"While your smile might be gone only for now, the memories of you and your spirit live on and on."
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ALGAARD, Betty E., Fifth Grade Teacher; Died March or April 2009; Age 80.
"I am grateful for the values Whitworth gave me... Dr. Schlauch challenged the freshman class. 'Do you want to be part of the problem, or part of the solution?' This simple question stays with me even now." Betty shared this question with her students and was most certainly part of the solution.
My brother Bob Blumhagen who was two years behind me in school (no photos from his class in here anywhere) just died three weeks ago. Bob was 59 and suffered a severe stroke 1.5 years ago. It was pretty much downhill from that point on. He wanted to come [to the reunion and festival] so badly to see old friends. (From Dianne LaBissoniere, May 19, 2009)
SALING, Gerald "Jerry"
Former Republican state Senator Gerald Saling died of cancer Friday at the age of 80, after spending 14 years in the Legislature. A teacher, school principal and community college president, he was a staunch supporter of education. Saling was born and raised in Spokane. He taught at several schools and was an elementary school principal when he was first elected to the state House in 1964. He continued to serve as a principal throughout his three terms in the House. He left the state House in 1971 to become dean of instruction at Spokane Falls Community College. Three years later, he was named president of the college, a position he held until 1982. Saling was elected to the state Senate in 1984 and retired from the Legislature in 1992. He died after a 4-year battle with cancer. From AP story posted June 24, 2008.
Died during active duty in WWII. The airplane he was flying in struck a mountain.