And Medallion Awards Go to … the Class of ’56!
THE SEATTLE PACIFIC University Class of 1956
is a richly varied group that includes a sailor
of the Inside Passage, the mayor of a small
town in Eastern Washington, the pastor of a
Japanese church, one of the world’s foremost
New Testament scholars, and a co-founder of
the world’s largest supplier of business software
for the radio broadcast industry.
Among such illustrious company, six
were singled out at their 50-year reunion in
June 2006. They each received SPU’s Medallion
Award — a special honor given to select
alumni in recognition of outstanding service
to Seattle Pacific, the community, and their
“SPU chose to honor these people for the
ways in which they have engaged the culture
in their personal and professional lives,” says
Director for Alumni Relations Doug Taylor.
“In the 50 years they’ve had since leaving
Seattle Pacific, they’ve given outstanding service
to the University and their respective
communities — and they are simply wonderful
people to be around.”
Here are this year’s award winners:
Frank Cranston became a supervisor for
elementary schools in the Seattle School District
after several years as a teacher, vice principal,
and principal. He served on both the
SPU Board of Trustees and the Alumni
Association Board. For 17 years, he chaired
the Warm Beach Camp Board of the First
Free Methodist Church.
Wes Denison made his mark as a longtime
educator in public and private Washington
schools, including 31 years in the Kent School
District. A former Washington State Principal
of the Year and winner of the Christa McAuliffe
Award for outstanding educators, he was
known for never giving up on a student.
William Hart built a successful career in
engineering and computers with companies
such as Digital Equipment Corporation and
Computer Sciences Corporation. Along the
way, he spent three years at Seattle Pacific as
alumni director. He and his wife, Ruth Clement
Hart ’56, have been married 50 years.
Patricia Landis is an educator who has
taught at every level from elementary to
graduate school in locations as varied as the
United States, Germany, Kenya, and China.
She served as a professor and administrator at
Nyack College in Nyack, New York, and
George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon,
for a total of 31 years.
Wes Morgan has made a name in investment
banking and as managing director
of Lundstrom-Eberenz & Co’s Central Avenue
Fund. He also taught entrepreneurship at
Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International
Management, where he specialized in
initial price offerings of stocks.
Keith Phillips served as athletic director at
SPU, and eventually became dean of the
School of Physical Education and Athletics.
For 40 years, his career centered on Christian
education and Christian camping. He pioneered
and developed Norfolk Christian
Schools and the Triple-R Ranch camp and
conference center in Virginia.
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