PULLMAN, Wash. — The husband-wife team of Richard J. “Dick” and Marlene Wickstrom Fallquist of Mercer Island, and Ann Lindh Edlund of Redmond, received the Alumni Achievement Award from Washington State University April 17 during a WSU Presidents Associates event at the Bellevue Art Museum.
The Fallquists were recognized “for superb service, dedication and generosity to their alma mater through their leadership roles in the Alumni Association and the WSU Foundation and for their loyal advocacy of WSU.”
Edlund was cited “for extraordinary loyalty and service, for effective leadership and for unselfish sharing of her creative talents.”
Both women are past WSU Alumni Association presidents: Marlene in 1993-94 and Edlund in 1996-97. Marlene is an associate broker of Coldwell Banker Bain Associates on Mercer Island and has received the company’s International President’s Elite sales award. She is a 1967 graduate in bacteriology.
Her husband is president and owner of Western Actuarial Services Inc. on Mercer Island and has been associated with the actuary/insurance industry for more than 25 years. An accounting software program Richard developed is used internationally. He is a 1967 business administration graduate and completed his MBA at WSU in 1969. In 1995, the couple established two endowed scholarships for WSU student-athletes. One scholarship is in the College of Business and Economics, the other is for students in the College of Sciences.
The Fallquists are longtime members of the Cougar Club and life members of the Alumni Association. Marlene served on the alumni board of directors for nine years before becoming president. She also has held leadership positions with the Junior League of Seattle, Mercer Island Youth and Services, and Mercer Island Parent Teacher Association.
Richard serves on the Business and Risk and Insurance advisory boards in WSU’s College of Business and Economics and is a past WSU Foundation trustee.
Edlund is Northwest area administrator for the Marine Spill Response Corp. in Everett. The company responds to major oil spills in U.S. waters. She is a 1967 WSU graduate in education. Marlene recruited her as a deputy director of the Alumni Association in King County in 1987.
At one time, the former elementary school teacher was preparing two school newsletters and a third for the PTA council that included 29 schools in the Lake Washington School District. In addition, Edlund was a volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation for seven years and volunteer chair for the Seattle Symphony family concert series.
She continues to sew colorful nylon banners, literally in the dozens, for various WSU groups, including the Cougar Club, Alumni Association, Student Alumni Connection, and alumni districts and constituent groups.