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These are the teachers that we lived with for 3 years.  Some are now deceased and some (we've confirmed) are still alive (and kicking hard).  If you know of other teachers that have passed away, please contact us with the information so we can include them. If you've visited with a former teacher around town, please contact me through the website so I can include their name in the 'confirmed alive and kicking' list....



Alyce Adams  (UNKN) World History, Girls' PE


Louis Anderson  (2/28/1922 - 5/27/2018)  Agriculture, Auto Shop

Celebrating 64 years of Marriage (in 2010):  Louis Anderson If you missed it, here is a link to a great story about Mr. Louis Anderson published on June 24th 2010 about his 64 year marriage and his current home in Mead!     Check it out:  http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/jun/24/broken-watch-lasting-marriage/


Louis G. Anderson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-gran-dfather and friend has gone to his eternal rest on May 27, 2018 in Spokane, WA. Louis was born in Portland, OR on February 28, 1922. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Anderson Dart; son, Dale A. Anderson (Kathryn), grandchildren, George L. Dart (Lisa), Alison Dart Banholzer, and Michael Anderson; four great-granddaughters, Rachael Dart, Haeley Dart, Katherine Banholzer and Caroline Banholzer; brother, A. Reinold Anderson (Mary); and nephew, John W. Anderson (Anne); and numerous great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara F. Anderson, his parents, Earnest W. Anderson and Dora L. Anderson, and grandson, Col. David D. Banholzer.
Louis grew up on the family farm in Longview, WA where he graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1940. He joined the Army Air Corps and flew 35 missions over Germany as First Pilot of a G-model B-17, flying out of RAF Chelveston in England. Following WWII, he married the love of his life, Barbara F. Gilby on July 7, 1946 and they relocated to Pullman, WA where Louis graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Business and Master's Degree in Education. They moved to Spokane, WA where they celebrated 71 years of marriage. Louis and Barbara often spoke of "growing old together" and their love becoming "truer, deeper and richer."
Louis completed 21 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Col., while pursuing 30 years as a Vocational Agriculture, Auto Shop teacher and FFA Advisor for Mead High School. He also served on the Washington State Lands Commission, helping in the management of state forest lands.
Louis fulfilled a dream when, in 1967, he and Barbara purchased their farm on Greenbluff and was always happiest when he was serving their customers at Anderson Acres. He treasured the many, dear friends he made selling apples, cherries and other fruit.
Louis was a Master Gardener and enjoyed working in his garden and orchards. He was a member of the Greenbluff Grange, a 50-year member of Kiwanis Clubs International, and a member since the early 1960s of St. Luke Lutheran Church. He will be remembered as a quiet man who was strong, generous, loving, and smart. He passed on those traits to his children and family.
The family would like to thank the owners and staff at Fairwood Assisted Living and Horizon Hospice for the compassionate and wonderful care Dad received in the past few years of his life.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 8th from 11am to 4pm at Heritage Funeral Home. A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at 12:30pm at Fairmount Memorial Park 5200 W. Wellesley Ave., Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider a donation in memory of Louis G. Anderson to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9706 N. Division, PO Box 28948, Spokane, WA 99228-8948.



Don Barlow  (UNKN)  World Problems, Boys' PE, Guidance Office


Reese Bennett  (3/10/1910 - 1/15/95)  German, Algebra, Math Analysis


Martha Brookhart  (9/3/1914 - 8/29/2002)  English, Annual, World Problems



Gordon Brunette  (8/21/1935 - 6/5/2021)  Chemistry, Geometry

Our father, brother, husband, and grandfather Gordon passed away on June 5, 2021. Gordon was born August 21, 1935 to Vera and Charles Brunette. He was 1 of 13 children and attended schools in Spokane. He graduated with an Education degree from Gonzaga University. He met his wife of 66 years, Agnes at North Central HS.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes, his children Jeff (Yogi) (Darelynn), Andrea, Linda, and Julie; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; siblings Marion, Judy, Larry, Mark, and Ken. He was preceded in death by his son Ron, grandson Blake, parents Charles, Vera, brothers and sisters Dale, Duane, Jean, Carol, Charlie and Bruce, and sons-in-law Ron and Dick.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, June 24 at Riverside Cemetery. Please arrive at 10:00 to meet and drive to the graveside. Following the service, a memorial service will be held at 12:00 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice or Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Gordon's name.
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George Chalich  (3/23/1930-1/15/2017)  US History, World History, NW History

Check out this newspaper article:  Blanchette: Dawgs who became Bulldogs remember how it was, and what might have been



George Chalich, age 86, died Jan. 15, 2017 in Spokane Valley, Washington.

He was born March 23, 1930 in Butte, Mont. to Eli Chalich and Martha Haidin Chalich (later Mandic). The family moved to the Spokane Valley in 1938 and he attended Vera Grade School and Central Valley High School. George competed in football, basketball, track and baseball. He was a first-team all-league pick in basketball as a sophomore, junior and senior, and led the league in scoring twice, breaking the league scoring record his senior year with a 13.7 points-per-game average. After graduating in 1948, he went on to play college basketball at both the University of Washington and Gonzaga University. He was a walk-on player for the Husky baseball team and was offered a professional contract with the Seattle Rainiers but chose to finish his degree. He taught and coached for 28 years at Oakesdale, Mead and North Central High Schools, proudly stating, “I taught life” as he positively impacted many students and families. He also officiated both baseball and basketball at the collegiate level including the Pac-8, and throughout the Inland Northwest at the high school and children’s recreational levels for 40 years. He played AAU basketball and softball with the Spokane Diesel team. He loved golf and was a member of the Indian River Golf team. In 1995 he was recognized by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters with the 25-Year Award. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, president of the Serbian Lodge of Spokane, and on the Board of Directors for Fairmont Memorial Association.

George was preceded in death by his parents, brother Eli and brother-in-law Clem Rueckert. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Geraldine (Jeri), daughter Linda Chalich of Pullman, granddaughter Alison (Jonathan) Metzger-Jones and great grandson Jason Metzger-Jones of Davis, Calif., sisters Sadie Rueckert and Dorothy Burns, brothers Nick (Lois), Ray, and Stan (Leslie) and numerous nieces and nephews who he dearly loved.

A Celebration of Life open house will be May 7, from 2-4 p.m. at The CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Memorials may be donated to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington, Spokane, WA 99205.


Kenneth Coon  (UNKN)  Band


Richard Dively  (00/00/1924-12/25/1980)  Biology

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant Richard L. Dively (MCSN: 0-46100), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Executive Officer of Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), during action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 5 March 1951. When approximately 30 of the enemy attempted to infiltrate the company position during a heavy snow storm, throwing hand grenades and laying down small-arms fire, First Lieutenant Dively, hearing the cries of Marines wounded by the stealthy enemy, rushed from the command post to investigate the situation, and although immediately subjected to intense hostile fire, moved forward over the treacherous ice-covered terrain until he located a group of the enemy hiding behind a large boulder. Killing the nest of infiltrators with a burst from his sub-machine gun, he continued along the icy ridge to seek out the enemy and, despite constant automatic-weapons and hand grenade fire, succeeded in killing many others, borrowing a rifle when his sub-machine gun failed to operate. By his aggressive fighting spirit, daring initiative and valiant actions in the face of grave danger, First Lieutenant Dively aided immeasurably in routing the enemy from the position and served to inspire all who observed him, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: March 5, 1951       Service: Marine Corps      Rank: First Lieutenant


Eugene Fink  (12/27/1926 - 10/12/1999)


Below is a photo from 1959 that appeared in the Spokesman on 1/31/11. 


Cliff Goss  (8/00/1931 - 2/6/2022)  Math, Geometry, Algebra

On a Sunday morning, the day of rest, our family patriarch passed to his final rest in heaven. Dad was born in Houston, Texas in August of 1931 and died February 2022, surrounded by his family.

It is difficult to capture the numerous ways Dad touched countless lives through his interests and talents during his 90 years on this earth. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, and made his way to Washington via a football scholarship to Whitworth College. There he met Mom. With a degree in education, he launched his teaching career at the Mead School District, dedicating 30 years He was a beloved teacher, so much so many of his students wished he taught something other than math!

Dad was an athlete, playing, coaching, and refereeing many sports. A skilled woodworker and carpenter, Dad donated his work to auctions or to help friends. He placed loving energy in his home and yard where he hosted the annual Clifford Water Show starring his grandkids.

Dad is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 67 years, children Merri (Jack), Melodi (Mark), and Marty (Bitsy), eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Most importantly Dad was a family man, a great husband, father, grandpa, and great grandfather, truly a role model and mentor. His legacy will live on in all our hearts.
Published by Spokesman-Review on Feb. 13, 2022.

Bonnie Hilton (UNKN)  French, English


Mary Hyatt  (11/30/1938 - Alive, Well and Kicking)  English, Debate


Thomas Charles Jaeger (06/02/1931 - 04/16/2014)  Spanish, Psychology, Sociology

Tom Jaeger, lifelong resident of Spokane, WA entered into eternal rest of natural causes at home in Spokane, April 16, 2014. Tom was raised in north Spokane and attended Saint Francis of Assisi Grade School and Saint Francis High School in Santa Barbara, CA. Tom was a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army from 1956 to 1958 serving in Europe on the border of West Germany and Czechoslovakia. After his military service, he returned to Spokane and worked at Sacred Heart Hospital where he met his future wife, Maureen. Tom pursued his Bachelors in Education from Gonzaga University and Whitworth College. As an educator, Tom spent 10 years in the Mead school district during which time he earned his Masters Degree in Education and Guidance Counseling from Eastern Washington University. After his time at Mead, he worked for the Washington State Community College system as a career guidance counselor at Spokane Community College, until his retirement in 1994. Devoted to his community, he served on the boards of Lilac City Figure Skating Club and Amicus Credit Union. He was passionate about education and sent all three of his daughters to Gonzaga Prep. Tom's family was his life. Married to his beloved wife for 54 years, Tom and Maureen raised their three daughters in Spokane. In later years he doted on his six grandchildren and spent innumerable hours cheering them on at sporting and school events. Travel was a passion throughout his life and he enjoyed trips throughout the US, Australia, Canada and Europe. Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maureen; three daughters: Geralyn Bird, of Spokane, Laura Faulkner of Bellevue, WA, and Melanie Eckhardt of Edmonds, WA; five granddaughters: Kaylah Keenan, Meghan Keenan, Morgan Faulkner, Cheyanne Faulkner, Nicole Faulkner; one grandson, Matthew Keenan; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Tom will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and deadpan delivery, only given away by the twinkle in his eye. Think of him and smile. Tom was preceded in death by his parents: Carl and Marion Jaeger; and two sisters: Marion Driscoll and Dianne Nelson. Visitation Tuesday, April 22nd 2-6 pm, Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home followed by Holy Rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial, followed by a reception, Wednesday, April 23rd at 11:00 am at St. Thomas More Church, 515 W. St. Thomas More Way, Spokane, WA. Private interment at a later date. Tom was a man of great faith and valued education. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Gonzaga Preparatory High School, Fair Share Program. Please visit Tom's online memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com, and leave a message of condolence.

Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 20, 2014


Landy James  (? - 6/3/1997)  Biology

Landy James, a star athlete at Washington State University and later one of the state’s top coaches and educators, died Tuesday in La Conner at age 66.

James coached Mead football for 13 years (1956-1968), winning nine Northeast A League championships with an overall record of 76-34-3. In all, he was 181-89-3 in 30 years of high school coaching. He was inducted into the Washington State High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995.

He left Mead to return to La Conner High School, his alma mater, in 1969, and he coached football for another 16 seasons. He coached La Conner basketball for two seasons (1983-84 and 1984-85), taking the Braves to the Class B state tournament both seasons.

James graduated from La Conner in 1948. He went to Washington State on a basketball scholarship but concentrated on football and baseball. He lettered in football from 1949 through 1951. In baseball, his career earned run average of 2.13 ranks sixth all-time at the school. His senior year he was first-team All-Northern Division.

James, a member of the Swinomish Indian Tribe, was a former National Indian Educator of the Year.

“We put on some very successful Indian education conferences here and they were a success in large part because of Landy’s intimate knowledge of the culture,” said Vince Sellen, a history teacher at La Conner and a close friend of James.

James suffered from diabetes and had both legs amputated just below the knee in 1992. A memorial service is being held this morning at La Conner High School gym, which 10 years ago was named the Landy James Activity Center.


Hobart Jenkins  (2/17/1924 - 3/15/2016)  Principal


Hobart (Hobe) Jenkins





Hobart (Hobe) Jenkins Obiturary 2016

Hobart (Hobe) Jenkins passed away on March 15 at age 92 in Bellevue, WA.
Born in St. John, WA on February 17, 1924, graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane in 1941. Joined the Army Air Corps and flew B-24’s in WW II with the 15th Air Force 464th Bombardment Group, earning numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. His patriotism and love of country was expressed through his continued military service in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. He retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
He married Marilyn Samuel in 1942. After WWII, he earned his BS and MS at Washington State University and began a lengthy career in education; including high schools in Dayton, Sunnyside, Langley, and Mead, Washington. Received his PhD from WSU and began a career in higher education administration. Held positions at University of Washington, University of Idaho, Centralia Community College, and was President of Spokane Community College. His leadership, contributions, and vision for SCC were honored with the naming of The Jenkins Wellness Center.
He managed the family homestead wheat ranch in St. John throughout his adult life. He loved fishing, hunting, flying, baseball, and the WSU Cougars.
Upon retirement, he and Marilyn moved to Bayview, Idaho where they built their dream house on Lake Pend Oreille. He loved the community and became its advocate writing and receiving grants for the building of their community center, the Kokanee Recovery Project with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Wildflower Recovery Project, and for modernization of the local water, septic, and fire systems. He served as Bayview Chamber of Commerce President, Water Board President and long time advisor on diverse projects for community improvement. He was on the board of Kootenai Electric for many years. He passed his sense of civic responsibility on to his family whom he loved deeply.
He is survived by his three daughters, Susan Seiber (James), Kathleen Currie (Michael), Patricia Jenkins, three grandchildren Sandy Long (Chris), TJ Seiber (Sara), Chris Currie and six great-grandchildren.
Hobe asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Bayview Community Center PO Box 121 Bayview, Idaho 83803 or the Hobart Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation PO Box 6000 Spokane, WA 99217-6000.
Internment services at the Tahoma National Cemetery on April 8th at 1:30pm. Memorial service will be held at the Bayview Community Center on Saturday, July 9th at 12:00 noon.


Hobart Jenkins, 2010

There isn't much that can slow down Hobart Jenkins.

But a few weeks ago, the 86-year-old Bayview resident received a letter in the mail that did stop him in his tracks, for a moment.

The missive was from Spokane Community College. It said they wanted to name a building after him, and Jenkins wasn't quite sure how to react.

"I've never had anything like that happen, never dreamt of something like this, and I have wild dreams from time to time," Jenkins said. "But here I am, somebody's going to name a building after me. I thought, 'What's going on here?'"

He got to see for himself two weeks ago when SCC's president, Joe Dunlap, took Jenkins and some family and friends on a tour of the campus and the new Jenkins Wellness Center.

The building, under construction and slated for a January 2011 opening, will house some of the college's allied health and physical education programs as well as a student clinic.

The facility's name was selected by a naming committee and recommended to the college's Board of Trustees about a month ago.

"They wanted to name new buildings after individuals who have made a significant impact at Spokane Community College," Dunlap said.

When Jenkins arrived on campus, first as dean of instruction, and later as president until 1974, there was just one building. The school was scattered, in houses, garages and shops. During Jenkins' tenure, they built the Student Union Building (the Lair) and the gym. They also created a capital budget plan for an administration building, nursing facilities, auto shops and a library.

"We didn't have anything," Jenkins said.

He said he's awed when he returns to the school and sees the structures that weren't there when he left.

"I look around there and I think, 'Wow, these guys really did the job,'" Jenkins said. "I'm just pleased that I had the chance to put something into the foundation of that. It gives you kind of a warm feeling to have that connection."

Prior to his time at SCC, Jenkins was a high school principal at several districts in Washington. During that time, he went back to school and received his master's and doctorate degrees.

Education was one of three career fields Jenkins pursued simultaneously. He was also a wheat farmer on the Palouse, and a military pilot for 28 years with the Air National Guard - after first earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and a host of other medals as a bomber pilot during World War II.

In his retirement, Jenkins spent a dozen years on the Kootenai Electric board, was president of the Bayview Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved in various endeavors with Idaho Fish and Game.

Ask Jenkins if he considers himself an environmentalist and he laughs.

"I have an interest in reasonable environmentalism, and I don't see a heck of a lot of that," Jenkins said. "I like to think that I'm a conservative activist."

He currently serves on Fish and Game's Kokanee Recovery Task Force.

"The most fun I had was when the Navy wanted to expand their research facilities north on the lake (Lake Pend Oreille)," Jenkins said. "Environmentalists were having a cat fit about that, and come up with all kinds of things, 'What if this?' and 'What if that?'"

Opponents of the expansion were insisting the Navy's sonar would have a negative effect on the lake's living organisms, Jenkins said.

"Anyone with a basic understanding of science understands that acoustic waves in the water are there all the time from outboard motors, propellers, exhaust," he said. "It doesn't kill the larvae of the fish, the zooplankton, the phytoplankton, it doesn't do anything."

Jenkins contacted some connections at the University of Idaho, and proposed they write a grant proposal to research the impact of sonic energy in Lake Pend Oreille on vertebrate and invertebrate species.

The Navy took it and sent it to Washington, D.C., and the grant was funded.

The research showed what Jenkins knew it would, that no harm would come to the lake's creatures.

"Three kids got their masters' degrees out of that," Jenkins said with a smile. "That was after I was retired, but that was one of the most rewarding experiences I had. Reasonable science prevailed."

Jenkins also led the effort to build a community center in Bayview.

"We did things that most everybody said was impossible, that we could build a $300,000 community center with $175,000, but we did," he said.

Jenkins didn't think anything could be more thrilling than the way he felt the day they dedicated the Bayview center.

Then, he toured the college campus building that will bear his name.

"In Spokane, that day, that felt even better," Jenkins said.



Eugene Kicha (11/7/37- Alive, Well and Kicking)


Clayton Kvenvold "CK" (2/11/1908 - 8/23/1980)  Algebra, Physics, Electronics


Joan Larson (UNKN)  Art


Viola Leeper  (3/3/1926 - 5/6/2010)


  Don McInturff (6/25/1922 - 5/16/2009)  Typing, Busines Machines, Bookkeeping

McINTURFF, Donald Ralph.     Born June 25, 1922 and entered into rest on May 16, 2009. Don is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mae and their two sons; Ace of Sequim, WA and Kim of Santa Barbara,CA; four grandchildren; Sean and Brian of Colorado and Ian and Margo of Santa Barbara; and four great-grandchildren of Colorado. He was raised in the area of Hill Road and Whitworth Drive as his father had the first service station in that area. Don attended Whitworth Grade School and then graduated from North Central High School and then Whitworth College. Mr. McInturff taught in Almira and Pomeroy and then was with the Mead School District for 30 plus years, starting with taking care of financial matters and later returning to the classroom in the field of business. Special thanks to the wonderful care by Cornerstone Court Senior Care Center and Cynthia Rogers and staff and Horizon Hospice. Graveside Service will be held at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery on Tuesday, May 19th, at 11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Court, 12322 N. Ruby, Spokane, 99218 or Horizon Hospice, 123 W. Cascade Way, Spokane 99208. Published on 5/20/2009--Spokesman Review


Helen Nordby  (5/9/1906 - 8/19/2000)  Library, German

The caption reads:  Helen Nordby was hired in 1947 to set up a library program at Mead High School.  During her 25 years there she also taught English, Latin, and German.  Nordby says she "loved every minute of it!"
  John Savage (2/18/1935-11/21/2015)  Biology, Mechanical Drawing, Wood Shop
From the Spokesman-Review Obituary...John Savage began his teaching career at Mead Senior High in 1964 and remained on the faculty until 1970 teaching Wood Shop.  Following his Mead career, Mr. Savage worked at SFCC and also with Fairchild AFB.   He enjoyed a long retirement at his cabin at Diamond Lake.
For full obituary, click link below:
Ruth Slind (? - 3/9/2002)
Alpha Spence  (11/26/1926 - 9/17/2017)

Alpha Spence was born in Tulia,Texas on November 26, 1926, and passed away on September 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Don; her parents Herbert and Nora Shafer; and her sisters Faye, Jean, and Francis. She is survived by her children Scott and Shannon Spence; her grandchildren: Tyler (Tammy) Spence and Rory (Cameron) Graves; and six great-grandchildren.
Alpha graduated high school at the age of 16, and moved to Los Angeles with her sister, where she met her lifetime love, Don Spence. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, they were married and spent the remainder of their lives in the Pacific Northwest, primarily in Spokane. She received her Education degree and Masters degree from EWU. While attending Eastern she was elected homecoming queen, campus sweetheart, and, being a gifted actress, performed in numerous plays. Upon graduation she spent most of her career at Mead High School as an English teacher and girls counselor.
Alpha enjoyed bridge, crossword puzzles, was an avid reader, as well as horseback riding, skiing, golf, but most of all, her family. She was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother "Gigi" and great-grandmother. She was a smart, funny, formidable lady, and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank the owners and staff at Kimberly's Cottage adult family home for the compassionate and wonderful care mom received in the past few years of her life.
There will be a celebration of life for both Alpha and Don on October 8th, at the Wandermere golf club at 1pm. Any and all are welcome to attend with stories or memories they would like to share about mom or dad.

Cash Stone  (Alive, Well and Kicking)  World Problems, US History     
                  Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame
                                               Way to go Coach Stone!!!
Mable Walmark  (00/00/1908 - 5/13/96)
George Weishaar  (Alive, Well and Kicking)  English
Bruce Wylder (1/9/1922 - 9/27/1994)


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