Alumni News & Notes

Winter 2005-2006

Susan Ralstin

(B.A.E. '97), was awarded the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, which included $25,000 and an all expenses paid trip to the Milken National Education conference in Washington D.C. last April. , Ralstin is a 4th grade teacher in Atlanta, Ga.

In Memoriam

Allen Reamer

died in October of 2005 at the age of 75. He taught English and Drama in the Highline School District until his retirement in 1982.

Archie "Mick" Vivian

passed away on January 19, 2006 at his home in Mount Vernon.

Delores Hardy

passed away in Lynden on January 20, 2006. She was 75 years old.

Donald Oates

the former Lake Stevens School District superintendent for 17 years, died at the age of 92 in August 2005. He was principal of Monroe Junior High, and Lake Stevens Junior and Senior High before becoming superintendent in 1957.

Evelyn M. Tyler

(B.A. E. '39), died Dec. 2, 2005 in Lexington, S.C. She taught in Japan and Everett and retired in 1976 as a counselor at Everett High School.

Frances Caroline Hall Leander

('38), died December 19, 2005 at her home in Mount Vernon. She taught in Everett and Selah prior to marrying and raising a family in Skagit County. She returned to the profession as a counselor at Lincoln Junior High and Mount Vernon High School. She was also one of the founders of the Mount Vernon High School Scholarship Foundation.

George S. Earl

('63), of Port Townsend, died November 22, 2005 while visiting his son in South Carolina. He was a longtime teacher and principal in Port Townsend, retiring in 1985. He had also been an adjunct professor in the WWU graduate program.

Harold G. "Smitty" Smith

passed away on January 3, 2006 at the age of 83. He served as a teacher and as an administrator for the Edmonds School District, as well as the Director of Secondary for the State of Washington and Assistant Executive Secretary for the Association of Washington State School Principles.

Inta Bailey

died December 31, 2005 in Bellingham. She worked in both Bellingham and Blaine school districts as a librarian and elementary school teacher.

James R. Beasley

(Cert. '50) died April 14, 2006.

Jean J. Mork

(B.A.) died August 18 in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. She met and married Ted Mork while attending Western Washington State College. She taught in Bellingham Schools for 16 years.

Joan Lorenzen

died at home in Burlington, December 24, 2005. She taught fourth and fifth grade for 28 years in the Stanwood School District, retiring in 1997.

John Junior Jenft

died in October of 2005. He was the Arlington School District business manager.

Julie Ann (Randall) Clark

(Cert. '64) died on February 9, 2006 after a long battle with COPD.

June Luella Zoberst

passed away peacefully on February 28, 2006 at her Avon home. She was 90 years old.

Mary Elisabeth (Howe) Foltz

passed away on January 17, 2006 after battling cancer for two-and-a-half years.

Mary Kink Irvin

(Cert. '57), died Dec. 30, 2005 in Bellingham. She taught 30 years in Whatcom and Skagit counties, wrote poetry and published a Whatcom County history book.

Robert "Bob" Earl Carpenter

(B.A.E. '62) of Mt. Vernon, died peacefully, surrounded by family Monday, December 12, 2005. He taught in the Anacortes School District for 30 years.

Rolf Redal

(B.A.) died in September of 2005. He taught Physical Education, U.S. History, and World Geography in the Lake Stevens School District for 27 years.

Ruthe Olds Lindblom

passed away on February 1, 2006 at the age of 82 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Walter "Smiley" Eugene Hall

('47), died December 31, 2005 in Bellingham. He taught Industrial Arts at Jane Addams Jr. High in Seattle and retired from the Seattle Public School District. He was a past WWU Alumni chairman.

Wilda Hawkins Fries

died Nov. 10, 2005 in Vancouver, Wash.. She taught school in Ferndale, Shoreline and Vancouver from 1952-1972.

Fall 2005-2006

Michele Shelly Vendiola

('00), board member of the Indigenous Women's Network, spoke at Western's 2004 Women of Color Empowerment Dinner.

In Memoriam

Arnold Glen Miller

(B.A.E. '40); passed away this summer. He was 88 years old. His first teaching position was in 1940 in Napavine, Wash. He spent one school term there and then joined the Army Air Corps for five years. He was discharged in October of 1945 he taught various teaching positions at Tenino Schools for 29 years until his retirement. The positions he held included eight-grade teacher, elementary and high school principal and, for seventeen years, superintendent of the Tenino School District.