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Class Notes

Class Notes include professional accomplishments, awards, retirements, weddings, obituaries and other news about Western Washington University alumni; they’re gathered from published reports and communication from alumni themselves.

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Obituaries

Charleen (Renshaw) Relyea - 1973

Charleen (Renshaw) Relyea, 81, a retired elementary school teacher and community volunteer, on Dec. 23, 2020, in Mount Vernon.

Ronald Main - 1973

Ronald Main, 73, a retired lobbyist and government relations consultant, on Jan. 25, 2020.

R. Daniel Whyte - 1972

R. Daniel Whyte, 75, a musician and teacher, on Aug. 21, 2020, in Longview.

Christian Starks - 1972

Christian Starks, 70, a hair stylist, artist, singer/songwriter, dancer, poet, painter, Lummi Island resident, and longtime volunteer for Whatcom Hospice, on May 24, 2021.

Helen Kermoade - 1972

Helen Kermoade, who taught kindergarten and first grade and helped found the Washington Native Plant Society Salal Chapter, on April 30, 2021, on Fidalgo Island.

John Hura - 1972

John Hura, 75, a U.S. Navy veteran and retired head chemist for the Midway Sewer District, on June 7, 2021, in Tacoma.

Robert L. Burnett - 1972

Robert L. Burnett, 75, a former journalist for the Seattle Times, Associated Press, Wenatchee World and Columbian and a retired writer for Boeing, on July 21, 2021, in Bothell.

Charles Robin Newland - 1971

Charles Robin Newland, 79, a retired teacher and school administrator, on July 17, 2021, in Dayton, Ohio. 

Catherine E. Kunzmann - 1971

Catherine E. Kunzmann, 72, a retired counselor for the Employment Security Department in Bellingham and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in Wenatchee, on Feb. 15, 2021.

Andrew Edward Harlin - 1978

Andrew Edward Harlin, 66, on March 2, 2021, in Bellevue.

Steve Wolden - 1977

Steve Wolden, 67, a retired social worker for Washington State DSHS, adjunct faculty member at Lower Columbia College, and judge for the American Kennel Club, on July 9, 2021, in Longview.

Karen Ostrander Underwood - 1977

Karen Ostrander Underwood, 67, retired manager of the Boeing healthcare account at Regence Blue Shield, on April 7, 2021, in Kirkland.

Carol Joyce Stutesman - 1977

Carol Joyce Stutesman, 65, a retired teacher and coach at Seaside High School, on May 8, 2020, in Seaside, Oregon.

Danny Frank DeBellis - 1977

Danny Frank DeBellis, 68, a cabinet maker in Snohomish County, on March 8, 2021.

Mary Alice Cummings - 1977

Mary Alice Cummings, 89, a retired teacher and administrator in Seattle Public Schools, on July 25, 2021.

Ethel Lee Williams Mitchell - 1976

Ethel Lee Williams Mitchell, 89, retired area manager for King County Superior Court and a tireless advocate for justice and equality for Black people, on Aug. 4, 2021.

Gerrit Byeman - 1976

Gerrit Byeman, 79, who ran a graphic design and print shop, on Sept. 7, 2021, in Lynden.

Roland Brecek - 1976

Roland Brecek, 69, of Rescule, California, on Dec. 16, 2020.

Robert W. Elder - 1975

Robert W. Elder, 94, a U.S. Navy veteran who retired from the federal government as a draftsman and architect, on Aug. 28, 2019.

Jay Aust - 1975

Jay Aust, 69, a retired associate professor at University of Kansas School of Education, on Jan. 21, 2021.