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2015 Spring

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2015 spring edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Nancy Egan '69 passed away after a long battle with cancer on June 5, 2014.


Virginia Frosh '89 was featured in the Camas-Washougal Post-Record in an article titled "A Passion for Local Parks." A Camas native, Frosh began walking regularly at Parker's Landing, in Washougal, Washington, to help her recover from an auto accident in 2003. Since January 2015 Frosh has stepped up in leadership roles for the parks, serving as the vice president of the Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee, where she has been a member since 2010, and president of the Parkersville Heritage Foundation. She also serves as a member of the port's arts and history committee and as a board member of the Washougal Parks board.

"I want to be a proactive volunteer, to give support where needed," she said. "I am interested in others who volunteer their time. It's a no-brainer. I believe a random act of kindness can change the outcome of a situation, for the better."


Stephen M. Wolfson '07 (from Stephen's wife) – Stephen Wolfson lost his 18-month long battle with Lymphoma and passed away on March 3, 2015. He fought a good fight to the end, never giving up hope that he would survive and fully recover. At the time he passed, he was a patient at the NIH hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, where he received wonderful care from a large contingent of nurses and doctors. At the end, he was as comfortable as possible, respected by his caretakers, and at peace with his dog and family members by his side.

The family planned a memorial get together in Wilmington on Saturday, March 28, 2015. In his honor and as he requested, The Wilmington Police Department Bag Pipes played and we enjoyed his favorite meal, oysters and beer. If you wish to make a donation in Steve's memory please consider Marylhurst University, NHCLEOA (New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officer's Association, or any worthy organization of your choice.


Lola Carslile '11 - Dr. Carlile has just published two new books, "My Grandma Has Alzheimer's" (a picture book), and "Are We All Crazy?" Both books are available on Amazon. Carlile is also starring in a children's story hour filmed by CCTV and due to be broadcast in January. She stays busy by providing free and low-cost art therapy to underprivileged women and children.

RoAnna Mitchell '14 is very happy to announce that she has recently published her first novel, "Chameleon Moon," from The Zharmae Publishing Press. It is a dystopian story about a city called Parole that has been quarantined from the rest of the U.S., and is slowly sinking into a burning pit of fire. Even more fun, everyone there has superpowers, though some are not very super. The diverse cast is entirely made of queer and transgender people, and features heroes of many genders, sexualities and races, as well as physical and mental disabilities. "Chameleon Moon" has been selling well on Amazon, and debuted at #15 in Amazon's superhero category.

In Memoriam

Kathleen Stupfel, SNJM '41, March 22, 2015, Lake Oswego, OR
Betty Jo Ross '47, March 3, 2015, Yakima, WA
Mary Teresa (Pontarolo) Kraus '48, February 25, 2015, Pasco, WA
Helen Dorothy (Dindia) Kern '49, October 25, 2014, Portland, OR
Donna McDonnell '49, March 6, 2015, Honolulu, HI
Mary Carol Hasler Victorine '51, October 28, 2014, Merrill, OR
Diane Carskadon '56, November 25, 2014, Milwaukie, OR
Sr. Marguerite Delia Maguire, SNJM '57, October 7, 2014, Seattle, WA
Sr. Mary Bridget (M. Bridget Ann) Ward, SNJM '58, February 23, 2015, Spokane, WA
Jerry Springer, husband of Dianne Tromp Springer '59, March 15, 2015, Portland, OR
Nancy Egan '69, June 5, 2014, Portland, OR
Sherrill Lee Wollam, attended 1978-1979, December 8, 2009, Sun City West, AZ
Virginia Helmer '89, November 9, 2014, Cornelius, OR
Kathleen Carr '96, March 15, 2015, West Linn, OR
Stephen M. Wolfson '07, March 3, 2015, Wilmington, NC
Reverend Dr. Roger Weeks, faculty member, Religious Studies Department, February 19, 2015, Newberg, OR
Dr. Gregg D. Wood, former staff physician at Marylhurst College, January 8, 2015, Lake Oswego, OR

2014 Fall

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2014 fall edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Sister Lawdean Lamberger, SSMO '56 and Sister Evelyn Schwall, SSMO '58 celebrated their 60th Jubilee this past July. A Mass and reception was held in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel of the Sisters of St Mary of Oregon Motherhouse in Beaverton, Oregon.


James Dauer '96 is excited to announce the publication of Reclaiming the Lost Life: Overcoming Emptiness and Self-defeating Lifestyles through Christ. The book was released the first week of June 2014. This book is written for those that affirm a strong faith but feel untouched by the gospel of grace where they are most injured and untouched. Readers familiar with Rollo May (founding father of American Existential Psychoanalysis) and the theology of Barth will find them evident in the book.

Dauer has also published The Self in Repair: Internal Pain and the Healing Process (2008). This book is written for young people that meet criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder or have similar self-destructive behaviors and relationships. Dauer earned an M.Div. from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1999 and an M.S. in Education Psychology from Capella University in 2003.


Jackie Barretta '09 has a book that was published by the American Management Association in October. Primal Teams: Harnessing the Power of Emotions to Fuel Extraordinary Performance focuses on innovative business leadership; the idea for the book was actually sparked during her time at Marylhurst. You can read more about Barretta at and the book can be purchased on Amazon.


Sr. Carol Higgins, SNJM '11 earned a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality from Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C. Her dissertation explored the use of narrative as a tool for spiritual formation.

Pamela Pennington '11 had a book released this summer by Balboa Press: The Inner Life of Love. It tells the captivating story of the turbulence of discovery and the ecstasy of remembrance while living in love with God. Photos are also by the author. Since graduating from Marylhurst, Pennington has earned a Master of Divinity degree through the University of Metaphysical Sciences and completed one unit of Chaplain training at the VA hospital in Portland (ACPE).


In Memoriam

Sr. Margaret Graziano, SNJM '37, May 11, 2014, Lake Oswego, OR
Rosemary (Sandy) Schwaegler Pendleton '40, June 3, 2014, Boise, ID
Gertrude Agnew Tobin '40, August 14, 2014, Monrovia, CA
Clare Elizabeth (Dinneen) Loprinzi '45, July 13, 2014, Portland, OR
Phylicia McLaughlin Brozene' 47, May 30, 2014, Morgan Hill, CA
Sr. M. Rose Theresa (Dorothy) Costello, SNJM '51, July 14, 2014, Spokane, WA
Geraldine Frances Joyce '51, August 17, 2014, Caldwell, ID
Gwendolyn (Gwen) E. Joslin Curzon '54, June 7, 2014, Chelan, WA
Mary Louise Frawley Fowler '54, April 19, 2014, San Diego, CA
Sr. Cara Lee (Thomas Maureen) Foley, SNJM '59, April 28, 2014, Spokane, WA
Norman Carr, husband of Mary Jo Jwayad Carr'59, November 2, 2013, Milwaukie, OR
Sr. Mary Kay Lampert, SNJM '59, July 1, 2014, Portland, OR
Marvelle Patricia Cop '62, June 23, 2014, Portland, OR
Mary E. Pinkerton Stevens '69, June 7, 2014, Yakima, WA
Martha Entler '70, May 25, 2014 Milwaukie, OR
Douglas Lee Hill '88, April 3, 2014, Albany, OR

2014 Spring

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2014 spring edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Sr. John Maureen Backenstos, SNJM '45, has recently published a collection of her poetry called  Heart & Soul.


Mary Anne Gard '74 was ordained an Episcopal priest at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, in Portland, Oregon, on January 4, 2014.


Linda Ross Swanson '81, '05, MAAT, presented her seminar, Entrepreneurship for Seniors: Make your Next Act Better, Smarter, Richer, at the Aging in America Conference in San Diego this past March.


Stephanie Robison '00's work was included this past summer in the an exhibition titled RISK at the Berkeley Art Center, in Berkeley, California.

Madeline Allen '01, wrote an article "Animal Abusers Need to Go to Jail," which was published in the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings on January 30, and the Wilsonville Spokesman on February 6. The article discusses the ways that animals are being mistreated. Allen hopes the article will make others aware of the horrendous things that are occurring to animals, and encourages people to write to their state and federal representatives to change the laws.

David A. English '03 was appointed Assistant Professor in the International Language Center at Gacheon University in Seongnam South Korea.

Gay Mitchell '05 presented a workshop on Art Therapy to professionals in Nicaragua in January through the JFR Foundation. With no art therapists in the country, Mitchell presented the history and philosophy of Art Therapy to psychologists, social workers, doctors and teachers. Following that, she demonstrated two art therapy projects for elderly people in assisted care, with discussion afterwards, using an interpreter. All art materials were donated to the care facility and professionals promised to use them. A return visit for her was requested.


Devon Gidley '10, recently published Luna Waxing: Book 1 of the Luna Cycle, a novel that twists recognizable vampire clichés completely around. With the first of the three books published in January, the second book of the series, Luna Waning: Book 2 of the Luna Cycle, was released at the end of March. You can read synopses, purchase books and visit Devon's author page at

Bruce Murray '10, '12 wrote an article for the winter edition of the journal of the International Society of Organization Development. The Challenge of Simultaneous Management and Creativity offers a critique of John Kotter's idea to share governance between senior managers and network of volunteer change agents. The journal is subscription based, but Murray's article can be read at

Jeremy Taylor '13 started a new job as environmental educator with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shortly after graduating with an MBA in Sustainable Business. Taylor serves as the editor of Conservationist for Kids, available to all fourth grade classrooms in the state of New York.

In Memoriam

Mary Lu McDonald Rappleyea '45, February 4, 2014, Lake Oswego, OR
Margaret 'Peggy' Utz Culligan '48, May 26, 2013, Portland, OR
Consuelo 'Connie' Dinneen Meurlott '50, March 2, 2014, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Mary Hugh Copenhaver '53 (Alice Catherine Copenhaver), February 15, 2014, Conrad, MT
Don Drain, husband of Josephine Anzalone Drain '53, February 29, 2014, Milwaukie, OR
Shirley Morin Lynch '53, September 29, 2012, Vancouver, WA
Sr. Kathleen St. Martin, SNJM '55, March 18, 2014, Lake Oswego, OR
Charlie Crawford, husband of Dolores Preuitt Crawford '58, June 13, 2013, McMinnville, OR
Ethelyn 'Lynda' Moore Griffith '58, June 20, 2013, San Antonio, TX
Helen Bedney '64, March 4, 2014, Portland, OR
Dolores Gabrish '64 (formerly Sr. Michele Therese, SNJM), January 2, 2014 Mill Valley, CA
Dianne Carvalho Fiebelkorn '65, Jaunary 7, Medford, OR
Geraldine Carvalho '73, July 22, Wailuku, HI
Shannon Pannell '73, August 2011, Portland, OR
James Clare, husband of Agnes Clare '81, December 27, 2013, Portland, OR
Janice Staver '87, August 14, 2013, Rowena, OR
Einar Nordahl, life trustee and board member (1977-1983), September 27, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Sherman Severin, former MBA program director, November 21, 2013, Portland, OR



Last updated May 18, 2015.






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