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Autumn 2002 | Volume 25, Number 4 | Footnotes

In Memoriam

GERALD ARCHER ’40 died on June 29, 2002, at the age of 84. He was living at Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, Washington, at the time of his death. Born in Densmore, Kansas, Gerald attended Los Angeles Pacific College before enrolling at SPC. He taught school for many years in the Seattle School District and was a longtime member of Seattle’s First Free Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, LOUISE HANSEN ARCHER ’44; six sons, including JARY ARCHER ’67, PAT ARCHER ’70 and JIM ARCHER ’72; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

HAZEL HYMES BEALS CC ’27 died on August 20, 2002, in Seattle. She was 93. A native of Oregon, Hazel lived with her husband, Forest, in various locations throughout Washington and Oregon over the course of their marriage, eventually settling in Corvallis, Oregon. Forest preceded her in death in 1972. Hazel was a member of the Nazarene Church of Corvallis and Alsea, Oregon. She is survived by two sons, 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

ELDON BOYD ’34 died on August 1, 2002, in Irvine, California, at the age of 89. The son of Edward Boyd, pastor of Seattle’s First Free Methodist Church in the early 1930s, Eldon attended both SPC and the University of Washington. He spent his career in education and served as high school principal in Prosser and Vancouver, Washington. He then moved to Inglewood, California, where he was the principal of Morningside High School until his retirement. During his many years in education, his keen sense of humor made him popular with students and faculty. Preceded in death by his wife, MARJORIE LEWIS BOYD ’35, Eldon is survived by one son and one daughter.

JAMES CHAPMAN CC ’66, emeritus professor of theatre at SPU, died in his sleep on July 31, 2002, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure and diabetes. He was 64 years old. Born in Davenport, Iowa, he attended Cascade College and then earned a master of arts degree in speech from the University of Washington. At the University of Oregon, he completed performance requirements for a doctorate in theatre and received Best Actor of the Year awards. A faculty member at Seattle Pacific for 39 years, Jim was the central architect of the University’s Theatre Department, established in 1961. In 1974, he introduced Seattle audiences to the musical “Godspell” by John-Michael Tabelak and Stephen Schwartz, and in 1994, he performed his own one-man show of “Damien” by Aldyth Morris. An actor, director, dramatist and teacher, he directed 70 plays at SPU over the years, including works by Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Tennessee Williams and Peter Shaffer. Affectionately known as Chaps” by his students, Jim earned acclaim for his productions from the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. Under his leadership, SPU’s theatre program was cited for excellence by the Religion and Theatre Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He also served on the founding committee of the Los Angeles Film Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and on the inaugurating board of Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle. In the 1980s, he successfully lobbied for the renovation of Seattle Pacific’s McKinley Hall into one of the finest theatres of its size in the city. “His creative influence as a mentor to colleagues and students will endure as a tribute to his commitment to bringing Christian faith and the arts together,” says President Philip Eaton. “He was truly one of SPU’s pioneers in engaging the culture.” Jim is survived by Joyce, his wife of nearly 42 years, and two sons. One son preceded him in death in 1994.

BETTY COLLINS CORSON ’47 died on October 22, 2002, of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 76. While at SPC, Betty was a Falconette and sang in the choir. After graduation, she had a long career in education, serving as a teacher, counselor and vice principal at James Fenimore Cooper High School, a school for emotionally troubled children in Los Angeles, California. To serve her students better, she earned a master of science degree in counseling and guidance from Long Beach State University. Upon retirement, she was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for her years of service and educational excellence. Betty was a member of the Seattle Pacific Society of Fellows since 1977, and an active leader in the Alumnae Falconettes. In early 2002, the Betty L. Corson Alumnae Falconette Scholarship Endowment was established to support current Falconettes and alumnae Falconettes who serve as missionaries overseas. Betty and her husband, BOB CORSON ’48, were honored as the SPU Alumni of the Year in 1980 and chaired the SPU Phonathon in 1993. The couple moved from California to Camano Island, Washington, after retirement. Betty is survived by her husband; one son, DON CORSON ’70; and two grandchildren. She is also survived by several foster children she and Bob took into their home over the years.

BARBARA GUNTER FLYNN ’77 died on September 1, 2002, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 51. Following graduation from SPU, Barb entered the University of Washington Medex physician assistant program. In 1978, she was the first female physician assistant to be employed by the Washington State Department of Corrections, working in Walla Walla, Monroe and Olympia. Later, she was instrumental in developing and expanding the Group Health Cooperative health care program in Eastern Washington. In 1992, Barb rejoined the UW Medex program to develop their new training sites in Yakima and Spokane. She was the first physician assistant to be appointed to the Washington State Medical Association Board of Trustees, and the first recipient of the UW Medex Alumni Association’s Outstanding Educator Award. As a result of her educational and legislative activities, many rural communities in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Nevada now have primary care physician assistants. Barb is survived by her husband, Steve; her mother; and two sisters, including SARAH GUNTER CANEZ ’76.

EVELYN MARSTON HANINGTON ’28 died September 28, 2002, at the age of 94. Born to missionary parents in Pune, India, Evelyn grew up in Oregon and moved to Seattle to attend SPC. There she met and married William Marston, and they raised three children on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. After William died, Evelyn married Robert Hanington, who also had three children. Evelyn loved her family and friends, was a skilled homemaker, and enjoyed flower gardening and music. She is survived by her children, including JOYCE MARSTON ENRIGHT ’52, WILFRED MARSTON ’58, JOHN HANINGTON ’62 and ROBERT HANINGTON JR. ’61; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

HARRIETTE KELSTRUP KLIPPERT ’48 died on August 20, 2002, at the age of 75. After leaving SPC, she entered graduate school at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where she studied for a master’s degree in New Testament theology. She stayed in the Chicago area for the remainder of her life. Harriette was active in her church and devoted much time and energy to Awana Clubs International, a nondenominational ministry for children and teens. She wrote much of the high school material for her club. Devoted to her immediate and extended family, she paid for a great-niece to attend Seattle Pacific for a time. Harriette is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas; three children; eight grandchildren; brother SIGARD KELSTRUP ’56; and sister GUNVOR KELSTRUP OLSON ’53.

MARIAN BLACKWELL LARSEN ’40, a retired teacher, died on June 5, 2002. She was 84. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Marian taught first grade at Minnehaha Elementary School in Vancouver, Washington, until her retirement in 1979. She was a member of Vancouver First Friends Church and the Washington State Retired Teachers Association, and enjoyed gardening, golfing, travel and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1983 and by a daughter in 1996. Marian is survived by three daughters, including GERALDINE LARSEN SUGDEN CC ’66; a son; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two siblings, including HAROLD BLACKWELL ’49.

LINDA KIM LYONS ’96 died on September 3, 2002, after battling leukemia since January 2001. She was 27 years old. Linda was a beloved teacher at Fairview Christian School in Seattle, making a strong impression on adults and children alike for her caring and joyful spirit. “Linda didn’t teach for long, but the impact of her life on so many students has been nothing short of amazing,” said Pat Burris, Fairview’s principal. Linda went through months of chemotherapy and bone marrow biopsies before being told she needed a stem cell transplant to save her life. A match could not be found within her family, and because Linda was Korean-American, the prospects for finding a donor were poor. Only about 6 percent of the registered donors worldwide are Asian. In the months that she and her husband, Ken Lyons, searched for a donor, however, Linda shared her story in newspaper articles and on television, taking the opportunity to talk about her faith in Christ. Her search also helped educate people about the need for more minorities to register as bone marrow and stem cell donors. The week Linda died, the school year had just begun at Fairview and, wrote Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Robert L. Jamieson Jr., “Talk of classes and new books were replaced by big tears, hugs atop hugs and sweet memories of the teacher who lit bonfires of inspiration in young hearts.” During her last year, Linda shared her experiences on a personal Web site. Her final entry was logged only two days before her death. She wrote, “Because of that gift [Christ’s death on the cross], I know that dying is not defeat.” Linda is survived by her husband, Ken; her parents; and her brother, JIM KIM ’98.

ALBERT “BERT” PFEFFER, former SPC men’s soccer assistant coach, died July 23, 2002. He was 71 years old. Born in South Hampton, England, and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Bert came to the United States in 1954, serving two years in the Marines. He settled in Seattle in 1958, graduating from the University of Washington, and working in the fishing and seafood industry. He served as assistant coach for the first two years of Seattle Pacific’s men’s soccer program in 1968 and 1969. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen; two daughters; one son; and six grandchildren.

JOHN PIETZ ’92 died on July 21, 2002, at the age of 34. After graduating from Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington, John attended Highline Community College, where he competed in track and field. He then played football for one year at Central Washington University before transferring to SPU, where he earned a degree in exercise science. While at Seattle Pacific, he competed in the shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin. After graduation, John coached track and field at Auburn High School. He is survived by his parents, brother and grandmother.

ARTHUR SMITH ’39 died on July 17, 2002, in Spokane, Washington, at the age of 87. As a student at SPC, Arthur lived in Alexander Hall when it was a men’s dormitory. During World War II, he was a sergeant in the Army medical branch, and was later employed at Centennial Flour Mills for 35 years. A longtime member of the Spokane First Free Methodist and Opportunity Free Methodist churches, he also served as treasurer of the Columbia River Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Arthur is survived by his wife of 53 years, Velma; son DWAYNE SMITH ’78; and two grandsons.

LEE VAN WINKLE ’71 died of cancer on July 16, 2002. He was 64. Born and raised in Everett, Washington, Lee returned to Everett after serving in the U.S. Navy, first working as a produce manager in a grocery store. He then attended Everett Community College and SPC, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He began his teaching career in 1969 at Everett High School. He remained there for 30 years as a teacher, vice principal and principal. Lee retired in 1999, but remained active in the Everett and Marysville school districts. He also worked as a student teacher coordinator at Seattle Pacific. He is survived by his wife, Tracy; two sons; two daughters; and six grandchildren. One daughter preceded him in death.

HAROLD WICK, longtime member of the SPU Society of Fellows, died on June 17, 2002. He was 91. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Harold spent his childhood in Norway, becoming a merchant sailor while in his teens, traveling between Norway, Holland, Italy and America. When he was almost 20 years old, he returned to Tacoma, where he worked as a gardener, commercial fisherman and an employee of Dickman Mill and Foss Tugboat Company. In 1946, he and friend Arne Reyier formed Reyier and Wick Contracting Company, and later he formed Wick Construction Company. He was involved in the construction of more than 1,000 residences, commercial buildings, apartments and condominium complexes in the Tacoma area. A committed Christian, Harold was also instrumental in the development of First Assembly of God Life Center in Tacoma. He and his wife, Dagmar, sent seven of their eight children, and several of their 25 grandchildren, to SPU. He is survived by his wife; seven of their eight children, including RON WICK ’60, JANET WICK GOSSELIN ’64, ELAINE WICK HOLME ’68, VICKY WICK STONE ’74, WES WICK ’76 and SHERYL WICK JORGENSEN ’78; 25 grandchildren; and 21 greatgrandchildren.

WILBERT YOUNGREN ’35 died on September 19, 2002, at the age of 89. Born in Mount Vernon, Washington, Wilbert was the son of missionaries and spent his first eight years in Japan. He also lived for many years in California before moving to Seattle and attending SPC. A skilled manager and tool and die maker at Boeing for 40 years, he had a broad range of personal interests, including singing in a quartet, listening to opera, watch repair and gardening. He lived in Seattle for 68 years and was a member of Seattle’s First Free Methodist Church for more than 60 years. Wilbert is survived by his wife of 66 years, EVELYN DANIELSON YOUNGREN ’35; five children, including MYRNA YOUNGREN CAPP ’59, JAMES YOUNGREN ’65, JANET YOUNGREN MILLER ’65 and MEREDITH YOUNGREN FLAMING ’67; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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