Nine Members of Class of '49 receive Medallion Awards


An unprecedented nine Seattle Pacific University alumni from one graduating class were honored with Medallion Awards in June. The ceremony took place at the 50th reunion of the Class of 1949.

"These are people who exemplify the ideals of Seattle Pacific," says Doug Taylor, director of alumni. "They are loyal in support of the school and its mission, have contributed significantly to their communities, and have demonstrated expertise in their chosen fields of service."

The Class of 1949 Medallion Award recipients are:

Don Atkinson, former Seattle Pacific board member, church planter and administrator for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church.

Harry Beasley, designer and artist whose work is displayed in homes, churches and at Seattle Pacific.

Bill Eberly, singer, math expert and professor of mathematics at Central Washington University.

Esther and Paul Embree, international medical missionaries who spent 13 years in Africa.

Henry Littlejohn, pastor, adjunct professor, writer, translator of Islamic texts and missionary to Syria and Lebanon.

Edwin Lyle, college professor, former dean of education at Seattle Pacific, and administrator in the state office of public instruction.

Virgil Raley, singer, Free Methodist pastor and former superintendent of the Southern California-Arizona Conference of the Free Methodist Church.

Horace Thuline, father of nine and medical researcher into issues of mental retardation.

You're Invited to Hear the National Symphony

A gala evening is planned this fall for alumni and Fellows of Seattle Pacific University. On October 23, the National Symphony Orchestra, one of the top five orchestras in the U.S., will perform in Seattle's beautiful new Benaroya Hall. And one of the accomplished musicians will be violist and 1991 SPU graduate Ruth Wicker.

"This will be a unique cultural event," says Alumni Director Doug Taylor. "To hear these notable musicians -- one of whom is the daughter of our own Professor of Music Vernon Wicker -- is an exciting opportunity."

From Benaroya's grand lobby and promenade of floor-to-ceiling glass, to the acoustically grand concert hall, the $118 million showcase is the talk of the music world. Built as a lavish "box within a box" to eliminate all outside noise, the inner box is completely supported on rubber pads.

A 6:00 p.m. Benaroya tour exclusively for SPU alumni and Fellows will precede the concert, and a reception with Ruth Wicker will follow the event. For ticket reservations, call the Alumni Center at 206/281-ALUM or Sig Swanstrom, director of the Society of Fellows, at 206/281-2723. Seating is limited.

Cascade Reunion Will Make History


On Saturday, October 2, alumni of the former Cascade College are invited to take part in a "Grand Celebration" of the history and traditions of their alma mater. At a special reunion, a "time capsule" buried under the Cascade College Chapel since 1946 will be opened.

After reading in The Oregonian that Portland Community College (PCC), which occupies the former Cascade site, had demolished the chapel, former Cascade College President Nate Olson met with the PCC executive dean. He arranged to obtain the capsule and share it with Cascade alumni.

This history-making event will take place in the PCC Gymnasium. Fellowship and tours begin at 9:30 a.m., with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Bev Kelsven at 503/659-4336.

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