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1947 Robert Shreve
is 82 years old and lives in San Carlos, Calif. He has three grown children and six grandchildren.

1949 Donald Howell and his wife, Leona (Leonard, '54), have retired from the United Methodist Church Lay Pastor Program. They spent years in the program and served as full-time pastors in two churches.


George Carlson, '40, died March 30. For 25 years, he was an associate broker with Windermere Northwest, in Seattle. In 1959, he established the George Carlson and Associates Western Lecture Entertainment Agency, which represented professional speakers and entertainers. In addition, he created, produced and hosted Northwest Traveler, an Emmy Award-winning weekly television series that ran for 13 years in Seattle. He was involved in numerous civic activities and for eight years was the executive director of the Republican State Central Committee of Washington. He is survived by a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Roy Howes, '42, died Sept. 25. He received a degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1945 and served as pastor of churches located in Washington, New Mexico and Colorado before serving for five years as senate state legislative chaplain and as founding pastor of a church in Boise, Idaho. From 1976 to 1982, Howes founded and was pastor of an independent church, Boise Valley Christian Communion. He was a member of Whitworth's board of trustees and was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree. He is survived by his wife, five children, and several grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Lyle Bramblet, '43, died June 15. Following his graduation from Multnomah School of the Bible, he was the founder of numerous Baptist churches located in Washington, Idaho, and California. While semi-retired, he taught church planning at Northwest Baptist Seminary in Tacoma, Wash. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, two sons, one brother, two sisters, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Irene (Pruter) Merkel, '48, died June 18. She worked for more than 30 years in the print shop at Whitworth and was married to legendary Whitworth coach Paul Merkel, who preceded her in death. She is survived by five children including Linda (Merkel) Walline, '72, Claudia (Merkel) Traeger, '73, Ray Merkel, '86, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Naomi (Dietz) Knox, '44, died July 2. Her degree was in biology, but a passion for the arts took her to graduate school at the University of Washington and Columbia University and into faculty positions at the University of Hawaii and UCLA. She was preceded in death by Paul Knox, the love of her life, whom she married when she was in her 50s. Dorothy (Funk) Corona, '48, died Aug. 20. She spent her career in the field of nursing, teaching in Texas and Arizona. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, one brother, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren. Theodore Dorpat, '48, died Oct. 3. For more than a half-century, he was in private practice as a clinical psychiatrist and on the faculty of the University of Washington. His interest and primary involvement was in forensic suicidology. Dorpat was the author of five books and more than 360 scientific papers. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, three brothers, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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