NEH Grant: Workshop Presenters and Participants

Directors

  • Ray Wolpow, co-director, professor of secondary education at Western, and director of the NWCHE.
  • Susan Redd, co-director, teacher of world languages at Mt. Vernon High School.

Presenters

  • Noemi Ban, survivor of the Holocaust and winner of the Washington State Golden Apple Award for teaching about the Holocaust.
  • Robert Krell, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia's department of psychiatry and survivor of the Holocaust.
  • Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz, Temple Beth Israel in Bellingham.
  • Rene Goldman, professor of Chinese history at the University of British Columbia.
  • Hubert G. Locke, professor of public affairs at the University of Washington.
  • Manfred Vernon, professor emeritus of political science at Western.
  • NEH participants wish to remember the late Manfred Vernon who passed away on April 3, 2001.
  • Walter Suess, professor of modern and classical languages at Western.
  • Patrick Henry, professor of French Studies at Whitman College.
  • Frieda Miller, education coordinator at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.
  • Henry Friedman, President Emeritus of the Washington State Holocaust Resource Center.

Participating Teachers

  • Diane Leigh, Mt. Baker School District;
  • Deborah Wright, Mt. Baker School District;
  • Brian Hanrahan, Mt. Vernon High School;
  • Treva King, Anacortes School District;
  • Janet Clark, Anacortes School District;
  • Susan Weingarten, Arlington School Disrict;
  • David Dickson, Bellingham School District;
  • David Shockley, Bellingham School District;
  • Mitzi Moore, Ferndale School District;
  • Becky Stockmar, Ferndale School District;
  • Linda Larrabee, Burlington-Edison School District;
  • Susan Aarstad, Burlington-Edison School District;
  • Jennifer Caldwell, Explorations High School, Bellingham;
  • Alisa Sachs, Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham;

Obituary for Manfred Vernon (taken from the Bellingham Herald)

Manfred Vernon, retired Western Washington University professor, former chairman of its political science department and former chairman of the Whatcom County Democratic Party, died Thursday, April 5, 2001. He was 93.

Born May 23, 1907, in Dusseldorf, Germany, Mr. Vernon saw the impact of World War I on Germany, lost his mother in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, and became a German lawyer. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, he left Germany for the Netherlands. He emigrated to the United States in 1939, enlisting in the U.S. Army before Pearl Harbor and serving with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines.

In 1946, he married Hally Weis, a child psychologist and day-care pioneer. She died in February 2000.

After earning his doctorate at Stanford University, Mr. Vernon taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama, and served in the State Department under President Truman before coming to Western. As a Fulbright scholar, he taught for a year in Turkey at the University of Ankara.

For several years, Mr. Vernon hosted "Outlook," an interview and discussion TV show on KVOS. He also was one of three U.S. representatives on the International Joint Commission on Point Roberts.

After retiring to San Juan Island, Mr. Vernon served on the board of the San Juan Island Whale Museum, organized conferences, taught for Elder Hostel and traveled the world with his wife.

When he and his wife returned to Bellingham, he started a discussion group at Parkway Chateau Retirement Residence, and remained active in community and university life and at his synagogue, Beth Israel. He also spoke at schools about the Nazi era.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to social justice, environmental or international harmony efforts, or to San Juan Island Whale Museum, the Democratic National Committee or to the Southern Poverty Law Center.