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Spring 2003 | Volume 26, Number 2 | Footnotes

In Memoriam



HARRIETT SWANSON AMUNDSEN ’37 died January 10, 2003, following a short illness. She was 86. Born in Missoula, Montana, Harriett spent most of her childhood in Seattle and Mount Vernon, Washington. She graduated from SPC, intending to teach. She married H. ROALD AMUNDSEN ’41 in 1944, and they moved to Nome, Alaska, in 1945, serving as missionaries with the Evangelical Covenant Church until 1963. In 1964, she and her husband moved to Soldotna, Alaska, where they began Missionary Aviation and Repair Center. She also worked for many years as a secretary for Soldotna Elementary and Soldotna Junior High schools. Harriett is survived by her husband of 58 years; daughter JEANETTE AMUNDSEN KLODT ’68; two sons, including JOHN AMUNDSEN ’71; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, ELEANOR LIVINGSTONE BLOOM ’37.


BERNARD BUCK ’51 died January 14, 2003, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 74. Born in Kansas, Bernie spent two years with the U.S. Marines after graduating from SPC. He taught at Los Angeles Pacific High School and College from 1953–1957 and at SPC from 1957–1964. He also guided the SPC men’s cross country team to four consecutive NAIA district titles. Under his coaching, the team finished sixth nationally in 1961 and seventh in 1962. He went on to teach at Shoreline Community College from 1964–1989. Bernie is survived by his wife of 46 years and retired SPU faculty member JANET BURNS BUCK ’55; daughters MELANIE BUCK WHITEHEAD ’79and LORALEE BUCK MCMACKIN ’86; three grandchildren, including SPU freshman, JESSICA WHITEHEAD; two brothers, including BOB BUCK ’65; and three sisters, including BETTY BUCK AYRES ’67.


RUTH BEATTY HARRIS BURBANK ’40 died in August 2002. After graduating from SPC, Ruth taught third grade in Anaheim and Upland, California — and continued in this role until her retirement. She was married to Oscar Harris, and the couple had three sons. They were active members of Upland Free Methodist Church. After Oscar died, Ruth reunited with a childhood sweetheart, Raymond Burbank, who was also widowed. They married and enjoyed nine years together. Both died during 2002. Ruth is survived by her three sons.


MARIE HOLLOWELL, SPC dean of women from 1954 to 1964, died December 11, 2002. She was 89 years old. The daughter of a Free Methodist minister, Marie was widowed at age 26, becoming a single mother to two small children. She returned to school and, between 1947 and 1962, earned an associate’s degree from Central College in Kansas, a bachelor’s degree from McPherson College in Kansas, and a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University. Marie served as house-mother or dean of women at several colleges, including Seattle Pacific. “Her first love in life was the Lord Jesus Christ, and that’s where she got her love, and that’s what she gave back,” says BARBARA DOHNER ’61. “Her mission was to share that unconditional love with everybody that was a part of her life.” Marie eventually traveled to Lebanon, where she was director of residences at Beirut College for Women until war broke out. She returned to Lebanon later to begin a Christian commune, but unsafe conditions forced her to leave again. Next she went to Taiwan, where she ran a house for children of missionaries. When she retired and returned to Seattle, Marie continued to serve others, including sewing pillows for homeless people. “She was always helping the down and out,” recalls JOYCE OLSON PRICE ’61, who started an effort by the Class of 1961 to create a scholarship endowment in Marie’s name. Marie is survived by her son, REX HOLLOWELL ’61, five grand-children and eight great-grandchildren. Her daughter preceded her in death.


DOROTHY HUGHES ’52 died December 27, 2002, due to complications of diabetes. She was 72. Born in Seattle, Dorothy attended the University of Washington for a year before transferring to SPC. After graduation, she attended Multnomah School of the Bible for a year, hoping to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Instead, she became a teacher in Oregon and Washington. Although Dorothy never married, she loved children and adopted three girls from Greece, whom she met through the Christian Children’s Fund foster-parent program. She also supported many other children in under-developed countries throughout her life. Dorothy is survived by her three daughters; a sister, BEVERLY HUGHES CRUMP ’52; and three brothers.


MARY ELLEN FORESTER INGERSOLL ’37 died on January 1, 2003, at the age of 87. Born and raised in Seattle, Mary Ellen began her teaching career in a one-room school house in Covington, Washington, and then spent two years as a missionary and English teacher in Osaka, Japan. She and her husband, Ronald, were long-time owners and operators of Valley Hardware and Appliance in Kent, Washington. They were also members of the West Valley Advent Christian Church in Auburn. Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by three daughters, including SUSAN INGERSOLL PLEASANTS ’68; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


BETTY PEDERSON KOCHENDORFER ’52 died on February 14, 2003, from ovarian cancer. She was 74. A retired teacher, Betty had taught in California public schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, DONALD KOCHENDORFER ’51, and is survived by a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.


NORMA EGELKROUT NISSEN ’53 died January 12, 2003, at the age of 71. Born in Everett, Washington, Norma taught school in California and Washington for many years. She also served with her husband, a pastor, in churches in Burien, Bremerton and Seattle. Norma loved music, played the cello, sang in church choirs and sometimes taught school music. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, her mother, sister DIANE EGELKROUT MOSEMAN ’58 and a brother.


HUGH NUTLEY, professor emeritus of physics and electrical engineering, died suddenly on March 29, 2003. He was 71 years old. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Hugh earned a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Washington. His long career began with a stint in the U.S. Army, working on a top secret Russian missile telemetry project at the National Security Agency. In 1966, he joined the faculty at SPC, where he taught physics and later helped to establish the Electrical Engineering Department. He retired in 1997. During Hugh’s tenure at Seattle Pacific, he earned master’s degrees in English and chemical engineering, as well as a professional engineer’s license in electrical engineering. He told his students that learning true science is good because the more you know about the universe, the more you know about the mind of the Creator. He was known for beginning class with poetry, taking prayer requests and sometimes giving a devotional. Outside of the classroom, Hugh and his wife, FRID NUTLEY ’72, devoted time to helping immigrants and foreign exchange students, leading many to Christ through their friendship. Says Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering Ed Bauman, “Hugh’s mind was focused on science and engineering, but his heart flowed with the love of Christ, especially to international students.” Hugh is survived by his wife; children LYNNE NUTLEY HUNTER ’78, DANIEL NUTLEY ’81, ERIK NUTLEY ’81, SONJA NUTLEY WEST ’83, PAUL NUTLEY ’89and BYRON NUTLEY ’87; and 23 grandchildren.


MARILYN VINCENT RYAN ’56 died on January 31, 2003, after a long battle with cancer. She was 67. Born in Alaska, Marilyn spent much of her childhood in the Arctic, where her parents taught for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. After graduating from SPC, she began a career in nursing and married Ted Ryan. In 1959, the couple moved to Juneau, Alaska, where they raised five children. Marilyn was the campus nurse for Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska, from 1971–1975. An active member of Chapel by the Lake for 35 years, she enjoyed Bible studies, sewing and family activities. She is survived by her husband, their five children and nine grandchildren.


KRISTEN CHAMP SANFORD ’93 died suddenly on November 16, 2002, of an aneurysm shortly before giving birth to her second child. She was 32 years old. The newborn infant, Cameron, lived for 13 days before dying. Kristen spent much of her childhood in Papua New Guinea, where her parents worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators. While attending SPU, she led the Urban Involvement Spanish Ministry for the Seattle Christian Outreach Mission. She also worked for the nonprofit organization, Cities in Schools, and for the Saint James Refugee Program. Kristen completed the University Scholars program at SPU, was a member of the Alpha Kappa Sigma honor society and graduated magna cum laude. She married KEITH SANFORD ’93 in 1994, and they attended graduate school at Michigan State University, where she completed her master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and nearly completed her Ph.D. in writing-composition theory with an emphasis on second-language acquisition. For more than six years, she taught English as a second language and other English courses at universities and community colleges in Michigan, Illinois and Texas. The Sanford family moved to Waco, Texas, in 2000 when Keith became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Baylor University. Kristen soon became the program coordinator for the Baylor University Institute for Faith and Learning, managing grants and international programs. Kristen had a beautiful singing voice and led worship songs every week at church. She is survived by her husband and their son, Dustin.


JAMES SKOG ’84 died of hepatitis in New York City on December 4, 2002. He was 40 years old. Originally from Alberta, Canada, James was an active musician while a student at SPU. He sang with the SPU Singers and other musical groups — such as the Compline Choir at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Cathedral. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, James spent several years with the architectural firm NBBJ before rising quickly through the ranks as an architectural designer for Starwood Hotels. He was poised to lead the company’s Asian design operations in Singapore when he was stricken by hepatitis. He is survived by his parents; two sisters; a brother; and close friends Michael Bret Cohen, THOMAS HAUSKEN ’85, WENDALYN NICHOLS ’84 and PAUL TONNES ’85.


NELDA TRULLINGER ’40 died February 10, 2003, at the age of 81. A few years after graduating from SPC, Nelda moved to Salem, Oregon, where she worked for Capital City Transfer Company for 35 years as a bookkeeper. She was a member of a Free Methodist church, and enjoyed reading and yearly trips to Oahu, Hawaii. Nelda is survived by her sister, HAZEL TRULLINGER EGGLESTON ’42; six nieces and nephews; and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.


BEULAH “BEA” FLETCHER WARFIELD ’31 died February 27, 2003, at the age of 93. Born in China to Free Methodist missionaries, Bea was kidnapped as a baby for a time by Chinese bandits. At age 5, she traveled to the United States with her parents and was raised in Seattle. While at SPC, Bea was active in student government, drama and the student newspaper. After graduation, she served as a cook on a missionary boat in south-east Alaska, and in the mid-1930s, she taught school in Kodiak and Petersburg, Alaska. In 1942, Bea started a day care program for the Highline (Washington) School District. In the Highline District, she also taught third grade, started the Instructional Materials Department and set up outdoor education programs for students of all ages. She retired in 1974. Bea and her husband, George, were active at Boulevard Park Presbyterian Church in Seattle. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, including PATRICIA WARFIELD EHLE ’59; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.


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