-Century French Folly Garden” (1990), won the American Institute of Architects Book Award in the edition published by The MIT Press. She has been editor at Arion Press since 1993.”

David Troxel ’78 and co-author Virginia Bell have released “A Dignified Life: The Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Care.” According to their website, the newly revised and expanded book “offers hope and help for the millions of family care partners who are affected by a loved one’s diagnosis.The first edition of “A Dignified Life” changed the way the caregiving community approached Alzheimer’s disease by showing care partners how to act as a Best Friend to the person, finding positive ways to interact even as mental abilities declined. Embraced by professional and family care partners throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America, the Best Friends™ Approach succeeds because it sustains people’s connection to their world, their loved ones and themselves.”

Lisa Ellis ’93 is author of “Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars, and Sponsors: What You Need to Know” (Aspatore Books, 2012). “Collaboratively written with leading immigration professionals, the book contains tips, stories and peer-to-peer advice, providing you with helpful information from reliable resources on different issues throughout your process. This book is a must-have guide for any international student, scholar or those considering sponsoring international students.” Lisa practices exclusively in the field of immigration law at Ellis Li & McKinstry PLLC in Seattle, Wash., where she focuses on business and family-based immigration, naturalization, I-9 compliance, students/schools and global migration matters. Lisa reported that Kris Barry, Whitman’s International Student Adviser, contributed content to the book and was a great source of information.

Meda Chesney-Lind ’69 and Mari Pierce ’00 contributed chapters to “Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses,” edited by Brenda Russell (Springer Publishing, 2013). Meda, Abby L. Vandenberg and Pauline K. Brennan wrote Chapter 4: What’s the story? The impact of race/ethnicity on crime story tone for female offenders, and Mari authored Chapter 11: Examining the impact of familial paternalism on the sentencing decision: Gender leniency or legitimate judicial consideration? Mari is an instructor in criminal justice at Penn State Beaver and Meda is Chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.