An update with funeral and memorial information may be found here.
Dear Campus Community:
I am so sorry to tell you that Charles Mutschler, Interim Dean of EWU Libraries, was killed last evening in a collision on Highway 904. Charlie was a beloved member of our Eastern family and contributed greatly to ensuring that our libraries flourish at the heart of our academic community. Charlie knew and lived EWU’s history, and he was delighted to share his knowledge and love for this university.
EWU offers the following if you need support:
- Faculty/staff: Please contact Human Resources (SHW 314) at 509.359.2381 or the Employee Assistance Program at 877.313.4455.
- Students: Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 509.359.7924, Counseling and Psychological Services (MAR 225) at 509.359.2366.
We will let you know more when we have more information. I know you join me in mourning a tremendous loss.
Mary Cullinan, President
George William Lotzenhiser, PhD, a long-time Eastern faculty member and administrator who played a key role in the academic restructuring of the institution, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, in Spokane. He was 95.
Professor Lotzenhiser was an EWU alumnus, a former dean of the university’s Division (College) of Fine Arts, and a veteran of World War II. An accomplished musician and music teacher, he is also credited with composing the words and music for All Hail to Eastern Washington, EWU’s official Alma Mater.
The Spokane native was active on campus during his undergraduate years, serving as president of the Associated Students, student director of the marching band, and assistant director of the orchestra. Although Lotzenhiser’s education was interrupted by his wartime service in the U.S. Navy, he graduated in 1947 from EWU, then known as Eastern Washington College of Education, with both a bachelor’s degree in education and a Bachelor of Arts in music. He would go on to earn a master’s degree in music education at the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in education at the University of Oregon.
In 1960, EWU asked Lotzenhiser to return to the Cheney campus to lead the music department and to serve as the first dean of the university’s newly formed School of Fine Arts, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.
During his time on campus, he witnessed the dramatic transformation of the institution to Eastern Washington State College in 1961 and to Eastern Washington University in 1977.
In 1981, Lotzenhiser received the Distinguished Alumni Award. After his retirement he was named Dean of the School of Fine Arts, emeritus, with the official observance of his status being part of the June 1983 commencement.
His wife, B. Kathryn Lotzenhiser, preceded him in death in 2006. She was active in many civic organizations, and was responsible for founding the Women of Achievement Luncheon fundraiser for the Spokane YWCA.
The story behind how Lotzenhiser wrote All Hail to Eastern Washington can be found in Eastern Magazine, which also chronicled his 2016 Honor Flight to be recognized for military service.
EWU retiree Helen Matlock passed away on Jan. 21, 2019. Matlock retired in 2015, after providing nine years of service in EWU’s Continuing Education/ Summer Session department. Service details are not available at this time.
EWU retiree Alan Whiteside passed away on Jan. 20, 2019. Whiteside retired in 1997, after spending 28 years working in Purchasing. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, a fellow EWU retiree. Service details are not available at this time.
EWU retiree Eunice Snyder passed away on Dec. 23, 2018. Snyder was an assistant professor in Social Work from 1978 through June of 1982. Services will be held March 23, 2019 in Spokane.
EWU retiree Lance Walker died Nov. 4, 2018. Walker had been in IT for 29 years before retiring in 2015. He is survived by his spouse, Bev, at their home in Spokane. No details for services at this time.
Elita Henderson died Oct. 24, 2018. She worked as a snack bar lead in Dining Services since October 2015. She is survived by her son, Anubis, her mother and brother. There will be a special online memorial service – details to come.
From Andrew B. Israel, MSW, JD
Chair/director Eastern Washington University School of Social Work
To all students, colleagues and friends of Lu Brown;
As you might have already heard, the School of Social Work lost a most important member to our social work team when Lu Brown passed away on Thursday of last week. Lu served the social work profession, our communities and the EWU School of Social Work for over two decades as a senior lecturer and associate director of the field education program. However, this recitation of credentials is simply inadequate to capture and express the influence Lu had on our school. Lu was a tireless promoter of social justice and progressive policy advocacy, and used her academic position and magnificent educational skills and leadership to imbue students and colleagues with a sense of the ongoing importance of social work values and ethics to our communities. “Communities” is an operative word here because, better than anybody, Lu understood how to build communities from the collaborative and meaningful cooperation of students, field agencies and regional public servants.
Lu’s intense advocacy for social justice had a most persistent and impressive impact on all those who were in a position to be persuaded to put their hearts together in the building of community social spirit and a genuine commitment to the homeless, friendless and impoverished persons of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. A consistent sentiment from those who were her students over the years is that Lu made them enthusiastic about being social workers.
We welcome all of her students, EWU alumni, community field partners and colleagues to join us in celebrating Lu’s life and numerous gifts to our communities and profession.
Lu’s legacy most assuredly does not end with her passing. It lives on in all those social work professionals who have been influenced in countless ways by Lu’s enthusiasm and commitment to educating her colleagues and friends about the basic human condition and all the myriad ways we can improve it in our communities.
Date: Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. doors open; 5:45 p.m. program begins
Location: Hargreaves Hall, room 201, Cheney campus. Parking is available around the building, parking lots, and streets – free after 5 p.m.
Refreshments will be available.
Memorial Audio and/or Video Streaming also available
- Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://ewu.zoom.us/j/385556482
- Or by telephone, dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 385 556 482
- International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ad228bykqH
A scholarship will be established to honor Lu. Contributions may be made to the EWU Foundation in memory of LuAnn Brown by mail: EWU Foundation, 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney WA 99004; or online at: ewu.edu/give.
Mike Cannon died Oct. 2, 2018. He came to EWU as a transfer from WSU Jan. 1, 2011, as a stationary engineer in plant operations. He is survived by his wife, Angela, and two children at their home in Spokane.