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Class Notes

By Nancy Pfeifer

Patricia Dougall Eager ('38) is retired, but that doesn't mean she has a lot of spare time. Patricia keeps affiliations with Zonta International, the Woman's Board of Westminster College, the League of Women Voters, as well as being a member of the Inter-Institution Early Childhood Education Conference Committee and the Chapter Q P.E.O. Sisterhood. Patricia is involved in many activities with the Wasatch Presbyterian Church when she is not devoting her time to philanthropic organizations for the advancement of women and students.

At the national meeting of Presbyterians on June 14, 2001, the Presbyterian Writers Guild honored David Steele ('52) by renaming its most prestigious award the David Steele Distinguished Writers Award. David has been a longtime member of the Guild, and served as president of the organization until earlier this year. His most recent book is The Next Voice You Hear: Sermons We Preach Together, and he is also the author of God Must Have a Sense of Humor - He Made Aardvarks, Orangutans, and Me. David passed away on August 28, 2001 after battling cancer for many years.

Frank "Beadman" Slater ('56), of Novato, California, is still sending news of his adventures around the globe, "It will be a surprise to some to find that I'm still looking at the green side of the grass and skiing as well. I just finished a long tour that included visits with many old friends and family and two mountain-man rendezvous. One was near Pomeroy, Washington, and the second was near Glacier National Park, Montana. Both were fun events, as usual, and more fun than a family reunion. It is a bit of a change from the Alps, to say the least. Take care, keep a good eye on yer back trail, and hang on to yer topknot."

Bill Zales ('59) continues to teach classes in accounting, business ethics, fair housing laws, and anti-trust rules in real estate transactions. He is a certified instructor in the essentials of real estate and offers continuing education for licensed real estate agents as required by state law. According to Bill, "My wife Helen and I are still enjoying the wonderful Northwest and our home on the golf course." Bill and Helen share their lovely home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with their "two little muffin faces (dogs), Odie and Boomer along with an overweight cat named Puss-Puss." Anyone who remembers Bill is welcome to email him a "hello" at

After serving the State of Utah Department of Community and Economic Development for 30 years and retiring in 1998, Christian P. Beck ('61) enjoys spending time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, Hillary and Kristin.

Roberta McKean Klaus ('61) retired in June of 2000 after 18 years as a math teacher in the Woodland School District, Woodland, Washington. She and her husband Bob then moved to a small community in Washington on the White Salmon River called Husum. Roberta writes that she enjoys fishing and golfing, and she and Bob spend a lot of time working in their yard and garden.

Betty Short Budy ('63) and her husband Don Budy ('63) have both retired from teaching. Don is a professional sculptor, and this September, he and Betty will be vacationing in Laguna Beach, California. Every year, Don and Betty get together with some of their Westminster friends, including Gary and Judy Williams, Karen Hunter ('63), Merry Jo Priester Norwood ('63), and Carole Hart and her husband.

Toni Franzolino Lambert ('67) has settled in Cottage Grove, Minnesota where she works as a copy editor for the South Washington County Bulletin. You can take view Toni's work at

"I'm happy to report all is fine," writes Chloris "Chu-Chu" Wilson Poggiogalle ('68). This is her 33rd year teaching, and she currently works as a teacher for the Garden Grove Unified School District in Garden Grove, California.

Working with disabled students wouldn't be easy for every one, but as a counselor and professor in the Supportive Services Center at Bakersfield College, that's exactly what John Hill ('68) does. He and his wife Carolyn McClure Hill ('69) have seven grandchildren to chase, and John plays trombone in a Christian Blues Band called "Wing and a Prayer."

Once again, Sue Ashurst Duthweiler ('69) and her husband Frederick traveled overseas to visit his family in Germany. Also, congratulations to Sue on having one of her handmade quilts juried into the Pacific Northwest Quilters' Show at the Seattle Center in August 2000. Sue's quilt, inspired by an antique quilt in the collection at the Smithsonian Institution, incorporates a traditional "Broken Star" pattern with applique baskets and flowers added to areas that would have been "blank" spaces.

Sam Weller's Books in Salt Lake City welcomed Forrest Cuch ('73) on March 31, 2001 as he read from his book A History of Utah's American Indians. This book, edited by Forrest, is a cumulative effort of many writers to record the history of Utah's first residents from the Native American perspective. Forrest currently serves as Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs.

Renae Walter Seegmiller ('73) was honored at a banquet on Friday, April 27, 2001 as one of the teachers to receive the 2001 Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. Ten teachers, administrators, and volunteers received $10,000 from the Jon and Karen Huntsman family for the strides they have made in education. Renae teaches at Piute High School in Junction, Utah.

For the past two years, Ann Chamberlain Shedden ('79) has been having a good time teaching pre-service K-8 teachers. In her spare time, Ann also volunteers at her daughter Jennifer's elementary school.

William Charles ('81) has soared to new heights as a Captain for United Airlines on the Airbus A320. William is also an Interview Captain for United Airlines, as well as a member of the Westminster College Aviation Advisory Board.

Navy Cmdr. Jennifer Brattland Ota, M.D. ('82) is a naval reservist with the Naval Reserve Fleet Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois. The hospital Jennifer helps run is a mobile tent hospital that can be set up in one day. Recently, she participated in an exercise known as "Kernal Blitz," where medical units treated mock casualties in an amphibious assault environment. Fleet hospital personnel and three Navy battalion units set up a 500-bed hospital that even included surgical wards, a pharmacy, and emergency rooms. "Kernal Blitz" also offers practical exercises to naval and marine sailors, and involves 15,000 personnel manning 25 ships, 75 aircraft, and various ground facilities.

Ann Beveridge Hogensen ('91) spent 23 years as a teacher in the Salt Lake City School District and over two years as an Advanced Technological Education Coordinator. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Crossroads Area Health Education Center in Utah. Ann was honored as the Phi Delta Kappa Utah Educator of the year in 2001, and has been presented with several other teaching awards throughout her career.

Claire Marie Ayers was born on May 23, 2001 to Stacey and Bryce Ayers ('92). Claire joins her brother Evan Andrew Ayers, age 4. Bryce began his practice as an Internal Medicine Physician in Washington, Missouri in July 2000 after completing his residency and working as the Chief Resident at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

Congratulations to Audrey Jones ('96) who was named Sales Manager for ArosNet, a Utah-based Internet service provider. Audrey will oversee all sales of the ISP's high-speed and dial-up access, web hosting, and e-commerce solutions in Utah.

RaNae Topolovec ('97) recently married Scott Schmidt at the Park City Community Church. RaNae works as an accountant for a construction management firm in Salt Lake City and is finishing an MBA at the University of Utah. Scott is a mechanical engineer and begins work on his MBA at Westminster College this fall.

Helen Langan ('98) has become a full-time communication director for Congressman Bernie Sanders, Vermont's Independent Representative.

The wedding of Mindy Jensen ('99) and Bryan Long ('99) took place on June 30, 2001 at the Cottonwood Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City. The bride recently earned a Master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University, and the groom attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is working on an MBA.

Stacy Tolman ('99) and Troy Suzuki (2001) took their marriage vows on September 8, 2001 at the Castlebrook Reception Center. Stacy is currently employed with the Salt Lake County Children's Center, and Troy is employed with Huish Detergents.

Jon Massimino (2000) is currently attending the Georgetown University School of Law. He was also accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but decided that the Georgetown rigor was more his speed.

In Remembrance


David Vance Manwill ('22)

Margaret Houston Price ('22)


Alleen Warner Fox ('36)

Lucile Winegar Branagan ('37)

Martha Selby Rowe ('37)

Virginia Smith ('37)

Ernest "Toncey" Hasna ('39)


John Frank Nordquist ('40)


Byron B. Burmester, DDS ('50)

David Steele ('52)


Margot Del Graham ('63)


Chief Sam Dawson ('76)

Richard L. Bowen ('79)

Bertha Fern Mayfield Royer ('79)


Claudell J. Anderson ('80)

Mary Agnes Boyle Cruz Schurtz ('80)

Ruthann Ackerman ('81)

Lois Marie Powell ('82)


James P. Price ('94)

Karsten Michael Sysak ('98)

Melanie Donn Hudson Richardson ('99)

Faculty and Administration

Robert (Bob) Bischoff

Bischoff served on Westminster's board of trustees.

Dr. Jim Boyack

Boyack taught philosophy and religion at Westminster from 1959-1981, served as academic vice president and dean of the faculty for four years. He was awarded professor emeritus status and an honorary doctorate upon his retirement.

C. David Cornell

Cornell served as president of Westminster College from 1980-1982.