1960s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Kathryn (Kidd) Christenson (BA) has established the Christenson Lectureship at Gustavus Adophus College in St. Peter, Minn. The lectureship honors her late husband, Ronald Christenson '59 (BS), a professor of political science at the college who passed away in 1998. Kathryn has endowed the new lectureship to reflect her husband's dual specialties in teaching and scholarship. She taught courses in English and women's studies at Gustavus and was later a staff associate in development and public affairs there.


Christine Kondrasuk (BA), her husband, Ray Kondrusuk (BA), and their son, Gregory Kondrasuk '91 (BS), recently were in Morioka, Japan, where they visited with Tomoe (Oumi) Ishigaki '97 (BA). Christine reports that the visit was like a mini reunion, as Tomoe and Gregory had been friends, and Tomoe had attended the wedding of Christine and Ray's daughter, Amy (Kondrasuk) Kaiser '93 (B), in 1996 — Tomoe's first American wedding experience. Photo caption: (left to right) Ray, Tomoe, Christine and Gregory.

Gerald Boardman (BS-E) enjoyed a diverse and interesting career in the field of education after earning his master's degree from Colorado State University and his doctorate from UW-Madison. His experiences have included working in the public schools as a teacher, principal and superintendent, and in higher education as a professor, chairperson and executive director. Gerald also worked for more than 25 years in international development. He has served in both the private and public sectors and has traveled and worked in more than 80 countries. Gerald currently lives in Baton Rouge, La., and continues to do international consulting. 

Ken StallmanKen Stallman (BS), who served as president of the Greater Houston Heights (Texas) Chamber of Commerce for the past four years, has stepped down to begin a second retirement. Hepreviously ended a 36-year banking career, having spent the last 13 years with Comerica Bank. As the chamber president, Ken managed the turnaround of a nearly insolvent organization to one which had three consecutive years of profit, a significant increase in membership and programs as well as a cash-rich balance sheet. Ken was well-prepared for this job, having previously led the turnaround of two community banks. A native of Eagle River, Ken will spend the summer there building a retreat from the heat and humidity of Houston.

Jackie (Krug) Hill (BA-E) reports that after more than 30 years in San Diego, California, she and her husband, Craig, have moved their permanent residence to the Tucson, Arizona, area. They also have built a new summer home on family property on King Lake in Forest County. She says it's great to be back in Wisconsin!

William BurnsWilliam Burns (BA-E) retired in April 2014 as president and CEO of the Association for Play Therapy, a national mental health professional society. An Eau Claire native, he previously managed chambers of commerce in Las Vegas and other cities and also co-founded the national governing body for amateur boxing.

Ellen ParkerEllen (Gieseker) Parker (BSMT), is pleased to announce that her romantic suspense, "Starr Tree Farm," will be published by Crimson Romance, a division of F+W Media. The book is available from eBook retailers. Parker's debut novel is set among the valleys and hillsides of western Wisconsin, an area that commands a special place in her heart regardless of where she has lived.

Tom WitowskiTom Witowski (BS) recently moved from Colorado to Virginia. Although he's officially retired, he serves as a national wildland firefighter and a single engine air tanker base manager. Tom and his wife, Joanne Holland Underwood, have three married children and two grandchildren.