In Memoriam

Honoring “Founding Mother” Carolyn Dobbs

Evergreen “founding mother” Carolyn Dobbs died February 3, leaving an academic, personal and public service legacy that extended well beyond the college. She was 71.

Carolyn Dobbs

Carolyn joined the faculty in 1971. Over the span of her career she helped establish the Organic Farm, team-taught with dozens of colleagues, inspired hundreds of students and held a number of administrative leadership roles. Her primary teaching passions were natural resource management and children's literature. Putting theory into practice, Carolyn chaired Thurston County's first Shorelines Management Program Planning Committee and served on wide range of boards and commissions related to education, agriculture, forest practices, national parks and wildlife preservation.

“For decades, Carolyn hiked, climbed, skied and volunteered in Washington's national parks,” her obituary recounted. “Our national parks and wilderness areas—and the wildlife they protect—were Carolyn's church. Mt Rainier was her cathedral. During the last week of her life her immediate family and many friends shared stories and memories of friendship, adventures and Carolyn’s contributions to the world as an educator, community activist and public servant. Even while living her last three years with GBM brain cancer, Carolyn's determination, positive attitude and ‘all-in’ tenacity enabled her to live a quality of life hundreds of friends and colleagues admired.”

Washington’s National Park Fund created the annual Carolyn Dobbs Environmental Science Grant, to support science research. The Fund may provide scholarships for students working with field scientists in Washington’s national parks, among other things. Donors to the Fund can direct their gifts to support the award in Carolyn’s honor.

Evergreen Remembers Joe Dear

One of Evergreen’s most influential alumni, Joe Dear ’77, was remembered at a celebration of his life on April 5 at the college.

Joe Dear

Dear died on February 26 in Sacramento after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 62.

“Joe was living proof of the value of an Evergreen education,” said Evergreen President Les Purce. “He always said Evergreen taught him how to learn and how to solve problems, which is exactly what he did.”

An accomplished public servant, Dear was noted for restoring to solvency the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest public pension fund, in the wake of the global financial crisis. Dear also headed the Washington State Investment Board and Department of Labor and Industries, led the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration under President Clinton, and served as chief of staff to Washington Governor Gary Locke.

A lifelong advocate for Evergreen, he generously supported scholarships and served on the college’s foundation and alumni boards from 2002 to 2008. Dear credited Carolyn Dobbs, and her requirement that students in her program attend public meetings, for sparking his fascination with government and the legislative process. In his honor, Dear’s family received the newly created Joe Dear Distinguished Alumni Award at the President’s Recognition Dinner on May 13.

Gifts to honor Joe can be made to Evergreen’s Joseph A. Dear Scholarship Endowment.

Billy Frank, Jr. (Nisqually) MES/MPA ’04

Native American environmental leader and treaty rights activist Billy Frank, Jr., died on May 5 at age 83.

Billy Frank, Jr.

Frank was a friend and advisor to the college for many years. He was one of the first Daniel J. Evans Scholars in 1995, served as an Evergreen trustee from 1996 to 2003, and received honorary MES and MPA degrees from the college in 2004. Frank was on the front line of the long struggle over treaty-guaranteed Indian fishing rights in the 1960s and ‘70s. His perseverance landed him in jail more than 40 times, bringing national attention to the issue and helping to guarantee Indian fishing rights when the “Boldt Decision” was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1979. As chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Frank achieved a number of key agreements between the tribes and various local, state and federal officials that further strengthened treaty-guaranteed fishing rights and environmental protection laws.

Evergreen is an institution of education that conveys the lessons of the past to the leaders of tomorrow. Evergreen transcends the limits of education to reach out to people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Billy Frank, Jr. (Nisqually)

Founding Faculty Bob Barnard

Dr. Robert Barnard died February 26, 2014 at his Cooper Point home.

Bob was a pioneer, in the Greener sense of the word, in the use of media in teaching chemistry. He built the first closed circuit TV system at Montana State University in 1958 and used it for teaching. Years of work in the field culminated in his 1966 textbook Television for the Modern Chemistry Classroom. Two years later he came to Olympia, having been selected by Governor Dan Evans to be a planning faculty member of The Evergreen State College. He taught at Evergreen until 1980.

Bob Barnard

Much of my life has been tied together with film-splicing cement. My original goal was to be a research chemist, but I spent too much time admiring the exotic equipment and beautiful pure symmetrical crystals and chemical compounds. It was almost instinctive to take pictures of the systems. I was also attracted by the natural curiosity of other students towards looking at films or images in which they saw things they had never seen before. This… [gave] me a particular interest in finding new ways for students and teachers with limited resources to see chemistry as it is. Making films and TV tapes in chemistry is a good way to generate lots of lumps.

Bob Barnard

Kathryn M. Andringa ’84, died Aug. 21, 2013. She was a secretary for the Washington State Department of Personnel for 17 years.

Egnacio A. “Eddie” Batacan ’78, died Feb. 15 at the age of 88. He ran Evergreen’s mailroom from 1974 until his 1989 retirement.

James R. Cleghorn ’78, died Sept. 16, 2013 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, two sons, two daughters, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pieter A. Dobbins ’74, died Dec. 2, 2013. A Vietnam War veteran, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. His army career was followed by careers in banking, sales, fundraising, and property management.

John M. East ’99, died Jan. 5. He enjoyed a 20-year career with The Olympian and The Seattle Times.

Georgia R. Howell ’83, died Feb. 14 at the age of 77.

Kim E. Lee (Krawsky) Kwai ’75, died Sept. 23, 2013. She was a parenting instructor at Clackamas Community College’s Early Childhood Development Center.

Russell J. Laughlin ’96, died Dec. 20, 2013.

Patricia A. McCann died Aug. 10, 2013. A lifelong educator, she served as Evergreen’s first campus minister.

Bonnie Moonchild ’86, died Jan. 16. She was a systems analyst/programmer at Evergreen from 1988 to 1995.

Marda J. Moore ’91, died Nov. 21, 2013. She worked in Evergreen’s bookstore from 1985 until her retirement in 1999. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, five children, 14 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Madeline A. Murphy ’88, died Nov. 20, 2013. She worked in the grant-writing field.

Marie M. Petersen ’86, died Dec. 20, 2013. She retired from the Washington State Department of Social Services in 2001. She had 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Gary Russell, died Jan. 18. He came to Evergreen as a security officer in 1972, and subsequently served as sergeant, lieutenant, crime prevention and investigations training coordinator, and director of Public Safety/Police until his retirement.

Thomas J. Quinn, died Feb 6. He worked in Facilities as a maintenance mechanic from 1973 until his retirement. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in WWII, and a Bronze Star for bravery in the Korean War.

Deborah R. Sklar ’87, died Jan. 4. She was a children’s librarian in New York City and Boston.

Carol A. Sloan ’87, died Dec 7, 2013.

David Stiles, Jr. ’08, died Oct. 19, 2013. He was active in the Yelm and Rainier Police and Fire Departments, Thurston County Search and Rescue Team and Sheriff’s Dive Team.

Sondra J. Tackett ’84 (Vancouver campus), died Dec. 2, 2013.

Peter J. VanHess ’05, died Sept. 17, 2013 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Ruth Wett ’75, died Dec. 8, 2013.

Susan H. Wise ’85 (Vancouver campus), died Aug. 12, 2013.