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In Memoriam – Loren A. Carson ’58 |

Categories: 1980s | Death/In Memoriam

Loren A. Carson (’58 Landscape Arch.), 84, April 3, 2017 , Dayton.


In memoriam: Frank R. Clement |

Categories: 1950s | College of Arts and Sciences | Death/In Memoriam | Featured

Frank Renal Clement (1926-2015)

Frank R. Clement '51

Frank R. Clement ’51

Frank R. Clement ’51 passed away on April 17th, 2015 at the age of 88. He was born December 9th, 1926 in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School. He joined the Navy and served in WWII in the Pacific. He returned home and attended Washington State College, now WSU, where he graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 1951. During his time at Washington State College he met and married Mary Dana Chute in 1949, his wife of 29 years.

While raising their family in Raymond and Des Moines, Frank taught mathematics for 32 years in both the Raymond and Highline School Districts. He served as the Head of the Math Department at Mount Rainier High School for 15 years. He was member of the St. Philomena Catholic Church, Charter Member and past-President of the Des Moines Jaycees, member of the Des Moines Library Board, tenure member of the Des Moines City Council, and past-President of the Hoot and Hollers Square Dance Club.

Frank was predeceased by his wife in 1978. He is survived by his nine children: Andrea Clement, Monica Clement (Kip Smith), Rebecca Clement (Lawrence Huff), Richard Clement (Laura), Brian Clement, John Clement (Kathi), Neal Clement (Cindy), Paul Clement (Connie) and Kate Carcelen (Roberto); twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and his friend and companion Regina Hannan.

A religious memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held on Friday, May 1st at 1pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1171 NE Sand Hill Road, Belfair, WA. Frank’s family is hosting a celebration of life (Danish Wake) on Sunday, May 3rd from 12pm to 4pm at the Tin Room Bar & Theater, 932 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA. Please join the Clement Family to share your stories of time well spent with Frank.

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In memoriam: Roger C. Wiley |

Categories: Death/In Memoriam | sports

Dr. Roger C. Wiley, former professor and chair of the Department of Men’s Physical Education and Recreation at Washington State University died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at home, surrounded by family. The first thing anyone ever said to Roger, from his earliest years, was, “You sure are tall!”  And, even as a boy, he towered over his peers. Roger was born on February 4, 1924 to Lloyd and Alberta Wiley, hardworking folks in Bremerton, Washington. By the time he was in high school, Roger was 6’8” and head and shoulders taller than classmates and eventually caught the eye of the high school basketball coach who talked him into coming out for the Bremerton High team, which Roger helped lead to Bremerton’s first-ever Washington State Boys Basketball championship, in 1941. After high school graduation, Roger became one of the first Washington state athlete to receive an athletic scholarship to an out-of-state school, when he went to the University of Oregon to play basketball. His college career and education was interrupted by his desire to serve in World War II. Because he was so tall, he was too tall for the Army so his family petitioned the War Department to make an exception so he could serve. His mother made all of his uniforms. And, after a stint at Fort Lewis, Roger served in the China-Burma-India theatre, helping build roads.

After the war, Roger returned to the University of Oregon, played two more years of basketball, where he met his first wife, a tall, beautiful woman named Barbara Borrevik.  Roger graduated with a Physical Education degree in 1949. After their wedding, they moved to Bend, OR where he taught Physical Education, and coached basketball and baseball. Three of their four children, Roger Jr., Brad, and Gloria, were born during this time. Later, Roger returned to the Eugene/ Springfield area so he could get his Masters and PhD at Oregon, while also teaching and coaching, and supervising the public swimming pool in Springfield. Their 4th child, Steve, was born during this time.

After receiving his PhD in Physical Education in 1963, Roger and his family moved to Pullman, WA where he became the Department Chair of Men’s Physical Education and Recreation. For almost two decades, Roger remained in that position. He also evaluated Pac-8 Conference referees, worked to accredit other programs around the country, was very involved the Pullman Parks & Recreation program, especially in developing Little League. “Roger Wiley Field” is named in his honor. He was also active in the national organization for Physical Education educators, AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance), and was National President from 1975-76.  In 1982-83 he was a visiting professor at West Point Military Academy for the academic year.

After returning to WSU from West Point, Roger became very interested in computers and helped set up the first computer lab in the Department of Leisure Studies. He enjoyed mentoring graduate students and became the overseer at WSU’s Camp Larsen, a camp facility on Lake Coeur d’Alene, which served disabled children and adults. Roger was also an active Presbyterian, first in Pullman and later in retirement in Sequim, WA.

Roger and his wife, Barbara, were known and loved as wonderful hosts in Pullman. Roger loved having people around, loved serving and caring for others. When he and Barbara retired to Sequim, they continued to host many friends who made the trek to see them. There was always popcorn and nuts, or crackers and Cougar Gold cheese ready for anyone who came through their door.

After Barb’s death, Roger found a new love in his second wife, Thyrza. They were married on February 14, 1993 and had many happy years together, traveling across the country and the world, visiting family and going on elder hostels. Thyrza was a loving and faithful companion for Roger. In fact, he died on their 22nd wedding anniversary.

Roger’s greatest joy, besides his “Bride” were his nine grandchildren. Each of them was his favorite. From the time they were small, Grampie’s large hands knew how to hold them, his large expressive mouth was ready with a grin when he saw them, and his lap always had room for them. The older they got, the more proud he became of their accomplishments, the more he just plain liked them.

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In memoriam: Pauline Seals ’90 |

Categories: 1990s | Death/In Memoriam | Engineering and Architecture | Featured

Pauline Seals '90

Pauline Seals ’90

Pauline (Washington) Seals ’90, 70, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on October 15, 1944 in Sparta, GA to William and Agnes (West) Washington but grew up on 23rd Avenue in Seattle and graduated from Garfield High School in 1962. Pauline served in the Army from 1973 to 1983 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1990. Pauline worked for The Boeing Company from 1990 to 2010 in the Commercial Airplane Division. During that time she supported the 777 program in the Manufacturing Research and Development organization, worked in Customer Services Division in the Maintenance Ground Operations Systems group, worked in Customer Training as an instructor, worked as a Introductory Support Field Service Representative in various countries, and spent 10 years in Germany as a Field Service Representative to Lufthansa and a Customer Service Representative to Hapag Lloyd. Pauline traveled extensively to various corners of the world including Brazil, Kenya, Singapore, the UAE and throughout Europe and the US. Pauline was particularly known for her energy, enthusiasm, friendliness, humor and warmth.

Pauline was honored as a women of distinction from WSU in 1998. [Read more]

She is survived by her brothers, Doug and William, her aunt, Daisy, two nieces, a nephew, many cousins, and a host of friends and loved ones. A reception to celebrate her life will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington on March 6, 2015 from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pauline Seals Scholarship in Electrical Engineering at Washington State University.

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In Memoriam: Carolyn Manus Meagher |

Categories: 1950s | Death/In Memoriam | Edward R. Murrow College of Communication | Featured

Carolyn Manus Meagher ’57 passed away October 9, 2014, at the age of 79. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech from Washington State College on June 2, 1957

Carolyn and Joseph Meagher both graduated from WSU (WSC at the time) on June 2, 1957. They were married between their Junior and Senior years on June 16, 1956 at the First Baptist Church in Pullman. The wedding reception was held at Wilmer Hall. After graduation Carolyn worked in the public information field while Joseph attended law school.

They have three children: Joseph Bradley Meagher (WSU 1981), Elizabeth Goodwin, and Peter Glen Meagher (Western Washington University 1989). Joseph and Carolyn celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2014.

Carolyn and Joe resided in Everett, WA after graduation where Carolyn remained in the public information field and Joseph practiced law. They retired and moved to Omak, WA. in 2007.


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My Story authors from the Death/In Memoriam

Last name First name Year graduated Major
Carson Kevin 1981 Fine Arts
staff My Story 2012
Hayes Kevin 1982 English
Bacon John 1981 Business Administration
Hougan Matt 1989 Business
Miller Jeffrey Boone 1973 Biochemistry
Alumni Education 2011
Heming Margaret 1974 Home Economics Education