Friends of Lewis & Clark Remembered
September 25, 2009
Keith Eugene Eide, professor emeritus of music, died May 12 at his home in Anacortes, Washington, at age 80.
Eide, growing up in South Dakota, began his music career early with trumpet lessons in fifth grade. He participated in a performing trumpet trio while in junior high and organized a 12-member dance band during high school. He received his master’s degree in music at the University of South Dakota in 1957 and an honorary doctor of music degree from Warner Pacific College in 1974.
After directing high school band programs in Iowa, Alaska, and Washington, Eide joined Lewis & Clark in 1965 as director of bands and music education. In that position he was active in professional associations of band directors and music educators. Eide retired in 1985 and returned to Anacortas. There, in 1993, he organized the North Cascades Concert Band, which continues to perform concerts.
Eide, who physically resembled John Philip Sousa, enjoyed portraying Sousa in concerts patterned after those of the legendary bandmaster, including wearing a band uniform copied from photographs of Sousa.
Survivors include his wife, four children, three stepchildren, nine grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Edward “Ted” Stevens Smith, friend of the college who served as a trustee from 1974 to 1982, died April 9 at age 89.
Smith was born in China, where he attended Western schools and studied languages, becoming fluent in French, German, and Spanish by age 15. He attended Stanford University and played baseball there before serving as a major in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He met and married his wife, Joan, during the war.
In 1960 Smith and his family moved to Portland, where he oversaw the development of the export business at Omark Industries. In the 1970s, he became CEO and chairman of Omark, a position he held until he retired in 1985. Smith served the community on several boards in addition to Lewis & Clark’s including Key Bank, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Georgia Gulf Corporation.
He loved sports, most of all golf, and was an avid reader, but especially treasured time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, their three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Charles Cooke Spalding, Lewis & Clark life trustee, died March 15 at his home in Waikiki, Hawai’i, after a long illness. He was 89.
Spalding grew up in Hawai’i, graduated from Yale University, and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1946 he joined the Hawai’i firm C. Brewer & Company, where he served as assistant secretary from 1950 to 1961. Beginning in 1961, Spalding held several positions at Hawaiian Insurance & Guaranty Company; he was president from 1962 to 1967.
At the head of what Spalding called his “extracurricular activities” was his long dedication to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai’i. He took the idea for the youth service organization from the mainland to his home state, where he oversaw its founding from charter in 1960 through fund-raising, legal work, acquiring a site, forming a board, planning and overseeing clubhouse construction, hiring a staff, and planning programs. The program was up and running in 1976. He was active in many other community affairs and enjoyed playing tennis, hunting, fishing, and raising and showing vizsla dogs.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; sons Charles Spalding Jr. and Stephen Spalding B.S. ‘80; a stepson; and three grandchildren.
Sheri Hays, administrative coordinator in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, died February 19 after living with cancer for six and a half years. Hays joined the Lewis & Clark staff in 1999 and worked in the teacher education program.
Survivors include her husband, Ron, and sons Robert Hays B.A. ‘07 and Richard Hays B.A. ‘09.