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2014 Summer Linfield Magazine

Instagram photo – Pioneer Hall Linfield College is now on Instagram! Follow @linfieldcollege for photos from campus, events and activities. 1940-49 Allan and Margaret (Cook) Anderson, both ’47, of Edmonds, Wash., are enjoying marriage and retirement. 1950-59 Curtis Benefiel ’51 and ’63 of Stayton and his wife, Eva, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Feb. 12. Charles Jaeger ’54 of Nashville, Tenn., cares for his four-year-old great grandson and volunteers at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Theodora McPhee ’55 of Riverside, Calif., and Marcia (Seeber) Reeder ’55 of Corvallis celebrated their 80th birthdays with Linfield 2 6 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2014 alumni present. Theodora’s birthday is Nov. 8 and Marsha’s is Oct. 31. Glenn Tilton ’56 of Sacramento, Calif., received $2,000 in birthday donations for the First United Methodist Church to fund resources for the homeless. Billie Fitch ’57 of Nordland, Wash., was named Gardener of the Year by the state garden club. Wayne Sharp ’59 of Salem is part of the Salemtowne Volunteers. The group was selected to receive an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. 1960-69 Gene and Amber (Moss) Carlson ’61 and ’66 of Sisters watched MLB spring training in Arizona. Alan Scherer ’62 of Phoenix, Ariz., got a copyright on his artwork of the Resurrection of the Face of the Cross. Elizabeth “Kit” Ketcham ’63 of Seaside is a part-time Unitarian minister at Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Joanne (Poppe) Hesterman ’64 of Phoenix, Ariz., is retired and continuing interests in biology, art and geology. Robert Utter ’65 of Chehalis, Wash., and his wife, Judy, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 15 in Paris, France. Jari (Austin) Dykstra ’67 of Bartlett, Tenn., raised funds for nine water wells in Africa. She is currently working on sanitation projects and building a school. Kenneth Moore ’67 of Lincoln, Neb., is interim director of Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska. Lee Akamichi ’68 of Tracy, Calif., has taught advanced art and college portfolio preparation at Lynbrook High School in San Jose for 27 years. 1970-79 Markem Benedetti ’70 of Anchorage, Alaska, retired from teaching sixth grade at Ursa Minor Elementary on Fort Richardson. Vernadene (Fitzgerald) Anderson ’73 of Salem is a member of the League of Women Voters National Task Force on Climate Change. Colleen (Lloyd) Jackson ’73 of Fremont, Calif., published The Journey to Remembrance in February. The story is based on her family’s experiences on a farm in southern Indiana. She is a musician, songwriter and raises puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. All book proceeds will be donated to CCI. Connie Baldwin ’74 of Sun City, Ariz., with husband Bruce celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 9. Stephen and Carol (Boock) Rooney, both ’74, live in Bend where Stephen was elected president of the National Federation of Nurses in 2013. Candy Dahl ’75 of Phoenix, Ariz., is an assistant attorney general. Martha (Barbee) VanCleave ’75 of McMinnville has served as interim director of Linfield’s Division of Continuing Education for the past two years. She is also a professor of mathematics. Felece Logan ’77 of North Las Vegas, Nev., received a master’s in curriculum and instruction and a master’s in administration from the University of Phoenix. 1980-89 Carol Doane ’80 of Vancouver, Wash., works for KGW-TV. Mathew Epstein ’80 of Beaverton has been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 1991. Marla (Miller) Wieferich ’80 of Myrtle Creek retired from the Douglas County Sheriff’s office after 10 years of service. Mitchell Whitehurst ’81 of Portland has worked for Portland Public Schools for 31 years. Judith (Silbernagel) Boni ’82 of Tonopah, Nev., is coach of the Tonopah High School volleyball team, that won the Nevada state championship. Sandra (Stermer) Hunnicutt ’82 of Portland volunteers with AARP’s Tax Aid program, helping seniors and others in need of free tax return preparation. Diane Gilronan-Loghry ’82 of Schlegel wins poetry prize Rob Schlegel ’01 was awarded the 2014 Grub Street Poetry Prize for his new book January Machine. The award includes a $5,000 award from Grub Street and a reading and lecture in Boston for Schlegel. January Machine, which was published by Four Way Books in March, is a book-length poem comprised of sonnets and sonnet sequences. Schlegel credits his time at Linfield — and professors such as Lex Runciman, Barbara Drake, Katherine Kernberger and others — for his development as a writer. He said his growth was also shaped by meaningful relationships with classmates, among them Shane McCrae ’02, Stephen Crumrine ’01 and Anne Zimmerman ’00, all successful writers as well. “Small class sizes are incredibly important to nurture creative and intellectual development,” said Schlegel. “Opportunities to meet with faculty one on one are equally valuable.” Schlegel is a visiting professor of English at Whitman College and co-editor of The Catenary Press. His book The Lesser Fields won the Colorado Prize for Poetry and his chapbook Bloom won the 2010 Laurel Review/GreenTower Press Chapbook Prize.


2014 Summer Linfield Magazine
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