Ad Astra – Dave English ’64

Dave English '64
Dave English ’64

David Todd English 1942 – 2015

David Todd English, M.D., 72, died at his home in Redondo Beach, WA on March 7, 2015.

Born in Seattle on June 4, 1942, David was the younger of Charles and Lillian English’s two children. He is preceded in death by both parents and sister Lee Biel of Mill Valley, CA.

David graduated from the University of Washington in 1968. He completed his Internship and Residency at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco in 1972 and went on to practice dermatology for nearly 40 years. David loved the Pacific Northwest and sailing on the Puget Sound. He was an avid skier at Crystal Mountain, a low handicap golfer, and a very talented photographer.

David is survived by his wife, Debby, and three sons: Todd English of Mill Valley, CA and his wife Nicky; Tucker English of Seattle and his wife Susana; and Darby English of Seattle; as well as his granddaughter, Ella English.

Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 26, 2015

Farewell from Clay Loges ’68

Jack Rhodes '60 and Clay Loges '68 with 2011 Brightman Award for Graduate Chapters 75+
Jack Rhodes ’60 and Clay Loges ’68 with 2011 Brightman Award for Graduate Chapters 75+

It’s been a great opportunity to give back as well as pay forward for our fraternity. But it’s been nearly 14 years since I stepped up and accepted this role.

It came at a good time for me. I’d just ended ten years of exhaustive travel building a telecom startup in the former Soviet Union from zero to 800+ employees. We built operations in Moscow, Russia; Minsk, Belarus; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. And, if that wasn’t enough, I’d been spread even further building and operating one of the leading radio stations in St. Petersburg, Russia. After ten years of this pace, I was ready for slowing down, staying closer to home, enjoying the family, and re-engaging with the fraternity.

For the past 14 years I’ve enjoyed this luxury of staying closer to home. Professionally I’ve focused on learning and mastering the wireless, digital, smartphone revolution. It is a sea change that is barely on most people’s radar, but it will change our lives dramatically and quickly. On the fraternity side, I used my newly freed-up time for the grad chapter, monthly luncheons, annual Pigs, and more – as time passed, I found it to be absorbing every minute I was willing to make available.

In my undergraduate years the fraternity was a life-influencing experience for me, and I am grateful to have had this opportunity to repay the gift.

What a time it’s been! For the luncheons in my early days, we were faxing the luncheon notices. For most luncheon attendees and the PIG our communications were primarily snail mail which consumed lots of time and money. Our transactions were cash and checks in-the-mail.

It almost seems like ancient history, because this was more than 160 luncheons ago, and more than 13 Pig Dinners. We embraced the new technologies to preserve and promote our traditions. Today we have a multi-function web site, a frequently updated blog, email notices going out to 1,300+ graduates monthly for luncheons, online payment processing, and an up-to-date contact list for 1,500+ graduates. Thanks to the efforts of many, we’ve won the Brightman Award for Graduate Chapters (75+) each of the past 15 years. And the undergrads continue to make us proud. We’re strong! And it’s time for me to pass the baton to those who follow.

Yodio is my mobile app publishing business. We’ve developed a core model for the tourism and hospitality sector that we believe can address a global market. We’ve been beta testing the VisitWA for tourism in the State of Washington, and next month we’re launching our international beta test in Lisbon, Portugal; therefore all indications are that we’re poised to break loose by end of the year. I’m busy raising a small round of investment, and it’s clear that I’ll be fully consumed with scaling to other markets….. and I’ll be back to an active travel schedule. Wish me luck, and I welcome your support as I enter this next stage. I’ll be attending the luncheons as my schedule permits.

Our fraternity is in good condition, and I thank all of you for the opportunity to lead, organize, and share-in the rich community of Seattle’s Phi Gamma Delta. Might Proud to be a Fiji!!!!!

You can reach me at:

A note of thanks to guys who enthusiastically gave me assists over the years: Rob Outcalt ’86, Pete Stiles ’63, Brett Franceschina ’08, Jim Bowers ‘87 @ Precision Press, Jack Day ’59 @ RoxyAnn Winery, Gary Craig ’61, Bob Trimble ’64, Brad Whiting ’80, Ron Crockett ’61, and many others – not the least of which is Jack Rhodes ‘60.

April 2015 Luncheon – Christopher Mendez, coach to UW Boxing Team

Coach Christopher Mendez speaking to Fiji Luncheon @ SYC
Coach Christopher Mendez speaking to Fiji Luncheon @ SYC

Coach Mendez is a West Point grad and former intelligence officer in the Army, who now lives locally and works in the pharmaceutical industry to support his volunteer role as boxing coach for UW’s club sport — Boxing.

Christopher has actively participated in amateur boxing since 1988, where he began his boxing career at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. While at the Academy, Christopher also played on the Varsity football team and earned a Sun Bowl ring in a game versus Alabama. In boxing, he won the Brigade Boxing Championship four consecutive years, placed first at the Eastern Regional Championships two years, and earned National Collegiate Champion Runner-up two years. His efforts earned recognition as two-time All-American through the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA).

Christopher has coached the Boxing Club at the University of Washington since April, 2010. In the short time as a volunteer coach at the University, Christopher has cultivated a developmental and competitive boxing club program that travels Regionally and Nationally with a competitive presence at the NCBA Nationals in the first year of the program.

Earlier this month the team traveled to Florida to compete in the nationals. In their fifth year of competition under Coach Mendez they took the National Championship in the Women’s Boxing, and the team placed 4th in Men’s Boxing. Despite being a Club Sport, they were 4th to Air Force’s 3rd, and Westpoint’s 2nd. The Championship was taken by a perennial boxing powerhouse and school-supported program at University of Nevada – Reno.

Mendez emphasizes Leadership and Academic Success with his boxers. Members must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and the Coach reported that the team average GPA for Winter Quarter was 3.4. The boxing team includes members from three fraternities.

The team operates on community support and private contributions. If you are a supporter of UW Boxing, you can contact Coach Mendez @

Thanks to Kelly Price ’91 for inviting Coach Mendez to speak.

Imants Holmquist '02, Christopher Mendez, Kelly Price '91
Imants Holmquist ’02, Christopher Mendez, Kelly Price ’91


Part of the Luncheon Crowd for Coach Mendez
Part of the Luncheon Crowd for Coach Mendez

Ad Astra – Steve Wells ’56

Paul "Steve" Wells (1934 - 2015)
Paul “Steve” Wells (1934 – 2015)

Steve is survived by his wife of 50 years, Darcy Gearhart Wells. Other survivors include Steve’s son Steven, his wife Gina and their three sons, Riley, Grady and Avery. Also surviving Steve is daughter Stacy Chapin, her husband Jim and their three children, Ethan, Maizie and Hunter. Additional survivors include Steve’s brother Ned Wells, many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul E Wells, his mother Anne Massar Wells and his brother, Robert Wells.

Steve graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1952. In 1956, he graduated from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and has been a Husky fan ever since! Following college, he spent 2.5 years in Germany serving in the Army Medical Service Corps. Upon his return, he came back to Mount Vernon where he ran the family drug store, Wells Drug.

In 1964, he married Darcy Gearhart. In 1970, he designed and patented a shipping concept for hauling product out of shallow ports. This was the beginning of his many travels to Asia and Europe. In 1978, Steve and his wife, Darcy started Tyee Trading Company and spent many years traveling to Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Tyee Trading eventually became Mobile Merchandisers Corporation which designs and manufactures display racks. Son Steven is now the president.

In 2010, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease which was eventually re-diagnosed as Lewy Body Disease. Steve’s wife, Darcy, cared for him until just a few short weeks ago when he was put into the wonderful care of Ashley Gardens in Mount Vernon.

Steve was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He loved watching his grandchildren and their many academic and athletic endeavors. He loved to travel. He also considered all of his employees at Mobile Merchandisers family. They were very important to him.

Steve’s service will be Tuesday, April 14 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 415 S. 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 11:00 am with a reception to follow at the church.

Please send memorials to: ‘Team Steve’ for Burlington Alzheimer’s Walk on September 19, 2015 (Go to, Hospice of the Northwest (227 Freeway Dr, Mount Vernon, WA 98273), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (415 S 18th St. Mount Vernon, WA 98274 or a charity of your choice .

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 12, 2015