Ad Astra – Vaughan Mason Jr. ’66

Vaughan Mason ’66

Vaughan Mason

C Vaughan Mason Jr. March 27, 1943 – March 12, 2012

“His warmth and humanity will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Vaughan was born in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 1943. His family moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1953. He graduated from Bellevue High School in the class of 1961, went on to attend Claremont College in California and, as a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, graduated from the University of Washington in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Following college, Vaughan served 16 months in Vietnam as a Second Lieutenant in Army Intelligence as advisor to a South Vietnamese Major General. After returning from Vietnam he traveled through South America, Europe and behind the Iron Curtain for a year with an army buddy. Landing finally in New York City, he borrowed a suit and shoes from another army friend so he could interview at several different department stores, looking for the training he wanted in order to eventually join the family business, Casual Aire, in Bellevue, Washington. He selected Lord & Taylor, where he met his future wife, Lyn Hogen, whom he married a year later in June of 1971.

Vaughan and Lyn were married for almost 41 years. They spent a year, after their marriage, living in Munich, Germany, working at the Bogner clothing factory and traveling before settling down in the Northwest. They made their home in the Bellevue area and raised 3 children while he spent several years working with his father, Clyde Mason, at the Casual Aire women’s fine clothing store.

Among many charitable gifts to his community, Vaughan actively supported the Bellevue School District and Bellevue Rotary. In addition Vaughan was one of the founding members of the Casey Hawkes Memorial Award presented annually to a graduating senior at BHS who most resembles the fine character of an outstanding classmate who died in 1962. With his leadership, this 50 year old coveted award has recently become a National Foundation through Dollars for Scholars. For many years Vaughan was also active in the finance department of his church, Unity of Bellevue, and, along with Lyn, was a beloved member of a meditation group for 21 years. He was a long standing member of the board and past president of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.

In 1983 Vaughan became club manager of the new Bellevue Athletic Club. He successfully managed the club for 4 years and went on to manage the Seattle Harbor Club and the Seattle Yacht Club. Thereafter Vaughan sought a different line of work and, for the past 14 years, he was the Northwest regional distributor for WorkSafe Technologies out of California, as master distributor for six states. This company manufactures the leading seismic mitigation equipment that withstands the most powerful earthquakes, keeping businesses running and workers safe. Vaughan was passionate about this meaningful work.

Vaughan and Lyn traveled abroad extensively and especially enjoyed visiting their home away from home on Lake Chelan where the couple hosted family reunions and their condo on Kauai. His favorite pastimes included snow skiing, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, waterskiing and, most importantly, playing with his eleven grandchildren. Vaughan’s love for Lyn and family inspired his every day, and his positive attitude, great patience, faith and generosity were at the core of his character and everything he did.

Vaughan’s spirit remains with us, teaching all who knew him to love and appreciate the joys of giving and receiving and the meaning of unconditional love.

Vaughan is survived by his wife, Lyn, his daughters Kristi (Jason) Knifong, Kim (Kris) Ritton, his son Ryan and Ryan’s fiancée Monica Rutt, his sisters Dianne Copper and Deb Thorlakson and his parents Ruth and Clyde. He was preceded in death by his grandson Mason Ritton and his brother Jim.

Remembrances may be made to the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club. A celebration of Vaughan’s life is being planned for Saturday May 19th at 1pm. It will take place at Seattle Unity Church, 200 Eighth Ave. N. Seattle WA, 98109.

Ad Astra – Barry Bullard ’62

Barry Bullard ’62
Former Husky Footballer died at 73

Bullard, of Port Ludlow, played on two of coach Jim Owens’ Washington Husky Rose Bowl teams.
By Seattle Times staff

Barry Bullard, a starting tackle on the 1960 Washington Huskies Rose Bowl team, died Monday (March 26th) at age 73. Bullard, of Port Ludlow, died from complications following surgery in late January.
Bullard was a three-year letterman for the Huskies from 1958 through 1960. He was a starter on the 1959 team that beat Wisconsin 44-8 in the 1960 Rose Bowl. The next season, he was injured in the third game, against Navy, but came back to play in a few games, including the 1961 Rose Bowl, a 17-7 victory over Minnesota.
Barry Bullard was student-body president and played football, basketball and track and field at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Ore. He was part of coach Jim Owens’ first recruiting class at Washington. His brother Tim also played on Owens’ Rose Bowl teams.
As a senior, Barry Bullard was one of eight players in the nation to receive a National Football Foundation scholar-athlete award. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in civil engineering.
Bullard served 16 years in the Air Force before being forced into a medical retirement. He was a Viet Nam War veteran, awarded a bronze star. After retiring from the Air Force, Bullard tutored middle-school students in the Seattle and Chimacum school districts.

March ’12 Luncheon – James Wagoner ’07 – Idaho

James Wagoner ’07 – Idaho

James Wagoner ’07 – Idaho James put on his entrepreneur hat and reminded us that our gas driven cars have a battery. When our car battery runs low, we have two choices – charge it up or replace it. While working with electric vehicles, James and his team made the same observation . When an electric car’s batteries run low, you can spend 6-8 hours re-charging the batteries. Or you could remove the dead batteries and replace them with fully charged batteries. If you are on the road in your electric car, the idea of a short stop to get fully charged batteries in minutes is time efficient.
James explained how the new battery technologies now make it possible to remove and replace the batteries in a car in about the time it would take to fill a tank of gas. As a result the cars would no longer be out-of-service while being re-charged for hours. It was an interesting concept that got the luncheon group active with questions and more questions. James provided us with one of the more thought-provoking luncheons in some time.
If you have questions, you can reach James at
And a tip of the hat to James’ fellow Idaho grads at the luncheon: Craig Schoenberg ’07 and Tony Johnson ‘05

Ad Astra – Alan Schmitz ’57

Alan F. Schmitz      1934 – 2012

Schmitz, Alan 57

Alan Schmitz was the grandson of West Seattle pioneers Ferdinand and Emma Schmitz, and the son of Dietrich and Peggy Schmitz. Alan was born on 11-25-1934 at Swedish Hospital, and he died in West Seattle on March 9, 2012, of a bone marrow disorder. Alan was a life long West Seattle resident.

Alan attended Alki Elementary, Madison Junior High, and West Seattle High School class of 1953. Alan graduated from the Univ. of Washington in 1957 and belonged to Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Alan achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Alki Troop 283; he later became a Scoutmaster with Troop 281. Alan skippered his family’s sailboat, the schooner SUVA, for many years.

Alan’s career began in banking, investments and small businesses; in his later years, he became an aerobics and fitness instructor for senior citizens at community centers. Alan was very involved with the West Seattle Rotary for over 30 years, and had been a member of the Seattle Yacht Club and the Rainier Club.

Alan is survived by his daughter, Julie Schmitz and her fiancé Dr. Grant Broker, of Houston, Texas; his son Dietrich Schmitz and wife Mary Howland Schmitz, grandchildren Ilse Schmitz and Gunnar Schmitz of West Seattle; his sister Gloria S. Brinton Davis of West Seattle, many nieces/nephews/cousins, and his former wife Vicki Schmitz Block.

The family is extremely grateful to all of his physicians, nurses and caregivers at the Providence Mt. St. Vincent Center, and to Dr. William Hammond and staff at the Minor & James Medical Clinic.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 4 pm, at the Alki UCC Church, 6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle WA 98116.

Don Peterson ’57: Alan and I Attended Grade School, High School and College together. He was a good guy and will be missed.

Roger Hulbush ’56: Alan’s father, Deitrich Schmitz was a Sigma Tau Fiji. Alan’s uncle, Dr. Henry Schmitz, was also a Sigma Tau Fiji and was a former President of the University of Washington (estimated late 1940’s – to perhaps early 50’s??)

The John Radovich Tenth Annual “Fijis in the Desert” Luncheon 2012

“Fijis in the Desert” Luncheon 2012

Tenth Annual John Radovich Fiji Desert Luncheon  2012
Tenth Annual John Radovich Fiji Desert Luncheon 2012

10th Annual Fijis in the Desert Luncheon
March 8th, 2012

In 2002, this Desert luncheon was founded and organized by Sigma Tau Fiji, John Radovich ’55. After nine successful years, the luncheon was in jeopardy, because John passed away early in the year. There we were– the luncheon was on many people’s calendars but much work remained to be done. Fortunately a member of the class of ’54 stepped forward. Our thanks to Bill Revere ’54 for volunteering to complete the organization of the TENTH “Fiji in the Desert” event.

The luncheon was held March 8 at the IW Club in Indian Wells, CA. 40+ Fijis from various chapters gathered in the Desert to enjoy themselves and share stories of the “old days”. Once again our thanks to Bill for stepping forward to make the luncheon happen. You can reach Bill @: 206- 545-1850 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 206- 545-1850 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or