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Summer 2012

Class Notes

Marge (Donahue) Wortham, A’42, Aurora, Colo., and husband, George, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on May 24, 2012.

Patricia (Ryan) Gillespie, A’48, Cheyenne, Wyo., and her husband celebrated 55 years of marriage on April 22, 2012. Patricia is also pleased to announce that they have three children, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.

Evelyn (Tebedo) Harris, C’48, Littleton, Colo., and husband, Bill, moved from Raton, N.M., to Littleton in August. They will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 2, 2012.

Bernadette (Hynes) Haag-Clark, C’51, Southampton, N.Y., is pleased to announce that her daughter, Christina Haag, received the 2012 Ella Dickey Literacy Award for her memoir, Come to the Edge, at the 2012 Marshfield Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival on April 26, 2012.

Mary Joan Highberger, C’54, received the Cardinal Newman Award on Feb. 25, 2012.

Patricia (Domme) Martin, C’64, Topeka, Kan., mother of Janelle (Martin) Hutchins, C’99, retired from the People’s Benefit Group on Dec. 30, 2011.

Mary (Brady) Bennett, C’66, Springfield, Va., celebrated the birth of a new grandson on Dec. 12, 2011, and a new granddaughter on Jan. 29, 2012.

Mary Lou (Robak) Greim, C’73, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and husband, Bill, are awaiting the arrival of their ninth grandchild in September, 2012.

Janet (Vosburgh) Smedsrud, C’81, Shelby, Mont., retired at the end of the 2011-2012 school year after a distinguished, 30-year career teaching. The Shelby High School teacher began her career as a middle school home economics teacher. Her tenure earned her distinctions as a “Tireless Teacher” nominee and Teacher of the Year award winner.

Justin R. Jones, C’83, Kansas City, Mo., was appointed senior vice president of loan operations and administration for Country Club Bank. Justin’s responsibilities encompass commercial and retail lending and credit administration.

Francine Orr, C’86, Los Angeles, and photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times, continues to excel in her field, recently earning two top honors. 

Francine was one of the three finalists in most recent Pulitzer Prize Contest for Photo Journalism. This was the third Pulitzer nomination for Francine, but the first time her work has made the top three.

Francine’s managing editor recognized her work at a special meeting of the entire staff of the paper. He has since asked her to write as well as shoot pictures.

Francine was also part of the Times team that won a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for their multimedia package Discovering Autism. The Casey awards honor distinguished coverage of disadvantaged children, youth, and families. Learn more at

Mary Vermillion, C’86, Iowa City, Iowa, published her third mystery novel, Seminal Murder. If you would like more information on this novel, please visit:

Janelle (Martin) Hutchins, C’99, Olathe, Kan., has two sons, Isaac and Aaron. Janelle and her husband, Steve, celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary in April, 2012.

Lerroy O’Bray, U’04, Pittsburg, Kan., got married on June 30, 2012. Lerroy also has two sons, Kaden and Kallen.

Michael Evans, U’06, M’10, and Rebecca (Forge) Evans U’07, M’11, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy Eleanor Evans, on Jan. 11, 2011.

Congratulations to the five Sisters of Charity who celebrated their Golden Jubilees—marking their 50th anniversary in the ministry—this year:

• Sister Michael Delores Allegri, C’63
• Sister Ann Lucia Apodaca, C’72
• Sister Virginia Bartolac, C’61
• Sister Karen Guth, C’72
• Sister Elizabeth Skalicky, C’65


In This Issue:
‣ First Class: USM's DPT Program Launches

‣ USM Alum Trumps Cancer 

‣ Honor Roll of Donors

‣ Class Notes

‣ Homecoming and the Alumni Events Calendar

‣ Reunion Recap

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