Class Notes – January 2020

Have you recently celebrated a wedding, baby, new job, promotion, or honor? Been published, moved into a new home, or welcomed a grandchild? Share your news with the CSU alumni family by submitting a class note. Approved class notes will be published here and in Colorado State University Magazine.


Darrel Nash (B.S., ’58) wrote and published two books, How Our Government Was Built and Some Needed Changes, and Some History and Reminiscences of The San Luis Valley, Colorado, the United States in Microcosm.


The Fountain and the Desert, by Mary Frances Erler

Tom Gushiken (B.S., ’67; M.Ed., ’68) recently celebrated 50 years of teaching in public education. Gushiken has taught every grade level, from kindergarten to master’s degree education at the university level. He continues to enjoy his current overseas opportunity with the U.S. Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) teaching dependents of U.S. military personnel.


Perry Goorman (B.A., ’73) retired from the active practice of law after 42 years. Goorman served as the president of the Scottsdale Bar Association and had law offices in Denver, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Mary Frances Erler (B.S., ’74) writes fantasy/fiction books for teens and adults (partly based in Colorado) in a series called The Peaks at the Edge of the World. Five are currently out, and two more will be available in 2020 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and First Steps Publishing (or ask your local bookstores to order them).

O'Haras at a river
Tim and Jackie O’Hara at the Poudre River

Tim O’Hara (attended ’78-’82) led private fundraising to establish the recently opened $11.5 million Poudre River Whitewater Park, a new resource north of Old Town, Fort Collins, that provides enhanced recreational opportunities for kayakers and tubers while returning a key section of the Poudre River to a more natural state and connecting it to downtown. O’Hara, who studied journalism at CSU, is a professional photographer and has owned a thriving local business for 37 years. His wife, Jackie (B.S., ’82), owns Jet Marketing in Fort Collins. The couple have been active as business and civic leaders and are longtime supporters of CSU Athletics; for these contributions, they received the 2013 Jim and Nadine Henry Award from the CSU Alumni Association. Their daughters, Katie O’Hara (B.S., ’08) and Riley O’Hara (B.A., ’12), are also alumnae.


Beth Hellwig (M.Ed., ’83) was recently named as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at San Francisco State University.

Rockie Ernst (B.S., ’85), pictured with his wife, Rowana, was one of only six educators nationwide to win the 2019 Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators during a ceremony near Los Angeles in December. Ernst is a teacher at Wiggins High School on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. He has been a dedicated agricultural educator and FFA adviser for more than three decades and helps his students start meaningful careers in the agricultural industry. Ernst is president-elect of the Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. Photo: National Association of Agricultural Educators

Dan Clemens
Dan Clemens

Raja Kuppuswamy (B.S., ’89; M.S., ’94) shared his UN humanitarian work experience as an engineering professional rebuilding war torn cities in Iraq Mosul.


Dan Clemens (B.A., ’90) was the oldest active professional baseball player in America in 2019. In June, at 51 years and 221 days old, Clemens made his professional debut pitching an inning of relief for the Tucson Saguaros of the Independent Pecos League. Later, Clemens made his first start on the mound and took a shutout into the fifth inning. Clemens attended Colorado State on a baseball scholarship.


Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson (B.S., ’14) is director of adaptive riding and barn manager for Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy in Norco, California, and provides therapeutic riding instruction for children with disabilities. Johnson is certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and, as a longtime rider herself, is accomplished in dressage and other disciplines. She received the 2018 Coach of the Year award during the annual Kiwanis Equestrian Competition for Special Athletes, hosted by a Kiwanis club based near Los Angeles.

Madeleine Banks (B.S., ’17) recently moved to Boston after living in New York City for two and a half years working for Adrianna Papell as a merchandiser and on their Domestic/International Sales Team. In Boston, Banks works for Deckers Brands as a Market Rep for UGG.


 In Memoriam

*CSU Alumni Association member


Margaret Crawford (B.S., ’39)



William Caron (M.A., ’40)

*Gordon Johnson (B.S., ’48)

Marilyn Rosenthal (B.S., ’48)

Don Albertson (B.S., ’49)

*Dr. George Breniman (B.S., ’49; M.S., ’59)



Elemer Bernath (B.S., ’53; M.Ed., ’57)

William Vasey (B.S., ’53)

Richard Hays (B.M., ’55)

Dr. Charles H. Lehrman (B.S., ’55; D.V.M., ’58)

Effa Mae Marker (B.A., ’56)

Don Le Fever (B.S., ’58)

George Nash, II (B.S., ’58)



Ralph Boland (M.S., ’60)

Betty Roper (CERT., ’60)

George Tribelhorn, Jr. (CERT., ’61; B.S., ’61)

*Jack Sommers (CERT. ’62; B.S., ’62; M.Ed., ’67)

*Charles Hagemeister (CERT., ’64; B.S., ’64; M.Ed., ’64)

Jim Wheatley (B.S., ’64)

*Donald Dreyer, D.V.M. (D.V.M., ’69)

Chester James (B.S., ’69)

*Ernest Shock (CERT., ’69; M.Ed., ’71)



David Goff, Ph.D. (CERT., ’73; B.E., ’73; M.Ed., ’74; Ph.D., ’80)

Richard Hubbard (M.S., ’75)

Denise Merrion (B.S., ’75)

Steven French (B.S., ’78)



Kenneth Baker, Jr. (M.B.A., ’81)

Meredith Dillon (B.S., ’82)

Janet Hoover (B.S., ’83)

Ellen Buckner (M.Ed., ’84)

*Gary Gehrig, Ph.D (Ph.D., ’85)

Chris King (B.S., ’85)

Robin Nash (B.S., ’88)



Craig Rehm (M.S., ’91)



Angela Aldred (M.S., ’07)

Sheldon Emerson (B.S., ’09; MAGR., ’10)



Olivia Belcher

Connor Melendez


Joyce Everitt

Dr. Pamela Gaynor

Robert Lee

Thomas Wasgatt


Dr. G. Jack Gravlee


Helen Hawthorne

Judith McIver