Former faculty member, Edwin ‘Ted’ Stein

Professor Emeritus of English Edwin "Ted" Stein died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on Sept, 1, 2011. He had been battling cancer for three and a half years.

Ted taught at Whitman from 1979 to 1997. He taught English and the First-Year General Studies Program.

Ted is survived by his wife, Judith Stein; his sons Christopher and Kevin; his daughter-in-law, Michele; Christopher and Michele's two children, Maya and Caden; his sister, Gerda Norvig; his cousin, Helen Stein; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Former faculty member, Miriam Wagenschein


Miriam Wagenschein died July 23, 2011. A native of Kingsville, Texas, she was born to Carl F. Wagenschein and Joe Lee Howard.


She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Texas, a master's degree from the University of Chicago and her doctorate from Stanford University. A faculty member at Whitman from 1950 to 1967, Wagenschein served as a sociology instructor and dean of women, earning tenure in 1956.

After working at Illinois State University during the late 1960s, Wagenschein was hired in 1972 as an academic planning consultant for the new college of arts and humanities at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and later served as its first dean. Wagenschein is credited with bringing the women's movement to Corpus Christi, teaching the first women's studies course, "Men and Women: Roles in Transition," and opening a women's center at the university.

"She did everything she could to improve the quality of life for people," her cousin Tommy Gardner told the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

Wagenschein retired in 1998 after 25 years at the university. A memorial was dedicated in her honor on August 31, 2011.

Wagenschein is preceded in death by her parents and sister Carol Dryden.

Former staff member, Gayla Bishop


Former director of catering at Whitman College, Gayla Bishop, died Aug. 9, 2011, in Walla Walla after a brief illness.

From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, "A homemaker, Gayla began working for Lutcher's in 1975 and later worked at The Launching Pad restaurant. She established the catering department for Whitman College, working there for 17 years. She started her own business, A Gayla Affair Catering, in 1994, and her husband, Wilton, joined her in the business following his retirement. They sold the company in 2007.

"Gayla was a member of the Blue Mountain Riders, Walla Walla Choral Society and First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband, three sons and their families."