In Memoriam Spring 2015


Eastern magazine extends its condolences to the families and friends of these individuals. ’10 ’14 Nancy M. Maryott, age 67, died Jan. 26, 2015, Spokane, Washington ’14 Chad Rattray, age 37, died Jan. 20, 2015, Spokane, Washington  ’00 ’02 Stephanie Marie Melhus, age 34, died Nov. 22, 2014, Wakefield, England ’00 Janet E. Hooper, age 57, died Jan. 17, 2015, Weiser, Idaho ’90 ’96 Don F. Jubon, age 67, died July 8, 2014 ’94 Donald Crawford, age 71, died Dec. 27, 2014, Coeur d’Alene, ... MORE

In Memoriam Winter 2015


Eastern Magazine extends its condolences to the families and friends of  our recently departed  fellow alumni and staff . ’14 Christopher G. Durall, age 34, died Sept. 7, 2014, in Yakima, Washington ’11 John K. Woodwell III, age 59, died Aug. 28, 2014, in Spokane, Washington ’08 Anna L. Sandvig, age 43, died July 29, 2014, in Spokane, Washington ’96 Julie J. Darling, age 52, died July 29, 2014, in Spokane, Washington '95 Jacob Thomas Milnes, age 41, died Aug. 28, 2014, Seattle, Washington ’86 Terri A. Montano, age 50, died Oct. 16, 2014, ... MORE

In Memoriam Fall 2014

Jack Roffler

Basketball Legends Pass Away Eastern lost two of its basketball Hall of Famers within two days of each other in August. Jack "Rabbit" Roffler passed away Aug. 14 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 89. George Gablehouse passed away Aug. 16 from cancer. He was 91. Roffler was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Eastern's 1945-46 team was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003, and "Rabbit" gave the acceptance speech. A 1946 graduate, Roffler was a point guard during three of the ... MORE

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


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