Bud Withers (’70 Comm.) retired from The Seattle Times after 45 years as a sportswriter.
“Two words: Good gig. No, make that great gig. Where else do you get a front-row seat to describe triumph, heartbreak, euphoria, tragedy, all of it wound around the confounding notion that these are games, and they’re very important to a lot of people? Where else do they send you to three Summer Olympics, to 20 Final Fours, to 73 separate weekends of the NCAA basketball tournament? The whole thing was a collage of the sublime and the stupid, the magnificent and the quirky,” describes Withers.
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Frank Renal Clement (1926-2015)
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.
Leanne Marten named new Northern region forester. Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, said Marten’s post will have her managing 25 million acres of land including five states and 12 national forests. To read more go to: http://helenair.com/news/local/state-and-regional/marten-named-new-northern-region-forester/article_9f140ea4-0a48-53d4-825f-00412525b233.html
After 14 years as Park Middle School’s assistant principal, Espe will begin as principal of the Kennewick School next fall. To read more go to: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/05/22/3573730_park-middle-school-assistant-principal.html?rh=1
Potlatch, WA- In April, Mason County PUD No. 1 director Jocelyne Gray was voted president-elect of the Washington Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE) by her association peers. Her term will run from July 1st of this year through June 30th 2016, when she will then become president of the state society. In addition to WSPE, she has also been very active in the Society of Women Engineers since 1996, encouraging young females to enter the profession.
Established in 1937, WSPE is a professional association representing the interests of engineers from all fields of practice and is the state society of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). WSPE includes among its membership licensed professional engineers, licensed structural engineers, licensed land surveyors, engineer interns, graduate engineers and engineering students. The Society’s primary objective is to advance and promote the public welfare. Very active in the legislative process and government affairs, WSPE devotes hundreds of hours of testimony before legislative committees and governmental rule-making agencies on a vast array of subjects such as construction, environment, licensing, public health, and transportation.
“I am honored to be chosen by my fellow engineers who have entrusted me to help shape the future of WSPE and our engineering profession,” stated Gray, “particularly as we work with the stakeholders and the legislature over the next several years to revise Chapter 18.43 RCW ‘Engineers and Land Surveyors Act’.” Gray has been a member of WSPE since 2011. At PUD 1 she serves as the director of water and wastewater operations and is the District’s in-house licensed civil engineer.
After 32 years as Shadle Park choir director, Randy Fink steps down. To read more go to: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/may/21/shadle-park-choir-director-retiring/