LEROY ALLSOPP ’55 died October 26, 2003, at the age of 84. Gifted in music, Roy was
the choir director for Seattle’s Hillcrest Presbyterian Church
for 20 years. He and his wife, Margaret, later became active members
of Foster Tukwila Presbyterian Church in Tukwila, Washington. Roy
is survived by a brother and sister, three children, six grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
AMSDEN AXELSON ’30 died October 21,
2003. He was 92 years old. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Amsden was
3 months old when his family relocated to Yakutat, Alaska, where
his father served as a missionary teacher. Later, Amsden came to
Seattle Pacific Academy to complete high school. He earned a degree
in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. In
1936, he married ANNA STEINER ’31, and they made their home on
Dyes Inlet in Bremerton, Washington, where Amsden worked as an
electrical engineer until his retirement in 1966. Amsden was a
member of Bremerton’s Lincoln Avenue Bible Church for 62 years,
serving as building chairman, Sunday school superintendent, choir
director, elder and soloist. He enjoyed fishing, music and sports.
Amsden is survived by his wife; son PHILIP
AXELSON ’59; daughter
MYRNA AXELSON ANDERSON ’61; brother WAYNE
AXELSON ’41; five grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
OSCAR CARLSON CC ’42 died November
16, 2003, at the age of 89. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Oscar was
4 years old when his family immigrated to Ferndale, Washington.
After graduating from Cascade College, he taught music in Portland,
Oregon, area schools, including Joseph Lane, Normandale and Edwards
elementary schools. He was a choir director for his church and
played the violin in the Vancouver Pops Orchestra for 15 years.
For many years, he and his wife, ELOIS WILSON
CC ’41, were instrumental
in organizing Cascade College reunions. Oscar is survived by his
wife; two daughters, including MARY CARLSON
BOGART CC ’65; one
son; seven grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren.
MELVIN GIBSON ’46 died on April 28, 2003. He was 89 years old. Mel’s father and mother, ERNEST
GIBSON ’10 and Louisa Beegle (sister of BURTON
met at Seattle Seminary (later to become SPC). Born on the family
farm in Snohomish, Washington, Mel followed his parents and entered
SPC in 1935, where he met his future wife, LUELLA
While in school, Mel was an assistant pastor at the Rainier Avenue
Free Methodist Church. After graduation, he was pastor to numerous
Free Methodist churches in Washington, including Bremerton Free
Methodist Church, Anacortes Free Methodist Church and Bellingham
Free Methodist Church. In the 1950s, he and Luella returned to
SPC to earn teaching certificates and embark on teaching careers.
Luella died in 1989 after a prolonged illness, and Mel married
Lola Steele in 1990. During their 13-year marriage, they were members
of Rainier Avenue Free Methodist Church and Gideons International.
Mel is survived by his wife, Lola; his sister, MIRIAM
GIBSON VIMONT ’39;
two daughters; three sons; one stepdaughter; two stepsons; 20 grandchildren;
nine step-grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
DEAN MACY CC ’48 died November 7, 2003. He was 76 years old. Born
in Napa, Idaho, Dean earned a medical degree from the University
of Oregon Medical School after graduating from Cascade College.
He had a practice in Hermiston and Gresham, Oregon, and he worked
in Legacy and Kaiser Permanente outpatient clinics. Dean married
BETTY KOEPKE CC ’48 in 1946, but the two later divorced. He married
Joan Maas in 1985. Dean is survived by his wife, Joan; one son;
one stepson; one stepdaughter; one brother, MAURICE
MACY ’48 CC;
seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His son, Stephen,
died in 1971.
MAURICE MILLER ’38 died September 28, 2003, at the
age of 96. His wife, MARGARET MAC PHEE MILLER ’34, predeceased
him by four months. A pastor at several Northwest churches after
graduating from SPC, Maurice was also a principal of the Moose
Jaw Bible College in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and served as conference
superintendent of the Saskatchewan Conference of the Free Methodist
Church. When he retired as chaplain to the Warm Beach Senior Community
in Stanwood, Washington, Maurice ended a 65-year career as a Free
Methodist minister. He is survived by three daughters, MAURINE
MILLER JOHNSON ’58, MIRIAM MILLER GODDING ’64 and MARILYN
MILLER O’NEEL ’69; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
MULLIGAN ’48 died April 10, 2003, at the age of 76. A retired school
teacher and native Washingtonian, Leroy was a member of the Gideons
International and of the Emmanuel Bible Church of Seattle. Predeceased
by his first wife, MARGARET WILSON MULLIGAN ’51, Leroy is survived
by his second wife, BETTY MARSH MULLIGAN ’51, two sons and five
RUTH BARNUM RODE ’39 died October 24, 2003, after
a long illness. She was 86 years old. Born and raised in Seattle,
Ruth graduated from SPC with a teaching degree and taught elementary
school in Baring and Sultan, Washington. After marrying Adolph
Rode, she joined him in running A & H Grocery Store in Sultan.
After he passed away in 1975, she continued to run the store for
18 months. Ruth was involved with many outreach activities, hosted
a Bible study in her home and sang in her church’s choir for many
years. She is survived by three sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
LOIS CLARK SCOTT ’36 died October
14, 2003, from complications with Alzheimer’s disease. She was
88 years old. While earning her teaching certificate at SPC, Lois
met her future husband, DAVID SCOTT ’38. She went on to teach high
school physics and math, and she taught Sunday school at Lake City
Presbyterian Church in Seattle. She enjoyed oil painting, sewing,
reading the Bible, camping and traveling. Lois was preceded in
death by her husband, David, and her son, David. She is survived
by a son; two daughters, including RUTH SCOTT ’77; and two grandchildren.
JANET SETTLE STEIGER CC ’48 died January 6, 2003. After graduating
from Cascade College, Janet and her husband, DAVID STEIGER CC ’49,
were missionaries for 26 years, 24 of which were with Mission Aviation
Fellowship in Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe. She wrote a book with
her husband about their adventures titled Uncle Dave, Tell Us a
Story. Janet is survived by her husband, one son, two daughters,
seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
WARREN WATSON ’32 died January 20, 2004. He was 92 years old. Born in Lawrence, Kansas,
Warren was a teen when his family moved to Seattle in 1923 because
his father, C. HOYT WATSON, accepted a teaching position at SPC.
Three years later, his father became president of SPC, holding
that post until 1959. After Warren graduated from Seattle Pacific
High School and SPC, he married EDNA INCE ’56 and became a physics
and math teacher, as well as a principal, in several schools in
Washington state and Alaska. He went on to earn a master’s degree
in educational psychology from the University of Washington while
serving as dean of men and dean of the Department of Education
at SPC. He then moved to the Boeing Company, where he worked for
25 years and was the first “human factors engineer,” making a cockpit
more user-friendly for pilots. After 63 years of marriage, Edna
died in 1997. In 1999, Warren married Nancy Kelley White, a retired
Seattle physician. Warren is survived by his wife, Nancy; brother
LYLE WATSON ’34; sisters LOLA WATSON FISHER
PETTENGILL ’37 and
MIRIAM WATSON ’53; two sons, including DAVID
WATSON ’70; five grandchildren;
14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
WILSON ’49 died October 9, 2003. He was 76 years old. After serving
two years in the U.S. Army, Donald enrolled at SPC. He then attended
and graduated from the University of Washington (UW) School of
Dentistry. He practiced dentistry for 32 years and taught at the
UW for 10 years. Donald was an outdoorsman who loved camping, skiing
and hiking Mount Rainier. He was known for his singing voice and
had a passion for Handel’s “Messiah.” Donald is survived by his
wife, Marilyn; his sister, MARION WILSON CREED ’43; three children;
five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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