A Legacy of Beautiful Music

Wendell "Pete" Exline Aug. 15, 1922 to April 7, 2016 Music was Wendell “Pete” Exline’s life.  He loved it all. “I can tap my foot to most anything,” he once said. And Exline ensured that others would have the opportunity to do so, too. The beloved retired professor died April 7 at Hospice House South in Spokane, leaving his entire estate to the EWU Foundation. “I can’t think of a better place for my assets to go,” Exline once said when asked about his decision. In 1996, Exline established the Wendell Exline Music Scholarship endowment to benefit ... MORE

In Memoriam Spring 2016

Daryle G. Hagie, age 91, died March 2, 2016. He became dean of students at Eastern Washington State College in 1955 and continued there as vice president for student services until his retirement from EWU in 1983. From his obituary, “He enjoyed the friendships of many WSU and EWU students, staff and faculty. Hagie loved water, both lake and ocean, and was always pursuing that perfect piece of driftwood or the biggest, clearest agate. He loved to play golf poorly, but loved his family best of all. He was a man of few words, and those he spoke were ... MORE

In Memoriam Fall 2015

Eastern magazine extends its condolences to the families and friends of these individuals. 2010s ’12 Joel T. Knigge, age 31, died June 1, Spokane, Washington  2000s ’09 Jodi L. Thompson, age 31, died April 14, Spokane, Washington ’08 John S. Delbridge, age 30, died June 12, Connell, Washington ’01 T.J. Smith, age 38, died April 28, Spokane, Washington  1990s ’95 Patrick Heald, age 57, died June 27, Brawley, California ’91 Cecilia Gaeta, age 51, died April 24, Wenatchee, Washington  1980s ’86 Judith E. Himber, age 79, died ... MORE

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

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

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