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*Abbreviated obituaries are run in the magazine.
Whitman College offers its condolences to the family and friends of our departed Whitties. Obituary information can be submitted to:
*Abbreviated obituaries are run in the magazine.
Elaine Studebaker Thomas '38, July 7, 2019, in Prairie Village, Kansas. After Whitman, she earned a degree from the University of Washington, and married Donald Thomas in 1940. They were married nearly 50 years and had three children. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son; survivors include a son and a daughter.
Dorothy Livengood Baker '41, July 20, 2019, in Upland, California. She was married to Leslie Baker until his death in 1992. Together they raised two sons. Baker volunteered for multiple organizations throughout her life, receiving recognition from Sepulveda Veteran's Hospital of San Fernando Valley. Survivors include a son and nephews, John Livengood '85 and Peter Livengood '82.
Charlotte Allen Zimmermann '42, May 9, 2019, in Bellevue, Nebraska. She married Robert Young in 1942, and spent her adult life as an Air Force officer's wife; they were married for 35 years and raised six children. Settling in Nebraska, she had a career in retail management. Following her husband's death she traveled frequently, and a trip to London introduced her to Ralph Zimmermann. They were married for 24 years. She is survived by four children, including Deborah Young Reece '67.
Wilma "Willie" Roesch Kishpaugh '43, March 17, 2019, in Pendleton, Oregon. After Whitman, she attended Bryn Mawr and the Sorbonne in Paris, and modeled for Cosmopolitan Magazine in New York. She married William Kishpaugh in 1945; together they raised three sons. She was preceded in death by her son, her husband, and a sister, Jeanne Roesch Slavich '46; her survivors include two sons.
Margaret "Peggy" Glase Bagnall '45, Aug. 29, 2019, in Morristown, New Jersey. She earned a master's in English from Columbia University, New York, in 1946, and married Roger Bagnall. She taught high school English in the Bay Area; Lopez Island, Washington; Northfield, Massachusetts; and Oyster Bay, New York. Bagnall retired in 1985, and the couple moved to Morristown to be closer to family. She was preceded in death by her husband; she is survived by her four children, including Anne Bagnall Yardley '71.
Virginia "Jinny" King Delano '45, June 20, 2019, in Portland, Maine. After Whitman, she attended Wellesley College. She married Myles Delano in 1948, raising two daughters. Delano was an activist, advocating for environmental and social issues wherever she lived. Survivors include her daughters and a nephew.
Charlotte Goodnow Clayton '47, Jan. 2, 2019 in Richland, Washington. She married Duane Clayton '47 and they had two sons. The family settled in the Tri-Cities, Washington, where her husband worked as a nuclear physicist. Clayton was a music teacher and played the organ at All Saints Episcopal Church for more than 25 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane, and her son, Charles. Survivors include a son.
Thomas Eglin '47, July 3, 2019, in Yakima, Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy, then earned his degree from Whitman. He earned education degrees at Central Washington University in Ellensburg and had a long career as a teacher and administrator. After his retirement from education, he started a career in real estate. He married wife Bonnie in 1953 and they raised two children. Survivors include his wife; his son, Thomas '78; his daughter, Deborah, and son-in-law,
Marnell Strom Gray '49, Jan. 19, 2019, in Snohomish, Washington. She married Paul Gray '48 in 1947. Together they raised three children. She was preceded in death by her husband; survivors include a son and two daughters.
Russell "Russ" Hobbs '49, Jan. 25, 2018, in Tacoma, Washington. He married Beth Andrews '47 in 1946; they had four children. Hobbs was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement, he served as Pacific Northwest district chair for Kiwanis International. He was preceded in death by a son; survivors include his wife and three children.
J. Patricia Clarkson Lange ‘49, April 8, 2019, in Beaverton, Oregon. She married Robert Lange '49 in 1948 and they raised three daughters. Early careers took them to the Midwest, where she worked in the architect's office for Dayton's Department Stores. Upon her return to the Pacific Northwest, she stayed home with her children and turned her hobby of throwing clay pots into a business, Pat's Pots. The couple retired in Beaverton, Oregon. Survivors include her husband; her daughters, including Sandee Lange Brogan '73; brother-in-law Ned Lange '56 and sister-in-law, Priscilla Alsip Lange '61.
Doreen June Wilcox Murray '49, July 9, 2019, in Gig Harbor, Washington. After Whitman, she married Dale Murray in 1948. They had four children and were married for 70 years. Murray is survived by her children and grandchildren.
Phyllis Peterson Lajala '51, May 6, 2019, in Hemet, California. She earned a bachelor's in elementary education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She married David Leaverton '48 and they raised two sons; Leaverton died in 1987. She taught grade school for 35 years. She married Robert Lajala in 1992 and they retired to Tuscon, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her second husband; survivors include her children and grandchildren.
L. Booth Maycock '51, July 6, 2019, in West Jordan, Utah. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. He enrolled at Brigham Young University and met Edna Harman, from Walla Walla. They were married in 1947 and Maycock finished his degree at Whitman. They returned to Utah, where he served the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Jordan River Temple Chapter as president and went on to be elected national president in 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, and is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bradford Lucas '52, June 16, 2019, in Moses Lake, Washington. Lucas served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 111th Airborne. He met Joy Ann Mott '52 at Whitman and they were married in 1951. He taught high school English and drama, first in Bellingham, Washington, and later in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The couple embraced the teachings of the Baha'i faith and lived in Managua, Nicaragua, to share them. Political unrest and natural disaster sent the family back to Washington and they settled in Moses Lake, Lucas teaching and directing high school plays until he retired. The Lucas's co-chaired their 35th Reunion. He was preceded in death by a daughter. He is survived by his wife and four children, including Paul Lucas '86.
Patricia Smith Oakshott '52, Aug. 13, 2019, in Spokane, Washington. After Whitman, she earned a teaching certificate from Western Washington University in Bellingham, then taught in secondary schools in Washington and Oregon for 14 years. She worked for the Spokane Public Library for 21 years until her retirement in 2001. She met Tom Oakshott at her first teaching position and they married in 1953. They raised four children. Preceded in death by her husband and two daughters, her survivors include a daughter and a son.
Robert Worrall '52, Dec 11, 2018, in Inverness, Florida. Worrall served in the U.S. Army in World War II. After Whitman, he earned his MBA at Harvard in 1954, and married Janet Davidson in 1956. Worrall had a successful career in business finance and marketing, both overseas and in the U.S. He designed the buckskin-clad Marcus and Narcissa, the Fighting Missionaries logo used for many years. He was preceded in death by a daughter; survivors include his wife and a daughter.
Ellen Unoki Horiuchi '53, Oct. 13, 2018, in Waipahu, Hawaii. She taught elementary school in Spokane, Washington, and in Hawaii. She married Tom Horiuchi and they raised three children.
Ann Senior Dunifer '54, Dec. 13, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. She earned a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a library science certificate from San Diego State University, and worked as a teacher and librarian as well as serving as a captain in the U.S. Army. She married Charles Dunifer in 1974; he passed away in 2011. Survivors include her sister, Katherine Senior Holdgrafer '57.
Robert Kelso '54, April 18, 2019, in Thermopolis, Wyoming. After Whitman, he returned to Wyoming as a social worker in Uinta County. He met Janine Hoagland there and they married in 1965. Kelso earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, then worked at the Gottsche Rehabilitation Center in Thermopolis. He was voted Wyoming Psychologist of the Year in 1990 and retired in 2008. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, his daughters, and a sister, Lora Kelso Jolley '56.
John Richards '55, June 18, 2019, in San Jose, California. Richards earned his Doctor of Medicine at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. He practiced as an OB/GYN in San Jose and was a founding physician at Alexia Brothers Hospital where he served twice as Chief of Staff and was recognized numerous times for his contributions to building the hospital. In 2007, the Alumni Association selected Richards for the Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Richards Gerth '53. Survivors include two sons, a daughter and a step-daughter.
Karen Jones Armstrong '57, Sept. 20, 2019, in Olympia, Washington. She married Jack Armstrong '57 in 1957 and earned a teaching certificate from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her career spanned teaching, real estate and property management. Armstrong belonged to several service clubs and volunteered for the Alumni Association. Survivors include her husband; three daughters; and son-in-law Randal Moore '84.
Josephine Coffin Beck '57, March 20, 2019, in Santa Maria, California. She met Everett Beck '57 at Whitman and they were married during spring break of their senior year. The couple moved to California, where she taught fourth grade and he attended graduate school at Stanford University. They had three children and settled in Santa Maria. Beck was involved in the Parent-Child Study Center at Alan Hancock College and was later hired to lead the parent participation preschool. She served as director of the campus children's center and eventually coordinator of the Early Childhood Studies program at Hancock. Upon her retirement in 1993, she volunteered and traveled extensively. Her survivors include her husband, three children, and extended family including Shirley Quine Coffin '56, Robin Beck '60, Daniel Coffin '80 and Laura Coffin Hardebeck '85.
Frederick Collins, Jr. '57, July 12, 2019, in Bellevue, Washington. At Whitman, he met his wife of 62 years, Janet Sue Mitchell '57. Collins had a computer systems engineering career at The Boeing Company, IBM and Xerox. In retirement, the couple started a Bellevue pet-sitting business. Collins was a co-chair for his 25th Reunion. He is survived by his wife and children, Richard, Steven and Laurel Collins Tomchick '83. Ruth Hanna Leisle '57, April 6, 2019, in Littleton, Colorado. She married Frank Leisle '58 in 1957 and raised four children; they later divorced. When her children were grown, Leisle enjoyed 20 years working at Macy's. She is survived by three sons, a daughter, and two grandsons.
Kathryn Hoshaw Hansen '58, March 17, 2019, in Mt. Vernon, Washington. She married Roger Hansen in 1960 and they raised two sons together. Hansen spent time as a Cub Scout den leader for her boys, both of whom became Eagle Scouts. She volunteered 1,000 hours in the police department's Citizens on Pro-active Patrol. She was preceded in death by her husband; survivors include her sons and a brother.
Dean Perkins '58, March 23, 2019, in Mugla, Turkey. Perkins married Sanders Faust '58 in 1957; they divorced in 1980. He married Ruth Mohler in 1981. Following a career in the insurance business, he suffered a stroke. While in rehab, he started painting. The stroke cost him his ability to read and write permanently, but painting became his outlet of expression. Perkins traveled extensively and settled on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. Survivors include a son, a daughter and two stepdaughters.
Frank Wood '58, Aug. 2, 2019, in Blue Ridge, Texas. After Whitman, Wood served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He then flew for the Department of Defense, eventually working for Brannif International Airlines, Express Airlines and American Airlines. He married Cheryl McBeth in 1993, and they ran a cattle ranch in Blue Ridge. He was preceded in death by a son; survivors include his wife; the mother of his children, Janice Wood; two sons; a daughter; and two stepchildren.
Rolland "Ron" Dibble '59, Nov. 14, 2018, in Bremerton, Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked as an Oregon State Trooper before attending Whitman. Dibble earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, and worked in private and government practices. He retired in 2004. Survivors include five children.
Ann Shelton Foster '59, April 26, 2019, in Vancouver, B.C. She married Stephen Foster in 1964 and they had two children; they divorced in 1977. Foster taught English as a second language and developed a keen environmental awareness, which led her to adopt vegetarianism, give up her car and simplify her life. She was preceded in death by her son. Her survivors include a daughter, a granddaughter and a daughter-in-law.
Kenneth Tucker '59, March 28, 2019, in Kingston, Washington. He married Sharon Lou McLeod in 1958 and they had three children; they later divorced. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle in 1965. The family settled in Wenatchee, where Tucker was the first plastic surgeon in town. He later moved to Seattle and practiced there until his retirement in 2006. He married Joanne Reiner Unterseher in 1980 and they were together for 37 years, until her death. Survivors include five children.
Henry Huntsman '61, July 7, 2019, in Olympia, Washington. He married Pat Forrest '61 in 1961, and earned his law degree from the University of Washington law school in Seattle. He had a long career as an industrial appeals judge for the State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals in Olympia, retiring well after his 70th birthday. An avid mountain climber, Huntsman summited all of the mountains in the Pacific Northwest, including Mt. Rainier four times. Survivors include his wife; his son, John '87; and his sister-in-law, Beverly Forrest '62.
Kirk Prindle '61, April 13, 2019, in Clinton, Washington. Prindle married Judith Gibbons '62 in 1965, and together they raised two children. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Washington Medical School and practiced as a cardiologist for 35 years. He worked as a research scientist for the National Institute of Health, and was a sheep farmer in his retirement. His survivors include his wife; a son and a daughter; a sister, Martha Prindle McLaughlin '58; and extended family including Cynthia Boersma '86 and John McLaughlin '88.
James Chapman '62, June 25, 2019, in Shoreline, Washington. Chapman earned his master's degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in New York. He married Carol Ann Kurtz in 1966 and they moved to Seattle; they had two children. He worked for The Boeing Company for nearly 30 years, primarily on the Minuteman Missile. Following his retirement in 1995, the couple traveled the world and spent time at their property in Lostine, Oregon. His survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, and two granddaughters.
Linda Mason Moats '64, May 27, 2019, in Meridian, Idaho. She married William Moats in 1965 and they had a daughter. Moats' first career was as a fifth-grade teacher. She continued to teach for 13 years. The family settled in Idaho City, Idaho, and she became the business manager for the Basin 72 School District. She earned her MBA from Boise State University and later worked for several years in the state legislature and for the Idaho Association of School Administrators. The family moved to Juneau, Alaska, and Moats worked on the oil spill response group formed after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. She later worked for the City and Borough of Juneau Engineering Department and finished her career with the Alaska Association of School Administrators. When they retired, the couple purchased a hobby farm in Milton-Freewater. Moats served on her 50th Reunion committee. She was preceded in death by her husband. Her survivors include her mother, her daughter and her grandchildren.
David Wardenaar '75, Jan. 22, 2019, in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After Whitman, he earned a master's degree in business at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He married Angelique Ferrio in 1978 and they raised three children. Wardenaar was chief financial officer for several manufacturing companies. Survivors include two sons and a daughter.
Joyce Harkin Arnold '79, Feb. 28, 2019, in Coupeville, Washington. After graduation, she worked in the children's section of the University Bookstore in Seattle, where, she wrote short, insightful reviews of her favorite children's books. She married Herb Arnold '78 in 1983 and they had a son; they later divorced. After traveling around the world as a Navy wife, Arnold taught elementary school in the Oak Harbor school district until her retirement in 2017. She was best known for her work with gifted and talented students. Survivors include her son and a large extended family.
Penny Tomioka Daly '88, May 26, 2019, in Shoreline, Washington. She married Scott Daly in 1993 and they had a daughter. Daly worked in quality assurance and testing. Survivors include her husband and daughter, Katherine.
Catherine van Veen ‘89, May 6, 2019, in Seattle. She spent time in New York after graduation, then returned to the Pacific Northwest and married Miles Goda in 2003. She worked as a content creator and editor for social media, both for agencies and for herself. Survivors include her husband, her parents and her brother, Derek van Veen '91 and sister-in-law, Sandra Henson '93.
Cammy Bentz '93, May 17, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. She earned a master's in clinical mental health counseling from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, in 2003. Bentz worked in several clinical settings and opened a private counseling practice in 2014. She married her life partner, Karen Lewis, in 2017. Survivors include her wife, her mother and siblings.
Colleen O’Bannon ’12, July 6, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. At the time of her death, she was a second-grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in the Dallas Independent School District. O’Bannon was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and was a passionate advocate for conservation and women’s rights. She is survived by her parents, her brother, and a large extended family.