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1960-1969

1960
Honors program established under direction of Sidney Hacker, Professor of Mathematics.

1960
Dr. J. Fred Bohler died. He served as a coach, athletic director, and physical education administrator at WSU for 42 years.

1961
Jack Cole named a regent.

1961
Keith Lincoln graduated after setting Cougar football rushing and punting records. His post season honors included playing in the All-American, College All-Star, Hula Bowl, and East-West Shrine games. He goes on to star with the San Diego Chargers of the professional American Football League.

1962
KWSU-TV goes on the air for first time under direction of Cal Watson.

1962
Compulsory ROTC program changed to voluntary.

1962
Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award names first three recipients: Phillip H. Abelson, Henry T. Heald, and Edward R. Murrow.

1962
President French and Regent Tom Gose visited WSU program in Pakistan, one of the first international programs helping developing countries with land grant-type assistance.

1962
WSU joined Athletic Association of Western Universities, which later became the Pacific-8, then the Pacific-10 Conference.

1963
Hugh Campbell, WSU record-breaking football pass receiver, voted MVP of the East-West shrine game after setting a new record by catching 10 passes.

1963
Radiocarbon dating laboratory established in College of Engineering.

1963
J. Clifford Folger and C. Glenn King selected for 4th and 5th Regents Distinguished Alumnus Awards.

1963
Miss Ivy Lewellen, 83, died. She served as executive secretary for 37 years to three presidents: Bryan, Holland and Compton.

1964
President Emeritus Holland's estate of $410,000 left to WSU. The John I. and Orpha Preissner estate of S300,000 willed to WSU.

1964
Famed "Agony Hall" (Music Conservatory) torn down to make way for new Kimbrough Music Building.

1964
Cougar baseball coaching legend A.B. "Buck" Bailey and Mrs. Bailey killed in auto accident in New Mexico.

1965
WSU and UW establish State of Washington Water Research Center on Pullman campus.

1965
Edward R. Murrow dies of cancer.

1965
Howard B. Bowen, president of the University of Iowa, delivers commencement address and receives the 6th Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award.

1965
WSU Animal Science Reproduction Research featured in Life magazine. S.E. Hafez primary researcher in Planet Colonization.

1966
President C. Clement French retires. Academic Vice President Wallis Beasley named acting president.

1966
Karl Sax, internationally acclaimed scientist, awarded 7th Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award.

1966
Veterinarian Keith Farrell developed freeze-branding technique for animals, reducing pain and injury to animals.

1967
W. Glenn Terrell named 7th WSU president. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is Dean of Faculties, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle.

1967
R.A. Nilan, geneticist, develops new barley strain with chemical mutagent.

1967
President Emeritus Wilson Compton dies in Ohio.

1968
Matsuyo Yamamoto, noted home economist, presented with Regents 8th Distinguished Alumnus Award.

1968
New French Administration Building dedicated to President C. Clement French.

1968
Marmes excavation near Washtucna in Adams County revealed the remains of oldest human beings in Western Hemisphere, approximately 12,000 years old. Internationally known as "Marmes Man." WSU Geologist Roald Fryxell was chief investigator.

1969
Gerry Lindgren, WSU track All-American, won 11 NCAA titles. He never lost any NCAA event he entered during his four university years.

1969
Anti-Vietnam War protests and student unrest result in sit-ins in Placement Bureau and French Administration Building.

1969
Enrollment 13,128, highest between 1962-1969.

         
                         
                         
                         
 

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