FRANCIS “MARION ” AMERINE CC ’47 died July 9, 2005. He was 93 years old. Marion served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before attending Cascade College. After graduation, he worked for the Willamina Plywood Mill, retiring in 1975 after 28 years on the job. Marion was active in his church and enjoyed gardening, especially growing irises, gladiolas, and dahlias. He is survived by his wife, Helen; one son; three daughters; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
JOHN CONROD ’61 died August 7, 2005, of complications related to multiple sclerosis. In 1991, during SPU ’s Centennial celebration, John was named one of the University’s “Alumni of a Growing Vision.” The author of Computer Bible Games for Christians, he served Seventh Day Baptist churches in the United States and abroad for 15 years. He was also the vice president of the Bible Sabbath Association and treasurer of Colorado Meeting Place, a computer bulletin board for people living with a wheelchair, he edited the Fisherman’s
Net, an Internet newsletter.
John is survived by his wife, JOYCE
DAY CONROD ’61, and two sons.
GEORGE COTTRILL died February 20,
2005. He was 79 years old. A founding
member of the SPU Falcon Club
booster organization, George was posthumously
given the Lifetime Achievement
Award at the Falcon Legends
Hall of Fame Luncheon in January
2006. He is survived by his wife,
Imogene; sons CRAIG COTTRILL ’75 and DWIGHT COTTRILL ’79; four grandchildren;
and two sisters, including
DORIS COTRILL CRAVEN ’50.
Seattle Says Goodbye to Former Falcon,
Beloved Educator, and Mentor to Youth
Edward E. Brown ’71 died January 12, 2005, of cancer. He was 57. Born in Melrose, Louisiana, and raised in Yakima, Washington, Ed attended Seattle Pacific College on a full basketball scholarship. He was a standout guard for the Falcons before embarking on a 30-year career in public education, where he was a mentor and father figure to Seattle youth, particularly to African-American students.
A physical education major at SPC, Ed is remembered by 20-year Falcon skipper Les Habegger as the best defender he ever coached. “There are players you remember and players you forget,” he adds. “I remember Ed because of the kind of person he was and the kind of player he was.” Teammates Don Gustafson ’71 and John Glancy ’70 (now Seattle Pacific’s director of graduate admissions) also praise Ed’s athleticism and character. “Ed had a great Christian testimony that only got stronger during his illness,” says Glancy.
A member of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Baptist Church in Renton, Washington, Ed’s long tenure with the Seattle School District began as a counselor at Renton High School; he later served as vice principal at four different schools and principal at three others. Says Gustafson, “Ed didn’t tell kids what to do, he showed them. He just wanted to help young kids, and the profession he chose was perfect for him.”
Brown is survived by his wife, Jacqualine; his mother; one son; one daughter; and one granddaughter.
DAVID CRANE ’48 died February 19,
2005, at the age of 80. Born in
Tacoma, Washington, and raised in
Battle Creek, Michigan, David served in
the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Later, while stationed in New Mexico,
he married Ruth Jesko in 1945, and
they had two daughters. After discharge
from the service, David attended
SPC before joining Monsanto Chemical
Company, where be became chief
of maintenance for its Seattle plant.
He retired in 1986. David enjoyed
hunting, fishing, camping, choir, first
aid, and water and snow skiing. He
and his brother, ALVIN CRANE ’47,
served on the Snoqualmie Pass Ski
Patrol for 30 years. After Ruth died in
1991, David married Martha Mathis in
1998. He is survived by Martha; two
daughters; three granddaughters; two
great-grandchildren; one sister; and
his brother, Alvin.
IRENE CRANE ’46 died September 22,
2005, at the age of 91. In addition to
receiving a degree from SPC, Irene
graduated from Central Bible College
in Springfield, Missouri. She held
civil-service jobs in Washington, D.C.,
and Chicago, and taught school in
Lake Bay, Washington. Ordained by
the Assemblies of God in 1946,
Irene became a missionary to Nigeria
for 35 years, working as a Bible translator
and literacy teacher. Upon her
retirement, she moved to Gig Harbor,
Washington, where she was involved
in volunteer work for her church and
served as assistant chaplain at the
Women’s Correctional Facility in Purdy,
Washington. Irene was also passionate
about gardening and cooking.
Preceded in death by her brother
DAVID CRANE ’48, Irene is survived
by one sister and another brother,
ALVIN CRANE ’47.
L. MERLE GREN CC ’37 died June 11,
2005. He was 92 years old. Born in
Oklahoma, Merle met his future wife,
THELM A MCCLURG CC ’38, at Cascade
College. After graduation and for the
next 30 years, he pastored churches
in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and
Iowa. Predeceased by Thelma, Merle
is survived by two sons; one daughter;
five grandchildren; and seven
ANGELA KIHLSTRAND ’02 died on
November 17, 2005. She was 29
years old. Intent on a career in medical
research, Angela attended North
Seattle Community College, the University
of Washington (UW ), and SPU.
At the UW, she participated in a laboratory
project to help find a cure for
progeria, a disease that causes young
people to age rapidly. In the process,
she accidentally discovered a treatment
that has since been used successfully
in breast cancer recovery.
While at SPU, Angela sang in the Concert
Choir and Women’s Choir. She is
survived by her parents, three sisters,
grandmother, and numerous other
MURIEL JOHNSON KNOLL ’49 died
September 12, 2005. She was 79
years old. Muriel is survived by her
husband of 55 years, DAVID KNOLL ’48;
two daughters; four grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.
HELEN LONSBERRY ’49 died August 9,
2005. She was 78 years old. Born in
Eugene, Oregon, she grew up in Oregon
and Washington. At SPC, Helen
studied piano and sang in the choir.
After graduation, she taught music at
Central College in Kansas for a year
and moved to Oregon to teach piano
at the Oregon College of Education in
Monmouth. In 1963, she moved to
Colorado, where she worked for the
state as an engineering technician
for the Department of Highways.
She sang in the Westminster Choir
of Montview Presbyterian Church in
Denver. After retirement, Helen moved
to Prescott, Arizona, where she played
viola in various groups and accompanied
young students in competitions
and recitals. Helen is survived by
RICHARD MONTGOMERY ’81 was killed
in a car accident on January 2, 2006.
He was 56 years old. Born and raised
in Washington, Richard served in the
U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He and his wife, Dixie, were missionaries
to Haiti before they adopted 13
children. They also had four biological
children. Richard was a painter and
active in his church. He is survived
by Dixie and their 17 children.
GLEN ODMAN, SPC assistant professor
of education from 1974 to 1979,
died December 26, 2005. He was 91
years old. Born in Beach, North
Dakota, Glen graduated from Jamestown
College in North Dakota and
joined the U.S. Army in 1942. His regiment,
the 334th, was in every major
European battle of World War ll, including
the Battle of the Bulge. Glen married
Jean Mead in 1944, and taught
English, Latin, speech, and drama at
Selah High School in Selah, Washington.
He served as principal of the high
school from 1948 to 1958. In 1958,
he moved to the Highline (Washington)
School District, where he helped open
the Mt. Rainier High School in Des
Moines and taught at Highline High
School. Upon his retirement from public
education, he joined the SPC faculty.
In addition to his education career,
Glen was active in Rotary and Toastmasters,
and in his church, where he
had several leadership roles. He is survived
by his wife, Jean; two sons; two
daughters; 11 grandchildren; and four
ARDELE LANE OGDEN ’44 died July 15,
2005. She was 83 years old. Born
in Port Angeles, Washington, Ardelle
received a master of science degree
from Northwestern University two
years after graduating from SPC. She
then earned a doctorate in physiology
from the University of Illinois in 1954.
Ardelle began teaching at the Northwestern
University School of Dentistry
in 1951. She also taught physiology
at the Northwestern University School
of Medicine. When she retired in
1987, she was honored with the title
of professor emerita of physiology.
Ardelle was a member of the American
Association of University Professors,
the American Physiological
Society, and the American Men and
Women of Science. Predeceased by
her husband, Ralph, she is survived
by one son; three grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; and one brother, FREDERICK LANE ’46.
H. JUSTIN PETERSEN ’78 died due to a
stroke on November 3, 2005. He was
60 years old. Justin was a general
contractor who designed homes and
barns and did remodeling work. A lifelong
music lover, he built a banjo from
an ice cream bucket at age 5 and
taught himself to play the ukulele
when he was only a little older. In
1974, he and his wife, Kathy, and
two others formed the group Amen
Corner; they performed gospel, folk,
and old-time country music in
churches and festivals such as Seattle’s
Folk Life Festival. Justin is survived
by Kathy, two daughters, one
son, and five grandchildren.
MOLLY PETERSON ’74 died from
complications of a stroke on May 9,
2005. She was 78 years old. Born
in Dallas, Texas, Molly married Earl
Peterson in 1945. She was a real
estate agent for 22 years in Oregon
and Washington before retiring in
1981. In 1984, she became an
ordained minister in the Pentecostal
Evangelical Church. She hosted a
local radio program and served as
a minister at the Jackson Park Navy
Chapel in Bremerton, Washington.
In 1992, Molly became an honorary
U.S. Navy chaplain and ministered at
local nursing homes. She was preceded
in death by a daughter. She
is survived by Earl, three sons, and
PATRICIA DODGE STEVENS ’81 died
November 9, 2005, after a two-year
battle with merkel cell carcinoma.
She was 47 years old. Born and
raised in Oregon, Patty came to Seattle
to attend SPU. After graduation,
she worked as a temporary receptionist
for Botting Mechanical Contractors,
eventually becoming the firm’s
on-site project engineer. While there,
she met David Stevens, and they married
in 1993. Patty eventually started
her own company, Project Management
Support. During the years, she
worked on projects such as the Fred
Hutchison Cancer Research Center,
several of Seattle’s historic buildings,
and billionaire Bill Gates’ home. Patty
is survived by David; her parents, JOYCE NORTHRUP DODGE ’51 and WES
DODGE ’57; and three sisters, including
COLLEEN DODGE SPENCE ’80.
JEAN BEEGLE YARDY ’47 died July 4,
2005. She was 80 years old. Born in
Panama to missionary parents BURTON BEEGLE and Gladys Beegle, Jean
moved with her family to Seattle when
her father became a professor of
mathematics at SPC. She attended
SPC, where she met her future husband, J. WESLEY YARDY ’46. They
married after he completed his World
War II service in Okinawa, Japan. The
wedding took place in SPC ’s McKinley
Hall Auditorium, with her father performing
the service. Jean began
teaching in Tacoma, Washington, and
the couple also became foster parents.
By 1960, they moved to Santa
Clara, California, and adopted two
children. Jean taught third and fourth
grades at Taft Elementary School in
Redwood City, California. She enjoyed
singing, and playing and watching
sports. She is survived by her husband
of 58 years, Wesley; one daughter;
one son; one sister, DORIS BEEGLE
ARCHER ’41; and one brother.
as a Renaissance Man
WILLIAM REARICK, longtime Seattle Pacific University faculty member and administrator, died February 8, 2006, in Olympia, Washington. He was 77 years old.
Bill joined the Seattle Pacific faculty in 1960 and served as a professor of English, education, and theatre. His skill in the classroom was matched by an exceptional leadership ability, and he held many key administrative positions on campus, including vice president of academic affairs, dean of graduate and professional studies, dean of continuing education, and university registrar. Over the years, Bill contributed to the life of the University in diverse ways, such as preparing gourmet meals for Faculty Retreat at Camp Casey; co-leading the first C.S. Lewis Study Tour to Oxford, England; directing a faculty production of “Waiting for Godot”; and, immediately prior to his retirement in 1991, orchestrating a two-year commemoration of the SPU centennial.
Throughout their retirement, Bill and his wife, Ida Mae, continued to support Seattle Pacific. Avid friends of SPU theatre, they established the William D. and Ida Mae Rearick Theatre Scholarship Endowment, which funds three scholarships each year. “The most wonderful thing about both Bill and Ida Mae was that they believed in the value of preparing young theatre artists to engage the culture in the broadest sense,” says Don Yanik, chair of the Theatre Department. “And they were wonderful friends.”
Bill’s greatest joys were sharing stories with children, reading the Bible aloud, and entertaining extended family and friends in his and Ida Mae’s home. Predeceased by his wife of 56 years, he is survived by one son; one daughter, PAMELA REARICK DECK ’75; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.
“Bill Rearick helped lay the foundation we build upon today at Seattle Pacific University,” says SPU President Philip Eaton. “We are deeply grateful to him.”
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