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Summer 2006 | Volume 29, Number 3 | Alumni

And Medallion Awards Go to … the Class of ’56!

50-Year Reunion

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 professions.

“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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