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Jim Bateman, KHS Class of 1966 Dies
By Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City Herald

There will be someone very important missing at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade on Aug. 18.Jim Bateman, who's been organizing the parade and its more than 100 entries for the past six years, died Tuesday of renal cancer at home in Richland. He was 65 and working as a senior quality engineer for URS and Bechtel.For fun, he enjoyed going to old car shows and driving his Corvettes, but what Bateman loved was parades. On Aug. 19, at the opening ceremony for this year's fair, he was to be honored as Volunteer of the Year for his decades of tireless work on the fair's parades and floats.A tree will be planted on the fairgrounds in his honor, and a belt buckle Bateman was to receive for his award will be given to his family during the ceremony."This is a new award," said Lori Lancaster, fair manager. "We wanted to honor our volunteers who put in so much time and who are seldom recognized ... and Jim Bateman was the obvious choice."Since 1989, Bateman has helped with Pasco's annual Fourth of July Parade and helped organize the International Cultural/Tri-Cities Water Torchlight parade in 1990 and Hanford's 50th anniversary Torchlight Parade in 1993.When the Richland Chamber of Commerce wanted to build a parade float in 1998, Bateman's hands were all over it. He was the one who came up with the theme, "Times are Changing," to reflect the city's efforts to reduce its dependence on Hanford.Bateman participated in the fair parade in the early 1970s, then convinced the fair board to move it from Pasco to Kennewick. He helped run the fair parade until moving to New Mexico in 1984. He helped build the fair float each year from 1977-83 and each weekend, from May through October, took it to various parades in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada. When he returned to the Tri-Cities in 1986, he helped with the fair float and participated in the parade until 2007, when he took over organizing the annual event."Who else has spent three decades of their life on parades in our community?" asked Lancaster.Bateman, a 1966 graduate of Kennewick High School, also helped run the first All-Class Reunion in 2000 and again in 2004.Bateman was born in Pasco. He served in the Army before marrying his wife, Rita, on July 31, 1971, in the Richland Baptist Church."He was very grateful for all the friends he met," his wife said."And he was very appreciative of all the concern and caring these past few months after he was diagnosed with cancer in April," said his daughter, Kate Buffington of West Richland.His son, Aaron Bateman, lives in Kennewick. He had three grandchildren. Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home in Kennewick is in charge of services which will be held on Aug. 4.
Tri-Cityi Herald, July 26, 2012

Kennewick High graduate brings tales of the Cold War
By Jacques Von Lunen, Tri-City Herald

Billy Mays left the Tri-Cities in 1977 as a wide-eyed high school graduate. He returns next month with tales of Cold War intrigue.
He came to Kennewick in 1970, graduated from Kennewick High in '77, left for college on the west side and went out into the big world.
Next month, the 52-year-old is moving back to the Tri-Cities -- and he is bringing back 20 years' worth of hair-raising stories.
Mays spent two decades in Eastern Europe, officially as a businessman and consultant. But from 1983 to 2003, he also went on cloak-and-dagger missions for the American embassy in Warsaw, Poland, and by extension the CIA, he said.
On The Job Training: Berlin to Vladivostok, the first of four books chronicling his adventures, was just released by Proudfoot Publishing.
Mays was a graduate student in economics at the University of Washington in 1983 when he saw an ad for a seminar in Poland. The Eastern European country -- still behind the Iron Curtain and just emerging from martial law -- would become his home for the next 20 years.
He continued his studies at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw but found his master's thesis on market and political reforms in Eastern Europe rejected by a conservative professor at UW.
Mays took his manuscript to Radio Free Europe, a broadcaster paid for by the U.S. government to beam news and music into countries where state-run media offers no critical view of society. The radio officials paid him for his paper and asked him to go back to Poland and glean more information for U.S. agencies.
And that is what Mays did for almost 20 years, he said. He received telegrams or letters with instructions. He delivered packages -- some filled with money -- to informants. He kept an eye on movements of trucks around military bases.
He became fluent in Polish and was the translator for Sen. Ted Kennedy when he came to Poland. He sang karaoke with Lech Walesa, the hero of the Polish labor movement who is widely credited with setting in motion events that brought down Soviet rule.
Meanwhile, he consulted for Western businesses wanting to expand into Eastern Europe and became the country director for FedEx in Poland after the Cold War.
With the end of the Soviet Union came worries about nuclear proliferation out of former Eastern Bloc states. There was no more need to spy on the now-democratic governments, and the focus turned to the black market in potentially devastating materials.
As a businessman, Mays was well-positioned to monitor trading in the region. But black-market traders turned out to be more difficult to deal with than Soviet generals. Mays had been closely watched, threatened and even arrested by the military running the country under the old rule, he said.
But the shady characters running illicit materials across Eastern European borders resorted to harsher methods. A courier who was scheduled to bring Mays a packet of money for an informant was tortured with a propane torch by Russian mobsters, Mays said.
The embassy informed him that if the Russians knew the couriers' identity, they surely knew about Mays too.
The mobsters never caught up with Mays, and he never was tortured, although an Estonian man stabbed him in a Finnish restaurant once, an attack Mays thinks was not coincidental.
He has lived through a lot of episodes that usually are the stuff of spy movies, he said. And he knows some might doubt the veracity of his tales.
The bigger picture checks out -- dates of state visits, names of places and current events cited in his book. For the thrilling details, there is no paper trail. But Mays has about 10 references who worked in the same circles as he did at the time, he said. They can back up his stories against any serious accusations of his having too vivid an imagination, he said.
Mays returned to the United States for good in 2003. His regular business activities had taken over his life to a point where he no longer could perform the underground jobs assigned to him from the embassy.
He got into commercial construction, which led to an interest in energy-efficient building, he said. He currently is devoting all of his time to writing the books, but plans to go back to energy consulting once they are finished.
Mays is moving back to the Tri-Cities, which will give him opportunity to connect with some people who will understand his motives for taking on risks behind the Iron Curtain, he said.
He initially was motivated to take on odd jobs from the embassy by a young man's hunger for adventure and the need to pay bills. But he realized he was contributing to a worthy cause, especially after the fall of the Soviet Union.
"I had a sense of duty," Mays said. "There was real danger in what was coming out of Russia in strategic materials."
That sense of duty in part came from growing up in the Tri-Cities as the son of a nuclear engineer.
"I've always felt a close alliance with the Cold War patriots," Mays said.
Tri-City Herald, January 8, 2012

BASEBALL: Kennewick grad at Oregon State named preseason All-American
From Tri-City Herald news services
Tri-City Herald
WICHITA, Kan. Oregon State University junior right-handed pitcher Tony Bryant has been named a preseason First-Team All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association.

The 2009 Kennewick High School graduate is one of two players from the Pac-12 Conference on the first team and one of eight from the three teams combined.

Bryant was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team last season after going 3-2 with a 1.52 earned run average the fifth-lowest ERA with at least 40 innings in a season at OSU and 12 saves in 28 games. He struck out 40 and walked just 11 in 47 innings and held opponents to a .224 batting average.

The right-hander was 12-for-12 in save opportunities and stranded 23-of-27 (85.1 percent) inherited runners. He allowed just eight earned runs all season, with two coming during his last 15 appearances, which included 16 innings of work.

He went on to have an impressive summer season, going 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 16 games for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League. He saved five games and struck out 19 in 18 2/3 innings of work.

In two seasons with the Beavers, Bryant, who was selected in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins but did not sign, is 3-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 42 games with one start. He has struck out 59 while walking just 16 in 68 2/3 innings. His 12 career saves are good for a tied for third in the OSU history books.

Bryant and the Beavers open the 2012 season with a four-game series at UC Santa Barbara that begins Feb. 17.

For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club's official Twitter account at

DEATH: Tri-City advocate, former Herald reporter Bob Woehler dies
By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald, August 24, 2011

KENNEWICK -- Longtime Tri-City Herald reporter, wine writer and community advocate Bob Woehler died today of complications from blood clots he had been fighting for several months. He was 79.

Woehler wrote his first wine-related assignment covering the opening of Preston Premium Wines in Pasco in 1976, and became one of the state's earliest wine writers with his column "Woehler on Wine," which started in 1978.

"As a wine writer, he was honest in what he perceived," said Coke Roth, a Kennewick lawyer and former owner of Roth Distributing, a beer and wine distributor in the Tri-Cities and Moses Lake. "He tasted a lot of crummy wines, especially in the early days, but he never said anything bad about them publicly. He was a real gentleman all the way around."

Woehler started working for the Herald in 1967 and retired in 1994 but continued writing about wine. When he stopped writing "Woehler on Wine" last year, he said "I never dreamed when I started writing about the Washington wine industry in 1978 that it would be a lifetime joy for me."

Woehler was tasting editor for Wine Press Northwest since its launch in 1998, and wrote two columns per issue for the magazine. One column, "Bargain Bob," focused on low-priced wines, and the other, "Vintage Musings" looked at wineries that have been around the industry for many years.

His last two columns will appear in the fall issue of Wine Press Northwest, which comes out next month.

Woehler also was an avid supporter of projects, programs and organizations in Kennewick and was a longtime member of the Kennewick Kiwanis Club. He was named the 2004 Kennewick Man of the Year and was the grand marshal for the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo parade in 1994.

Woehler graduated from Kennewick High School in 1950 and joined the Navy. He served in Korea and returned to the Tri-Cities when he was discharged. He retired from the Naval Reserves as a lieutenant commander.

He was a charter member of Columbia Basin College in 1955 and graduated from the University of Washington in 1959 with a degree in communications.

He held radio newscaster and newspaper reporting jobs in Omak, Renton, Othello, Pendleton, Hermiston and Cottage Grove, Ore., in addition to the Tri-City Herald.

Woehler is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Joyce, four children, Judy, Rebecca, Andrew and Thomas, three grandchildren, a brother, Dave, and a sister, Mary.

A service is planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick. Arrangements are by Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home in Kennewick.

KeHS grad Moon wins national wrestling title
By the Tri-Ctiy Herald staff
Tri-City Herald, July 20, 2011

FARGO, N.D. Hannah Morgan Moon, a 2011 Kennewick High School grad, won the 139-pound division women's junior freestyle wrestling title at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships on Tuesday in Fargo, N.D.

Moon, who claimed the WIAA 130-pound title this past winter at Mat Classic XXIII, defeated Alyssa Wong of California 1-0, 2-0 to earn the only national title for the Washington squad at the USA Wrestling-sanctioned event.

En route to victory, Moon dominated her opponents, sweeping the first two rounds with first-period pins of Wisconsin's Marlie Gillis (1:35) and New York's Natalie Kuang in 29 seconds.

In the next round, Moon bounced back from a first-period loss to upset California's Monica Ramirez 0-1, 2-0, 2-0.

Prior to the title match, Moon bested California's Cheyenne Youngblood 5-0, 3-2.

"For Hannah, the national title went through California," said Hanna's father, Tim Moon, the Lions' assistant wrestling coach.

Team Washington placed fourth overall at the event with 32 team points. Team California placed first with 96, followed by Texas with 42 and Hawaii with 37 points.

Moon continues competition today in the Junior Nationals women's duals, and later this year she will take to the circle for the inaugural season of the women's wrestling program at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.

"They signed her to a full tuition scholarship," Tim Moon said of SWOCC. "Pretty excited about that, she's going to be making history as they field the first team."

Kennewick grad Bryant on all-Pac-10 team
By the Herald staff
Tri-City Herald, June 2, 2011

CORVALLIS -- Oregon State sophomore reliever Tony Bryant (Kennewick High School, 2009) was named this week to the all-Pac-10 baseball team.

Bryant recorded 10 saves this season for the Beavers. He also had a 3-2 record and a 1.59 ERA in 26 appearances.

Bryant and OSU open NCAA regional play Friday at home against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Ex-Kennewick School Superintendent Dead at 81
By Michelle Dupler
Tri-City Herald, January 20, 2011

Don Anderson's career as an educator was bookended by service in tiny, rural schools.

Anderson's death Wednesday from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm ended his lengthy career at age 81.

"He's a guy who started in a two-room schoolhouse and finished in one," said his son, Tim Anderson.

Don Anderson began his career decades ago as a teacher with training in math and physics, and finished as the superintendent of the Star School District in rural Franklin County.

In between, he did a 20-year stint as superintendent of the Kennewick School District during a period of rapid growth.

He worked up until the day before his aneurysm ruptured Jan. 1, his son said.

"He died and is due a paycheck," he said. "He retired, but he never quit. He never quit working for kids."

Don Anderson was born in Spokane and raised on a homestead near the city.

In addition to the Kennewick and Star school districts, he taught at or was an administrator at Kettle Falls, LaCrosse, Chewelah, Colville and Othello.

He led the Kennewick district from 1969 to 1989, and oversaw construction of local schools at a rate of two schools per year to accommodate an influx of new students because of activity at the Hanford site, his son said.

While Anderson was forced to deal with a period of extreme growth, Tim Anderson said that "he was proud of being a curriculum- and teaching-based superintendent. Kids first."

Don Anderson was named Kennewick Man of the Year in 1984, and was voted one of the top educators in the nation by a national education magazine.

After leaving the Kennewick district, he was hired on an interim basis in Pasco School District after its business manager fell ill. He then served three years as superintendent of the Columbia School District in Burbank.

Anderson followed that by becoming superintendent for the tiny Star School District in eastern Franklin County.

Tim Anderson said that as word of his father's death spread Wednesday, the family received an enormous outpouring of love, sympathy and grief from those who knew Don Anderson as students, teachers and friends.

"You learn a little bit about your dad that you didn't know through people he worked with," Tim Anderson said.

A public service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St., Kennewick.

Old fire engine to be Billingsley's hearse
By Michelle Dupler, Herald staff writer

The number 1 was a recurring theme in James Billingsley's life.

He was the first paid firefighter to serve in the Kennewick Fire Department -- hired on July 1, 1950, and working at Station 1.

And he was the first person to donate $1,000 toward establishing a Kennewick Firefighters Museum.

So it seems fitting somehow that he will be carried to his final resting place on the "Old No. 1" fire engine -- the restored motorized fire engine that was the first of its kind to be used in town -- after the funeral service remembering him at Mueller's Chapel of the Falls at 314 W. First Ave. at 1 p.m. today -- 1/11/11.

Billingsley, 86, died Friday at Hospice at the Chaplaincy in Kennewick.

He was a native of Portland and 1942 graduate of Kennewick High School.

He served in World War II, and became a volunteer firefighter for Kennewick after being honorably discharged from the Army in April 1946.

Four years later, he was hired as the city's first paid firefighter. He went on to earn the rank of captain before retiring in 1975.

Billingsley's granddaughter, Tiffany Johnson of Kennewick, said her grandfather's connection to the fire department remained important to him long after his retirement.

He was active with the Kennewick Retired Firefighters Association and was a founding member of the group working to establish a firefighters museum.

"It was something he was passionate about," Johnson said. "He spent a lot of time with the fire department, and even after he retired he continued to maintain close friendships."

Retired Kennewick firefighter Bud Cleavenger remembered Billingsley on Monday as someone always calm in a crisis, and with new firefighters just learning the job.

"I never saw that man get excited on any fire," he said. "He taught me to stay calm. He was real patient with me."

Cleavenger worked under Billingsley when Billingsley was a fire captain and described him as "like a father."

"He was absolutely great," he said. "I'm gonna miss him."

The family has asked that donations be made to Kennewick Firefighters Museum Inc., c/o Marty Koebler, 5225 W. Clearwater Ave., Apt. E1, Kennewick, Wash., 99336, in lieu of flowers
Tri-City Herald, January 11, 2011

Death Claims Henry Belair
Tri-City Herald, Article, December 9, 2010

Henry Belair, the longtime owner of O'Henry's in downtown Kennewick, died Tuesday at the age of 88.

He ran the eatery for nearly 50 years and gained national attention in 1984 when he put an ad in the paper seeking go-go dancers older than age 60.

Belair said he put the ad in because older customers requested dancing girls, and he decided that since those asking for the dancers were older than 60, the dancers should be too.

The story made the CBS Morning News, the Paul Harvey Show and the Wall Street Journal. A Japanese TV station even did a story.

After that, the restaurant was called O'Henry's Go-Go.

His sons also tell a story of when Belair had a best-looking legs contest, with customers encouraged to vote for their favorite pair of legs from photos. When all the votes were counted, Henry himself won -- and swore he didn't stuff the ballot box.

He sold the restaurant in 2001, but reopened it in 2002 after the sale fell through. He sold it again in 2006, and it is still open on South Auburn Street in Kennewick.

Belair died of natural causes. He had moved to the Seattle area several years ago to be closer to his family.

"Certainly he did not have a mean bone in his body -- practically to a fault," said his son, Roger.

He was born in Pasco, grew up in Kennewick and graduated from Kennewick High School 1941. He attended Washington State University before enlisting in the Navy.

When he returned, he joined the family business, Bel-Air's Bakery, which had opened in 1927.

He turned the bakery into a sit-down restaurant in 1960 and called it O'Henry's after a customer said, "Oh Henry, you're always making so many changes around here."

The brick eatery was known for its breakfasts, hamburgers, soups and homemade pies.

The walls are still decorated with photos and memorabilia he collected, including class pictures from Kennewick High School.

Belair was active in politics and served on the Kennewick City Council in the 1970s, according to his wife, Jeanne.

Colleen Bean and her husband Howard were close friends of Henry and his wife. Colleen said he was "like the life of the party."

"You never quite knew what Henry was going to come out with," she said.

Vietnam vet meets family of buddy who died in his arms
By John Trumbo, Herald staff writer

KENNEWICK -- Fred Gerace knew Marine Lance Cpl. Robert J. Cope of Kennewick barely six months, but Vietnam buddies never forget each other.

Separated by death on the battlefield 43 years ago, then-Marine Cpl. Gerace couldn't accept that 20-year-old Cope left behind a young wife somewhere in Washington and a baby girl he never would get to hold.

All that changed in a moment Friday at the Tri-Cities Airport as Gerace and his wife, Nancy, entered the terminal lobby to be met by now 44-year-old Brenda Cope-Erwin and her mother, Paula Rutherford, Cope's widow who remarried.

"Hi, baby," Gerace said softly as he greeted his buddy's daughter and kissed her on the forehead. Brenda, with five children of her own holding U.S. flags and red, white and blue balloons, folded into his hug.

It was a long embrace that reached back to April 19, 1967.

Gerace and Cope were in a platoon of the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Marines that was on a search and destroy mission when they encountered enemy fire. Cope was one of the first casualties and, as radio man, Gerace made urgent calls for the medical evacuation helicopter.

"Get down here. We have to get him out. He's got a baby daughter he's never seen.

... Don't worry. I'm going to get you out of here ..."

That's how Brenda says Gerace pleaded for a rescue ship as he reassured her father that help was on the way.

The helicopter did arrive, but not before Cope died as Gerace cradled his friend's body in his lap.

Brenda said Gerace is her hero. "I feel (he) fulfilled the promise to get my dad home. I think coming here is bringing some healing for him," she said.

Gerace, 63, of Union City, Calif., is retired from a telecommunications career in the Bay Area. His wife Nancy said he kept the war experience a personal one, refusing to share it even with his sons as they grew up.

But he couldn't get that memory of a baby girl and young wife left alone out of his mind.

"It disturbed him that Cope never got to see his child," Nancy Gerace said.

But Gerace finally admitted that connecting with Cope's widow and daughter was something he needed to do before he died. "It was on his bucket list before there was a 'Bucket List'," his wife said.

But the Geraces had no idea where Cope's family was from, and they were clueless about Brenda and Paula's names, assuming they had married and moved on with their lives.

One of their two sons, Steve Gerace, took on the challenge. He used the internet to find news stories about Cope's death and about his family living in the Tri-Cities. Eventually his search led to Paula Rutherford's family name and the family business, Northwest Rentals, which then was operated by Virgil Rose.

An e-mail to the business, which had been sold, was passed along to Eagle Assisted Living Facility in Richland, where Rose spent his final days. Eagle contacted Rutherford.

"We responded to the e-mail and then we got a letter with pictures," Rutherford said.

The first contact between Gerace and Brenda and her mother was a phone call on Father's Day last year.

"Fred sounded nervous, emotional and anxious. He said, 'I can't believe this day has come,' " Cope-Erwin said.

Gerace said he wasn't sure about making contact. "I didn't want to feel like I was intruding," he said.

Gerace began revisiting the war memories that had been stuffed into his subconscious.

For the first time in four decades, the former Marine decided to attend a reunion of his combat unit last November in Washington, D.C. He wanted to find out more about how to find his fellow soldiers after being out of touch for four decades.

While there, someone encouraged him to be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder. Gerace agreed, believing he had done pretty well in overcoming the effects of his war experiences.

"They said any score over 100 would be a serious case. I figured I would be about a 32. Turned out I was 118," he said.

"So I joined a class. This is part of the journey," he said Friday.

Nancy Gerace embraced Paula Rutherford at the airport and shared a woman-to-woman moment.

"Thank you for bringing Fred," Rutherford said as she gave her a squeeze.

Later, at Union Street Cemetery, Gerace put on his Marine Corps ballcap with service pins as he joined Rutherford, Cope-Erwin, her children and her husband, Eric Erwin, to pay respects at Lance Cpl. Cope's grave.

The family circled around the bronze marker with April 19, 1967, cast on top, then prayed.

"Because of him we are all here today," said Nancy Gerace.

"What amazes me is I only knew him six months," her husband said softly, holding hands with Brenda.

Forty-three years earlier, Marine Cpl. Gerace held onto his buddy until the very end.

On Friday it was as if he never let go.
Tri-City Herald, October 9, 2010

NOTE: Robert "Bob" Cope was KHS Class of 1965

Kennewick principal reflects on return to high school
By Kristi Pihl, Herald staff writer

KENNEWICK -- Kennewick High's new principal is getting back into the swing of high school life.

Van Cummings is off the sidelines after spending several years supporting area schools while working for Educational Service District 123.

Cummings, 58, said his favorite part of his job as ESD director of school improvement was supervising student teachers from Central Washington University in the Alternative Pathways to Teaching program.

He decided that if being in schools was his favorite part of the job, it's what he should be doing.

"Being around the kids is what keeps people here," he said.

Cummings has been an educator for 37 years, including teaching and administrative roles. He has worked in districts in Othello, Dayton, Snoqualmie, Clarkston, Warden and Nampa, Idaho.

Before working for the ESD, he worked at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, helping low-income students whose parents didn't go to college.

Cummings said he got into school administration because of a negative role model and a belief he could do a better job of supporting teachers and students.

"My job is to make everyone else's job easier," he said.

Cummings said his ESD job has prepared him to be a principal by giving him the chance to learn about the recent state initiatives for school improvement and to help schools understand them.

And while Cummings had not directly worked with Kennewick School District before, his wife Anita is a 1971 Kennewick High grad and secretary for the district's federal projects director, former principal Jack Anderson.

Kennewick High School has strong leaders among the teachers and a good administrative staff, Cummings said.

He said the staff and district want to see students succeed, including passing state assessments and improving each year on the Measures of Academic Progress tests.

The district also is focusing on improving its high school graduation rate because it is slightly below the state average, he said. The goal is to get the four-year graduation rate up to 85 percent in the next five years.

Kennewick High School's on-time graduation rate for the 2008-09 school year was about 70 percent, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Cummings said he tries to spend time in classrooms, which shows teachers he values what they do and gets students to know him.

He spent about 10 minutes each in around 25 of the high school's classrooms Friday. Once he visits all 85, he plans to start over again.

When he's not at work, Cummings spends time with his Schnauzer, Ella. When he gets home from work, he said, she is ready for him to throw her a Frisbee.

He and his wife also enjoy spending time on the river in their boat.

Cummings has two sons. Nathan teaches fourth grade at Badger Mountain Elementary. Justin is an Army sergeant who recently returned from his third tour in Iraq. Cummings also has two granddaughters.
Tri-City Herald, September 18, 2010


The ceremony to induct the first-ever group of alumni is set for Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium at Kennewick High School. Free admission to all. The inductees are:
Blanche Dickinson Pratt, class of 1921, posthumous
John Dexter Smith, class of 1943, posthumous
Ray Mansfield, class of 1959, posthumous
Dr. Michael Ferris, class of 1969
Jim Jesernig, class of 1975