In Memoriam

Whitman College offers its condolences to the family and friends of our departed Whitties. Obituary information can be submitted to:

Mail: Whitman College, Office of Alumni Relations, 345 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362

*Abbreviated obituaries are run in the magazine.


Margaret Bell Graham ’36, Sept. 2, 2017, in Pomeroy, Washington. She married Harold Graham ’34 in 1935 and had three daughters. She was active in local organizations, including Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington and P.E.O. Graham was predeceased by her husband; a brother, Alex Bell ’28; brother-in-law, Jack Graham ’38; and cousin, Jim Beer ’38. She is survived by three daughters, including Roberta Graham Paulson ’62, and her husband, Howard Paulson ’63; numerous grandchildren; several great-grand-children, including Jillian Briglia ’19; and several great-great-grand-children. Extended family survivors include a nephew, Bruce Bell ’57, and a great-nephew, Adam Graham-Squire ’98.

William "Bill" Pugh ’39, Feb. 4, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. He married Sydney Houtz in 1943. Pugh was an instructor and assistant professor at Whitman from 1946 to 1949, going on to teach at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, until relocating to Yakima, Washington. Pugh was predeceased by his wife, a son and his brother, Paul Pugh ’51. He is survived by a daughter and two sons.


Charlotte Bates Kendrick ’41, March 17, 2018, in Yakima, Washington. She married Leo Kendrick ’42 and together they raised three children. Kendrick served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1979 to 1985. Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Robin Kendrick Klay ’69, and Kelly Kendrick O’Hanley ’73; and a son, Kip Kendrick ’70.

Carolyn Cushing Kruse ’42, March 3, 2018, in Seattle. After Whitman, she earned a master’s in social work from Columbia University in New York. Preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Kruse, she is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Gifts in Kruse’s memory may be made to Whit-man College Memorial Scholarship Fund, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Marcia Hartley Bates ’43, April 13, 2018, in Redding, Connecticut. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Bates; her sisters, Judith Hartley Nash ’45 and Jeanne Hartley Anderson ’47; and her cousins, Gretchen Hartley Ghormley ’43, Sue Hartley Brown ’46 and David Hartley ’49. Survivors include three sons, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

June Matthews ’44, Oct. 18, 2017, in Santa Cruz, California. She earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Santa Clara University in 1974 and became a licensed marriage and family therapist. She attended the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, to become a certified Jungian analyst, settling in Santa Cruz. She is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Barbara Holmes Stevens ’44, Feb. 18, 2018, in Long Beach, California. She married Fred Stevens ’44 in 1945; he passed away in 1998. In 2002, she made a gift to name the Stevens Atrium in the renovated Hall of Science in his memory, and later created the Barbara Holmes Stevens Scholarship Endowment. Stevens is survived by two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Virginia Mess Young ’44, May 3, 2018, in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona. Young was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Young. Survivors include two children and three grandchildren.

Rickard McLean ’45, Oct. 8, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. He served in the U.S. Navy and was honor-ably discharged in 1947. McLean married Marjorie Jean Dimm in 1947; they raised two children. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oregon Medical School in 1948, returned to the military to serve as a physician during the Korean War and then settled in Reedsport, Oregon. He was named Oregon Family Practice Physician of the Year in 1989 by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Predeceased by his wife, McLean is survived by his children, Mark McLean and Vicki McLean ’72, and three grandchildren.

R. Clayton Roberts Jr. ’45, March 29, 2018. After Whitman, he earned a master’s degree at the University of Washington and a doctorate at Cornell University in Ithica, New York. Roberts was a professor of English history at Ohio State University from 1952 until his retirement in 1991. Roberts was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers, including F. David Roberts ’45. His survivors include his wife of 65 years, Margaret Anne Veil; four children and seven grandchildren.

Patricia King Sterne ’46, Dec. 14, 2017, in Seattle. Sterne attended the University of Washington in Seattle. She married Richie Sterne in 1960. She earned a teaching certificate from UW and was the coordinator for teacher training and credentialing at The Little School in Bellevue. Sterne was preceded in death by her husband; she is survived by her daughter and three grandchildren, including Claire Revere ’18.

Margaret Ewing Taylor ’46, Jan. 18, 2018, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She married George Taylor in 1948 and they cel-ebrated 63 years together before his passing in 2011. Survivors include three children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Joyce Reser Bishop ’47, Jan. 28, 2018, in Walla Walla. Bishop taught American orientation courses at the College de Jeunes Filles at Leon, France, for a year and then earned a master’s degree in French from Indiana University in Bloomington. She married Blaine Bishop in Walla Walla in 1952; they lived on a farm outside of town and raised a son and a daughter. Her community service included serving on the board of the YWCA and membership in the Walla Walla Cattlemen’s Association, Oregon and Washington Wheat Growers, the local Art Club and the local Archaeology Club. Bishop was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph '13 and Helen Severance Reser '13; her sisters, Helen Reser Bakkensen '35, and Adele Reser Berry '39; and her husband. Her daughter, Linda Bishop Hardy, passed away in April 2018. Survivors include her son, Larry '76, and his wife, Chris Ferrel Bishop '79, and extended family including Laura Ann Bakkensen '05.

Janet Freimuth DeVore ’47, Nov. 30, 2017, in Yakima, Washington. She married Vincent DeVore ’49 in 1947. She made lifelong friends at the Bel Canto Choral Society. DeVore studied music theory and vocal performance at Yakima Valley College. Survivors include her husband, four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Clara Rich Haupt ’49, Dec. 14, 2017, in Union, Washington. Haupt worked for the state of Oregon as a meal site manager for the elderly. She and her husband of 68 years, Harold ’49, who survives her, resided for many years on Bain-bridge Island, Washington, and in Newport, Oregon. Other survivors include two children, five grand-children, five great-grandchildren and cousin, Sue Brown Roesch ’55. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lillian Brickey Rich ’21 and Theodore Rich ’21, and brother, Ted Rich ’48.

Suzanne Buie Hooper ’49, March 5, 2018, in Kennewick, Washington. She married Aime Davin ’51. Together they raised three children in Walla Walla, until his death in 1986. She retired to Kennewick and married Alfred Hooper in 1994. Hooper is survived by her husband, three children, a stepson, eight grand-children, two step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Walter Irvine ’49, March 22, 2018, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth Lautzenhiser Irvine ’49, four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Robert Norton ’49, Nov. 6, 2003, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and MIT in Cambridge. Norton was a chemical engineer at Cabot Carbon Corporation in Boston and vice president of engineering.


Marguerite “Peggy” Page Bailey ’50, Jan. 1, 2018, in Stockton, California. She married Charles Bailey ’50 in 1949. They had two sons. They remained in Walla Walla until a better job for him sent them to Chicago in 1958. The family relocated to Stockton in 1967. The Baileys retired in 1988 and purchased a second home on the beach in Aptos. Bailey was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by two sons.

Susan Horsley Campbell ’50, Sept. 5, 2017, in Yakima. She married Jack Campbell in 1949 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Washington. They settled in Corrales, New Mexico. Upon divorcing in 1977, she worked for the Albuquerque Public Schools. With her retirement in the 1990s, Campbell returned to her home-town of Yakima. Survivors include her four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dean Claussen ’50, Aug. 18, 2017, in Bellevue, Washington. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1951 to 1953. Claussen then entered the U.S. Foreign Service and was posted in Germany, the Congo, France, Belgium, Poland and Switzerland. Upon retirement in 1984, he continued working for the State Department as an escort/interpreter for German politicians and as a recruiter and examiner. Claussen earned his U.S. pilot’s li-cense at age 75. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlette Claussen, a daughter and two granddaughters.

Charles Daiger ’50, Feb. 23, 2018, in Lynnwood, Washing-ton. He had a long and successful career in real estate and insurance. Survivors include his wife, five children, 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Michael Fahey ’50, April 12, 2018, in Vancouver, Washington. He married Nancy Nelson Fahey ’51 in 1951. Fahey earned a master’s degree and doctorate in chemistry from Oregon State University. His wife preceded him in death. Survivors include four children; brother, Dennis Fahey ’53; and sister, Ruth Fahey King ’46.

William “Joe” Hammons ’50, Aug. 12, 2017, in Long Beach, California. Hammons enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on several ships during World War II. He married Patricia Moulton ’47 in 1948 and had three children. Hammons served in the Korean War, then took a position in the chief records branch of the National Security Agency and at the U.S. Hydrographic Office in San Pedro, California. He later worked for Autonetics, an aerospace company. He was preceded in death by his wife. Hammons is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

James Knapp ’50, Nov. 29, 2017, in Wenatchee, Washington. Knapp married Eloise Dorsey ’50. He taught high school chemistry for several years and eventually became a research chemist with Alcoa. The couple moved to Wenatchee in 1952 and had four children. He served on the Washington State Port Com-mission for Chelan County for 29 years. Knapp served as a delegate for Washington State on a trade mission to China. He was honored as a commissioner of the year and received a lifetime achievement award from the state commission. He was preceded in death by his wife, sister and brother, Charles Knapp ’42. Survivors include his four children and five grandchildren.

Harriet Haines Kumetat ’50, March 25, 2018, in Hillsborogh, California. Kuemtat earned her Bachelor of Arts at the College of Puget Sound. She married Lewellyn Kumetat in 1956. She is survived by two children.

William McKay ’50, Dec. 13, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. McKay earned his Bachelor of Science from Washington State University. He was predeceased by his parents, W. James McKay ’13, and Hilda Forshaugh McKay ’14, and brother, David McKay ’43. Survivors include his wife, Nancy McKay, two children, three step-sons, 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a large extended family, including cous-ins, Nancy McKay Burton ’53, and Joyce McKay Clise ’44.

Helen Rice Pickett ’50, Oct. 4, 2017, in Chatham, Massachusetts. She attended the Chicago Theological Seminary. She married Eugene Pickett in 1952. The couple served churches in the South during the civil rights era. After relocating to the Boston area, Pickett worked at Wellesley College. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Julia Rice Mark ’53; she is survived by her husband, three daughters and sister, Cynthia Rice McCrae ’48.

Frances “Franghie” Copeland Stickles ’50, Jan. 9, 2018, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. After Whitman, she earned a master’s degree in library science at the University of Washington, then taught in Beirut, and in the Bellevue, Washington, schools. She married Milton “Jack” Stickles in 1957, moving to Washington, D.C., and settling in the suburbs of Maryland. A grandchild of Whitman President Stephen B.L. Penrose, Stickles was predeceased by her husband. Survivors include her son; daughter, Mary Stickles ’84; sister, Margaret “Peggy” Copeland Corley ’52 and brother-in-law, George Corley ’55; and three grandchildren.

Rhea Riehl Wesson ’50, Feb. 4, 2018, in Lacey, Washington. She spent many years as a volunteer with Camp Fire, eventually becoming assistant executive director of the Central Puget Sound Council. Wesson was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jean Vaara Bailey ’51, March 25, 2018, in Chandler, Arizona. She was a teacher in the Scottsdale school district for many years. During this time she attended Arizona State University, completing her MBA. Predeceased by her husband, John Bailey ’50, and sister, Betty Vaara Drumheller ’49, she is survived by four children.

Janice Oliver Burt ’51, Jan. 25, 2018, in Wilsonville, Oregon. She married Calvin Burt ’50 in 1951. They settled in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where they lived for 54 years. In addition to teaching piano lessons, Burt did the accounting for Plant Deck, Inc., her husband’s business. Jan was a long-time member of the Friends of Spring-brook Park and was instrumental in creating that park. She is survived by her husband and two sons.

William Green ’51, Oct. 27, 2017, in Kennewick, Washington. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the basic training of recruits. Green married Patricia Parker in 1954. They were both teachers; Green also coached golf. He retired after more than 30 years. The Greens also enjoyed visiting Lake Sacheen, Washington. Green was predeceased by his wife of 59 years; survivors include a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.

Chris Nickolas ’51, Sept. 30, 2017, in Spring, Texas. Nickolas served in the U.S. Air Force at Wolters Air Force base in Texas. He owned an insurance sales company, The Omni Group, in Houston. Nickolas married Evelyn Fox in 1953; they had two sons; she passed away in 2001. He was active in his church and served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in his community. Nickolas is survived by his second wife, Vanessa, two sons and four grandchildren.

Nancy DePuy Wood ’51, Oct. 20, 2017, in West Linn, Oregon. In 1956, she married Richard Wood; they lived in Renton, Washington, and Santa Monica, California, before settling in Portland in 1959. Wood worked at Friendly House Community Center, eventually becoming director of its senior center, until retiring in 1993. She remained an active volunteer and served on committees at Calaroga Terrace senior living, where she lived from 2012 until her death.

Vern Brody ’52, Dec. 31, 2017, in San Luis Obispo, California. Brody was a WWII veteran in the U.S. Army and worked as a teacher and administrator in the San Luis Obispo Coastal Unified School District. Survivors include his wife and daughters and cousin, Ronald Knutson ’57.

George K. Simson ’52, March 4, 2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He married Margurite Bramhall ’52 in 1953. Simson, emeritus professor of English at the University of Hawaii, was a founding editor of Biography — An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and founder of the Center of Biographical Research and its corresponding foundation, the Biographical Research Center, dedicated to the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of life writing. Simson is survived by his wife and children.

Elmer Wagner ’52, Dec. 6, 2017, in Olympia, Washington. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Maritime Service, then the U.S. Army in 1945. Following his discharge, Wagner enrolled at Whit-man on the G.I. Bill. He married Carol Garfield ’52. They moved to Grays Harbor County, Washington, in 1955 and raised two sons. Wagner worked at Grays Harbor College for more than three decades, teach-ing Russian and serving as director of counseling. He retired in 1991, relocating to Olympia. He served on the Alumni Board of Directors from 2003-2006. Wagner was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years and his first son. Survivors include his son, Forrest Wagner ’83.

Joan Heggie Young ’52, Jan. 2, 2018, in Walnut Creek, California. She taught school before her children were born, and later worked as an executive assistant at Bechtel Group, Inc. She retired at age 72. Young served as chair for her 40th and 50th reunions. Survivors include her husband, David Hartley, two children, and sister, Nancy Heggie Blakemore ’54.

Phyllis Lane McQueen ’53, Sept. 12, 2014, in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Aileen Connolly Bratton ’54, Jan. 19, 2018, in Vancouver, Washington. She married Robert Brat-ton ’53. Before their children were born, she taught in the Bellevue and Olympia school districts; later in life, she enjoyed a second career as a travel consultant. She served the college as a class representative for the Annual Giving office. She and her husband established a generous scholarship for students from Olympia. Bratton is survived by her husband, three children and extended family, including niece, Nancy Bratton Anderson ’86, and nephews, Kevin Connolly ’90, and Matthew Connolly ’99.

Gerald “Jerry” Kelsey ’54, June 22, 2001, in Moore, Oklahoma. He attended Whitman for two years. Survivors include a sister, two foster sons and two grandchildren.

Donna Wartman Wright ’54, May 21, 2018, in State College, Pennsylvania. Wright was employed by Keystone Central School District for 23 years, holding various positions including secretary for the Title I Program and athletic office, athletic coordinator and business office administrative assistant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendall Wright. Survivors include two children and a granddaughter.

John Corker ’55, Dec. 25, 2017, in Carbondale, Illinois. He married Susan Chase ’57 in 1955; they raised four children. He entered the U.S. Artillery and served at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. He earned his MBA in hotel, restaurant and institutional management and worked in collegiate student services until he retired from Southern Illinois University in 1999. In his honor, the SIU Student Center includes an area called the John Corker Lounge. He is survived by his wife and children.

Margaret Ramsey Laughlin ’55, Feb. 9, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Laughlin worked as a professional technical editor. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, John Laughlin; three children and two grandchildren.

Susan Houck Lounsbury ’55, March 8, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Following graduation, she married Loren Lounsbury ’56. Lounsbury was an artist, accomplished in embroidery, painting and beadwork. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marion Houck McCartney ’53. Survivors include her husband and three children.

Marcia VanDorn O’Leary ’55, Dec. 1, 2017, in Spokane. She was married to Tom O’Leary for 63 years; they raised four children. She earned a degree in physical education at Eastern Washington State College. She volunteered as a guardian ad litem for a family of at-risk children, for organizations such as Meals on Wheels and Hope House women’s shelter and as a swimming instructor. She was predeceased by her husband. Survivors include four children.

Thomas Beasley ’56, Oct. 24, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. He is survived by his wife, Erin Lombard Beasley ’57, and two children.

Gary Fowler ’56, Oct. 21, 2017, in Lakewood, Washington. He married Karen McCormick ’56 and they moved to Western Washington. He taught junior high school in Issaquah briefly before a 40-year career at Weyerhaeuser. He was active in the community, serving as Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, church elder and a 15-year stint as volunteer at the Lakewood Historical Society. Survivors include his wife and two children. He was preceded in death by two sons.

Frank Kimball ’56, Sept. 30, 2017, in Hayden Lake, Idaho. Kimball earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. He served as a clinical pathologist in the U.S. Army then went into private practice. Kimball married Patricia Tickner in 1959; they later divorced. He married Elaine Adkins in 1983. He served as a class representative for Whitman’s annual giving office and returned to campus frequently for reunions and alumni college programs. Kimball was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Baker Kimball ’31 and Judd Kimball, a former Overseer; and a daughter, Allison Kimball Sullivan ’87. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Robin Kimball ’83; two sons; and a step-daughter, Tera Barcelou ’92.

Catherine McCormack McGilvray ’56, April 19, 2018, in Palo Alto, California. After Whitman, she completed her BA at Mills College in Oakland. Survivors include her husband, John McGilvray, and a daughter.

Jennifer Upton Reid ’56, Nov. 17, 2017, in Bellevue. She married William Reid in 1961; they had three children. She volunteered for her church, her children’s schools and scout troops and for Meals on Wheels. Reid served as a chair for her 40th Whitman reunion. She was preceded in death by her husband; father, Leland “L. B.” Upton ’23; aunt, Gertrude Upton Fortner 1918; and cousin, Ross Fortner ’53. Reid is survived by her children, including Charlotte Crichton Reid ’86; and extended family, including a cousin, Larry Hamblen ’60.

Al Swift ’57, April 20, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia. He married Paula Jackson ’58 in 1956. Swift earned his Bachelor of Arts in speech, public address and rhetoric from Central Washington University in Ellensburg and worked in broadcasting. In 1978, Swift was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District in northwest Washington. He served for eight terms, crafting groundbreaking legislation such as the Northwest Power Act and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Swift was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include two daughters.

Robert E. Vann ’57, Dec. 28, 2017, in Tigard, Oregon. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1961. Vann married Patricia McGinley in 1962. He served in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, California, as a lieutenant commander. Vann completed his radiology specialty residency at Oregon Health and Science University and practiced radiology at Kaiser Permanente in Portland for 35 years. He is survived by his wife and children. He was predeceased by his mother, Ruth Johnson Vann ’19.

Larry Edison ’58, Jan. 24, 2018. He earned his doctorate in mathematics at Stanford University. He married Diane Minkler ’60 in 1960; they raised four sons. Edison taught at Reed College and Alma (Michigan) College and retired from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma after 16 years. He served as a Whitman class representative for the annual giving office and was a reunion fund committee member for his 50th class reunion. Edison is survived by his wife and four sons, including Randy Edison ’86.

Linda Bellingar Gifford ’59, April 16, 2018, in Walla Walla. Following graduation from Whitman, she earned her Master’s in education at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She returned to Walla Walla and a career as a teacher and guidance counselor at DeSales High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gifford, and her son. Survivors include her daughter, two sisters, and cousin, Neil McDonald ’93.

W.E. "Gene" Greenlee ’59, March 14, 2017, in Olympia, Washington. He spent his career in the financial services industry. He was preceeded in death by a sister, Joanne Greenlee Ward '55. Survivors include his wife, Paulette Greenlee; four children, including Jennifer Greenlee Hogenson ’82, and brother-in-law, William Ward ’54.

Gretta Greninger Moore ’59, March 11, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. After Whitman, she earned her BA at the University of Washington in Seattle. She married Charles Moore ’59 in 1963; they later divorced. She is survived by her partner, Paul Windsor.


Rhoda Daly Jensen ’60, Sept. 7, 2017, in Seattle. The first in her family to attend college, she married Robert Jensen ’60 in 1961; they lived in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston while he went to law school. They had three children. The Jensens were longtime volunteers for Whitman: for the annual giving office, as co-chairs of their 55th re-union and in the Seattle Area Alum-ni Club. She served on the Whitman Parents Club when their son, Eric Jensen ’87, was a student. Jensen is survived by her husband, three children, and sister, Kathleen “Cass” Daly Clinger ’69. Memorial donations may be made to the Rhoda Daly Jensen Scholarship at Whit- man College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington, 99362.

James Whittier ’60, Oct. 4, 2017, in Steilacoom, Washington. He earned a master’s and doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Oregon in Eugene. Whittier worked in clinical psychology for 24 years, then became an English teacher in China. He worked in English-language camps in Hunan and Zhejiang and at Taiyuan Institute of Technology.

Beverly Mathison Stocker ’61, March 27, 2018, in Walla Walla. She married Don Stevens in 1948. He passed away in 1959, and she married Winfred Stocker in 1962. He preceded her in death. Survivors include four sons and a stepson, Seth Reid ’63.

Jane Haggstrom Arends ’62, Jan. 30, 2018, in Vancouver, Washington. After Whitman, she earned a master’s degree from Portland State University and a doctorate in education from the University of Oregon. Her teaching career spanned 44 years. Arends served on her 40th reunion fund committee. She is survived by her wife, Shelley Smith, and a son.

Kenneth Beauchamp ’62, May 15, 2018, in Stockton, California. After Whitman, he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate. in experimental psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Beauchamp was an associate professor and administrator at University of the Pacific-Stockton, and co-authored a textbook with Doug Matheson ’61 and Dick Bruce ’60. He served the college as a class representative for Annual Giving and on the reunion fund committee for his 50th reunion. Survivors include his wife, Judy Reynolds Beauchamp ’62, two children and one grandson.

F. David Hale ’62, April 19, 2018, in Tempe, Arizona. Hale was alumni director at Whitman from 1967 to 1971, and went on to found his own business and management consulting business. After retiring in 2010, he read periodicals on the radio for those unable to read due to disability. Survivors include two children and three grandchildren.

Lynn Bailey Cadle ’63, Jan. 11, 2018, in Martinez, Georgia. She earned a master’s and doctoral degree in education from the University of Georgia in Athens. Cadle served as the special education director for Burke County and Columbia County. She was the first woman elected superintendent of schools in Columbia County and received the Woman of Excellence in Education award from the YWCA and Girl Scout Council of Augusta in 1994. Cadle was acting chair in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at Augusta State University. She married Fred Cadle in 1975 and raised six children; all survive her, as well as a cousin, Elizabeth Strandberg Johnson ’59.

Margaret "Marcy" Wilson Dudley ’63, Feb. 27, 2018, in Bremerton, Washington. She married James Dudley ’61 in 1963, and together they raised three children. Dudley was a teacher and spent a year teaching in England under the Fulbright Exchange program. Survivors include her husband; her children, Matt, Robin and Brier ’88; and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Peterson Dudley ’89.

John Westine ’63, Oct. 11, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. He earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Oregon, where he met Day Lynch; they married in 1967. Westine spent the majority of his career with the state of Oregon in the Office of Educational Policy and Planning. A Bronze Life Master, he was a member of the Salem Bridge Club. He also was a member of the local Elks Club. Westine is survived by his wife and four children, who were by his side at his passing, and seven grandchildren.

Theodore Legge ’64, March 7, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. After Whitman, Legge earned a master’s degree in microbiology at the University of Montana in Missoula, and his MBA at Indiana University in Bloomington. He taught at the University of Montana and Rocky Mountain National Institutes of Health Laboratories prior to entering active duty with the U.S. Air Force. In 1972, Legge was named Alumni Director for Whitman College. He later worked for Cummins Engine Co. in Columbus. In 1999, Legge established the Mary Emily Legge Scholarship Endowment at Whitman to honor his mother.

Mark Abrahamson ’66, Feb. 6, 2018, in Red Wing, Minnesota. Abrahamson served as a class representative for Annual Giving and served on the reunion fund committee for his 50th reunion. Abrahamson was selected as Whit-man College Alumnus of Merit in 2009, in recognition of his work to educate the public on global warm-ing through environmental photography and speaking. His survivors include two daughters, two former wives, Linda Page ’66 and Carey Christensen ’79, and a cousin, Nancy Quistorff Word ’62.

James Scott ’66, April 2, 2018, in Spokane, Washington. His career was spent working for Goodyear and later running his own tire store. Survivors include his wife, Dixie Scott, and three children.

Andy Pollard ’67, Jan. 30, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Pollard earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow and his MBA at the University of Oregon in Eugene. His career was spent in the industrial and specialty chemical business. Pollard was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen. Survivors include his wife of nearly a decade, Glenna Glover, and two daughters.

David Grant ’67, March 17, 2018, in Cheney, Washington. He earned his Juris Doctor at Gonzaga Law School in Spokane. Following a career as a private practice insurance attorney, he was a dedicated volunteer for the Spokane police and sheriff’s departments. Survivors include his two children and five grandchildren.

John Benedict ’68, Nov. 13, 2008, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Benedict earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy until 1972 and had a successful business career. In his retirement, Benedict became a professional fly-fishing guide on the Madison River in Montana. Survivors include his wife and two sons.


Michael Fillinger ’72, March 29, 2018, in Redmond, Washington. He spent his career in environmental science, working for the EPA, Jacobs Engineering, Tetra Tech and Morrison-Maierle Environmental. Survivors include his wife and three children.

Aimee Snyder Witherspoon ’75, Oct. 8, 2017, in Ridgefield, Washington. She married Jud Witherspoon ’73; they raised four children before divorcing. Witherspoon earned her doctor of veterinary medicine from Washington State University in 1979 and opened East Mill Plain Animal Hospital in Vancouver, Washing-ton, in 1983. She later completed training in veterinary acupuncture at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and began treating large and small animals from a home-based veterinary practice. She rode competitively in the equestrian sport of three-day eventing. Survivors include two daughters; two sons, including Daniel Wither-spoon ’14; and a granddaughter.

Thomas "Ted" Poland ’79, May 20, 2018, in Sacramento, California. Poland was a gemologist and worked for more than 30 years for Citizen Watch Corporation, winning the League of Excellence award in 2006. Survivors include his wife, Kitty Jo Poland, three children, a brother, Bruce Poland ’74, and a sister, Amy Poland Bates ’78.


Bruce Baldwin ’80, Nov. 19, 2017, in Seattle. After Whitman, he earned his Bachelor of Arts at Washington State University in Pullman. Baldwin worked for Lewiston Grain Growers and Quincy Farm Chemicals before becoming manager of Palouse Grain Growers in 1985. He married Charlene McDonald and welcomed four stepchildren into his life. He was on the Palouse city council for many years and mayor of Palouse from 1996 to 2000. He was preceded in death by his mother and a stepson. Survivors include his wife, three stepchildren, a brother, Mark Baldwin ’77 and a sister, Jennifer Baldwin Ashby ’83.

William Gilmour ’82, Jan. 19, 2018, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Gilmour earned his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in geology at the University of Southern California. He worked as a chief environmental engineer for Simplot and held other environmental protection positions throughout California. Survivors include his parents and three children.

Benjamin Florer ’83, March 7, 2018, in White Plains, New York. He attended graduate school in library science at the University of Washington. He worked at the Portchester/Rye Brook Public Library in Portchester, New York. Survivors include his mother and four siblings.

Kristin Niva Dickenson ’86, Jan. 8, 2018, in Seattle. Following graduation, she earned a master’s in early childhood education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Tim Dickenson, and two children.

Laurel Kuehl ’86, Feb. 5, 2018, in Vashon, Washington. Kuehl served two years in the Peace Corps, in Niger, Africa, then earned her medical degree at the University of Washington. Survivors include her husband, John Martinak, and two sons.

Suzanne Meuret ’88, Nov. 11, 2017, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She earned her master’s in geology from the University of New Mexico. Meuret worked for Intel. An avid hiker, she backpacked the full length of Vancouver Island while growing up in the Pacific Northwest and, as an adult, hiked the La Luz Trail near Albuquerque weekly. Survivors include her parents and two brothers, including Henry Meuret ’86.


Maria Elena Morales ’93, Nov. 4, 2017, in Dallas, Texas. She came to the U.S. from Lima, Peru, with a law degree from Catholic University in Lima. After Whitman, Morales earned a master’s degree in Spanish at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She worked as a Spanish instructor at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and married Juan Huerta in 1996; they later divorced. Morales taught school in Minnesota and on a reservation in North Dakota before moving to Texas, where she taught in the Dallas School District until fall 2017. Survivors include Huerta’s family in Lima and in the U.S. and her children. David Kearney ’98, Nov. 28, 2017, in Portland. At Whitman, Kearney was on the debate team and worked as a coach for the Whitman debate program for a year following graduation.


Adam Buick ’05, Feb. 1, 2018, in Seattle. Buick earned his master’s in public administration from the University of Washington. He was working as a budget analyst for the Seattle Housing Authority. Survivors include his parents.

Remember Whitman Leaders

Whitman College InMemoriam Grant Silvernale ’50

Grant Silvernale ’50, Oct. 31, 2017, in Moscow, Idaho. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Silvernale graduated from the University of Washington law school and began a career as an attorney in Spokane. He joined the firm of Powell, Livengood, Silvernale, Carter and Tjossem in Kirkland, Washington, in 1960 and married Nancy Allen ’56 in 1961. They raised three children. Silvernale was a founder of the Pilot Rock community on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. A longtime Whitman supporter, he was a class representative for the annual giving office, served as a chair for his 25th reunion and was on the Board of Overseers for 20 years; Silvernale was named Overseer Emeritus in 1990. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, and three children. His brother, Peter Silvernale ’56, predeceased him in July; his obituary appeared in the summer 2017 Whitman Magazine. Gifts in Silvernale’s memory may be made to the William Allen-Boeing Lectureship and Student Investment Endowment at Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, Washington, 99362.

Whitman College InMemoriam Sonia Angell Schmitt ’55

Sonia Angell Schmitt ’55, Jan. 23, 2018, in Walla Walla. She married Carl J. Schmitt ’56 in 1956. Lifelong supporters of the college, Schmitt served as a class representative for Annual Giving, and as co-chair for the 35th, 40th and 50th reunions of her class; her husband was an Overseer, then Trustee of the college and was named Trustee Emeritus in 2004. After a full life in the San Francisco Bay Area, the couple retired to Walla Walla, where Sonia was born and raised. They worked to save the historic Whitehouse-Crawford building from the wrecking ball, and established the first fine-dining restaurant of Walla Walla’s wine country era, Whitehouse-Crawford. Following Carl’s death in 2008, Sonia continued to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the restaurant until her retirement. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Carolyn Angell Corliss ’52, and Lucile Angell White ’53. Survivors include her children, Carl P. and Ann Schmittt; Emily Schmitt Wigley ‘82 and Alex Wigley; and two grandchildren.

Whitman College InMemoriam A. Daniel O'Neil ’58

A. Daniel O’Neal ’58, Oct. 10, 2017, in Bremerton, Washington. He enrolled in Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and reported to the USS Watts, a World War II destroyer. O’Neal married Diane Reedy in 1961; they had four children. After serving in the Pacific and Vietnam, he studied law at the University of Washington. O’Neal served as transportation counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by Sen. Warren Magnuson of Washington. In 1973, the family moved to Washington, D.C., and President Richard Nixon appointed him a commissioner of the Interstate Commerce Commission; he served until 1980. The O’Neals moved to Seattle, where he served as a law partner at Garvey Schubert and Barer. O’Neal held key roles with the Railway Supply Institute, Washington State Freight Mobility Board, Washington State Transportation Commission and Puget Sound Partnership, among many other nonprofit organizations. He was recognized as Whitman’s Alumnus of Merit in 1978, then went on to serve on the Board of Overseers from 1979-1994. He also served as Whitman reunion fund chair for his 35th reunion and was named Overseer Emeritus in 1994. O’Neal is survived by his wife of 56 years and four children, including David O’Neal ’88 and his wife, Jane Wheeler O’Neal ’89.

Whitman College InMemoriam Fred Haruda ’72

Fred Haruda ’72, Jan. 10, 2017, in Springfield, Oregon. He earned his medical degree and a master’s degree in pathology from the University of Chicago and a certificate in child/adult neurology from Columbia University’s Neurology Institute. Haruda opened a private neurology practice in Salinas, California; he retired in 2001. Haruda married and divorced twice and had a daughter. Early in his career, he returned to Whitman as a visiting fellow and served on the Board of Overseers from 2008-2010. He is survived by his daughter and cousin, Judith Haruda Lynch ’63.

Remembering Whitman Staff and Faculty

Whitman College InMemoriam Larry Beaulaurier

Larry A. Beaulaurier, 88, March 27, 2018. Beaulaurier joined the staff at Whitman in 1962 as assistant to the president for financial development. In 1977, he was promoted to vice president for financial development. He retired in 1995. Beaulaurier served five presidents at Whitman. He was an integral member of the executive leadership team that, along with many generous alumni and friends, built the strong national academic reputation and beautiful physical campus the college enjoys today. During his 33 year tenure at the college, he led teams credited with raising more than $120,000,000 in gifts, increased annual alumni giving to more than 50 percent and increased the endowment from $6.5 million to more than $300 million. He was also proud to help create sister-institution relationships with universities in Japan and China, and formed the college Farm Committee. In 1966, he was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of the Year by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce; appointed by Gov. Daniel Evans to serve a four-year term (1967-71) on the founding Board of Trustees of Walla Walla Community College; received the 1983 Gonzaga University’s Distinguished Alumnus of Merit Award; and held several national and district leadership positions with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and other professional associations. Among his involvements in Walla Walla were Exchange, Rotary, Camp Fire, PTA, Public Library, Historical Society and Museum, and the 1994 Pete and Hedda Reid Service Award (formerly Town Gown). Survivors include his children, Robert ’88, Richard ’82, and Elizabeth Beaulaurier Walsh, ’83, and former wives, Carol Ann White Kirkman ’50 and Peggy Sanderson. Memorial gifts may be made to the Larry A. Beaulaurier Library Endowment, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Margaret “Peggy” Hague Metastasio, 92, died April 10, 2018, in Walla Walla. She moved to the community in 1956 when her husband, Arthur Metastasio, joined the faculty of Whitman College. Metastasio served as the associate registrar at Whitman for 18 years, until her retirement in 1986. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Metastasio ‘73 of Seattle; step-daughter Nan Stuart Munsey ‘69; and step-son Bruce Stuart ‘65; She was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur and Richard.