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Written and compiled by Herbert (Herb) Ford, '54


  • Ariana Casiano, '15, and Adam Washington, '15, in Angwin, Calf., on July 8, 2018
  • Jarron Crump, att. '14-16, and Titalin Elfira Nomleni, in Makassar, Indonesia, on May 19, 2018   
  • Alexandria Evans, '11, and Jon Casey, in Angwin, Calif., on July 22, 2018
  • Lindsey Orellana, '15, and Ryan Gullett, '13, in Bakersfield, Calif., on February 17, 2019

News Notes

We are proud of the achievements of our alumni family and we encourage you to share yours! Simply submit an update to have yours added to the list.


Arthur D. Dahl, '53, recently celebrated his 100th birthday with a host of friends, including his nephew, Dan Dahl, who flew from Daejeon, Korea, to Walla Walla, Wash. for the event. Representatives from the first and the last churches Dahl pastored, were on hand for the birthday celebration, coordinated by his youngest daughter, Connie (Streifling), '71.

James M. Phang, '59, a long-time physician-researcher at the National Institutes of Health, and members of the NIH team he works with, note recent biomedical advances emphasize the critical role of cancer metabolism. Jim and his co-researchers have discovered new, important metabolic functions for the amino acid 'proline'. These functions inform our understanding of the development of cancer and may provide novel strategies for anticancer therapy.    

Paul N. Woodruff, '59, a physician, now concentrates his medical practice on addiction medicine in Fresno, Calif. Paul has been in the practice of medicine for 54 years since his graduation as a physician from Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Earnest S. Zane, '51, an ophthalmologist who has given 56 years of service to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, was recently honored with the university's Lifetime Service Award at the conferring of degrees for the School of Medicine. In addition to his service to LLU, Earnest has shared his expertise in Lesotho, South Africa, and at Taiwan Adventist Hospital.


Stewart Bainum, '68, chairman of the board of Choice Hotels International, received the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Lifetime Achievement award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles in January 2019. He also is a member of the board of advisors for UCLA's Anderson School of Management and the Real Estate Roundtable. 

Jerry Beeve, '61, and Dorothy Beeve, '63, creators of the Beeve Foundation which provides vision care to underprivileged people in the country of Fiji, are nearing their 30th year of giving sight to Fijians via working medical expeditions to that county.

Gary Okihiro, '67, a nationally acclaimed scholar, founder, and teacher of Asian American and comparative studies, recently addressed a large audience at the University of Hawaii on "Diversity and its Discontents: How Multiculturalism Failed Us." The author of 14 books, Gary is currently visiting professor of American Studies at Yale University in Connecticut, a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University in New York City, and the founding director of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

Gary Jensen, '69, retired on August 1, 2018, after 48 years of pastoral ministry. He pastored in Iowa, Colorado, Montana, Maryland, San Diego, Riverside, Campbell, and Fresno. He resides in Fresno with his wife, Debbie, of 40 years.  They have three adult sons: Kurt '93, '97, Erik, att. '94-95, and John Edward.  


Jorge P. Soria, '74, has recently been named vice president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 

Glen Robinson, '75, is one of three Southwestern Adventist University communication professors to win an Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their work on "Truth," a graphic novel style animation. "Truth" is the first episode in an Institute of Christian Film Series, True Heroes, with episode two, "Resistance," currently in production.

Randall W. Younker, '75, '77, has recently been awarded the prestigious J. N. Andrews Medallion by Andrews University, where he is a professor of archaeology and history of antiquity, and where he also serves as director of the Ph.D. Biblical and ANE Archaeology program. 

The community of Angwin, Calif., recently turned out for a concert and reception at PUC honoring Elle Wheeler, '79, on her 80th birthday. Gifts given at the event are benefitting operations of the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts, housed in Paulin Hall on the PUC campus.

Mark Etchell, '79, having served for a number of years as pastor of Seventh-day Adventist church in Georgia, has recently been named senior pastor of the Campus Hill Church on the campus of Loma Linda University. 


John Y. Chung, '84, a physician, is now in the private practice of dermatologic medicine in Dalton, Ga. John has been practicing in the state since 1996.   

Kathy Raethel, '86, chief executive officer since 2011 of Adventist Health Castle in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, was the subject of an interview article in Modern Healthcare magazine which revealed that Adventist Health Castle is the only healthcare organization in Hawaii to receive the National Institute of Standards and Technology's five Malcolm Baldrige Honoree awards. The award is the only formal recognition of the performance excellence of both public and private organizations given by the President of the United States. Kathy has also been inducted into the Fire Starter Hall of Fame, the highest award for excellence given by the Studer Group.

Jennifer L. Schooley, '81, serves as Allied Universal's Site Supervisor for PUC. Jennifer brings to her new position previous experience in public safety with the American Red Cross, the Angwin Community Ambulance as an EMT, and the Angwin Fire Department. 

Datha Tickner, att. 80s, who has 34 years of experience in education, was recently named associate superintendent of the Office of Education of the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.


Darren Johnson, '91, now living in San Diego, Calif., is corporate communications manager for the Affinity Development Group, and has been developing branded messaging for all Costco Auto Program social media channels.

Stephen V. Mayer, '95, has recently been named treasurer of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Formerly the undertreasurer of Union, Stephen also served as a senior accountant and assistant and associate treasurer.

After having had more than 20 years with Adventist Health, serving in various leadership positions, Kevin Roberts, att. 90s, was recently named chief executive officer for the Metroplex Health System in Killeen, Texas.

Although she attended PUC in the 1990s, Carrie (Villanueva) VanDenburgh, att. '96, has been named a 2017 Honored Alumni of Andrews University because of her outstanding musical talent and her pursuit of musical education. She is currently a high school choral teacher, and a choir director of Harbert Community Church, 

Loretta Belton, '92, who is a chaplain at St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health, has recently been ordained as a minister of the Gospel by the Northern California Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

Jason Brayley, '97, who is chief of sports medicine for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, Calif., is now one of two team physicians of the Sacramento Kings National Basketball Association team. It's not the first taste of providing medical care to an NBA team for Jason.  While doing a fellowship at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic, he was a healthcare provider for the Cleveland Cavaliers team. 

Heather Sprauve, '97, who is a tax professional, has just been employed by Brotemarkle Davis & Co., LLP, an accounting and advisory firm in St. Helena, California. 


Jean D. Goulart, '03, who owns and operates the Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool in Hidden Valley Lake, Calif., has recently received a Tier 5 rating, the highest achievable rating, and the first family childcare preschool in Lake County to be awarded that level of educational accomplishment.

Christopher S. Lowry, '00, has recently been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure at the University of Buffalo in the school's department of geological sciences.  He has also been appointed director of graduate studies in the department. Christopher teaches courses in hydrogeology; continues his own National Science Foundation granted research, and advises masters and doctoral-level students.

Zachary Paul Taylor, '04, a native of Paso Robles, has been a part of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Napa since 2016. He currently serves as a financial advisor, CFP in the recently formed Napa Harvest Group.


Colleen Ann Uechi, '13, who lives in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, was recently appointed assistant city editor of "The Maui News" newspaper. Formerly a general assignment reporter for the paper, Colleen has won a number of Society of Professional Journalists (SDX) awards.  Previously, she worked as an intern and staff reporter for "The Molokai Dispatch" newspaper.

Carrie Jasmine Lam, '11, a physician, has recently been honored with a Medical Scholarship Award for Preventive Medicine, has also recently completed a relief mission trip to the Seventh-day Adventist Clinic in Tamuning, Guam, where she offered her expertise in primary care, as well as functional and integrative medicine. Carrie's emphasis in medicine is on nutrition and adrenal fatigue 


We remember our lost brothers and sisters in Christ and pray for the day we are all reunited with our Heavenly Father.

Virgil Roger Ahlberg, '75
July 25, 2018

Carolyn La Tourette Ashworth, '58
December 15, 1936

Robert DeWayne Baerg, att. 60s
August 28, 2018


Olive E. Berg, '45, '59
March 31, 2018

Cyril D. Blaine, '50
May 28, 2018

Evangeline (Knittel) Bowen, att. '49-'51, '84
April 15, 2018

Robert R. Bowes, '65
March 11, 2018

Paul H. Buchheim, '71, '72
January 11, 2019

Russell Burr, '67
March 1, 2019

Florence E. Calkins, '41
January 12, 2018

Wanda Chinen, att. '84, '86
January 5, 2019

Millie (Moore) Clark, '43, '46
January 23, 2018

Richard D. Clement, '52
January 4, 2019

Gordon W. Collier Sr., '50, '65, '66
December 25, 2017

Colin Dailey, att. '11-14
February 2, 2019

Domingo DeLeon, '70
May 15, 2018

Gordon R. de Leon, '55, '56
August 28, 2018

Lawrence Davidson, '45
September 12, 2018

Alice Ding, '53
April 29, 2018 

Beverly A. Dishman, '76
September 18, 2017

Teresa Drake, '95, '96
March 11, 2019

Victor W. Duckett, '55
March 27, 2018

Edward V. Ensminger, '62
November 8, 2017

Eugene L. Gilpin, '60
January 22, 2018

Antoinette A. Gomes, '45, '48
January 8, 2019

Virginia Lee Goodwin, '51
November 27, 1927

Cornell Greavu, '53
February 24, 2018

Rodman Grismore, '51
December 13, 2017

Cornell Greavu, '53
February 24, 2018

Beverly (Nelson) Gross, att. '57, '62
January 8, 2019

Stephen Michael Grove, '11
April 15, 2017

Howard Owen Hardcastle, '62
June 21, 2018

Edward Lee Harvey, '72
April 10, 2018

Lois M. Henry, '41
October 29, 2017

Shinsea Hokama, '53
May 25, 2018

Marshall C. Hollingsead, '55
July 20, 2018

Ruth Sanders Holm, '49
March 12, 2017

Roscoe J. Howard, '78
September 9, 1954

Loueva (Donna) (Taylor) Jacobs, att. 40s
June 20, 2018

Thomas Kahler, '61
October 3, 2018

Winona Dawn (Ackley) Kaiser, att. '46-'49
November 29, 2017

Kenneth Ellery Logan, att. '46-'50
January 16, 2018

Wellington F. Mathison, '60, '70
November 27, 2017

JoRay (Beach) Metherall, '50
April 25, 2018

Robert Charles Murphy Jr., '80
January 6, 2019

Amy Obata, '49
May 12, 2018

Leslie O'Neill, '77
September 23, 2017

Lewis Alexander Ort, att. '97
March 12, 2019

Dorothy G. (Nelson) Oster, att. 41
January 11, 2018

Joan A. (Kindopp) Penner, '51
March 12, 2019

Burton A. Pontynen, att. '59-60
June 10, 2018

Harold R. Premdas, '65
August 8, 2018

Ellis R. Rich, '48
December 2, 2017

Joan C. Rockwell, '71, '72
November 22, 2018

Virginia Mae (Hegstad) Rose, att. '66-'68
June 23, 2018

H. Orville Ross, '53, '64
December 2018

Eugene Stanley Shreyer, '47
June 13, 2018

Francis J Smithwick, '65
January 21, 2018

Leo St. Clair, att. 60s
September 2018

Kenneth Gordon Stiles, att. 60s
May 12, 2018

Genevieve Baumbach Tonge-Keszler, att. '43-'46
August 12, 2018

Audra Beth Tucker, '78-'82
December 15, 2018

Adelle J. Turpen, '53
March 8, 2019

Berna Tym, '75
February 6, 2018

Stuart Tyner, '73
March 5, 2019

Stanley A. Valentin, '65
December 26, 2017

Ellen V. Walker, '68
November 8, 2019

Timothy G. Wall, '63
May 8, 2018

Patricia Helen (Shryock) Wallace, '53
April 11, 2018

R. Jere Wallack, '64
August 17, 2018

Loriane Moore (Krieger) Webster, att. '38-'39
June 19, 2017

Carolyn Lee Osinski Weidemann, '67
August 20, 2018

Ione Norma (Klinger) Wesner, '53
November 22, 2018

Karen Luther Wikoff, '77
April 29, 2018

Brad Williams, '76
February 28, 2018

Nellie I. Williams, '37, '40
August 26, 2018


Gordon A. Wheeler, '56
October 29, 2017

Clarice June Woodward, '41
June 20, 2018

Jeffrey R. Wood, '78
October 11, 2018

Former Faculty & Staff

Desmond Ford
March 11, 2019

Charles Lynn Wheeler
April 13, 2019