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Footnotes: In Memoriam

DARYL BAERWALD ’65 MED, ’71 BED, died November 18, 2015, at the age of 73. Born in Seattle, a graduate of Lincoln High School, he played baseball for Seattle Pacific College while earning graduate degrees in education. After SPC, Daryl taught elementary level classes in the Shoreline School District for 31 years. He also coached several sports and fostered a love of the outdoors in his students. Daryl is survived by his wife, DIANE DAMRON BAERWALD ’87 MED; a daughter; three grandchildren; and a brother.

LUCILE GRAHAM BEASLEY ’47 died October 15, 2015, at the age of 88. Born in Tacoma, Washington, to a family of Methodist and Quaker ministers, she began piano lessons early and by third grade was playing with the school orchestra. Lucile kept up her lessons and when her father took the pulpit at the First United Methodist Church in Chehalis, Washington, she became the church organist. She received a solid foundation in classical organ literature and performance by studying music at SPC and the Music Conservatory at the College of the Pacific. Lucile married William Beasley, who sang in the church choir, and they settled in Santa Barbara, California. For 29 years, she taught piano and organ at Westmont College, with 55 years in total as a teacher, professional accompanist, church musician, and concert organist. She played the organs at The Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, Woolsey Hall at Yale University, and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. For more than 20 years, Lucile was the organist for the Christmas Messiah Sing-a-long in Santa Barbara. Known for her love and loyalty, she always made room for those needing a place to go at the holidays. Lucile is survived by her husband of 63 years; three daughters; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

CHARLES “CHUCK” BYERS ’55 died November 15, 2015, at the age of 83. Raised in Longview, Washington, he played basketball in junior high school and three of his four years in high school where he helped take his team to the state tournament. Chuck tried his hand at coaching a local 7th grade team basketball team, played baseball, turned out for track, and received a special award for athletic excellence. He served a stint in the U.S. Army, then enrolled at SPC and lettered in track and basketball. In track he ran relay with the likes of Eugene Peterson ’54 and helped his team win the state NAIA finals in 1954 for the mile and the two mile. In 2009, Chuck and his relay mates were inducted into the SPU Legends Hall of Fame. After graduation and for the next 47 years, he coached boys and girls at the junior high, high school, and community college levels in a variety of sports including football, track, diving, and cross country. Not only did many of his athletes earn state titles, but nine of them went on to themselves coach high school track. Called a man of technical precision and great insight, Chuck sometimes coached gratis and was considered a servant leader. He volunteered 15 years with the Special Olympics program and served as president of the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association. Chuck is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son BRENT BYERS ’84; and a daughter RHONDA BYERS HOWARD ’84.

EVAN COCHRANE ’49 died November 20, 2015, at the age of 86. Born in Seattle, he graduated from SPC and joined the General Insurance Company, the forerunner of Safeco Insurance. Ten years later, he started his own insurance brokerage firm, Cochrane & Company, taking it to Spokane in 1976. He was active on several insurance company boards in his career. Though Evan retired in 1994, his company is still family-owned and recently welcomed the third generation of Cochrane family members into the business. In retirement, Evan and his wife, Patti, enjoyed spending time in Palm Springs, California, and Hayden Lake, Idaho; golfing; boating; and dancing. He was so accomplished at dancing that he earned the nickname “Silver Fox.” Though confined to a wheelchair late in life, Evan had been an avid runner well into his senior years. He kept a good spirit despite later limitations and was always happy to see friends and family. Evan is survived by his wife; a son; a daughter; a step-son; a step-daughter; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A Man of Healing Words

Dean of religion served and encouraged many

Donald DemarayWhen Cherith Demaray was 3, she defined her father, Dr. Donald Demaray, as “the kind of doctor that can’t help anybody.” The joke became family lore, but as evidenced by his book, Laughter, Joy and Healing (Baker Publishing Group, 1986), the doctor of philosophy and literature believed laughter was good medicine. In a 90-year lifespan, he not only laughed easily, but took a great deal of stock in the healing properties of good humor.

“Dr. Don,” as he was lovingly known by family and colleagues, died October 31, 2015, in his hometown of Wilmore, Kentucky. In a life dedicated to the church, the son of former Seattle Pacific University president C. Dorr Demaray served first as a Seattle youth pastor; 14 years as professor of religion, director of the School of Missions, and dean of the School of Religion at Seattle Pacific; and 34 years as professor, mentor, and dean of students at Asbury Theological Seminary. Even in retirement, Donald continued to teach, speak, write, and help seminarians in their spiritual journeys.

Remembered as a mentor, and encourager and friend to all who knew him, Donald was not one to shy away from “additional duties as required” and was a member of the planning committees for SPU’s Demaray Hall and Weter Memorial Hall.

Among his favorite subjects to teach were homiletics, spiritual formation, healing, speech, and writing. In the foreword to Proclaiming the Truth: Guides to Scriptural Preaching (Evangel Publishing House, 2001) he wrote that “Words make things happen.”

An ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church, Donald wrote, edited, and compiled more than 30 books. Among his many hobbies were stamp collecting, gardening, reading, spending time with friends over tea, and spoiling his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen, and is survived by their three children.


C. EDWARD “ED” DILLERY ’53 died January 23, 2016, at the age of 85. Born in Seattle, he joined the Department of State in 1955 and served in many countries, including Belgium, Cyprus, England, Japan, and Vietnam. In 1976, he was honored as SPU’s Alumnus of the Year, and in 1984, was appointed U.S. ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Kiribati. He later served as the director of the Office of Management Policy and in retirement as chairman of the American Foreign Service Association Scholarship Committee. His influence was felt in several professional organizations including the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired, as well as on the board of Mediterranean Affairs Inc. Among Ed’s favorite involvements outside diplomatic duties were golf, tennis, and singing in the church choir. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, MARITA LEWIS DILLERY ’55; two sons; a daughter; and eight grandchildren.

TODD EISINGER ’80 died September 26, 2015, at the age of 59 after a year’s battle with leukemia. He graduated Moscow High School in Moscow, Idaho, and earned a degree in accounting from SPU. Todd worked 11 years as the controller for Sea-Pac Sales and 11 years as controller for MidMountain Contracts Inc. For the next 10 years he became a corporate chief financial officer and worked in that capacity for Parker, Smith & Feek Inc., one of the 100 largest insurance brokerage firms in the country. In addition to his work, Todd enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, hiking, and technology. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly; two sons; and a daughter.

MARGRET ESTHER KELLOGG, CC ’48, died November 7, 2015, at the age of 90. Born in Chicago, she grew up in Wenatchee, Washington, where she and her brothers enjoyed learning to swim in the enclosed pool at Wenatchee’s Spanish Castle. She earned a degree in religion from Vennard College, attended Cascade College, and then completed a bachelor’s degree through Seattle Pacific that prepared her for full-time evangelism. She took five years of piano and voice lessons, and learned the marimba from marimbist Gene Jordan. Margret became quite accomplished and played marimba in many Chicago venues, including Orchestra Hall. She studied further with a Guatemalan musician, then for 13 years traveled the U.S. with her marimba and worked with children using hand-made marionettes. Wanting to teach in public schools, she earned a graduate degree and teaching credentials from Western Michigan University and eventually returned to Wenatchee to teach elementary grades. Margret and a friend bought a 15-acre pear and apple orchard and Margret became director of the choir at Dryden Community Church as well as president of Entiat Holiness Camp. Her spare time activities included mountain back packing with horses, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and flying. She earned her pilot’s license for small planes and even hazarded a few lessons in a helicopter. Margret is survived by two brothers and several nieces and nephews.

IVY COXSON KERLEE ’50 died January 4, 2016, at the age of 89. She was born the daughter of a ministering pastor and his wife in Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada. Life on the prairie had its challenges, which gave Ivy a sense of adventure and responsibility. She watched over her younger siblings and children at church camp meetings. That shaped her personality and commitment to a life of teaching. After high school in Kamloops, British Columbia, Ivy acquired not only a teaching and art degree from Seattle Pacific, but a husband as well. He was physics major Donald Kerlee. They enjoyed a marriage of more than 60 years and a shared commitment for teaching. He became a professor of physics and computer science at SPU and Ivy taught public, private, and Sunday school. They adopted four children and spent several summers in Bejing, China, teaching English to Chinese teachers. When SPU acquired its environmental studies campus on Blakely Island in the San Juans, Ivy created a summer camp around an historic pioneer cabin where young teenagers experienced the domestic and life skills that had been a necessity only two generations before. In retirement the Kerlees moved to Warm Beach north of Seattle where Ivy painted and created gardens enjoyed by the entire community. She is preceded in death by her husband and is survived by two sons, including DANIEL KERLEE ’82; two daughters, including LYNN KERLEE LUCK ’78; two sisters; two brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

MARK MCVEETY ’92 died December 27, 2015, at the age of 46 following a brief battle with cancer. Born in Minneapolis, he developed in compassion and kindness at an early age. At 16, he journeyed on a mission to Kenya where he helped an effort to immunize people in remote villages against malaria. In his twenties, Mark participated in the USAID Food Aid Mission to Myanmar. More recently he assisted in training visiting leaders from emerging nations through the World Affairs Council. An entrepreneur, educator, and adventurer, he traveled to multiple countries to promote social and economic empowerment. Locally, the Mark F. and Tiffany T. McVeety Fund helps students in need at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington. An accomplished guitarist, Mark’s musical abilities are captured on world music releases, and he enjoyed volunteering for Summer Meltdown, a music festival held in Darrington, Washington. A sailboat racer and yachtsman, avid runner, and community developer, he created the Quick-Start Shoreline initiative to help individuals and communities with startup business solutions. Mark is survived by TIFFANY OSSANNA MCVEETY ’94 MBA, his wife of 24 years; his mother and father; a brother; two sisters; and nieces and nephews.

MARILYN “LYNNE” ACHORN MURRAY ’90 died March 1, 2016, at the age of 73. Born in Boston, she earned a nursing degree and lived the life of a Navy wife for 26 years, moving frequently. In her husband’s retirement, they settled in Yarmouth, Maine. Lynne substitute taught and then took a position teaching children with learning disabilities. A member of Sacred Heart Church, she enjoyed swimming at the YMCA, playing bridge, and world travel. Lynne is survived by Michael, her husband of 51 years; a son; three daughters; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

KEN PROCTOR, FORMER DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE RELATIONS, died February 4, 2016, at the age of 91. He excelled as an athlete in high school and at UCLA. So good was he at baseball that in 2002 he was inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame. He also played basketball under famed UCLA coach John Wooden. In the ‘50s, Ken coached baseball at Chaffey High School in Ontario, California, winning three consecutive state championships and establishing an impressive 196-33 win/loss record. In World War II, he served as a U.S. Navy officer in the Pacific Fleet and survived Kamikaze attacks. Ken logged more than 3,000 miles on his bike, served as a ranger in the National Park Service, and climbed Mt. St. Helens at age 70. In 1976, he was hired as SPU’s director of college relations. Two years later, he was director of church relations. After his retirement in 1985, John served a year as special assistant to University Advancement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, and a son, Scott, and is survived by two sons, including KEN PROCTOR JR. ‘70; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

DOROTHY ROSE-HALSTED ’39 died December 18, 2015, at the age of 98. Born in Seattle, she is a graduate of Edmonds High School, worked for Boeing, and was a mother of three. A member of the Free Methodist Church, she was also active in SPU’s Sigma Rho service honorary in support of student scholarships in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and in the Seattlean Club, also in support of SPU student scholarships. Dorothy was once employed by the Seattle Pacific College home economics office under Professor Joyce Ostrander. Along with her husband, George, she financially supported the University for years as a member of the Wellspring Society. Dorothy was preceded in death by her first husband, Kirk Rose, and a son, Stephen, and is survived by her second husband, George Halsted; a son; and a daughter.

ROGER WILDER ’59 died March 1, 2016, at the age of 78. He was raised in Milwaukie, Oregon, committed his life to Jesus Christ as an adolescent, and in high school enjoyed singing on Saturday nights in the Youth for Christ Choir at YFC rallies in the Portland Civic Auditorium. After graduating SPC, he obtained a master of science in taxation degree from the University of Florida. He later pursued doctoral studies at Stanford University before serving 25 years as an elementary school principal in Palo Alto, California. After relocating to Mount Shasta, California, he was principal of the primary school and an adjunct professor at Simpson University. Along the way, he married his wife and fine artist, CAROL MODIN WILDER ’58, to whom he became engaged while both were students at Seattle Pacific. Ever adventurous, Roger enjoyed travel, nature photography, bicycling, and early family Volkswagen camper trips throughout the West. Roger summited several peaks, including Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta. Passionate about the Christian faith, he taught adult Sunday school classes and home Bible studies at First Baptist Church in Mount Shasta. Roger is survived by his wife of 57 years; two sons; a brother; and a sister.

Conductor of Promise

Music professor remembered as a mentor

Nathaniel Hubert WashHigh-caliber musical leadership can set an optimistic and affirming tone in universities as in churches. NATHANIEL HUBERT WASH knew the power of music to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. He died January 20, 2016. Whether teaching students the discipline and harmonics of a hymn standard, or encouraging others with the uncompromising faithfulness of a Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in song, he sought a balance of technical quality, audience appeal, and Christcenteredness.

For 40 years, Hubert directed choirs and musicians in numerous churches, at Golden West Community College, and in three Free Methodist institutions of higher education — Central Christian College, Spring Arbor University, and Seattle Pacific University. He was also music director for the popular Light and Life Hour radio broadcast of the Free Methodist Church. At Seattle Pacific, he served as professor of music and dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

In 14 years at SPU, Hubert earned a reputation among his colleagues as a wise and affirming mentor. Those who knew him remember his bright smile, musical giftedness, and gentle spirit, and others thought of him as “my mentor in music and in life.” He is preceded in death by his wife, Georgia, and is survived by their five daughters, including HALLEE WASH VINIOTIS ’79; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.