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2013
mentors
Arriving at a life’s work
The Logger Nation runs wide and deep, and stories abound of places
where many Puget Sound alumni are employed, or instances of
how grad has helped grad. Here’s one such example spanning
three generations.
Fred Utter ’54
Follow your dreams! So goes the old recommendation for successful living, but it eluded me dur-
ing my undergraduate years at Puget Sound. Despite being a nominal “pre-med,” a cohesive picture
of my role in adult society never became focused. Professor Sprenger’s organic chemistry classes
aroused my curiosity enough to go beyond the curriculum to distill a bit of rotgut rum. But I truly
appreciated his faith beyond my own that someday I would rise above mediocrity. Similarly, al-
though I never acted on it, Gordon Epperson’s offer of free cello lessons encouraged my four-year
participation in the CPS/Tacoma Symphony, and at least nurtured a passion for making music that
has grown over the years. Another passion was for fishing; opening day of the season at Lawrence
Lake often trumped going to class.
At the University of Washington salmonid genomics lab, three generations of Loggers: Jones, Seeb,
and Utter