In Memoriam Spring 2014

Mark Mays

EWU Trustee Mark Mays passed away suddenly on March 22, 2014, at age 65. He served as vice chair of EWU’s board of trustees and had been a long-standing advocate for the university and higher education. He was a clinical psychologist in private practice in Spokane and was active in numerous community efforts, and was a leader in the fields of health care and education. Upon his death, Mays was four years into his second appointment as a trustee, and was actively involved on numerous board committees. "This is a tremendous loss for the whole ... MORE

In Memoriam Winter 2014

Josh Pearson

’02, ’98 Joshua B. Pearson, 37, of Richland, Wash., died Aug. 17, 2013, after a two-year battle with GBM stage-4 brain cancer. “The diagnosis was terminal,” said Pearson’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brother ’98 Kory Kelly. “At a time when many would retreat, Josh pushed forward and took the illness head on. He became a valuable volunteer at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, often donating his time to spend with other cancer patients.” The staff at the Cancer Center was warmed by his positive spirit, constant smile and handyman help. The impact of his ... MORE

In Memoriam Fall 2013

Jones

The Maestro’s Finale Wendal S. Jones, PhD, passed away April 26, 2013, at his home in Bellevue, Wash. He was 80. Jones, recipient of the prestigious University Trustee’s Medal of Honor in 1981, retired from the EWU Music Department in 1994 after 27 years of service. For 14 years, the Eastern Washington University Symphony Orchestra played under maestro Jones' baton as he conducted more than 300 works, including several world premieres and many fully-staged major productions. He conducted EWU Bands and Chorus, as well as the Spokane Riverfront Park ... MORE

In Memoriam Spring 2013

The Easterner staff, from the 1971 Kinnikinick, back: Bill Banger, Jerry Ford; front: Laura Thomas, Gina Tansy and Jeff Jordan with Dick Hoover, school newspaer advisor

Hoover Brought Real Life Experience to the Classroom Television newsman, EWU journalism professor, passes away By Paul Delaney ’84, ‘82 As a newsman, Dick Hoover believed that the ethics of professional journalism trumped everything. As a professor, he brought years of “in-the-trenches” knowledge to his students, offering budding journalists a unique insight into the business. Hoover was a professor of journalism at Eastern for 19 years and a pioneer reporter and the face of early television news in Spokane. He passed away Jan. 2, 2013, in ... MORE

In Memoriam Winter 2013

Leo Chandler (2)

In this issue of the magazine we’ve shared the stories of couples who met, fell in love and married because of relationships that developed during their time at Eastern. In their wedding photos we see the joy and anticipation of their journey together. Their stories are romantic, humorous and touching. The newlyweds are writing the first chapters of their love story; the plot deepens for those in the middle and some couples have written their final chapters together. The Chandler’s Love Story Leo Chandler and Patricia Sterling met and fell in love in ... MORE