In Memoriam Spring 2013

Hoover Brought Real Life Experience to the Classroom

Television newsman, EWU journalism professor, passes away

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

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 Spokane at age 85.

While his death was ignored within the news business where he spent many years, Hoover’s passing was not forgotten by the overflow crowd attending his funeral service Jan. 12. Hoover’s death came shortly after the November passing of his wife of 62 years, Donna.

Hoover’s son, Jeff, recently shared personal insights into his dad’s life.

Despite a far from traditional workday, Hoover was a dedicated family man who never missed a family dinner. It’s just that the Hoovers, including daughters Linda (Uphus) and Martha (Gehrett), ate that meal at a non-traditional time.

“Dad was doing news at 5 and 6 and we had dinner at 8,” in between his duties that also included anchoring the 11 p.m. news. “If you wanted to see dad, that’s when you saw him,” Jeff Hoover said.

Hoover was born in Spokane, Nov. 15, 1927. He attended Libby Junior High and graduated from John Rogers High School. He grew up in a rough part of Spokane, in the Liberty Park area, before the freeway split it down the middle.

“He transcended both sides of the track,” Jeff Hoover said. “He could put on a tuxedo and mix with that group, and he could also walk into a bar down on Sprague Avenue, pick up a pool cue and glass of beer and talk to those guys.”

Following graduation, Hoover enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps but transferred to the Navy after the end of the war. He attended Gonzaga University, earning a BA in 1951 and his master’s degree in 1967.

Hoover had two stints as news director at KREM television in Spokane. The first came in the early 1950s and then again for nine years beginning in the spring of 1956, after serving nearly two years on the staff of U.S. Congressman Walt Horan.

In 1965, Hoover joined the faculty at Eastern. He was promoted to associate professor and asked to serve as director of the Journalism Program in 1970. “The news work was fascinating, interesting (and) kept him on the ball,” Jeff Hoover said. “But I think he got a big charge out of being a professor.”

Students certainly seemed to get a charge out of Hoover and what he brought to the classroom. “Dick was first person I called when I landed a Spokesman-Review sports department internship in 1972,” former SR sports editor Jeff Jordan said. “He was so excited for me; it was like I was one of his kids.”

Hoover retired from EWU Sept. 1, 1984. He returned to the TV anchor chair with KXLY later that year, but after a few months, the demands of his public relations business took him away from the news to focus on the PR field.

Hoover called Liberty Lake his home for some 44 years. Ironically, he never owned a boat, but opted for a golf cart in order to pursue that, and tennis, as hobbies.

Paul Delaney was a student of Hoover’s at the EWU Journalism Center in the late 1970s, later graduating with duel degrees, including one in education. Delaney has spent more than 30 years working in various aspects of the newspaper business, publishing and is now a reporter for the Cheney Free Press.


Maxine Davidson, 1922-2013

Longtime Eastern supporter Maxine Davidson passed away Jan. 16, 2013, in Spokane. She received her three-year teaching certificate from Eastern in 1942, her bachelor’s degree in education in 1945, and a master’s degree in 1959.

Davidson once shared the importance of her education, writing, “I was a student at Eastern in December of 1939. When I informed the dean of women, Eunice Nelson, that I had to drop out of Eastern because I lacked the funds to continue, she pulled a five-dollar bill from her wallet for half of my tuition. Then she helped me find a job, a roommate and affordable housing for the following term. That was a life-changing experience for me, and I’ve never forgotten it, or her.”

Davidson established the Maxine C. Davidson Endowment Scholarship Fund at Eastern in 1996. The scholarship provides financial support to students pursuing careers in elementary education. In 2007, she continued her support with the Maxine C. Davidson Endowed Professorship in Innovative Instruction and Curriculum at EWU.

Davidson began her teaching career in Cusick, Wash., in 1942. Over the years, she served as a supervisor, curriculum consultant and principal in schools in Spokane County, including West Valley School District and Spokane Public Schools. She also taught at Whitworth College (now Whitworth University).

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


’02 Penelope “Penny” Warren Jones, age 67, died Dec. 17, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.


’95 Richard Barrington, age 47, died Dec. 6, 2012, in Long Beach, Calif.

’94 Mark D. Bucher, age 50, died Nov. 23, 2012, in Spokane Valley, Wash.

’91 Kay Serene Kurath, age 66, died Feb. 4, 2013, in Post Falls, Idaho


’87 Thomas Smith Henson, age 78, died Jan. 7, 2013, in Cheney, Wash.

’86 Judith Frohne, age 66, died Dec. 12, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’82 Dela H. “Dee” Hopkins, age 73, died Dec. 14, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’81 Brynn Marie Matsen, age 60, died Jan. 18, 2013, in Richland, Wash.

’81 Charlene Parrish, age 53, died Nov. 24, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’80 Jerry Donen, age 76, died March 22, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.


’79 Rebecca (Bradburn) Dorn, age 60, died Jan. 20, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’78 Bernard Asa Middleton, age 95, died Dec. 27, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’77 James D. Allen, age 86, died Nov. 17, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’76 Keith O. Carpenter, age 60, died Feb. 22, 2013, in Angeles City, Philippines

’76 Mike Hilborn, age 62, died Jan. 10, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’76, ’67 Jacquelin M. Johnson, age 78, died Dec. 21, 2012, in Langley, Wash.

’76 Rosalie (Uddenberg) King, age 83, died Jan. 28, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’76 James Irving Yates, age 63, died March 3, 2013, in Pasco, Wash.

’74 Maj. Douglas W. Henry, age 80, died Feb. 16, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’74 Marie Laurelei Mann, age 89, died Dec. 8, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’74 Sandra K. Robertson, age 58, died Dec. 15, 2012, in Beaverton, Wash.

’73 Steven Alex Arnold, age 67, died Jan. 4, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’72 David G. Hiklan, age 74, died Nov. 27, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’72 Dr. Barry James O’ Connor, age 63, died Jan. 16, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’72 Gerald Stein, age 66, died Sept. 8, 2012, in Yakima, Wash.

’71 Douglas C. Arthur, age 67, died Feb. 22, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.

’71 Patrick Ira Higgins, age 68, died Dec. 4, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’71 Thomas Charles Peters, age 65, died Jan. 24, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’71 Richard E. Weisser, age 63, died Dec. 26, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’70 Randall J. Brock, age 68, died Oct. 22, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’70 Daniel Hunter, age 64, died Jan. 22, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.


’68 Bessie Mae Emery, age 91, died Nov. 16, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’67 Ralph Marvin “Marv” Carstens, age 69, died Dec. 12, 2012, in Richland, Wash.

’66 Robert E. Garrison, age 92, died Jan. 8, 2013, in Beaverton, Ore.

’66 James J. Keane, age 70, died Jan. 17, 2013, in Kauai, Hawaii

’66 Eunice Worden, age 88, died March 3, 2013, in Burbank, Wash.

’64 Fred O. Montoya, age 77, died Feb. 17, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’63 Shirley L. Bowden, age 93, died Jan. 23, 2013, in Bellingham, Wash.

’63 Sherman Button, age 72, died Dec. 11, 2012, in Meridian, Idaho

’63 James H. “Jim” Flynn, age 78, died Nov. 28, 2012, in Eugene, Ore.

’62 Dennis Rudolf Koch, age 73, died Dec. 1, 2012, in Post Falls, Idaho

’62 Fred Enders, age 72, died Aug. 31, 2012, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

’61 Carol Kabat Baumann, age 81, died March 3, 2013, in Issaquah, Wash.

’61 Larry Leaf, age 86, died Jan. 12, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.


’56 Harry G. Merrick, age 82, died Nov. 13, 2012, in Chattaroy, Wash.

’55 John P. Fertakis, age 84, died Nov. 13 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’55 Gwen Hill, age 80, died Nov. 28, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’54 Earl Wilfred Enos, age 80, died Dec. 28, 2012, in Vancouver, Wash.

’54 William R. Laut, age 81, died Nov. 19, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’54 Edward Thomas Luders, age 84, died Jan. 25, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’54 Tom E. Plant, age 83, died Nov. 14, 2012, in Centralia, Wash.

’53 James R. Northrup, age 86, died Jan. 30, 2013, in Colville, Wash.

’53 Dennis Dean Roffler, age 81, died Feb. 26, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’52 George Edwin Love, age 92, died Jan. 5, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’52 Richard A. “Dick” Martens, age 86, died Jan. 21, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’52 Reginal E. Andrus, age 86, died March 24, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’51 Dorothy (Lambson) Ashbaugh, age 81, died Feb. 9, 2012, in Gold Canyon, Ariz.

’51 Lane Leo Carlton, age 89, died Aug. 5, 2012, in Omak, Wash.

’51 Wallace B. “Wally” Plowman, age 82, died Jan. 25, 2013, in Spokane, Wash.

’50 Howard M. Gamble, age 85, died Sept. 22, 2012, in Brewster, Wash.


’49 Kenneth Rumley Jones, age 88, died Jan. 13, 2013, in Salem, Ore.

’49 James Robert Woodworth, age 89, died Dec. 24, 2012, in Wenatchee, Wash.

’46 Allen B. Hoffman, age 96, died April 1, 2012, in Sun City, Ariz.

’45 Wilburma “Billie” Rappé, age 89, died Feb. 17, 2013, in Lacey, Wash.

’43 Mary Lee Hoefel, age 91, died Jan. 15, 2013, in Sequim, Wash.

’42 Robert Carl Burgess, age 95, died Sept. 14, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash.

Faculty and Staff

Marie Mann, 89, died Dec. 8, 2012. She retired from EWU in 1990 after 13 years of service as director of the Modern Languages Lab.

Hugh Hunter died Dec. 11, 2012. He retired in 1999 as professor emeritus of finance, after 19 years of service to EWU.

Bernard “Bernie” Middleton, 95, died Dec. 27, 2012. After nine years of service to EWU, he retired in 1987 as director of the Master of Business Administration Program in the School of Business.

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