Whitman College offers its condolences to the family and friends of our departed Whitties. Obituary information can be submitted to:

Email: alumni@whitman.edu
Mail: Whitman College, Office of Alumni Relations, 345 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362
Online: whitman.edu/classnotes

*Abbreviated obituaries are run in the magazine.


Helen Rasmussen Fogelquist ’37, April 25, 2018, in Culver City, California. She married Donald Fogelquist and together they raised three sons. In 1957, Fogelquist earned a master’s degree in English at UCLA and went on to teach at Los Angeles City College. She retired as professor emeritus in 1983.


Patty Ann Schwab Forsyth ’42, Aug. 3, 2018, in Olympia, Washington. She met Allen Forsyth, an Air Force pilot, in the summer of her junior year and they were married in 1942. After the war, they lived in Air Force postings around the country, as well as Japan and France. After her husband’s retirement, the couple settled in Steilacoom, Washington, where they lived together until his death in 2002. Forsyth stayed active, volunteering for service groups and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, until moving to Dupont, Washington, in 2013. Survivors include her two sons.

David Ellison ’43, May 27, 2018, in Bellevue, Washington. Ellison attended school in Olympia to become a court reporter. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Diane Morris in 1946 and earned his law degree from the University of Montana in 1948. Ellison had a long career in trust services, including opening his own trust company. Survivors include four children and 10 grandchildren.

Virginia Mess Young ’44, May 3, 2018, in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Arizona. After working as an advertising copywriter in San Francisco, she joined the State Department as a cryptographer and served around the world. She was married for 66 years to Ralph Franklin Young. They retired to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Young supported many organizations, including the Chapel Hill Library, where she served as chair of the Board of Directors. She was preceded in death by her husband. Young is survived by a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

Tirza Smith Williams ’45, June 22, 2018, in Yakima, Washington. She worked in a refinery in the San Francisco area as part of the war effort. She married Dale Williams in 1946. They returned to the Yakima Valley in 1947, where they grew apples and pears until their retirement in 1999. The couple enjoyed winters by the ocean near San Diego until her husband passed away in 2005. For more than 20 years, Williams developed plantings and did landscape design for the Yakima Country Club golf course. Survivors include two children.

Florence Peterson Meyer ’46, July 8, 2018, in Bremerton, Washington. She earned her teaching certificate at Western Washington College of Education and taught kindergarten in elementary schools in Auburn, Bainbridge Island and the Seattle Public Schools. She married William Meyer in 1947 and they had two children. They were married for 56 years, until her husband’s death in 2003. Meyer was preceded in death by her son. Survivors include her daughter and six grandchildren.

Oscar Drumheller Seawell ’47, Sept. 2, 2018, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He served in the U.S. Army, then earned a Master of Science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked in nuclear engineering for over a decade, then became a professor. He met and married Bonnie Scott while teaching at the University of Idaho. In 1971, he helped develop new engineering programs at the University of Regina. After his retirement in 1989, he wrote a book, “Pulse of International War,” published by Benchmark Press. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Drumheller Johnson ’17; his father, John Seawell ’19; and his brother, John Seawell Jr. ’43. Survivors include his wife and three children.


Charles Daiger ’50, Feb. 23, 2018, in Lynnwood, Washington. Daiger had a long career in insurance and real estate. Survivors include his wife and five children.

Norman Grant ’50, Aug. 10, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. Grant served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946. He was a graphic artist for many years at the Hollywood News. Grant was introduced to JoAnne Lockart by her brother, Royce Lockart ’50. They married and raised six children in Portland. JoAnne died in 1994. In his retirement, Grant initiated the Poetry Fun class at Senior Studies Institute, where he met Jan Vaillancourt. They later married. He was preceded in death by a son and his brothers, Mortimer ’46 and Robertson ’48. Survivors include his wife and five daughters.

Harold Wilson ’51, June 14, 2018, in Shelton, Washington. Wilson taught for 26 years, during which time he also coached football and basketball at Shelton junior and senior high schools. He had a second career as a real estate developer. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Merle, and four children.

David Kohls ’52, Sept. 6, 2017, in Walla Walla. Kohls served in the U.S. Navy. He married Phyllis Angell in 1964 and had a long career in banking at Seafirst Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is survived by his wife.

Buerk Williams ’52, Aug. 2, 2018, in Shavano Park, Texas. Williams earned his medical degree from the University of Washington and had a long and successful career as a radiologist. He was passionate about teaching and founded the Malone-Hogan Hospital School of X-Ray Technology in Big Spring, Texas. After his retirement, he donated his time and resources to support the Radiologic Technology Program at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas, Texas.

Jean Chun Lee ’54, May 30, 2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She married Howard Lee and they had four children. Survivors include her husband and children, including Carolyn ’80.

Jean Tompkins Fredeking ’55, Nov. 8, 2016, in Sonora, California. Survivors include her husband, William.

Barbara House Lienhard ’55, Aug. 3, 2018, in Reno, Nevada. Married to Fredric Lienhard ’55 on the same day they graduated from Whitman, she taught second grade in Spokane before the couple moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for military service. They moved to Reno in 1959 and raised two children. Lienhard worked as a teaching assistant in the Washoe County School District for 30 years, retiring in 1989. She sang with the Sierra Nevada MasterWorks Chorale for nearly 35 years. Survivors include her husband, children and sister, Marilyn House Pewitt ’56.

Laura Strance Poston ’55, June 14, 2018, in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Washington and earned her master’s degree in education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She married Thurman Poston in 1957 and they raised two children. Poston taught elementary and middle school for 20 years in the Hudson Valley of New York, then spent several years in the Pacific Northwest as head of school at the Little School of Bellevue, Washington, then as director of the Pacific Arts Center in Seattle. Preceded in death by her husband, she is survived by her children.

John Burns ’56, Oct. 2, 2017, in Statesville, North Carolina. Burns was an engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Survivors include his wife and a daughter.

Mark Fullerton ’56, Oct. 18, 2017, in Kilmarnock, Virginia. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army and received the Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. Fullerton and his wife, Connie, moved to Kilmarnock after they both retired from the CIA. Survivors include his wife, four children and two stepchildren.

Melba Ross Meakin ’56, Jan. 11, 2017, in San Francisco, California. Meakin was known for founding the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program for Horses in California Inc., an organization dedicated to uniting the city of San Francisco through horses and horse-related events. Survivors include her husband and five children.

Allen Baim ’58, July 24, 2018, in Walla Walla. Baim served in Japan with the 441st Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment. In 1951, he joined the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and attended Whitman College. He married Thelma Hill in 1952 and they raised two children. He retired in 1984 as chief of the Real Estate Division. He was active in the Walla Walla Elks Club and Pioneer United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include his daughter, Keri, and son, Michael ’79.

Janet Haltom-Ames ’58, June 21, 2018, in Gig Harbor, Washington. After Whitman, she taught first grade at Sacajawea Elementary School. She married Robert Ames in 1962. They had three children. She volunteered for multiple organizations in Seattle. After her husband died in 1990, she started her business, “R is for Reading,” teaching numerous children how to read. She was instrumental in dedicating Cordiner Glen as a place for alumni to gather on campus to remember fallen friends. Survivors include a son, Kenneth Ames ’88; a daughter; and extended family, including John Bunnell ’83, Sarah McMillan Bunnell ’53 and Mary McMillan Brandt ’55. She was preceded in death by a son.

Clyde Marshall ’58, July 30, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1962 with a master’s degree in library science. Marshall worked as a reference librarian at the Multnomah County Library in Portland, then as a school librarian at Morrison Academy in Taiwan. Marshall returned to the Multnomah County Public Library until he retired in 2002. He married his wife, Judy, in 1984 in Victoria, British Columbia. In his retirement, he volunteered as a cataloguer at the Institute for International Christian Communication in Portland. He is survived by his wife and his sister, Orla Rose Marshall Steenhagen ’68.

Ann Packard Dueltgen ’59, May 22, 2018. She earned her nursing degree from the School of Nursing at the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). Her career in psychiatric nursing led to her compassionate work as a case manager and support group facilitator with teen parent programs in the Portland area. She was an OSU Extension Master Gardener. Dueltgen was preceded in death by her sisters, Judy Packard Bronkey ’58 and Penny Packard Taylor ’61. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert Dueltgen, and three children.


James Hutchinson ’61, July 29, 2018, in Melrose Park, Illinois. He earned a graduate degree from the School of Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. He married Jo Ann Kay Thomas in 1962, weeks before he was to attend the University of Alberta School of Medicine, Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. Hutchinson established a private practice and had a distinguished career as an attending otolaryngologist at several Chicago-area hospitals, and as an associate professor of otolaryngology at Rush Medical College in Chicago’s Rush University. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. Survivors include his wife and three children.

James Carter ’63, June 6, 2018, in Arvada, Colorado. He married Dorothy Conner ’64 in 1964 and they raised two children. Carter earned his master’s degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and his MBA from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He retired as a professor of economics from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, in 1995. Carter was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include a daughter and a son, Richard Carter ’92.

Jan Sulkosky Parmelee ’63, June 2, 2018, in Puyallup, Washington. After Whitman, she graduated from the University of Washington as an English major and married Charles Parmelee in 1967. She worked as an assisted living administrator for most of her career. Parmelee was an active member of the Gig Harbor Rotary and volunteered for an elementary school literacy program until she retired. She was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include two children.

Stanley Rall Jr. ’65, May 27, 2018, in Redmond, Washington. Rall earned his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970. He worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, then the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco. Rall was a generous supporter of scholarship and student aid at Whitman College, including the establishment of a scholarship endowment named for his mother, Rachel Kester Rall ’34. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Diana; two stepchildren; and extended family, including cousin Earl Henderson ’70.

Leslie Bell ’66, June 2, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Bell spent a year teaching junior high school, then nearly 20 years in a variety of positions at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. She also worked as a political volunteer and professional fundraiser. Bell served on the Reunion Fund Committee for her 50th reunion. She was preceded in death by her father, Max Bell ’41, and mother. Survivors include her sister, Linda Bell Daniels ’67.

Elena Brineman ’67, June 13, 2018, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Oregon State University at Corvallis. She served as a member of the research staff for the Nutrition Institute for Central America and Panama in Guatemala. Brineman worked around the world for multiple agencies. She was recognized for her service in 1998 to the people of Honduras in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. In 2000, she became USAID mission director in the Dominican Republic. She was appointed to the faculty of the Army War College in 2006 and became director of the Office of Military Affairs in Washington, D.C., retiring in 2011. Survivors include her sister and extended family.

Sue Danielson Northup ’68, Aug. 27, 2018, in Helena, Montana. She married Brent Northup ’68 in 1967. Northup was a violin teacher and welcomed countless students into her home over the years. She was a steadfast volunteer for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband; a daughter; and extended family, including cousin, Jan Eyestone ’54.

William “Scotty” Sells ’69, June 18, 2018, in Longview, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his law degree from Hastings Law School in San Francisco. Sells served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps. He returned to active duty in 2003 and retired from the Pentagon in 2005 as a colonel. He subsequently served as a defense contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Survivors include his wife, Penelope, two sons and three daughters.

Larry Thomas ’69, May 2, 2018, in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy in Puerto Rico and the Canal Zone (Panama), and later in the Naval Reserve. He earned his master’s degree in education administration from Seattle University. He worked with job development assistance and social services agencies, then in sales with Ford Motor Company and Honda, and finally with the Internal Revenue Service as a customer service agent. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Hilda Wilson-Thomas, and their children.


David Blackledge ’71, July 18, 2018, in Creve Coeur, Missouri. He was a U.S. Navy surgical nurse, serving for nine years during the Vietnam War. Blackledge worked in surgery at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California. He earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to a career in the pharmaceutical field. Survivors include a son and two brothers.

Janice Hein Palmer ’72, June 2, 2018, in Walla Walla. Palmer married James Townsend in 1955, and the couple had four children before divorcing. In the early ’70s, she enrolled at Walla Walla Community College and later graduated from Whitman with a degree in psychology. Palmer became the first female counselor at the Washington State Penitentiary, where she met her second husband, Robert Palmer. The couple moved to western Washington, where Palmer worked for the Department of Corrections. Later in life, they moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where she worked for the state placing foster children with adoptive families. After retiring, the Palmers returned to Walla Walla to be near family. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son. Survivors include three children.

Paula Downing King ’73, Dec. 17, 2017, in Walla Walla. She married Thomas King Jr. in 1987. She earned her law degree at the University of Oregon in Eugene. After working in Oregon as a civil lawyer, she moved to Arizona in 1995 and worked as a public defender for the White Mountain Apache Tribe and juvenile prosecutor for Navajo County in Holbrook, Arizona. King was also a successful science fiction author. She sold her first two novels late in 1989 to two separate publishers, and settled with Del Rey for three more novels. She published the “Cloudships of Orion” trilogy with Roc Books under the name P.K. McAllister. A few years later, under the pen name Diana Marcellas, King sold her fantasy trilogy, “Witch of Two Suns” to Tor Books. In 2015, she inherited her father’s house in Walla Walla and returned to full-time writing.

Sam Collins ’79, July 12, 2018, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Collins met his wife, Karen Rockey ’78, at Whitman. They were married nearly 37 years and raised three children. He earned his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from Columbia University, then worked for several major financial services firms creating computer models of the firms’ bond market risk. Collins was an avid sportsman: he participated in the road bicycle organization Randonneurs USA and learned to snowboard at age 49. He moved to Jackson Hole at age 52, earned his formal driver’s license at age 60 and enjoyed motorcycle touring in Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado. Survivors include his wife and children.


Dawna “Joy Grace” Maeda Bainbridge ’80, June 10, 2017, in Encinitas, California. She was a registered nurse, working as a critical care nurse and home care nurse. Bainbridge later became an acupuncture practitioner. She is survived by her husband, Stina.

Charles Holt ’85, Aug. 4, 2018, in Maona Valley, Hawaii. Holt earned a doctoral degree in optometry from the University of California, Berkeley. He owned Honolulu Eye Care and co-owned Buena Vista Eyecare in San Jose, California. His family lived in Fremont, California, for the last 18 years. Survivors include his wife and three children.

Susan Macias ’88, July 22, 2018, in Seattle. She worked as a paralegal for law firms in Tacoma and Seattle and developed an interest in maritime law. She traveled extensively, including visits to Europe, North Africa, Peru and Mexico. Survivors include her parents and her sister.


Stephen Abel ’92, May 20, 2018, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He earned a master’s degree in physics, optics and optoelectronics at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He worked in engineering positions across several fields, including electron microscope platforms and nanotechnology. He married Jade Larabee ’90 in 1993; they later divorced. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodora and William Abel ’52. Survivors include his wife of seven years, Christine Greenlee.

Remembering Whitman Leaders

Professor Emeritus of Sociology David R. (Ray) Norsworthy died Sept. 11, 2018, in Walla Walla. Norsworthy came to Whitman in the fall of 1968 as an associate professor of sociology and taught at the college for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He taught a diverse range of courses: urban sociology, race and ethnicity, population, history of sociological theory, new religious movements and utopian communities.

Norsworthy was also active in faculty governance and the life of the college, serving multiple terms as chair of the Sociology Department. In addition, he also served as chair of the Domestic Off-Campus Programs Committee, chair of the Faculty Policy Committee, secretary of the Whitman faculty and numerous other committee memberships.

His wife, Claire, was also a fixture within the Whitman community, working in a number of different occupational positions in several different areas of the college. Her most recent position was administrative assistant in the college’s Music Building. She died in 2012.

Professor Emeritus of History Donald Paul King died in Bloomington, Indiana, on June 30, 2017. Born in Chicago and raised in Gary, Indiana, King earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from Indiana University. He earned his licentiate from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

King joined Whitman’s History Department in 1966. He taught western civilization, medieval history, renaissance and reformation, and developed a seminar on the holocaust. King served as chair of the History Department and chair of Division 1. He also served on numerous committees, including the College Athletic Committee, Visiting Educators Committee and the Sheehan Gallery Committee.

In 1997, King retired after 31 years. He is survived by his daughter Cynthia King ’86 and granddaughter Eleanor.

Fine arts faculty member Edward E. Humpherys, 81, died July 25, 2018, in Walla Walla. Humpherys was born in Portola, California, and graduated from Portola High School and Chico State University. He received his master’s degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University. After retiring from Whitman College in 2004, he sculpted in bronze in his backyard studio up until a week before he died.

Music faculty member William Henry Duckham II, 89, died July 30, 2018. Duckham trained as a classical orchestral player at the New England Conservatory, played principal clarinet for the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra and toured with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. He attended Tanglewood as a fellow and later taught as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, Oberlin Conservatory and Whitman College.

Communications staff member Ruby Sharp passed away Sept. 9, 2018, in Walla Walla. After attending business school, Sharp worked for several employers in Walla Walla, then joined Whitman College where she supported campus print services for 20 years. Sharp is survived by her five children, including Jeff Streck ’88 and daughter-in-law Sarah Wood Streck ’88.

Roberta “Robbie” Thelma Skiles passed away Sept. 22, 2018, in Waitsburg, Washington. From 1976 to 1996, she was the executive secretary in the Dean of Faculty’s office. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Norm, their two sons and three grandchildren.