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1940-1949 :: WSU negotiated its first government contract to train enlisted men for World War II, and then supported an influx of military veterans during the GI bulge. The battleship U.S.S. Washington’s official mascot was Butch the Cougar. Football was suspended during the war, but Coach Jack Friel’s men’s basketball team competed for the NCAA title. The WSU Creamery developed and produced “Cougar Gold Cheese,” the WSC library collection reached 400,000 volumes, and enrollment reached a new high of 7,890.

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In Memoriam: Jack W. Tippett |

Categories: 1940s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Death/In Memoriam

Jack W. Tippett passed away December 5, 2013 surrounded by family at his home. He was 94.

Jack was born July 5, 1919 in Spokane, Washington to James H. “Jidge” and Jessie L. Tippett.  He was raised on his parents’ cattle ranch located 25 miles south of Asotin on Joseph Creek, a ranch he would eventually own with his family.

After completing primary school through the 8th grade at Bly School on Joseph Creek, Jack attended two years of high school in Anatone before transferring and then graduating from North Central High School in Spokane in 1937.  Jack completed his education at Washington State College (now WSU), where he graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a minor degree in Range Management.

Upon graduation from college, Jack accepted employment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and State of Washington as a County Extension Agent in Okanogan County.  Within a year, however, he returned to his parents’ cattle ranch and worked as operator-manager until 1957, when he began purchasing his own interest in the ranch.  Jack completed the purchase of the ranch upon his own father’s death in 1963.  At that time, he and his wife, Blanche, were the sole owners and operators of the ranch units at Joseph Creek, Rogersburg and Cold Springs.

Jack married Blanche Marie Appleford of Anatone, his wife of 72 years, on March 30, 1941 in Clarkston. Together they raised five children, Wayne, Ervie, Timothy, Thomas and a daughter Jane.  All of the children grew up on the ranch and participated in its operation until the family sold the ranch to the Washington State Department of Game in 1975.  Even though a life of ranching ceased, Jack and Blanche continued with several business enterprises after moving to their home in Clarkston.

He was appointed and served as Director of the American National Cattlemen’s Association (now National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) from 1965 to 1967.

Jack was an active member of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA).  From 1942 through 1968 he served as Chairman on every one of the WCA’s active committees.  His fellow cattlemen elected him WCA President for two terms, in 1964 and 1965.  In 1968, Jack was appointed to a newly created WCA committee, the Building Committee, which raised money for a headquarters office that was built in Ellensburg, Washington.

From 1964 through 1968, Jack was elected and served as Asotin County Commissioner.  He was appointed and served as a member on the Governor’s Commission for Rural Affairs for two years, 1968 through 1969.

In 1975, Jack and his family were named Cattlemen of the Year by the Asotin Cattlemen’s Association.

He was a long-time member of the Lewiston Round-Up Board of Directors and served in that capacity from 1975 until 1985, where he also served two terms as President.   More recently, Jack and Blanche were named Grand Marshalls of the 2010 Lewiston Round-Up parade.  He also served as a Pendleton Round-Up Race Judge from 1968 until 1984.

In 1978, Jack joined a group of area residents to form Twin River National Bank and served on the Board of Directors until March 1990.  He also served as Chairman of the Board from 1986 until 1989.

From 1983 through 1985, Jack was appointed to and served as a member of the WSU Foundation.  He served as a member of Commitment for Tomorrow, a fund raising committee for Tri-State Hospital from 1989 through 1990.  He also served as a member of numerous planning, business and civic organizations including the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce, the Clarkston Moose Lodge and the Lewiston Elks Lodge, where he was a Life Member.

Jack became associated with Tomlinson Agency, Inc. as a Real Estate Farm and Ranch salesman in 1978 and continued in that capacity for more than 20 years until he retired in 1990.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert A. Tippett; and a sister, Betty J. Fouste.

Jack is survived by his wife, Blanche; a son, B. Wayne (Diana) Tippett; a son, Ervie L. Tippett; a son, Timothy M. (Marlene) Tippett; a son, Thomas J. (Linda) Tippett; a daughter, Jane A. (Jim) Smith; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara R. (Arnold) Frederick; a brother, Donald G. “Biden” Tippett; and a brother, Doug H. (Janie) Tippett.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 20 at the Quality Inn in Clarkston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-State Memorial Hospital Foundation, Asotin County Historical Society or the Asotin County Cattlewomen’s Association Scholarship Fund.


Published in The Lewiston Tribute Online December 7, 2013 

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In memoriam: Katie Otis |

Categories: 1940s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Death/In Memoriam | Featured

Katie Otis '49

Katie Otis ’49

Catherine (Katie) Otis ’49, age 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Puyallup after surviving a stroke for 11 years. She was born Sept. 12, 1927, in Yakima WA to Elizabeth and Bruce Gochnour. Katie lived with husband Earl in Puyallup since 1964, but had resided in Sunnyside and Pullman, WA before moving west. They were married for more than 62 years. Katie worked 25 years for the Western Washington – now State – Fair, but mainly she was a loving wife and mother to daughters Lou Anne Otis and Susan Martinez. Katie was an excellent cook, devoted wife, and generous hostess with treats for her attendants at the nursing home to the end. Katie graduated from Sunnyside High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Washington State University. Survivors include her husband and two daughters, son-in-law Martin Martinez, and three adored grandchildren, Rachel, Sam and Isabel Martinez. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Douglas. Katie’s family thanks care-givers and administration at Linden Grove Center for dedicated and loving care. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, Puyallup, under leadership of Father Ben Newland. Hill Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Inurnment is to be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Memorial gifts may be sent to Christ Episcopal Church, 5th and Pioneer in Puyallup, where Katie was a longtime member of the Altar Guild.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Dec. 22, 2013

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In memoriam: Victor R. Hyslop |

Categories: 1940s | Death/In Memoriam | Engineering and Architecture | Featured

Victor R. Hyslop ’47 (05/17/1920 – 11/23/2013)

Victor Hyslop '47

Victor Hyslop ’47

Lover of family, trees, maps, and all things mechanical, Victor Hyslop died November 23, 2013, in Kirkland at the age of 93. He was born April 17, 1920, in Tacoma to Victor Russell Hyslop Sr. and Esther Hatch Hyslop and raised in Deep Creek Falls, WA., on the ranch that his grandparents had homesteaded. He and his brother drove a horse and buggy to the Mason Country School, a one-room school house on the West Spokane Plains. He graduated from Reardan High School and Washington State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served his country in the United State Army in North Africa, East India and Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the Corps of Engineers. He was an expert marksman and competed on the WSU rifle team. He and his wife Doris, who predeceased him in 2003, raised two children in Seattle, Donald Hyslop of Deep Creek Falls, and Nancy Hyslop Way of Sammamish. Vic and Doris, who met at a dance at Natatorium Park in Spokane after the War, loved to travel, making trips all over the West and to Alaska. They created a family life full of outdoor activities and love and respect for nature. The family settled in Seattle after the War, and Vic worked for Boeing as a drafter and engineer. He retired from the City of Seattle’s engineering and mapping department in 1977. He spent his retirement actively involved in conservation projects at the family farm in Reardan and assisting his son with farming the land which has been in the family for the past 135 years. He loved the land of his fathers. Vic was life-long learner and creative thinker. He collected clocks and watches and hooked his bicycle up to the ranch’s ice cream maker as a boy to make cranking ice cream easier. He was working his way through the encyclopedia in his 90’s. His one true goal was to get the irrigation system at the ranch functioning. He is survived by his son and daughter and four grandchildren, Russell and Ramona Hyslop of Spokane, David Way of Bellevue, and Cecily Way and her husband Andres Santos of San Diego. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Hyslop of Spokane. Donations can be made to Washington State University in the name of the Victor and Doris Hyslop Endowment. A memorial was held December 23, at the West Deep Creek Grange with interment at the West Greenwood Cemetery in Reardan.

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In memoriam: Willard “Wes” McCabe |

Categories: 1940s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Death/In Memoriam | Featured

Willard “WES” McCabe ’43

Age 92

1921- 2013

Wes McCabe '43 at WSU on a blind date with his future wife Dolly in 1943.

Wes McCabe ’43 at WSU on a blind date with his future wife Dolly in 1943.

Wes was born and grew up in a working class family in Tekoa, WA with the time honored values of family, hard work, duty and love that made him the man those of us who knew him loved.

During World War II, Wes served our country in the Navy. When he returned from the war, he asked Dolly Knowles for her hand in marriage. From the time they met on a blind date in college in 1942, a long and happy relationship lasted more than seven decades. Wes still referred to Dolly as his best friend.

Wes always approached people as if he’d known them his whole life—always friendly and outgoing. One could not go out with him in Spokane (or beyond) and not run into people he knew.

In April of 1951, Wes and Gary Matters opened Frostos on the corner of 5th and Washington where they served burgers, fries and an array of flavors of specialty ice cream.

After selling Frostos in the late 1960s, Wes managed Thrifty Auto Supply until he retired. During retirement, Wes and Dolly were able to attend many Cougar activities (football, basketball, and women’s volleyball). They travelled to games across the country but one of the highlights was when they traveled with the Washington State Basketball Team to Australia. It was the trip of a lifetime for them.

Wes and Dolly went back to work and worked for 14 years for CMS Crowd Management Services which allowed Wes to do what he enjoyed best—meeting people. While on duty, they enjoyed seeing many shows while working but the one that made us all laugh was when they got to see Metallica in their 80s.

His Cougar connections were extensive:

Wes graduated in 1943 (although his education was interrupted by WWII).
Wes met Dolly Knowles on a blind date (graduated 1944).
Joe C Knowles (Dolly’s father) graduated from WSU in 1921 – Joe C Knowles).
Wes’s brother (CR McCabe) (Graduated 1932) and sister (Dorothy Tilney (formerly McCabe) (Graduated 1939) were graduates.
All of Wes’s children graduated from WSU:

Richard McCabe 1973
Diana Campbell (formerly McCabe) 1977
Carol Adams (formerly McCabe) 1982
Diana met her future husband – Curt Campbell at WSU (1978) and their 2 sons: Bryan Campbell (Graduated 2006) and Brett Campbell (Graduated 2008)

Wes is survived by his bride of 66 years, Dolly. Children: Rich (Maureen) McCabe, Diana (Curt) Campbell (sons: Bryan and Brett) and Carol (Ron) Adams (son: Bryce). Nieces: Kappy Tilney, Dodie Rhodes and nephew: Ted Tilney).

There will be no service per Wes’s request. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Washington State University Athletic Fund of which he was a faithful follower and ultimate Cougar fan. Go Cougs and Go Wes! And, if you’re not a Cougar, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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In memoriam: Roy Stanley Peterson and Marjorie Maris Peterson |

Categories: 1940s | Death/In Memoriam | Engineering and Architecture

From Annie Peterson Shiffer ’74:

Our Dad, Roy Stanley Peterson ’47, passed away 7-29-13. He attended WSU, starting at age 16, from 1941-44, served in WWII in the Navy and returned to earn his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947.

He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Our Mom, Marjorie Maris Peterson x’44, attended WSU 1943-44, lived in then-North Hall, and finished her Home Economics degree at Oregon State University. She passed away 1-15-12.

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My Story authors from the 1940s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
staff My Story 2012
Miller Jeffrey Boone 1973 Biochemistry
Alumni Education 2011