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By Nancy Pfeifer

1930s

Second nature to Winifred Nelson Mahaffey ('37) is her photography of, well, nature. Winifred has exhibited her engaging nature photography in Newcastle, Wyoming; galleries in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the Art Cooperative in Hill City, South Dakota. Winifred is very environmentally conscious and hassles people who litter. She worked as a substitute teacher for a short time, but decided that wasn't what she really wanted to do. She also spent time in Salt Lake City with the Language Volunteers of America tutoring Persian women. Although she is nearly 85 years old, Winifred enjoys traveling independently and often travels abroad. This winter she joined a fun run in South Dakota called "The Frostbite Four."

1940s

At 93, Harold S. Gilleney ('41) is as sharp as ever. He retired in May after 60 years of preaching for the Presbyterian Church. Beginning in 1940, Harold preached in Mountain View, Wyoming, and in the fall of 1940, he served in Evanston, Wyoming, for five months. His last position as a minister was in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he still lives.

1950s

It has been a big year for Howard P. Snethen ('50). Howard made a major move across the country from Palo Alto, California, to West Virginia after getting married in Paris. His new wife is a lovely lady named Sabrina Parks from Washington, DC.

For the third season, Frank Slater ('56) played Santa during the holidays in San Jose, California. His family gave him a grand surprise when they showed up at his set one busy Saturday. This summer, Frank and his wife will take a tour across New England and return west through Canada.

George S. Lewis ('57) spends his retirement playing golf and tournament bridge. He also keeps busy by creating Inarsia woodworking art. He has served on the Mojave Unified School District school board for the past three years; currently president, he has plans to run again. George's wife, Barbara, is the choir director and organist for their church.

Retired teacher Buckley E. Johnson ('59) works as an elementary-level math consultant helping other teachers strengthen their own mathematics backgrounds. He says it's challenging, but also very fulfilling and a lot of fun.

1960s

In addition to working part-time for the Mid-Plains Behavioral Services Center, Frances Walters Wheat ('60) teaches piano lessons. Frances also plays organ for the St. Stephens Episcopal and Trinity United Methodist churches in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Island Park, New York, is a busy place for Shari Lee Smith Greenberg ('66). Her husband, Barry, teaches in New York City, while Shari and her 16-year old daughter, Carrie, continue to perform in musicals. Shari spent the summer touring with a production of Guys and Dolls. Currently, she is in Jekyll and Hyde, and Carrie is performing in Pippin.

Michael Tobey ('69) relocated in 1996 from California to Texas. He now lives in a suburb of Dallas called Highland Village with Lupe, his wife of 23 years, and their daughter Kimberly (now 21 years old). Michael is vice president of application development in the Information Services division of Neiman Marcus.

"Still happy in Seattle!" is the news from Paul Welch ('72) and Robyn Crandall Welch ('69). Their 23-year-old son, Christopher, is completing his education in Cisco Systems and aims for a computer science degree from the University of Washington. Their younger son, Paul, Jr., who is 20 years old, serves in the United States Air Force at Travis Air Force Base, California, where Paul Sr. began his military career.

1970s

Carol Tudor Barbero ('70) has returned to teaching after raising two boys. Her son Robbie recently graduated from Dartmouth, and Chris is a junior at Tufts University. Carol works for the Mesa County School District in Grand Junction, Colorado.

John F. Butler ('76) currently resides in Sandy, Utah. He sold his trucking business and now works in commercial and residential real estate with Coldwell Banker. John was a widower for several years and later married Joni Pein. They enjoy open road racing in their Cobra and Corvette at speeds up to 170 mph. Their children are now grown, and they have 5 grandchildren.

After several years working with the ESL (English as a Second Language) program as a substitute teacher for the Davis County School District, Gloria Barraclough ('78) has retired. Far from having an uneventful retirement, Gloria is now tap dancing with a group of "dancing grannies" called the Maxinettes. Ranging in age from 60 to 84, they are a very spry group of dancers that perform free of charge.

Ann Chamberlain Shedden ('79) writes, "Hello to everyone at Westminster. I am teaching part time at Cal Poly Pomona and really enjoy teaching math to pre-service elementary school teachers. I'm also enjoying my time with my daughter, Jennifer; my retired husband, Bob; and our two cats, baby gecko, and fish. It's a menagerie!"

1980s

Robert "Bob" P. Marselle ('84) continues his involvement in scouting with his nine-year-old son. Bob also remains active in community theater. In September, he was part of a production of Damn Yankees. He also works for EDS as their senior information specialist.

On September 21, 2001, David C. Brown ('86) married Kathleen Strong. David and Kathleen both served LDS missions out of the country. David completed his mission in Toronto, Canada, while Kathleen served in Hamburg, Germany. David is currently employed as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Jones Pharma, Inc., and Kathleen teaches mathematics at Bingham High School in Salt Lake City.

After 21 years of working in college admissions (including six at Westminster College), Jane E. Townsend ('87) decided to make a career change to high school counseling. She started along this new path in August 2001 and loves it. She enjoys getting to know the students and helping them resolve problems while they make positive plans for the future. She writes that her new job is "a good change."

Rose Taylor Defa ('89), who has worked in business development and educational and charitable programs since 1988, will lead Utah's American Cancer Society as its state executive director. In her role, Defa will have oversight for staff, fundraising, and cancer support programs in the state.

Originally recruited for an entertainment sales position with GE Power Systems in October, Donald "Skip" Gregory ('89) was recently offered a promotion to acting entertainment sales manager for California. His new post includes presiding over sales for Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and northern Nevada. Gregory draws on his seven years as marketing director for Redman Movies & Stories, which serviced television series such as "Touched by an Angel," "Walker Texas Ranger," "Cover Me," and "Promised Land;" numerous films, including Shawshank Redemption, Interview Witha Vampire, Con Air, and Courage Under Fire; dozens of Movies of the Week; and hundreds of international and national commercials. Gregory still works with "Touched by an Angel," but also takes responsibility for the energy and HVAC needs for all aspects of events and entertainment. One of these events included the Bud World Party at the Salt Lake City Gallivan Center, which drew nearly half a million attendees and headlined stars, such as Smash Mouth and Howie Mandell, for "The Tonight Show."

1990s

Loalene Broulette Benjamin ('93) currently resides in Monterey, California, where her husband, Robert, is stationed in the United States Navy. They have a beautiful daughter, Makayla Rose, who is three years old.

Kathleen D. Lang ('94) received a promotion in January 2001 and now works as the assistant operations officer of the Citizens Bank of Americus, located in Americus, Georgia. She married Carl David Tucker on June 26, 2001.

Looking after three boys isn't an easy job, especially if you're working in healthcare. Scott Greenwood ('96) is currently working with an endocrinologist as a nurse practitioner while taking care of his three boys, ages five, three, and one.

Carol Cheney Bullough ('97), who was in the first MSN graduating class at Westminster, reports that she has had a rich RN work experience practicing in China and Africa. Currently she is the only health care provider on a small Alaskan island chain in the Aleutians. In May, she recounted a recent experience caring for a man with a gunshot wound to the head, using only rustic equipment and basic technology. Because of the remote location, evacuating the injured man was too risky at night, and Carol cared for him until morning with the help of a volunteer EMT and telephone consults with doctors in Sitka and Seattle. At every turn, the doctors confirmed that Carol was giving her patient the correct medications, treatments, and care, for which she credits her Westminster education.

KyRic J. Tucker ('99) spent four years in a Salt Lake City CPA firm where he provided tax and auditing services for profit and nonprofit clients. He has since joined the firm of Bean & Ison, CPAs & Consultants in Memphis, Tennessee, as a staff accountant.


2000s

Hamilton, Montana, might be the last place you look for anything "simply elegant," but that's just where Heather Bonnett Williams ('00) and her husband Joel Williams ('00) opened a bridal shop. The name of their store is, of course, Simply Elegant. Joel and Heather have participated in two fashion shows featuring a unique satin gown designed after the American flag. They reside in Hamilton with their Scottish terrier, Josie.


In Remembrance

1940s

Beverly Beasley Montague ('40)

June Featherstone Berryman ('41)

1960s

James Freligh Moffat ('64)

1970s

Robert R. Svee ('76)

John Allen Stevens ('78)

1980s

Francis "Frank" Levi Anderson ('80)

Dorthea Virginia Stirling ('88)

1990s

Reed H. Aaron ('91)

Karsten Michael Sysak ('91, '98)

Dr. Linda Pohlabel ('97)


Faculty and Administration

Dr. Miriam James

James taught life sciences at Westminster College from 1958 to 1964.