Dennis B. Hagen
Dennis graduated in 1955. He received his BA from Whitworth University, a Masters of Music Education from Indiana University, a Masters of Divinity from Western Evangelical Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Indiana University. Dennis has been a music teacher, a music professor, a teacher of English in China, and Vice President of a Campus in Kenya. In 2005, Dennis joined a group of Kenyans as they worked to establish a new University in Western Kenya and then became the President or Vice Chancellor of that Univeristy. His community involvement includes: choir director at local churches, Friends of Champoeg State Park, foster parent to three children, conductor of the George Fox University Band, conductor of the Chehalem Symphony, Northwest President of College Band Directors National Association, First Chairman of the Old Fashioned Festival in Newberg, Oregon, he has published 10 books for the Chinese English Library for high school students, and he has helped to initiate and serve as field supervisor of Teaching Abroad. Dennis' honors include the Governor's Award for Volunteering in the State of Oregon. Wuban University of Technology Service Award for excellent Teaching, and the Chime Bell Award for outstanding volunteer service to Hubei Province in China.
Melodie A. (Walch) Miner
Melodie is a graduate of Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University where she received her teaching certificate. Melodie just recently retired after teaching first grade students for 31 years at Lake Spokane Elementary in the Nine Mile School District. Her class was a total inclusion classroom opening her arms to all the needs of all children. Melodie's philosophy is: "All Children can learn, but they need the tools, the nurturing, the guidance, and the respect to do so." She felt that it was her job to provide them with all that and also be a good role model. Melodie was considered to be the epitome of what all teachers should be: caring, compassionate, and with a heart for all young people; whether they were in her class or not. Her community involvement and honors consist of the following: Chairman of the 70's Decade for John R. Rogers High School, School Board Member of the Orchard Prairie School District, Teach of the Year for the Nine Mile School District, Teacher of the Month for Eastern Washington University and KHQ, the Golden Acorn Award, Ronald McDonald House contributor, Job's Daughters Honored Queen, the National Disney Award for excellence in the classroom, and many 4-H awards.
Frank W. Rider
Frank graduated in 1955. He received a Bachelor's Degree with honors from Washington State University and as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate he received an Army commission. While serving in the Army, Frank received a Master's Degree in Business Administration. His specialty in the Army was nuclear weapons operations and ballistic calculations for field cannons, rockets, and missiles. Franks honors include the following: Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, two Army Commendations Medals, the Airborne Badge, and several service medals and awards. Frank retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then became a Federal Civil Service Executive in the Department of Energy where he served as the Chairman of the National-Level Nuclear Explosive Safety Committee. He was recognized and acknowledged as having the most extensive knowledge and expertise in the nation concerning the nuclear explosive safety of nuclear weapons. His community involvement includes: serving in many positions in his church, head coach of seven youth league football teams, assistant Director of the University of New Mexico Lobo Tennis Club, and many other volunteer positions. Frank received recognition and special award as the Northern New Mexico Tennis Association League Captain of the Year.
William (Bill) Simer
Bill graduated in 1974. He attended Washington State University and then transferred to Eastern Washington University where he became a teaching assistant to one of his accounting professors. Bill became President of the EWU Chapter of the accounting fraternity. After graduation, Bill joined Coopers & Lybrand and was awarded the inaugural Peter Bozanich Scholarship by the Business School of the University. His community involvement includes the following: Chairman of the Board and President of the Spokane Symphony Endowment, a member of the board of Theater, the Fairmont Memorial Association, President and Treasurer of Spokane Public Radio, Friends of the Centennial Trail, and Spokane Public Library. Bill has also served on the transition teams of the last two Spokane Mayors and he chaired the effort to acquire and renovate the Fox Theater. he was honored by the Spokane North Rotary Service Award for leadership in the profession and the community from the Washington Society of CPA's. Bill was selected as the honorary chairman of the Christmas Tree Elegance event in 2008 in thanks for his service to the Spokane Symphony.
Wayne D. Anderson
Wayne graduated in 1949. He received both his B.S. and his M.S. in Education from the University of Idaho. Wayne’s community involvement and recognition includes the following: University of Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame, the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame, the University of Idaho Vandal Legends 2000, the American Legion, and the Elks Brotherhood. Wayne’s professional awards include the following: Partners of the Americas and NCAA Sponsored Clinic in Ecuador, State of Idaho High School Coaches Clinic Speaker, Bob Houbreg's Basketball Camp College Coach, Conifer Basketball Camp College Coach, numerous baseball clinic speaking engagements, and Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year Award in basketball and baseball. Wayne spent 30 years at the University of Idaho as a coach and administrator, and he was also a high school teacher and coach. Wayne’s positions at the University of Idaho included the following: Assistant Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach, Head Baseball Coach, Assistant Basketball Coach, Assistant Football Coach, and Director of Intramurals and Acting Instructor of Physical Education. Wayne received an ROTC scholarship and received his commission upon graduating from college. He was a First Lieutenant in charge of an instructional group for all trainees in the Army at Ft. Ord. California.
Wayne G. Fleming
Wayne graduated in 1956. He received a degree in education at Eastern Washington University and then received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through the ROTC. Wayne taught at Odessa for three months before entering the Army in 1962. He spent 1966 in Viet Nam where he amassed over 1,000 hours of combat flight time. Wayne crashed in enemy territory once but was quickly rescued by U.S. soldiers. He finished his career as a Lieutenant Colonel. Wayne received various medals from his time in the Army in Viet Nam and he was selected as a flight instructor both by the Army and Northwest Airlines. In both cases he had to be in the top of his group to even be considered and he had to pass a rigorous training to become an instructor. Wayne’s community involvement includes: volunteering for the Bellevue Little League for 20 years including five years during which he was president, volunteering for the Peoria Diamond Club which helps raise money for West Valley of Phoenix youth organizations, he still works with Valley Little League as a coach, he is a referee for Upwards flag football, and he is on the board of Directors of the John R. Rogers Alumni & Friends Foundation.
Larry F. Nielsen
Larry graduated in 1955. He took several classes at Spokane Community College pertaining to sales to prepare himself for his career where he spent twenty-five years before retiring. Larry also spent eight years in the Navy Reserves training on various ships. His community involvement and recognition includes the following: coaching Little League Baseball, Junior National Football, and Men’s Slow Pitch Softball. Larry has been involved with the Children’s Miracle Network for Spokane, has volunteered for Shop For a Cure (which is an M.S. Fundraiser), he has been involved in several reunions for the Class of 1955, he chaired the all-school reunion of 2008, and he volunteers every year at the Big Horn Sportsman Show. Larry and his wife Donna were chosen as Good Neighbors for the north side of Spokane in 2007 and they took fourth place in a city-wide garden contest in 1998.
Andrew “Andy” Berg, Sr.
Andy graduated in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman and after WWII he received a B.A. in Business Administration from WSU and later a B.S. in Geology from EWU. Andy worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines compiling geologic and economic information for the Bureau’s Mineral Availability System with a focus on the aluminum industry. He also developed a hypothesis to explain the origin of Mima Mounds, a formation found here and elsewhere in the world. His community involvement included being Chairman of the District #81 School Advisory Committee and President of Parent/Teacher Groups at Wilson Elementary, Sacajawea Middle School, and Lewis and Clark High School. Following Andy’s retirement, he participated in an environmental education program in the Central Valley School District. Andy was appointed to the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council and served as a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Science, Mathematics, and Technology at EWU. The highlight of Andy’s geology career was the recognition and publishing of his Mima Mounds Seismic Hypothesis in Geology Magazine and in other technical journals throughout the world.
Lynda C. (Egger) Hayashi
Lynda graduated in 1966. She received her B.A. from Warner Pacific College, did some postgraduate studies at San Francisco State University and Whitworth, and received an M.E. from Gonzaga University. Lynda served as President of the Spokane Education Association from 1989 to 1992. Her community involvement/recognition includes the following: Staff Parish Relations Committee at St. Pauls United Methodist Church (where she is also a member), President of the Fund Development Board at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Pumpkin Ball Committee, and the Rosaurers’ Open Golf Tournament Hospitality Committee. Lynda has also served as a mediator for Spokane Public Schools, which worked to help solve interpersonal conflicts. Her passion is the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, which helps create a safe harbor for families to take some time out, calm down, and get parenting skills. Lynda is part of the many people who helps to raise funds to support that effort.
Len graduated in 1975. He received both his B.A. and his M.B.A. from Gonzaga University. Len’s present community involvement includes being a board member and the treasurer of both Junior Achievement of the Inland Northwest and the Spokane Scholars Foundation. Among his past activities were his participation as a board member and treasurer of Spokane Community Gardens, chairman of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce’s K-12 Education Committee, and a board member of Momentum Education Committee. Len was awarded the Junior Achievement’s Bronze Leadership Award in 1995 and its Silver Leadership Award in 2003. He was also named Junior Achievement of the Inland Northwest’s Middle School Volunteer of the Year in 2006. On a regular basis since 1988, Len has worked with many elementary school, middle school, and high school students to teach them about the world of business and economics.
Richard W. Schuerman
Dick graduated in 1960. He attended Spokane Community College with an emphasis in Fire Science. Dick’s career is as follows: U.S. Navy (from 1960 to 1963), Spokane Fire Department (from 1965 to 1996), Fire Fighter (1965), Fire Equipment Operator (1973), Fire Lieutenant (1975), Fire Captain and Arson Investigator (1979), and Fire Battalion Chief from 1983 until 1996 when he retired. Dick’s community involvement/recognition includes the following: Athletic Director for St. Patrick’s School, St. Patrick’s Girls’ Volleyball and Basketball Coach, Habitat for Humanity House, Project Manager in charge of the rebricking of St. Patrick’s Church, Project Manager in charge of the remodeling of St. Patrick’s Church, Project Manager in charge of the remodeling of St. Patrick’s Hall, and he is also a maintenance worker at St. Patrick’s Church and School. Dick was also the Project Manager in charge of the building of nine new fire stations and remodeling five fire stations and he also worked on the Spokane Fire Department Bond Project.
Robert D. (Bob) Walker
Bob graduated in 1959. He attended EWU and the Officers’ Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Bob graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College. He commanded the 248th Transportation Battalion and has held several staff positions throughout the state. Bob spent 43 years in the Washington Army National Guard and the US Army Reserve, retiring as a Full Colonel. He was a patrolman, traffic officer, and a SWAT team member. Bob developed the Spokane Police Department Volunteer Services Program. He received several awards including the William H. Spurgeon Award from the Boy Scouts of America, United Way Volunteer Coordinator of the Year, and the Optimist International Law Enforcement Award. After retiring, Bob was recruited by the YMCA as a Challenge Course Manager. He has also built Rope Courses for different groups. Bob currently volunteers as Director of the Winter Knights Snowmobile Search and Rescue Unit along with other organizations and clubs. He currently works part time for the US Marshals’ Office in Spokane.
Ned A. Wogman
Ned graduated in 1957. He received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. in Chemistry from WSU. Ned served as a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for 43 years where he designed systems for the detection of nuclear proliferation. Most recently, Dr. Wogman’s responsibilities have included Director of PNNL’s Homeland Security, Chief Scientist, and Chief Technical Officer for the National Security Directorate and he is also a consultant to the Department of Energy, as well as Defense. He has received PNNL’s Laboratory Director’s Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science and Technology. Ned is a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency and has received the R&D Magazine Award for the invention of one of the top 100 most technologically significant new products of 1999, the American Chemical Society Industrial Innovation Award, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology Transfer. He has been chosen as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, is a member of the Institute for Nuclear Management, and has served as Chair of many international symposia.
Carl H. Dry
Carl graduated in 1938. He received both his BA in Education and his Masters in Education from Eastern Washington College of Education (now Eastern Washington University). Carl spent six years in the Navy and was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. After college he taught math and science for four years and joined the Navy Department as a civilian employee where he worked in an administrative capacity for eight years. Carl transferred to the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he worked on the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab Programs. After the moon landing he was selected to become a member of the Space Administration where he worked on the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab Programs. After the moon landing he was selected to become a member of the Space Shuttle Task Force. When it became an official program he served as the Executive Assistant to the Space Shuttle Program Director. Upon his retirement, Carl was presented with the Exceptional Performance Award by the NASA Administrator. His community involvement includes: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Program, Lions’ Club, Citizens Tax Committee, Arizona Federation of Taxpayers Association, Duplicate Bridge League, and the YMCA. Carl has many Certificates of Appreciation for his years of service plus numerous commendations.
Bruce Ellingsen, M.D.
Bruce graduated in 1958 as a co-valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. He received his MD (with honors) in 1965 from the University of Washington Medical School, interned at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital, did his ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, and a fellowship in glaucoma at Harvard. He has been an officer and trustee for the Spokane County Medical Society and was the founder and trustee for the WSU Foundation. Bruce is a Youth Sport Coach for soccer and basketball for the YMCA and is a benefactor of WSU. While attending WSU Bruce was selected to the scholastic honoraries Pi Tau Iota, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Beta Kappa. While a member of the teaching staff and research fellow at Harvard, his research was published as some of the basic work in the understanding and treatment of glaucoma. Bruce introduced non-penetrating glaucoma surgery into the United States. He has been active in the Spokane County Medical Society and the Washington State Ophthalmological Society. He has served as a consultant on difficult glaucoma problems and introduced refractive eye surgery to the Spokane area. This past year, WSU selected Bruce for its’ Alumni Achievement Award recognizing his lifetime accomplishments in the classroom, for his work in medicine, his involvement in the community, and his efforts for Washington State University.
Ted Robert Gurr, Ph.D.
Ted graduated in 1953. He received his BA from Reed College in 1953 and his PhD from New York University in 1965. Ted is one of the world’s leading authorities on political conflict and instability, subjects on which he has written or edited more than twenty books and monographs. He taught at Princeton, Northwestern University where he chaired the department of political science in 1978-81, and the University of Colorado. In 1989 Ted joined the faculty of the University of Maryland where he is now Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and continues to consult on projects he started, including his global survey of minorities and the biennial report on global trends in Peace and Conflict. In 1968-69 Ted was on the staff of the National Commission on the Cases and Prevention of Violence. In 1994-95 he helped set up the Political Instability Task Force at the request of the Clinton administration and continues to serve as senior consultant to the Task Force under the George W. Bush administration. In the 1990s Ted was president of the International Studies Association and held the Swedish government’s Olof Palme Visiting Professorship at the University of Uppsala. Since 2000 he helped organize and participated in the 2004 Stockholm International Forum on the Prevention of Genocide, and organized a workshop on economic roots of terrorism for an international conference convened by Spain’s Foreign Ministry.
Lieutenant Colonel Leslie (Les) Hilby
Les graduated in 1951. He received his advanced education at Washington State University and the US Army Command and General Staff College in Kansas. Les spent twenty years in the US Army, which included two tours in Vietnam as Company Commander and Staff Officer. Les retired the Battalion Commander of 501st Signal Ban, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Les’ US Army honors include: Bronze Star with “V” Device (for valor), three Bronze Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Army Commendation Medals, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Joint Service Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry W/Bronze Star, and four Overseas Service Bars. Most of his community service activities have to do with golf at Liberty Lake although he has also been President and Commissioner of the East Side Liberty Lake Improvement Club, active in Rogers’ reunions, and the Pirate Cove Revitalization. Les is also a member of JRRAFF the group who tries to raise money to help out Rogers’ students.
Chief Master Sergeant Timothy (Tim) R. Tyvan
Tim graduated from Rogers in 1987. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1989 and was assigned to a Tactical Air Control Party in Fulda, Germany. After four years of duty in the Air Force, he transferred to the Washington Air National Guard in 1993. He graduated from the Community College of the Air Force in Information Systems Management. Tim has been deployed in support of Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has received many major awards and decorations including: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Air Force Achievement, Army Achievement, to name a few. Tim was also a member of the 10th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, which was recognized by Governor Locke for contributions of involvement in Homeland Security. He is active in the Washington Air National Guard Association, Enlisted Association of the National Guard United States, and the National Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Richard (Dick) Atwood
Dick graduated in 1955. He entered the United States Air Force and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with an Architectural option from the University of Wyoming. He also attended undergraduate business classes at the University of Washington and Eastern Washington University. Dick’s community service involves working with the Boy Scouts of America as Vice President in charge of camping on the Boy Scout Council Executive Board where he was responsible for Boy Scout camp facilities. He was appointed to the Spokane Airport Board eleven years ago and has donated countless hours as Board Chairman and as a member of the Engineering Committee. Dick has also worked on the Bridge Building Contest at John R. Rogers High School and often speaks to the students. He declined to list the certificates, plaques, and awards that he has received except to say that he has received the Silver Beaver Award given by the Boy Scouts of America honoring service and dedication. Dick feels that this is the one award that he received because it made a difference to the young people that he was involved with.
Henry (Hank) Coplen
Hank graduated in 1945. He received his BA from Eastern Washington University and his MA from Whitworth College. Hank was a teacher, coach, and school administrator for the state of Washington for 37 years. His honors include: The WIIAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, The Northwest Association of Community Colleges Coaches Hall of Fame, Inland Northwest Hall of Fame, Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame, and several awards connected with WIAA State B Basketball. Hank’s community service includes working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Master of Ceremonies at Officials Dinner and Players Breakfast, Special Olympics, Wheelchair Basketball, and has coached community college basketball state champions at Columbia Basin in Pasco and Spokane Falls, and has been Director of State B Basketball.
Donald (Don) Simonson
Don graduated in 1944, the last of four brothers at Rogers. He was Vice President of the student body, played football for four years, and baseball for four years. Don was on the all-city football team in 1943. He was in the Navy Air Corps from 1944 to 1946 and attended Whitworth College in 1946 and 1947 where he played football and baseball. Don married Rogers’ graduate Shirlee Engle in 1948—they have been married for over 58 years. Don and Shirlee have one daughter, Deborah. They also raised two children, Tere and John, from Hutton Settlement as their own. Don and Shirlee have six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. After working for Star Machinery in Seattle for ten years, Don returned to college attending Eastern Washington University in 1958 and 1959. He received a degree in Secondary Education and taught for the West Valley School District for 28 years where he also coached football, baseball, and wrestling. Don and Shirlee volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 16 years and for the Cancer Drive for 18 years. Don has helped organize John R. Rogers’ Alumni monthly luncheons since 1946 and has been a member of the committee that organizes the 5-Year All-School Reunions.
Richard (Rich) Tucker
Rich graduated in 1963. He received an M.Ed. in Athletic Administration from Seattle Pacific University and a BA in Physical Education and a BA in Economics from Western Washington University. Rich has been in the field of education since 1972 serving in various capacities at Skagit Valley College, Seattle School District & Metro League, Washington State University, Yakima Valley Community, and Spokane Falls Community College. His community service includes the following: Spokane Chase Youth Commission, Spokane School District Equity Council, South Hill Kiwanis Service Club, Hillyard Kiwanis Service Club, and the Rogers Class of 1963 Planning Committee. In 2004-05 Rich served as the Greater Spokane Area Lt. Governor for the Kiwanis Clubs in the region/division. His honors include Distinguished Club Secretary and President for South Hill Kiwanis and work and contribution to the Chase Youth Commission & Teen Advisory Council. Rich runs competitively in Masters Track and recently won a gold medal at the National Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Hawaii. In 2006 Rich was featured in an article in the Spokesman Review for his running success. Rich is retired from the US Naval Reserve/Supply Corp and holds the rank of Captain.
Barbara (Barb Audie) Farnsworth
Barb was the valedictorian at John R. Rogers High School in 1975. She received her BS and her MS from Washington State University. Barb has taught at John R. Rogers High School for 24 years, during which time she has also served as a Class and ASB Advisor as well as serving as a coach for gymnastics, volleyball, and tennis. Her community involvement includes the following: Meals on Wheels Volunteer for 17 years, Foster Parent to 17 children, High School and College Volleyball Official, Softball Umpire, Project Coordinator of Project UNIQUE ’81, Food Bank Volunteer, Omega House Volunteer, Hoopfest Court Monitor, First Night Volunteer, North Hill Christian Church Elder, and Spokane Valley Church and Professional Handbell Player. Barb’s awards and honors include the following: graduating Cum Laude from WSU, Volleyball Officiating Awards, Softball Umpiring Awards, SAVRA Referee of the Year, SSUA Umpire of the Year, 2003 GSL Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year, and the Chase Youth Award in 1999 for her work with high-risk youth.
Major General Dennis E. Hardy
Dennis graduated in 1968. He is the Commander General of the 24th Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Dennis is a 1972 graduate of Gonzaga University and earned an MBA from Washington State University. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Dennis was commissioned into the United States Army as a Cavalry officer upon graduation from Gonzaga. He has held a variety of command and staff assignments in the United States and overseas including Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Dennis has served on both the Army Staff and the Joint Staff in the Pentagon in Washington, DC and as the Comptroller of the US Army Forces Command in Atlanta, GA with a $4 billion dollar budget. His commands include the 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment during combat operations in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the 2nd Cavalry Regiment to which he deployed to Bosnia in 1997-98. Dennis was the Assistant Division Commander for the 1st Armored Division in Germany and was the Commander General of the Multinational Brigade-East in Kosovo in 2000. Today, as 24th Division Commander, Dennis leads a combination of active and National Guard armored brigades all of which have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Dennis is married to the former Diane Grayhek, also from Spokane, and they have three daughters.
Arthur (Art) Milton Hughes
Arthur graduated in January 1937. He was president of the senior class. He entered the Flying Cadets of the U.S. Air Force after three years of college at Eastern Washington University. He received his commission as a 2nd Lt. a week after Pearl Harbor on December 13, 1941. Arthur was assigned to be a pilot of the B17E, “Hellzapoppin” in the 97th Bomb Group, 341st Bomb Squad of the 8th Air Force. They were the first group in England to bomb German-occupied France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. On Mission #15 on October 21, 1942, to Lorient Sub Penns, only 15 out of 107 planes made it over the target. The Hellzapoppin fought off at least a dozen attacks by German fighter planes and returned safely. Three B17’s were shot down and six others were damaged. In 1942 Arthur was assigned to flying duties in North Africa as part of the 12th Air Force, Operation Torch. On November 20, 1942 as Art and eight of his crew members were standing on the tarmac in Maison Blanch in Algeria they were gunned down by enemy fire. Arthur’s daughter, Karen, was born a month later on December 27, 1942. His widow, Helen Joy Hughes Schaefer, set up a $25,000 scholarship through the Foundation Northwest to be given to a worthy Rogers’ student to help with first-year college expenses.
Christine (Chris Flaa) Lynch
Chris graduated in 1971. She attended Spokane Community College and Eastern Washington University. Chris is currently the principal at Shaw Middle School here in Spokane. She has served as a Girl Scout Leader, Neighborhood Education Team member (which is a collaborative team of neighborhood, community, schools, and churches to benefit the West Central Area), United Way volunteer, and was a member of the Instructional Equity Citizens Advisory Council. For the past few years Chris has been deeply involved in the Spokane Hillyard Rotary. She is involved in fundraising and selecting three $1,000 scholarships annually for Rogers High School students and she created a literacy project to provide books for every 4th grader in the Rogers’ area, which is taking place this school year. As Rotary President, Chris has become involved in Interact and helps promote that club’s development at Rogers; the international service includes monetary donations to projects like Project Smile, school clothes for children in Honduras, and building wells in Kenya. She is a sustaining member of Rotary, current president, committee chairperson, and an advocate for Rogers High School. Chris is a liaison with Rogers DECA to provide monetary support from Rotary and to provide community service opportunities for the DECA students. Her honors include Staffer of the Year for Spokane Public Schools in 1995, the Equity Award from the Spokane Public Schools Equity Committee in 1997, Spokane Hillyard Rotary President Elect in 2003-04, and Spokane Hillyard Rotary President in 2004-05.
Robert (Bob) Payne
Bob graduated in 1956. He attended Stanford University, where he earned a BA in Communications and Journalism in 1960. Bob had a 41-year career in the newspaper business during which time he was recognized as one of the leading track and field writers. Bob’s career included 19 years at The Spokesman-Review, as copy editor, sports writer, and executive sports editor and 22 years at the Tacoma News Tribune as sports writer and section editor and eventually senior copy editor and newsroom manager, retiring in 2001. His work also appeared in Track & Field News, the Sporting News, NCAA Track & Field Guide, Touchdown Publications, the Eugene Register-Guard, Associated Press, and the Columbian. Bob covered two Olympic Games, five Olympic Trials, and 15 NCAA track meets and served as president of the Track and Field Writers of America. He also won first and second place awards for sports feature writing in regional Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi Excellence in Journalism competitions. Bob’s community involvement included the Inland Empire Sports Writers and Broadcasters as president and awards chairman and the I.E. Sports Awards Banquet Steering Committee. He received two Greater Spokane Sports Association Awards and in 1987 became the first winner of the Richard Pratt Award. In Puyallup and Tacoma Bob is involved in the American Field Service Exchange Student Program and Star Track.
Karrie graduated in 1990. She has a BA in Social Studies/History and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Washington State University. Much of Karrie’s community involvement revolves around her assignment as ASB Advisor at Rogers High School. She organizes, facilitates, and is involved with the following groups: Second Harvest Food Bank, Northeast Community Center, Guild School, Make a Wish Foundation, Easter Seals, Blood Center, Ronald McDonald House, and the March of Dimes. Karrie’s leadership students received an award from the NE Community Center for their dedication to service. As Youth Empowerment Advisor, Karrie’s students coordinated a community mapping project for the Northeast Community Center and received the Spirit of Jim Chase Award in 2003. Karrie also received the Jim Chase Award for the Hillyard Skatepark in 2004, she was a Disneyland Finalist in 2004, and she was the Spokane Lilac Association Teacher of the Year in 2003.
Mark M. Kondo, Jr.
Mark graduated in 1968. He received his BA in English literature from the University of Washington in 1972 where he was a three-year letterman in wrestling. Mark received his Masters in Guidance and Counseling in 1980. Mark is in the Rogers Wrestling Hall of Fame. He has taught English and has coached football, wrestling, and softball. Mark was selected the GSL Coach of the Year in 1988. Community organizations in which Mark has been involved include the Spokane Japanese American Citizens League, American Cancer Society, Spokane YMCA, the Nishinomiya Sister City Society, Othello Babe Ruth Baseball, and the Othello Community Festivals. He was selected as the Mid-Valley Athletic Director of the Year in 1995. Mark has continued to be active in wrestling, serving as a Regional Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1999. In 2002, Mark was selected for Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Robert (Bob) Poffenroth
Bob graduated from Rogers in January of 1945. He then spent one and a half years in the South Pacific with the US Navy. Bob earned his MA in Education from Eastern Washington College of Education and then went on to earn his MA in Education from Whitworth College. He spent 30 years teaching (25 of it at John R. Rogers in the Social Studies Department). Bob also coached various sports during his years at Rogers including football, basketball, track, and girls’ softball. After retiring from Rogers in 1980 he worked for the Ginn Publishing Company for 7 years and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union for 13 years. Bob’s community involvement includes the Elks, the Eagles, and the Retired Teachers Association. He has also coached several AAU teams and has run summer camps for underprivileged children. Bob was inducted into the Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame in 1986.
Ray E. Roestel
Ray graduated from Rogers in 1940. In 1942 he volunteered for duty in the Aviation Cadet Program of the US Army Air Corps. After WWII, Ray received a BA and B.Ed. from Whitworth College where he was a 3-year letterman in varsity football and a recipient of the Snider Inspirational Award. He became an Assistant Professor of Air Science at WSU, received a M.Ed. from EWU, and became an instructor at Spokane Community College. Ray served in the military for 28 years as a rated Air Force Pilot. He received 9 foreign decorations and awards from the Brazilian and Republic of South Vietnam governments, including the Medal of Honor from South Vietnam. Ray also received 27 US Awards and Decorations from the Army Air Corps, US Army, and US Air Force. Among the US decorations were the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, 8 Air Medals, US Army Commendation Medal, and 2 US Air Force Commendation Medals. Ray served on active duty as a Regular, Reserve, and Air National Guard officer, retiring in 1971 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 29 years of service credit.
June (Gagliardi) Witter
June graduated from Rogers in 1949. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at the Sacred Heart Medical Center for 33 years and held the position of Emergency Department Head Nurse and Nurse Manager for 17 years. June was a volunteer and officer of many medical organizations including the Emergency Department Nurses Association, Spokane Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Center, House of Charity, and the Sacred Heart Medical Center Service League. June was honored by the House of Charity for her efforts in co-founding the organizations’ on-site medical clinic in 1976. She also served as the clinics first volunteer nurse. When the House of Charity opened its new building in 2000, a plaque was dedicated in memory of June and other original volunteers. In 1997 the Sacred Heart Emergency Department dedicated a Family Room in June’s memory.
Charles (Chuck) E. Hafner
Chuck graduated in 1950. He received his BA in Social Studies and his MA in Administration and Guidance from Eastern Washington University. Chuck has also completed graduate courses at Washington State University, Gonzaga University, and the American Management Association. He has served at the National Director of the People to People High School Ambassador Program. Chuck has served as President of the Spokane Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Eastern Washington Alumni Association, and the Spokane Valley Chapter of Kiwanis International. He has also served as Valley District Chairperson for the Boy Scouts of America and as Chairperson for the Neighborhood Accountability Board. Check has been a member of the Central Valley School Board, the YMCA Executive Board and has held leadership positions on both the Community Mobilization Against Drug Abuse and the Washington State Substance Abuse Council. He has also been an AAU coach and contributing member of that organization.
Paul S. Hamilton
Paul graduated in 1975. He received his AA Degree from North Idaho Junior College and his BA from Long Beach State University. Paul is self employed as a contractor and financial planner. He is the exclusive agent for Allstate Insurance in the Hillyard neighborhood. His community involvement includes Chairman of the Hillyard Neighborhood Council, a Hillyard Festival Member, and volunteer wrestling coach at Rogers for 25 years. Paul recently purchased a ferris wheel for children to use during special events in the Hillyard neighborhood. He is the Director of the Market Street Market, is in charge of neighborhood garbage clean up, and is a volunteer for the Chalk Art Work. Paul is the official holiday decorator for the Hillyard neighborhood and sponsors a holiday special at the Hillyard COP Shop.
Arthur (Art) John Schoening
Art graduated in 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy and completed some college before joining the staff of Ryerson Steel Co. in Spokane. After a successful career with Ryerson in Spokane and later in Dallas, Texas, he founded his own company, Trace Metal Industries, where he served as president until his death in 2001. Art was an avid athlete and runner, co-founding the Mid-Cities Runners’ Club and the Fort Worth Running Club. He had more than thirty marathons to his credit including the Boston Marathon. He was also a member of the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, Symphony League of Fort Worth, and the North Texas Humane Society. While Art was a frequent and anonymous donor to religious, children’s, and animal charities and was a sponsor of Optimist Youth Sports and Fort Worth Youth Boxing Programs, he preferred that most of the charitable deeds go unheralded.
Patricia J. (Patty) Shea
Patty graduated in 1977. She received two undergraduate degrees from Spokane Community College and a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. Patty’s community involvement includes Washington State Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Achievement, Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation Pacesetter Committee, Spokane Area Master of Business Administration Association, Spokane Business Women’s Network, and National Association of Female Executives. Her honors include the Dean’s Honor List, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and she was named 1997 EWU College of Business and Public Administration’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Patty graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a state and national winner in Human Relations and Decision Making. She is currently Construction Manager of Energy Emergency Services and is an adjunct faculty member of Whitworth College and of Webster University located at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Percy Happy Watkins III
Percy graduated in 1982 and attended Spokane Falls Community College, Whitworth College, and Washington State University. He has coached at the middle and high school levels since 1979 and has 10 years experience in delinquency intervention. Percy was a police officer for 10 years and is an ordained Baptist Minister. His community involvement includes working with diverse community centers, youth groups and agencies, and youth programs in area churches. He started Open Gym and Project Vision which is a program for children. Percy has worked in and around the East Central and Martin Luther King Community Centers since 1982. He is committed to working with children in any way that he can. His honors include Who’s Who in America in Academic Excellence, recognition from the Northeast Community Center Association for Distinguished and extraordinary service to youth, the United Way Service Award, and one of the Inlander’s Top 20 under 40.
Lowell L. Anderson
Lowell graduated from Rogers in 1948. He received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Rochester in 1958. He received the William D. Coolidge Award, the highest honor of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). He is internationally known for his physics expertise in the field of brachytherapy (the use of radioactive sources implanted in or near tumors to kill cancer cells. He has made many original contributions to the field and has authored or co-authored many papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as two books and many book chapters. Lowell spent eleven years as a biophysicist at Argonne National Laboratory before joining the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was head of Brachytherapy Physics until his retirement in 1998 and is currently Member Emeritus at Memorial. Lowell is certified in Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology and is a Fellow of the AAPM. He has served on the Board of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) on many AAPM and ABS committees, and he is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal Brachytherapy. In 2000 he was president of AAPM’s New York Chapter.
G. Ronald (Ron) Dashiell
Following graduation in 1959, Ron served in the United States Navy until 1962. He then attended Eastern Washington University. After joining the Spokane County Sherriff Department, he attended the Spokane Police Academy. During his career, he attended several specialized schools including the FBI National Academy. In 1965, Ron began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Spokane County Sheriff Department. While with the Sheriff Department, he held many positions including that of Undersheriff. He also developed and served as the administrative coordinator of the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force. Ron retired from the Sheriff Department in 1993 while serving as second in command to Sheriff Larry Erickson. In 1994 Ron was appointed United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Washington. He served in that capacity until his retirement from law enforcement in 2001. Ron is a past member of several law enforcement committees and organizations. Included among those are the FBI National Academy Associates, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Washington Law Enforcement Forum, and Economic Crime Task Force.
James (Jim) Forsyth
Jim graduated from Rogers in 1940. He received his BA from Whitman College and his Masters from Washington State University. Jim and his wife, Louise, both started teaching at Rogers in 1952 where Jim taught history and coached baseball and football. Jim continued teaching at Rogers for 26 years and the baseball field was named after him in 1970. His honors included All City Baseball and the Greater Spokane League Hall of Fame. Jim was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Air Force stationed in Hawaii. While in Hawaii he played baseball and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Kauai Service Men’s League. Jim pitched and won every league game that the team played. He was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and then played for the Spokane Indians. Jim coached the only State Legion Championship team from Spokane in 1955 and he took the Spokane Centennials to Japan to play exhibition games in Japan.
Lyle graduated from John R. Rogers in 1950. He attended Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. Lyle was a member of the Naval Air Reserves for 10 years. He spearheaded the classes of 1950 and 1951 during their recent class reunion. Lyle was instrumental in getting donations and people to work on the “Pirate Cove” in the courtyard off the cafeteria and did much of the work himself. He is the Director of the John R. Rogers Alumni & Friends Foundation and has worked on many Rogers’ reunion committees. Lyle also does maintenance and building at his church, St. Patrick’s Parish. While in business for himself, Lyle’s business was named “Business of the Year” by the Spokane Restaurant Association. As a salesman for Darigold Farms, Lyle was awarded “Purveyor of the Year” by the Spokane Restaurant Association (a purveyor is a person who supplies food or provisions).
Eugene (Gene) Shauvin
Gene graduated from Rogers in 1937. He joined the Army Air Force as a cadet. He spent his training at Santa Ana AFB Primary Training at Cal Aero Academy at Ontario and Basic Training at Merced, California. He attended advanced training at Douglas, Arizona where he earned his pilot wings and commission. Gene spent further training in Texas and Georgia and was ordered to England where he was singled out to be one of only six Pathfinder pilots to lead the invasion of Holland on September 17, 1944, the largest air offensive of World War II, dropping over 30,000 airborne troops in enemy-held territory. Gene’s plane was shot down at Retie, Belgium. Everyone else on board was found, identified, and buried. Gene remained missing in action and to this date his body has not been recovered. “Gene gave all of his tomorrows so that we could have today.” He is survived by his widow, Phyllis Shauvin Burrows, and his daughter, Linda.
Sandra (Sandi) Bentz
Sandi graduated in 1966. Her community involvement includes: Past President of John R. Rogers Booster club Spokane Lilac festival volunteer, John R. Rogers Alumni Scholarship Chairman, Downtown Women’s Shelter volunteer, Mentor for the Youth Job Program, and a Loaned Executive for the United Way. Her honors include: Golden Acorn Recipient, Director of the Month for the Lilac Festival, Manager of the Quarter for Bank of America, and President of the Spokane Lilac Festival.
Paul graduated in 1989. He is a severely disabled young man who has Cerebral Palsy. He was in Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges in 1993-1994. He received his BA in psychology in 1996 and is currently working on a Masters Degree in social work. He has been active on many committees concerning the disabled, is on the board for Easter Seals, the Spokane Country board (Community Services), has been involved in PSI CHI (the National Honor Society in Psychology) and CHI ALPHA (a Christian Group).
Alfonse (AL) Hill
Al graduated in 1943. He served in the army in World War II in the South Pacific. After Graduating from Whitworth College, he earned his Masters in Education from Eastern Washington University. Al was a music teacher at Glover and Havermale and numerous grade schools in Spokane. He was the director of the All City Boys Choir and the choirs at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church. He was a soloist with the Spokane Choral Society and performed in two operas. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, served on the board of Camp Fire Boys and Girls and the Eastern Washington Historical Society, and was a member of the Spokane Retired Teachers Association and the Spokane County Community Public Health and Safety Network. He was also President of the Spokane Human Relations Council and of the Spokane Choral Society.
Rich graduated in January of 1943. He receives his Bachelor of Education and his Master of Education from Eastern Washington State University. Rich spent over thirty years in education as a teacher, football coach, and athletic director. His community involvement includes directing state athletic tournaments. He received a Service Commendation from the Special Olympics. His awards include twenty-five year award from Greater Spokane Sports Association, a Service Commendation from the Washington Secondary Schools Athletic Association, and a commendation form the Frontier Athletic League. Rich is a lifetime member of the Washington State Coaches Association and Washington Secondary Schools Athletic Administrators Association.
James (Jim) Fuller
James graduated in 1948. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from WSU after attending the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. James has many community involvements including: Whitworth Water District Commissioner, Outdoor Ministry Department, Project Development Committee, Citizen Committee on Storm Water Management, Aquifer Protection Committee, Land Use Planning Committee, North Spokane Sewer Committee, Basketball Coach, American Arbitration Association, Crisis Counselor for Vietnam Vets, and many others. He also has many honors including: Civil Engineer Merit Award; Officer and President of Civil and Professional Engineers; President of the Reserve Officers Association, Outstamding Senior Engineering Student at WSU; the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Aviator Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Air Medal with Cluster from the US Army; Sigma Tau Honorary; and Tau Beta PI.