ELLIS ARNOLD ’33 died November 5, 2003, at the age of 94. Born in Missouri to a
Free Methodist minister and his wife, Ellis was 9 years old when
he became a Christian. After attending Seattle Pacific High School
and College, he worked for the U.S. Department of Indian Affairs
in Alaska from 1933 to 1947. In 1934, he married DOROTHY
The couple moved to Salinas, California, in 1948, where Ellis taught
industrial arts at the secondary level until his retirement in
1971. Dorothy died in 1982, and Ellis married Romona Thomas in
1984. He is survived by Romona; sister ELISABETH
ARNOLD QUAALE ’36;
and five nieces, including JO MACY LEWIS ’63 and PHYLLIS
MACY SORTOR ’64.
ARCHER ’37 died December 20, 2003. He was 94 years old. A native
of Densmore, Kansas, Vern graduated from Central College in McPherson,
Kansas, before coming to SPC. He earned a master’s degree at the
University of Washington in 1938 and served in the U.S. Navy during
World War II. He retired from the Washington Education Association
in 1971 after 25 years of service. He was a devoted Christian,
husband and father, and enjoyed golfing, travel and studying butterflies.
Preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, RUTH
BLAIR ARCHER ’38,
Vern is survived by two daughters, RANDI ARCHER
MICHALSKY ’69 and
MARY ARCHER HALVARSON ’70, and two granddaughters.
BAYLEY CC ’50 died January 4, 2004, at the age of 85.
A pastor for many years, Edwin was a member of the Oregon-Idaho
Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served in churches
in Holden, Alberta, Canada; Yoncalla, Oregon; Buhl and Castleford,
Idaho; and Astoria, Oregon, before retiring in 1984. He is survived
by his wife, Olive; three sons; five daughters; 19 grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
DEBORAH RITTER BIELAWSKI ’93 died January 22, 2004, of cancer. She was
32 years old. After graduating from SPU, Deborah earned a master
of science degree from the University of Washington. She taught
physics full-time at Seattle Central Community College and part-time
at the University of Washington during the summers. She was active
at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, as well as in home
Bible studies. Deborah is survived by her husband, William; her
parents; and two brothers, including MARK
ROSALIE DODD ’56 died February 21, 2004, after a
long battle with cancer. She was
70 years old. One of 10 children born to a Free Methodist pastor
and his wife, Rosalie graduated from SPC and enrolled in Women’s
Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from
medical school in the early 1960s and was the first female surgical
resident at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago and one
of the pioneering U.S. female plastic surgeons. She first practiced
in Manhattan and in Wisconsin, but spent most of her career in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Bismarck, North Dakota. While living
in Bismarck, Rosalie also raised horses and purebred beef cattle.
Rosalie retired to Portland, Oregon, and later moved to Astoria,
Oregon. She is survived by three brothers and six sisters, including
ELAINE DODD WILLIAMS ’53 and MARIETTA
DODD QUAL CC ’57, and more than 50 nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
LESLIE ERB ’37 died December 24, 2004, at the age of 91. Born in Idaho, Leslie
married Alma Gorely in 1937 following graduation from SPC. After
graduation, they moved to Eugene, Oregon, where they remained.
Leslie sold insurance, worked on the railroad and served as pastor
at several churches over the years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing
and traveling. He was an SPU Fellow since 1984 and a founder of
the American Rights Council. Predeceased by his wife, Leslie is
survived by a son and daughter, and three grandchildren.
GOEBEL ’73 died February 15, 2004, as the result of an automobile
accident. He was 59 years old. Born and raised in Seattle, Jerry
served in the U.S. Navy from 19661970 and was a Vietnam veteran.
After graduating from SPC, Jerry taught elementary school in the
North Thurston (Washington) School District for 30 years. He retired
in 2002. Remembered as a loving and gentle man, Jerry attended
First United Methodist Church in Olympia and was an active member
of the Lacey Sunrise Lions and the Olympia Elks. He is survived
by his wife, Jan; two sons; one stepson; one stepdaughter; and
SPU professor emerita of nursing, died at her Seattle home
on Saturday, March 20, 2004. She was 85 years old.
Born in Seattle, Maxine was 5 years old when an
African-American nurse came to her family’s home to care
for her grandfather. She later said the nurse looked “like
an angel to me.”
The impression was so strong that young Maxine decided
to become a nurse. And she did — despite being denied
admittance in the 1930s by numerous universities, including
the University of Washington, because of her skin color.
The Lincoln School of Nursing in New York finally accepted
her. When she returned to Seattle in 1945, Maxine became
Providence Hospital’s first African-American nurse. In
1949, she helped found the Mary Mahoney Registered Nurses
Club in Seattle.
In 1971, the UW appointed her assistant professor of nursing,
but in 1976, she came to Seattle Pacific as a full professor
of community health nursing. Maxine was instrumental in helping
to establish SPU’s Costa Rica Nursing Program, which regularly
takes nursing students to the Central American country to serve
through the use of their nursing skills. Even after retiring
in 1981, she continued taking SPU students to Costa Rica.
“Maxine had a wonderful, loving heart for transcultural nursing,”
says Professor Emerita Vicki McClurg. “She was also committed
to turning out students with high ethical standards and a
desire to serve the underserved.”
Two years after the death of her first husband, Edward
Davis Jr., in 1967, Maxine married Lionel Haynes. He died
in the 1980s. Maxine is survived by her son, Edward Davis
III, two stepdaughters and numerous grandchildren and
GENEVA HEMRY ’30 died September 28, 2001, at
the age of 94. Geneva was the last surviving sibling among seven
brothers and sisters who attended or graduated from Seattle Pacific
High School and College from the 1920s into the mid-1940s. After
graduating, she taught in the Shoreline (Washington) School District
for 37 years, retiring in 1970. Of numerous awards given to her,
she especially treasured the Golden Acorn Award for special achievement
in service to children. A longtime member of University Presbyterian
Church in Seattle, she also sang in the Light and Life Hour Choir
for 15 years. The choir’s music was broadcast nationwide during
the Light and Life Hour radio program of the Free Methodist Church.
Never married, Geneva is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces
and grandnephews, including nephew LARRY HEMRY ’63.
HUNTER ’444 died March 12, 2004. She was 81 years old. Born in Anacortes,
Washington, Gertrude taught school after graduating from SPC, including
at Lydia Hawk Elementary School in the North Thurston (Washington)
School District from 19671990. While at SPC, she met and married
HARRIS HUNTER ’42, who pastored United Presbyterian churches in
Tacoma and Spokane, Washington. He was named SPU Alumnus of the
Year in 1983. Gertrude was active with her husband in his role
as trustee for Kiwanis International from 198083. She was also
an active member of Westwood Baptist Church in Olympia, Washington.
Predeceased by her husband, Gertrude is survived by one daughter,
GLORIA HUNTER ’74; two sons, DAVID
HUNTER ’72 and MARK HUNTER ’78;
and four grandchildren, including SPU sophomore BRIAN
PHELPS CC ’38 died February 1, 2004. He was 87 years old. Born
in Republic, Washington, he served in the U.S. Navy during World
War II and the Korean conflict. Afterwards, he moved to Portland,
Oregon, where he was a manager with the U.S. Postal Service for
36 years. Harvey married Ethel Knauss in 1938, and she died in
2000. He is survived by two sons, one daughter, 12 grandchildren
and 14 great-grandchildren.
JOHN RICE ’51 died January 11, 2004.
He was 74 years old. Born in Edwaleni, South Africa, John served
for five years in the U.S. Navy after graduating from SPC. He earned
a master’s degree in hospital administration from Washington University
in St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to become president and CEO
of Augustana Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and administrator of
Woodstock Christian Care in Woodstock, Illinois. Active at Creekside
Free Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, John also served the
Free Methodist Church on a state and national level. Predeceased
by his first wife, Bonnie, John is survived by his second wife,
Marjorie; three sons; one daughter; three stepsons; three grandchildren;
and nine stepgrandchildren.
HARLOW SNYDER ’43,
a prolific student recruiter for SPU, died on March 27, 2004.
He was 83 years old. Devoted to church and Christian higher
education, his influence for Seattle Pacific got results.
From Boulder, Colorado, Harlow worked college fairs, youth-worker
conferences and youth-pastor contacts as area representative
for the SPU Alumni Association. In fact, in 1988, he and
his wife, MARJE SNYDER ’42, were named SPU
Alumni of the Year for their efforts. After Marje died in
1990, Harlow remained committed to their alma mater through
The Society of Fellows. He said that he served so diligently
because a Seattle Pacific professor once urged the Snyders “to
live a life of minimum regrets.”
Born in 1920 and raised on a Kansas farm, Harlow attended
two years at Central College in McPherson, Kansas, before
transferring to SPC. After graduation, he began a 25-year
career with Scientific Supplies Industrial Laboratories in
sales and administration. He married Marje, and the couple
lived on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, attending nearby First
Free Methodist Church. They befriended, he once said, “most
of the people for whom campus buildings are named.”
Harlow was promoted in his job, and the family moved to
Boulder, where he eventually worked as a financial manager
for the Behavioral Research Institute. He retired in 1984.
“We miss Dad’s warm and generous presence, but treasure his
memory and are inspired by his example,” says his son, GREGORY
SNYDER ’82. Predeceased by his wife, Harlow is survived
by his son, sister EFFIE GILLESPIE ’39, one
grandson and one granddaughter.
LEIGH ANNE TARBILL ’02 died December
5, 2003, at the age of 23. Born in Seattle, Leigh Anne earned her
bachelor’s degree in three years at SPU. At the time of her death,
she was a registrar and counselor with the American International
University in Chicago, Illinois. From age 3, Leigh Anne loved ice
skating. She was a Northwest Regional Juvenile Champion in figure
skating, placing 12th nationally. She completed her gold tests
in figure skating, freestyle and ice dancing in both the United
States and Canada. Leigh Anne loved to travel and went to India,
where she volunteered at Mother Teresa’s orphanage. She is survived
by her parents, two brothers and three grandparents.
ESTHER VICE ’71 died December 30, 2003, at the age of 94. Born in Garrett, Indiana,
Esther graduated from Terre Haute Normal School, teaching for several
years in a one-room country school. In 1934, she married Aaron
Thomas Vice, and they traveled across the United States to hold
revival meetings in small communities, finally settling in Sunnyside,
Washington, in 1936. In 1949, Esther attended Central Washington
State University in Ellensburg, updating her teaching certificate.
She taught in the Sunnyside Schools until 1969, when she moved
to Edmonds, Washington, to teach and be near her family. During
this time, Esther attended SPU. Predeceased by both her husband
and her son, she is survived by two daughters, WILMA
VICE SMITH ’62 and CYNTHIA
VICE LI ’67; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
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