Alumni News & Notes

Spring 2007-2008

In Memoriam

Kenneth Seng, Jr.

(Supervisor for student interns) passed away on May 7, 2008. Seng served as a Junior High School Principal and continued to provide leadership as a supervisor for student interns at Western.

M. Isabel Ryan Bzdyl

(Cert '35) passed away on March 23, 2008 at the age of 93. Bzdyl enjoyed a long career as an elementary school teacher in the Snohomish School District. She was also an accomplished seamstress and pianist.

Margaret Dove

(B.A.E) passed away on May 11, 2008 in Bellevue. Dove was better known as St. Joseph of Peace Sister Claver. She was in England in 1921, and entered the Postulancy for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Ireland in 1938 before coming to Bellingham. Dove dedicated her life to children, education and her faith. Dove was the founding Principal of Sacred Heart School in Bellevue and served as principal in Trail, B.C., Corvallis, OR, Mount Vernon, Port Angeles and Seattle.

Richard "Dick" Brock

(Cert '53) passed away on March 18, 2008. Brock served as an elementary education and high school history teacher in the Tenino School District. Brock was the head football coach at Tenino High School for 16 years and the head basketball coach for 26 years. Brock was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.

Robert B. Morse

(M.Ed), while surrounding by his loving family, passed away on July 18, 2008 from a prolonged battled with cancer and complications from a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. Morse began his career serving in the U.S. Navy for four years as a submariner on the U.S.S. Rock. Morse then began teaching Special Education in the Sedro-Woolley School District for twenty-five years. Morse was a remarkable man, who inspired many people.

Royal Penewell

(B.A.E '52) passed away on July 24, 2008 at the age of 85. Penewell met his wife, Joan, at WWU after serving in the Naval Air Force. He served as a math teacher on Vashon Island and then moved to the Bellevue School district and taught at all levels, from elementary school to community college. Penewell inspired his students and was an active community volunteer in the Washington state Math Council and other retiree associations.

Tom Ingalls

('93) passed away on April 3, 2008 after a battle with cancer. Teaching was a second career for Ingalls, who taught for 15 years in Arlington schools. While teaching kindergarten at Pioneer Elementary School, Ingalls was instrumental in planning a science garden on the school's wetlands.

Warren A. Putaansuu

passed away on April 3, 2008. Putaansuu was a Navy radioman and served on the U.S.S. Philippine Sea and the U.S.S. Yorktown. Putaansuu was a high school teacher in Longview, Kent, and Chimacum schools. His interests included golfing, gardening, travel, and playing with his grandchildren.

William Todd Hatch

(Cert. '43) passed away on July 5, 2008 at the age of 86. While at Western, Hatch served as student body president and received his commission in the United States Naval Reserve. Hatch also met Evelyn "Pete" Peterson at Western, whom he married on December 4, 1943. Hatch received his Master's Degree in Education in 1947 from Claremont Graduate School, and returned to Washington State in 1950 to begin a 30-year career in education. Hatch had a passion for boats, fishing, and golfing.

Zetta McMullen

(B.A.E '72) passed away on May 28, 2008 at the age of 97. McMullen taught for 30 years in the Arlington School District. While in Arlington, she was an active member of the Free Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, led the choir, and served as director of the children's camps.

Winter 2007-2008

Armelda Brack

Everett, (M.Ed '76), a veteran teacher for the Everett School District, has been a participant in the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Choir for more than 20 years. She is now retired, but during her years as a teacher, she also organized events celebrating the life of Dr. King.

Clark Moore

(B.A.E. '64), spent the winter months of the past 27 years in Haiti in search of a small fort built by Christopher Columbus. During his quest, he has located more than 980 former native sites.

Della Cooper

Turklock, Calif. (B.A.E. '95), has been nominated for Class Acts. She is currently a fourth grade teacher at Discovery Math-Science Magnet School at Walnut Elementary Education Center in Turlock, where she has been for eight and a half years.

Jenn Haase

Renton, (B.A. '98), was named one of the Teachers of the Month by the Rotary Club of Renton. She volunteered with AmeriCorps and taught environmental education before joining the Renton School District, where she is in her third year.

Kaycee Brumfield

Issaquah, (B.A.E.), is in her second year teaching kindergarten at Grand Ridge Elementary in Issaquah. , She is shown at left in a summer practicum for her post-baccalaureate class prior to getting her certificate in 2006.

Laura Marie Mallahan

(B.A.E. and Cert '79), teaches eighth grade English and is the school librarian at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett, Wash. , She and her husband Michael have two sons attending WWU and a third who is planning to attend in the fall.

Linda Quinn

Seattle, (M.Ed. '80), is the current principal of Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley, Calif. She was born and raised in Seattle and was previously the director of development for the Puyallup School District and principal of various high schools for nearly 20 years prior to moving to California.

Marjorie Johnston

(Human Services '92) was ordained at Westminster Congregational United Church in Spokane in November, 2007.&nbsp, She is believed to be the first declared lesbian to lead a mainline Protestant church in Spokane. Her story was published in the Spokesman Review.

Paul Shanahan

Shoreline, (MED-School Admin '06), was appointed as half-time principal at Echo Lake elementary in Shoreline. He has been a sixth grade teacher at Echo Lake since 2000 and has been a leader in the school's technology integration program. Shanahan was also named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2003 and outstanding educator by the Echo Lake PTA in 2004.

In Memoriam

Alice Llewellyn

Spokane, (B.A.); passed away on February 12, 2008. She was an elementary teacher in Malaga, Wash. for two years and in Wilbur, Wash. for one year.

Connie Sherwood

(B.A. Human Services '94) passed away on February 20, 2008 from cancer. She was an avid gardener and worked for the Snohomish County Human Services department.

Donna Henry

passed away on February 9, 2008. She taught elementary school in Index and Skykomish, Wash. and later served as a teacher at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. She was an accomplished landscape painter and avid gardner.

Doreen V. Underhill

Seattle, (B.A.); passed away on December 17, 2007. She taught ice skating at Ballard, Highland and Sno-King ice arenas for many years.

Gordon Edwin "Coachie" Robertson

Tenino, (B.A.E. '59); passed away on January 27, 2008. During his 40 year career as a teacher, he taught at Coupeville High School, Pe Ell in South Umpqua, Ore. and Sultan High School before moving to Tenino. Robertson also coached football, basketball, cross country and track and field. He was inducted into the the State Coaches Hall of Fame for cross country and track and field.

James C. Norris

Bellingham, (B.A.E. '49); passed away on February 4, 2008. After earning his teaching degree from WWU, James taught for several years before serving as principal of various schools and director of curriculum in the Mount Vernon School District until 1966.