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1970-1979 :: The South grandstands of wooden football stadium at Rogers Field were burned by an arsonist and Butch VI, the last living Cougar mascot, retired. Henry Rono set four world track records in distance running events and football player Jack Thompson’s jersey number 14 was retired in recognition of his passing record. Enrollment at WSU reached a high of 18,160 and the 50,000th student graduated.

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Gene Estabrook to retired after 35 years |

Categories: 1970s | Professional or career event

Gene Estabrook Bachelor of Science in Police Science 1976, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science 1977 and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice 1979

On December 1, 2015 Gene is retiring from over 35 years of proud public service as a Juvenile Probation / Parole Office and Counselor. During his career he has helped youth and families facing abuse, unsafe living conditions, crime, addiction, mental illness and poverty. Mr. Estabrook plans to continue with his studies while hiking and going on other carefree travels. After all of his adventures are done Gene has arranged to leave his house and his library to a W.S.U. scholarship in his name.


Rodney Norton named “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland area |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

Two attorneys from the Hart Wagner law firm were singled out in the newly released 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Rodney Norton was selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law — Defendants in the Portland area. Janet Schroer was selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Appellate Practice, also in the Portland area.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments conducted by Best Lawyers. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and in the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

In addition to earning the Lawyer of the Year award, Norton was listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas:
• Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
• Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Schroer was cited in the following additional areas:
• Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Eight more attorneys at Hart Wagner were honored in the 2016 guide, with some receiving recognition in multiple practice areas:
• Troy S. Bundy: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• John Hart: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Matthew Kalmanson: Appellate Practice
• Steve Kraemer: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Karen O’Kasey: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Jennifer Truzzolino: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Gordon Welborn: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Michael Wiswall: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Since it was first published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America has become known as the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Hart Wagner LLP is a civil defense law firm with offices in Portland and Redmond, Oregon. The firm’s 30 trial attorneys represent doctors, medical institutions, governmental agencies, employers and individuals. To learn more, visit www.hartwagner.com


Randy Morgan retires from teaching after 38 years |

Categories: 1970s | Professional or career event

Randy Morgan ’77 Music writes:

I have been teaching at Enterprise High School since my graduation from WSU in 1977, I have taught instrumental music, grades 5-12, and High School choir. I have also taught Math, from 7th grade math through Pre-Calculus. I have coached Jr Hi football and basketball, and have coached High School football (10 years as head coach), and High school softball.

I retired from teaching from Enterprise in 2015 after teaching for 38 years.

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Dr. Thomas F. Meyer Named AVMA President-Elect |

Categories: 1970s | College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

Dr. Thomas F. Meyer has been named president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Meyer, who was elected to the post by the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) at its summer session on July 10, succeeds Dr. Joseph H. Kinnarney, who has officially assumed his role as AVMA president.

As president-elect, Meyer will assist the president in supervising all the business affairs of the AVMA. He also will serve on the AVMA Board of Governors, which acts as the executive committee of the association, and will be the presiding officer at all sessions of the HOD. Meyer will become AVMA president in 2016, upon expiration of the current president’s term of office.

“Over time, veterinary professionals have created better solutions to meet the changing needs of society. We need to continue our good work in developing new technologies to detect, prevent and treat diseases in animals and people. It is also important that we increase awareness of the other ways veterinary professionals play a critical role in our society. For instance, the public may be less familiar with the role veterinarians play in inspecting food for harmful bacteria, monitoring lakes and rivers to keep water safe to drink, discovering ways to restore and protect endangered species, and delivering public health programs around the world,” said Meyer.

“As the profession continues to evolve, I am committed to preserving the trust that the public has placed in us, as veterinary professionals, to care for their health and the health of their animals,” he added. “As president-elect, I look forward to helping the AVMA advance its mission of advocating for its members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.”

Meyer and his wife are co-owners of a mixed-animal practice in Vancouver, Wash., which is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Shortly after graduating from Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, he established Mountain View Veterinary Hospital, which employs five associate veterinarians.

He has served organized veterinary medicine in many capacities, including leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. Meyer served on the AVMA Board of Directors from 2008-2014, and as its chair from 2013-2014. He is a past chair of the AVMA House Advisory Committee and also previously represented private practice-predominately equine on this committee. He served in the AVMA House of Delegates as a delegate or alternate delegate for 20 years and is a past president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, where he was honored as its Veterinarian of the Year in 2004. He also was chair of the Washington-Oregon-Idaho Steering Committee and was the equine representative on the AVMA Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee. Meyer’s interest in leadership development led him to be an advocate for the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience, an experiential leadership program for students and faculty from across North America that teaches life skills in better communication and collaboration with one another.

“Through his many years of experience as a mixed-animal practitioner, Dr. Meyer has a strong understanding of veterinary medicine from many perspectives,” said AVMA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron DeHaven. “He has demonstrated his commitment to advancing the profession and providing quality, veterinary care to improve animal and human health. Dr. Meyer is a compassionate individual whose management, decision making and communication skills will be a tremendous asset to the AVMA as we work to address important issues in veterinary medicine now and into the future.”

Meyer has been an active member of the Washington Veterinary Medical Association, the AAHA, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. He is a past recipient of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Practice (2010). Meyer received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from WSU, where he previously completed a master’s degree in zoology, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Central Washington State College.

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Dennis Poppe Currently Serving on Master Builders Association’s Board of Directors |

Categories: 1970s | Professional or career event

Dennis Poppe is an active member on the Master Builders Association’s Board of Directors. He began his term on the board on January1, 2013. He will serve a three year term.

Before this position, in 2012,  Poppe was secretary of the board.

Poppe is also the owner of Builders Insurance Group, based in Bellevue.

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My Story authors from the 1970s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
staff My Story 2012
Shutt Zielinski Julie 1975 Physical Education
Bogan Arthur 1972 Anthropology
Miller Jeffrey Boone 1973 Biochemistry
Tomsinski S. Richard 1978 Businesss Administration - Accounting
Greenlee Michael 1976 Veterinary Medicine
Alumni Education 2011
Larsen Thomas 1979 Social Studies/Education
Gustafson Sid 1979 Veterinary Medicine
Lincoln James 1979 Veterinary Science
Leedy Pat 1975 Education
Warren Neil 1976 Marketing
Wildesen Leslie 1973 Anthropology
Johnson Bruce 1974 Communications (Broadcast Journalism)