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Class Notes
Winter 2015

Class notes


Bruce Werner (’64 MS P.E., ’74 EDD Educ. Admin.) was inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame. He taught physical education and served as the men’s tennis coach and assistant football coach for 13 years at Chabot College. He then worked at Cosumnes River College as dean of athletics. In 1979 he moved to American River College, where he remained for 22 years. He served as vice president of instruction at Folsom Lake College from 2001 until his retirement in 2004. He also held numerous leadership roles in California community college athletics.


Thomas Meyer (’73 MS Zoo., ’78 DVM) … » More …

In Memoriam
Winter 2015

In memoriam


Paul A. Klavano (’41 Chem., ’44 DVM), 95, June 10, 2015, Pullman.

Richard D. Bartram (’43 Hort.), 94, February 19, 2015, Wenatchee.

Maryhelen Stephens (’43 Pharm.), 93, August 20, 2015, Portland, Oregon.

Forrest W. Johnson (’44 Wildlife Eco.), 94, August 19, 2015, Yakima.

Helen F. Stowell (’44 Phys. Ed.), 93, June 30, 2015, Spokane.

Barbara Lee (Leighty) Hanger (’45 Nursing), 91, April 4, 2015, Dayton.

Dorothy Ruth Hink (’45 Microbio.), 94, April 14, 2015, Cashmere.

Nydia Jane Oliver (’47 Fine Arts, Delta Gamma), 89, July 14, 2015, College Place.

Zilda Utzman Carlson (’48 Pol. Sci.), 89, July 26, 2015, Boise, Idaho.

Paul H. … » More …

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Winter 2015

Michael and Virginia Jessemey McCarty

Philanthropists, business leaders, and WSU supporters Michael and Virginia Jessemey McCarty received the WSU Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award in September. Virginia graduated in 1974 with a broadcasting degree, and Michael earned his degree in recreation in 1975. He recently retired as chief executive officer of the Association of Washington Cities. She is the owner of McCarty & Associates marketing firm, which she founded in 1986.

Michael has been manager of the Thurston Conservation District, administrator for the City of Shelton, past president of the Washington City Management Association, and board member for the National League of Cities. He was appointed by former Gov. Chris … » More …

Fall 2015

Dr. Dan Doornink’s football career

Highlights of the football career of Dan Doornink ’78, with the Seattle Seahawks and the WSU Cougars, produced by Seattle Seahawks Legends and WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

A Visit with Dan Doornink

by Seattle Seahawks Legends

“Dr. Dan” was a running back for the Seahawks for seven seasons (1979-85), and will always be remembered for his 123-yard rushing performance in the 1984 Wild Card playoff win against the LA Raiders at the Kingdome.

L.A. Raiders vs Seattle Seahawks 1984-85 1st Half

1984-85 AFC Wildcard Game between the Raiders visiting the Seahawks from the Kingdome in Seattle. The Raiders are … » More …

Summer 2015

The Awakening

The Awakening

Allen Johnson ’85 PhD
Skyhorse Publishing, 2014

The Awakening weaves effortlessly through time, from the battle-scarred streets of Spain in 1936 to nearly 60 years later as it tells the life story of Diego Garcia and his descendants.

In this unconventional romance novel, Diego Garcia dropped everything to be with the Moroccan beauty of his dreams, Lupe. The two newlyweds headed to Granada, Spain, to start a life of their own in the 1930s. The two loved each other immensely, and where there is love there is compassion. The story leaps forward almost 60 years … » More …

Summer 2015

Key to My Cage

Key to my cage

Michael Kirkpatrick ’01

The human voice is our oldest acoustic instrument and it’s still one of the most captivating. Add a few well struck strings—just a few chords even—and you have a remarkable symphony of bass, harmony, lyrics, and emotion.

This is the beguiling formula of Michael Kirkpatrick ’01. He’s a troubadour, both self-described and according to the 2014 Telluride Troubadour Competition, which he won. Performing some 150 dates a year from his Fort Collins, Colorado, base, he writes his own tunes and for the most part plays all the … » More …