Mapmaker mystery

Of all the names that were mentioned in the [previous issue] article (those that I studied under in geology), I know Dr. Campbell would have had your answer. I was a graduate student in geology in the early ’70s and I knew Dr. Rosenberg (my advisor), Dr. Webster, and Dr. Campbell. These people were phenomenal teachers and mentors. But when important questions come up, like historical geology questions, Dr. Campbell was your man. He would have known. I remember his research, his retirement, and his death later. Another person who would have known was Al Butler in physics (also my advisor) because he was a native Spokane fellow. Unfortunately, he is not alive either. I agree with the notion that Dr. Campbell probably did not do the map work; but he would have known.

David Tucker ’67, ’69


I took a course in geography in 1956, a cartography course by a young Professor Schroeder. He could have been involved in making that map. I remember he was a very precise and academic professor who gave dull lectures. Our final exam, the only test in the class, required us to plot a road from Point A to Point B on a topographical map. We had never studied how to do that.

Roger Pederson ’56


We confess, we were the ones who made that poster of the Palouse. Our time, energy, and dedication is represented by that beautifully crafted map. Now our names are gone, forgotten, eroded, and subducted away like the ‘disbanded and reconstituted’ department that created us. Long live the memory of the WSU Department of Geology and the ghosts of Morrill Hall.

Lane Griffin ’72 Geology


Enjoyable read

I enjoy reading WSM, and I am especially pleased and impressed by the Winter ’14/’15 publication.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading most of the magazine, especially “Mapmaker Mystery,” “Finding the Artist,” and “Lost Writer from a Lost Time.”  Keep up the good work!

Donovan Gwinner
Associate Professor of English, Aurora University


A caring professor

Dear Family and Friends of Doctor Jane Harris Ericson:

I was saddened to read in the Washington State Magazine that Dr. Ericson had died in March this past spring. She was such a kind and caring professor. I will always remember her helping me, especially in my freshman year ’63-’64. She was very encouraging to all students—even ones like me who loved physical education and sports, but were far from a star athlete. She did encourage me to be in “Fish Fans” synchronized swim group—which I loved. I’m very glad I was a P.E. major. I am now teaching my last year as special education in remote Savoonga, Alaska.


Cosette Moore (Wassard-Baker) ’68


Road worthy

Thank you for the excellent article highlighting another successful service learning project (“Follow the red brick road,” WSM Fall ’14 issue).

The WSU Center for Civic Engagement fosters mutually beneficial collaborative relationships between students seeking relevant experience and community partners who are typically small nonprofits with restricted budgets. College Hill Association is a nonprofit neighborhood revitalization group fortunate to have benefited from service learning projects repeatedly and with outstanding results.

With regard to the brick road preservation project, I am happy to report that the roads are now on every applicable historic register (National, State, and Pullman Register of Historic Places), and we are currently searching for another WSU academic course or student professional group to assist in designing and building a heritage marker that will provide interpretive information about the brick roads. We welcome the involvement and support of all members of the Pullman and WSU community. College Hill Association can be contacted through our website, Facebook page, or through USPS mail at PO Box 164, Pullman, WA 99163.

Allison Munch-Rotolo, Chair
College Hill Association