In Memory


Deceased alumni are listed alphabetically within each class year. Those with an unknown class year are listed first.

Dorothy Jones Eckmann, Seattle, age 94, May 20, 1995.

Julia Graessner Edwards, Seattle, April 10, 1995.

Paul Frederickson, Sandusky, Ohio, April 13, 1995.

Ethel Kropf, Tacoma, age 97, June 11, 1995.

Elizabeth Van De Mark, Renton, age 60, April 14, 1995.

Kathryn Shephard Cushman, Moscow, Idaho, age 91, April 12, 1995.

Janet Dewhurst, '21, Lacey, age 96, May 2, 1995.

William Alden Kimball, '26, Seattle, age 90, April 8, 1995.

DeWitt Williams, '29, '32, Seattle, age 86, April 6, 1995.

Elfriede Gudelius, '31, Tacoma, age 76, March 10, 1995.

Robert Lowe Hagist, '31, Seattle, age 86, June 17, 1995.

Rufus Kiser, '32, '40, Centralia, age 88, May 5, 1995.

Thomas Ray Croson, '34, Carmichael, Calif., age 89, April 18, 1995.

Grace Helen Smith Lewis, '34, '35, Seattle, age 83, May 1995.

Kinne Mason Hawes, '36, Mercer Island, age 82, April 30, 1995.

Paul Hayden Kirk, '37, Kirkland, age 80, May 22, 1995.

Joseph David Feek, '39, Leavenworth, age 77, April 6, 1995.

William Morris, '43, Seattle, age 75, June 16, 1995.

Kenneth K. Graves, '44, Portland, Ore., 1994.

George A. Cheney, '49, '66, Petaluma, Calif., age 86, Feb. 16, 1995.

James K. Erickson, '50, Bellevue, age 68, May 6, 1995.

Paul F. Munson, '50, Mercer Island, age 67, April 9, 1995.

Donald V. Mitchell, '53, Seattle, age 77, May 2, 1995.

Joseph Vaughn Kolmer Sr., '54, South Australia, age 65, May 28, 1995.

John Knox Woodruff Jr., '57, Seattle, age 59, April 11, 1995.

William M. Clements, '58, Tucson, Ariz., age 58, Feb. 23, 1995.

Robert A. Pierotti, '58, Atlanta, age 63 May 1, 1995.

Kenneth E. Abbey, '60, '62, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, age 61, April 9, 1995.

George A. Cheney, '66, Petaluma, Calif., age 86, Feb. 16, 1995.

Randall L. Holden, '69, '71, Louisville, Ky., age 51, May 17, 1995.

Alfred W. Block, '76, Marysville, Dec. 24, 1994.

Karen Ann Hjorten, '87, Everett, age 30, May 30, 1995.


Professor Emeritus of Oceanography Clifford Barnes died March 15, 1995, after serving the UW since 1947. Born Oct. 14, 1905 in Goldendale, he received his Ph.D. from the UW in 1936. He worked at Battelle Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, before joining the International Ice Patrol as the government's first civilian oceanographer. During World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard on convoy duty in the North Atlantic and later as a scientific liaison officer at the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests. He returned to the UW in 1947 to help found the department of oceanography. He helped secure millions of dollars to fund oceanographic research and develop the UW's research fleet during the department's formative years. He retired from the UW in 1973. He was 89.

Civil Engineering Lecturer Stanley Davis died May 14, 1995, after serving the UW since 1987. A native of Kansas City, Mo., he was an avid outdoorsman, past president of the Trailblazers Club and a founding member of the Mount Rainier Nordic Ski Patrol. A well-liked lecturer, he underwent a bone marrow transplant but ultimately died of adult pre-leukemia. He was 52.

Forest Resources Professor Emeritus Stanley Gessel died May 13, 1995, after serving the UW since 1948. Growing up on a Utah farm during the Great Depression, he saw people struggle to feed themselves, so he dedicated himself to work with nature to help it do its best for humanity and others. He wrote widely on forest fertilization and soil worldwide. He is credited with bringing an awareness of tree nutrition that engendered a new forest management and production system, and is considered the father of the forest management field, according to UW forestry dean Dale Cole. He earned an undergraduate degree in forestry and range management in 1939 at Utah State College and a Ph.D. in soil science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was 78 when he died of heart failure.

Social Work Professor Emeritus Naomi Gottlieb died May 7, 1995, after serving the UW since 1970. Her co-authorship of a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health led to funding of the Project on Women at the UW School of Social Work, where she went on to become a leader in the field of sexual equality. She was known as a "gentle, yet strong" feminist who went to court to trade her married name for her maiden name in the early 1970s, when few divorced women did that. In addition to her landmark work that suggested social work tactics to counteract inequitable treatment of both sexes, she helped develop the UW's doctoral program in social work. The Bronx native loved hiking, reading, music, ballet and crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and dreamed of going on a paleontological dig to help discover a dinosaur. She earned her Ph.D. in social work from the University of California, Berkeley, and joined the UW in 1970. She became assistant dean in 1974 and was associate dean from 1974-1985. She died of injuries suffered in a streetcar accident in Prague, Czech Republic, where she was taking a break from her post as a visiting scholar at Israel's University of Tel Aviv. She was 69.

James Reilly, personnel and security administrator of the Applied Physics Lab, died Dec. 31, 1994, after serving the UW since 1950. The Kansas City, Mo., native received a bachelor's degree from the UW in 1948 and started working as the manager of the UW's Union Bay Village in 1946. He joined the APL in 1953 and stayed there until his retirement in 1980. He was 81.

Professor Emeritus of General Engineering Thomas Rowlands died in November 1994, after serving the UW since 1928. A native of Liverpool, England, he was a specialist in naval architecture and owned a boat yard and marina near the Chittenden Locks. He was known for being a strict teacher who expected a lot from his students. He received his B.S. from MIT in 1926 and came to the UW two years later. He retired in 1963, and spent his later years in Hawaii. He was 97.

Psychology Professor Emeritus Moncrieff Smith died April 28, 1995, after serving the UW since 1949. He was considered a pioneer in the field of behavioral neuroscience, creating at the UW the first department in the field studying the link between physiology and psychology. He trained many world famous psychologists, and many other universities have since followed suit by establishing similar departments. He was also an outdoors enthusiast who loved camping, cycling and photography. The St. Louis native earned undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He joined the UW in 1949 and later served as chair of the psychology before his retirement in 1988. He was 76.

Associate Professor Emeritus of Asian Languages and Literature Doo Soo Suh died Nov. 14, 1994, after serving the UW since 1955. A linguist who taught Korean language and literary classics, he was a scholar of Korean classics. He specialized in a form of Korean theatrical productions featuring one- or two-person operas. He was born in Seoul, Korea on March 11, 1907, and received his graduate degrees from Columbia. He joined the UW as a visiting lecturer in 1955 and retired in 1977. He was 86.

Research Associate in Public Affairs Sandra Adkisson Tausend died March 8, 1995, after serving the UW since 1985. She received three degrees from the UW, and worked at the Institute for Public Policy and Management, doing research on issues related to homelessness, especially the effect of homelessness on children. A world traveler who once spent two weeks working with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa, she earned her Ph.D. from the UW in 1980 despite being diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 58 when she died of cancer.

Speech Communication Lecturer Roger Vail died March 14, 1995. He served the UW from 1969 to 1974. He taught interpersonal communications and personal speaking courses. A meticulous planner who loved to teach, he did not let heart problems slow him down, and continued to backpack and sail after he had a heart valve replaced. He died of heart problems at 41.

Genetics Affiliate Professor Harold Weintraub died March 28, 1995, after serving the UW since 1994. The Newark, N.J. native was a world-renowned molecular biologist who began his research career in the lab of DNA co-discoverer Francis Crick. He was one of the founding scientists of the basic science division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Ctr. and a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Inst. He was an international leader in the study of genetics and cellular development, and he made a series of discoveries that explained how genes in relatively embryonic cells develop and specialize by altered gene function. He was 49 when he died of brain cancer.

Germanics Associate Professor Emeritus Richard Wilkie died March 27, 1995, after serving the UW since 1937. Born in Firth, Idaho, he called himself "a little country boy coming to the big city" to attend the UW as a student. After receiving his undergraduate and master's degrees from the UW, he started teaching at the UW in 1937. He was most well-known for creating a summer study program at Munich University. A popular figure on campus who often drove his Model T to school, he was also known for his sense of humor. He retired in 1982. He was 84.

Home Economics Professor Emeritus Hazel Zigler died Nov. 22, 1994, after serving the UW since 1942.

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