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 community,” said President Rodolfo Arévalo. “From the moment he started his second tenure as an Eastern trustee, Dr. Mays brought incredible passion, insight and enthusiasm to our campus. His commitment to the success of all our students was evident in the way he cared about each issue that came before the board.”
Mays first served on Eastern’s board from 1997 to 2003. During his first appointment, he served as chair of the board during the 2001-2002 academic years. His second appointment began March 4, 2010.
The board of trustees is made up of eight members who are appointed by the governor to a six-year term; except for a student trustee whose term is one year. The board oversees the implementation of all initiatives, policies and programs at the institution.
The Dr. Mark Mays Endowed Scholarship has been established to honor his legacy in higher education. Please make your contributions to the Eastern Washington University Foundation, 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney, WA 99004.
Margaret Soderberg, 1935-2014
Soderberg graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1954 and from Eastern Washington College of Education in 1958 with a BA in education. She later attained a master’s in education from Lesley College.
She was a lifelong educator, beginning her teaching career in Brewster, Wash. in 1958 and relocating to Spokane in 1959. She taught at North Central High School and Libby Junior High before settling in at Sacajawea Middle School, where she was chair of the Language Arts Department for more than 20 years.
When she retired in 2002, she was the longest tenured active teacher in the Spokane Public School District. In addition to teaching language arts, she also served as advisor for the student newspaper, yearbook and drill team and led more than 15 student trips to Washington, D.C.
Soderberg enjoyed an active retirement. At the time of her death, she served as president of the Tawanka Alumni Association. Tawanka was a women’s honorary organization on Eastern’s campus from 1934 to 1959. The Tawanka Alumni Association was organized in 1953 and has continued to serve EWU in many capacities, including awarding scholarships to students in the fields of education or child services.
Donations may be made in Ms. Soderberg’s honor to the EWU Foundation, 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney, WA 99004.
Eastern magazine extends its condolences to the families and friends of these individuals.
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’97 Jami L. Boom, age 42, died Jan. 25, 2014
’95 Jim F. Walsh, age 63, died Nov. 29, 2013, Seattle, Wash.
’91 Eldon J. Barr, age 46, died Dec. 22, 2013
’89 Tom D. Fryxell, age 55, died Feb. 12, 2014, Pullman, Wash.
’87 Dana S. Jensen, age 50, died Jan. 10, 2014
’84 Megan M. Brinson, age 66, died Dec. 16, 2013
’82 Joseph W. Zupan, III, age 64, died March 24, 2014
’78 Pauline L. Pederson, age 77, died March 27, 2014
’77 Robert “Bob” M. Cook, age 60, died Feb. 10, 2014
’77 A.C. Dotson, age 63, died Dec. 27, 2013
’75 Gretchen G. Derusha, age 67, died Feb. 14, 2014
’74 Bonnie Jo Melton, age 65, died April 7, 2014
’74 Steven M. Johns, age 62, died Dec. 29, 2013, Spokane, Wash.
’73 Randy T. Fisher, age 63, died Dec. 21, 2013
’72 Lyle Gene Danielson, age 64, died Feb. 7, 2014
’69 Ethel E. Deaver, age 91, died Jan. 5, 2014
’67 Bob Plotts, age 73, died Jan. 5, 2014, Spokane, Wash.
‘66 Thomas A. Farr, age 71, died Nov. 25, 2013, Edmonds, Wash.
’65 Kenneth N. Eilmes Sr., age 76, died Jan. 15, 2014
’59 David W. Orahood, age 81, died March 21, 2014
’47 Betty P. Callihan, age 89, died Jan. 5, 2014, Longview, Wash.
’42 Evelyn A. Geisler, age 96, died March 8, 2014
’38 Wanda M. Heinemann, age 95, died Dec. 26, 2013, Cheney, Wash.
’29 Katherine L. Anderson, age 100, died Nov. 27, 2013
Faculty and Staff
’74 Carolyn S. Olafson (BA counseling, education and developmental psychology) passed away on Feb. 14, 2014, in Spokane. She was 80. Olafson served as the director of Benefits at Eastern and retired in September 1996, after 20 years of service. She was the spouse of emeritus faculty member Robert Olafson, also deceased.