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1950-1959 :: The State Legislature officially changed Washington State College to Washington State University. The Compton Union Building was dedicated and construction began on a nuclear reactor on campus. WSU football played a game in sub-zero temperature in Pullman where only one reserved ticket sold.

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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: 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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Brooks RW Gunsul Retires ZGF Architects LLP |

Categories: 1950s | Featured

Brooks RW Gunsul ’52, a founding partner with Portland, Oregon-based Zimmer, Gunsul, Frasca Architects LLP (ZGF), retired. ZGF designed facilities at WSU, such as the library expansion and the plaza on Terrell Mall, Johnson Hall, and the initial buildings on the WSU Vancouver campus. The firm has been recognized for their designs, particularly in the medical and research fields.


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Philip K. Piele (’57 English) is new president of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art leadership council |

Categories: 1950s | College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

Philip K. Piele. Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Eugene resident Philip K. Piele will serve a two-year term as the new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon Leadership Council President beginning July 2014.  Piele has been an active member of the JSMA Leadership Council since 2012 and brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for arts to the position.

“I’m honored to be elected to serve as President of the Leadership Council of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,” says Piele.  “Under the superb leadership of executive director, Jill Hartz, and the hard work and dedication of a talented staff, the JSMA has become one of the premier university art museums in The United States.”

The Leadership Council is the Museum’s primary advisory body with a goal of ensuring the artistic quality, educational integrity, excellence, sustainability, and financial strength of the JSMA.

“Philip’s knowledge of the university, the museum, and the off-campus community – its arts and business leaders – give him a great start on being a wonderful Leadership Council president,” says JSMA executive director Jill Hartz. “It’s been a pleasure seeing all he’s been able to do as co-chair of our Leadership Council Development Committee over the past year.   I am excited to work with him in his new role.”

Piele is emeritus professor of education and former head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology and Administration at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

A member of the University of Oregon faculty from 1968-2005, Piele taught courses on education law, economics of education, and applied statistics in the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology, and Administration.  Piele was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 1984, a visiting professor at the University of Toronto in Canada in 1974, and a visiting lecturer at several major Australian universities in 1973.

Piele was also director of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Educational Management for thirty-five years (1968-2003).  ERIC is the largest educational database in the world with online access to over 1.5 million abstracts of documents and journal articles.

Active in Eugene performing arts organizations since 1980, Piele was a member of the Board of the Oregon Bach Festival from 1980-83, a member of the Board of the Oregon Mozart Players from 1992-94, and  a member of the Silva Foundation Committee from 1999 to 2001. He served on the Eugene Opera Board of Directors from 2001-2012, except for a three year period from 2005-2008 when he resigned from the Board to accept the volunteer position of Executive Director.

During his academic career, Piele was an elected officer in two professional associations: President, Education Law Association (1978-79) and Secretary, American Educational Research Association (1987-89). He has been listed in “Who’s Who in America” since 1990 and is currently a member of Eugene Round Table.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, America and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.

Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

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Alumnus is inducted into Hall of Fame |

Categories: 1950s | Award or honor

Wey Simpson (’50 Speech) has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

In commenting on his induction into the Hall of Fame, Wey said, “This is, from a career point of view, the highest honor I could ever expect. It also was something of a surprise, but to be selected by one’s peers has to be the greatest accomplishment in any profession. I have never regretted deciding to take on the mantle of a Farm Broadcaster, I felt I was providing a service for a community that was often underserved, while at the same time, hopefully, I told the story of the American farmer to the American consumer.”

Wey Simpson

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My Story authors from the 1950s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
Ruck James 1954 3605 103rd PL SE
staff My Story 2012
Hungate JoAnne 1956 General Studies
Bann Ari 1965 EE
Alumni Engineering and Architecture
Alumni Education 2011
Heming Margaret 1974 Home Economics Education