Heather graduated in 1972. She has a Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington and is currently working on her doctorate. She has been active in AIDS Education and in the Hospice Organization and has published many books and articles in the field. Heather has been the keynote speaker for many workshops. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Hospice Organization, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and on the Board of Directors of both Shanti and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Heather currently serves on the National Honor Society for Nursing and is a Founding Member of the Seattle/Puget Sound Chapter of the National Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. She received the U.S. Surgeon General's Excellence Award for Human Resource Management. Her awards include: National Honor Society for Nursing and the United States Public Health Service Traineeship.
Ralph graduated in 1936. He attended both Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. Ralph is a Veteran of World War II and was chosen to be in the Color Guard to Welcome General Patton in Las Angeles. Ralph was involved in keeping soldiers physically fit and created and worked in many activities to promote this. Ralph has been a teacher, coach, and elementary school principal. His community involvement included: Secretary to the Chambers of Commerce in Lind and Davenport, Scouting, school activities, officiating ball games, and participating in activities in the Methodist Church. He served as Secretary to the Chamber of Commerce in Lind and in Davenport, Washington. His honors include recognition service for the Methodist Church, State B Basketball Tournament, and being honored by Dick Wright in his book.
Donald M. Hughes
Don graduated in 1939. He received his BA and MA in Education from Eastern Washington University. Don enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 where he received several medals. He taught and coached for 30 years for Spokane School District #81. His greatest success came as a ninth-grade track coach at Shaw where he coached many outstanding individuals such as Gerry Lindgren, Dick Olsen, and Fred Lake. Don has received the Golden Acorn Award as an Educator from both the Arlington PTSA and the Shaw Junior High PTSA. Don opened the gymnasiums at Shaw, Regal, and Arlington schools for community volleyball at no pay for approximately 35 years. During that time over 200 different people took part.
Gerry graduated in 1964. He received his BA in Education from Washington State University in 1969. Gerry took the sport of distance running to a new threshold, captivating a city and a nation like no one before or since, and crystallizing a budding Spokane distance-running tradition into the force it remains today. While at Rogers, Gerry was a two-time State Cross Country Champion, leading the Pirates to the state team title in 1963. On the track Gerry set state, national, and world records at distances from one mile to 10,000 meters. He also had a historic victory in the 10,000 meters against the Soviet Union and Olympic Trials victory in the 10,000. In the Olympic Games in 1964 he placed ninth in spite of a severely sprained ankle. At Washington State University, Gerry set a world record in the 6-mile and an American record in the three mile, won 11 NCAA All-Time National High School outdoor 5000 meter and indoor 2-mile records. In 1999 Gerry was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame and was chosen by the Spokesman Review as the Century’s Greatest Athlete. He continues to remain active in the running community around Honolulu, Hawaii, as a coach and advisor for “Gerry’s Joggers” Running Club. Today, coaches and athletes around the nation agree that Gerry Lindgren was America’s greatest high school distance runner of all time.
Ken graduated from Rogers in 1963. He is an honors graduate from the University of California at Berkeley and from Hastings College of the Law. Ken is a Partner in Little & Saputo specializing in counseling and litigation involving real estate subdivisions, land use, and environmental law (in both state and federal courts) and local government law. He has argued several cases before the California Appellate Courts and the Supreme Court. He has been a Director of the County Bar Association, served as a City Attorney and currently serves as a Judge Pro Team and a settlement mediator for the Superior Court. Ken has served the public for over 25 years as a City Councilman, County Commissioner, and the Director of the Chamber of Commerce. He has been Chairman of, served on, numerous City and County commissions and committees, involving planning, education, recreation, environmental and youth issues. He has even helped the John R. Rogers Young Life Group. Ken and his wife Drue also are pastors of a non-denominational church in Pittsburgh, California-a town noted for drugs, murder, prostitution, and gang activities. They have seen people come off the streets and out of drug and alcohol addiction to a brand-new life, free of the past.
Jerrelene graduated in 1950. Her community involvement includes being president of Spokane NW Black Pioneers, member of the NAACP, Calvary Baptist Church Senior Choir Soloist, and a member of the PTA. She was featured in a Bon Marche exhibit of Spokane NW Black Pioneers and a KSPS video on “Remembering Spokane.” Jerrelene has sung at many gatherings. Her awards include being honored by Safeway, Inc., writing awards from the Spokesman Review, and an award from Spokane Community College. Jerrelene was presented The Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry. She was instrumental in acquiring African American Exhibits for the Cheney Cowles Museum.
J. Robert Elsensohn
Rob graduated in 1959. He received his BA and MA from Eastern Washington State University. He was an educator for 31 years and retired from Richland High School after 27 years of service as a teacher, coach, and Athletic Director. Rob coached a state championship football team and many state champions in track as well as the championship Girls’ Softball Team. His honors include being named Washington State Athletic Director of the Year, being inducted into the Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, and the Paul Harris Award for Rotary. Rob’s dad, James, spent 40 years in education right here at John R. Rogers High School as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Rob is currently employed s Eastern Washington Regional Manger with Net2itive, a sports reporting, publishing, and communication service.
Anna Mae Ericksen
Anna Mae graduated from Rogers in 1939. She received her Registered Nursing Degree from the deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane in 1943. She was an officer in the Army Nurse Corps in WWII. Anna was a member of the nursing staff and administrator for Deaconess Medical Center for 40 years and was an active member of the American Red Cross for 56 years. Serving as National President of the Emergency Nurses’ Association was one of the highlights of her Emergency Department career. Anna was the co-founder of the Spokane Poison Control Center and is affectionately known as “Mrs. Yuk.” She is recognized in Spokane, the State of Washington, and nationally for her pioneering work in the prevention of poisoning. Anna was instrumental in founding the Emergency Medical Services in Eastern Washington and is the founder of the international Rural Nurse Organization.
Earl graduated from Rogers in 1936. He received radio training in the US Army and learned TV repair in night school. Earl spent four years in the US Army and was discharged with the rank of Tech Sergeant. He has been very active in Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church and was awarded the Golden Acorn Award from Bemiss Elementary School. He joined the Hillyard Lions Club in the early 1960’s and has held every office at least once. Earl has been active in the Hillyard Commercial Club, was a Scout Master, and serves as he liaison for the Scout Pack sponsored by Hillyard Lions Club. Earl has also been active in the Spokane Jr. Symphony and Meals on Wheels.
Rawley graduated in 1970. He received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. His Community involvement includes: a volunteer for the Spokane Food Bank, adult leader for the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts, active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, member of the Inland Northwest chapter of the Lutheran Association of Scouters, former officer and current member of the Executive Board of Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts of America, and member of the Spokane Association of Realtors. His honors include Spokane Food Bank Volunteer of the Month, Nominee for the Golden Rule Volunteer of the Year, District Award of Merit for the Boy Scouts of America, Silver Beaver Award for the BSA, an Army Commendation Medal, and a meritorious Service Medal for the US Army. Rawley is legally blind but still actively participates as an adult leader in Troop 244 out of Whitman Elementary even though he lives outside of the Rogers’ neighborhood.
Alma (Peterson) Johnson
Alma graduated in 1938. She has been very active in the Rogers’ community. Alma has been a member of Salem Lutheran Church for seventy years; she was the St. Lucia Pageant Coordinator, a Church Circle Officer, sings in the church choir, and has been a Sunday School teacher. She has been a camp counselor at Camp Fire Sweyolakan Camp, a member of the “VASA” Swedish Culture Club, and chairman of the Culture Committee. She taught Swedish language classes for ten years. She was a member and co-chairperson of the Class of 1938 Reunion Committee and is a member of the RHS Alumni Association. She has been president of Quota Club, a Room Mother Coordinator, a Precinct Committee member, a member of Sons of Norway and a volunteer for the Rogers High School Drama Department. Since retiring from the Crescent Store Photography Studio, she has spent twenty years caring for her grandchildren.
Gary graduated in 1954. He received his BS in Biology and Physical Education and his Master’s in Education from the University of Idaho where he quarterbacked the Vandals Football Team from 1955-57. He was a teacher, coach, administrator, and athletic director for 37 years for the El Dorado Union High School District in Placerville, California. Besides coaching football, wrestling, and swimming for over 30 years, he started and coached the Placerville’s highly successful Dry Diggins Dolphins Swim Team. His community involvement’s include Recreation Commission, Kiwanis Club, Special Olympics, Little League, Red Cross, and others. In the early 60’s, Gary is credited with saving the lives of over 100 people while lifeguarding at a resort on the American River. Placerville has twice held a day in his name for serving the youth in the community. He has been honored by the school district, the City Council, the County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Senate. Two academic Scholarships in the school district bear his name.
Dr. George Werner
Dr. Werner graduated from Hillyard High School in 1929. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cheney Normal School (Eastern Washington University) and his doctorated from Columbia University. George was District #81’s Director of PE, Athletics, and Safety for 25 years. He administered athletic activities for the Greater Spokane League. His activities include: Director of the State B Basketball Tournament, Founder of the Greater Spokane Sports Association for the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, Director of District #81’s special levy campaigns, and Director of the National Junior Olympics. Dr. Warner was an original Bloomsday official, and active campaigner for construction of the Spokane Arena, spearheaded Spokane Indians baseball ticket sales campaigns, and was head of the Hillyard High Association. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the Washington Secondary Schools Athletic Administration Association and a 15-year service award from the Inland Empire Sports Writers and Broadcasters. His name was placed on the Scroll of Honor at the Inland Empire Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
(Laurel Le Mieux)
Laurel graduated from Rogers in 1944. Laurel is a cultural anthropologist and educator. Laurel’s educational background culminated with a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1974. Her honors include a lifetime appointment to Sheldon Jackson College in Sikta, Alaska; formal induction into the Tlingit Indian Tribe; traditional adoption by the Kauwerat Eskimo Education; as well as being listed in Who’s Who of American Women.
Harriette graduated from Rogers in 1938. She received her B.A. in Education from Eastern Washington University. Harriette has chaired, co chaired, and been involved in class reunions and other class activities. She is active in her church, senior activities, and couple’s clubs. She has participated in OMEGA, Campfire Boys and Girls, PTA, Meals on Wheels, Garden Clubs, and EWU Tawanka Alumni. Her honors include EW’s Tawanka Women’s Service Honorary, PTA Golden Acorn, Campfire Boys and Girls Hiitent Award, National Award for Innovative and Inspirational Service to Youth, and a Certificate of Appreciation from Garfield School.
OJ graduated from Rogers in 1056. She received her Masters’ in Education in 1977 from Whitworth College. She is currently employed by school District #81 in administration. While at Rogers, OJ participated in the National Honor Society. She was editor of both the school newspaper and the annual, and she was member of the choir and the rifle Club. Her professional and community activities include: Washington State Staff development Association, Feature Views Conference, Future Teachers of Color, National Council of Girl Scouts, Washington Association for Administrative Women in Education, Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, and the Affirmative Action Committee. She has been an international, national, and local presenter/consultant.
Kenneth Stuart Henderson
Ken graduated from Hillyard High School (now known as John R. Rogers High School) in 1930. He became an accountant after graduating from Kinman Business University in 1931. Ken was a charter member of the Selkirk Ski Club and of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit. He served as a board member for the Spokane Yacht Club. Ken and his wife joined the Spokane Mountaineers and climbed most of the major peaks in the world. Ken was in the Navy and the Naval Reserve. On his death, Ken made a sizable donation to John R. Rogers High School, which include both an academic and a “need” scholarship.
Waldo (Skip) Magnuson Jr.
Skip graduated from Rogers in 1951. He received a Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from Oregon State University in 1966. His community involvement includes the Deer Park Airport Advisory Board, Washington Pilot’s Association, Livermore Library Board, and Rotary International. His honors include the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Oregon State University; outstanding student in Aircraft Mechanics from Spokane Community College; Electrical Engineers National Award for Distinguished Services in Computer-Aided Design Research from the Institute of Electronic electrical Engineers; Guggenheim Fellowship award for research in Computer Aided design at Imperial College, University of London, London, England; and Superior Achievement Award in design and Building Instrumentation for Project (SISH) U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station, Pasadena, California.
Susan graduated from Rogers in 1962. She received her BA in Music from Whitworth College and has taken graduated classes at the University of Washington and Portland State University. Susan is the co-author of Wee Sing children’s materials. Wee Sing has been awarded Parents’ Choice, Film Advisory Board Award of excellence, Bronze Telly, Silver Angle Award, Bronze Apple, Cindy, and RIAA Multi-Platinum. Her community involvement includes the Whitworth College Board of Trustees, Coeur d’ Alene Public Library Foundation, First Presbyterian Church Elder, and is the Children’s Choir Director. She is also a member of community and church choirs, as well as the Wildwood Recorder Ensemble.
Rosemary graduated from Rogers in 1945. She attended Holy Names College and Eastern Washington University. Rosemary participated in school government, dramatics, and many other school activities while here at Rogers. She was also a majorette. Rosemary was a kindergarten teacher for thirty-eight years Hillyard Kindergarten and St. Patrick’s School. Her community involvement includes designing Junior Lilac Parade floats, working on the Rogers’ reunion committee, being a classroom volunteer, and the WAEYC Auction Committee. Her honors include the NECA Distinguished Graduate Award in 1991 and Who’s Who Among America’s teachers in 1996.
David graduated from Rogers in 1971. He received his BS from Portland State University and his Masters from Whitworth College. David participated in four different sports while here at Rogers, was active in school government, and was the art editor of the Treasure Chest. He has spent over twenty years in education as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He has been both the assistant director and the director of YMCA Camp Reed. His community involvement includes YMCA, Young Life, Hoopfest, Teens Against Substance Abuse, and the Northview Bible church. In 1992 Dave received the YMCA Outstanding Service to Youth Award.
David graduated from Rogers in 1949 after serving as the student body president. He graduated from the University of Washington Dental School, served in the Air Force and the opened a dental practice in Kalispell, Montana. Dave served aboard the Hope Ship in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and also taught at the dental school at the University of Ceylon. He has done volunteer dental work in Mexico with a missionary group and was a member of a dental team that went to Belize to do medical and dental work on Mayan Indians. His honors include: The Clinical Dental Excellence Award, a Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and Dentist of the Year in 1992. His community involvement includes being president of the “Friends of Lawrence Park,” a pilot for mountain search and rescue for the Civil Air Patrol, and the School Board in Kalispell, Montana.
Betty (Simpson) Hammond
Betty graduated from Rogers in 1945 and received her B.A. from Eastern Washington University and her master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Whitworth College. She taught at Libby Junior High School, Shadle Park High School, and then became a counselor and dean of girls here at Rogers High School. In 1970 she went to work for Spokane Falls Community College. Betty helped develop the Life Skills/ Women’s Programs at the Community College where she helped to enable homemakers and women who wanted to return to the workforce to continue their lives. Betty retired from Spokane Falls in 1988 as assistant dean with the Institute for Extended Learning. She was a member of the Downtown Exchange Club.
Glenn graduated in 1953. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Glenn has had a distinguished career as a concert pianist and chamber musician. He was a founding member of the New York Camerata, which has appeared in many of this country’s most prestigious concert series. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Sponsored by the United States State Department, Glenn performed solo recitals in Eastern Europe and South America. He has recorded for several recording companies and has served on the piano faculties of Princeton University and Manhattan School of Music. His community involvement has included serving on the board of New York Young Audiences, weekly music sessions at New York’s Jewish Guild for the Blind, and community outreach programs in Alabama and Wisconsin as a pianist with the Affiliate Artists’ Program. Glenn currently lives on the Big Island in Hawaii.
Deanna graduated in 1972. She attended Washington State University majoring in speech and theater. She was awarded a Thespian Scholarship and a Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship while in college. Deanna has received four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program. Her writing credits are many including feature films, animation, and television. She was a cowriter for the feature film “Casper.” She received a career achievement award from the L.A. Weekly in 1996 as well as many awards in writing and directing. Deanna’s community involvements include the Los Angeles Mission, St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Faye (Lorenson) Richardson
Faye graduated in 1958. She received her BA in elementary Education from the University of Illinois. She is currently directing the International Rescue Committee’s Belgrade program. She retired from the Regional Director’s position and is now filling emergency positions to the IRC as needed. Faye has been an elementary school teacher, Assistant to the Deputy Director for Domestic Policy for the White House, Office Manager for U.S. Congressman Sam Gejdenson, and the Regional Director for Africa and the Americas International Rescue Committee. She does ongoing volunteer work with church and community organizations.
Larry graduated in 1946. He is the founder of Empire Bolt & Screw, Inc. And is currently serving on four outside corporate boards. His honors include the BSA Silver Beaver Award, National Fastener Industry Inductee into the Hall of Fame, and Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Washington Business. His community involvement includes (but is not limited to) US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, Washington State Economic Climate Council Advisory Committee, Washington roundtable, Spokane Area Professional/Technical Educational Consortium, Workforce Development Council, Downtown Rotary Club, Cheney Cowles Museum Downtown Siting Committee, and the Inland Empire Council Boy Scouts of America Executive Board.
Donna C. (Newcomb) Aberasturi
As a student as John R. Rogers High School, Donna was very active—varsity song and cheerleader, editor of the yearbook, business manager of the Rogers Record, and many other activities before graduating in 1953. While raising her three children, she became involved with PTA, holding various offices, serving on committees and was cheerleading coach at Longfellow Grade School. She also received the PTA Golden Acorn Award in recognition of her service to youth. An original member of both the John R. Rogers Booster Club and the Alumni Association, Donna has held several offices and chaired numerous committees. She currently chairs the Booster Club Scholarship Committee, serves as treasure of the 50’s Decade of the Alumni, and maintains the data bank of names and addresses of 25,000 John R. Rogers graduates. She also serves on the board of the John R. Rogers Alumni Family and Friends Foundation. Donna is active in the community, serving as secretary of the Miss Spokane Scholarship Program. She has been a Spokane Lilac Festival Director for eight years and has acted as liaison to Rogers during the princess selection process. Her service has been recognized with several “Beyond the Call” awards. As a former board member of the Eastern Washington Epilepsy Foundation, Donna chaired dance marathons, which raised over #30,000 for the foundation. She also co-chaired fund raising efforts, which provided $10,000 to the widow of, murdered Spokesman-Review carrier, David Richey. She was Assistant Office Manager for Silver Loaf Baking Company for many years and for the past fifteen years has been employed as Payroll Administrator at Snyder’s Bakery.
Donna continues to make her home in the Rogers neighborhood.
Albert G. Akins (deceased)
Albert Akin graduated from Rogers in 1939. He was a multi-sport athlete who lettered in football and basketball four times and also in golf, track, and tennis during his college career. He became the first person to ever win three major sports letters at both Washington State College (now known as Washington State University) and the University of Washington. This happened because he was in the officer-training program for the United States Marine Corp and his group of young men was transferred to the Seattle school. During World War II, Albert, a 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd marine Division, fought the Japanese on the Island of Saipan. After the end of the war he served in the occupation forces in Nagasaki, Japan.
After Mr. Akins returned from Japan, he played professional football with the Cleveland Browns and two other All-American Football Conference teams. Returning to the Northwest, he began a long career as a teacher and coach at Southern Oregon College.
William (Bill) M. Diedrick
Bill Diedrick graduated from Rogers High School in 1936. A three-sport letterman, he played on the fist city championship team that Rogers ever had. He was “R” club president, Boys’ Fed president, and sports editor of the school newspaper.
Graduating from Eastern Washington College (now known as Easter Washington University) in 1946, Diedrick coached one year for the famed “Red” Reese of Eastern. After a short stop at Reardan High School, he moved to North Central in 1948 and taught there until 1974. Not content to sit back in his retirement years, he became equipment manager and trainer for Gonzaga University. Then he became assistant manager of the Spokane Indians baseball team. Diedrick also coached at the University of Idaho for three years. Diedrick won the Scarlet Arrow, and inspirational award at Easter Washington College, and has been inducted into the Gonzaga Bulldog Hall of Fame. The inspirational baseball award at Rogers High School is named after Bill Diedrick. Diedrick was one of the original Hillyard Booster Club founders. He also began a practice of having a monthly breakfast for the older fellows who played football at Rogers. That group has grown to 40. After World War II, Diedrick stayed in the Navy Reserve for 26 years. Beginning as an apprentice seaman, he retired as a commander.
Stephen (Steve) J. Drury
Award winning and internationally acclaimed pianist, Stephen Drury, is a 1973 Rogers graduate. In high school, he performed and conducted in concert and wrote halftime shows for band. A 1977 Harvard graduate, Drury also holds and Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory where he now teaches. Selected by the United States Information Agency for its Artistic Ambassador Program, Drury performed throughout Europe in 1986 and in Pakistan, Hong Kong, and Japan in 1988. In 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Drury a Solo Recitalist Fellowship which funded residencies and recitals of American music for two years. Drury has performed in residencies with symphony orchestras in San Diego, Cedar Rapids, San Angelo, Spokane, and Stamford. In addition, he has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Springfield and Portland Symphony Orchestras, and the Romanian National Symphony. Named 1989 Musician of the Year bye the Boston Globe, Drury has given solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Leroy W. Johnson
Leroy is a well-known and well-respected realtor in the Spokane area. He has spent thirty-seven years in the real estate business in sales and as the owner/broker of a real estate office. Johnson is a 1949 graduate of John R. Rogers High School. He attended Eastern Washington University for two years. Mr. Johnson is a very active citizen in Spokane. He has been a member of the North Spokane Rotary Club for twenty-one years. He is also the past president of the Spokane Board of Realtors and the past president of the Real Estate Traders Club.
Richard (Dick) R. Johnson
Dick Johnson who graduated in 1983, has been a true Rogers’ Pirate since the 1930’s. He servers as president of the Boys’ Federation, the Drama Club, lettered in ice hockey and basketball, and starred in drama productions when he attended Rogers. He also put all four children and one grandchild through Rogers, one of whom is currently teaching Drama and English—Kris Freeland. Dick is proud of the fact that he has taught his grandchildren how to sing the fight songs of the respective schools. Johnson and his wife, Alma, own and operate the Christian Portrait Photography Studio, where he has been honored as the Outstanding Representative for the Leica Camera Corporation. He helped found Lutheran Church Camp and worked for years to promote and support youth in Spokane through the Boy Scouts of America, as a scoutmaster. He has been a member of the Spokane Kiwanis Club for over twenty years and is an active member of the Rogers Booster Club.
Rodney (Rod) D. Peterson
Rod Peterson graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1954 and went on to earn a degree in education from Eastern Washington University in 1958. Now retired, Peterson was employed for 30 years with the Medical Lake School District, including 29 years as a assistant principal at Blair Elementary at Fairchild Air Force Base. Peterson coached boys’ baseball for VFW #1474 for several years. He was also president of that league for our four years. Active in student government while at Rogers, Peterson has also been a leader in John R. Rogers Alumni Association. He co-chaired the 50’s Decade for nine years and server as president for six years.
Edwin (Ed) E. Shaw
Following his 1957 graduation from Rogers, Ed Shaw attended Washington State University where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and a tight end/linebacker for the football team. He was also a three-year letterman. After obtaining a degree in Hotel Management in 1961, Shaw returned to work for the Shack Restaurant; he became the owner in 1970.
Currently president of the John R Rogers Alumni Association, Shaw was involved in student government, drama, and athletics while, a student at the high school. Shaw lettered in track and football, the latter for which he earned all city and all state honors. An avid traveler, Shaw has visited nearly every country in Europe as well as China and Russia. Shaw’s community includes fund raising for the Venessa Behan Crisis nursery and working with Rogers Renaissance; a school committee which promotes and recognizes academic achievement. Shaw is also active as a WSU alumnus, with memberships in the Cougar Club and President’s Association.
Fred A. Shiosaki
Fred Shiosaki, a June 1942 graduate of John R. Rogers High School has been a fighter for air quality in Spokane for Years. He was the Air Pollution Control Officer in Spokane County and the Manager of Environmental Affairs for Washington Water Power Company. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1978 from the Air Pollution Control Association, the Executive Committee Award in 1989 from the Air Pollution Control Association , and the 1973 Clean Air Award from the Washington Clean Air Association. Mr. Shiosaki is also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and of the Inland Fisheries Policy Advisory Group, which is part of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department. While in high school, Mr. Shiosaki was on the track team and was a letterman in track, was on the annual staff and was on the honor roll. After high school he fought in World War II and received the Purple Heart. After the war, Mr. Shiosaki received his B.S. from Gonzaga University and then attended graduate school at the University of Washington. Mr. Shiosaki and his wife Lily have two children. He is a member of the Air Pollution Control Association, a member of the Downtown Exchange Club, and chair and a member of the Washington State Ecological Commission.
J. Arvid Anderson
1963 Rogers’ graduate, J. Arvid Anderson, is currently a partner in the Gig Harbor law firm of Anderson, Burns and Hostnik. Recognized as one of the top 1% of attorneys in the United States by the 1987 Harvard Graduate Survey, Anderson has also served as President of the Pierce County American Cancer Society and Chairman of the Pierce County Boundary Review Board
While at Rogers, Anderson excelled in leadership, academics and athletics. He served as president of Boy’s Federation, lettered in track and cross country and received an Owl American History Award. Anderson then went on to graduate with honors from University of Puget Sound, where he again lettered in both track and cross country. After graduating cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1971, he worked briefly as a clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals before entering private practice and establishing his own law firm.
Larry F. Bell
In the more than 30 years since Bell graduated in 1962, he has been an integral part of the Roger’s family. Bell’s two children also attended Rogers and he and his wife, Nancy, a 1964 Rogers’ graduate, still live in the Rogers neighborhood. However, Bell’s connection to Rogers actually goes back to when his father hauled the bricks with which the building was constructed.
Over the past 18 years, as a contractor and the owner of Northern Construction, Bell has strengthened the Rogers’ family bond by often hiring and teaching construction skills to Rogers’ student.
In high school Bell managed both the baseball and football teams, participated in drama, and maintained four year of perfect attendance. Since then, he has served as vice president and president and worked tirelessly at fund-raisers for the Booster Club. Bell was also instrumental in the creation of the Tracy Walters Scholarship.
Randal D. Cloke
Randal Cloke is a renowned Spokane teacher, coach and community volunteer. With degrees from Eastern Washington University in special education and reading. Cloke began his teaching career at Sacajawea Jr. High in 1984. While there, he created the first Development Impaired Program at the middle school level. Since 1985, he has been at North Central High School, where he serves as Special Education Coordinator and teacher, as well as head wrestling coach. During the 1991 school year, Cloke was named Renaissance Program “Teacher of the Month” and Greater Spokane League wrestling coach of the year. In 1992, he acted as the head coach for the Washington State Cultural Exchange Program. Cloke’s involvement in wrestling began at Rogers High School. The 1979 graduate not only lettered in the sport, but was voted “most inspirational” and served as team captain. In addition, he lettered in cross-country and track, participated in student government, and was a KJRB radio “student of the month.”
Cloke is also active in the Spokane community. He serves as a youth group coordinator at his church and as the start/finish and results director of the Bloomsday wheelchair division.
Harlan D. Douglass
Harlan Douglass, a 1956 Rogers High School graduate, has built over 1000 homes in the Spokane area. Although he never finished college, Douglass is a 1993 entry in “Who’s Who in Spokane,” and is recognized as a leader in the building industry and in the community. He was honored as “Builder of the Year” in 1963, 1964 and 1965 and has served as president of Spokane Home Builders and as a commissioner on the Washington State Housing Board.
Douglass now owns over 296 pieces of property in Spokane County alone. With 53, he is the largest private owner of post offices in the nation. He also has built and owns over 30 apartment buildings. In addition, Douglass is a co-founder of Eagle Hardware and Garden and owns five Eagle stores.
Douglass was instrumental in the founding of several Spokane businesses, including Bank of Spokane, Inland Northwest Bank and First American Title. He also serves as a director on several notable corporate boards in the western United States. 1995-96 Walk of Fame.
Jamie L. Dupree
In the 12 years since graduation from Rogers, Jamie Dupree has earned two degrees and worked as a law clerk to a judge and as a attorney. The 1983 Rogers High School graduate is currently an associate at Marron, Reid and Sheehy, a San Francisco law firm with offices in Northern California. Prior to joining her present firm, she was an associate at Morrison and Foerster, a San Francisco law firm with offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Brussels and several U.S. cities. She has also been active in community organizations such as Battered Women’s Project, Juvenile Justice Program and Unemployment Law Center. Dupree completed an undergraduate degree at Stanford University in 1987 and then attended New York University, receiving a cum laude law degree in 1990. Prior to joining Morrison and Foerster in 1991, Dupree served as clerk for a New Jersey U.S. District Court judge who was also the Acting Chief Judge for the district of the Virgin islands.
While at Rogers, Dupree’s extensive extra-curricular pursuits included debate team, student government, Spanish Club, Leadership Camp and National Honors Society. In addition, Dupree acted as yearbook editor, played varsity volleyball and was Junior Class President
Luella E. “Etta” (Wellhouser) Ferguson
Etta Ferguson has spent a lifetime helping kids. With her late husband, Cecil, the 77-year old has raised four of her own and cared for nearly 500 foster children. For their efforts, the Fergusons were named “Foster Parents of the Month” in October, 1984, and received a plaque for 10 years of service in the Foster Parenting Program.
In addition to her work with the Department of Health and Social Services, Ferguson teaches children at her church, where she was declared “Super Volunteer” in 1992. Currently living in Cheney, she volunteers her time at the D.A.R.E. Teen Center and at the Cheney Nursing Home. She has been a school cook and a day care provider for and for the past 15 years a 4-H leader.
Ferguson has lived in the Spokane area for all but eight years of her life. She attended Cooper elementary through the seventh grade and, after spending most of her high school year in Idaho, moved back to Spokane to graduate from Rogers in January 1934.
Jim C. Frye
Jim Frye, who participated in student government and lettered in baseball, graduated from Rogers in 1952. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Frye attended Eastern Washington University where he earned undergraduate and Masters Degree in Education. After nine years as principal at Whitman Elementary, Frye retired in 1993. Prior to his position at Whitman, he was a teacher for seven years at Bemis and principle for another seven years each at Madison and Mullan Road schools.
Frye spends the new luxury of time afforded by his retirement caring for his elderly parents, playing golf and volunteering for the Spokane Bloomsday Association.
Virginia L. (Kelly) Havelick
Virginia Havelick has maintained a close relationship with Rogers High School, as a parent and booster, since her graduation in 1944. Havelick’s three children, Gregory D. Shannon, Jeffrey L. Shannon and Priscilla G. Shannon Stout graduated from Rogers in 1966, 1968 and 1971, respectively. In addition, Havelick has been active in Rogers’ Alumni Association, serving as secretary of her class’s 50-year-reunion committee and co-chair of Decade of the Forties. She is currently secretary of the association.
Havelick also holds two offices in the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs. She is President of the Spokane group and First Vice-President of the northwest district at the state level.
In the past Havelick assumed a leadership role in city and state PTA councils and was made an Honorary Life Member at the state level. She has also been a Cub Scout and Camp Fire leader and participated in the campaign to restore kindergarten classes to Spokane schools. Havelick worked as a receptionist/bookkeeper in local medical offices for 20 years and was principle owner of a Sandpoint, Idaho, wholesale company for 12 years before retiring in 1984.
While at Rogers, Havelick was a member of the National Honor Society and played in the orchestra all four years. She was on the yearbook and newspaper staffs and served as editor for the latter.
Vern R. Hogberg
Retired Sheridan Elementary principal, Vern Hogberg, has been a Spokane School District employee since 1966. After his 1952 graduation from Rogers High School, where he was involved in sports and student government, Hogberg earned a degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. He also holds a Masters in School Administration from Whitworth College. Hogberg has taught at Arlington, Garfield, and Franklin elementary schools and prior to assuming his position at Sheridan in 1989 served as principal at both Logan and Regal. Before entering the education field, Hogberg worked for Northern Pacific Railroad and Phillips Petroleum.
Hogberg’s community involvement includes a 27-year PTA membership and volunteer work at the Spokane Valley Food Bank. He has been on the boards of Spokane Teachers Credit Union and Valley Rotary Club and is a past president of the Spokane Softball Association. Hogberg currently sits on the local and state boards of Spokane Area Retired Educators Association and on the National Selective Service Board. He also is secretary of Spokane Valley Lions Club and is active in the Lutheran Church.
Julie A. Selbo
Currently a Walla Walla resident, Julie Selbo graduated from Rogers High School in 1972. As a student, Selbo participated in many extra-curricular activities and served on several school committees. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
A social worker for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Selbo has specialized in the area of Aging and Adult Services for the past 11 years. Prior to this, she worked with troubled teens in Spokane, including three years each at the Salvation Army’s Booth Care Center and DSHS.
Selbo is a member of the HIV/AIDS Resource Network of Walla Walla and represents that group on the Blue Mountain HIV Positive Care Consortium. Blue Mountain applies for grants to provide services to clients who are HIV positive or have AIDS. Selbo, who holds degrees in Sociology and in Counseling and Guidance from Whitworth College, is also a member of the American Counseling Association and has held various offices in the member of the American Counseling Association and has held various offices in the Washington Federation of State Employees. She has won seven “Brainstorm” awards for making suggestions which improved services and which saved the State of Washington over $15,000.
Bertha M. (Bunnell) Slagg
When the principle discovered that Bertha Slagg didn’t live in the Rogers district, her family moved to Hillyard so she could continue to attend. Slagg, whose father’s carpentry helped in the construction of Rogers, graduated in 1935. She was the first cheerleader at Rogers on the first cheerleading team in Spokane. Slagg remembers her first costume as a long-sleeved yellow blouse, red, below-the-knee skirt, black bolero jacket and cummerbund, and brass curtain ring earrings. It was two years before the other high schools formed their own teams.
Warren D. Helmer
Class of 1944 valedictorian, Warren D. Helmer, was a recipient of a Bausch and Lomb Science Medal and a George Westinghouse Scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating with honors in chemical engineering, Helmer worked in process development for The Proctor and Gamble Company, where he invented a process that saved the company millions of dollars in the making of Tide Detergent. He has also worked in supervisory positions at Thiokol Chemical Corporation and ACS Industries, and was manager of Engineering Research and Development at Campbell Soup Company until his retirement in 1992. Helmer holds two patents and is currently vice-president and part owner of a company developing a process for safe disposal of medical waste. Helmer’s history of community service is equally impressive. Helmer was the New Jersey Literacy Volunteer Teacher of the Year in 1990 and has been active in VITA, a group of volunteers which teachers decision making to prison inmates. In addition, he and his wife, Patricia, keep a two mile stretch of highway trash-free for the Adopt-A-Highway program in their home town of Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
Steven L. Jones
The president of Rogers’ senior class of 1966 stayed away from his hometown only long enough to earn degrees at Stanford University and the University of Washington Law School. Steven L. Jones returned to Spokane in 1973 and has worked as a staff attorney for EXPO ’74 and the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Feltman, Gebhardt, Eymann & Jones. Jones is an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors for Daybreak of Spokane from 1984 through 1991 and currently for YMCA of the Inland Empire. Jones, who was member of Rogers’ 1963 and 1965 state champion cross-country teams, is also a past-president and current board member of the Lilac Bloomsday Association.
Don Miner is in his 33rd year as manager of Spokane’s Eagle Aerie #2. In addition to overseeing the nation’s largest Eagles lodge, Miner has been a leading member at all levels. He has served as a local president and state officer, and as a member of the Grand Tribunal, the Eagles national governing body. A father of two grown children, Miner has also found time to be Cub Scout leader and a coach and referee of youth hockey. Miner, who graduated in 1950, served as Chairman of the first Rogers all-school reunion.
Bess (Brown) Carlson
An August 30, 1994 Spokesman-Review article referred to Bess (Brown) Carlson as “queen of the pool rats”. She has earned the title. The 1936 Rogers graduate has taught more than 151 Red Cross courses since joining the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department in 1937. As the Assistant Supervisor of Aquatics, Carlson oversees the swim programs at all city pools. A former junior and senior city swimming champion, she has taught swimming for many organizations, including the City of Spokane, Chester Hills, YWCA, Elks, and Girl Scouts. Carlson has been on the National Board of Governors of the United States Synchronized Swimming for over 40 years. In 1954 she formed a local synchronized swim team, the Silver Mermaids, which she also coached until 1982. When she wasn’t in the pool, Carlson was a School District 81 secretary for 22 years, until her retirement in 1982. She has received service awards from both the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department and the Red Cross. The Holmes PTA recognized Calson’s service to youth by awarding her the Golden Acorn Award in 1971. Carlson is active on the Red Cross Water Safety Committee and is an enthusiastic member of John R. Rogers Alumni Association.
As a student at Rogers High School, Albert Poffenroth was an honor student and earned nine letters in three sports. His achievements since graduating in 1936 are also impressive. In 1940, Poffenroth earned a bachelor or arts degree from Eastern Washington University and taught elementary school for two years. His teaching career was interrupted by the war and Poffenroth served as a Captain in the Air Force until 1946, the same year he earned his Masters Degree from Washington State University. The former All-City high school quarterback was a football coach and dean of men at E.W.U. until 1955 when he began a 25-year career in athletic education at Central Washington University. Poffenroth coached C.W.U.’s football team until 1962. He then held the position of Chairman of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics until heis retirement in 1980. He was inducted into the C.W.U. Hall of Fame in 1989. Poffenroth’s Walk of Fame award is the second from and alma mater, as received an Outstanding Alumni Award from E.W.U. in 1982.
Lieutenant Charles Gumm
Lieutenant Charles Gumm had just married his high school sweetheart when World War 2 started. The 1939 Rogers graduate had long wanted to be an Air Force pilot so he left Gonzaga University to volunteer for training. In 1943, he was sent to England and soon became his squadron’s leading ace. He also is credited as being the first P-51 Mustang pilot to shoot down and enemy plane over Europe. Gumm died a hero on January 29, 1944 when, experiencing engine failure, he sacrificed his life and his plane in order to avoid crashing into the English village of Nayland. Observers of the crash reported Gumm could have parachuted to safety but chose to stay with the plane which crashed into and open field outside town. The residents of Nayland have memorialized the pilot with a plaque in St. James Church and by placing flowers every week near a cemetery bench dedicated to the young hero. During his brief flying career, Gumm received the air medal and three oak leaf clusters. He was also awarded, posthumously, the silver star, the soldiers medal and the distinguished flying cross for gallantry in action.
Fred “Bud” Adams
Softball was more than just a seasonal pastime for 1937 Rogers graduate, Fred “Bud” Adams. It was a way of life. The Spokane Empire Softball Hall of Famer was a player for over 50 years and was also a manager and a sponsor. In 1992, the Spokane Metro Softball Association honored Adams by renaming Franklin Park field #1, Bud Adams Field. Adams was the first President of SMSA and served on the Executive Board as Vice President and Assistant Vice-President. He also held positions as Player Representative and Treasurer. In Adams’ life away from softball, he received six Coast Guard service medals during World War 2. His post-war careers included Branch Manager of the Hillyard Seafirst Bank and owner of Olympic Sports Supply. Adams was one of the original founders of Spokane Optimists and was active in the Moose Lodge and Rogers Alumni Association.
Gary Garberg is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing at EHS Health Care, the largest health care provider in Chicago. The 1980 Rogers graduate entered the health care industry after three years in banking in London and New York. Garberg, who holds a Masters Degree in Marketing and Finance, received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia University in 1984. A three-year letterer, team captain and national competitor in cross country and track while at Rogers, Garberg also earned varsity letters in track and cross country at Columbia, where he set a school record at 3,000 meters. Garberg also excelled academically in high school, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, and at Columbia, where he placed on the Dean’s list every semester. Garberg, who has worked with inner-city sixth graders in a positive role modeling program, offers the following advice to current Rogers students:
“The most important skill that you can have is the ability to market yourself. In this case I use a very broad definition of the word ‘market’. It includes how you speak, how you write, the clothes you wear, and how you deal with others…You may be smarter than everyone else with which you come in contact, but if you cannot effectively convey your thoughts and gain the respect of others, you will never be able to have a lasting impact upon them.”
Evelyn (Hawke) Conant
At this particular time in her life, Evelyn (Hawke) Conant’s personal goal is to open the Davenport Hotel. Conant, a 1944 Rogers High School graduate, worked as Head Accountant and even lived in the hotel for three years during the early 80’s. She returned in 1990 to coordinate the hotel’s 1995 reopening for the new owners, Sun International Hotels and Properties. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the friends of the Davenport. Conant’s position at the Davenport is only the most recent in diverse history of careers. Following high school, Conant worked as a weather observer and as an Airline Hostess for Northwest Orient Airlines prior to her marriage to professional baseball player, John Conant. After retiring from baseball, the Conants operated a family business for 27 years and were active members of Millwood Presbyterian Church. While raising her three children, Conant was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and was the recipient of the Lifetime Golden Acorn Award for her work in PTA. She has served in several vital positions for the Lilac Festival, including Director and Chairperson of Princess selection. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Miss Spokane Scholarship Program. As a student at Rogers, Conant was a student council representative and was active in numerous clubs and organizations. She retains strong ties with the school, serving as Vice President of the Alumni and helping to organize reunions.
Donald G. Cobb
Education has been a life-long career for 1944 Rogers graduate, Donald G. Cobb. With a B.A. in education from Eastern Washington University and a Masters Degree from Whitworth, Cobb has taught at both elementary and high school levels in District 81. During his tenure, Cobb spent 20 years at Shadle Park High School, where he coached baseball and football and held positions of Counselor, Dean of Boys, and Vice Principal. Prior to his retirement in 1987, Cobb also served as principle at Garry Junior High and at North Central and Rogers high schools. Cobb played both football and baseball while a student at Rogers and, in 1943, was named all-city in both sports and all state in football. The same year Cobb was student body president and won Rogers Athlete of the Year honors. Cobb has maintained an active role in the community, serving as Spokane City Park’s recreational director for 12 years. He is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis and the Spokane Country Club and is also active in his church. In 1983, Cobb was inducted into the Spokane Softball Association Hall of Fame, and in 1985 received a Dean’s Award from W.S.U.
Keith H. Campbell
Keith H. Campbell was a champion debater at Rogers High School and has since spent his life debating in both legal and political arenas. Campbell is the first Rogers graduate to serve as a local judge and school board president, and to be elected to the Washington State legislature. A graduate of the class of 1937, Campbell holds degrees from the University of Washington and Gonzaga Law School and practiced law in Spokane for 42 years. As a State Representative, Campbell chaired both the Higher Education and the Judiciary Committees. He was also chairman of the joint House-Senate Committee on public pensions and migratory labor. During his career, Campbell has held numerous other public offices, and he currently serves on both the House of Representatives Ethics Board and the Washington State Statue Law Committee. Campbell’s military career is also extensive. He served in both World War II and the Korean War and retired with the rank of Colonel after 30 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate Reserve Officer. Campbell is a member of the Moose Lodge, Veterans Foreign Wars and the Reserve Officer’s Association, and is active in the Rogers High School Alumni Association.
Helen (Weber) Armstrong
Helen (Weber) Armstrong is devoted to serving the young people of Spokane. For the past twelve years she has taught at Mead Junior High. Outside the Classroom, Armstrong has supervised numerous extracurricular activities and has served on several school district committees, including Social Studies, Math, English and Athletic Policy Development. She has also coached the debate team and both the boy’s and girl’s track. The 960 Rogers graduate managed two local companies before obtaining a degree in education from Eastern Washington University in 1979. Armstrong also holds a Masters degrees in education and counseling and earned principal credentials in 1985. In the community, Armstrong has been active in Girl Scouts, Omega House and home tutoring and has been a volunteer for the Washington Trust Cycling Classic.
Terri Beaudreau graduated in 1966. Terrie attended Washington State University and has involved herself in many community activities such as the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters, the Federal relations Network, and a member of the Washington State Council of Vocational Education. She is the winner of the coveted PTA Golden Acorn Award, was honored as a woman leader from the YMCA, volunteers for the PTA and takes an active role in the Girl Scouts.
Dr. Ralph Berg
Dr. Ralph Berg graduated in 1938. Dr. Berg was a pioneer heart surgeon. After completing his education at Washington State College and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Dr. Berg returned to Spokane and opened his medical practice in 1952. In 1957 he performed the first open heart surgery in the Spokane area. Highly regarded in his field, Dr. Berg has lectured world-wide since 1970.
U. Sherman Blake
U. Sherman Blake graduate in 1938. Perhaps known for his 35-year career in the Spokane media, he also had been a leader in the community. He acted as president, director and telethon chairman for the March of Dimes and is an active member of several fraternal organizations. Blake also served as a Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner for 23 years. He began his media career as news editor of the now defunct Inland Empire News. He then worked as chief photographer and reporter for the Spokane Daily Chronicle for 14 years. Blake produced Spokane's first TV news show in 1952 and worked as News director at KREM TVV until his retirement in 1975
Bob Briley graduated in 1941 and became a broadcaster in 1947 while attending Gonzaga University. 41 years later, in 1988 Bob retired from KHQ-TV where he served for 35 years as a reporter, news anchor, baseball announcer, and public affairs director. He continues to work on a part-time basis for KHQ. Volunteering in youth activities and other community interests occupied his spare time throughout his career. A few of those organizations include the Spokane Americans Youth Hockey and Lilac City Figure Skating Clubs, the United States Cross Figure Skating Association, youth Employment Service, Lilac Blind Foundation, Red Cross, Community Colleges of Spokane, and the District 81 "Partners" Program. In 1992 Bob was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 'Silver Circle" for his significant contributions to both the industry and the community throughout his career.
Warren H. Cook
Warren Cook graduated in 1956. Warren's career in education spanned 33 years. recently retired after 11 years as a Spokane School District Area Director, he also worked as a teach, counselor and principal in the district. Warren is currently a self-employed financial planner and is active in the Downtown Optimist Club.
John Dixon graduated in 1955, went on to the University of Montana, the New England School of Law, and Boston University and currently works as General Manager of the Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C> He has been elected to the DC Chamber of Commerce, and is Chairman of the Washington Committee and the Leadership Washington Class of 1992
Warren Durham graduated in 1942. Warren entered the entertainment industry after he graduated. He worked as an announcer on various radio programs after school and on weekends. He continues radio work while in college at Willamette University and after several years of Naval duty during World War II, he completed a degree in radio speech at Washington State University. During the 1950s, Warren was involved in many facets of radio and television throughout Eastern Washington. After selling all his stations in 1967, Warren acted as a consultant to TB and radio stations, and started a multi-media advertising agency whose clients included Cox Cable, Christian Broadcasters and Ronal Reagan's syndication team. Since, 1981, Warren has developed and produced over 75 national television features and is currently developer and producer of the nationally televised "Big Band Days."
Dr. Donald Ellingsen
Dr. Donald Ellingsen graduated in in 1955 and was the Co-Valedictorian. He was a top male graduate of Washington State University in 1959. He continued on and became a National Foundation Scholar at the University of Washington Medical School. Don also excelled in both high school and college sports, earning ten varsity letters in four sports at Rogers before heading off with the Washington State Football team, eventually being accepted into the Washington State Football Athletic Hall of Fame. Now an Ophthalmologist and partner in the Spokane Eye Clinic. Don has served on several school district committees and maintain close ties to WSU, where he was named Dad of the Year in 1991. Dr. Ellingsen is married to fellow Walk of Fame honoree, Leilani Wickline Ellingsen.
Leilani (Lani) Wickline Ellingsen
Leilani Ellingsen graduated in 1968. A former Rogers High School cheerleader, Girls State representative and Miss Spokane, attended Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University. She has been a counselor at Camp Reed, head chaperone for Spokane Lilac Royalty and has chaired the parent advisory board at Lewis and Clark High School. Twice she competed in team tennis at the United States Tennis Association National Championships. After raising four children, she now gives her time to the Ronald McDonald House as well as helping to organize and support the Renaissance Program at Rogers where she also organized her 10 year class reunion.
Larry Erickson graduated in 1957. Attended Gonzaga University 1967 - 1961, graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1970, and attended Whitworth College, where he received his BA in Sociology. Starting with the Sherriff's department in 1962, Larry was promoted to Lieutenant in 1972. Appointed undersheriff in 1977, elected Sheriff in 1978 and is continuing to serve in his 4th term as Spokane County Sheriff. Larry's community service highlights include United Way Chairman in 1985, Chairman of the Washington State Corrections and Standards Board, past board member of Leadership Spokane, current member of Wishing Star Foundation and current President of the Spokane Humane Society. Larry was voted boss of the Year by the American Businesswomen's Association in 1988.
Jack Fanning graduated in 1955. Jack was a part of the football, basketball, and track teams where he competed in State Pole Vault, setting the State Pole Vault record in 1955. With extensive experience as an educator and coach, Jack is Director of Student Programs for Spokane Falls Community College. While dedicating nearly 30 years to education, Fanning enjoyed a distinguished military career, receiving the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal. At Washington State University, where he graduated with honors in 1960, Jack was a distinguished military student, member of the football and track teams, and president of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Jack is a member of several educational professional organizations and is a WSU booster.
Janice Foland graduated in 1964. Janice was a member of the National Honor Society and went to earn a degree in education from Eastern Washington University, she continued on to Whitworth College to complete her Masters degree. She had been a teacher in District 81 since 1968. Except for one year at her alma matte, she taught exclusively at her current location, Shaw Middle School. Janice had been recognized for her community and school leadership with the PTA Golden Acorn Award, was awarded the teacher of the month by Eastern Washington University.
Dr. Thomas (Tom) Glover
Dr. Thomas Glover graduated in 1942. He began his dentistry practice after serving as a combat bombardier in World War II with the United States Air Force. The Korean War, in which he piloted 52 missions, briefly interrupted a career which spanned 32 years. Tom was the first instructor and designed the curriculum for the Dental Assisting School at Spokane Community College. He also bred, trained and showed national quality Arabian horses for over 30 years and now resides in Colbert with his wife Dr. Elaine K Glover.
Robert (Bob) Howard
Bob Howard graduated in 1946. He continued his education and graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1952 and his Masters degree in education in 1961. Bob served as a counselor for 10 years at Shaw Jr. High before continuing his career as a Vice Principal at Rogers for 9 years. He completed his career in 1984 as the Vice Principle of North Central High School. Bob continued to serve Rogers High School with his leadership on the original organizing committee's for the Roger's Alumni Association in 1981.Bob was president of the Spokane County Counselors Organization, and President of phi Delta kappa in Spokane. Bob is currently the test coordinator for the US Government, responsible for all of the Civil Service testing in the Spokane area.
Hobart Jenkins graduated in 1942. Hobart devoted 33 years to the field of education before retiring in 1981. With a doctorate in education to his credit, Hobart has taught both high school and college. He is a former Dean of Instruction and Campus President of Spokane Community College and was a private consultant in higher education management for 11 years. Prior to his career in education, he served as a B-24 pilot in the war and was highly decorated after flying 35 combat missions. he continued his military career with 28 years in the Washington Air National Guard. Hobart has been active in community service as well, including leadership roles in several education associations. He has received numerous service awards and certificates of appreciation from civic and educational institutions.
Michael (Mike) Kondo
Mike Kondo graduated in 1968. He continued his education and complete his undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Washington, where he continued his wrestling career. He has been a Board Member of the Japanese American Citizen's League, and volunteers his dentistry skill to low income clinics. Mike works as a dental educator in grade schools and teaches Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University.
Lanney Martin graduated in 1953. Currently an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University and a student teacher supervisor at Whitworth College, Lanney has attended twelve colleges and universities. He has received many teaching awards, including District 81 Distinguished Teacher, Teacher of the year and was a finalist in Gonzaga University's Outstanding Teacher Program. He was the first educator involved in the Economic Education / business Experience Program; sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Whitworth College at Gonzaga University.
Dr. Richard Matheny
Dr. Richard Mathany graduated in 1958. After graduating Dr. Matheny attended and graduated with degrees in public administration from Washington State University and the University of Southern California. He received a doctorate in leadership in education from Gonzaga University in 1985. Dr. Matheny is widely known in higher education circles throughout the United States and Canada. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Vice President for Development and Public Relations at Whitworth College. After leaving Whitworth, Dr. Matheny was an Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Irvine for three years. Currently Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Matheny has served as a consultant in fund raising, management and communication strategies with more than 100 colleges and universities. He has authored numerous publications on management and communications, including Creating Charitable Trusts in Real Estate which has become a standard reference book in the planned giving field. Dr. Matheny's numerous civic pursuits have included serving on the boards of Spokane's Holy Family Hospital, United Way of Sacramento and Inland Empire Development Council.
Patricia Clemm McRae
Patricia Clemm McRae graduated in 1978. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications at Washington State University. After more than 10 years at seven television stations, Patricia returned to Spokane to direct the news team at KHQ. her professional credits include an Emmy for "best newscast" from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Patricia Mummey graduated in 1955. She became the first female Spokane County Commissioner in 1986. Now n her second term of office, Patricia worked as a registered nurse and was active in the League of Women Voters, including local president and state board member, prior to her election. Patricia was a founding member of the Spokane Citizen Solid Waste Advisory Committee and currently sits on numerous local and state advisory committees. She received the YMCA Leadership Award for Government in 1989.
Rich Naccarato graduated in 1961. Rich was a Nationally acclaimed high school lineman and also excelled in wrestling and track. Rich continued his education at the University of Idaho on a four-year scholarship, and was a key player the Vandals football team to defeat Washington State University for the first time in 40 years. Rich graduated with honors from the University of Idaho and obtained his Masters in Education at Whitworth College. After teaching and coaching for 12 years he began his own business in property development. He became owner-president of Cedar Builders, Inc.
John Nugent graduated in 1958. Upon graduation, John earned his teaching degree from Eastern Washington University and his Masters of Education degree from Whitworth College in 1965. He enjoyed a very successful 30 year career in real estate while working 29 years as a teacher in Spokane. He maintains close ties with the Alumni Association, serving on reunion committees and chairing the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Nugent received a Community Service Award in 1992 and has been a member of the Real Estate Million Dollar Club.
Linda Clothier Sharman
Linda Clothier Sharman graduated in 1954. As a consultant in communications, public relations, and marketing, Linda is the former director of public relations at Whitworth College. She has written segments for a historical public television series, is author of " A Measure of Leaven", the history of the Dominican Sister of Spokane County. She was instrumental in citizen support for Expo 74' and served as its community relations director. She was a vice-president of United Way, is a trustee of the Spokane County Library district and volunteers for numerous local activities such as the Citizens League of Greater Spokane, Momentum, and Leadership Spokane.
Doug Sutherland graduated in 1955. Active in student government Doug has devoted much of his professional career to public service. Doug is currently in the first year of a four-year term as Peirce County's Chief Executive Officer. Previous government positions include three years as city manager for the city of SEATAC and eight years the mayor of Tacoma. A father of six, Doug sits on the Board of directors of Hilltop Day Care Center, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Family Counseling Service and the American heat Association. Doug has also been a business owner for 23 years in a family owned canvas and sign business which employs 25 people.
Vern Ziegler graduated in 1953. Vern is the founder and owner of Ziegler Lumber company, which operates seven retail building supply centers in the Northwest, including a wholesale distribution center in Spokane, Big Bear Lumber Company. Vern spent twelve years in the construction business building well over two hundred homes before founding Ziegler Lumber Company in 1965. Vern is an enthusiastic supporter of many Rogers High School projects, on being the John R. Rogers/Ziegler Family Scholarship Trust. He is also active in the community, serving on the Spokane County Board of Freeholders and on the boards of numerous wildlife organizations including the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council which began in 1951. The Big Horn Show, created by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, was started in 1960 and Vern has been very involved with his project. Vern has received numerous awards from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council. Vern is also a member of the Washington State Game Commission for six years and is a lifetime member of the National Wildlife Federation.