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Danrick Alexander, '71, McMurray, Pennsylvania, received a distinguished service award from the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) for his achievements in the coal mining industry. Alexander has worked for Conoco Mining Research since 1971. A former member of the SME board of directors, he has chaired the Pittsburgh Section, Coal Division, and Great Lakes and Northeastern Region.

Daurel Colony Coolidge, '71, is head librarian for St. Mary's School in Medford, Oregon. Her email address is

Jim Dow, '71, teaches chemistry at Bainbridge High School. He and a fellow volunteer fireman created a map of Bainbridge Island's roads which has been included in a local directory.

Paula England, '71, moved to Philadelphia where she is now a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her new address is 201 S. 25th Street #208, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Linda "Jay" Jackson, '71, Anchorage, spent three weeks in Nepal with one of her former students who is now an eye surgeon. "He took me with him as his documentary photographer on a humanitarian mission. We worked in two eye clinics in Katmandu and in three other eye hospitals in Pokhara, Lumbini, and Janakpur." In January, Jackson began a new job as special assistant to the mayor for community relations in Anchorage.

Victoria Lynn Belo Whitman, '71, is pursuing an M.A. in consciousness studies at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California after 24 years in high tech manufacturing.

Steven Rose, '72, has been promoted to the rank of professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Joel Brozovsky, '74, is an instructor in the Summer Esperanto Workshop at San Francisco State University. Brozovsky has taught Esperanto courses in Finland and Denmark and has given lectures on ecology, intercultural communication, and travel, among other topics.

Henry Hart, '74, Seattle, works at Boeing as a buyer, procurement manager, and program manager. In 1998, Hart was one of 14 people in the world honored by the Aviation Industries of China when he received the Aviation Friendship Award. He was recognized for his work with Xian Aircraft Company on the 737 Next Generation Vertical Fin Program. (See Births.)

Marc Wells, '74, works as a principal engineer specializing in software and systems architecture at Credence Systems Corporation in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife, Patty, have a son, Sean, 10, and twin daughters, Zoe and Lillie, 7.

Valerie Craigwell White, '74, who is completing her doctorate in cultural perspectives from the University of Washington, has been named assistant dean of Lewis & Clark's Graduate School of Professional Studies. Former vice president and manager of US Bancorp's employee services division, she has been an adjunct faculty member at Lewis & Clark since 1994. White has served on the boards of Portland's Tri-Met, the Urban League of Portland Environmental Council, and the Oregon Governor's School of Citizen Leadership.

Louise Clough Abbott, '75, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Public Health at Texas A&M University, was chosen by People to People Ambassador Programs to lead a delegation to Nepal in October. The delegation will exchange ideas with Nepali officials on improving agricultural production while conserving wildlife and the ecological balance. Abbott may be reached at Texas A&M, College Station, TX 77843-4458 or by email at

Nola Nahulu, '75, is director of Hawaii Opera Chorus. Nahulu attended graduate school at the universities of Washington and Hawaii and has taught music since 1979 at Our Redeemer Lutheran School, Kamehameha, and the University Lab School. She previously directed the Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus.

Ken Sandbeck, '75, is a scientific adviser for Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. He and his children live in Lenexa, Kansas.

Peggy Harris Willcuts, '75, won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. In addition to an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., Willcuts received a cash award for her choice of math and science education projects. She is responsible for science teacher training and curriculum for Walla Walla elementary schools.

Mindy Brown, '76, Ashland, Oregon, is going to spend a year or two in semi-retirement after 10 years as the chief legal counsel for Jackson County, Oregon.

Ed Wyruchowski IV, '76, Kirkland, Washington, is materials manager for the biotech firm ICOS.

Peter and Jennifer Thompson Prekeges, '78 and '79, and their daughter, Krysta, 8, live in Shoreline, Washington. Peter is a computer network administrator for the law firm of Hillis, Clark, Martin & Peterson. Jennifer is a nuclear medicine technologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center and is program director of the NMT program at Bellevue Community College. She is a director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

Guy and Lisa Corrigan Bell, '79 and '81, reside in Juneau, Alaska, where Guy is director of the Alaska state retirement system. Lisa is the chief operating officer of Alaska Federal Savings Bank.

Rita Gibson, '79, has been assisting her business and professional clients with their insurance, investments, and employee benefits for the past 18 years. She is president of the Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters and a member of the state board. Her email address is

Victoria Gravenslund, '79, an art teacher at Kennewick's Kamiakin High School was honored with the Tri-City Crystal Apple Award, in recognition of excellence in teaching. Gravenslund has taught at Kamiakin for seven years and as an adjunct at Columbia Basin College for 10 years.

Steve and Charlotte Bibb Hammond, '79, moved from Nevada to Virginia where Steve works for the U. S. Geological Survey. They visited Dave and Janet Allen Hartsfield, '79, in Kirksville, Missouri, on the way. The Hammonds' address is 47787 Fathom Place, Potomac Falls, VA 20165.

David Miles, '79, moved to Portland for a job as supervisor of the Hollywood branch of the Multnomah County Library. Miles worked for more than eight years for the Salt Lake City Public Library. He and Evan McFadden, '79, have participated in the Hood-to-Coast race. He rents from Craig Johnson, '71, at 5304 S.E. 40th Avenue, Portland OR 97202. Contact him by email at

Marlene Schaffner, '79, who has taught in Mexico for the past five years, is working at the John F. Kennedy American School in Queretaro. Before that she was in Mazatlan, where she "took up the sport of boogie boarding." (See Marriages.)

Chuck Taylor, '79, covers aviation safety and space as a reporter for The Seattle Times. He also writes a weekly aerospace column.

Joseph Urlacher, '79, teaches the Baha'i faith on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation. He was recently named to the Star of the West Baha'i School Board in Spokane. His email address is

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