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In memoriam

In Memoriam
Fall 2018

In memoriam

1930s

John Baecher (’39 Ani. Sci.), 101, April 11, 2018, Salem, Oregon.

1940s

Manley Kjonaas (’40 Gen. St., ’42 Chem. Eng.), 101, April 6, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lester Stanley King (’41 Mech. Eng.), 98, June 8, 2016, Puyallup.

Roy V. Lewis (’42 Elec. Eng.), 96, July 30, 2014, Syracuse, New York.

Jack McVicar Hayne (’43 Busi.), 97, February 26, 2018, Conrad, Montana.

Jean C. Sharp (’44 Elec. Eng.), 93, February 19, 2018, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin.

Rodney Guy Hoff (’45 Phys. Sci.), 92, November 25, 2014, Yorba Linda, California.

Eleanor Baker Macy (x’45 Speech and Hearing Sci.), 95, April 17, 2018, McMinnville, Oregon.

Evelyn J. … » More …

Sunday breakfast at Rico's Public House with James F. Short on May 6, 2018, one week before he passed. (J. Michael Short)
Fall 2018

James F. Short Jr. 1924-2018

I am privileged to have known Jim Short and to have worked with and learned from him. When we met in 2000, Jim (’51 PhD, University of Chicago) recently had become professor emeritus of sociology at Washington State University and was beginning to “unwind” after an illustrious career spanning half a century. I was a graduate student in my second year of the doctoral program and had just learned that my first mentor would be departing WSU for what were very understandable personal reasons. I am forever indebted to him for walking me three doors down the hall to introduce me to Jim.

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First Words
Summer 2018

Express yourself

Nature or nurture? It seemed so simple a debate when I was younger and first learning biology. DNA and genes determined some of our traits, and the rest came from family, society, and other external factors.

There was certainly debate about the extent of what we could learn versus what we inherit as hard-coded genetic information. Well, that discussion is a lot more complicated now, as recent empirical research and discoveries show offspring can inherit traits developed by parents’ environment and experiences. Basically, what’s passed on to kids is not just in the genetic code.

One way that happens is through epigenetics, where heritable … » More …

In Memoriam
Summer 2018

In memoriam

1930s

Ann Elizabeth Danby (’38 Busi.), 101, December 2, 2017, Eugene, Oregon.

1940s

Albert H. Adams (’41 Gen. St.), 97, November 27, 2017, Green Valley, Arizona.

Lena “Lee” Corral Barry (’41 Home Econ.), 100, January 10, 2018, Castro Valley, California.

Mavis L. Engelland (’41 Phys. Ed.), 97, December 25, 2017, Gig Harbor.

Herman E. Petway (x’41 Ed.), 99, January 2, 2018, Vineland, New Jersey.

Kenneth William Sax (’41 Mat. Sci.), 99, January 9, 2018, Sacramento, California.

Elaine Berry (x’42 Lib. Arts), 100, October 30, 2017, Wenatchee.

Edna J. Fast Maguire (’42 Busi.), 96, December 22, 2017, Wenatchee.

Jean Mary E. Nichols (’42 Gen. St., ’44 … » More …

Keith Jackson at WSU Martin Stadium
Summer 2018

Keith Jackson 1928–2018

When I finally met Keith Jackson ’54 last summer, I felt like I was meeting a friend. He didn’t know it, but we had already spent numerous Saturdays together. While he was calling the biggest games in college football, I was a fan, enjoying not just the games, but the spectacle and excitement that Keith communicated so skillfully to audiences.

Listening to Keith call a game, it was easy to get lost in the excitement of the event. He was a nearly flawless professional—this was obvious to even a casual fan. What set Keith apart from other broadcasters is that he respected the games and … » More …

In Memoriam
Spring 2018

In memoriam

1930s

Necia Bennett Huntley (’35 History), 104, September 24, 2017, Olympia.

Lyle G. Nicholson (’37 DVM), 102, August 9, 2017, Hood River, Oregon.

Lucile Ramsey Cavanaugh (’39 Home Econ.), 99, July 21, 2017, Winchester, Massachusetts.

1940s

Sarah Schlademan Hall (’41 History), 97, August 12, 2017, Everett.

Aurel A. Hays (’41 Hort.), 100, March 29, 2017, Rancho Mirage, California.

H. Robert Ripley (’41 Gen. St.), 94, June 27, 2015, Castro Valley, California.

Maurice R. Smith (’41 Arch., Sigma Nu), 99, November 13, 2017, Yakima.

Maxine Spencer Green (’43 Psych.), 95, June 19, 2016, Bellingham.

Lenore Johnson Hicks (’47 Home Econ.), 91, December 8, 2016, San Rafael, … » More …

In Memoriam
Winter 2017

In memoriam

1930s

Kathleen Irwin (x’36 Lib. Arts), 102, May 25, 2017, Spokane.

Betty S. Mottet (’38 Busi.), 100, May 14, 2017, Santa Rosa, California.

Jean C. Austin (’39 Gen. St., Kappa Kappa Gamma), 100, July 2, 2017, Seattle.

William Ray McGee (’39 Vet. Sci., ’40 DVM), 100, August 4, 2017, Naples, Florida.

1940s

Frances C. Uhden (’40 Music), 98, May 30, 2017, Spokane.

Mary-Lou Day (’42 Home Econ., Delta Delta Delta), 96, June 17, 2017, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ralph Berg (’43 Zool.), 96, June 2, 2017, Spokane.

John J. Majnarich (’45 Phys. Sci.), 95, June 19, 2017, Preston.

Donald Dale Morrison (’47 Agro.), 95, June 7, … » More …

In Memoriam
Fall 2017

In memoriam

1930s

Catherine C. Hyslop (x’38 Ag., Alpha Gamma Delta), 100, May 4, 2017, Spokane.

1940s

Leila B. Kayler (x’40 Pharm.), 95, February 25, 2017, Odessa.

Elma Ryan-Bornander Anderson (’41 Speech and Hearing Sci.), 98, April 10, 2017, Seattle.

Robert Arleth Stier (’42 Gen. St.), 95, December 21, 2016, Olympia.

W. James Wride (’43 Phys. Sci., ’46 MS Chem. Eng.), 95, March 17, 2017, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Robert J. Beaubier (’46 Forest & Range Mgmt.), 99, September 17, 2016, Lewiston, Idaho.

Betty J. Sunofsky (’46 Home Econ.), 93, April 8, 2017, Long Beach, California.

Arthur R. MacKelvie (’47 Comm.), 94, April 10, 2017, Spokane Valley.

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In Memoriam
Summer 2017

In memoriam

1930s

Louise Kahse Spinning (’31 Hum.), 102, November 12, 2011, Davenport.

Frank Platt (x’34 Busi.), 102, December 5, 2016, Shoreline.

Geraldine “Jeri” Kerr (’37 Pharm.), 100, November 28, 2016, Newport.

Nadene Denison Hunter (’39 Zool., Kappa Alpha Theta), 98, September 12, 2016, South Dansville, New York.

1940s

Charles O. Lutton (’40 Busi.), 101, October 23, 2016, Portland, Oregon.

Beulah “Betty” J. Wills (’40 Bacterio.), 98, December 27, 2016, Spokane.

Albert James Low Jr. (’41 Chem. Eng., Phi Delta Theta), 98, December 22, 2016, Richland.

Mary McFarland (’41 Music), 95, October 28, 2016, Sandpoint, Idaho.

Blanche A. King (’42, ’46 MA Home Econ.), 99, August 12, … » More …

Summer 2017

Robert Smawley 1928–2017

Bob Smawley, “Mr. WSU,” embodied what it meant to be a Cougar for generations of Washington State University students, staff, and alumni, through his selfless service to the University, his caring nature, and his deep knowledge of WSU history, all delivered with a dry sense of humor and true compassion.

For over six decades, Smawley worked under six WSU presidents in several departments, volunteered and led in the Alumni Association, taught many the history of WSU through engaging slideshows, and mentored thousands of students.

“He was the heart of WSU,” says Malia Martine Karlinsky ’92. “Bob had a magical way of making you feel … » More …