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Winter 2006 | Volume 29, Number 1 | Footnotes

In Memoriam

CATHERINE MCCANDLESS ’90 died September 28, 2005. She was 40 years old. Born in Virginia, Catherine grew up in Kailua, Hawaii, and moved to Seattle to attend SPU, earning a degree in special education. She went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Leslie College. Catherine married Tracey Stephenson in 1990, and she taught special education for more than 10 years at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Kent, Washington. She also enjoyed tutoring students one-to-one. Catherine is survived by her husband, a sister, and two nieces.

RUTH PUTNAM BOYD SCHOENHALS ’32 died July 14, 2005, after a long illness. She was 95 years old. Born in Glenwood, Washington, Ruth married MYRON BOYD ’32, who pastored Free Methodist churches in Washington and British Columbia. Before his death in 1978, he was a bishop in the Free Methodist Church serving in Winona Lake, Indiana. In 1980, Ruth married LAWRENCE SCHOENHALS and in 1982, at the age of 72, she graduated from Greenville College with a degree in art. A proficient musician, she was an active supporter of Seattle Pacific. She had a series of charitable gift annuities, both as a way to provide herself with income and as a way to support SPU. The Lawrence and Ruth Schoenhals Christian Lectureship Fine and Performing Arts Endowment still brings renowned musicians to campus to perform and teach each year. Ruth is survived by her husband, Lawrence; a sister; two sons, including DAROLD BOYD ’62; a daughter; stepson ROGER SCHOENHALS ’61 and stepdaughter STEPHANIE SCHOENHALS RADCLIFFE ’59; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

JOHN SPENCE ’76, died May 27, 2005, after battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He is survived by his wife, PETRA ANDERSON SPENCE ’76, and three daughters.

DENNIS VANLANDINGHAM ’88 died August 5, 2005, after a two-year struggle with bipolar disorder. He was 39 years old. Dennis had a passion for technology and began working for SPU as a student worker in Computer and Information Systems. He continued after graduation and was an SPU senior systems analyst for more than 10 years. He then began working for Microsoft, where he stayed for seven years. Dennis is survived by his wife, ROBIN REDDING VANLANDINGHAM ’87, a son, and two daughters.

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