Montana Plane Crash Affects WWU

Two WWU alumni killed in accident

By: Becky St. Clair

Michael and Vanessa Pullen and their children, Sydney and Christopher, were all killed in the crash on Sunday.

Walla Walla University is deeply saddened to confirm that two of the victims in Sunday's single-engine plane crash near Butte, Montana, were members of our alumni family.
 
Mike Pullen and Vanessa (Feldkamp) Pullen, both graduates of WWU's Class of 1993, were aboard the plane with their two children, Sydney, 10, and Christopher, 7.
 
Michael Pullen attended Walla Walla University starting in fall of 1991. He graduated in 1993 with a bachelor of science in engineering degree. He went on to attend Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and was a dentist at DuHamel & Pullen Family Dental in Valley Springs, Calif.
 
Vanessa Feldkamp Pullen attended Walla Walla University starting in fall of 1991. She also graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German. She went on to attend Loma Linda University School of Medicine and was a pediatrician in Elk Grove, California.
 
The Pullen family was among 14 people who died in the crash, including seven children.
 
"To lose two of our accomplished alumni and their children in the company of so many of their family members is a staggering loss,” says John McVay, Walla Walla University president. "Many on our campus today still remember Mike and Vanessa from their time on our campus, and we will continue to keep their loved ones, friends, and colleagues in our prayers."

Among those mourning is CJ Jacobson, junior chemistry major at Walla Walla University, and current student missionary in Peru, whose cousins died in the crash.  

The other deceased adults are:

Brent Ching
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (’93)     

Kristen Mautz Ching
Pacific Union College (att. ‘97)
Loma Linda University Nursing

Dr. Erin Jacobson
Loma Linda University School of Medicine (’96)
 
Amy Feldkamp Jacobson
Pacific Union College (att. 1993-1995)
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene


To hear Louis Pullen, father of Michael Pullen, interviewed on the Today Show about the crash, click the link below.

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