Obituaries from June 1995 Columns

In Memory 6/95


Richard Critchfield, Washington, D.C., age 63, Dec. 10, 1994.

Irene L. Barry, Corvallis, Ore., age 85, Dec. 31, 1994.

Dorothy De Rodas, Tukwila, age 73, Jan. 24, 1995.

Tillie Klansnic, Bellevue, age 70, Jan. 31, 1995.

Virginia Barr Cook, Seattle, age 90, Jan. 3, 1995.

Irma Robinson, Seattle, age 98, Jan. 12, 1995.

Sallie Sue White Williamson Parr, Bellevue, age 82, Jan. 10, 1995.

Richard T. Greenwood, Everett, age 76, February, 1995.

Helen Corbitt Craig, '18, Hoquiam, age 101, January, 1995.

Marian Robb, '26, Southampton, Bermuda, age 89, Dec. 12, 1994.

Dorothy Schusman Hauff, '27, Des Moines, age 89, Feb. 4, 1995.

Lawrence E. Karrer, '27, Bellevue, age 90, Jan. 16, 1995.

Roy Oestreich, '27, Ritzville, age 89, March 19, 1994.

Ralph H. McClarren, '28, Bryn Athyn, Pa., age 87, April 1, 1994.

Daryl Muscott Chapin, '29, Naples, Fla., age 88, Jan. 19, 1995.

Elizabeth V. McGoldrick, '29, Medina, age 86, Jan. 23, 1995.

Richard F. Schacht, '31, Mount Vernon, age 86, Dec. 22, 1994.

S. D. Shirley Spragg, '31, Rochester, N.Y., age 85, Jan. 6, 1995.

Barbara Gray Bruhns, '32, '36, Seattle, age 84, Feb. 14, 1995.

Mary A. Caughran Keel, '37, Burley, Idaho, age 80, Nov. 25, 1994.

Peter Fisher, '42, Seattle, age 74, Jan. 19, 1995.

James J. Gangler, '43, '47, Chevy Chase, Md., age 74, Feb. 1, 1995.

Marcus Hart, '43, Preston, Idaho, age 90, Dec. 30, 1994.

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

Richard Brewer, '46, Shelton, age 78, Sept. 24, 1994.

Daniel C. McLean, '47, Tumwater, age 73, Sept. 29, 1994.

Laurence S. Carlander, '49, Bellevue, age 70, Feb. 23, 1995.

Heinz Spielmann, '49, '52, West Linn, Ore., age 75, Dec. 18, 1994.

Jack Alexander, '53, Edmonds, age 70, Jan. 3, 1995.

Joanne Naden Robinson, '53, Everett, age 64, Jan. 19, 1995.

Arthur E. Schneider, '53, Montebello, Calif., age 89, Jan. 21, 1995.

Irving Eugene Smith, '56, Olympia, age 66, Jan. 24, 1995.

Paul L. Ahlness, '57, Bowman, N.D., age 65, Feb. 6, 1995.

William H. Bodenman, '59, Concord, Calif., age 63, Dec. 4, 1994.

Phyllis Compton Dwyer, '64, '72, Ocean Shores, age 67, Jan. 20, 1995.

Wendy Morrow Lightbourn, '94, Tacoma, age 39, March 9, 1994.


Professor of International Studies and History Jack L. Dull, who served the UW since 1963, died Jan. 18, 1995, from cancer. An expert on the Han dynasty--the series of family emperors who ruled China for more than 400 years beginning in 206 B.C.--he was an internationally recognized Chinese history scholar. The Whitefish, Mont., native earned three degrees from the UW in 1955, 1960 and 1966. An entertaining lecturer, Dull became an associate director of the Jackson School of International Studies and director of the East Asian Language and Area Center. He was 65.

Former Henry Art Gallery Curator Donald L. Bunse, who served the UW from 1961-1963, died in June 1994. While an M.F.A. student at the UW in 1957, he helped develop the collagraphic form of printing. The Flaxville, Mont., native was a curator at the Cheney Cowles Museum before coming to the Henry in 1961. Shortly after he received his M.F.A. in 1964, he moved back to his native Montana, where he taught at the University of Montana.

Professor Emeritus of Music Demar Irvine died Jan. 5, 1995, after serving the UW since 1937. Described by UW Music School Director Robin McCabe as "one of the major intellects of the school in the past 50 years," the Modesto, Calif. native led the UW graduate program from 1950 to 1968 and became a professor emeritus in 1978. The widely known educator and composer loved puns and his Tropicana roses. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Univ. of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He was 86.

Former Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery Charles A. Griffith died Dec. 23, 1994, after serving the UW since 1952. A longtime resident of Redmond, he was the first chief of staff at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. A native of Oak Park, Ill., he was the author of more than 100 publications and chapters in five surgical textbooks. A pioneer in the field of gastric surgery, he was also an avid fisherman who rowed the whitewater rivers of the Pacific Northwest. He received his bachelor's and M.D. degrees from Harvard and a master's from the UW. He was 73.

Associate Professor Emeritus of Zoology Kenneth Leland Osterud died Dec. 8, 1994, after serving the UW since 1949. The son of an anatomy professor, he was a dedicated teacher who specialized in microzoology. He was an accomplished nature photographer and enjoyed putting on slide shows to taped music. He received his undergraduate degree from Randolph Macon College and his Ph.D. from New York Univ. He retired in 1976. He died suddenly in his home in Hurricane, Utah. He was 80.

Professor Emeritus of Sociology Calvin Fisher Schmid died Oct. 1, 1994, after serving the UW since 1937. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he received both his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from the UW. He joined the UW in 1937 and retired in 1972. He was 92.

Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering George S. Smith died Jan. 11, 1995, after serving the UW since 1921. Born in a dug-out house on the Nebraska prairie in 1889, he and his family moved to Boise, Idaho, in 1903. En route, he rode in a boxcar that carried farm animals. His family later moved to Centralia, and he received his degree in electrical engineering from the UW in 1916. He received an advanced electrical engineering degree from the UW in 1924. In 1957, he was honored as the Engineer of the Year by the Seattle chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He served on the UW faculty until his retirement in 1960, and a department dinner was held in his honor on his 100th birthday in 1989. He was 105.

Professor Emeritus of Speech and Hearing Sciences William Robert Tiffany died Dec. 12, 1994, after serving the UW since 1947. An expert in experimental phonetics and speech science, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the UW and his Ph.D. from Iowa State Univ. He did research on stuttering in children and vowel theory. He joined the UW in 1947 and retired in 1982. He was 74.

Former Assistant Professor of Communications Ples Lee Irwin died Jan. 11, 1995, after serving the UW from 1956 to 1960. He received his bachelor's degree from the UW and his master's degree from the Univ. of Minnesota. After growing up in Seattle and graduating from the UW, he worked as a reporter in Longview and Tacoma before buying the Bothell Citizen, a weekly paper. He later purchased weekly papers in Oregon and was a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. He left the UW in 1960 to run a number of weekly newspapers in Oregon. He was 75.

Professor Emeritus of Women's Physical Education Gladys House died Aug. 15, 1994, after serving the UW since 1944. She joined the UW in 1944 and retired in 1965.

Former Regent Taul Watanabe died Dec. 28, 1994. He served as regent from 1977 to 1982. A native of Salem, Ore., he rose from a youth of poverty to being an influential businessman and government leader who helped establish business ties with Japan and China. He put himself through school by working as a cannery worker, and at the age of 19, was one of three organizers of the Japanese Alaska Cannery Workers Union. As a law student at Willamette Univ. in Oregon, he was taken to a Japanese internment camp near Puyallup in 1941 but worked to get himself free and was allowed to continue his studies at the Univ. of Denver. He later worked as a Los Angeles businessman, bank president, real estate developer and local government official. He moved to the Northwest in 1969, consulted with the Port of Seattle, Peoples Bank and Burlington Northern. He served as president of the regents in 1979-80. He later was credited with bringing Japanese business to the Northwest and helping establish relations with China. He was 75.

Professor of Surgery Thomas Marchioro died Feb. 5, 1995, after serving the UW since 1967. He was recruited to start the UW's kidney transplant program in the 1960s, and he performed the first kidney transplant in the Pacific Northwest. The Spokane native was the son of a Montana copper miner who himself worked in the mines and later for the railroad to support his college education. He attended Colorado College and the Univ. of California, Berkeley before entering Gonzaga Univ. After graduating in 1951, he went to St. Louis Univ. medical school and graduated with honors in 1955. He joined the UW as a professor of surgery and was chief of transplantation in 1971. In 1983, he was appointed vice chairman of the department of surgery. Much of his earlier research paved the way for UW's later efforts in liver transplantation. He was 66.

Clinical associate professor of orthodontics Emery James Fraser died Feb. 7, 1995, after serving the UW since 1949. A golf and fly-fishing devotee, the Waterville native taught clinical orthodontics part-time at the UW beginning in 1949. He left the UW in 1973. He was 92.

Former Assistant Professor of General Engineering Wells Thompson died Nov. 20, 1994. He received his undergraduate degree from Annapolis in 1928 and his master's from the Univ. of California-Berkeley in 1938. He joined the UW in 1958 and retired in 1971.

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Marshall Thornton Newman died Dec. 13, 1994, after serving the UW since 1966. A native of New Bedford, Mass., he received his bachelor's and master's degree from the Univ. of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1941, doing research on Indian skeletal material found in northern Alabama. He joined the UW in 1966 and retired in 1977. He was 83.

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