1954 John Spalek was awarded the Goethe Medal. The Goethe-Institut Deutschland awards the annual medal, which is an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany. The medal honors non-Germans who have performed outstanding service for the German language and international cultural relations.
1955 Margaret Toevs is very involved in the music ministry at Harrison Square Presbyterian Church, in Centralia, which has many Whitworth connections. She is in regular contact with one of her former Ballard Hall roommates, and enjoys living in a country-like mobile home park with "wonderful neighbors and sweet pets."
Bonnie (Pace) Holmes, '50, died May 15. Bonnie was a nurse. She is survived by four children, nephew Marcos Archuleta, '82, niece Cynthia (Chamberlain) Archuleta, '83, and other family. Sylvia (Johnson) Roehl, '50, died July 1. Sylvia was a registered nurse for more than 40 years. She is survived by her husband, Norman Roehl, '62, two children, and other family. Patricia (Janzen) Evans, '51, died May 22. She taught English as a Second Language at Seattle-area community colleges, and she loved bird-watching and art. Patricia is survived by her brother and other family. Floyd Torrence, '52, died June 11. He was a pastor, and he enjoyed traveling and being outdoors. Floyd is survived by his wife, five children, and other family. Shirley (Lewis) Kohl-Dimler, x'54, died July 4. She was a teacher and was included in Who's Who among American Teachers in 1994. Shirley is survived by one son and three stepchildren, and other family. Janet (Bailey) Bryce, '56, died Feb. 20. Helen (Pugh) Sewell, x'56, died May 18. Helen was a nurse; one of her hobbies was sewing. She is survived by her husband, two children, and other family. Frederic Swanstrom, '57, died May 13. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and he was a teacher and administrator in the Vancouver Public Schools for 30 years. Frederic is survived by his wife, three children, and other family.