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James Edward Knudson ’75 passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2011. Jim had waged a valiant six-month battle against pancreatic cancer. Jim was born in Tacoma, Wash. on May 1, 1953, to Irene R. and Edward W. Knudson. He attended Holy Rosary Parish grade school and graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School in 1971. He attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1975, and immediately entered Jesuit Volunteer Corps, serving in Fairbanks, Ark., 1975-1976. While in Fairbanks Jim met the love of his life, fellow Jesuit Volunteer Donna Kling, and they married in 1978. Jim joined the faculty of Bellarmine in 1978 teaching both Spanish and French. In 1989, he earned a master’s degree in counseling at Seattle University, and continued until his death as a member of the counseling staff at Bellarmine. Jim loved the theater, and during his tenure at Bellarmine oversaw technical production for the award-winning drama department. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, biking, kayaking, and cross-ountry skiing with friends and family. A highlight of his hiking career was his nine-day completion of the Wonderland Trail – a 93-mile circuit of Mt. Rainier. Jim had an abiding interest in Northwest Native American art, and executed several challenging paintings and carvings in faithful respect of this tradition. Jim and Donna have remained active members of St. Leo Church in Tacoma. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Irene and Edward Knudson and sister Gail Avakian. He is survived by his wife Donna Kling Knudson, son Joel Knudson (Tanicia Perry) of San Jose, daughter Katia Knudson of Seattle, grandchildren Max and Samantha Perry Knudson, brother Gary Knudson (Martha Scoville) of Tacoma, and brother-in-law Mark Avakian of Rose Lake, Idaho.