Ad Astra – Wally Bostick ’52

Wally Bostick '52, Peter Apostolou '46, and Irish Coles '52 at a 2012 Fiji Luncheon
Wally Bostick ’52, Peter Apostolou ’46, and Irish Coles ’52 at a 2012 Fiji Luncheon

Reported by Irish Coles ’52

Wally Bostick ’52 —Ad Astra (To the stars) August 30th, 2015.

A very sad day.

An accomplished and extremely likable person, Wally won the city high school tennis championship as a senior @ West Seattle — earned 3 big W’s at the UW–and was number one tennis player in the
Northern Division 2 years running. Wally made it to the quarter finals 7 straight years for the city championship at the Seattle Tennis Club.

Wally started his insurance agency from scratch which became highly successful. In addition to a beautiful home on the East side, he wintered in LaQuinta in a home he owned on the local golf course.

He is survived by 2 lovely daughters.

A very loyal Fiji, Wally is a good one and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Irish Coles ’52

Hello Clay, thank you so much for your note about Wally. He was my father-in-law, as I was lucky enough to meet and marry his youngest daughter Kathy (Tri Delt @ UW). Wally was such a tremendous guy, everyone’s friend, and a true embodiment of the Husky Fiji persona!

His memorial service will be held Wednesday Sept 9th, 2PM at the Mercer Island Covenant Church.

Tom Browning
Class of ’83
Other Info on Wally is in below obituary published in Seattle Times:

Wallace M. Bostick 1928 – 2015
When Wallace M. Bostick, 87, passed away on August 30, 2015, he took with him the loving bonds of his family and a huge collection of schoolmates, sports competitors and business associates who were privileged to be his friend. You were his friend from the first handshake. “Put it in the ol’ bear trap” you would often hear him say.

Wally was born in Everett in 1928, but his parents, Ruth and Samuel Bostick raised him in West Seattle. As the third of four boys, he was raised in a competitive environment in which he flourished. Wally’s prime sports interests at West Seattle High School were basketball and tennis at which he excelled. His selection for the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team in 1943 was one of his proudest sports accomplishments.

After high school Wally attended Modesto Junior College and then transferred to the UW where he lettered in tennis for three years. He was a proud member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and graduated in 1952. The same year, he began his long, successful career in insurance. He owned Bostick-Monarch Insurance Agency until his retirement.

After winning the Washington State Tennis Championship in 1957, Wally went on a blind date with Gladys Cowan and they married the following year. They had two daughters, Jennifer and Kathryn.

In 1972, he married Betty Musson, with whom he lived on Mercer Island. He was a member of the Seattle Tennis Club and Overlake Country Club and enjoyed spending time in Palm Desert, CA. Following Betty’s death in 2010, Wally moved to Parkshore Retirement Community in Seattle, where he resided until his death.

He is survived by Jennifer Bergquist (Tom), Kathryn Browning (Tom), Michelle Bostick, 4 grandsons; Carter Bergquist, Ryan Browning, Jackson Lowder, Spencer Lowder; extended family and many friends.

Wally will be remembered for his eternal optimism, engaging sense of humor, generosity of heart and devotion to his family and friends.

We will forever miss you Dad.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Washington Foundation or a charity of your choice .

Ad Astra – Stan Burklund ’51

Received from Charles Magnuson, Class of ’52

Stan Burklund ’51

On behalf of Margaret “Maggie” Burklund, the Burklund family and friends in California, I undertake as best as I am able to narrate those rewards and accomplishments achieved by a mutually long term friend Stan Burklund who died on January 31, 2015. Stan died peaceably with family and friends at his side in Long Beach, California due to complications caused by untreatable tumors discovered in his lung and kidney. Stan lived with Maggie on the Island of Naples that is accessible only by traveling over a bridge unless of course you have a boat or the attributes of a strong swimmer.

Maggie and Stan met and were married when Stan was a USAF combat jet pilot stationed at Edwards Air Force base in Apple Valley where Maggie was a registered nurse after having received her BA degree from Stanford. Enchanted by their five children and their grandchildren as well as having the joy of caring for their two rescue dogs they lived an active life of travel, reading, and engaging in the close ties coming from loving neighbors. They cherished the opportunity for sharing their homes in Palm Desert and Park City, Utah with those who appreciated and felt blessed for being the beneficiaries of a warming sun and the stimulation created from winter snows. Under her guidance Maggie provided the assurance that during all the years as a military or recreational pilot Stan shared the recognition as being gifted with the “right stuff”. In the entirety of his flying career he was never confronted with a flat tire, a faulty engine or instrument, a structural scratch or even a smudge to his aircraft. Whether on a combat mission, on surveillance flights from his squadron base in Norway or in keeping himself qualified for any military assignment or responsibility he kept himself properly prepared. A trait he applied as well to his public interests, concerns and support.

He enjoyed telling of his adventures while flying military sorties in combat zones in being responsible for the safety of transport aircraft but in doing so at altitudes that kept him above the range of ground fire but low enough to escape radar detection. Flying was his professional passion and after retiring Stan owned private planes he put to use for flying to the Northwest for family and reunion visits with friends and school members of his grade school, high school and college years. He attended Daniel Bagley Elementary with notables as Bill Mayberry, Eddie Coleman, Don Lundberg, Geri Anderson, Barbara Butler, Bob Anderson; as Mike Michael, Carol Hutsell, Dolly Berg, Sammy White, George Casperson, US District Court Judge Carolyn Demmick, Jim and Tom MacGeorge, Jack Englert, the Peek brothers, Don, Bob and Doug, Dick Smith, John Warnick , Marie Jensen , Thelma Delong Myers Ralph Jones, Gordy Mills, Dick Cleveland and Don Fisher at Lincoln High School; as Roland Kirkby, Don Heinrich, Hugh McElheny, Warren Westlund, Don Mott, Donald Hume and professors Robert Church and Giovanni Costigan while formulating his standing as a “Dawg” at the UW and as those with whom he became acquainted at the University of Colorado.

At this point it seems in keeping with Stan’s many contacts with John Warnick that Stan would want recognition be given to John Warnick for his commendable and informative message in the Spring 2015 Totem II for the benefit of all Lincoln alumni about the scheduled reopening of Lincoln as a 9-12 high school. In doing so John provides a goal for all alumni to consider in bringing together what the old believes to be meritorious with what the new may well regard as a heritage to be given much credit. Stan would certainly endorse an idea about having Totem II publication copies for their study and as a means to measure the unique quality of a high school experience we all encountered attending class, using stairs, loading lockers, congregating for study hall, cafeteria snacks, assemblies, gym, Woodland and Green Lake events, clubs, band, mixer and an after school participation potential for each and every student and most of all a sense that all are important, clicks are out and that every individual should learn how to play chess at whatever level their interest can be induced. Be certain to take a foreign language class. An appreciation and of a commitment to the concept as engraved in stone above a UCLA performing arts center stage endorsing a motto that education is learning to use the tools with which the race deems indispensable. Stan is certainly a telling example of what can be achieved from a public school education and he most certainly held the view that John Warnick fits within the mold of excellence.

The Winter 2015 Lincoln Lynx High School Alumni Association publication “The Totem II” (www.lincolnhighlynx.org) outlines his participation and membership with the Sigma Iota Epsilon, a Scholarship Business Honorary association, the Purple Shield scholastic honorary, the Order of Daedalians, a fraternal order of military pilots, a Phi Gamma Delta fraternity member, as well as being on the Board of Directors of the Space Missile Pioneers arising from his being assigned as the Commanding USAF officer at Cape Canaveral shouldering the abort mission responsibility. For years Stan has supported the Southern Poverty Center and constantly expressed is concerns about how the less fortunate require public support and understanding. His expressions of humanitarian interests for such continuing understanding and support were without bounds. He firmly believed in and acted upon the position ordained in the preamble to the United States Constitution that the people of the Untied States provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare. Protection from the air and on the ground was a mission he adopted in mind, spirit and physical abilities. He attributed many of his God given strengths, abilities and cognitive acumen to his Swedish heritage. Many rules he cherished came from teaching by his parents who had made their way into the United States from Sweden. Stan would often recite in Swedish what he had learned from his parents and believed by him to be words of wisdom for the ages.

Stan’s flying credentials included his ability to undertake 130 combat missions in Southeast Asia in F-105’s and F-86’s, being a check pilot for the F-86, the F-100, the F-104, the F-105 and in being the pilot for the first Ocean crossing for a F-104. His illustrious career made it possible for Stan to be awarded three Legions of Merit, seven Air Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals before his retirement as a full bird Colonel from the United States Air Force in April, 1981. From 1975 to 1979 he had been the Vice Commander of Edwards Air Force Base, the California Flight Test Air Center where he had the shared responsibility for testing and evaluating F-15, F-16, A10, F-SE, B-1, KC-14, YC-14, YCC-15 aircraft and air launch cruise missile capabilities and for base operations. In carrying out operational responsibilities he had the experience of being at the testing base during the contemporary assignment of Chuck Yeager.

From 1979 until 1981 Stan was assigned as being the Cape Canaveral Commander of the Eastern Space and Missile Center at Patrick AFB in Florida. At Cape Canaveral he was given the responsibility for preparing and launching of USAAF missiles. He operational control included the command of nearly 11,000 personnel and managing a 225 million dollar budget. One warm and humid afternoon he received a pentagon inquiry about the potential for a space ship launch flight malfunction. His response about having an abort button brought about a command to submit a flight plan for being in Washington, D.C. and at the Pentagon the following day. His briefing demonstrated how, in the event of a course correction need, Stan had command over whether a flight ending missile launch should be ordered. On balance the stress of having to make a decision of this sort must very well have exceeded the combination of all stressful moments created during combat missions.
Stan the scholar, the tutor, the hero, the friend, the strength for a family, the model for handling stress, the model for handling the human condition. In being a humanitarian in his attitude and expressed disposition Stan provides a model available to each of us about how to enjoy a productive and fulfilling life. His dedication to his heritage, to his family and friends, to his profession, to his private and public opportunities and to his country is a wonder to behold.

Comment submitted by Ken on 11/27/2015

I knew Stan while I was stationed
at McClellan AFB in the mid sixties.
Major Burklund was a true gentleman
as well as a great pilot. I still have on
my office wall a “Royal Order of Star-
Riders” (F-104) certificate dated Oct. 6,
1967 signed by Major Burklund. Major
Burklund as a person and a pilot helped
make my time in the USAF the best years
of my life. I just wished I could have
told him myself before his passing. He
will always be in my thoughts.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Weitzman DDS

August 2015 Luncheon – Head Football Coach Chris Petersen

UW Head Football Coach Chris Petersen
UW Head Football Coach Chris Petersen

 

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Thank you to Ron Crockett ’61 for arranging this program for all of us to enjoy. Since the team was in the middle of 2-a-day practices, the coach asked to begin speaking after 1 p.m. We enjoyed his introductory comments, and then he opened the floor for questions. He did a great job of being personable and forthright with his answers.

We’re fortunate to have the Coach as a speaker, and we’re especially fortunate that he feels so comfortable with our group. He was much more at ease this year, and he clearly felt it to be a safe crowd to share thoughts and comments.

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Ad Astra – Ann Rhodes – wife of Jack Rhodes ’60

Our fraternity continues to enjoy strong support among the many graduates. We especially sustain our strength through the efforts of the many volunteers who contribute time, money, and support. And many of those vollunteers are the unsung wives and partners of our fellow graduates.

We’ve lost one of those unsung wives/sweethearts of our fraternity who enthusiastically helped our graduate chapter from behind the scenes. She’s been a friend, a Fiji enthusiast, and an ever willing volunteer over the decades. We’ll miss Ann Rhodes — a Kappa, a friend of Phi Gamma Delta, and the sweetheart of our own Jack Rhodes ’60.

The following notice appears in the August 23rd Seattle Times

Ann B. RHODES

Ann Rhodes

Ann passed away in the comfort of her home on August 5, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Jack. She graduated from Everett High School class of 1957 and University of Washington in 1961 with a Bachelor’s degree in business from the Foster School of Business. Her academic success was recognized early by the University of Washington Honors Committee for excellence in scholarship in her sophomore year. Ann also was elected a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Throughout her college days and beyond, Ann was a loyal and contributing member of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. While living in southern California she was awarded the Kappa Province Loyalty Award. Later the Kappa Province established the “Outstanding Service to a House Board Award” and named this recognition the Ann Loken Rhodes Award in her honor. In her soft, dedicated manner Ann has quietly enhanced the lives and careers of young women for more than 50 years.

She and Jack were a dedicated team in life and in business. They lived and worked in Washington, Virginia, New York/Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and California. In 1981, the couple founded Rhodes and Company, a sales and marketing firm. After a successful eighteen years they sold the firm to employees and returned to their native Seattle area.

Words that have been used by friends to describe Ann are: kind, sweet, smart, loyal, determined, fighter, dedicated, honest, angelic, classy and many more.

More than anything else, Ann believed that a positive contribution was much more important than any recognition. That is how she lived her life, and that is how her legacy will live on in the lives she touched and enhanced.
A celebration of Ann’s life will be held on September 10, 2015 at the Husky Union Building (HUB) on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington from 2:30pm to 5:00pm. Directions to the HUB can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/thehub/home/directions. Visitor parking is available at the Central Plaza Parking Garage found at the intersection of 15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street.

In Ann’s memory, donations may be made to two educational institutions she both served and benefitted from throughout her life: Kappa Kappa Gamma and the University of Washington. Kappa support may be directed to Kappa Kappa Gamma (Rose McGill Fund), PO Box 38, Columbus, Ohio 43216. To add to the ANN RHODES ENDOWED FUND FOR EXCELLENCE IN SALES at the UW, visit the Foster School of Business (foster.uw.edu) Giving Page or send checks payable to the UW Foundation to Foster School Advancement, Mackenzie Hall Box 353200, Seattle, WA 98195-3200.