final scene, practically all of the
characters are dead by sword
or poison. I can’t quite imagine
doing some of my characters
in by those means on the Ore-
gon coast in 1937. So, I am
probably going to finish them
off with a car crash.” Happy
writing, Fred!
Mort James
cipal of Morton
Safford James III AIA Architects
in Olympia, Wash., won the
Thurston County Chamber
of Commerce green business
award in April, in the small
business category. Notable
projects by Mort’s firm include
the Olympia Farmers Market
building and the Washington
State Parks and Recreation
headquarters building, a LEED
Gold project. According to
The Olympian
Mort attended
high school in Tacoma, went
to Puget Sound, earned his
architecture degree from the
University of Washington in
and opened his business
in 1975. See more projects at
Jerry Walden
two novels,
koda’s Ghost
and its sequel,
Syrian Rescue
are reviewed
in this issue of
Arches (page
More from Jerry at www.
Lyle Quasim
was one of 16
thinkers and achievers from
the greater Puget Sound area
to speak at this year’s TEDx
Tacoma event on May 3. TED
Technology, Entertainment,
Design) is an annual multi-
disciplinary conference that
aims to inspire discussions and
facilitate new connections in
communities. Lyle has served
as Washington state direc-
tor of mental health and as
secretary of the Department
of Social and Health Services,
and was a cabinet officer for
two governors. For the past 13
years he has worked as chief
of staff for the Pierce County
county executive, as president
of Bates Technical College, and
as advisor to the chancellor of
the University of Washington
Tacoma. Lyle is co-chair of the
Tacoma-Pierce County Black
Collective, chair of the Black
Education Strategy Roundta-
ble, a member of the Executive
Committee of the NAACP, and
a trustee for Puget Sound. He
has received local, state, and
national honors.
Dick Boushey
was the subject
of a feature article in
s April wine edi-
tion. Dick was among the
first to grow wine grapes in
Washington state, planting
vines in 1980. He was one of
the earlier growers of Syrah
grapes, now his biggest seller.
Over the years he’s won sev-
eral awards, including the
Erick Hanson Wine Grape
Grower of the Year award from
the Washington Association
of Wine Grape Growers. In
he won the Walter Clore
Award from the Washington
State Grape Society, and in
Dick was honored with
the Washington Association of
Wine Grape Growers’ Industry
Service Award. Dick sits on sev-
eral boards, including those of
Welch’s National Grape Coop-
erative, the Washington State
Wine Commission, and the
Auction of Washington Wines,
which raises money for Seattle
Children’s Hospital. Dick sells
his grapes to more than 30
wineries in Washington and
Oregon, and his name appears
on bottles for a variety of win-
eries. Cheers, Dick!
On July 1
Scott McPhee
cepted the position of dean of
Indiana Wesleyan University’s
School of Health Sciences.
Most recently he was an as-
sociate dean and chair of the
School of Occupational Ther-
apy in Belmont University’s
College of Health Sciences and
Nursing. Scott has more than
years in the OT field and in
education, including 21 years
in the U.S. Army. In addition
to his bachelor’s in OT from
UPS, he holds a bachelor’s in
psychology from the University
of Washington, a master’s in
hand management from the
Medical College of Virginia
Hospitals, and a Master of
Public Administration degree
from Western Kentucky Uni-
versity. He earned his doctor-
ate in public health at The
University of Texas. Scott has
written more than 25 journal
articles or book chapters and
has chaired several programs
and associations in the occupa-
tional therapy field.
unanimously appointed to the
Law and Justice Council of Is-
land County, Wash. He is a re-
tired Seattle Police Department
assistant chief with 30 years of
law enforcement experience.
Michael attended the U.S.
Secret Service protection pro-
gram and is an alumnus of the
FBI National Academy. He is
one of six citizen-members on
the council, along with judges,
police chiefs, prosecutors,
public defenders, and elected
Seattle Metropoli-
magazine ar-
ticle titled “An Oral History
Almost Live
chronicled the
long-running local sketch com-
edy show that originally was
hosted by
Ross Shafer
to 1989. Ross brought
Jim Sharp
as head writer
for the show. Jim also was
executive producer of the pro-
gram between 1992 and 1993
and is now senior vice presi-
dent of original programming
and development, West Coast,
Comedy Central
Alaska Gov. Sean
Parnell appointed
Arthur “Toby” Allen
the State Historical Records
Advisory Board. Toby is the
records management supervi-
sor in Anchorage and former
document-control specialist
at Access Sciences Corpora-
tion. He also is past president
and treasurer of the Greater
Anchorage Chapter of the As-
sociation of Records Managers
and Administrators.
Bob Emerson
sends this news:
After 23 1/2 years with the
Port of Tacoma I took an early
retirement in 2009. Mary and
I then spent 16 months travel-
ing North America in an RV,
looking for a new, warmer and
sunnier, home. We covered 44
states and two provinces. We
loved Sedona, Ariz., but settled
on the Sarasota area of Florida.
We recently moved into our
new home in Palma Sola, just
north of Sarasota and west of
Bradenton. We found we liked
the west coast of Florida much
more than the east coast, and
an added bonus is that the sun
sets over the ocean (gulf) like it
Ty Morris
athletic director
at R.A. Long High School in
Longview, Wash., was named
to the school’s hall of fame in
March. The announcement
stated that after graduating
from UPS, Ty was drafted by
the Montreal Alouettes of the
Canadian Football League.
He played two seasons before
a knee injury sidelined his
career. Ty married his col-
lege sweetheart,
Anne Popp
and began teaching
and coaching in Longview,
while also working as sports
director at KEDO&KLYK radio.
In 1982 he became assistant
athletic director at R.A. Long,
and two years later assistant
principal and athletic director
for the school. Ty has served
on the board of the National
Interscholastic Athletic Ad-
ministrators Association and
in the WIAA Representative
Assembly. He was named a
Washington Secondary School
Principals Distinguished Assis-
tant Principal of the Year, and
a Washington DECA Support
Administrator of the Year. Con-
gratulations, Ty!
Chris Lytle
chosen to take over as execu-
tive director of the Port of Oak-
land, Calif., after a four-month
global search. He started his
new position in July. Previously
he was executive director at
the Port of Long Beach, Calif.
Patricia Hildeb-
randt Owen
born in Tacoma and raised in
a little house on North 29th
Street. According to a May
News Tribune
article, her
son, Kurt Owen, wanted to
surprise his mom for her 90th
birthday by getting her inside
the house she grew up in but
hadn’t been to in 50 years. He
contacted the current owners,
who were happy to host a par-
ty for his mom, and invited her
best friend growing up. Other
than a kitchen remodel, the
interior of the house reportedly
had changed little since Pa-
tricia’s dad bought the house
in 1922, the year after it was
built. After Puget Sound, Patri-
cia went to graduate school at
Mills College in California. She
studied fine art and continues
to teach painting in Federal
Way, Wash., where she now
lives. Patricia and her late hus-
band, Bill, raised four children.
Seattle Metropoli-
article titled “An
Oral History of Al-
most Live” chronicled
the long-running local
sketch comedy show
that was hosted by
Ross Shafer ’75 from
to 1989.
alumni news and correspondence
Fred Holmes
kindly wrote to
thank us for the review of
the book he and wife
Grace (a PLU grad) wrote,
which we printed in the spring
issue of
Fred also
mentioned that he has a new
e-novel titled
Salmon Bay
romance-mystery. And he’s
nearly through with a sequel
to that book titled
described as “a bent version
of Shakespeare’s
set on
the Oregon coast in 1937.” He
adds: “If you remember
you will know that, by the