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Robert and Julie Blew
Robert Blew '71 and his wife, Julie, on May 23, 1970, and May 23, 2020, in Founders courtyard.

Class Notes

Notices received as of June 4, 2020.


Robert Blew and his wife, Julie, were married by Pastor Richard “Swanie” Swanson in Ascension Chapel on May 23, 1970. They returned on May 23, 2020, to have a 50th wedding anniversary photo taken at the same time of day, from the same angle, in front of the same cedar tree in Founders courtyard.


Don Faust’s original piece, titled "Bang!," was selected to be featured in the virtual Playwright's Festival at Augustana on May 9.


Kurt Kreiter retired as the activities director at Central DeWitt High School after 33 years. He spent 25 years in the classroom, teaching biology, anatomy and physiology. He won 216 dual meets in 20 years as the school’s wrestling coach. After 14 years as an assistant football coach, he earned a 60-45 record in 11 years as the head football coach.


Just this once, we are featuring a new pet in Class Notes. Can you blame us? Meet Flora the Doodle. Ginny Aehlbach ’64 Gelbach wanted to find a good at-home project during the pandemic, so in her words, she is again “a new mom at my gran-motherly age.”


Paul Dunn is the head coach of the Albert Lea High School (Minn.) varsity football program.


Laura Townsend offers "Albums of Hope" to medical professionals on the frontline, elderly who are isolated, and those struggling with mental challenges during the pandemic. The pocket-sized photo albums are filled with inspiring quotes and photos. Email to have an album sent to someone. Laura founded the non-profit nine years ago.


Kim Johnson has joined Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's Women's Wellness Center.


Julio César Valdez was sworn in as an associate judge for Kane County, Ill., in December 2019. He had a son, Diego Emiliano, in November 2019 (Maria).


Wayne Sutton recently began his post-doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the family engagement and special services coordinator at the Denver School of Science and Technology.


Greg Klingel is a dentist with Desert Sun Dental in Quincy, Wash.


Elizabeth Newell had her fourth daughter in January 2018. She is an assistant professor, Pediatric Critical Care, and a pediatric intensivist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. She also studies traumatic brain injury in her lab.

Valerie Duncan Larsen
Valerie Duncan '02 Larsen and family


Valerie Duncan Larsen and her husband, John, were married on Dec 30, 2017; they had a daughter, Ella Joy, on Jan. 27, 2020. Valerie also has two stepchildren, Sadie and Payton. She is a speech pathologist in early childhood for the Plainfield (Ill.) School District.


Matthew Jennings had a daughter, Ellie, in January 2020 (Mary; Jack, 2).


Katie Bohr Swiniuch had a son, Dylan Daniel, on March 19, 2020 (Bill; Liam and Connor).


Amanda Lukasik Hughes is an assistant principal at Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill.


John Hughes is music director for the Chicago Master Singers.


Colleen LeMaire Leonardo has written six children's books in The I HAVE Series; her latest one is I Have To Stay Home: A Kid-friendly Story About The COVID-19 Pandemic.


Kelsey Binggeli earned her Doctor of Optometry on May 8, 2020. She received the Dr. Charles Shick Contact Lens Award.

Chris '18 and Kirby Stockwell '17 Wilson
Chris '18 and Kirby Stockwell '17 Wilson


Maggie Barnes had a son, Warren Allan Blegen, on Feb. 2, 2020 (Cam Blegen).

2017 and 2018

Kirby Stockwell '17 and Chris Wilson '18 were married on May 24, 2020, in Founders courtyard. Kirby is a social media and public relations specialist at Augustana, and Chris is an admission counselor at Monmouth College. (This ceremony was held the day after Robert '71 and Julie Blew were photographed for their 50th wedding anniversary in the same location in Founders courtyard! See Class of 1971 note above.)


Notices received as of June 4, 2020 

Laverne Ziegler ’47 on May 15, 2020.

Donald Tolmie ’50 on May 26, 2020.    

Lloyd Lindquist ’51 on May 21, 2020.    

Harland Johnson ’52 on Nov. 1, 2019.    

Richard Kall ’52 on May 17, 2020.    

Robert Koch ’52 on April 29, 2020.

Stephen Benson ’61 on April 18, 2020.    

David Pedersen ’61 on May 7, 2020.    

Lawrence Moburg ’62 on May 8, 2020.    

Lance Lindquist ’63 on Jan. 2, 2019.    

Carol Newton ’67 Page on May 14, 2020.        

Gary Isaacson ’69 on May 24, 2020.    

Christopher Guest ’81 on May 19, 2020.        

Michael Maloney ’12 on May 21, 2020.

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