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Geography Faculty in Memoriam

Anna Dvorak (1987 - 2015) 
Anna was born on January 9, 1987 in Panorama City, California.  She lived her childhood in Reseda, California (with frequent visits to her family homeland in Poland).  She graduated from Cleveland High School in Reseda in 2005 as valedictorian of her class.  She received her BA degree from University of California Berkeley in 2007 in Interdisciplinary Studies, her MA in Geography from Cal State Northridge in 2009, and her Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 2013.  She joined us at the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Eastern Washington University in Fall 2013 as assistant professor of geography and GIS.  She was with us until her death in 2015.  Anna was a prolific interdisciplinary scholar who brought together GIS, environmental studies, and cultural geography with detailed field work in Latin America.  At Eastern, she taught courses in physical geography, GIS, Latin America, wetlands, and social theory.

Anna loved all of the outdoors -- biking, running, snowboarding, skiing, and climbing.  She climbed Mt. Whitney three times and always said "the mountains are calling me."  Anna died in a climbing accident at Elephants Perch, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho on July 7, 2015.  Contributions in Anna's memory can be made to the Anna Dvorak Memorial Fund at the Dishman Hills Conservancy.

Dale Stradling (1930 - 2008)

Dale was born April 5, 1930, in Yakima, Washington.  He lived his childhood in Prosser, Washington and graduated from Prosser High School in 1948. He received a BA from Eastern Washington State College, a Masters in Education from Eastern, and worked on a PhD program in Geography at the University of Nebraska. Dale also played varsity basketball for four years while at Eastern Washington State College (and won most valuable player his senior year).   Dale taught Geography at Portland State College for five years before coming to Eastern in 1965, where he taught until his retirement (and even then continued to teach part-time several years beyond that).   During his time here, Dale served as Chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology for sixteen years and was president of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi honor societies. Dale was awarded Eastern's coveted Trustees' Medal in 1991.  With his specialized knowledge of geomorphology and Pacific Northwest geography, Dale frequently led field trips through the scarred landscapes of the Lake Missoula Floods.  He was also involved in the Latah Creek dig of a long-buried seasonal fishing camp. In 1997, he travelled to Ghana, West Africa, as part of a grant to study coastal erosion. 

Dale died of cancer on July 3, 2008.

Contributions in Dale's memory may be made to the Jeremy Anderson Scholarship Fund at Eastern Washington University.

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