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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



2013 Fall

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2013 fall edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Sylvia Hester '63 – I was so looking forward to our 1963 50th reunion but I am on pilgrimage to Italy, Spain and Portugal with my church at that time. Please pass on the word to everyone that I miss them and would have loved to have been there with them. I am very sad to miss this very important reunion.


Darthula Diane Goetz '87 just received a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. This fall, she will pursue a Doctor of Business Administration with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Non-Profit Organizations.


Bernadette Howlette '99 – As of July 1, I am serving as the new Director of Scholarly Activity and Institutional Effectiveness for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Prior to this I served as the Director of Research at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho, before transitioning to an Affiliate Faculty position with the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University. In 2012, I received a federal grant award from the Healthcare Resources and Services Administration to establish a rural health network in SE Idaho.

I have also recently published a textbook, titled Evidence-based Practice for Health Professionals: An Interprofessional Approach.

I want to thank Marylhurst, especially with regard to the publication of my book because it was my education at Marylhurst that engendered in me a valuing and understanding of interdisciplinary practice. Interdisciplinary collaboration is one of the central concepts behind the book and has, in fact, been the foundation of my entire career. I am able to work as a health care researcher and scholar because of the multi-disciplinary training and collaborations I have pursued ever since I graduated from Marylhurst. I often speak of the excellent education I received there!


Debra Rose Giannini, M.A. '09 – After completing my M.A. in Health Arts & Sciences at Goddard College in Vermont, I was offered the opportunity to train and teach through Think First Oregon's Trauma Prevention team and the Balance Laboratory at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). I am using the foundations of my interdisciplinary Marylhurst B.A. (in psychology and expressive therapy) in this role, along with the tenets of self-care and resilience that comprised my master's thesis.

OHSU's Think First Oregon is part of a national network of prevention programs for brain and spinal cord injuries. They also administer Boston University's acclaimed "Fear of Falling: Matter of Balance" (Copyright 1995 Trustees of Boston University) program and certification for this region. I obtained my certification to teach after completing the coaching course in 2012.

I'll be teaching the series of Matter of Balance sessions, which include strategies for safety at home and on the town, as well as exercises designed to improve balance and prevent falls. Our class at Marylhurst University is being organized by Celina Ratliff, and will be open to staff, gerontology students and Mary's Woods residents. By increasing our awareness, adapting to our surroundings and staying mobile, we can prevent the damage, cost and inconvenience of injury.


Jane O'Brien '13 is pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California with an expected graduation date of August 2015.

Yona Lunken '13 - Thank you MU for a wonderful MBA in Sustainable Business program.

In Memoriam

Patricia LeVan Hargis '43, February 9, 2013, Yakima, WA
Adelina I. Boitano Paperini '43, July 10, 2013, Portland, OR
Pilar Elisa Walker '48, July 29, 2013, San Jose, CA
Sr. Theresa Stupfel, SNJM '49, August 14, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Miriam Philip Friedrich, SNJM '54, August 3, 2012, Lake Oswego,  OR
Audrey Pearson Kelley '54, December 21, 2012, Bellevue, WA
Annamae Jost Niedermeyer '54, October 8, 2012, Portland, OR
Sr. Patricia Nizic, SNJM '54, September 24, 2012, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Rae Skinner, SNJM '54, June 30, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Dona Van Hoomissen, SNJM '58, May 2, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Clarine Anchustegui Villeneuve '59, March 18, 2013, Phoenix, AZ
Kathleen Lockie '62, May 2, 2013, Portland, OR
Sr. Mary McNassar, SNJM '62, May 30, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Kristi Claeys, daughter of Ardith Vanderzanden Claeys '63, July 2, 2013, Portland, OR
William (Bill) Crocker, husband of Elizabeth Brownlie Crocker '65, August 25, 2013, Salem, OR
Alice Schlenker '78, April 27, 2013, Lake Oswego, OR
Georgina Rossiter Pierr '80, July 29, 2012, Salem, OR
Anna C. Mock Busch '84, January 24, 2013, Portland, OR
Arlene B. Pletsch '88, February 22, 2013, Killdeer, ND
Patricia Lou "Pat" Peterson '93, May 10, 2103, Colbert, WA


2013 Spring

These class notes and news items are published in conjunction with the 2013 spring edition of Marylhurst Unlimited.


Kathy Beeson Carney '64 – I think of Marylhurst with fondness and count the ways my education there broadened my world and opened doors for me.

Linda Louise Stohosky Kochmar '66 was elected to the State House of Representatives in Washington state last November. She took her oath of office in Olympia in January; her sister Sr. Rita Rose Stohosky, SSMO '58 attended. In addition to being a Marylhurst alumna, Linda is also an alumna of St. Mary's Academy.


Colleen Hoss '81 – I have established the Milestones & Memories project to raise $70,000 to benefit four charities in my community. I have undertaken the project as a special way to celebrate my upcoming 70th birthday, what would have been my husband's 80th birthday, and to honor the memory of my beloved husband who died in the summer of 2012 and my dear aunt who died this past fall.

In launching this project, I also hope to encourage others to reach out and benefit those in need when celebrating their own milestones and in remembering those they love and have lost.

You can find out more at

Debby Lyttle '86 was just honored by the National Newspaper Association in Guatemala as Outstanding Foreign Artist of the Year for 2012. Debby serves as the music director at Colegio Maya, the American International School of Guatemala City.


Catherine Cannon Al-Meten '98 - I want to share my joy at having compiled years' worth of my poetry into a volume entitled, Shadows: A Collection of Poetry. It has been published for print-on-demand on Amazon and as an e-publication for Kindle. I would say, "Bon appetite," if it were a meal. Hope you enjoy the journey through some of the verse that came out of my life.

Visit to find book previews, copies and author information.


Trumpeter, composer and teacher Thara Memory '01 was awarded a Grammy award for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" for the song City of Roses with artist Esperanza Spalding. In a CBS backstage interview, Spalding said of the award "this was for Thara...I'm one of his students, and all of us would have no life in music if it wasn't for the work of this man." Memory began performing at the age of 11 and has played with many jazz and blues greats during his ongoing career. He has a long-standing history of teaching youth and performing in Portland, Oregon since 1970. Visit for more information.

John Farrell '05, after receiving a Masters in Applied Theology at Marylhurst, completed a Certificate in Clinical Health Care Ethics - Catholic concentration at Saint Louis University. In September 2012 he completed his dissertation, Legal and Ethical Standards of Patient Autonomy - Active Learning to Facilitate Nursing Practice Initiatives in Palliative Medicine, and was awarded a Doctorate in Health Education from A. T. Still University. John presented Health Literacy and Advanced Care Planning to the Colorado Health Ethics Forum in April 2012.

Amy Buchheit '06, had her one-of-a-kind, hand painted, custom shoes featured on The Cooking Channel's Bitchin' Kitchen December 5 and 6, 2012 during Season 3, Episode 9 - Mad Men[u].  The shoes were custom designed specifically for the host of the show, Nadia G.  Reruns will show on both The Cooking Channel and Food Network Canada.  More information on the shoes can be found on Bitchin' Kitchen's website at


Lola Carlile '10 - I have published my fifth book, Art as Therapy for Retirees, this past month. I am also working in an elementary school part-time as an art therapist and am in the process of writing an Intergenerational Art as Therapy booklet for the Salem Art Association. The title of the other books are The Twin Within, Teaching Literacy in a Global Society, Three Blind Men and a Lady, and Eyes Within. They are all available on Amazon.

Rabbi Rob Abramovitz '10's latest paper, Narrative Leadership: Creating an Environment That Works, has been accepted into the 2013 International Conference of the Association of Global Management Studies at University of California – Berkeley. His paper will also be published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Global Management Studies Professional. The reviewers rated the "quality of research design" and "the legitimacy of conclusions" as extremely high. In addition to being a Master of Divinity alum, Rob is also a member of Marylhurst's School of Business faculty.

In Memoriam

Wilhemena Anna Macnab Flack Phillips '43, July 14, The Dalles, OR
Betty Jean DeHaven Wilson '43, December 7, Hoquiam, WA
Mary Ellen Brozene Lajoy '45, July 19, Portland, OR
Betty L. Manegre Vlahos '45, September 18th, Wilsonville, OR
Bernadine "Bernice" Bayley Hanson '46, October 2, Spokane, WA
Jacqueline Ann "Jackie" "Nana" Wilson '46, January 6, Meridian, ID
Mary Pauline "Polly" May Burke '48, December 17, Portland, OR
Lois Vengelen Ball '51, October 13, Redmond, OR
Ursula Blomquist Cogan '53, November 23, Portland, OR
Cornelia B. "Connie" O'Leary Heston '57, July 5, Spokane, WA
Sr. Mary Garvin '62, January 5, Spokane, WA
Jill Simonsen Graham '69, December 7, Warrenton, OR
Lillian White Crom '78, October 23, Depoe Bay, OR
William Maplethorpe, husband of Barbara Maplethorpe '81, Nov 8, Sherwood, OR
Jean Louise Livengood Wilson Naish '87, January 4, St. Helens, WA
Timothy William Benton '97, January 11, Portland, OR
Brian Scott Farquhar '10, November 4, West Linn, OR

Faculty & Staff:

Rev. Trudy Bradley '10, September 28, 2012, Portland, OR
Aliza Mizrachi Keddem, July 19, 2012, Portland, OR
Mary Sennett Kucera, December 26, 2012, Lake Oswego, OR
Sr. Frances Madden '49, June 6, 2012, Lake Oswego, OR



Last updated May 30, 2014.






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