Alumni News & Notes

Spring 2016-2017

Jess del Bosque

Jess del Bosque (1968, BAE, Spanish - secondary ed), a retired Mount Vernon High School track and field coach and Spanish teacher, recently completed his longtime goal of finishing the Boston Marathon. He ran the New York Marathon in 2014.

Karen McCormich

Karen McCormick (2016, BAE, special education) is a first-grade teacher at Brownsville Elementary School in Bremerton.

Kevin Bryant

Kevin Bryant (1980, B.A., speech communication; 1990, M.Ed., student personnel administration) recently became the athletic director of Redmond School District in Oregon. He is also working on his doctoral degree at the University of Idaho.

Louise Lenahan Wallace

A short story, "The Warning," by Louise Lenahan Wallace (1992, B.A., human services) was included in 2016"s "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas."

Nate Nehring

Nate Nehring (2016, BAE, general science – secondary) is a science teacher at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville and was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Council, becoming the youngest person ever to sit on that board.

Nicole McTavish

Nicole MacTavish (2002, administrative certificate) was selected to be the assistant superintendent of the Richland School District; she"s currently the assistant superintendent of the Nampa School District in Idaho.

Pam Sinnett

Pam Sinnett (1971, BAE, special education; K-12 elementary, speech; secondary) and Jody Guenser ("74, BAE, special education; K-12 elementary, English ; secondary) will retire in June after more than 30 years of teaching and singing at the Samish School preschool and kindergarten they directed together in Bellingham.

Ray Matlock Smythe

Ray Matlock Smythe (1971, BAE, history; secondary) is retired after 39 years teaching in Washington, Oregon and California. His two books, "Tips to Improve your Retirement Experience" and "Creative Teaching: A Guide to Success in the Classroom," are available on amazon. com.

Rick Bowers

Rick Bowers (1975, BAE, history/ social studies, political science/social studies) a 33-season wrestling coach for Warden High School, was recently inducted in to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Rick Moore

Rick Moore (1982, BAE, physical education; secondary) recently retired from the Hoquiam School District, where he had been a football coach and physical education teacher.

In Memoriam

Helen McNeil Sherman

Helen McNeil Sherman (1934), 100, a retired teacher in Seattle and Richland, on March 8, 2017.

Bob Jones

Bob Jones (1960), 60, Auburn High School"s longtime athletic director and football coach, on March 12, 2017.

Curtis John Kramme

Curtis John Kramme (1986), 55, a longtime teacher and coach in Lynden and a member of the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, on April 22, 2017.

Delbert Llewellyn Bargewell

Delbert Llewellyn Bargewell (1952), 86, a retired teacher in Bellingham who also worked in real estate, on March 10, 2017, in Bow.

Donald Lee Hundley

Donald Lee Hundley (1956), 87, a retired teacher and football coach who later ran a woodworking business, on March 16, 2017, on Camano Island.

E. Armond Daws

E. Armond Daws (1955), 97, a retired teacher, football coach and vice principal at Cascade Junior High in South Seattle, on March 31, 2017, in Marysville.

Eva Clare Corcoran Pytel

Eva Clare Corcoran Pytel (1966), 94, a retired teacher and technical illustrator, on March 10, 2017.

Keith Kenji Nakayama

Keith Kenji Nakayama (1978), 60, a retired middle school band director in Hawaii, on June 1, 2016.

Margaret Ann (Vogel) Morris

Margaret Ann (Vogel) Morris (1965), 85, a retired teacher in Christian schools and in the Nooksack Valley School District, on March 12, 2017.

Rena Browne

Rena Browne (1963), 72, a retired paraeducator in the Ferndale School District, on April 13, 2017, on Sandy Point in Whatcom County.

Susan Rose (Smith) Sanchez

Susan Rose (Smith) Sanchez (1971), 67, a retired elementary school teacher, on March 10, 2017, in Mount Vernon.

Winter 2016-2017

In Memoriam

Alfred Edward "Bud" Lee

Alfred Edward "Bud" Lee (1963), 78, who taught for 30 years in Port Townsend, on Feb. 25, 2017, in Sequim.

Catherine I. Schloemer

Catherine I. Schloemer (1965), 88, a retired teacher in Norfolk, Virginia, on Jan. 22, 2017, in Norfolk.

Dale Wilson

Dale Wilson (1956), 87, a retired principal of Kenmore schools, on Feb. 4, 2017, in Rathdrum, Idaho.

Dennis Joseph McHugo

Dennis Joseph McHugo (1959), 83, a retired teacher and member of the American Legion Post No. 49, on Feb. 12, 2017, in Olympia.