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in memoriam
Fifty-year honorees! From left:
Thomas Baker ’54
Hulscher ’56
, and immediate past president of the Tacoma-Pierce
County Bar Association
Brett Purtzer J.D.’87
at the association’s
104th Annual Lincoln Day Banquet on Feb. 10. Brett presented
Gerry and Tom with the 50-year Lincoln Award. They were the
only two out of the 1,250-member association to receive the
half-century award. Tom and Gerry also are Sigma Chi fraternity
brothers. At 80 years old, Tom continues to enjoy practicing law in
Fircrest, Wash. Gerry retired from a busy Puyallup practice in 2000
and moved to his dad’s old farm in Roy, Wash. He continues to
practice law and says, because of his location, he has more work
than he knows what to do with! Gerry previously served as the
president of Puget Sound’s Alumni Association. Congratulations,
Cookin’ in Ketchum:
Barrie Wilcox ’62
serves up an
omelet to
Connie Hermsted Hinton ’65
at Atkinson’s Market
in Ketchum, Idaho, in March. Barrie, of Wilcox Family Farms in
Roy, Wash., was demonstrating his company’s liquid-egg product.
Photo credit goes to Connie’s husband,
Denny Hinton ’66
, who
also snagged some of Barrie’s fixin’s. The four had run into each
other by chance at the Ketchum library. They had dinner together
later that week. Barrie and wife
Susan Hartley Wilcox ’62
are classmates of Denny’s sister,
Jan Hinton Bower ’62
schools. She was honored with
the PTA’s Golden Acorn Award
for her service. In 1982 Helen
was named the Washington
state Mother of the Year. She
enjoyed baseball, movie nights
with her husband, and good
food and conversation. Her
husband of 68 years, William
Dickson ’42; five children; 22
grandchildren; and 54 great-
grandchildren survive Helen.
Janet Welch Lloyd ’83
passed away on Feb. 21 after
a yearlong battle with lung
cancer. She was 64 years old.
Janet was born in Tacoma and
raised in Fife, Wash., where she
graduated from high school in
1965. She received her associ-
ate’s degree in chemistry from
Bates Technical College. Janet
worked as a chemist in Tacoma
until earning her bachelor’s in
social services. She then began
to work as a counselor with
Tacoma’s homeless popula-
tion. Janet enjoyed travel, an-
tiquing, history, art, dancing,
reading, and cooking. Janet
donated her body to Rutgers
Medical School in New Jersey,
where she lived during the last
10 years of her life. Survivors
are her husband, three sons,
four grandchildren, and other
extended family and friends.
Robert Dahl M.Ed.’88
passed away on March 18 due
to the rapid onset of pulmo-
nary fibrosis. He was 58 years
old. Bob was born and raised
in Tacoma and graduated
from Wilson High School in
1972. He then served in the
U.S. Air Force before earning a
bachelor’s degree from Central
Washington University and a
master’s from UPS. Bob be-
came a teacher in the Tacoma
Public Schools and enjoyed
the past 15 years as principal
of Lowell Elementary School.
He liked golf, camping, and
weekends at the family’s lake
cabin. Bob is remembered for
his kindness, great smile, and
sage advice. Bob’s wife, two
sons, other family members,
and many friends survive him.
Carole Carroll Merrill ’89
died Aug. 22, 2011, after she
suffered a heart attack on
Aug. 16. Carole was 42 years
old. She was an eighth-grade
teacher for the Jefferson School
District in Tracy, Calif., and is
remembered as hardworking
and passionate for her stu-
dents. The school where Car-
ole worked opened in 2004,
and has held a fundraiser each
year to benefit the American
Heart Association. This spring
the event was dedicated in her
honor. Her husband and four
children survive Carole.
Brian Murphy ’92,
died at home in
Salt Lake City on April 22. He
was 46 years old. Brian grew
up in California and enlisted
in the U. S. Army after high
school. He served in the 82nd
Airborne Division from 1984
to 1988. Brian worked as the
manager of the rehabilita-
tion services department in
the Veterans Affairs’ Salt Lake
City Health Care System. He
also was elected secretary and
then president of the VA sec-
tion of the American Physical
Therapy Association. Brian was
appointed to the VA’s advisory
committee on chiropractic care
implementation. He is remem-
bered for his talent, passion,
and skill as a physical therapist.
Survivors include his parents,
one sister, and his niece and
Tim Thatcher ’92
away in his sleep on May 7
after an extended illness. He
was 41 years old. Tim was a
Sequim, Wash., native and
graduated from Sequim High
School. While at Puget Sound,
Tim was a member of Sigma
Chi fraternity and was later
employed with The Boeing
Company before joining the
Peace Corps. His three-year as-
signment in Nicaragua set the
stage for future travel to Cen-
tral and South America and
employment by the University
of Mobile in Nicaragua. During
his travels in 1995 Tim met his
future wife. The two were mar-
ried in Managua, Nicaragua, in
1998. Tim continued graduate
studies at The University of
North Carolina and worked for
Dell for 11 years. He enjoyed
woodworking, travel, camp-
ing, fishing, and his children’s
activities. His wife, three chil-
dren, other extended family
members, and many friends
survive Tim.
Lydia Vaquer Mendes ’94
died unexpectedly on Feb. 16
at the age of 46. She was born
in Pasadena, Calif., and in
1976 moved with her family
to Port Orchard, Wash., where
she developed a passion for
horses and dogs. After gradu-
ation from South Kitsap High
School, Lydia married and had
her daughter, Heather. She
went to work for Starbucks
Corporation after college and
later married her second hus-
band, Martin Mendes. Lydia
earned her master’s degree
from Seattle University. Two
years ago she and Martin
moved to Scottsdale, Ariz.,
and she started work with
PetSmart Inc. Lydia’s husband
and daughter survive her.
Christina Contryman ’01
lost her battle with melanoma
cancer on March 18. She was
33 years old. Christina worked
as an accountant with Co-
conino Federal Credit Union
in Flagstaff, Ariz. Her interests
included music, cats, silver
beads, old maps, and strange
movies. Christina wrote exten-
sively over the past four years
and was an active member of
Trinity Heights United Meth-
odist Church. Survivors are
immediate family members
and many good friends.
Joshua Elvins ’01
died on
April 28. He was 34. Joshua
was born in Tacoma, the
fourth generation of the Elvins
Puyallup pioneer family. He
graduated from Bellarmine
Preparatory School in 1996.
After earning his degree in
biology at UPS, Joshua worked
in advanced genetics at Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research
Center. Over the past five
years, he had been a clini-
cal study team member with
Dr. Larry Stonesifer. Joshua is
remembered for his delightful
sense of humor. One brother
preceded Joshua in death. His
parents, two brothers, and
many other extended family
members and friends survive