Lincoln High School
Class of 1953
Class Bios
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Gaile EDWARDS Agee

Highlights since high school: married childhood sweetheart Ken Agee. Raised five wonderful children, have nine beautiful grandchildren and one great grandson. Worked for 20 years. Extensive travels and love being at home.

Favorite pastimes are family, gardening and travel.


Highlights since high school: Naval officer on an aircraft carrier (Shangri La). Started my own financial services and insurance company in 1960. Now all five children and a son-in-law own and run it. A 38-year member Million Dollar Round table. Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and CHFC. We live in an Orcas Island waterfront home with a 3-acre formal garden. Lots of travel - around the world in 2001 and to South America in 2003.

Favorite pastime - boating, travel, San Juan County Park Board and Hotel-Motel Tax Advisory Board.

Judy FOSSE Snider

After I graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953, I went to a business college and then went to work for Seattle First National Bank. I worked there for four years and then went to Augsburg College in Minneapolis. I began dating my husband to be (Neal Snider) while there; he was attending seminary to be a Lutheran pastor. We were married in December of 1958 in Seattle and moved to Minneapolis, where he attended seminary and I worked for Marquette National Bank.

For a number of years I was a stay-at-home mom and did what I could as a volunteer at our church and community. Being a pastor's wife I fill in where I'm needed but also have been able to use my talents. I have directed several church choirs, done some teaching, (not my forte) led women's groups and have done a lot of singing, both choral and solo. I was thrilled to sing the Canadian and American National Anthems at the NW Washington State Fair for seven years and met such people as Johnny Cash, Charlie Pride and Loretta Lynn, We have entertained some dignitaries and some not so dignified people in our home and met many wonderful people over the years.

Neal did an internship in Seattle and then in Williston, ND and we then served churches in Westby, MT and Port Orchard, Washington. We were at Beale Air Force Base in California for a year while Neal was a Chaplain in the Air Force. While there I was president of the Protestant Women of the Chapel. We moved to Camarillo, California while Neal was in Thailand for a year toward the end of the Viet Nam War. After which he pastored a church in Bellingham, Washington. Our children went through most of their elementary up through high school there. Neal worked at Trinity Lutheran College for a few years and then at a church in Marysville, Washington. While at TLC and Marysville we lived in Everett, Washington. At that time I worked for GTE, which is now Verizon.

We have done interim (short term) work in Kenmore, Washington, Eugene, OR, Edmonds, Washington, Seattle, Washington, Tacoma, Washington and Shishmaref, Alaska. Also, we had the privilege of going to the Northern Caucuses area of Russia where Neal did some teaching. While Neal was the one assigned to these churches, I was also actively involved.

When one looks at what I have written, one notices that my life and calling is very much entwined in what my husband have my own abilities and talents and have been able to use them all along the way.

We have done extensive traveling; visiting over 40 countries. Some of the most interesting travel has been to countries such as East Africa, Egypt and Asia. Life in those places is very different from our way of life.

We are both retired and living in Steilacoom, Washington, but Neal has just accepted another interim position in Marysville, Washington, which will be for about a year.

We have three wonderful children; two girls and a boy, and five grandchildren whom we love dearly.

Mary FOWLER Trimble

In 1989, my husband Bruce and I acted on a dream we'd held for years. We quit our jobs, sold our home, bought a 40-foot sailboat and sailed the South Pacific for two years. After cruising, I couldn't bear the thought of returning to my former job as computer programmer/analyst at a large insurance company. Bruce encouraged me to follow my heart, so I began to write. We sold the boat and bought a home on Camano Island in Northwest Washington. My office looks out on five acres of clover-covered fields and evergreen forest. Our four grown children live in the greater Seattle area, within an hour or so of our home. Our five grandchildren, as diversified in their interests as their parents, keep us up-to-date with what's really going on in the world.

By now I've had well over 400 articles published in magazines and newspapers. My first efforts were articles about sailing our Bristol 40, offshore cruising tips, and destinations. My writing soon expanded to other interests - RV travel, gardening, our two years with the Peace Corps in Africa, issues of interest to homeowners, and places to go, things to do. I'm active in the American Red Cross and respond to disasters locally and nationally and have written about these experiences, too.

My recently published memoir, TUBOB: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps is the story of a newly married couple who discover themselves in new light as they work and learn about a different culture in a third-world country. We find strength and frustration trying to make a difference. Caught up in a military coup, we seek refuge in a house with 116 other people and wonder if our lives will ever be the same.

My other works include Tenderfoot, a romantic suspense with a sub-plot of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, which was a 2010 SPUR Finalist for Best Western Long Novel. My coming-of-age novels, Rosemount and McClellan’s Bluff have been met with enthusiastic acclaim. McClellan’s Bluff was the EPIC 2004 Winner for Young Adult Fiction.

Audrey FREEMAN Damery

Highlights since high school: having five wonderful, successful children. My career has been my family. I am now learning about genealogy and found that I am a direct descendant from the Mayflower pilgrims - 12th generation. I am learning about my computer - what a challenge!!

Favorite pastimes: grandkids, church ministry and making porcelain pieces.

Betty FREEMAN Ronquillo

Highlights since high school: traveling and moving with the military; husband in the Coast Guard - Hawaii, New Orleans, Guam, Connecticut. Also visited Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Now settled in Washington and enjoying retirement, family and friends

Favorite pastimes: traveling, TaiChi, hiking and family get-togethers.

Judy FULTON Proper

Highlights since high school: getting married the day after graduation and having three children within four years. Married again in 1963 and in 1968 opened business in Burlington, Washington. Took many boating trips in our 34' Uniflite. Bought motor home in 1992. Marriage lasted 35 years and now I'm single and loving it!

Favorite pastimes: love boating, camping and driving to parks.


Highlights since high school: thirty-five years in art and advertising. Traveling the U.S., Canada and Caribbean by plane, ship, car, train, bus and motor home. Working everything from Arthur Murray teacher to my own art/typesetting business

Favorite pastimes: traveling in our RV, reading and raising Koi.


Highlights since high school: raising my children, meeting my wife at a YMCA dance class, killer vacations to the Caribbean and Hawaii, baseball trips to 30+ major league stadiums and 46 years in education (20 as a district superintendent).

Favorite pastimes: ballroom dancing, golf, car shows and vacations in Hawaii.

Arlene GASKELL Bristow

Highlights since high school: I have survived.

Favorite pastimes: reading, needle work and spending $$$.

Martha GEBERT Houk

Highlights since high school: married my high school sweetheart Delmis. Married 41 years. He passed away 12/26/94. My 30 years as a Safeco Insurance Agent and most of all my two wonderful children. Did sell my old home in 2000 and purchased rambler in Arlington, Washington on the Gleneagle Golf Course. So now being retired, I do a lot of golfing.

Favorite pastimes: golf, swimming, travel and anything else that strikes my fancy.


Grace Goodman moved to New York City in 1958 and is still happily living there, on the upper west side of Manhattan. She graduated from the University of Redlands in 1957 and earned a MA in English from the University of Wisconsin 1958; after working in NYC for several national and regional Protestant organizations (American Baptist Churches, United Presbyterian Church, Protestant Council of NYC), she decided that when she grew up she'd be a lawyer, and went to Columbia Law School, earning her J.D. degree in 1978. Her primary law career was as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York (the City's civil law office), litigating a variety of cases and appeals. She retired in 2006 and now does volunteer administrative and fund-raising work for her exciting progressive church, Judson Memorial and sings with West Village Chorale She also enjoys visiting her grandchildren in Georgia and Oregon; sadly, her partner of 28 years, Susan Bowyer, died in 2010..


Highlights since graduating from Lincoln: I Graduated from the U. of W. in Mechanical Engineering. Married Joyce Berkman (Class of ’54) in 1957 and we celebrated our 50th anniversary this year (2007). We have three successful children and 6 wonderful grandchildren. I had a rewarding career for 40 years in mechanical design and management. For the past 11 years I have been a consultant in machine design working out of our home.

Current interests: Travel, photography, and being with family and friends.

Caroline GUNDERSEN Nash

Highlights since high school: After I got married in 1956 my husband and I moved to New York where he attended Pratt Institute. We lived back east for 14 years and our four sons were born there. Have lived in Santa Monica, California since 1970. My husband passed away in 2001.

Favorite pastimes: gardening

Henry HALL

Highlights since high school: I joined the Mormon Church and served a 30-month mission in Mexico. That gave me my occupation and the opportunity to meet the most wonderful lady in the whole wide world. Ran the Seaside Marathon at age 50. Received my BA from BYU in Spanish and my MA in Spanish from Northern Iowa at their summer campus in Soria, Spain. I spent 3½ summers in Spain and I really learned to love the Spanish culture and people. Married to the lovely lady mentioned above for almost 43 years (in 2003) and couldn't be happier.

Favorite pastimes: travel, reading and hiking.

Evelyn ("Evie") HAMILTON McGhee

Married Ken McGhee (Roosevelt '53) on the same day we graduated UW in June of 1957. Ken entered the Navy and we had 25 years of service, moving around the country and the orient as the Navy saw fit to transfer Ken to various duty stations -- all the while raising two girls and two boys. Occasionally we were lucky enough to get back to Seattle for visits with friends and family, with even a ten-month stay in 1974 while Ken's ship was in Todd Ship Yard for overhaul. Upon moving to San Diego (and after moving 18 times) I decided this was the place to stay and live and plant roots, both for the kids and for us. Ken retired as a Captain, our kids all graduated from SDSU, and as our children grew older I worked in exciting downtown San Diego for 20 years as a paralegal. We have nine grandchildren, seven of whom live within minutes of us. We love living in San Diego, and we've kept active in many Navy and community activities over the years.


Highlights since high school: good health, great family and friends and travel to interesting places.

Favorite pastimes: golf, reading, travel, bridge and crabbing.


Highlights since high school: owned and operated commercial repair business for 33 years. After retirement enjoy traveling to Alaska every year and spending time at our second home in Sequim.

Favorite pastimes: fishing and hunting - Alaska - second home in Sequim.


Highlights since high school: graduated from the U of W in 1957 in Business Administration. Went into the Marine Corps - two years active and 20 years in the reserve. Married in 1964 to Barbara Croke (LHS '51). No kids but 11 dachshunds. Retired from Puget Sound Energy. We lived in Issaquah, Ferndale, Sedro Woolley and are now in Port Ludlow. We have done our share of traveling to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and around the U.S.

Interests are boating, fishing, genealogy and volunteer work.


Highlights since high school: many - including meeting and marrying Mary, birth of daughter Teresa and son Jeff. Trips from Disneyland to Hawaii and a biggy to Australia and New Zealand. Retiring in 2000 finding more time to play :-)

Favorite pastimes: driving sports car at various tracks (Washington, Oregon and California) and traveling.


Highlights since high school: U.S National Pairs Title in 1954; Air Force, 1954-1957; married Sandra Brown (Ballard '56); graduated U of W Business in 1961; Manager, Boeing Defense and Space, 1961-1995; National Ski Patrol, 1974-1988; retired from Boeing in 1995.

Favorite pastimes: ice skating, roller blading, skiing, boating, travel and gardening.


After teaching third grade in Bellingham for 30 years I am enjoying retirement with my husband of 48 years. I graduated from Seattle University in l957 and taught at Beacon Hill Grade School for two years. I married Roger Hicks in August, l959. He was an air traffic controller and we transferred around the western region for ten years and then settled in Bellingham in l969. We bought seven acres south of Bellingham. We have three children: Tom, Jean and Linda and six grandchildren. I have enjoyed riding horses that we pastured on our seven acres. We live next to 2,400 acres of logging land so that provided wonderful trails. For two summers I chaperoned high school students to Europe with People to People. When we both retired we traveled to Europe three times. Now we travel in our camper all over the coast and especially up into Canada, which is just 20 miles north. Life has been good to me in love, adventures and health.


Highlights since high school: reflecting on the accomplishments of family, friends and loved ones.

Favorite pastimes: golf and fishing.

Marlene HOLMAN Hansell

Highlights since high school: good employment with super bosses. College days at U of W. Marriage - 47 great years (in 2003). Raising with mostly wonderful days - three children. Grandchildren bonus. 40+ years of skiing. Travels - especially Africa. Fun times with old and new friends. Love my home on Camano Island.

Favorite pastimes: golf, playing Bridge, walking and travel. Huskies, Sonics and Mariners

Norma HOLMES Svardal

Highlights since high school: our wonderful family, my great husband and my many friends.

Favorite pastimes: baking, gardening, visiting friends and traveling to Europe.

Douglas HOUK

Highlights since high school: attended U of W and Seattle Pacific University; served in the U.S. Army; taught high school in Seattle (29 years); married Carolyn Hall, New York City in 1962 and have two children, daughter Sharon and son David. Live in Edmonds, Washington and enjoy retirement. The most significant thing is knowing Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Favorite pastimes: aerobics, gardening and reading.

Clinton HOWARD

Highlights since high school: successful in charitable fund-raising and active in politics (Rep. and Dem.)

Favorite pastimes: travel.

Marnie JAMISON Oslin

Highlights since high school: raising our children, enjoying the grandchildren, retirement after 25 years with the Seattle Police Department and 44 years (in 2003) of marriage.

Favorite pastimes: cruising the Caribbean and working and playing with the Reunion Committee.

Margaret (Peggy) KELLER Click-Taylor

Highlights since high school: getting my BA and M.Ed. in my mid-30s; teaching honors; teaching at the University of Portland; mentoring young teachers; finding a good man to marry after many years of widowhood; delighting in my grandkids.

Favorite pastimes: quilting is my game - love fabric.

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