J. HARLEY ADAMS CC ’48 died September 24, 2003, at the age of
87. Born in Alberta, Canada, Harley graduated from Cascade College
and then served for a long time as a minister in Friends churches
throughout the Northwest. In 1936, he married Amy Bullington. She
died in 2001, and in 2002 he married Phyllis Chandler. He is survived
by Phyllis, two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
BAKER BODINE ’56 died
October 26, 2003, after a four-year battle with melanoma. She was 69 years old.
Born in Belvedere, Illinois, Gladys followed in her parents’ footsteps
when she chose an administrative
career in The Salvation Army.
She earned an associate’s degree from Central Christian College in McPherson,
Kansas, and a bachelor’s degree from SPC. Well-known for her soprano singing
voice, she was a soloist in an a capella choir while an SPC student. Retiring
from The Salvation Army as a lieutenant colonel, Gladys had helped establish
one of the agency’s first professionally staffed programs for female addicts
in San Diego, California. She and her husband, Bob, managed what became the agency’s
largest alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs in the country. Gladys is survived
by her husband of 46 years, two sons and 10 grandchildren.
BURTON ’69 died on May 23, 2004, after a 14-month battle with ovarian cancer.
She was 57 years old. Born in Sunnyside, Washington, Dianna taught for 18 years
in the Auburn (Washington) School District and for 12 years at White River High
School in Buckley, Washington. She volunteered for 28 years with the National
Ski Patrol, where she was a duty patrol leader and training director. She received
numerous awards, the most recent of which was the 2004 Most Inspirational
Award by the Snoqualmie Ski Patrol. Dianna is survived by James, her husband
of 29 years; one daughter; two grandsons; her mother; and two sisters, including
VELVA RICHEY MYERS ’76.
ROBERT “BOB” CHEEK ’51 died on
May 11, 2004, at the age of 82.
Born in Canon, Georgia, Bob was the second of three children and lived in California
for a short time before moving to Seattle, where he spent the rest of his childhood.
After high school, he attended a Bible school in Oregon, Washington and Lee University
in Virginia, the University of Edinburgh
in Scotland, and SPC. After four years in the U.S. Army during World War II,
he returned to SPC. Following his marriage to SHIRLEY
WELTY ’51 in 1950, he attended
Southwestern Theological Seminary. During his career, Bob pastored eight churches
in Canada and Texas. After retirement, he served as interim pastor
for 24 churches. He also made
mission trips to Brazil, Japan and
Okinawa. Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, five sons, three daughters,
24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER ’70 died on
May 30, 2004, of a heart attack. He was 95 years old. A retired librarian, Stephen
was predeceased by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by one son.
W. FRANCIS CRAM
CC ’58 died Aug-
ust 7, 2003, at the age of 71. Born
in North Dakota, Francis served as a minister throughout the United States after
graduating from Cascade College. He married Helene Einhorn in 1961. In 1979,
he moved to Gresham, Oregon, where he was a custodian at Gresham High School.
A member of the Street Team of East Hill Foursquare Church for 24 years, Francis
played piano and sang gospel songs on street corners and in homeless shelters.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, one son, five grand-children and one
JUDITH BEST ENNES ’68 died of cancer May 19, 2004. She was 57
years old. Born in Seattle, Judith graduated from SPC and began a 31-year teaching
career in the Issaquah (Washington) School District, teaching second through
sixth grades at Clark Elementary, Maple Hills Elementary and Apollo Elementary.
Writing lessons to teach history led her to write a children’s
book about a Washington state ferry, Kalakala Comes Home:
No Dream Is Too Big. She was an active member of Washington Cathedral
in Redmond, Washington, and helped form a writers’ group there. Judith is survived
by her husband, John Ennes; four sons; two daughters; five grandchildren; a sister;
two brothers; and her parents, HAROLD BEST ’38 and LOIS
WATSON BEST ’56.
FRANZON M.A. ’72 died
June 20, 2004, at the age of 92. Born in Boras, Sweden, Inga-Lisa came to the
United States after attending college in Sweden. She taught physical education
in elementary through high schools, and went to the 1936 Berlin Olympics and
to London for demonstrations of Swedish gymnastics. An SPC faculty
member from 1958 to 1973, she was a member of the Swedish
Cultural Center, Order of America, Swedish Cultural Society, Nordic
Heritage Museum, Bellevue Athletic Club and Grace Lutheran Church. Inga-Lisa
enjoyed singing, dancing, skiing, skating and swimming. She is survived by her
husband of 48 years, Sven, as well as a sister and a brother.
VIRGINIA “GINNY” FREEMAN ’43 died November 28, 2004, after a long illness. She was 83 years old. Born in Tacoma,
Washington, Ginny graduated from SPC and went on to a 30-year career at the University
of Washington Gallagher Law Library. She is survived by three sisters.
HESTER CC ’51 died February 5, 2004, at the age of 75.
Born in Ridge Farm, Illinois, he moved to Portland,
Oregon, in 1949. After graduating
from Cascade College, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Oregon.
Allen served as a principal in the Reynolds (Oregon) School District. He is survived
by his wife, Eudora; two daughters; three sons; and nine grandchildren.
HOLBOY ’66 died April 19, 2004. He was born in Wyoming in 1938. After graduating
from SPC, he began a 32-year teaching career at Stanwood (Washington) High School,
where he taught English, history and social studies. Wendel made important contributions
while he was with the Stanwood/Camano School District, not only in teaching but
also by participating as president and chief negotiator for the Stanwood Education
Association, constructing the Stanwood teachers’ collective bargaining
agreement and starting the driver’s education program. Wendel is survived by
his wife, Naomi; three sons; and five grandchildren.
CALVIN HULL CC ’46 died
Septem- ber 2, 2003, at the age of 87. Born in Oklahoma, Calvin married Lela
Hawley in 1940. They moved to Portland, Oregon, where he attended Cascade College.
After graduation, he pastored churches in Washington and Iowa. Calvin is survived
by three daughters, 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
ALVIN LOBB ’38 died February 24, 2004, at the age
of 84. Born in Napa, California, Alvin came
to Seattle in his teens, when his father, a pastor, was called to a Seattle-area
church. After graduating from SPC, Alvin married Maxine Dilworth in 1941, and
then went to work at the Boeing Company for 41 years, most of the time as a welding
engineer. He was active in his church, West Valley Advent Christian Church in
Auburn, Washington, and he committed to helping the homeless through organizations
such as Operation Nightwatch. He enjoyed classical music and sang bass in church
and community choirs. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, three children,
four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
LORNA RIGGS NASH ’53 died February 25, 2004, at
the age of 72. Born in Salem, Oregon, Lorna taught in several
towns in Oregon, including Salem, Spray, Fossil, Phoenix, Talent, Parkdale, Hood
River and Cascade Locks. She married Thomas Nash in 1954, and the couple divorced
in 1992. Lorna is survived by one daughter; two grandchildren; one sister, DIANA
RIGGS VAUCHER ’52; and one brother, ROBERT
ELEANOR LOIS NAZARENUS ’41 died April 26, 2004.
She was 86 years old. Born and raised in Seattle, Eleanor
attended SPC and the University of Washington. She then earned a master’s degree
at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Garrett-Evangelical
Theological Seminary in Evanston. An ordained Methodist minister, she pastored
three churches in Nebraska and was the associate pastor at a church in Yakima,
Washington. When Eleanor retired from the ministry, she earned teaching credentials
and taught honors English at Everett High School in Everett, Washington, until
retiring in 1982. She was a member of the honorary teachers association, Pi Lambda
Theta, and after retiring, she funded the Eleanor Nazarenus-Nelson Mandela Scholarships
at Seattle Central College and the Eleanor Nazarenus Scholarship Endowment
at SPU. Eleanor is survived
by three sisters and one brother.
BILLIE WEITZ BENNETT NEWTON ’62 died November
7, 2003, after an extended illness. She was 66 years old. Born in Oklahoma, Billie
and her family moved to Oregon soon after she was born. The family moved to Seattle
in 1954, where she finished school. After earning her teaching certification
from SPC, she taught elementary school in Bothell, Washington,
and Merced, California. She completed graduate study at Central Washington University
and taught several generations of children in Sunnyside,
Washington, until her retirement in 1992. Predeceased by two husbands
and a daughter, Billie is survived
by one sister, one niece, one nephew and four grandnephews.
MABEL REESE ’44 died
December 16, 2003. She was 85 years old. Mabel was born in Shawmut, Pennsylvania,
and graduated from Chesbrough Seminary (now Roberts Wesleyan College) in Rochester,
New York, before attending SPC. After graduation, Mabel returned to Pennsylvania,
where she taught high school and later became a librarian, earning a master’s
equivalent certificate in library science from Clarion State College. She was
the first president of the Northern Area Education Association, in addition to
participating in other educationally related associations. Mabel was a member
of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship International and the Free Methodist Council
for Social Action, and she was a Fellow of Roberts Wesleyan College. She is survived
by one niece and two nephews.
Missionary, Dean and Professor, Alice Reid Encouraged Others
ALICE REID, professor
emerita of biblical studies and missions, died May 28, 2004,
from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. She was 91
“Professor Reid was an encourager,” remembers LAILA
OLSEN SHARPE ’73, one of the many students Alice
taught during her 18 years at Seattle Pacific. “When we had a panel
discussion, for example, she encouraged each of us to share
our thoughts and share our faith.”
Born in Wisconsin and raised
in Wheaton, Illinois, Alice received a bachelor’s degree
from Wheaton College and a master’s degree from New York
University and Biblical Seminary. In 1943, while attending
school in New York, she was a contralto soloist at the renowned
Before and after World War II, Alice served
as a missionary to India. She was dean of women at Wessington
Springs College in South Dakota, and a faculty member at
Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, before joining
the Seattle Pacific faculty in 1960.
When she retired in 1978,
the SPU Board of Trustees commended her for “exceptional
competence, energy and devotion.” They went on to say that “her
scholarship and piety have been a model for many young men
and women who have studied under her, and her enthusiasm
has inspired these students to pursue further studies in
these disciplines [of biblical studies and missions] ...”
of the classroom, Alice enjoyed gardening, archaeology
and West Highland white terriers. She was a member of the
Holly Society of America, an organization that promotes the
study and research of the genus Ilex. She is survived by
BERTHA ANDERSON ROCKNESS ’32 died January 11, 2004.
She was 91 years old. Bertha was born and raised on Vashon Island, Washington.
Following graduation from Vashon High School, she attended SPC, after which she
worked as a nurse at Tacoma General Hospital. In 1935, she married Omar Rockness,
and they started a family. During her life, Bertha used her talents to sew, knit
and crochet for missionary families and her own grandchildren. She also enjoyed
cooking and hosting friends and family. Bertha was predeceased by her husband
in 2001. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, 12 grandchildren,
14 great-grandchildren an
NORMAN THORSEN ’81 died May 3, 2004, as a result
of complications from injuries sustained in a 1988 automobile accident. He was
46 years old. Born and raised in Turlock, Washington, Norman was an active golfer
and skier, and enjoyed camping and traveling. A music lover, he also enjoyed
attending concerts. After graduating from SPU, he became business manager of
Thorsens Inc., a family-owned-and-operated business for plumbing, heating and
air conditioning. After the car accident left him a quadriplegic, he continued
to manage the business for 16 years, outliving
all medical expectations. Despite his physical challenges, Norman continued
to support various charities such as Campus Crusade for Christ. He is survived
by his parents; sister JUDY THORSEN ENCHELMAYER ’70; two brothers,
THORSEN ’74; and several nieces and nephews.
AGNES “LOIS” TISH
CC ’37 died
March 6, 2004, at the age of 90. Born in Caldwell, Idaho, Lois attended Portland
Bible Institute (later Cascade College) and Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa,
Idaho. She then received library training from the University of Washington.
Her first teaching job was in a one-room schoolhouse in Idaho, but she spent
most of her career as a librarian at Cascade College and at Linfield College
in McMinnville, Oregon. She enjoyed gardening, travel and crafts. She also played
a role in starting the McMinnville Friends Church. Lois is survived by a brother
and numerous nieces and nephews.
MARLYN DALE TOLAND ’65 died on March 29, 2004,
after a battle with brain cancer. He was 61 years old. Born in Wapato, Washington,
Dale graduated from SPC and earned a master’s degree from Eastern Washington
University. A longtime teacher, Dale began his career in the East
Valley School District in Spokane, Washington. He then went to the Yakima (Washington)
School District, where he taught for several years before becoming principal.
He retired in 1992. After retirement, he worked for the Yakima County Juvenile
Court. Dale was a longtime member of Yakima’s Westside Baptist Church, and he
and his wife, Kathleen, enjoyed several cruises over the years. Dale is survived
by his wife and two sons.
TERRY WILLIAMSON ’76 died May 27, 2004. He was 53 years old. Born
in Roseburg, Oregon, he
married Ruth Warner in 1972, studied at Vennard Bible College in
Seattle and then graduated from SPC. In Seattle, he worked in church
ministry for nine years and as a master automotive technician at
Smart Service for four years. A member of Poulsbo (Washington)
Church of the Nazarene, he enjoyed music, drawing, sailing, architectural
design and drafting, and rebuilding cars. He is survived by his wife, two sons,
one daughter and five grandchildren.
HENRY WILSON ’29 died April
20, 2004, at the age of 98. A resident of Seattle’s Queen Anne
neighborhood for 50 years, Henry returned to SPC in the 1940s to
earn a teaching certificate. Prior to that, he’d been in Alaska
teaching and serving as a missionary. Painting was a passion for
Henry, especially in the latter half of his life, when he also
continued to be an enthusiastic supporter of SPU athletics. Predeceased
by his wife, PEARL KETCHAM WILSON ’29, and by his daughter, LOUELLYN
WILSON POST ’54, Henry is survived by one daughter; one son, WILLIAM
WILSON ’66; 13 grandchildren, including RON
POST ’78 and DEBBIE
POST HAMLIN ’79; and nine great-grandchildren.
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