Washington State Magazine

Spring 2004

Spring 2004

In This Issue...


Mount St. Helens: The perfect laboratory :: It is impossible to accept the immensity of Mount St. Helens and the effect of its catastrophic 1980 eruption unless you are able to stand beneath the enormous crater on the pumice plain and listen to John Bishop talk about lupines.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Mount St. Helens :: Photographs of John Bishop's research and the volcano. By Robert Hubner}

Lonely, Beautiful, and Threatened—Willapa Bay :: Willapa Bay is the largest estuary between San Francisco and Puget Sound. It boasts one of the least-spoiled environments and the healthiest salmon runs south of Canada. It produces one in every four oysters farmed in the United States and is a favorite stop for tens of thousands of migratory birds. And it's in trouble.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Willapa Bay :: Photographs by Bill Wagner}

Extreme Diversity—in Soap Lake :: Soap Lake is surrounded by dark shores, sheer rock walls, a primeval landscape. Its waters have long been thought by some to cure certain maladies. It is also home to strange, hardy organisms that live nowhere else.

Keith Lincoln, Barn Builder :: Over 25 years at Washington State University, alumni director Keith Lincoln built many things, including friendships and a place where alums can go to sit in the shade.



:: SEASONS/SPORTS: Golfer Kim Welch

:: SEASONS/SPORTS: Basketball's Marcus Moore


Cover: Ecologist John Bishop has followed the reestablishment of life on Mount St. Helens's pumice plain. Read the story here. Photograph by Robert Hubner.

stuffed cougar


Dean Hare

Cougar finds a home in faternity house

by | © Washington State University

After roughly 45 years, S.J. "Bill" Monro's prized Cougar has a new home. The longtime San Francisco restaurateur donated the stuffed animal to the Washington State University chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

His wife, Barbara, discovered the specimen among a number of stuffed Northwest animals on auction in San Francisco nearly a half-century ago. She purchased the five-foot long, 300-pound cat as a gift for her husband. It has occupied a prominent spot in the "Cougar Room" of the family home.

"It should be a good conversation piece for the Sigma Nus," he says.

The Monros returned to Pullman in late April with other members of the Class of '43, which celebrated its 60th anniversary along with the "Golden Grads" of the Class of '53.

For years WSU maintained a live Cougar in a pen near the northeast corner of Martin Stadium. In the early '70s, Monro and other alumni spearheaded a drive to enlarge the cage. When "Butch VI," last of the live Cougar mascots died in 1978, students voted to discontinue keeping a live Cougar animal. Since that time, human mascots dressed in a Cougar uniform have carried on the Cougar tradition.

Monro spent 50 years in the hotel and restaurant business-all in the Bay Area. He owned the Raphael Hotel, Pam Pam East Restaurant, and Rosebud's English Pub.

He and Barbara are pictured in the front row. Other Sigma Nu alumni include Doug Wilcox, front row right, and Bob Smawley, next to him. They are joined by several current members.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: Fraternity, Cougar pride

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