WANDA BOBLETT MARSTON BURLEIGH '39, a resident of the Warm Beach Senior Community near Stanwood,
Washington, died December 24, 1998. She was 81. While a student at Seattle Pacific, she married
Merrill Marston. The couple had four sons: JAY MARSTON '62, MARVIN MARSTON '64, LOREN MARSTON '68
and PHILIP MARSTON '79. During her marriage, Wanda worked as a clerk in the Seattle Pacific
Bookstore for 15 years. Widowed after 40 years, Wanda then married John Burleigh and moved to
Warm Beach, where they lived until John's death seven years later.
For the past 14 years, Wanda has been a tireless volunteer at the
senior community, serving as a
water aerobics instructor, dining room worker and Thrift Shop
supervisor. In 1998, she received a Volunteer Excellence Award from Snohomish County. A Fellow of
SPU, Wanda was also an active member of the Free Methodist Church throughout her life and served
in activities in support of Free Methodist missions.
FREDERICK DREW '44 died November 18, 1998, at his home in Port Orchard, Washington. He was 75. Frederick married fellow SPC graduate LUCY FINE '44 in September 1944, shortly before the young man entered Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He went on to intern at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington, and later became one of the first three physicians at the new Doctor's Clinic in that city. He spent the next 44-plus years at the clinic in general practice, obstetrics and family medicine. Frederick also regularly worked at the Kitsap County Alcoholic Rehabilitation Program known as "Dry Doc." An active member of the Bremerton Free Methodist Church and later the Grace Bible Church in Port Orchard, he enjoyed singing in the choir and composing music. Frederick is survived by his wife, six children, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
JOHN ELLIS '47 died February 18, 1999, in Vancouver, Washington, at the age of 82. A veteran of World War II, John earned a degree from SPC and then taught science, math and computers at several schools and colleges including Cascade College in Portland, Oregon, and Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. He lived in the Portland and Vancouver areas for many years and was a member of First Friends Church in Vancouver. John was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Helen. Survivors include two sons, one daughter, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
JACK GANFIELD '38 died January 20, 1999, in Seattle. Jack traveled from Southern Oregon to Seattle at the age of 14 to attend Seattle Pacific High School and College. He graduated from SPC with honors and went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Washington. Jack met his wife-to-be, MARIE VOLLAN '40, while at SPC. The two were to be married early in December of 1941 when the events of Pearl Harbor postponed the wedding. Three months later, and three days before Jack sailed on a troop ship for Australia, they were married in San Francisco. Jack went on to have careers with both the Seattle Public Schools and the US Army Reserve. He is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.
CHERI FULTON GAUSMAN '74 died November 23, 1998, as the result of a power line accident in the Snohomish, Washington, area. She was 46. Cheri was born in Tacoma and spent her childhood in University Place, a suburb of Tacoma. She attended Washington State University, later transferring to SPU, where she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing. After graduation, she worked as a registered nurse in the critical care unit of Providence Hospital in Everett. Cheri is survived by her husband, RYAN GAUSMAN '75, and three daughters: current SPU student RASCHELLE GAUSMAN, Jennifer Gausman and Stephanie Gausman.
MARLIN HOPFER '62 died February 7, 1999, at the scene of an automobile accident in his hometown of Vancouver, Washington. He was 59. Marlin met and married his wife, MARILYN DAVIS '63, while at SPC. After graduation, he attended New York Theological Seminary and completed his M.Div. degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1965. In his career as a businessman, Marlin received many awards, enjoyed using his skills to benefit others, and served on the president's council of the National Association for the Self-Employed. He was a member of Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene in Vancouver and enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, hunting and woodworking. Marlin is survived by his wife, four sons and four grandchildren.
MARIE RANDLE JOYNER CC '47 died January 1, 1999, in Sacramento, California. She was 73. Marie graduated from Cascade College with a major in religion and a minor in music. She married Ralph Joyner in 1948 and the couple settled in Sacramento, where Marie served as an elementary school teacher, PTA president and volunteer musical director for many school plays and pageants. Marie also was a dedicated member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, where she filled numerous roles from music librarian and lay reader to Chancel Choir member and church office worker. She leaves behind her husband, five children, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
RALPH KRAFT '43 died November 6, 1998, in Bismarck, North Dakota, at the age of 80. Ralph attended SPC in 1942-1943 and later graduated from Jamestown College in North Dakota. He also earned a master's degree in education from North Dakota State University in Fargo. A teacher for 29 years in the Jamestown, North Dakota, Public Schools, Ralph also worked as a car salesman, life insurance agent and pastor. He served on the boards of the Free Methodist Conference, Youth for Christ, Beulah Camp and Jamestown Public Schools. Ralph is survived by his wife, Lillian; seven children; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
FRANCES HILL VINCENT LAMSON '20 died on January 26, 1999, at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was 96. Frances was the daughter of Henrietta and Reuben Hill, turn-of-the-century pioneers in the growth of Seattle and the newly founded Seattle Seminary (later to become Seattle Pacific University). Frances married HAROLD VINCENT '19, who served for 18 years as superintendent of schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After 14 years of widowhood, Frances married a friend, Byron Lamson, who had served as president of Los Angeles Pacific College and worked for 30 years as general missionary secretary for the Free Methodist Church. Frances and Byron enjoyed 12 years of married life before Byron passed away in 1994. Frances is survived by one son; five grandchildren, including JOHN VINCENT '77; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, JOY HILL POUND '36; and seven nephews and nieces, including GRANT HILL '75, ALEC HILL '73, ROBERT POUND JR. '69 and FRANCES HAZEN-FRAZIER '62. Both Grant Hill and Alec Hill are current professors at SPU.
WILLIAM LANE, former dean of the School of Religion and professor of biblical studies at SPU,
died of cancer March 8, 1999, in a hospital near Nashville, Tennessee. He was 68. Bill joined the
SPU faculty in 1989 as an internationally recognized New Testament scholar. In 1992, he was named
Professor of the Year by the student body, and he became the first appointee to the Paul T. Walls
Chair in Wesleyan and Biblical Studies. Before coming to SPU, Lane was professor of New Testament
and Judaic studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and professor of religious studies at
Western Kentucky University. He earned degrees from Wesleyan University, Gordon Divinity School,
Westminster Theological Seminary and Harvard University. Bill's two-volume commentary on Hebrews
1-13 won Christianity Today's 1993 Critic's Choice Award for "Book of the Year" commentaries. He
is survived by his wife, Brenda, and many extended family members and friends.
WALLACE WILSON '51 died January 8, 1999, at the age of 73. Wally left his family ranch in Wyoming at age 17 to attend Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, he and his wife, Inez, moved to Renton, Washington, where they eventually founded Highlands Community Church. As senior pastor of Highlands for 44 years, Wally helped the congregation grow from a few families in 1946 to 2,600 people today. He was honored with a "Pastor Emeritus" award by the church in September 1998. Wally earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from SPC in 1951 and 1960 respectively. In 1977, he earned his Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology. Wally is survived by his wife; three children; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.