Luncheon speaker, Craig Undem ’85 at May 2011

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Craig Undem ’85 is a local professional cyclist. In 2004 he founded Cycle University to develop the best coaching and teaching methods for cycling. Through CycleU, Craig has created a large curriculum of proprietary classes and teaching methods for everything from how-to-ride for the first time to preparing for the Tour de France.

At the luncheon Craig talked about his lifelong passion for cycling and endurance sports. Since beginning with a collegiate race in 1983 and eventually racing in the World Championships of Cyclocross, winning a World Cup medal in Mountain Bike Racing, placing 2nd in the US in Elite Criterium Championships, racing Track and Triathlon, he has earned the equivalent of a Doctorate in Cycling on the bike.

Off the bike Craig has been a professional cycling coach since 1996. He is currently the Director of all Junior racing in the state of Washington, CEO and founder of Cycle University, former board member of the Marymoor Velodrome and Cyclocross Association and sought after speaker, coach and fitness expert. He is a coach with USACycling and a graduate of the Carmichael Coaching College. Craig coached for Lance Armstrong’s coach for 3 years and assisted him at the Tour de France in 2002 and 2003. Craig also was the Head Coach for the Bristol Myers Tour of Hope in 2003 with Lance Armstrong.

Craig began coaching at REI where he worked for ten years and taught regular clinics on bike maintenance, riding skills, and racing beginning in 1987. He started the Washington cycling program for the Leukemia Society helping raise over $500,000. He served on the Marymoor Velodrome board of directors for 2 years and has been instrumental in developing cyclocross in the Seattle area. He has worked with State, National and Olympic Champions including the Redline Cyclocross team, Adam Craig, the Jacques-Mayne brothers and the University of Washington Huskies 1999 until present.

Craig’s team has coached the HUSKY Cycling Club team for the last 8 years. In addition he operates two CycleU locations in Sandpoint and West Seattle You can reach Craig at: You can learn more about CycleU at its website:

Sigma Tau’s 5 oldest graduate brothers

The Most Senior 5 Graduates of Sigma Tau

Age    Name

94       Crick – James K. Crick Jr. ‘39 Spokane Valley, WA
94       McGoldrick – James P. McGoldrick II ‘39 Spokane, WA
93       Hage – Robert E. Hage ‘39 Colorado Springs, CO
92       Philip – Robert F. Philip ’40 Seattle, WA
92       Armstead – Robert C. Armstead USMC(Ret.)’41 Sun City West, AZ

Of these gentlemen, one has email. You can reach Bob Armstead ’41 at this email address to wish him good health and a longer life.

Ad Astra – Bob Lamson ’37

Robert T. “Bob” Lamson
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12468121Robert T. (Bob) LAMSON Oct. 30, 1914 ~ April 20, 2011 Noted aviation pioneer and sailor, Robert Lamson peacefully passed away at his home on April 20, 2011. Bob was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington on October 30, 1914 to Dr. Otis Floyd Lamson and Mrs. Armene Tashjian Lamson. He attended Madrona Elementary School, Garfield High School and graduated from the University of Washington in 1937 with a degree in chemistry. He continued his studies at the Boeing School of Aeronautics where he received a scholarship. With World War II imminent Bob received his Army Air Corps wings in 1940 at Randolf Field, Texas and spent two years as a fighter pilot instructor. He subsequently spent the next 10 years with Boeing Airplane Company and performed the first experimental test flights on nine different aircraft types. From 1952 until his passing Bob established himself in his second career as a commercial aviation consultant of great breadth. Many of his investigations were conducted for northwest corporations and institutions such as Alaska Airlines, Boeing Field/King County Airport, Airborne Air Freight, Wien Airlines and Weyerhaeuser. Lamson’s third career, as an early and continuing expert in composite material technology for aircraft, began in 1965 when he built the Lamson L-106 Alcor, the world’s first high altitude pressurized sailplane. The Alcor now hangs in the Seattle Museum of Flight Great Gallery. For the last ten years of his life, Bob continued to apply his composite materials expertise to consulting work with Aviation Partners, Inc, also in Seattle. Bob was one of Seattle’s pioneering competitive sailors, and built his first sailboat at the age of 11. He was one of the founders of Seattle’s Corinthian Yacht Club, and was also among Seattle’s first ski racers as captain of the University of Washington’s 1936 Ski Team. More important than anything in his life was Bob’s devotion to his family. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, June Lowery Lamson, sister Armene Lamson Milliken, sons Robert D. Lamson and Stephen L. Lamson, daughters Wendy E. Lamson, Catherine J. Lamson, and Barbara Lamson Schmidt. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He is pre- deceased by his mother and father, brother Otis Lamson and a grandson Sean Omri. In lieu of flowers Bob’s family requests donations to the Museum of Flight, or your favorite charity. A celebration of his life will be held at the Seattle Museum of Flight at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 in the Skyline Room.

Published in The Seattle Times from April 27 to May 1, 2011