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.
Washington State Athletic Hall of Famer Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson ’78 was one of seven inductees named to the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class, it was announced Oct. 9.
Thompson, who finished his Washington State career in 1978 as the most prolific passer in the history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, went on to play six years in the National Football League, four with Cincinnati and two with Tampa Bay.
“This is a real honor and there were many very deserving finalists, that is for sure,” said Thompson. “A lot of this is on the backs of my teammates at Washington State, (Mike) Levenseller, (Brian) Kelly and (Dan) Doornink. We did a lot of great things there. I also think about my father and only wish he was still around, he would get a real kick out of this.”
Thompson was born in May, 1956, on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa. In 1958 his family migrated to Seattle where he was raised. He attended Evergreen High School and arrived at Washington State in the fall of 1974.
During his time at WSU, Thompson established Pacific-10 Conference and WSU records for passes attempted (1,086), passes completed (601) and total plays (1,345). He tied the conference mark for touchdown passes (53) and touchdowns responsible for (63). As a sophomore in 1976 he set a conference record for passing yards with 2,762, completions (208) and touchdown passes (20) and the following season became the first junior in the history of the conference to surpass the 5,000 yard barrier in passing. Following his senior season he was named a First-Team All-American by the Sporting News and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as the third overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft.
“Jack Thompson is one of the finest players ever to don a Cougar jersey and continues to be one of the great ambassadors for Washington State Athletics,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. “He has been a pioneer for Polynesian athletes and continues to be a great example for people of all cultures. This is a tremendous honor for Jack and one that is well deserved.”
In November of 2009, Thompson, one of only two football players to have his number retired at WSU, helped Washington State University and World Vision join forces to meet the ongoing needs of American Samoa residents following the devastating tsunami that struck the region two months prior. The goal was to get Cougars fans prior to the UCLA game to “Fill the Helmet” to help traumatized children and families receive much-needed supplies.
“Being a Pacific Islander, this is a cause that hits very close to home for my family and me,” Thompson said at the time. “…we are asking for members of the Cougar family to aide those affected by this tragic event.”
Inductees will be honored on January 23, 2014 (prior to the NFL Pro Bowl) at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu. ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Neil Everett and former NFL player, Philadelphia TV News Anchor Vai Sikahema will serve as Masters of Ceremonies.
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will serve as a resource for Polynesian Football history, provide college scholarships designated for student-athletes of Polynesian ancestry, educational programs focusing on character and teamwork for Polynesian youth and support, other initiatives impacting Polynesian culture and heritage.
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Bill Gordon ’71 of Pasco was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the board of Columbia Basin College. Retired from the wine business, he also is on the board for the Franklin Public Utility District and Energy Northwest.
Sara (Sally) Bartrum ’71, ’74, executive director of the Chelan Douglas Child Services Association, was chosen as Washington’s Head Start/Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) Director of the Year. The award was announced last month.
She has led the local agency since 1990.
She also says, “While at WSU I went by the name Sally changed it back to my real name Sara.”
Sara graduated with degrees were in BA Sociology in 1971, and a Masters in Extension in 1974.
Rick Rogers ’76 writes:
The following link is an article in our local paper regarding my pending retirement as the Superintendent of the Oakley School District in Oakley CA. I’m a 1976 WSU grad and a big Coug fan. As you will note near the bottom of the article one of my retirement goals is to attend a WSU home football game once a year.
As an aside, when I first got the superintendent job back in 2003 one of the teacher union leaders felt that I’d use this job as a stepping stone. He bet me an all-expense paid trip to a WSU football game in Pullman if I retired out of Oakley. I’m looking forward to collecting on the bet next year.
Retiring Oakley superintendent gives back year of service (The Press, Oct. 13, 2013)
Bruce Anawalt (07/01/1927 – 07/24/2013)
Bruce Anawalt passed away peacefully on July 24, 2013, at home in Pullman surrounded by his family. The second child of Bruce Sr. and Marzelle (Greer) Anawalt, he was born on July 1, 1927, in the City of Glendale, California.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Bruce spent his early years growing up in Oregon, Idaho and Washington. He excelled in school and sports, served as a lifeguard and was elected as president of his high school senior class in absentia, having entered the United States Navy from which he was honorably discharged in August of 1946.
Bruce received his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees from the University of Oregon, going on to complete his Doctorate at Michigan State University, where he met his future wife Loretta Bonnier. In 1958, the couple married in Eugene, Oregon and in 1960 they moved to Pullman where Bruce accepted a position as English Professor at Washington State University.
Along with his wife, Loretta, Bruce was a founding member of the Pullman Civic Trust, which worked over the years with the City of Pullman to create the Civic Trust Riverpark and Check Dam, the Downtown Riverwalk, the Pine Street Plaza, Chipman Trail and many other town improvements.
Gardening was a favorite activity of Bruce, who enjoyed being out in nature. He helped to organize and run the Annual Civic Trust Bulb Sale in 1980, which since has been a vital part of the Palouse Lentil Festival. His yard and garden were well appreciated for their variety of plants, bulbs, trees, ponds and bird baths.
A respected Shakespeare scholar, Bruce received the William F. Mullen award for excellence in teaching from the WSU College of Arts and Sciences in 1990. The following year, he was invited to give the 12th annual Honors Invited Lecture at the Fine Arts Auditorium in recognition of his teaching excellence and outstanding scholarship. He retired from WSU in August of 1992.
Bruce is survived by his sons Aaron and Seth Anawalt; his brothers Douglas Anawalt and Donald Anawalt; his sister Ginger Anawalt; granddaughters Tess and Lydia Mae Anawalt; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Loretta as well as his parents.
Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Pullman Civic Trust. Private family graveside services will be held later in the week.
A wake is scheduled for August to commemorate and celebrate the life of Bruce Anawalt. Invitations will be sent out to family and friends. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kimballfh.com
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