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 Concert Band, the University of Arizona Symphony, Spokane Junior Symphony, University of Iowa Bands, Olympic College Bands and the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble. Jones was also a freelance conductor and arranger for Capitol Records.

Jones wrote numerous compositions throughout his career with two of his works commissioned by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

A professional musician at the age of 12, Jones started with the Dean Bushnell Jazz Orchestra. He later was principal bassoonist with numerous symphonies and orchestras. For 40 years, he played alongside his wife Virginia in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

Jones was also a brilliant mechanical engineer and entrepreneur. He revolutionized the manufacturing process for the production of double reeds with the use of factory machinery. Jones Double-Reed Products became the leading supplier of double reeds for oboists and bassoonists worldwide.

The Jones gave nearly a half million dollars back to the communities that supported them –  academic institutions, as well as national and local organizations such as the American Lung Society, Women Helping Women, the Union Gospel Mission of Spokane and Spokane Public Radio. Jones also established several scholarship funds throughout his career, including the Eastern Washington Friends of Music Trust, funding opportunities for those following him in the music field.

Former Eastern VP of Academic Affairs Dies

Philip Marshall passed away March 18 in Seattle, at the age of 86. During the early 1970s he served as dean, and later, as vice president of Academic Affairs at Eastern. In 1976, he briefly served as acting president, following the term of Emerson Shuck and prior to George Frederickson. In 1981, he received the President’s Medal Award.

Marshall was born in Decatur, Ind., and grew up in Chicago. He graduated from Earlham College and Purdue University, both in Indiana.

His 40-plus-year career as an educator included teaching assignments in Barnesville, Ohio; Albion College in Michigan; Cornell College in Iowa, where he was chairman of the chemistry department; and Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, where he was the dean.

Marshall served as associate program director for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.; as a researcher for the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio; and as faculty director at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

After his time at Eastern, he became chancellor at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He and his wife Helen retied to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and later moved to Seattle to be near family.

Eastern extends its condolences to the families and friends of these individuals.


’12 Rose J. Stauffer, age 28, died June 10, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’10 Lynnette Wigen Munk, age 42, died July 28, 2013, Spokane, Wash.


’00 Lawrence D. Brake, age 40, died May 11, 2013, Vancouver, Wash.


 ’97 Patricia R. Ryan, age 73, died June 7, 2013, Port Townsend, Wash.

’95 Paul Wilkinson, age 40, died June 16, 2013, Durham, N.C.

’94 Alonzo C. Livers, age 72, died Feb. 10, 2013, Medical Lake, Wash.

’94 William D. “Bill” Pancake, age 47, died July 18, 2013, Walla Walla, Wash.

’91 Karen (Popp) Wilhelm, age 66, died March 5, 2013, Spokane, Wash.


’89 Stephen G. DeBow, age 63, died April 23, 2013, Olympia, Wash.

’88 Florence C. Ames, age 73, died May 30, 2013, West Richland, Wash.

’87 Maxine E. Kerns, age 83, died April 27, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’84 Dorothea A. Landt, age 85, died July 1, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’84 Sidney Roy Leffler, age 56, died May 5, 2013, Wenatchee, Wash.

’83 Karol Kay Smith, age 73, died June 7, 2013, Spokane, Wash.


’79 Rena Kennedy Searles, age 66, died July 3, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’77 Lynda Rae Knight, age 62, died June 8, 2013, Phoenix, Ariz.

’76 Lonnie McGee, age 65, died April 1, 2013, Fort Smith, Ariz.

’75 Donald R. Bowman, age 82, died June 20, 2013, Medical Lake, Wash.

’75 Donald R. Hodgson, age 61, died Feb. 2, 2013, Dayton, Wash.

’75 Marilyn Lee Mensinger, age 74, died March 7, 2013, Silverdale, Wash.

’75 Muriel May Stanton Resen, age 76, died July 27, 2013, Cheney, Wash.

’73 Harold “Jim” Whitaker, age 88, died June 1, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’72 Phillip W. Codd, age 64, died July 1, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’71 Ronald Horne, age 83, died April 22, 2013, Brigham City, Utah

’71 David B. Loop, age 69, died May 29, 2013, Everett, Wash.


’67 Donald M. Barrows, age 76, died May 25, 2013, Kent, Wash.

’67 Patrick N. Miller, age 68, died April 19, 2013, Lacey, Wash.

’66 Gary Price, age 74, died April 15, 2013, Olympia, Wash.

’65 Dell Ray Schanz, age 72, died July 3, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’64 Jeffrey A. Brown, age 71, died April 24, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’63 Patrick Hunt, age 74, died May 19, 2013, Olympia, Wash.

’61 Marjorie L. Downing, age 94, died July 1, 2013, Richland, Wash.

’61 Joan E. Kalin, age 96, died Jan. 15, 2013, Portland, Ore.


’59 Paul Morigeau, age 79, died May 12, 2013, Carson City, Nev.

’58 Bernie L. Hancock, age 80, died July 1, 2013, Bellevue, Wash.

’57 Thomas McKay, age 94, died July 1, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’56 James W. Berry, age 83, died June 28, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’56 Dewayne “Doc” Gower, age 77, died July 21, 2013, Bremerton, Wash.

’56 Richard “Dick” Laughbon, age 79, died June 19, 2013, Arvada, Colo.

’56 Stan Scheibe, age 83, died March 16, 2013, Richland, Wash.

’55 Charles R. “Dick” Potter, age 81, died June 29, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’54 Alfred Clark Benton, age 89, died May 9, 2012, Stockton, Calif.

’54 Eugene L. Lister, age 83, died March 20, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’53 Archie L. Allenbach, age 85, died Feb. 18, 2013, Colfax, Wash.

’53 Stuart R. Kosnick, age 85, died May 19, 2013, Kennewick, Wash.

’53 Arnold A. Thompson, age 86, died June 24, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’52 Barbara Jean (Henderson) Berry, age 83, died May 5, 2013, Spokane, Wash.


’41 Dean, age 94, died July 13, 2013, Pullman, Wash.


’39 Maxine (Potts) Reitmeirer, age 94, died March 18, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

Staff and Faculty

John E. Torno, 85, died May 25, 2013, in Cheney. He retired in August 1989 from the Physical Plant after 24 years of service.

Norman V. Vigfusson, PhD, 82, died June 30, 2013, in Spokane. He taught genetics in the Biology Department, retiring in 1986 after 17 years of service.

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