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Alumni in Their Own Words

Edited by Julie Riddle '92

Six alumni from five decades share about significant experiences in their lives.

Stephen "Steve" Fox '58

  • Whitworth Major: Education
  • Retired Educator
  • Washington State P.E. Elementary Teacher of the Year, 1989
  • Pacific Northwest P.E. Teacher of the Year, 1990
  • Disney American Teacher Award for Elementary Physical Education, 1991
  • Residence: Puyallup, Wash.

'Keep moving on'

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Jean (Tolsma) Brender '74

  • Whitworth Major: Nursing
  • Master of Nursing, University of Washington
  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Washington
  • Professor Emerita, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Texas A&M University School of Public Health

Dennis Brender '75

  • Whitworth Major: Chemistry
  • DDS, University of Washington
  • Dental Practice Owner, 1984-2018
  • Residence: Austin, Texas

'You've got to take care of the stranger' 

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Emerylynn Lampitoc '95

  • Whitworth Major: Journalism
  • Vice President of Creative Talent & Content, Film – Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Global Talent Development & Inclusion Department
  • Residence: Hermosa Beach, Calif.

'People want to see themselves represented'

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Patricia Bartell '00

  • Whitworth Majors: Music – Accordion Performance and Music Education
  • CEO and Owner of Bartell Music Academy; Professional Musician; Business Coach
  • Residence: Spokane

'God kept me strong inside'

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Emily (Travis) Shull '13

  • Whitworth Majors: Health Science and Kinesiology
  • M.S. in Exercise Science, Eastern Washington University
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Science, University of South Carolina
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Residence: Greenville, S.C.

'My whole world had flipped'

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