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Update – Fall 2018

Norman R. Scott ’56 retired officially from Cornell University after 49 years. He joined Cornell faculty in 1962 after completing his Ph.D at Cornell. Norman moved through ranks of assistant, associate, and professor. He also spent 14 years in university administration as Director of Cornell Agricultural Research Experimental station and as Vice President of Research and Advanced Studies. He holds numerous awards and recognitions, primarily as an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Norman now divides his time between Ithaca in the summer and Tucson in the winter. E-mail:

Frederic A. Blauert ’57 spends a lot of his time working in their farm shop with metals and repairing pieces of farm equipment. He still does a small amount of farm work when needed. One of his hobbies now is working with meat, such as making pepper sticks, summer sausage, jerky, breakfast links and patties, and cutting and wrapping lamb. Frederic has been married for 57 years, and has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He remains active in the sheep business, WA Farm Bureau, and serves on the city council. E-mail:

Karl E. Felgenhauer ’60 and his wife, Ione, continue to reside on the southern edge of Spokane. They are very thankful for continued good health. “I make the 30-minute trip to Fairfield and the family farm frequently,” he shared. Green View Farms, Inc. is operated by Marci and Lonnie Green. Their two sons, Jordan and Derek, represent the seventh generation of family since the earliest ancestors arrived in 1878. “My how times have changed throughout the past 40 years!” Karl shared. “And to think that I have witnessed half of those 140 years!” E-mail:

Richard Todnem ’61 and his wife, Peggy, are currently in Powers, Oregon. They moved there in 1999. They have finished building a new house on the property and it only took them three years! “Carpenter Peggy and I are not as fast as we thought we were,” he shared. “I kept saying we’d be in by Christmas and last year I was right.” E-mail:

Dan N. Hensley ’63 taught at Clover Park and Federal schools for 39 years. He coached wrestling in the high schools and at Pacific Lutheran University. “I am now doing substitute teaching and volunteer ski patrol work at Mt. Spokane,” he shared. E-mail:

Richard Case ’67 is retired from the seafood industry (Kelley-Clarke, Inc) as a VP in 1999. He moved from Kirkland, Wash. to Palm Desert in 2002. “Mary and I travel, play golf, and enjoy retirement.” E-mail:

Raymond D. William ’67 recalls returning from a 4-H exchange to Sri Lanka in December 1968, when he and Nancy were engaged and soon to be married in June 1969. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren in Michigan where their son lives. New activities that Ray’s picked up are authoring children’s books about agriculture, forestry, and water in Gondar, Ethiopia (their sister city), and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. They always hang their WSU flag when the Cougars come to Corvallis.

Doug M. Sinnott ’82 took early retirement in January 2018 and is looking forward to a simpler life. E-mail:

Michael A. Bjork ’09 reports that he spent his 31st birthday visiting friends and family for a few weeks in Sweden and Denmark, and also traveled to France and England in 2017. “I love backpacking overnight trips, biking, plus doing anything interesting in the outdoors,” he shared. He has also traveled to Nepal, where he spent one month on a trail. He keeps busy and loves his job at CDM Smith as a Civil Engineer.

Update – Summer 2016

Hendrick “Hank” Husby ’54 and his wife, Joan, have lived for the past year in Warm Beach Mobile Manor, a retirement community in Stanwood, Wash. They have met many new and interesting people and enjoy hearing their stories. “Joan continues to write and mentor younger writers and I am CEO of the honey-do and kitchen patrol department.”

Ron M. DeMuynck ’55 lives in Arlington, Wash., with his wife, Carolyn. He proudly celebrated the 60th anniversary of his FarmHouse initiation at Founders Day.

Ray A. Landes ’55 was an educator for 35 years. He now farms in Lewis County on 250 acres of Christmas trees. He and his wife, Betty, live in Cinebar, Wash.

John Reitmeier ’56 was the first freshman pledge to become a member of the Pullman FarmHouse fraternity. He is retired and spends time fishing on the Columbia River. He and his wife, Dixie, have been married for 37 years and have three grandchildren. He recalls that a number of his FarmHouse brothers came to their wedding! E-mail:

Frederic A. Blauert
’57 retired from teaching in 1994. He now farms, producing lamb, wool, and raising alfalfa hay. He has been active in the local, state, and national sheep industry organizations and the Adama County and the Washington State Farm Bureau board of directors. E‑mail:

Almer D. Zander ’58 had his own watershed service business in the ’90s and has a small farm with several apple trees. Almer is interested in agriculture scholarships for his children’s schooling for university and technical studies in agriculture. He and his family have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea. He lives in Bellingham, Wash. E-mail:

Larry J. Zehm ’58 has had a full and rewarding career in the USDA for 30 years, along with 30 years in the Navy Reserve, flying all over the world. He now keeps his hands busy in farming and foresting and does volunteer work with wildlife groups. Larry follows his 10 grandkids in their school adventures and sports. “I do everything I use to, just at a slower pace,” he says. Larry resides in Spangle, Wash. E-mail: zehm‑

Jon Hatt ’59 shares that his granddaughter is a third-generation WSU student. He and his wife, Sally, reside on the family acreage in Moses Lake, Wash., where they raised three children.

Karl E. Felgenhauer ’60 moved to Spokane in 2014. He has been active in re‑opening a senior citizen care center, Fairfield Care. Karl hopes to return jobs, senior housing, and health care to rural southern Spokane county. E‑mail:

Jim Capponi ’61 is retired a Colonel from the U.S. Army, where he had 30 years of service in both active duty and reserve. He is also retired from an executive position in Wholesale Building Materials Co. Jim lives in Yakima, Wash., with his wife Doreen.

Michael E. Howell ’61 is customizing a ’57 Chevy four-door hard top. Once he’s done, she’ll be the car he wanted as a high school senior (if he had the time and money). Mike and his wife, Linda, live in Walla Walla, Wash. E-mail:

Richard A. Hunter ’62 retired from 30 years of teaching high school. He fills up his time sailing, taking foreign language courses, spending time with grandchildren, and traveling. Richard resides in Everett, Wash. E‑mail:

Dan N. Hensley ’63 keeps busy by working as a substitute teacher and a ski patroller. He resides in Spokane, Wash. E‑mail:

James S. Williams ’65 lives with his wife, Shirley, in Goldendale, Wash. Jim has been retired from the Washington State Partol for 33 years and is now running a small hay farm.

Raymond D. William ’67 is a professor at Oregon State University, teaching horticulture. Ray also spends his time volunteering with tree and agricultural development and education projects for Corvallis‑Gander (Ethiopia) Sister Cities. He repairs furniture for Furniture Share, stocks books for Friends of the Library, and is a trustee at Congregational United Church of Christ. Having already lived in Srilanka, Brazil, Tawain, Flordia, and Malawi, Ray and his wife, Nancy, currently live in Corvallis, Ore. E‑mail:

Richard L. Nilles ’68 is enjoying a life full of golf, travel, grandkids, and rental properties. Rich and his wife, Myrah, currently live in Newberg, Ore. E‑mail:

Douglas A. O’Donnell, D.V.M. ’68 retired from veterinary medicine in 2001. Since then, he has been keeping busy as a flight instructor at Bremerton National Airport. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children and one grandson. They reside in Bremerton, Wash. E‑mail:

Peter G. Doumit ’69 is fully retired after 45 years in teaching and coaching; he taught Pre-K through college levels and coached tee ball and little dribblers basketball through college athletics. In June 2017, he finished his second stint as the head baseball coach at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. Peter and his wife, Faith, are active members of their church and enjoy spending time with their 14 grandchildren in Utah and Washington. E-mail:

Robert W. Ball ’70 retired in 2013 after 35 years in transportation and logistics sales for Emery Worldwide and UPS. Now Robert is the boys and girls golf couch at Ridgefield High School. He also does some consulting work in transportation. Robert and his wife, Nanette, live in Camas, Wash. E-mail:

Michael P. Schrag ’70 is a city council member of 10 years, a member of the Adams County Economic Development Council, a member of the Washington Wheat Foundation Board, and of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. He is still a farmer west of Ritzville, Wash., where he resides. E‑mail:

Thomas Keck ’76 has been a practicing veterinarian for 34 years at Dallas Animal Clinic in Rickeall, Ore. He and his wife, Margaret, have been married for 37 years, and have four children. They live on a 95-acre grass seed and goat farm north of Rickreall. E-mail:

John Orange ’77 moved to eastern Washington in 2015, and is approaching 22 years with Cargill as a dairy consultant. He and his wife, Marian, have been married for 37 years, have four children, 11 grandchildren, and are now in the process of building their dream home in Zillah, Wash. E-mail:

Robert S. Selfridge ’77 has been married to his wife, Helen, for 28 years and lives in Diamond Bar, Calif. Robert, Helen, and their children, Michael, Susan, and Andrew, recently celebrated Susan’s graduation from college. E‑mail:

Robert D. Kerwin ’80 retired from the Washington State Patrol after working as an officer for over 29 years. He is beginning a new career in the state government. Robert resides in Spokane, Wash. E‑mail:

Doug M. Sinnott ’82 is still a big fan of classic cars and has turned that love into a hobby. Doug currently lives in Seattle, Wash. E‑mail:

Patrick M. Stevens ’89 raises vegetable seed crops on an irrigated farm. He is a member of the Columbia Basin Rodeo Association, has been the director of religious education for his church, and enjoys watching his kids play football and basketball. Pat’s oldest daughter is a student at Gonzaga, which has been a fun, new adventure. His wife, Tammy, is a busy mom and a kindergarten teacher. E‑mail:

Robert J. Mensonides ’94 is a nutritionist for the WSU dairy farm near Moses Lake, Wash., where he and his family live. E‑mail:

Marc Hildesheim ’02 purchased a new home and moved to Rathdrum, Idaho, with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children. He is working on a national program with the BLM to create plans for improving and enhancing off-highway vehicle (OHV) experiences on public land. He teaches OHV trail and management workshops for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) across the United States and Canada.

Douwe C. Dykstra ’06 has spent the past two years fixing up a farm property he recently acquired and welcomed his first child with his wife, Ashley, in March. Douwe and his family reside in Burlington, Wash. E‑mail:

Jeffrey A. Hilton ’06 is the treasurer of the WSU FarmHouse alumni association and is involved at the Woodland Kalama Masonic Lodge with brothers Jared Beck ’08 and Kyle Bangs ’10. Jeff also works for Coca‑Cola in sales as the market development manager for Southwest Washington. Jeff currently resides in Vancouver, Wash. E‑mail:

Jared M. Beck ’08 has worked as an event foreman, customer service representative, and a product specialist for Ford and Tesla Motors. He is beginning a career with the Oregon State Police as a patrol officer for the Portland station. After his training, he plans to return as president of the WSU FarmHouse alumni association as well the advisor to the chapter. Jared currently lives in Vancouver, Wash. E‑mail:

Matthew O’Callaghan ’08 is proud to be serving on the FH WSU association board. He and his wife, Erika, recently purchased their first home. They reside in Tulatin, Ore. E‑mail:

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