Washington State Magazine

Spring 2003

Spring 2003

In This Issue...


Philip & Neva Abelson: Pioneers on the knowledge frontier :: Philip Abelson '33 developed the process, adopted by the Manhattan Project, for separating U-235 from U-238. He went on to make significant contributions to biochemistry, chemistry, engineering physics, and other fields. Neva Abelson '34 developed the test for the Rh factor in newborns. What was once Science Hall now carries their name. by Pat Caraher

Between humor and menace: The art of Gaylen Hansen :: Gaylen Hansen paints his alter ego as he confronts giant grasshoppers and a buffalo lurking behind the bed. by Sheri Boggs

Resilient Cultures—A new understanding of the New World :: The history of European and Indian interactions is being dramatically rewritten. In a new book, a WSU historian produces an update. by John Kicza

Whirlwind tour :: On an August morning, Senator Murray '72 visits Dayton to hear its concerns. by Treva Lind

Homage to a difficult land: An African scientist returns home :: Beset by a relentless drought, the Sahel seems in unstoppable ecological decline. But Oumar Badini will not give up. There must be some way to help Mali farmers reclaim the land. Story and photos by Peter Chilson

Field Notes

Halloween in Iraq :: A traveler explores rumors of genuine "evildoers." by Nathan Mauger




Cover: A young fan gets his autograph from quarterback Jason Gesser. Read story. Photo by Shelly Hanks.


Foundation honors Creighton

by | © Washington State University

John W. "Jack" Creighton, Jr., Bellevue, received the Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award at the Washington State University Foundation Dinner Gala in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum last fall.

The annual award, established in 1981, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained, exemplary service and achievement on behalf of Washington State University and the WSU Foundation.

Cited for his leadership and unselfish devotion to WSU, Creighton earned praise from nominators for his work as co-chair of the national steering committee for Campaign WSU. The multi-year effort raised a record $275 million in private gifts to the University. The successful campaign led to Creighton's further involvement with WSU as vice-chair (1996-98) and chair of the WSU Foundation Board (1998-2000).

Creighton holds undergraduate and advanced degrees from The Ohio State University and the University of Miami. He and his wife, Janet, became involved with WSU when their daughters, Julia ('83 Fine Arts) and Jennifer ('85 Bus. Adm.) were students. The couple's commitment to education is expressed in the endowed scholarship and graduate fellowship they established at WSU for students of Native American descent.

In September Creighton retired as chairman and CEO of UAL Corp. (United Air Lines) and remains on the UAL board, where he has served since 1998. He was president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Co., 1991-1997.

The Gibson Award is named for the late Weldon B. Gibson, the WSU Foundation's founding chair and a founder of the Stanford Research Institute, now SRI International.

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