Washington State Magazine

Winter 2002

Winter 2002

In This Issue...


Bridges to Prosperity :: When Ethiopian partisans blew up a bridge to stop the advance of Mussolini, they also split a region. Ken Frantz put it back together. by Teresa Wippel

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Bridges to prosperity :: Photographs of Ethiopia by Zoe Keone.}

A matter of survival :: One of the simplest truths of nature is that if a species is to survive, it must reproduce. faculty researchers explore reproduction's mysteries and threats. by Mary Aegerter

Friendly People :: William Hewitt built his dream on Blake Island. Hewitt is gone, but his dream lives on in Native tradition and the rich aroma of roasting salmon. by Pat Caraher

Taking the University to the people :: Cooperative Extension still offers advice on how to can your tomatoes or care for your chickens. But it also does much more, probing needs and providing solutions in every corner of the state. by Tim Steury

The Puyallup Fair :: Every year in late summer, more than a million people gather in Puyallup to eat cotton candy, endure the latest thrill rides--and watch 4-H-ers show their stuff. by Pat Caraher




Cover: Ken Frantz '71, right, founding executive director of Bridges to Prosperity, Inc., participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Ethiopian provincial officials and an Ethiopian orthodox priest. The ceremony marked the reopening of Second Portuguese Bridge, which spans the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. Virtually impassable since World War II, the bridge had been repaired by Frantz and his crew of volunteers from Bridges to Prosperity, ending years of isolation for communities on both sides of the river. Read the story. Photo by Zoe Keone.

William D. Hyslop. By Yvonne Shuman

William D. Hyslop. Yvonne Shuman

Dwight Damon.

Dwight Damon.

Hyslop, Damon earn WSU Alumni Achievement Award

by | © Washington State University

Longtime Spokane residents William D. Hyslop and Dwight Damon received Washington State University's Alumni Achievement Award at a July 16 WSU wine tasting event at Wyvern Cellars in Spokane.

Hyslop, an attorney with the law firm of Lukins & Annis, served as president of the alumni association in 1991-92. Damon, a former two-sport athlete at WSU, maintains a practice in orthodontics.

During Hyslop's tenure as alumni president, the association drafted and then adopted a "role and mission" statement and a list of 10 goals and objectives. Previously, Hyslop served as a volunteer alumni director in Spokane for eight years, and co-chaired WSU's Legislative Network, which supports state legislation benefiting higher education and WSU. In 1998 Hyslop was co-chair of committee that planned the alumni association's centennial celebration.

The 1973 WSU graduate completed his law degree at Gonzaga University's School of Law and joined the Spokane office of Lukins & Annis in 1980. He became a principal in the firm in 1984. From 1991 to 1993, he was U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, then returned to Lukins & Annis. His practice emphasizes construction law and general business and civil litigation. A past president of the Spokane Bar Association, he currently serves on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors.

"I really attribute any success I've had to the foundation I received at WSU, both working with people and getting my degree in political science," Hyslop says. "I enjoyed taking classes from professors like Charles Sheldon [political science] and others who encouraged us to 'do more than just your job--contribute to your community, and share your knowledge and expertise with others.'

"I always look at my days at WSU as the best time of my life. I want others to have a similar experience."

Hyslop is a third-generation Cougar. His grandfather, Victor R. Hyslop '12 and his parents, Tom and Catherine Cornehl Hyslop, both '38, are graduates. His father is a former WSU regent (1983-85). His mother was national present of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.

Damon completed his degree in zoology in 1962 at WSU, where he was captain of the Cougar basketball team as a senior and played varsity baseball. His father, Howard '31, and dentist brother, Floyd '59, were Cougar baseball players.

Damon received the Washington State Dental Association Award as the outstanding graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1964. Following two years in the U.S. Navy, including a tour in Vietnam, he completed his M.S.D. in orthodontics at UW in 1970.

During his WSU undergraduate days, Damon came under the tutelage of the late Herbert Eastlick. He remembers his zoology professor and advisor as a " brilliant, tough, no nonsense person, but very caring and helpful. He prepared me well for dental school."

Basketball Coach Marv Harshman recruited Damon to WSU, where his afternoon science labs frequently made him late for basketball practice. His coach never criticized or singled him out for being tardy, he said.  "He told me that my preparation for a professional medical career should be my highest priority."

Damon has practiced orthodontics in Spokane for nearly 30 years. For more than a decade, he has worked to develop the new Damon System II bracket system of braces (see WSM, November 2001). The system has increased patient comfort, shortened treatment times, and decreased the number of overall appointments, not only in his practice, but also in orthodontics as a whole.

Categories: Awards and honors, Alumni | Tags: Alumni Association, Alumni Achievement Award

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