other family members and
good friends.
William Moore Jr. ’71
born in La Center, Wash., and
died in Tacoma on May 9. He
was 67 years old. Bill was a
longtime and well-known busi-
ness owner in Tacoma. Survi-
vors include his stepmother,
Edith Moore ’68; two brothers,
including Tim Moore ’73;
daughter Evan; and grandchil-
dren E’lea and D’Malakih.
Ronald Klein ’74
died on
April 19 at the age of 62. He
was born in Spokane, Wash.,
and graduated from West Val-
ley High School in Spokane.
Ron served as a communica-
tions specialist in the U.S. Air
National Guard before earning
his degree at Puget Sound. He
joined URM Stores Inc., where
he worked as a purchasing
agent for 35 years, retiring in
Ron enjoyed boating
and waterskiing at Hayden
Lake, Idaho, where he and his
father had rebuilt a family va-
cation home. Ron was a long-
time member of St. Paschal
Catholic Church and served
in the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors are his wife of 37
years, a daughter, two grand-
sons, and many other family
Jerry Piper ’74
died on Dec.
13, 2012,
after suffering a
heart attack on Dec. 10. He
was 60. Jerry was the longtime
owner of Laguna Beach Auto
Parts in Laguna Beach, Calif.,
and was known for being
charitable if customers were
short on money. He took over
the business from his father.
Jerry is remembered as a
thoughtful, adventurous, and
loving father, grandfather, and
son. He was a car enthusiast,
enjoyed nature and animals,
and liked to hike and cross-
country ski. More than 200
people turned out for his me-
morial service on Dec. 19. His
wife, Jennifer; and other fam-
ily members and numerous
friends survive him.
Malvin White ’74
away peacefully on April
due to colon cancer. He
was three days shy of his
st birthday. Mal was born
in Artesia, Miss. His family
moved to Tacoma, where he
attended then-Gault Junior
High School and graduated
from Lincoln High School in
He ran track and was
on the 1969–70 Washington
state championship track
team. Mal graduated from
Green River Community Col-
lege before enrolling at Puget
Sound. In 2001 he completed
the leadership phase of the
School of Theology and Min-
istry at Seattle University. Mal
worked for nearly 40 years at
the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, previously
known as the Health Care
Financing Administration. He
is remembered for his knowl-
edge of policy and operational
areas and his ability as a policy
spokesperson for the agency.
Mal served in various ca-
pacities at Bethlehem Baptist
Church in Tacoma and at Allen
African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Tacoma, including
as past president of the usher
board, as a Bible study teach-
er, and as a member of the lay
organization. Survivors include
his wife, Lynda; a daughter;
two grandchildren; and nu-
merous relatives, friends, and
D. Marlene Arthur ’75
died on Feb. 8 at the age of
She was born in Spokane,
Wash., and graduated from
Lewis and Clark High School.
Marlene attended Whitworth
College before marrying Wal-
ter Arthur in 1953. The two
then moved to Nebraska for
nine years. They returned to
Washington state in 1963 and
had lived in Puyallup, Wash.,
ever since. Marlene earned her
degree at Puget Sound while
raising four children. She was
active in P.E.O. International,
the American Association of
University Women, the Pierce
County Medical Auxiliary, the
Karshner Orthopedic Guild,
and the Tahoma Audubon
Society. Marlene enjoyed book
clubs and was an avid bridge
player. Her eldest daughter
preceded her in death. Sur-
vivors are her husband of 59
years, three children, seven
grandchildren, and many
other family members.
Susan Bigelow ’75
away peacefully in her child-
hood home in Woodland,
Calif., on March 13. She was
Sue graduated from Wood-
land High School in 1971,
with an early interest in acting,
directing, and writing. After
receiving her degree from
UPS, Sue went on to earn her
Master of Fine Arts degree in
playwriting and directing at
Humboldt State University.
Sue first founded the Way Off
Broadway Players and did sum-
mer stock in Woodland before
establishing and managing her
own theater company, Plays-
in-Progress, for 20 years in Eu-
reka, Calif. She was married to
Clint Marsh during that time;
they divorced in 2008. Sue co-
wrote a play titled
Rose Colored
that premiered in Wood-
land’s Grand Opera House
and then was presented Off
Broadway in New York City.
Rose Colored Glass
has since
been performed in theaters
throughout the U.S. and the
play was sold worldwide. Su-
san returned to her hometown
of Woodland in 2008 during
the last days of her father’s life.
She re-established herself in
Woodland and worked as the
director of Literacy Services for
the Woodland Public Library,
helping build one of the top
literacy programs in the state.
Sue was involved with commu-
nity and charitable programs,
including a book she co-edited
that presented text and art-
work by homeless clients
in Woodland. She also was
passionate about fundraising
for United Way. Sue’s father
and daughter preceded her
in death. Her mother, Betty;
brother Robert Bigelow ’79;
sister Nancy; and other family
members survive her.
James Towne ’76
died on
March 26 after an extended
illness. He was 66. Jim grew up
in Tacoma and graduated from
Stadium High School before
serving two years in the Army
in Vietnam. After returning
from the war, he received his
bachelor’s degree and went on
to earn a master’s at Chapman
University. Jim worked for the
St. Louis, Mo., police depart-
ment for three years, then
returned to Washington state.
He worked for the Kent Police
Department for 17 years, retir-
ing due to an injury received
while on duty. Jim later worked
in Tacoma as an investigator
and parole officer. Survivors
are his wife, Dorothy; a daugh-
ter; and a granddaughter. A
daughter from a previous mar-
riage, one stepson, and four
grandchildren in Missouri also
survive Jim.
John Kuschell ’78
died in his
sleep on April 21 at the age of
He grew up in Riverside,
Calif., and played baseball,
starting in Little League and
then throughout high school.
John was on the Riverside Colt
League team that won the
World Series Championship in
He received a baseball
and football scholarship to at-
tend UPS, although he later
transferred to the University of
Redlands, where he completed
a degree in computer science.
Both Washington and Oregon
states employed John. He was
an avid sports fan and enjoyed
jazz music. John was pursuing
a nursing degree at Olympic
Community College at the
time of his death. His family
remembers him for his smile
and sense of humor. Survivors
include his mother and six
Joseph Bayne ‘86
away on March 21, two weeks
past his 49th birthday. He was
a graduate of West High School
in Bremerton, Wash., and at-
tended Puget Sound for two
years. Joseph lived in Bremer-
ton before moving to Issaquah,
Wash. His wife, Gladys, and
three siblings survive him.
Rodney Scott Pierson ’88
passed away on Feb. 28. He
was 47. Scott moved from
Iowa to Washington state
in 1979. That same year he
began attending Sammamish
High School in Bellevue, where
a Washington Music Educa-
tors Association Hall of Fame
band director mentored him.
He earned his B.A. at Puget
Sound in music education and
participated in Jazz Ensemble,
the Wind Ensemble, Symphony
Orchestra, and the Red-Tie
Brass Quintet. During his time
on campus, Scott conducted
with Robert Musser, and dur-
ing his senior year he helped
edit Professor Geoffrey Block’s
musical theater text, published
in 1988. He completed an
internship at Olympia High
School and began his teaching
career in Kalama, Wash., in
Scott then spent nearly
a decade in the Aberdeen,
Wash., schools, before moving
to the Olympia School District
in 2001. Scott earned a mas-
ter’s degree at Seattle Pacific
University in 2002. While he
was at Aberdeen High School
his award-winning jazz en-
semble was twice selected to
perform at the University of
Oregon Jazz Celebration. In his
role at Olympia High School,
Scott directed musicals, the
symphonic band and wind
ensemble, the jazz and march-
ing bands, and the pep band.
The Olympia High School
Wind Ensemble was several
times selected to perform at
the National Association for
Music Education and all-state
conferences under Scott’s lead-
ership. He was president of the
Chinook-region Washington
Music Educators Association,
and he played trumpet in the
Grays Harbor Symphony, the
Olympia Symphony, and the
Tacoma Concert Band. He sub-
stituted with several ensembles
throughout Washington and
Oregon. Scott’s longtime
friend Bill Dyer ’89 was asked
to give Scott’s eulogy at a me-
morial held at The Washington
Center for the Performing Arts
in Olympia on March 12. Sur-
vivors include Scott’s mother;
his two sons, Zachary and Kris-
topher; former wife, Heather
Morton Pierson ’89; and other
family members, friends, and
many students.
David Verdirame ’02
on Aug. 5, 2012, at the age
of 32. He was a resident of
Omaha, Neb., at the time of
his death. At Puget Sound
David was a member of Psi
Chi, the international honor
society in psychology, and he
worked with the Kids Can Do!
program. Survivors are his par-
ents, a sister, and many other
family members and friends.