Ad Astra – Dick Sampson ’46

Richard Irving SAMPSON, Jr.   Class of 1946

Sampson, Dick

Richard Irving Sampson, Jr. passed away in Seattle on February 25, 2012, after a brief illness.

He was born on August 29, 1924, and was a Seattle resident his entire life, spending many summers at the family’s summer home in Suquamish, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. He is survived by a niece and two nephews, Nancy N. Gustafson, George R. Nethercutt, Jr. and John I. Nethercutt, and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. Richard Sampson graduated from Roosevelt High School, served as student body president and for years organized annual class reunions of his beloved “Teddies.”

After graduating from the University of Washington, he proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned from the War to continue his education at the UW Law School, and was a loyal member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity his entire life, while enthusiastically cheering for the Huskies, the Seattle Supersonics and Seattle Mariners under all circumstances. Richard Sampson practiced law in Seattle for over fifty years, initially with Jones & Gray and later as a sole practitioner. He was beloved by his clients who appreciated the integrity and honesty with which he represented them. Richard Sampson was a devoted son, brother and uncle, a loyal friend and a person of great kindness.

He was proud of his affiliation with the Seattle Congregational Church and his devotion to God. His sense of humor was legend, always quick with a quip, a story or a joke, and always in the best of taste. He had a flair for the dramatic and an appreciation for music and stage performances. He was deeply proud of his Scottish heritage, often playing the bagpipes to popular acclaim, and of his Republican affiliation, based on his abiding love of country. He was beloved by his family and respected by all who knew him. Services will be held Saturday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Seattle Congregational Church, 15518 27th NE, Shoreline. Remembrances may be made to the church.

Published in The Seattle Times on February 29, 2012

2012 Rush Chairmen – Hank Thayer ’14 and Alex Fraser ’14

The 2012 Rush has begun. At the recent February luncheon, the co-chairs of Rush – Alex and Hank – introduced themselves and their plans for a successful Rush. As with the recent past, the goal is 12 signees at the end of the process.

Currently they have 30 recommendations, and they are seeking more. In 2011 the rush process had 100+ recommendations, and they successfully signed their targeted class of 30. Our graduate volunteer serving the vital role of rush adviser is John Bratrud ’95.

Here is the contact information for the co-chairs of rush.

Hank Thayer ’14

Alex Fraser ’14

Rush Advisor:

John Bratrud ’95

Ad Astra – Don Moreland ’59

Don Moreland '59
Don Moreland ’59


Donald Robert Moreland passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 19, 2012 at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. He was born November 16, 1936 in Monterey Park, CA to Frank and Ruth Moreland. His family moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1942.

Don attended the University of Washington where he met the love of his life, Patricia Krause. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity where he developed friendships that lasted his lifetime. He graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration. He married Pat on May 7, 1960 and they moved to Germany for three years where Don was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. After his service, they moved to California where he and his family have been residents of San Marino for 38 years.

Don began a successful career in the lumber industry with Weyerhauser Lumber Company. He became a partner at Lane Stanton Vance Lumber Company, a wholesale hardwood lumber business. In 2000, the company was sold and Don enjoyed retirement by traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Don was devoted to his family. He was enthusiastic about all his sons’ athletic endeavors. He helped coach Little League Baseball and was President of the San Marino High School Booster Club. Don loved the beach and going to the Jonathan Club. He was a jazz connoisseur. He enjoyed golfing and his association with Annandale Golf Club and Eldorado Country Club. He played tennis at Live Oaks Tennis Club in South Pasadena.

Don will be missed by his family and friends for his sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor.

Don is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Pat; two sons and their spouses, D.R and Kate, Tom and Kelly; and his adored grandchildren Katelyn, Tommy and Lizzie. He also leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law, Joel and Rola Krause, and their three children, Joel, Paul and Amy Ritchy and Family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the General University of Washington Scholarship Fund. Please make reference to Don. University of Washington Box 351266 Seattle, WA 98185 or You may also give to the charity of your choice.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, 510 N. El Molino Street (Alhambra Road) in Alhambra, CA.

Class of  '59 in Oct. 2010 - John Werner, Larry Mounger, Kelley Moldstad, and Don Moreland.
Class of ’59 in Oct. 2010 – John Werner, Larry Mounger, Kelley Moldstad, and Don Moreland.

In October 2010 Lucy’s UW class of 1960 had its 50th reunion party in Seattle and four of us Fiji ‘59ers were eligible to be there, with our spouses. A few pix were taken, this one of the four of us is the best of the lot I have, of me, Mounger, Moldstad, and Moreland. Lots of nice memories from that evening. fyi.
Godspeed. John Werner ’59

February ’12 Luncheon – Jerry Thornton ’55

Fiji Luncheon – Husky Hall of Fame
Mystery Guest 2/14/2012

Jerry Thornton '55 shares the glory days of his sports career.
Jerry Thornton ’55 shares the glory days of his sports career.

What member of the Husky Hall of Fame played football with (or against) the following College All Americans and/or NFL players?

> Bronko Nagurski (End & FullBack)- All American at the U of Minnesota… Chicago Bears & NFL All-Time All Star

> Don Heinrich (QB)- Husky All American & NFL NY Giants

> Ollie Matson (RB)- U of San Francisco All-American… LA Rams & NFL Hall of Fame. Chicago > Cardinals traded him to LA for 11 players!

> YA Tittle (QB)- NY Giants & SF 49’ers NFL Hall of Fame

> Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch (E)- U of Wisconsin All-American… LA Rams & NFL Hall of Fame

> Matt Hazeltine (C)- University of California All American… SF 49’ers

> Doak Walker (RB/K)- Southern Methodist, 3 time All American… Detroit Lions, NFL Hall of Fame [Greg Lewis, UW (RB), was the first recipient of the Doak Walker Award recognizing the Best Collegiate Running Back!]

> Hugh McElhenny (RB)- UDub All American… SF 49’er & NY Giant, NFL Hall of Fame

> Carroll Hardy (RB)- U of Colorado All-American…SF 49’ers. MLB player w/ Cleveland Indians & Boston Red Sox. Only player to pinch hit for Ted Williams!

> Bill McColl (E)- Stanford All American… Chicago Bears & NFL Hall of Fame

> Leo Nomellini (T)- U of Minnesota All-American…SF 49’ers & NFL Hall of Fame

> Ran back a kickoff for TD against the Ramblers in 1952

> Hint- individual was not inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame for his football exploits.

Gary Craig '61, Jim Hilton '56, Bill Revere '54, Dan Alexander '53, Don McKay '51, James Wagoner '07 (Idaho), and Charlie Mencke '05 (Idaho)
Gary Craig ’61, Jim Hilton ’56, Bill Revere ’54, Dan Alexander ’53, Don McKay ’51, James Wagoner ’07 (Idaho), and Charlie Mencke ’05 (Idaho)

A product of West Seattle, Jerry joined the fraternity in the Fall of ’51. He was a walk-on who played frosh football and baseball. In the fall of his sophomore year he was the back-up fullback behind “Nugget” – Jack Nugent ’53. Just before the opening game of the season, Jerry was called to active duty with the Navy, and he reported to his VF 894 Squadron at the Naval Air Station at Sand Point. The Spring of ’56 found Jerry back to the fraternity where he joined his younger brother, Tim ’59. Jerry Thornton ’55 graduated in 1959 after being a member of the 1959 Husky Hall of Fame baseball team. His wife, Darlene, was an Alpha Gam class of ’59. They had 5 sons, and today they have 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Jerry spent 13 years with the Highline School District followed by 19 years as the Director of the Washington Center for Community Education — Wash. State Dept. of Education. He then added another 14 years as the Director of Continuing Education for City University.

In his free time, Jerry dedicated 35 years as an official for high school and semi-pro football games.

In addition to his studies at UW, Jerry also earned a graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan. Today he is the president of the West Seattle High School 50 Year Monogram Club.

Four undergraduates on student mission trip to Dominican Republic – Spring Break

Dear Graduate Sigma Tau Fiji,

During spring break (March 18-27) four Sigma Tau Fiji members will be going with a team of 50 other students to the Dominican Republic where we will be serving alongside an organization called Children of the Nations. We will likely be working with kids in the local Bateys (poor villages), doing construction projects and playing baseball with the locals. Many of the people we will be serving are second and third generation Haitian refugees.

Such a tremendous opportunity requires a great amount of fundraising. In terms of finances, we are each asked to raise $1600 ($6400 between the four of us) for the trip. This money goes towards our flight, ground transportation, food, and other expenses. We would really appreciate any assistance you can give. Any contributions we receive above our individual costs will be applied to the team expenses as a whole.

If you would like to contribute to our efforts and help send us to the Dominican Republic this spring, you can do so in two ways. Checks can be sent to:

University Presbyterian Church
4540 Fifteenth Avenue N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105.

Please make checks payable to UPC with the memo filled out to “Fiji Boys DR Trip.”

If you prefer to donate by credit card or e-check online you may go to (click on ‘give online to a student’s mission trip’). All donations will be tax deductible (receipts from UPC will only be issued for gifts over $50.00). Thank you for your time. We greatly appreciate any contribution to our cause and look forward to serving those less fortunate than us.


Wil Carletti, ‘14
Taylor Dunlap, ‘14
Corbin Mirick, ‘15
Kevin Smith, ‘15