Shirley Clements Rama
Werbelow ’65
died on Jan.
She was 70. Shirley was
born in Lewiston, Idaho.
She taught fourth grade in
Tacoma schools for 28 years.
Shirley later enjoyed tutoring
children, landscaping, and
collecting bear figurines. In
she married Pete Wer-
below, and the two moved
to Powell, Wyo. Shirley was
a member of the First Baptist
Church in Powell and The Red
Hat Society. She was a lifelong
Republican. Her husband, one
son, one grandson, and many
stepchildren, grandchildren,
and great-grandchildren sur-
vive her.
Syma Reynolds Greene
died on Dec. 2, 2012, at
the age of 68. She was born
in Bremerton, Wash. Syma
was an education lobbyist for
schools in Sacramento, Calif.
Her work led her to meet and
later marry California Sen.
Leroy Greene. The two com-
bined forces as Leroy Greene
and Associates in their dedica-
tion to benefiting California
schools. Syma was an avid
reader and enjoyed time with
family and close friends. Sur-
vivors include two children,
two grandchildren, and many
other family members and
dear friends.
James Cameron ’69
away on Dec. 7, 2012. He was
Jim was born in Tacoma,
attended area schools, and
was a proud member of Sta-
dium High School’s graduating
Class of 1958. He enjoyed
sports and was on the varsity
football and track teams at
Stadium. Jim attended Wash-
ington State University and
Monterey Peninsula College
before joining the Air Force.
He served four years as a med-
ic in Japan, and later in Las
Vegas. He attended UPS under
the GI Bill and was a member
of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Jim
worked for Dun & Bradstreet
for a short time before taking a
job in Alaska. There he helped
organize the Alaska Public
Employees Association. He re-
turned to Tacoma in 1976 and
joined the Washington State
Employees Association, retiring
in 2001 after 25 years as a se-
nior employee relations special-
ist. JIm’s friend and companion
of 16 years, Judy Kelley; her
family; and many childhood
friends survive him.
John Geren ’70
died from a
stroke on Jan. 6 at the age of
He was born in Tacoma
and graduated from Lincoln
High School. John was a parole
and probation officer until his
retirement in 2001. His inter-
ests included classic cars, music
and concerts, football, boating,
duck hunting, and fishing.
John also enjoyed antiques
and collectibles. He and his
wife moved to their retirement
home in Sandpoint, Idaho, in
Survivors are his wife
of 26 years, Jan; a son; two
grandchildren; and other fam-
ily and friends.
Paul Greeley ’72
away on Nov. 21, 2012, 10
days after his 67th birthday.
He was a teacher in the Bethel
Wash.) School District for 30
years, retiring in 2006. Paul
was a longtime wrestling coach
and was inducted into the
Washington State Wrestling
Coaches Association Hall of
Fame in 2005. Paul wrestled
at Puyallup High School and
served in the Army. After earn-
ing his degree at Puget Sound,
he went on to earn a master’s
degree at Gonzaga University.
Paul started his coaching career
at Bethel High School in 1977
and led teams to four South
Puget Sound League titles. He
joined the staff at Spanaway
Lake High School in 1998 and
led teams to three consecutive
top-four finishes, including
the school’s first state title in
and a runner-up finish
in 2003. His overall record at
both schools was 227-90-3.
Paul was named SPSL Coach of
the Year six times and regional
Coach of the Year four times,
and was selected as the Wash-
ington State AAA Coach of
the Year in 1987. He coached
state placers, including 10
state champions. Four children,
three grandchildren, three
siblings, and numerous nieces,
nephews, and cousins survive
Roger Warren ’74
unexpectedly Dec. 12, 2012.
He was 64. Roger was born
and raised in Puyallup, Wash.,
graduating from Puyallup High
School. He served as an Army
second lieutenant from 1969
to 1974. Roger was employed
with Nichols Trucking Com-
pany for 38 years. His wife,
Kimberly; two daughters; and
two stepchildren survive Roger.
Douglas McLaren ’76
passed away on Jan. 8 from
cancer. He was 60. Doug was
born in Tacoma and remained
a lifelong resident of the area.
He graduated from Franklin
Pierce High School and at-
tended Tacoma Community
College before coming to UPS.
Doug owned and operated a
residential contracting compa-
ny and was well known for his
craftsmanship and attention
to detail. He is remembered
for his love of life, caring spirit,
and keen wit. Survivors include
his mother, two children, two
grandchildren, and two broth-
ers and their families.
Susan Bush Joachim ’77
died April 3, 2012, at
the age of 56. Su had been
diagnosed with ovarian cancer
in 2000, and after a five-year
remission was diagnosed again
in 2007. She was born and
raised in Seattle and graduated
from Roosevelt High School.
During Su’s time at UPS she
studied and worked in France.
For two years after graduation,
Su taught English as a second
language in then-Zaire, now
the Democratic Republic of the
Congo, through the Division
of Overseas Ministries of the
Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ). After a short teaching
stint in Alaska, Su moved to
Oakland, Calif., where she met
and married Evan Joachim.
They have two children: son
Luke and daughter Whitley
Su worked for The Asia
Foundation in San Francisco
and was an active member
of Lakeshore Avenue Baptist
Church. Su’s husband, chil-
dren, and other family mem-
bers, including sister Deborah
Bush Shuman ’71, survive her.
Andrew DePola Jr. ’78
suddenly on Feb. 1, just before
his 65th birthday. He was born
in Brooklyn, N.Y., and served in
the Marine Corps. Andrew was
a police officer with the Seattle
Police Department for 43 years.
Survivors include his wife, one
daughter, two grandchildren,
and other family members and
Mardee O’Hara ’81
died on
Dec. 16, 2012. She was 73.
Mardee grew up in Spokane,
Wash. She earned a master’s
degree in education at City
University. Mardee owned
the Manchester Children’s
Theater and directed several
productions before starting her
teaching career at then-Naval
Avenue Elementary in Bremer-
ton, Wash. She later taught at
West Hills Elementary. Mardee
opened her home to animals
large and small (among them
a pet cow, Heather), and is
remembered for giving gen-
erously to her family, and to
charities. Three daughters, nine
grandchildren, and 11 great-
grandchildren survive Mardee.
Paul Spooner ’82
away unexpectedly on Jan.
He was born in Meriden,
Conn., and grew up in nearby
Wallingford, where he gradu-
ated from Choate Rosemary
Hall Academy. Paul earned his
master’s degree at Colorado
Technical University. He was a
software test engineer for The
Boeing Company for nearly
years, including on com-
mercial and defense projects in
Seattle, England, and Colorado
Springs. Paul was a sports
fanatic, motorcycle enthusi-
ast, and “gadget” guy, and is
remembered for his humor. His
wife, Pamela Johnson Spooner
two daughters; his father;
and two siblings survive him.
Judith Kaplan M.B.A.’84
died on Dec. 24, 2012, after a
long illness. She was 63. Judi
received a bachelor’s degree
in nursing at the University
of Washington in 1975, fol-
lowed by an internship at the
University of California, San
Francisco. She worked in vari-
ous caregiving and administra-
tive positions for Washington’s
Department of Social and
Health Services, Harborview
Medical Center, Northwest
Hospital, and the King County
Department of Public Health,
among others. Judi was a single
mother of a son, Benjamin. She
hosted many foreign-exchange
students. She enjoyed travel,
often combining those adven-
tures with her passion for div-
ing. Judi also was a volunteer
diver at the Seattle Aquarium.
She enjoyed art and literature,
baking and gardening, creat-
ing stained-glass projects,
and working weekends with
her husband on their retire-
ment home on the bluff at
Possession Point on Whidbey
Island, Wash. Survivors are her
husband, Blaine Sorenson; son
Air Force Capt. Benjamin Kelly;
two grandchildren; and numer-
ous other family members and
Kenneth Clarke ’91
died on
Jan. 20 at the age of 43. He
graduated from Capital High
School in Boise, Idaho. At Puget
Sound Ken was affiliated with
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fra-
ternity. He went on to attend
Oregon State University and
earned an engineering degree
at the University of Idaho. Ken
loved the outdoors and was
an avid backpacker, fisherman,
and mountaineer. He is greatly
missed as a husband, son, and
Terence Ogburn ’11
away on Jan. 10. He was 24.
Terry was born and raised
in Eugene, Ore. In 2007 he
graduated from Marist Catholic
High School, where he played
water polo, ran track and cross
country, and played guitar in
the jazz band. Terry earned a
degree in the culinary arts and
food management program
at Lane Community College in
His first job was in the
banquet department at the Hil-
ton Eugene & Conference Cen-
ter. He volunteered at Food for
Lane County Grassroots Garden
and Bikes and Burritos. Terry at-
tended the Collegiate Christian
Fellowship at the First Baptist
Church in Eugene and the
Central Lutheran Church. He is
remembered for his wit, sense
of humor, and kind, generous
spirit. His parents, one brother,
grandparents, and many other
family members survive him.