in memoriam

Western Washington University President Emeritus Charles J. (“Jerry”) Flora has passed away. He was 85.

Flora served as Western’s eighth president, from 1967 to 1975. During his tenure, Western’s enrollment grew from 6,240 to 10,000, and four colleges -- Fairhaven College of…

Roberta Bouverat, a Western Washington University alumna and longtime professor in the WWU Department of Education, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, in Bellingham. She was born on Sept. 11, 1937, in Chicago.

Bouverat first came to Western in 1955, when she began her journey toward…

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, Nov. 1, in memory of U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley, who passed away on Oct. 18 from complications related to a stroke.

Flags should…

Richard "Dick" Bowman, who coached men's cross country and track & field and was an assistant professor of physical education at Western Washington University from 1969 to 1973, died June 27.

Bowman, 82, coached two Viking athletes who were later inducted into the…

A tribute to Marc Richards will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in Viking Union Room 565 to remember and honor his life. All are invited.

But we need your help! The WWU Alumni Association is gathering memories, stories and favorite conversations of this beloved professor who…

Marc Richards passed away April 9, after a heroic and short battle with cancer. Marc maintained his sense of humanity, love of nature and humor to the end. He was a devoted friend to many, with numerous close bonds spanning decades. Born in Attleboro, MA in June 1949, Marc moved west in 1967 to…

Charles Wilder Jr., who started working at his father's construction company when he was 12 and eventually became chairman, died April 2, according to friends and family. He was 84.

Wilder died from natural causes at his ranch in New River, Ariz., said former company employee Chuck…

Anna Rosemary Harris, 19, a Bellingham resident and Western Washington University student, was the victim on April 2 of a motor scooter accident while vacationing in Taiwan. Anna and her younger sister, Sophia, had traveled to Taiwan to visit longtime family friends who teach in a school there…

At the urging of his friends, my buddy Layne Southcott was inspired to have an exhibit of works by his dad, Marvin, who died in February.

Moving with his family to Bellingham from California in 1969, Marvin began developing an industrial design program for what was then Western Washington…

Richard McIver, long the only African American on the Seattle City Council and an advocate for Rainier Valley and underdeveloped parts of the city, died Saturday night at Swedish Medical Center. He was 71.

“He was extremely generous with his wisdom, and he was sort…

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