In Memoriam Winter 2013

In this issue of the magazine we’ve shared the stories of couples who met, fell in love and married because of relationships that developed during their time at Eastern. In their wedding photos we see the joy and anticipation of their journey together. Their stories are romantic, humorous and touching. The newlyweds are writing the first chapters of their love story; the plot deepens for those in the middle and some couples have written their final chapters together.

The Chandler’s Love Story

Leo Chandler and Patricia Sterling met and fell in love in Dr. Celia Allen’s Psychology 101 class in the fall of 1955. “Leo told a joke and I was the only one who laughed, so Leo turned around to see who got it,” writes Pat. “According to Leo, I psyched him out ever since. After class we walked down the hall at Showalter together and that was the beginning.”

Leo was a junior and Pat was a freshman. They both became very involved in campus life and activities. Leo served as Student Body President in 1956-57 and was editor of the student newspaper. He was also involved in Ski Club, Scarlett Arrow and the Bachelors Club. He lettered in swimming and football. Pat was president of the Eastern Chapter of Future Teachers.

They dated and became engaged a year later. Their wedding took place in May 1957, in Spokane. “We wanted our many EWC friends to be able to attend before they left for summer vacation,” wrote Pat. “After a whirlwind honeymoon to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, we came back to take finals. After Leo’s graduation, we lived in Spokane and began raising our five children (Shannon, Kelly, Bridgett, Michael and Kevin). In 1965 we moved to the Seattle area and settled in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. On May 26, 2012, we celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary.”

Leo suffered declining health over the past few years and had been undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma since September 2012. He passed away in his sleep on Nov. 29, 2012.

For more than 30 years Leo designed retail stores, and in 1995 two of those stores were named retail stores of the year. An avid sports fan, Leo refereed football and basketball for 25 years in Spokane, Whitman and King counties. He was a founding member of the Mountlake Terrace Rotary and a 37-year member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. In his retirement, Leo was able to use his degree in English to tutor student athletes at the University of Washington.

Over the years, Leo and Pat have remained dedicated supporters of Eastern. Leo served as a former director of the EWU Alumni Association.

Donations in Leo’s honor may be made to the scholarship funds of Eastern Washington University or Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, or to St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

Paying It Forward

By Brian Lynn ‘98

A good teacher supports, challenges, inspires and pushes students to be the best version of themselves. Since 1980, Leonard Stern has been that mentor for Eastern Washington University students. A professor in the Psychology Department for the past 32 years, Stern passed away on Oct. 19, 2012.

Now, one of those former students has created an endowment in his name to honor the long-standing contributions and mentoring Stern provided, while also supporting and promoting high-quality undergraduate research.

Jeff Joireman was a student of Stern’s who later became a research assistant during the 1987-88 school year. Working with Stern impacted Joireman to such an extent that it inspired him to attend graduate school.

“He gave me a really good balance between guidance and independence; we would have an idea, but he let me analyze and shape it,” said Joireman, now an associate professor and PhD coordinator for the marketing department at Washington State University. “Without his guidance and support, it is unlikely that I would have pursued a PhD and enjoyed the opportunity of an academic career. It was a great experience, and I have always wanted to honor that mentoring he gave me.”

The Leonard D. Stern Research Award was started with a $25,000 gift from Joireman, and is open for additional contributions. Dividends from the endowment will be disbursed annually in Stern’s name starting in 2014, or sooner, depending on contributions.

The annual $1,000 award will be granted to undergraduate psychology students who submit a formal research proposal. The winning proposal will be selected by Psychology Department faculty in conjunction with Joireman. “I’m hoping the award can help make it possible for undergrads at Eastern to participate in research and experience some of the options I had available because of Len,” he said.

Indeed, while Stern’s teaching legacy lives on at EWU in the form of the award in his name, it has spread to WSU, where Joireman teaches marketing research, consumer behavior and his mentor’s hallmark class: statistics. “Len was a really reliable guy and very smart. He was especially skilled at making statistics easy to learn,” said Joireman. “I have tried to model his teaching style in my own classes, especially when teaching statistics.”

While Stern, who was teaching an online class right up until his death, will no longer walk the halls or teach in the classrooms of Eastern Washington University, his impact will remain a part of the university in perpetuity thanks to Joireman’s generous gift.

If students, colleagues or alumni would like to contribute to this endowment, they may contact Foundation Development Officer Mary Ann Murphy, 509.359.6703.


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


’04 Kristin K. Dralle, age 42, died March 12, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash.

’02 Eric Robert Forsberg, age 32, died Sept. 27, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash.


’96 Rosemary (Fishburn) Earp, age 52, died Sept. 23, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’96 Ariet Oman, age 45, died Oct. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’95 Tanya R. Davis, age 41, died May 25, 2012, in Issaquah, Wash.

’94 Delmar J. Stevens, age 72, died Aug. 16, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’94 Sally Storms, age 56, died Sept. 4, 2012, in Newport, Wash.

’93 Vernon “Darrin” Mason, age 44, died July 3, 2012, in Cheney, Wash.

’93 Cynthia “Cyndee” Northrop, age 59, died Oct. 11, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’92 Mary (Logan) Edgens, age 77, died Aug. 2, 2012, in Chattaroy, Wash.

’91 Judy A. Crowell, age 65, died Oct. 3, 2012, in Davenport, Wash.

’91 Linda G. Cunningham, age 63, died June 4, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’90 Beverley Ann Cochrane, age 77, died Oct. 3, 2012, in Pasco, Wash.

’90 Janet A. (Seslar) Hancock, age 70, died June 18, 2012, in Cheney, Wash.


’89 Robert Absten, age 56, died Aug. 4, 2012, in Fircrest, Wash.

’89 Nicholas Allan Clemenson, age 63, died Sept. 23, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’89 Janet L. Reardon, age 50, died Aug. 21, 2012, in Burbank, Wash.

’88 Marian Rose Norberg, age 62, died Oct. 24, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’86 Denise Lafreniere Lupien, age 54, died Sept. 20, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash.

’85 Mary Margaret Hoffman, age 72, died Oct. 13, 2012, in Ellensburg, Wash.

’84 Betty J. Fowler, age 87, died Nov. 14, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’83 John David “Dave” Stenhouse, age 63, died Aug. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’82 Tressie Spracher Sluder Cartner, age 87, died in October 2012, in Olympia, Wash.

’82 Rodney Roy Spurlock, age 58, died May 27, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’80 Joy Wedeman, age 56, died Nov. 8, 2012, in Centralia, Wash.


’79 Curtis Allan Johnson, age 55, died June 23, 2012, in Cheney, Wash.

’77 Kenneth T. Fornof, age 63, died Dec. 17, 2011, in Cheney, Wash.

’77 Frank William Cardwell Sr., age 80, died Nov. 4, 2012, in Wenatchee, Wash.

’77 Donna (Wickline) Marvin, age 64, died July 24, 2012, in Spokane Valley, Wash.

’77 Lydia Teresa Sims, age 91, died June 23, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.

’76 Dayna R. “Butch” Brown, age 63, died July 8, 2012, in Everett, Wash.

’76 James A. Burgen, age 65, died Oct. 18, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’76 Dwight Scott Hamilton, age 72, died Aug. 7, 2012, in Rosburg, Wash.

’76 Janice Christelle Newell, age 58, died June 25, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’76 Kimberly Kay Vaughn, age 58, died Nov. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’75 William G. “Bill” Muncey, age 68, died Sept. 20, 2012, in Kennewick, Wash.

’75 Fredric C. “Fred” Wallick, age 72, died June 13, 2012, in Cashmere, Wash.

’74 William Randall “Randy” Burns, age 62, died Sept. 16, 2012, in Renton, Wash.

’74 Michael Glen Holl, age 63, died June 29, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash.

’74 Mary Lou Loftus, age 68, died June 14, 2012, in Everett, Wash.

’73 Robert E. “Bob” France, age 67, died June 13, 2012, in Kirkland, Wash.

’73 John R. Sims, age 74, died April 3, 2012, in Humptulips, Wash.

’73 Jerome Skinner, age 66, died May 31, 2012, in Richland, Wash.

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

’71 David A. Nees, age 69, died Oct. 2, 2012, in Priest River, Idaho

’71 Ernie Packebush, age 67, died Oct. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’70 Sally Jo Fowler, age 82, died May 22, 2012, in Friday Harbor, Wash.

’70 Gary N. Billesbach, age 66, died June 14, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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

’70 Barry Phillip Delong, age 66, died June 27, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

‘70 Donald Rennewanz Jr., age 69, died Nov. 10, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev.


’69 Don Dawson, age 72, died Aug. 10, 2012, in Goodyear, Ariz.

’69 Wilmer G. “Wil” Ditton, age 71, died Aug. 23, 2012, in West Virginia

’69 Everett C. “Butch” Ginther, age 66, died Aug. 22, 2012, in Wenatchee, Wash.

’69 Cornelia B. “Connie” Heston, age 76, died July 5, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’69 Betty H. Minnich, age 93, died May 27, 2012, in Cheney, Wash.

’69 Charles Edward Rice, age 94, died Sept. 3, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’68 Charles L. Decker Jr., age 68, died June 26, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’68 Keith Earl Shoemaker, age 70, died Aug. 19, 2012, in Benton City, Wash.

’67 Rick N. Baer, age 67, died July 14, 2012, in Seven Bays, Wash.

’67 Roger “Buck” Hylton, age 69, died July 1, 2012, in Ammon, Idaho

’66 James L. Morasch, age 68, died Feb. 3, 2011, in Pasco, Wash.

’65 Gary M. Honda, age 71, died May 22, 2012, in Orange, Calif.

’65 Laurence John Nelson, age 83, died Oct. 2, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’65 Jack L. Smiley Jr., age 69, died May 1, 2012, in Walla Walla, Wash.

’64 Rod Ostboe, age 70, died Oct. 15 2012, in Richland, Wash.

’64 Gary Enium Rasmussen, age 75, died July 9, 2012, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

’64 Edith E. Smith, age 89, died June 8, 2012, in Spokane Valley, Wash.

’64 Wilmer Robert “Bob” Spanjer Jr., age 76, died Dec. 4, 2011, in Cheney, Wash.

’63 Beverly Jean Miner, age 78, died Aug. 26, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’63 Charles Herrin, age 75, died July 23, 2012, in Kennewick, Wash.

’63 Neil T. Williams, age 72, died July 13, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’62 Lucille (Quast) Copeland, age 92, died June 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’62 Daryl Walter Noyd, age 74, died May 14, 2012, in Wenatchee, Wash.

’61 Ronald L. Robinson, age 75, died June 11, 2012, in Edmonds, Wash.

’60 Dorothy (Pelley) Finch, age 92, died May 25, 2012, in Grandview, Wash.

’60 Isaac Eugene Metz, age 76, died March 7, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.


’59 Margaret (Beckman) Fettig, age 75, died June 15, 2012, in Kent, Wash.

’59 Neil Allen Rector, age 75, died June 14, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif.

’59 Conrad A. Wicht, age 81, died Oct. 22, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’58 Ethel L. Barstow, age 82, died Aug. 12, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’58 John P. Tracy Jr., age 92, died July 10, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’57 James Douglas “Doug” Casey, age 85, died Oct. 17, 2012, in Longview, Wash.

‘’54 Leslie Edwin Lillquist, age 80, died July 15, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash.

’54 Ada Lorraine Solberg, age 79, died April 23, 2012, in Warden, Wash.

’53 Lucienne C. Harris, age 95, died Sept. 4, 2012, in Winnemucca, Nev.

’53 Lloyd N. Rainwater, age 92, died Aug. 19, 2012, in Palm Springs, Calif.

’52 Harold F. Kafer, age 89, died July 26, 2012, in Bothell, Wash.

’52 Frances Stark, age 93, died May 10, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’51 Norma Lee Main, age 82, died Oct. 16, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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

’51 Norman L. Stewart, age 84, died June 2, 2012, in Trinity, Ala.

’51 Janice Wright, age 82, died Aug. 11, 2012, in Coulee Dam, Wash.

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


’49 Anna Laird, age 94, died Aug. 6, 2012, in Richmond, Va.

’47 Bernadine Bayley “Bernie” Hanson, age 89, died Oct. 2, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’45 Amy Bell, age 88, died Nov. 9, 2012, in Stehekin, Wash.

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


’38 Anna L. Pellett, age 94, died Dec. 21, 2011, in Sitka, Alaska

’37 Evelyn M. Surprise, age 96, died Aug. 8, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’34 Ethel Gordon Metzger, age 98, died March 22, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

Faculty and Staff

Retha L. Lucas, died on Oct. 26, 2012, in Four Lakes, Wash. She retired in April 1983, from Custodial Services after 13 years of service. She was 91 years old.

Thomas McArthur, age 65, passed away Oct. 30, 2012. He retired Sept. 1, 2012, with 20 years of service to EWU, last serving in building maintenance.

Lenard D. Stern, PhD, age 66, died Oct. 16, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. He came to Eastern’s Psychology Department in September 1980.

Susan E. Wallace, age 80, died Oct. 28, 2012, in Louisville, Colo. She retired in May 1995 from the library, after 25 years of service.



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