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Alumni News & Notes

Spring 2008-2009

In Memoriam

Alice Joan Fjellman Bedoian

(Cert. '47) passed away on April 3rd, 2009 at the age of 86. Alice was awarded 'Educator of the Year' by the city of Sanger, CA. She was always adored by her students for being fair, firm, and friendly.

Dick Wilkinson

(B.A.E. '73) passed away on June 3rd, 2009 at the age of 72. After graduating from Western Mr. Wilkinson taught and coached in Battleground Washington for 19 years.

Ernest B. Benson

(Cert. '71) passed away on February 14th, 2009 at the age of 65. Ernie graduated from WWU after serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 - 1966.

Phyllis Louise Plummer Knick

(3 Year Diploma '37, B.A.E. '45) passed away in Bellevue, WA on March 29th, 2009.

Richard Thurman Muir

(Cert. '70) passed away on April 6th, 2009 at the age of 66. Rick taught high school at the International School of Bankok, where he was also the drug abuse counselor, for seven years.

Ruth L. Hilliard

(Cert. '62) passed away on February 9th, 2009 at the age of 93. Ruth taught elementary children for twenty years in Bellingham after getting her degree at the age of 40.

Thelma Cowan Britton

(Cert.) passed away on February 10th, 2009 at the age of 94. Thelma spent 30 years as a Washington State educator.

Thelma Marie Shorkley Fredlund

(Cert.) passed away on March 14th, 2008 at the age of 97. Thelma taught music classes in Burlington during the 1930's after graduating from Bellingham Normal School (which is now WWU).

Winter 2008-2009

Aubri Keleman

(Cert. 2002), Whatcom County's teen service and web coordinator, has been highlighted by the Bellingham Herald for her outstanding dedication to motivating teenagers to read. , Aubri promised local teens she would eat a scorpion lollipop if they made a certain number of online posts about their reading. ,  ,Aubri visits over 100 classes a year to talk with students about novels that could interest them.

Brian Davis

(2009), a full time student in Woodring, is also working as the assistant coach for the boy's basketball team at Squalicum High school. , Prior to joining the team at Squalicum, he worked for five years as a coach at Kentridge. , Brian says he enjoys the competitiveness of the sport, and that his coaching philosophy is to smile more, and have fun.

Dan Newell

(B.A.E. 1977,M. Ed. 1984), current principal at Blaine High school, has accepted a job with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent, where he will be working with the new state superintendant Randy Dorn. , Dan will be sorely missed at Blaine, which has been listed as one of the top 5 percent of schools in the nation for the last three years by Newsweek magazine.

Garrett Bosarge

(Administrative Cert. 2001) has become the superintendent of the Des Moines Municipal Schools in New Mexico. , Previously, Garret was the principal of the local middle school in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Linda Williams

(B.A.E. Elem 1973, M.Ed. 1980) will retire on June 30th, 2009 from her position as Port Angeles' director of special education after spending 35 years in the district. , She has been involved in a multitude of projects including principal of Choice Community School and Fairview Elementary, and has been an interim special education director.

In Memoriam

Evelyn Von Bargen

(2 Year Elem. '32, Cert. '61) passed away on February 4th, 2009 at the age of 98. Evelyn will be remembered for her excellent seamstress abilities, and her love of music education.

Gary Jenson

(Cert. '70, M. Ed. '74) passed away on February 11th, 2009 at the age of 63. Gary was a teacher in the Kennewick School District for 28 years.

Jacqueline Marie White

(Cert. '41) passed away on December 9th at the age of 87. She lived in Olympia for many years before moving to Bellingham in 1978, where she worked through St. Paul's Episcopal Church to assist the assimilation of Vietnamese refugees into the community.

Jerry Waddell

(B.A.E. '51) passed away on November 26th, 2009 at the age of 81. Jerry and his wife of 60 years Sallyann moved to Juneau Alaska in 1948, where he pursued a lifelong career in education.

Joann Louise Rinehart

(Cert. '30) passed away on December 22nd, 2008 at the age of 79. Joann taught primary school in the Clover Park and Shoreline School Districts. She enjoyed collecting antiques and traveling with her family.

Karen Sue Delgrosso

(Cert. '71) Passed away on December 10th, 2008 at the age of 59. She taught home economics for 23 years in the Clover Park School district.

Margaret Trott

(M. Ed. '67) passed away on February 9th, 2009 at the age of 90. Margaret taught 6th grade at Bellingham's Shuksan Middle School until 1974, when she retired.

Marylee Proffitt

(Cert.) passed away on January 26th, 2009 at the age of 76. Marylee loved sailing, camping, and traveling. She also sang professionally as a soprano soloist, and became the first female commodore at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club.

Robert Bartholick

(Cert. '51) Passed away on January 7th, 2009 at the age of 82. Robert served in the US Navy before attending Western and receiving a degree in math education. He was an avid skier, camper, fisher and golfer. Robert taught in the Highline School District until his retirement in 1981.

Ron Lee

(Cert.) Passed away on December 15th, 2008 at the age of 75. He was an educator in the Edmonds School District for nearly 40 years, where he taught "scholars". Ron will be remembered for his amazing baritone singing voice and for his love of the outdoors, music, and local football.

Fall 2008-2009

Cris Larson

(B.A. Secondary English), of Everett, challenged incumbent state legislator John McCoy in the 38th district. , Although not successful, he plans to use his experience running for office in classroom discussions about citizen access to government according to an October 11 article in the Everett Herald.

Crystal Bailey

(B.A.E. Elem '05) and her second grade classroom at Garfield Elementary School in Everett, Wash. were featured in a column Nov. 23. 2008 on , The columnist followed Crystal throughout the day and discovered what a demanding job teaching is in today's public schools.