In Memoriam Winter 2014

’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 service to the community through the center resulted in fundraising valued at more than $250,000. Pearson’s strength of spirit in sharing his story openly brought awareness and real-time help to others in need.

Pearson graduated from Eastern with a master’s degree in public administration in 2002, and his BA in criminal justice in 1998. Prior to his diagnosis of brain cancer, he was a chief engineer on an ocean-going tugboat.

In his youth, he was part of many Mexico mission trips with the Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church youth group. As an adult, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. His hobbies included fishing and home remodeling. He had the ability to repair almost anything, and was always willing to help anyone.

Pearson is survived by his wife, Liz, and their children, Emma and Joey.

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


’03 James Matthew Sevenich, age 44, died Aug. 13, 2013, Spokane, Wash.


’95 Richard K. Matthiesen, Jr., age 65, died Sept. 1, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’91 Lynda J. Blair, age 67, died Oct. 13, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’91 Jenny Greenwood, age 51, died July 8, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’90 Donna S. Grimm, age 65, died Aug. 5, 2013, Phoenix, Ariz.


’89 Richard T. Jones, age 78, died Sept. 1, 2013, San Angelo, Texas

’89 Deanna I. Reich, age 61, died Oct. 23, 20013, Lake Stevens, Wash.

’86 Lidwina E. Dalla, age 69, died Sept. 27, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’86 Toni L. Wagner, age 51, died Oct. 15, 2013, Yakima, Wash.

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

’84 Sandra S. Steeves-Wattawa, age 71, died Nov. 18, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’81 Linda Lee Morris, age 54, died Aug. 12, 2013, Moses Lake, Wash.

’80 Kenneth J. Norris, age 72, died Sept. 8, 2013, Spokane, Wash.


’78 Robert J. McCorkle, age 67, died June 30, 2013, Fulton, Texas

’75 Michael J. Noder, age 80, died Aug. 16, 2013, Cheney, Wash.


’68 August D. Roberts, age 69, died Sept. 7, 2013, Phoenix, Ariz.

’67 Bernard L. Averill, age 88, died Nov. 15, 2013, Mercer Island, Wash.

’67 John H. Foss, age 79, died Nov. 5, 2013, Vancouver, Wash.

’63 Durward C. Anderson, age 98, died Aug. 2, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’63 Michael Neil Macaulay, age 72, died Oct. 2, 2013, Seattle, Wash.

’63 Benjamin A. Weatherby, age 92, died Sept. 14, 2013, Boise, Idaho

’62 Harold E. “Pete” Richards, age 74, died Aug. 11, 2013, White Salmon, Wash.

’61 James Lockard, age 80, died Jan. 13, 2013, Lane Country, Ore.


’59 James F. Bauer, age 80, died Feb. 3, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’59 Theodore Nilson, age 77, died Aug. 16, 2013, Priest Lake, Idaho

’59 Lester M Zehr, age 80, died Sept. 21, 2013, Vancouver, Wash.

’57 Joseph W. Thompson, age 81, died Nov. 2, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’50 Ronald L. Rosbach, age 85, died Oct. 21, 2013, Kelso, Wash.

’50 Carl A. Schultz, age 84, died Oct. 2, 2013, Spokane, Wash.


’49 Joy Peterson, age 88, died Oct. 29, 2013, Greenacres, Wash.

’49 Margaret Rayburn, age 86, died May 14, 2013, Grandview, Wash.

’48 George E. Hering, age 90, died Aug. 25, 2013, Portland, Ore.

’47 Richard H. Mason, age 92, died Nov. 23, 2013, Spokane, Wash.

’40 Annette L. Gray, age 93, died Oct. 8, 2013, Visalia, Calif.


’34 Ruth P. Moffitt, age 99, died Aug. 5, 2013, Seattle, Wash.

’30 Rita Y. Studebaker, age 102, died Aug. 11, 2013, Lewiston, Idaho

Faculty and Staff

 David Scott Bell, PhD, passed away Aug. 29, 2013, at home in Evans, Wash. He was 79. Bell’s passion for comparative politics sparked the imagination of his students during his 35 years of teaching at Eastern. Through Fulbright grants, exchange programs, sabbaticals and other travel opportunities, he conducted research, taught classes, consulted and led student and teacher groups to Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Japan and 27 times to Thailand. He had extensive professional relationships with numerous foreign ministers and other government officials throughout Southeast Asia. After retiring in 1999, Bell continued to keep up with events in that part of the world through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Joseph Daughtery passed away on Aug. 27, 2013. He retired from Eastern’s Art Department on Sept. 1, 1986, after 27 years of service.

Professor Emeritus John Ross passed away Oct. 15, 2013. He retired from Eastern on July 1, 1999, after 31 years of service in the Anthropology Department. Ross left a wonderful legacy to the whole Spokane Tribe and to the world. He wrote the 13,000-year history of the Spokane People before the white man came, titled The Spokan Indians.



  1. Fri. 05/23/2014
    To Joshua Pearson’s Family and loved ones –
    I want to express my condolences and sorrow for your loved one Joshua, whatever his relationship was to you all.
    It’s always difficult to know what to say, or write, in situations like this. However, I always want to say that if there is one thing in this world that is wrong in the scheme of things, is young death.
    Although we all disdain the reality of anyone’s death. Especially those close to us. Young, premature death is simply not a natural state of affairs. It’s wrong, no matter the reason.
    Nevertheless, I have read your loved one’s article, and he sounded very much on his way to a phenomenal career and life, whatever the case may have been. His academic achievements alone, sounded so advanced as well. What pride you must have for those achievements alone.
    I will probably never meet you all, in Joshua’s family. However, I wish you the best as is possible in his passing. That’s about all I have.
    I too attended EWU from 1994-1996; and Spring 2007. I love my Eastern, so greatly.
    Thank you for your time.
    Vancouver, WA.

    • Thank you Bob. We appreciate your words and yes, he was a phenomenal guy. Miss him a bunch.

      Chad Pearson (Josh’s Brother)

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