Alumni Portfolio

Dean L. Thomson (56) of Citrus Heights, Calif., will be the encampment director of the 21-stake Golden Empire Council of Northern California Boy Scouts of America jamboree in 2002. He has received scouting’s highest honor, the Silver Beaver and was assistant encampment director of a jamboree in 1998.


Roger Andrews (67) of Provo, Utah, is the current president of The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (rims), a not-for-profit group of about 7,500 individuals in 88 chapters. Roger is General Counsel and Director of Risk Management for E.D. Bullard Company of Kentucky. He was "Man of the Year" at Ricks in 1967.

Larry Wickham (68) of Rexburg is the current president of Mountain Plains Adult Education Association, a 500-member group functioning in eight states. Larry is assistant director of continuing education at Ricks. He oversees Elderhostel and travel study programs.


Doyle V. Peterson (70) of Gaithersburg, Md., was named country manager for Romania for Trans Ag Production Company and RomAg 98, an integrated agricultural production project that is being expanded to Bulgaria, Georgia and the Ukraine. Doyle is married to the former Delene Hansen (70).

Cheris (Cheri) Miner Lane (72) of Mulino, Ore., is a water quality technician for the City of Salem, Oregon. She recently opened her own water testing laboratory and consulting firm. She is the first person in Oregon approved for using vitamin C as a dechlorination method.

Blaine McInelly (74) of Driggs, Idaho, is the current president of the Idaho Association of Secondary School Principals (iassp) and represented Idaho at the national assp convention. He is the principal at Teton High School in Driggs. He is married to the former Michelle Williams (73).

Gary Price (74) of Springville, Utah, a sculptor, was in Iceland in June for the dedication of a monument to Icelandic natives who joined the LDS Church and emigrated to the United States between 1854 and 1914. Price sculpted an eight-foot bronze angel entitled "Messenger." Earlier that month he was in Brentwood, Tenn., for the installation of a bronze sculpture at the United Methodist Church.

Donovan Bramwell (76) of Lewisville, Idaho, is a technical writer/editor for the U.S. Department of Engergy’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (ineel) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He received an Award of Merit in Technical Publications.


Alicia Velazquez Garcia (80) of Houston, Texas, graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston with a Juris Doctor degree. She and her husband, Juan Jose, are the parents of three children.

Rebecca Prengel Thompson (81) of East Wenatchee, Wash., is a founder, vice president of operations and secretary of Responsibility In The Arts (rita). The foundation "supports, enlists support, and assists in creating, developing and promoting worthwhile and uplifitng new artistic works."

Lynn Moncur (81) of Salt Lake City, Utah, is the new head basketball coach at Brighton High School. He also teaches history at the school. He and his wife, Jan, are the parents of five children.

Hal Gordon (83) of Aloha, Ore., has completed 10 years as Oregon State Agricultural Economist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. He is continuing research on trout and aquatic invertebrates.

Julianne Dehlin Hatton (84) of Henderson, Ky., is the new field representative for Kentucky’s 1st District Congressman Edward Whitfield. She will oversee six counties. She also is completing work on her Master’s degree in Social Science at Syracuse University.

Evan Wirig (87) of El Cajon, Calif., is chairman of the Department of Media Communications at Grossmont College. He is married to the former Kimberlee Anderson (86), an adjunct professor of speech communications at Grossmont. They have four children.


Shaun Eames (91) of Menan, Idaho, is a graphic artist at the U.S. Department of Engergy’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (ineel) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was honored by the regional chapter of the Society for Technical Communications earlier this year with two awards for design and illustration.

Derek Hein (92) of Goodwell, Okla., is assistant professor of mathematics at Panhandle State University after completing his Ph.D. in mathematics from Central Michigan University. He is married to the former Paula Harris (92) and they are the parents of three children.

Aaron D. Sanns (92) of Rexburg is an admissions and scholarship counselor at Ricks College. He received his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Idaho State University. He is married to the former Ruth Ann Staiger (92).

Angelyn Mason Smith (93) of Mobile, Ala., graduated with a Master’s degree in Health Education from Idaho State University. Her husband, Brett Smith (93) is now attending Physician Assistant School in Mobile. They have a young son, Jared.

Michael W. Phelps (97) of Bountiful, Utah, has graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Spanish and teaches Seminary at Viewmont High School in Utah. He is married to the former Anna Sorensen (97) and the couple have a young son, Adam.


Lucile Manwaring Cullimore (30), age 89, a daughter of the late Hyrum Manwaring, president of Ricks College from 1931 to 1944, died March 4, 2000, at a Nampa, Idaho, care center. She attended Ricks and was secretary, while still attending school, to the late George Romney, president of Ricks College from 1917 to 1931. (Submitted by her daughter Leanne Wheless of Bellevue, Wash.)

Dr. C. Dean Packer (36), age 84, died April 13, 2000, in Provo, Utah. A son of the late Clyde P. Packer, a Ricks College coach from 1917 to 1939, Dean graduated from Ricks and had a long and distinguished career in medicine. He was practicing emergency room medicine until eight months prior to his death. He was featured in the first issue of Summit magazine in 1988. Dean, and his wife Dottie McKinlay Packer (37), were honored with the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993.