This page is dedicated to the memory of our alumni who have passed away.
Below is a list of alumni recognized by their peers as worthy of a Hall of Fame nomination. We do not consider posthumous inductees for the Alumni Hall of Fame, but we do recognize and honor their nomination.
Thomas Scheidel (M.A., 1955; Ph.D., 1958)
Described by his colleagues as a leader, empirical scholar, and advocate for higher education, Dr. Scheidel spent the last 20 years of his career at the UW, serving first as the Chair of the Department of Speech Communication, and then five years as the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Scheidel moved to Washington in 1953, married his wife Frances in September, and was drawn to the University of Washington for his graduate work due to its strong debate program. Finishing his Masters in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1958, Scheidel taught for two years as an instructor and assistant professor at the UW Department of Speech Communication, but then looked for other options. He taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for seven years and the University of Wisconsin before returning to the Pacific Northwest. During his 12 years as Chair, Scheidel said he focused on gaining national stature, excellence in teaching, and improving the status of the Department.
The Department of Speech Communication established the Thomas M. Scheidel Annual Faculty Lecture series in recognition of his two decades of service, which has carried on past the merger with the School of Communications in 2002 to the present Department of Communication. The series brings distinguished scholars to the Department to meet with and lecture to faculty and students pursuing advance communication studies, perpetuating Scheidel’s legacy of excellence in scholarship. Dr. Scheidel was inducted into the Communication Hall of Fame in 2014.
Sam Angeloff: B.A., 1963
As a writer and editor for Life, People, Parade, and US, Angeloff covered many of the major stories of his time: Vietnam, the peace movement, the civil rights movement, and presidential campaigns. He also helped give birth to magazines, being a founding senior editor of People in 1974, and editor in chief of US Magazine in 1978. Sam grew up in Tacoma, graduated from Stadium High School and went to the University of Washington, where he was editor of the UW Daily. He followed in his father’s footsteps by working as a cub reporter for the Seattle PI, returning in 1975 to become assistant managing editor for magazines. Starting in 1964, Sam spent eight years as a national and foreign correspondent and associate editor for Life, working for its bureaus in Washington D.C., Vietnam and New York until the magazine closed. He wrote complex stories and short text blocks with equal ease. One of his Life assignments was writing “Parting Shots,” the photo caption for the magazine’s last page; friends had the pleasure of reading his wickedly unprintable versions. In 1979 Sam became a vice president for Longview Publishing, publishers of the Eastside Journal American and the Longview Daily News. He was a big-story man, and when Mount St. Helens erupted, he immediately gathered a team of writers and put together the book “Volcano,” which made the New York Times best-seller list. His freelance work included speeches, annual reports and position papers for top local companies, including Immunex, Seafirst and Boeing.
Hubert (Hu) Blonk: B.A., 1933
After graduating from the University of Washington, Blonk began a 62-year newspaper career in 1933, writing about the construction, operation and expansion of the Grand Coulee Dam and the massive irrigation system of the Columbia Basin Project under President Roosevelt’s New Deal. He was hired to write for both the Wenatchee Daily World and Spokane Chronicle in 1934. When construction started winding down in 1940, he took a job with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a public information officer. He was hired again as a reporter for The World in 1954 and was soon named managing editor. He retired in 1974 but continued to contribute stories. He served on numerous statewide and regional panels dealing with freedom of information, open meetings and courts. He was the first recipient of the Associated Press Managing Editors Meritorious Service Award in 1991. Wenatchee World Editor Rufus Woods said it was fitting that Mr. Blonk was working on a story the day he died: “Clearly he was one of the most influential people who has ever served at this newspaper. Over the last 35 to 40 years, no other single individual has had such an impact on the news coverage of north-central Washington.”
Frank Albert (Jack) Ehrig Jr.: B.A. 1950
Over a 45-year career in the Seattle advertising and business community, Ehrig devoted his time serving as Chairman, President or a Board Committee Member for a variety of business, educational, industry association and non-profit organizations throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond. Some of these include: Seattle Rotary, Rainier Club, Northwest Forum, Northwest Hospital Foundation, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and Governor John Spellman’s Washington State-Asia Trade Mission. He served as president for the Washington Athletic Club, The 101 Club, the UW Alumni Association, and the Seattle Advertising Federation. As a business owner in downtown Seattle for over 40 years (Kraft, Smith & Ehrig; Ricks-Ehrig; Ehrig & Associates) Ehrig had a personal impact on many young, up-and-coming advertising and marketing executives throughout his career. He and/or the work created by his company generated many national and international advertising awards or nominations, including Telly’s, Addy’s, Clio’s, Effie’s and International Outdoor. Ehrig was the founding co-chairman of the Junior Achievement/Puget Sound Business Journal Business Hall of Fame in 1987. The University of Washington Alumni magazine was renamed/rebranded Columns under his tutelage as Executive Director in 1988. Ehrig was also honored with his own Lifetime Achievement awards by the Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters in 1987 and the Seattle Advertising Federation in 1995. His involvement in the community began as the Student Homecoming Chairman at the UW his senior year in 1950. He wrote for the student newspaper, The Daily and after graduating in his early 20s, he taught night classes in advertising and journalism for the School of Communications.
William Lewis: B.A., 1942
Lewis joined the staff of the Lynden Tribune as associate publisher in 1945 after his release from the military. He became editor and columnist as well as co-publisher, serving until his retirement in 1984. He is a past vice-president of the Westside Record Journal, Blaine and Ferndale, Washington; co-publisher of the Point Roberts, Washington Ocean Star and founder of the Blaine Air Force station Bubble Gazette. He is the recipient of 13 editorial and feature awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA). He received the education editorial award from the Washington Education Association, the John L. Fournier Award for community service to the WNPA and the newspaper industry and the Washington State Farm Bureau Editorial Award in1977. He served as President of the WNPA in 1979. Lewis is a member and past president in the Lynden Lions and a member and past president and life member of Lynden Kiwanis Club. He received the distinguished service and first citizen award by the Whatcom County Council in 1984 and was president of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce in 1980. He organized reunion associations for USS Fraizer and Northwestern Midshipmen and received the Lone Sailor Award for service to the USS Fraizer Association in 1992. During WWII, Lewis was assigned to the USS Frazier DD607 at Adak in the Aleutians and served in the South Pacific campaigns of Kwajalean, Tarawa, Pelieu, Yap, and other campaigns. He holds four campaign ribbons and 12 battle stars. During his career as a UW student, Lewis was business manager of The Daily and an honorary member of Fir Tree and Oval (a university society that draws on one member from each of the undergrad classes). He also played clarinet in the Husky Band.
More alumni to remember:
William Asbury: B.A., 1949
Asbury was an advisor to The Daily after serving as Managing Editor of the Bremerton Sun and Executive Editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He oversaw three Pulitzer Prize-winners at the launch of their careers (all are members of the UW Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame). Asbury passed away in March 2015 at age 90. Read more.
Rodney Cardwell: B.A., 1953
Cardwell joined the journalism school at the UW after serving in the Korean War. He worked at The Daily and spent his weekends as a copy boy for the Seattle Times. After graduation, he spent 29 years at the Tacoma News Tribune. Read more.
Kent Clark: B.A., 1957
Clark, known to classmates as Man-Super, was Editor of The Daily in 1956-57 and a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. After graduation he worked as a copy editor at The Oregonian until retirement. Clark died of complications of Parkinson’s disease in Portland in January 2015.
Arnold Ismach: Ph.D., 1975
Ismach earned his Ph.D. after a 15-year career as a daily newspaper editor. After a 12-year stint as faculty at the University of Minnesota, he moved to the University of Oregon to become Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. Ismach passed away on January 13, 2015 at age 84. Read more.
Robert (Bob) Stevenson: Ph.D., 1974
Stevenson, who passed away in 2006, became a world-renowned scholar of international communication during his 40 years at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he was famous for his teaching and hospitality of international students, and world-wide travel. He spoke in 134 countries, and opened his home to hundreds of foreign students. Read about how his graduation robe was passed on to a recent UW Communication alumnus.
Eldon Coroch: B.A., 1957
Coroch was a longtime journalism and English instructor at Everett Community College. He was the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college.
Bert E. Brumett: B.A., 1963
Brumett was a significant figure in Northwest television and radio for years before early retirement for travel and community service. He was a dedicated volunteer at Childhaven.
Scott Patrick: B.A., 1981
Patrick was vice president of the Scott Elliot Fund and vice president of partnership development for the Seattle Seahawks. He worked for many years for both the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sonics.
Carl Siddons: B.A., 1985
Siddons was a longtime employee of the University Book Store.