In Memoriam

Dr. Paul Storer

Paul Anthony Storer, Economic Department, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his Bellingham, Washington home on Saturday, November 28, 2015. He was 55 years old.

Paul was born July 13, 1960 to Aaron Ralph Storer and Mary Storer in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England and moved with his parents and younger siblings, Roger Storer and Ann (Storer) Kelly, to Brockville, Ontario, Canada, in 1966.

Paul met and married Tina (Koivuhalme) Storer, his devoted wife of 31 years, while both were University of Toronto students. Their daughter, Leah, was born in London, Ontario, in 1989, their son, Nick, was born in Montréal, Québec, in 1994. Paul moved with his family to Bellingham in 1996 to join the faculty at Western Washington University.

Paul loved to read, hike, mountain bike, travel with his family, spend time with friends, and walk with his beloved dog, Dixie. Even in his final days, he continued to explore new places and revisit old favorites. Paul was a remarkably kind man who always put the needs of others first and his loved ones above all.


Dwan Shipley

Dwan Shipley, an instructor for the Linguistics Program at Western Washington University, passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, at his home. Dwan taught at Western since 1997. He received his BA from the University of South Carolina, Columbia; his MA in linguistics from the University of Colorado and his MAT in French from the University of South Carolina. Shipley became a senior instructor in Linguistics in 2009 and consistently taught the large linguistics lecture classes, Introduction to Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, regularly teaching more than 1,000 students a year. He greatly enjoyed his students and his classes and will be sorely missed by his colleagues.


Dr. Eva Baharav

Eva Baharav, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Washington University, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, after a short battle with cancer.

Dr. Baharav began her career at Western in the fall of 2003 and was a loved and respected colleague, teacher, mentor, clinician and scholar. Her primary area of research and clinic service was treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She was recognized in the North-Sound region as an expert in autism spectrum disorders and parent support. Through her teaching and clinical practice, Dr. Baharav touched the lives of hundreds of students and families. She published several papers and led many student research projects on the topic of parental support and innovative treatment approaches for children with ASD.


Diana Jones

Diana L. Jones passed away from complications from peritonitis and cancer treatment on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. She was the beloved daughter of Gerald and Evelyn Jones of Otter Lake, Mich., the sister of Denise Ingham of Oxford, Mich., and Stephen Jones of Clio, Mich., and the cherished partner of Vicki Hsueh of Bellingham. She also had 10 nieces and nephews and five grand-nieces and -nephews who were incredibly dear to her heart.

She had a reflective, fun-loving, adventurous, and empathetic spirit in her life, scholarship, and teaching. She received a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University, a M.T.S. in Theology from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, a M.A. in Sociology from Emory University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Adrian College. She was an associate professor in the Human Services program in Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University and had been recently named the new director of the Human Services program.

She had a deep and wide community of family and friends with whom she loved to travel, explore, take long walks, debate, share, and laugh. She was kind and humble, compassionate and wise, sweet and fun-loving. She loved to go on any roadtrip. She relished the chance to discuss books, film, and television. She cared deeply about spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, and was a great listener, thinker, and advocate.