Faye Bruneau Needham, '20, February 20, 1999. Needham's teaching career began at Whitman following her graduation and took her to Chile. She then taught in public schools in Idaho and in Tacoma, Washington, earning a master's degree from the University of Washington the same year one of her two daughters graduated from there. After her husband's death, she traveled to Cuba and taught there from 1958 to 1960. She had vivid stories to tell of the Castro revolution.
Emily Shotwell Edwards, '23, January 17, 1999. A homemaker and voice teacher, Edwards married Schuyler B. Edwards in 1924. They lived in Port Townsend, Washington, and Cascade Locks, Oregon, before moving to Portland in 1941. Her husband died in 1970, and Edwards moved to Federal Way, Washington, in 1991.
Beatrice Loenning Lawhorn, '26, February 16, 1999, in LaGrande, Oregon. Lawhorn attended Whitman, then graduated from the University of
Oregon. She married Paul Lawhorn in 1940. The couple operated a service station in Napa, California until 1955. After a business career that included many years as office manager at A. H. Smith insurance company in Napa, Lawhorn retired in 1966. Her husband died in 1975, and she moved to LaGrande in 1991.
Dorothy McPherson Sandmann, '26, November 28, 1996, in Sequim, Washington. She received a B.Ed. in primary education art from Central Washington University in 1953. She was a primary teacher in Yakima, Washington, retiring in 1970. She and her husband, Ernest, raised one son and one daughter.
Richard E. Lytel, '28, November 29, 1998, in San Rafael, California. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Architecture, Lytel studied in France at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. A partner of Lamonte, Shorrett, he was a restaurant architect whose work included the Dunbar Room in Seattle's Sorrento Hotel (now the Hunts Club), El Gaucho in Seattle's Tower Building, Timber Topper Room in Spokane, and Tyee Hotel in Olympia. His brother, Robert Lytel, '27, preceded him in death.
Walter Clayton McMinimee, '28, January 19, 1999, in Lincoln City, Oregon. He attended the University of Washington and Chicago University where he studied marketing and Japanese. During World War II he was sent to Japan, where he served as a military government and army attaché specializing in Japanese. He retired as a lieutenant colonel. After the war McMinimee settled in Yakima where he worked for the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
Vernon Waterman, '29, January 5, 1999, in Manteca, California. Waterman earned teaching credentials at the University of Southern California and taught and coached for a few years. In 1946 he received a degree in optometry from the University of California, Berkeley. He practiced optometry and taught high school in Adin, then moved to Manteca, where he continued to practice for 50 years.
Gene Spaulding, '30, April 19, 1999, in Auburn, Washington. Spaulding was a real estate professional whose career continued until he was 76. He was active on countless boards and groups and was a St. Paul's church lay reader for 40 years. A longtime Port of Kennewick commissioner, he was named Tri-Citian of the Year in 1983. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude, in 1995.
June Scholer Otter, '32, February 27, 1999. She attended Whitman from 1928-1931, majoring in music. In 1931 she married Vern Otter and the couple settled in Boise, Idaho. They had two sons. Otter served as school room and scout den mother and taught piano and public school on occasion. She was active in PEO, Talk, Saturday Fortnightly, and Women of Rotary. Her husband died in January 1999.
Edna Mae Miller Woodward, '34, May 2, 1999, in Portland, Oregon. Recipient of a master's degree from Reed College, she married Clare Woodward, '36, in 1932. They moved to Portland, and during World War II, she was a supervisor at Oregon Shipyards. She taught 20 years at Jefferson High School, retiring in 1975 as administrative vice principal. She was a class representative for Whitman from 1989 to 1994. Among her survivors are her husband, daughters Sharon Woodward Work, '62, and Carolyn Woodward Wheatley, '65, grandchildren Steve Work, '85, Jennifer Wheatley, '92, and Georgene Wheatley, '94. Remembrances may be sent to The Edna Mae Woodward Scholarship Fund, Whitman College.
Robert Blacklaw, '36, March 27, 1999, in Walla Walla. A lifelong Walla Walla resident, Blacklaw served in the Navy and Army Air Corps during World War II. Married in 1941 to Evelyn Higginbotham, he was a wheat farmer and member of the Washington Flying Farmers, Grange and Elks Lodge.
Etha Langrell, '36, April 7, 1999, in Baker City, Oregon. She attended the University of Washington and taught high school in Colton, Washington, for several years before entering the family business, Langrell Trading Post, in Baker City. She was co-owner and operator of the Langrell Museum at Haines and also assisted her brother at Langrell Mortuary until her retirement.
Ethel Brown Woodward, '36, April 10, 1999, in Milton-Freewater, the day after she and her husband, Donald Woodward, '37, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. The couple, who had two daughters and one son, farmed in the Helix and Pendleton areas. Woodward traveled with her husband promoting American wheat throughout the world. She volunteered for the Red Cross and as a Gray Lady and was active in her church and in Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Her survivors include her husband.
Jeannette “Pokey” Sears Kitt, '38, February 13, 1999, in Rochester, New York. She married A. Ross Kitt, '38, in 1939, and they had three sons. Kitt and her husband developed General Code Publishers Corporation, where she served as editor, editor-in-chief, corporate secretary, and consultant for many years. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. Among her survivors is her husband.
Howard Stanton, '39, March 30, 1999, in Walla Walla. He married Jeri Chaney in 1941 and served in Europe during World War II. He owned and operated Key City Cleaners until his retirement in 1975. Afterward, he worked for Stewart's and Holiday Cleaners. He participated in choirs and and enjoyed fishing, camping, and carpentry. Among his survivors is his cousin Velma Callahan Ingalls, '60.
Harold Cotter, '40, March 1999, in Rogue River, Oregon. A colonel in the Air Force, he served in the Pentagon as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1956 to 1960. Cotter began his military career in 1940 when he joined the Army Air Corps. He was sent to England, where he flew many bombing missions as a B-17 pilot. After the war, he served as an instructor in air science and tactics at Utah State University, as an Air Force attaché in Turkey, and as director of intelligence for the Fifth Air Force of the Pacific in Japan. Survivors include his wife, Juanita Cotter, '35, and their son, Robert.
Phyllis Tiland Brumback, '43, April 12, 1999, in Pendleton, Oregon. A lifelong music lover, she particularly enjoyed piano and violin. Married in 1932, she and her husband, Donald Brumback, owned and operated Brumback Music in Walla Walla.
William Osborne Jr., '43, December 28, 1998, Portland, Oregon. During World War II, Osborne served in the Pacific with the Navy, aboard the U.S.S. Denver. He received a master's degree from Yale Forestry School in 1949 and was a self-employed consulting forester for several companies including St. Regis Paper Co. and Rainier Inc. He retired in 1992. He and his wife, Barbara Matthews, were married for 52 years.
Dorothy Cutting Worthwine, '43, March 23, 1999, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She married Oscar Worthwine, an Air Force civilian officer, in 1952, and the couple and their two children lived on Air Force bases in Idaho, Washington, and California. Worthwine worked in Tustin, California, as the supervisor of secretaries for the Orange County district attorney's office for over 10 years before retiring.
Ivan Ferguson, '47, September 12, 1998, in Palm Desert, California. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. After retiring from Continental Can Company as West Coast distribution manager, Ferguson moved from Los Alamitos, California, to Palm Desert. He was active in his church where he also sang in
the choir. His first wife, Helen Buckler Ferguson, '46,
preceded him in death.
Bernard E. Johnson, '47, January 6, 1999, in Renton, Washington. He served in the Navy during World War II, receiving the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Johnson retired as an engineer from Pac Car. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and bird watching. His wife, Janelle, two sons and two daughters are among his survivors.
William M. Scott, '48, March 5, 1999, on Mercer Island, Washington. He participated in the liberation of Germany during the war, returned to Whitman, and then re-enlisted after graduation. In 1967, he retired as a major and head of the Reserve Center in Enid, Oklahoma. He earned an M.A. in history from Phillips University there and taught at Emerson Junior High where he became vice principal. He and his wife, Irene Olson, moved to Mercer Island in 1997. Among his survivors is his sister-in-law, Margory Young Scott, '52.
Dare Royce, '50, December 11, 1998, in Santa Barbara, California. He married Joan Mertz, '50, and the couple had one son. Royce had a long career with Crown Zellerbach in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco. His wife died in 1996.
Robert Dean, '53, December 18, 1998, in Kennewick, Washington. He served in World War II prior to attending Whitman. Dean, his wife, and their four children lived in the Tri-Cities, where he was the founder and owner of Finders Insurance, He retired in 1987.
Rodney Timm, '53, April 29, 1999, in Eureka, California. Timm earned a hotel and restaurant administration degree at Washington State University. After serving in the Army, he worked as a food broker and managed a restaurant. He became president and chief of operations for Fresh Freeze Supply in Eureka, retiring in 1993. He married Kathleen Donovan in 1958. Survivors include his sisters Betty Timm Watson, '43, and Maryanne Timm Freeman, '46.
Roberta Wilson McFadden, '57, January 7, 1999, in Pullman, Washington. She and her husband, Bruce McFadden, '52, raised three sons. On a trip to England in the 1970s she began study of Yoga and upon return to Pullman taught Yoga for the city parks and recreation department and then for Spokane Community College. In 1977, she opened her own studio, Yoga Basics, and she taught until 1989. Among her survivors is her husband.
Norman “Dick” Frank, '61, April 18, 1999, in Walla Walla. After serving in the Army Air Corps he joined the family business, the Delishus Bake Shoppe, in Walla Walla. He
received a master of arts degree in education and administration from Walla Walla College in 1965 and taught and coached at Prospect Point elementary school. He became a principal for the Walla Walla district in 1974, serving at Jefferson, Washington, and Blue Ridge. He retired in 1986. Among his survivors is his brother, Gene Frank, '57.
Ann Easton-Davis, '69, January 4, 1999, in Denton, Texas.
She earned a master's degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1996, she moved to Denton, Texas, and married Randall Davis. She worked as a self-employed antique dealer.
James Schempp, '76, October 9, 1998, in Port Orchard, Washington. Schempp received a master's degree in physics from Washington State University. He worked as a project manager at David Taylor Research Center Detachment Puget Sound for 15 years before taking a post as deputy regional environmental coordinator at Naval Base Seattle. Among survivors are his wife, Geri, daughter, Jamie, and brothers, Bill Schempp, '73, and Bob Schempp, '77.
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