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Shary Cohen (Essig)
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Speech-Language Pathologist Married 2 2012-08-06 14:52:47
 40 years have passed way too quickly... it couldn't have been that long ago, could it?  Send Shary a MessageSend Shary a Message
Pamela Faith Turner (Fahey)
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Researcher/College Professor Single 1 2012-08-06 16:08:33
There was a time when I thought that my earning a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics was one of the most important accomplishments in my life.  But now I realize that the only significant thing I have ever done was to surrender my life to Jesus Christ and become a daughter of the Most High God.

Today I am a researcher, college professor, and Bible teacher with one son who will be graduating from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) next January with a BA in Economics.  Although I teach cell biology, anatomy and physiology my favorite thing to teach is the inductive study of the Bible.  Currently I am teaching the book Hebrews.

Of all the publications I have on my research CV there are two that are significant to me.  During my postdoctoral fellowship, I published a paper on the initial characterization of the drug taxol, which is used today in chemotherapy.  Taxol causes microtubules (which are needed for cell division) to form bundles;  cells with bundled microtubules cannot divide, thus killing cancer cells.

The other significant publication just came out this year; it has put another nail in Darwin’s coffin.  Darwin assumed that evolution occurs by a series of adaptive steps enabled by spontaneous mutations.  My research colleagues and I tested if an E. coli strain with two mutations in its DNA instructions for the enzyme tryptophan synthase (catalyzing the last two steps in the synthesis of the amino acid tryptophan) could acquire additional random mutations to enable it to regain the ability to synthesize tryptophan.  Multiple cell lines all discontinued making the inoperative enzyme rather than acquire mutations to regain the ability to synthesize tryptophan.

For those of you who were in Gordy Weihrauch's advanced biology class with me you might find in fun to learn that I am now directing the dissection of cats with nursing students.

Are there other things in my life besides work and teaching the Bible? Yes!  I am absolutely addicted to my exercise program:  I swim and lift weights six days a week.  Sally Callahan would be impressed to see me doing 75 yards of ballet legs and support scull – neither of which I could do when I was a Surf Belle.  I also enjoy quilting, gardening and spending time with my three toy poodles.  

I am now living in Seattle and have been here since 1982 when I came here to do my postdoctoral fellowship.   After high school graduation I went to Chicago where I attended IIT and obtained a BS in Biology and later a PhD from UIC.  

Life is good and all because I serve an amazing God!

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Susan Fehlow
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homemaker/artist www.picasaweb.google.com/sfehlow Married 2012-08-06 16:07:35
Although not a graduate, I lived in SLP for 5 years and attended local schools 5th-9th grades, moving away (to Missouri) early in 10th grade year. Recently reconnected with my SLP girlhood chum and now looking forward to meeting more.

College and IT consultant in DC area until mid-90s, since then hiding out in Tucson with my husband and a small herd of stray cats.
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Connie Willroth (Felkner)
Retired Manager Married 2 2017-01-28 11:54:08
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Cary Femrite
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Territory Manager MTI Distributing Married 2 2012-08-06 12:37:41
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Ann Clemmens (Ferland)
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Writer/Retired Married 2 2019-01-12 10:53:59
Went to Caltech for astronomy and ended up with a degree in math. Went to Kentucky for the horses and ended up with a PhD in statistics. Married an astronomy professor, have a boy and a girl, an electrical engineer and a Classics scholar (really). Health sort of gave out after the children so have never used my degree for teaching as intended. Thoroughbreds were always my avocation, so I got more serious about my writing and had a regular column in a monthly newsletter on pedigrees until the recent economic unpleasantness.
 
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Francene Gordon (Finley)
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Stained Glass Artist Married 2 2012-08-06 14:54:41
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Bill Fishman
attorney Married 3 2012-08-06 15:08:01
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Jill Kasdan (Flasher)
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retail sales/buyer Married 3 2012-08-06 14:52:31
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John Fox
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Retired Financial Advisor Committed Relationship 2 2019-04-07 11:03:26

My goodness . . look at that young face of nearly 50 years ago . . I don't think I had entered puberty yet when this picture was taken!  

2019 brings a significant change for me in a couple of ways.  First, I retired in December of 2018, and with that an adjustment to 'every day being Saturday'! So far, so good . .  I think I can get used to this new retirement 'gig'.  

Also, Louise and I will be married in October of this year!  Louise and I plan travel together and more time with our grandchildren. 

The current photo I have attached was taken in February of this year, visiting the wine county of South Africa.  

I look forward to seeing all those that can make our 50th anniversary in 2020! 

Wishing all my classmates and their families good health and happiness! 

Be well, John Fox

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