Throughout the year, the Alumni Association gives Medallion Awards to alumni in recognition of outstanding service to SPU, the community and their profession. The following people received Medallion Awards at the Class of 1952 reunion on June 7:
JAMES LEIERER '52 has been known affectionately as "coach" by generations of teenagers. At SPC, this promising football star from Tulane University ended up with three majors: zoology, physical education and teacher certification. All were excellent preparation for a life's career in the classroom and on the sports field. For 49 years, he modeled the Christlike life for students as a coach and teacher at South Whidbey High School in Washington. Football, basketball, baseball, track, soccer — you name it and Jim has probably coached it. He's also taught biology, math, physical education and driver's education.
A resident of Langley, Washington, Jim has also been active in his church, teaching Sunday school, holding neighborhood Bible studies, acting as a youth leader and giving more than 25 years to the summer Bible camp program through the American Missionary Fellowship. Some say that his favorite day of the week is Wednesday, when at 6 a.m. he and several other Christian men conduct a prayer walk around the schools of South Whidbey.
Though he officially retired from the classroom in 1988, Jim has continued to substitute, teach driver's education and serve as an associate football coach. He and his wife, ILADEENE MCALLASTER LEIERER '53, have been married 50 years and prove the saying that if you're going to teach kids to be winners in their lives, you have to be a winner in your own.
V.O. "BUD" MCDOLE '52 is a man with SPU in his veins. His mother graduated from SPC in 1923, and after Bud's father died, she married Professor Burton Beegle. Bud pursued a double major in communication and business at Seattle Pacific, was active in campus politics, played intramural football, and met and married LUCY CAPP '50. They have been married 52 years.
While a student, Bud became staff announcer for the Light & Life Hour, the worldwide radio program of the Free Methodist Church. After graduation, he worked for a year in SPC Admissions, actively recruiting students from across the Northwest. Following a two-year stint in the Army, he hired on at IBM for what became a 32-year career in computer marketing.
Bud's service to Seattle Pacific shows great and lasting commitment in several capacities: He has been president of the SPC Alumni Association; president of the Falcon Club; guest lecturer in the School of Business and Economics; and member of the Board of Trustees for 23 years, including 13 as chair. In all, he has worked with six SPU presidents and, with his wife, has supplied Seattle Pacific with another generation of alumni, five in all. In retirement, Bud and his three sons have created a computer-based ministry called BibleVista, with products sold both on the Internet and in Christian bookstores nationwide. Bud and Lucy live in Clyde Hill, Washington.
ROBERT MCDOWELL '52 was born and reared in Centralia, Washington. He received a bachelor of arts degree from SPC, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctor of divinity degree from Western Evangelical Seminary.
Bob entered pastoral ministry in the Free Methodist Church (FMC) in 1952. For the next 50 years, he served in many ways, including as a youth evangelist, public relations director for Light & Life Hour radio broadcasts, pastor of three churches and director of Christian education and camping for the FMC in the Pacific Northwest. From 1974-95, he served as executive director of Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center in Washington. Bob is a frequent speaker at camps, churches and conferences, and has been a board member of Christian Camping International (CCI) and president of CCI/USA. He is the coordinator for the 2003 FMC General Conference to be held on the SPU campus.
The quintessential "music man," Bob plays piano, organ, vibraharp, marimba, accordion and other instruments. His first wife, MURIEL STEWART MCDOWELL '52, died in 1988, and he and his second wife, Yvonne, live in Stanwood, Washington. Between them, nine of their 11 children are SPU alumni. A granddaughter is now a student.
JACQUELYN EDWARDS NOLTE '52 is the epitome of grace under fire. This language arts and fine and applied arts double major taught Sunday school to 4- and 5-year-olds for 20 years. In addition, she has supervised a church nursery, directed primary-age Wednesday night activities and volunteered with handicapped children. For four years, she directed children's ministries at First Free Methodist Church in Seattle, including staffing and training. It was at this time that she helped develop an internship program for Christian education majors from SPU, supervising 20 interns per year.
For 19 years, Jackie worked at Seattle Pacific, first in financial aid as the coordinator of student employment, then in the Alumni Center as administrative assistant. In the latter position, she helped coordinate Homecoming, Alumni Weekend and Phonathon. Jackie was also administrative assistant for the Office of University Relations, which produced publications and coordinated media contact. Named a Staff Member of the Year in 1994, the longtime Seattle resident was also an avid volunteer, serving on the Falcon Club Board for five years, the Faculty Social Committee for seven years, and the Staff Council for three years.
To count all of the Falcon athletic and theatre events Jackie has attended over the years would require a high-speed calculator. She and her husband, LLOYD NOLTE '48, have five children, all of whom attended SPU.
ROSS SHAW '52 was one of the seven children of a Free Methodist pastor. When he attended SPC, he was exposed to chemistry and the legendary mentoring talents of Professors Burton Dietzman, Clifford Roloff and Vivian Larson. It was excellent preparation for earning a master's degree in biology at the University of South Dakota followed by a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1961. That summer, he accepted a position in the Biology Department at Greenville College in Illinois, where one of his students was the future SPU Professor of Old Testament Frank Spina.
In 1965, Ross made the move back to SPC and opportunities that included teaching biology on the main campus, teaching summer classes at Camp Casey and developing a research program for himself and his students. For the next 31 years, he served with heart and distinction. Two of the biology majors he advised are now professors at Seattle Pacific. While he served on the pre-med advisory committee, 40 students were admitted to medical school. He helped in the development of Casey Conference Center and served as director there for several years. Later, as director of the Thomas B. Crowley Laboratory and Campus on Blakely Island, he worked alongside his wife, Barbara, in developing the field station and its programs. Reading, traveling, volunteering and nine grandchildren keep him busy in retirement.
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