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Autumn 2007 | Volume 30, Number 2 | Footnotes

In Memoriam

ROGER ALLEMAN ’67 died April 20, 2007, at the age of 61 after a brief illness. Stricken with cerebral palsy as a child, Roger continued to battle the disorder throughout his life. He graduated from Lincoln High School and then SPC. Roger worked for 25 years as a loan officer for the federal housing and urban development department in Seattle. A former resident of Edmonds, Washington, he is survived by his cousins.

JOSEPH BEAULIEU ’85 died September 10, 2006, at the age of 43 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. A gifted musician, Joseph was a popular piano and organ performer, playing in many church venues and dance academies in the Seattle area. He also performed organ/piano concerts with organist David Lepse. A young Joseph first participated in the Cornish Institute’s Prep Program, then spent his high school years developing as an ensemble player and virtuoso player. At SPU, he was a vocal and piano performance double major who gained his teacher certification in 1986. He was musical director for the Pacific Lively Arts production of “ Hello Dolly!” and Seattle Prep’s “ Guys and Dolls.” Joseph, dubbed “ Mr. Music” by the Lynnwood (Washington) and Olympic Ballet companies, is survived by his parents, one sister, and one brother.

ELMER BRADLEY ’54 died January 24, 2007, at the age of 76. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, he often spent summers working on his father’s pinto bean farm in Chino Valley. After graduating from North Phoenix High School, he attended Southern California Bible College, then made his way to SPC. While at Seattle Pacific, he was a member of the basketball team. Following graduation, he went on to study for the ministry. He married Ellen in 1953 and later moved back to Arizona. Following in his father’s footsteps, Elmer entered the construction business in Tempe, Arizona. In 1968, Elmer was elected mayor of the city of Tempe. He held the position until 1970. His business, Elmer Bradley Construction, was responsible for building hundreds of family homes and apartments in the city. Elmer also helped found and build many churches, which were among his proudest accomplishments. Elmer was Seattle Pacific’s “ Alumnus of the Year” in 1970. A resident of Tempe at the time of his death, he is survived by Ellen, two daughters, one son, and eight grandchildren.

RICHARD “ DICK” BUSHNELL ’59 died April 27, 2007, at 71 years of age. The seventh of eight children from Plateville, Wisconsin, Dick was proud of his family. At the time of his death, he was planning a trip to England to further research his heritage. A lover of history and politics, he was state chairman for one of Nelson Rockefeller’s presidential campaigns, and named Man of the Year for Washington State Young Republicans in 1962. Dick was one of the founders of Choose an Effective City Council to reform Seattle city government in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The citizen group elected numerous city council members and injected new blood into civic life. After a career in public relations, Dick became owner of Seattle’s Totem Press. He is survived by his wife, Jean; one son; one daughter; and two grandchildren.

HELEN NYGAARD HALVORSON ’48 died March 1, 2007. She was 83 years old. Born in Richville, Minnesota, she graduated from Goodridge High School in 1939 and then attended a teacher training program. After graduating from SPC with a degree in biology, she tutored returning World War II veterans and served the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist mate in New York, the Great Lakes Naval Center in Illinois, and the San Diego Naval Hospital. She also taught naval pilots how to handle high altitude and extreme cold in a low-air-pressure environment. Helen went on to receive her certification in medical technology at the General Hospital in Minneapolis. She married Earl Halvorson and they settled on a farm in Goodridge, Minnesota. Helen then attended Bemidji State College and earned degrees in English and health. She taught in Goodridge High School and Franklin Middle School in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Helen was also a commander of American Legion Post 117 and its auxiliary as well as a member of the Color Guard. She is survived by one son and three grandchildren.

Lois henderson-Davis ’63 died August 9, 2006. She was 87 years old. Lois was raised in Falls City, Oregon, and met her husband, George Henderson, after graduating from SPC. An elementary school teacher for 29 years, Lois also pastored churches throughout Oregon with her husband. Predeceased by two husbands, she is survived by one son, one daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Marian Holmes ’68 died July 25, 2006. She was 90 years old. Raised in Portland, Oregon, she met her husband, Ralph Holmes, at a Seattle donut shop and married him in 1941. They moved to Burien, Washington, and raised three children. At age 50, she graduated from SPC with a degree in education and worked for the Highline (Washington) and Federal Way (Washington) school districts as a kindergarten teacher. She also frequently volunteered at Highline Community Hospital. Predeceased by Ralph, she is survived by one son and two daughters, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Trustee Remembered for His Giving Spirit

Bud Hansen
Bernard “ Bud” Hansen
BERNARD “ BUD” HANSEN ’50, a longtime member of the Seattle Pacific University Board of Trustees, died May 2, 2007. He was 79 years old.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Bud attended Los Angeles Pacific College before transferring north to Seattle Pacific College. At SPC, he studied accounting, sang in choirs and quartets, and met his wife, RUTH DENISON HANSEN ’50, in the library.

In 1955, Bud began a 30-year career as an elementary teacher, principal, and director of elementary education in the Shoreline (Washington) School District. While pursuing a successful career in education, Bud also served both his alma mater and the Free Methodist Church.

Bud was a member of the Seattle Pacific Board of Trustees for 33 years. For 15 of those years, he held the position of Board secretary. He also worked enthusiastically as president of the SPU Alumni Association and, along with Ruth, organized countless Alumni Weekend retreats and other University events and initiatives.

A founding member of Seattle’s Lakeview Free Methodist Church, Bud served the Free Methodist Church on the local and conference level. He sat for 15 years on the board of the Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington.

“ Bud freely gave of his time and talents to try to make a real difference in the world,” says SPU President Philip Eaton. “ The results are visible.”

Survivors include Ruth Hansen, Bud’s wife of nearly 57 years, who supervised teaching interns in SPU’s School of Education for 25 years. Bud is also survived by four children, including LYNNE HANSEN HALL ’76, who works in SPU’s Office of University Advancement, JILL HANSEN BARRETT ’78, DIRK HANSEN ’80, and SUE HANSEN MCPEAK ’82; and nine grandchildren, including CHRIS HALL ’04, Ashley Barrett ’06, who works in SPU’s Office of Annual Giving, and ALLISON HALL, an SPU sophomore.
BYRON JACOBSON ’46 died November 2, 2006, at 87 years of age. He was born in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. The oldest of four children, he attended Wessington Springs Junior College in South Dakota, then traveled to Seattle to study to be a teacher. Byron met his wife, PEARL WATROUS JACOBSON ’48, at SPC. Following graduation, he felt called into ministry and, along with his wife, served in Oregon Free Methodist churches for more than 50 years. Byron is survived by Pearl, his wife of 58 years; five children, including CURTIS JACOBSON ’78; and five grandchildren, including JOEL JACOBSON ’05 and NICHOLAS JACOBSON ’07.

BRUCE KENNEDY, emeritus member of the Executive Advisory Council of SPU’s School of Business and Economics, died June 28, 2007, in a private plane crash. He was 68 years old. Born in Denver, Colorado, Bruce spent 32 years at Alaska Airlines, including 12 years as its chairman, chief executive officer, and president. He led the company’s expansion as an international carrier before stepping down in 1991 to pursue humanitarian interests. At the time of his death, he had visited Quest Aircraft Company in Sandpoint, Idaho, for which he was chairman of the board. Quest designs and manufactures aircraft to serve the needs of mission and humanitarian flying in some of the most remote and challenging areas of the world. Bruce and his wife, Karleen, taught English in China, and through World Relief housed dozens of refugee families in their home. Bruce also served on the boards of several Christian organizations, including Crista Ministries and Mission Aviation Fellowship. He was a member of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA for six years, an SPU Fellow since 1981, and a recipient of honorary degrees from SPU and his alma mater, University of Alaska. Bruce is survived by Karleen, one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren.

STANLEY LUKE, SPU professor emeritus of mathematics, died October 15, 2006, at 78 years of age. Born in Sialkot, India, which is now part of Pakistan, Stanley immigrated to the United States and completed his doctorate at the University of Pittsburg. He taught for 14 years at Nebraska Wesleyan University before joining the SPU faculty in 1982. During his 10 years at SPU, he was known as the resident expert on “ real analysis,” as well as for his efforts to help students grow both academically and spiritually. In his honor, his family has established The Stanley D. and Primrose Luke Scholarship Fund for students with a passion for learning. The former resident of Mill Creek, Washington, is survived by his wife, Primrose; five children; and nine grandchildren.

Honoring a Man Who Helped Set SPU’s Course

Donald McNichols
Melvin, Lydia, and Donald McNichols
DONALD MCNICHOLS, Seattle Pacific University professor emeritus of English and religion, died May 6, 2007. He was 91 years old. Born in Kansas, Donald earned a bachelor’s degree from Los Angeles Pacific College (LAPC), and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California. In 1940, he married LYDIA ANDREWS ’45.

During World War II, he served as an Army medic and interpreter in Belgium, France, and Germany. He then embarked on a 40-year career in Christian higher education that took him from LAPC to George Fox College and finally to Seattle Pacific College, where he served from 1955 to 1980.

A professor of English at SPC, Donald also used his administrative skills in positions such as director of the Evening School, director of Summer Session, and associate dean. He chaired the committee to oversee the construction of Weter Memorial Library. “ Don represented a generation of professors who helped determine what SPU could become,” says Professor Emerita of English Fan Gates.

Like her husband of 66 years, Lydia McNichols was an influential member of the Seattle Pacific community, serving as secretary to the president, assistant registrar, associate registrar, and director of registration and records. After retirement in 1980, the couple established the Donald and Lydia McNichols Humanities Scholarship at SPU.

An ordained elder of the Free Methodist Church, Donald spent three years of his retirement writing Seattle Pacific University: A Growing Vision 1891–1991, SPU’s official centennial history. The prolific writer published dozens of essays and the biography Portrait of a Quaker: Levi T. Pennington. In 1983, SPU conferred on him the honorary doctorate of literature.

Donald was predeceased by Lydia in 2006. He is survived by his son, MELVIN MCNICHOLS ’69; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.
ALLEN NELSON ’50 died March 28, 2007, after an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 82 years old. One of 10 children, Allen was raised on a farm in Idaho during the Great Depression. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served three years during World War II, ending his career as a radioman first class. While in the Navy, Allen married his high school sweetheart, Helen Pullen, and the couple moved to Seattle after his discharge. In 1950, Allen graduated from SPC with a degree in biblical literature. Soon after, he was appointed pastor of the Auburn First Free Methodist Church in Washington. He served the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church as a pastor for 22 years. In 1970, he answered a missionary call and went to Central Africa. Two years later, Allen and Helen traveled to Rwanda to supervise construction of a secondary school. In 1974, they moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire). During their 14 years in Africa, the Nelsons built hospitals, schools, churches, living facilities, roads, and clean-water systems to benefit the people of that region. In 1986, the Nelsons returned to pastoral service in the United States, serving in the Columbia River Conference until retirement in 1990. Allen is survived by Helen, his wife of 63 years; two sons; four daughters; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Lydia Gecobe Peera ’70 died Febru-ary 1, 2006, in Tucson, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer. She was 60 years old. Following study at the University of the Philippines in Manila, Lydia enrolled at SPC and graduated with a political science degree. She spent time in education, working as a teacher and reading-resource specialist, and in public relations for Doolen Middle School in Tucson, Arizona. An active person, Lydia enjoyed cooking, and regularly organized dinners, festivals, and fundraisers. She is survived by her husband, Shiraz; two daughters; and one son.

DAVE POTTS, M.Ed. ’78, died June 8, 2006, from pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old. Born in Seattle, Dave grew up in South Dakota and returned to Seattle after high school. He served for two years in the U.S. Air Force, after which he received a degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in education from SPU. During this time, he met his wife, SHARON STEPHENS POTTS ’73, at the Shoreline Free Methodist Church. The couple was married in 1972. Dave went on to spend his career teaching high school special education. He is survived by Sharon, one daughter, and one son.

MARY PUCKETT CC ’55 died November 21, 2006, in Milwaukie, Oregon. She was 79 years old. Born in Allen, Nebraska, Mary was the second of 10 children. After graduating from Greenleaf Friends Academy in Greenleaf, Idaho, she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she attended Cascade College. Before completing her degree, however, she entered St. Anthony’s School of Nursing in Pendleton, Oregon. After receiving a nursing degree, she returned to Cascade College, graduating in 1955. Mary’s nursing career took her to Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle. She loved to travel and spend time with family before she became ill in the early 1970s. Mary is survived by five brothers, including KENNETH PUCKETT CC ’57, and two sisters, including MARILYN PUCKETT MEYERS ’56, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

FREDERICK SHULTS ’47, M.ED. ’61, died March 11, 2007, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 80 years old. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Fred lived his entire life in the Seattle area. His great-great-grandfather was George Whitworth, for whom Whitworth College in Spokane was named. On his father’s side was Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Fred taught elementary and junior high school for more than 30 years. After his retirement, he and his wife, Gloria, went into full-time Christian ministry with the Evangelical Church of North America. He was a church pastor for nine years. An avid gardener, he enjoyed testing roses for the Jackson and Perkins Company. Fred is survived by Gloria, his wife of 55 years; one son; one daughter, TAYLOR SHULTS EVANS, M.S. ’84; two granddaughters; five grandsons; and one great- granddaughter.

MARY SHALLOW TIPTON ’85 died March 27, 2007. Born and raised in West Bend, Wisconsin, Mary graduated from West Bend High School in June 1970. She began working for the Washington County Extension office in southeast Wisconsin, and after three years moved to Seattle. Following a short career at the New York Life Insurance Company, Mary enrolled at SPU. She graduated with a computer science degree from Seattle Pacific in 1985 and married CURTIS TIPTON ’93. After moving to North Bend, Washington, Mary began working for Boeing and later the City of Bellevue. Mary is survived by Curtis, one daughter, and one son.

GWENDOLYN WARREN ’54 died April 13, 2007, from leukemia. She was 74 years old. A gifted artist, Gwen made jewelry, painted in oils, and enjoyed scrapbooking. She also spent 41 years as an employee at Boeing Aerospace. Gwen was a member of Seattle’s University Presbyterian Church and devoted herself to Bible study, children’s church ministries, Bible translation missions, and the support of Romanian orphans. On various mission trips, she traveled to Ecuador to assist Wycliffe Bible Translators, and to Eastern Europe to help care for orphans. Gwen is survived by her mother; sisters VELMA WARREN MACDONALD ’51 and DOROTHY WARREN BINEHAM ’56; three nieces, including KAREN MACDONALD BIRK ’77 and SHARI BINEHAM BROWN ’86; and five nephews, including JOHN MACDONALD ’91.

LEON WRAY ’66 died March 22, 2007, at the age of 63. The Bremerton, Washington, native received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974 and embarked on a 27-year career looking after the animals he loved throughout the Puget Sound area. He also enjoyed designing and building classical grandfather clocks, playing the piano, and boating. At the time of his death, Leon was in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease. A devoted member of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington, he is survived by his wife, Cindy, and three cats.
War Service Death Records

Eleven Seattle Pacific College men died in World War II, but University records are not clear about how many Seattle Pacific alumni have died in service in subsequent wars or conflicts. In an attempt to ensure that SPU’s records are complete, the Alumni Office is asking alumni whether they know of an SPC/SPU alum or former student who died in military service in Korea, Vietnam, Granada, Panama, Gulf War I, Kosovo, Afghanistan, or Iraq.

If you have information, please inform the Alumni Office by sending a short note or email providing the name, rank, branch of service, date of death, and year(s) of SPC/SPU attendance. Send your information to War Service Death Records, Alumni Office, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Avenue West, Seattle, Washington, 98119. Or email

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