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In Memoriam

Duncan A. Bonjorni, ’51, 1927-2014

Duncan A. Bonjorni, a past president and two-time member of the CWU Alumni Association board of directors, passed away March 31. He was 86.

Bonjorni served as the association board president from 1970-72; vice-president, 1970-72; and past president, 1972-74. He joined and served continuously on the alumni association board between 1962 and 1974. Bonjorni was reappointed in 1995 and served through 2011. He was also a member of the CWU Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee.

Bonjorni established two scholarships: Second Chance—A New Beginning and Silver Sliver scholarships. He was a contributor to the Men and Women of the '50s and alumni board Past Presidents scholarships.

His service and dedication were recognized with the Alumni Association's 1997 Distinguished Alumni award and the university’s Bridge Builder award in 2002.

A 1945 graduate of Ellensburg High School, Bonjorni served in the US Navy before enrolling at the Central Washington College of Education, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education in 1951. That same year he was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Bonjorni went on to earn his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, in 1956, placing in the top 5 percent of his class.

Bonjorni returned to Washington State in 1957, and started his law practice the following year. In addition, he was a municipal court judge for the City of Auburn and judge pro tempore in King County Superior Court.

Larry Burrough, ’69, 1947-2014

"Some people are born to their craft and if anyone was ever born to be a city editor, it was Larry Burrough," said Ed Stover, colleague and former Yakima Herald-Republic reporter, who worked with Burrough at several Seattle-area newspapers.

Burrough led a team at the Orange County Register that won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism for its coverage of fraudulent and unethical practices at the University of California, Irvine.

He grew up in Ellensburg, where he worked at the Ellensburg High School paper and studied political science and journalism at Central Washington State College. Before becoming a reporter, he taught high school English in Montana.

Burrough began his newspaper career at the Yakima Herald-Republic, and worked there 1971-74. He worked at other papers in the Pacific Northwest before heading south, where he became city editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner in the 1980s, assistant managing editor and other roles at the Orange County Register in the 1990s, and managing editor at the Denver Post from 2000 to 2002.

Burrough came to be known as a tough, but fair, editor. But before he scaled the heights in the newsroom, he made a name for himself at the Yakima Herald-Republic with award-winning stories on education and misspending in federal education programs.

Frederick Forde Bassetti – 1917-2013

Seattle architect Fred Bassetti created two of Central’s most unique structures, the Bassetti Complex, a student residential building, and Bouillon Hall and now home to human resources, the departments of communications and mathematics, student support services and information technology.

Bassetti was born in Seattle on January 31, 1917. He received a bachelor of architecture from the University of Washington in 1942 and a master of architecture from Harvard University in 1946.

His work was part of what is now known as the Northwest School, which reflected the influence of the Pacific Northwest climate and landscape on modern design. One of his key design elements was rounded corners, which can be found on many of his structures, including Bouillon and Bassetti. It is said that his inspiration for the Bassetti complex, built in 1966, was the hilltop Italian villages that he visited as a teenager. The Basetti Complex encompasses six residence halls: Beck, Davies, Hitchcock, Meisner, Quigley and Sparks.

On Bouillon Hall, which was built in 1961, the latticework façade was meant to reflect the intertwining academic interests of CWU. The building, originally the library, was named for long-time Ellensburg banker and trustee, Victor Bouillon.

Bassetti earned local and national recognition for his design achievements and for his civic and professional influence. In addition to his 1968 election to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, Bassetti took national honors in his election to the National Academy of Design, and in his 1989 nomination for the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Locally, in 1988 his AIA Seattle colleagues accorded Bassetti the organization's highest honor to an individual architect, the AIA Seattle Medal.

In 2008, the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning added Bassetti's name to the Roll of Honor inscribed on a frieze at Architecture Hall.

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