Washington State Magazine

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Winter 2013

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In This Issue...

Features

Glenn Terrell, WSU President 1967-1985: Recollections :: WSU’s seventh president led with both head and heart. by Sue Hinz ’70

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Images from the presidency of Glenn Terrell from 1967-1985 }

The Pear :: The pear and the apple are quite different fruits, both in how they are eaten and in how they are grown. And where in Washington they are grown makes all the difference in how pear farmers think of their product. by Tim Steury

Second Acts :: Retired librarian Bunny Levine moved to LA to follow her dream of being in the movies. She and others have found that redefining retirement can lead to greater health and happiness. by Hannelore Sudermann

The Beguiling Science of Bodies in Motion :: Through biomechanics, WSU’s experts smooth a runner’s stride, deepen our understanding of whiplash, study the impact of sports balls on bodies, and seek to build better bones. by Eric Sorensen

Panoramas

:: Tiny seed, big prospects

:: Watching the sea

:: Gabriel Fielding

:: A poor showing in children’s books

:: Ask Mr. Christmas Tree

:: Of mice, men, and wheat

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Children’s picture books that show poverty }

Departments

:: First Words: The Community of the Oyster

:: Posts

:: Sports: Cougar encampments

:: Short subject: History develops, art stands still

:: In Season: Beans

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Willapa Bay Oysters }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Recipe: Grandma Smith’s Rockwell Baked Beans }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: And 1,083 Lines of Lupine The WSU Plant Introduction Station }

Tracking

:: Dan Rottler ’92—Atop towers of power

:: Helen Szablya ’76—Living in interesting times

:: David Cox ’71—Generations Rx

:: Alumni News: Catching up with WSUAA President Ken Locati ’85


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility Photos by Robert Hubner}

Cover: Photoillustration by Diana Whaley—photo courtesy WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

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A portrait of Gabriel Fielding now looks over the Bundy Reading Room in Avery Hall. <em>Staff photo</em>

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A portrait of Gabriel Fielding now looks over the Bundy Reading Room in Avery Hall. Staff photo

Gabriel Fielding

by | © Washington State University

A night at the Barnsley house on Monroe Street guaranteed that the guest would be entertained, enlightened, and well fed. For the couple of decades following his joining the English faculty at WSU in 1966, Alan and Edwina Barnsley hosted the liveliest salon in Pullman. Both were erudite and funny, full of wit and counsel. Dina died just last year, and Alan in 1986.

But Alan lives on as Gabriel Fielding, the pen name under which he wrote many marvelous novels. Three of those novels—Pretty Doll Houses, The Birthday King, and In the Time of Greenbloom—were released in digital form this August by Bloomsbury Publishing. Of his work, Dorothy Parker once wrote, “It is a matter for grave doubt that Mr. Fielding could write anything from a postcard to a lexicon without perception and grace and brilliance.”

Shortly after the Barnsleys came to Pullman, they met close neighbors Flo and Robert Feasley, and Robert, a member of the fine arts faculty, painted Alan’s portrait. The Barnsley family recently donated the portrait to the Bundy Reading Room, which is part of the English department.

Robert Feasley died last spring. Flo Feasley recounts first meeting Alan, aka Gabriel Fielding. She had recently read The Birthday King, which describes Hitler’s Germany from the perspective of a wealthy Catholic and Jewish industrialist family, and was very impressed. And then one night, she was at a party and standing there was the author!

She introduced herself and told him that after reading his novel, she wasn’t able to sleep for three weeks.

“That’s exactly what he liked to hear,” she says, laughing.

Categories: Literature, WSU faculty | Tags: Gabriel Fielding, Authors

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