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Linfield Magazine Spring 2017

a l u m n i n o t e s 1950-59 Charlotte (Landin) Erickson ’51 of Shoreline, Wash., is an alto in the Swedish Singers of Seattle Women’s Chorus and recently performed at Seattle Center. John and Bette (Lawson) Blaser ’51 and ’54 of Emmett, Idaho, are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. Marguerite (Elkinton) Keiffer ’53 of McMinnville published a book, Thorns, in 2015. The memoir chronicles her experiences growing up in McMinnville, and her interactions with music, illness and faith. Marilyn (Andresen) Brock ’56 of Stayton and husband, Joseph, celebrated 60 years of marriage. Mairy Gloria (Konsa) Meiusi ’58 of Denver, Colo., a former World War II refugee from Estonia, has published a book, My Father’s Guiding Hand, which chronicles the story of her family’s escape to the United States. It includes a chapter describing her time at Linfield. 1960-69 Shirley (Bowers) Tighe ’60 and ’76 of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., is the author of Instrumentation for the Operating Room: A Photographic Manual, currently in its 9th edition. She has been writing books since 1976. JoAnn (McBride) Stockwell ’61 of Kuna, Idaho, and her husband have been married 54 years. Dennis Alexander ’63 of Salt Lake City, Utah, is president emeritus of the University of Utah. Jim Ferguson ’65 of Salem was profiled in the summer 2016 issue of Fly Tyer magazine. A full-page photo depicts him in Patagonia holding a big catch, and includes additional photos of colorful fishing flies tied by Ferguson. Art Larrance ’66 of Portland, co-founder of Cascade Brewing Barrel House, was named the SAVE THE DATE! #LinfieldGives Tuesday, May 2 join fellow alumni and friends in making a difference during the second annual Linfield College Giving Day. Last year, the Linfield community raised more than $43,000 in one day, with 25 percent of donors making first-time gifts. When Linfield gives, students thrive. Industry Influencer for Sip Northwest’s 2016 Best of the Northwest. Larrance is one of the main figures responsible for passing the Brewpub Bill in 1985, historic legislation that allowed breweries to serve beer on their premises. In 1986, he co-founded Portland Brewing and was a main organizer of the Oregon Brewers Festival. Nick and Janet (Ritter) Simpson ’66 and ’67 live in Depoe Bay. Nick sold his Gleneden Beach dental MAY 2 practice in May, after 46 years in the business. He practiced for 30 years in Waldport and 16 years in Gleneden Beach. James and Cheryl (Haines) Stonier ’68 and ’69 of Kelso, Wash., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 6. John Buckingham ’69 of Dallas and his wife, Susan, are traveling the country in a recreational vehicle. Author Melissa Yancy ’99 understands the challenge of finding time for reading. Yancy was on campus Nov. 10 to share her awardwinning story collection, Dog Years, at Linfield’s Nicholson Library. Her book was selected as the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Here, Yancy provides advice for busy adults trying to find time for pleasure reading in their lives. It’s easy for even once avid readers to lose the habit. Sometimes it’s blamed on shorter attention spans, but routine commitment to five-season television shows (50 hour narratives!) would suggest otherwise. There is so much quality writing out there, and too little time to consume it all. Drop any guilt you might have about what you’re not getting to – that doesn’t help – and make reading easier on yourself. 2 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Spring 2017 • Short salvos. Some of the most timely, provocative work today is in the short form. Traditional venues like The New Yorker are still standouts. The finely curated One Story delivers a single short story to your door every three weeks. For the tech-savvy, the Great short form, and long-time favorites like Review publish special online content. • Take a minute for poetry. The challenge and the power of poetry is that it requires your full attention, if only for a moment. But what else can enrich your life in just a minute or two a day? Pick up a Best American Poetry anthology and keep it as a bedside devotional that will last you the entire year. • Commute buster. I listen to podcasts and audio books every day. My commute is my favorite time to catch up on essayists like Roxane Gay and Leslie Jamison. If your mind tends to wander, start with Jon Ronson reading his own books on audio — he leads you right down the rabbit hole with him. Read for Life Melissa Yancy ’99 Jones Street app aspires to be the Netflix of the The Kenyon Review


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