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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



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



Last updated December 5, 2014.






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