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Sally Savage memorial service July 22

PULLMAN, Wash. – Sally Purintun Savage, 61, passed away in Seattle on July 11, 2013, in the company of her family after a brave struggle with cancer. Savage worked at WSU in several capacities from 1977 to 2009.

True to character, she remained the family beacon of courage, strength, and love despite the circumstances.

Sally was born Sept. 28, 1951, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Orin and Elizabeth Purintun. She married David W. Savage on Aug. 1, 1982, in Pullman, Wash., where they made their home and raised their three children.

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Bud Ryan dies of brain aneurysm

Clarence A. “Bud” Ryan, a pioneer researcher in plant biochemistry and the first WSU faculty member to be admitted to the National Academy of Sciences, died Sunday at age 76. The cause of death is believed to be a brain aneurysm.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Ryan, who works at the WSU CougarCard Center, and two daughters,
Janis and Jamie.
A celbration of his life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Gladish Community Center in Pullman.

For an in-depth WSU Today article about Ryan, click on the following link.

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John Crane, former biology prof, dies

John Crane, an emeritus professor of biology and zoology, died on June 18, 2007.  Crane earned his Ph.D for study in parasitology at the University of California, Davis and came to WSU in 1970 where he primarily taught large introductory biological science classes and parasitology. Over the years he estimated that he had taught 50,000 students. He was noted for his humor, ability to tell a good story, and willingness to give his opinion while being evenhanded.

In 1989, his peers recognized him with the President’s Faculty Excellence Award in Instruction (now the Sahlin Award). Although he retired in 2000, he continued to teach general … » More …