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In Memoriam

Honoring those who made lasting impacts on EOU

Howard Bailey
Howard Bailey

Howard Bailey, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Bailey was born Nov. 5, 1925 in Iowa and after a life of activities and accomplishments, passed away in Island City on Oct. 15, 2021. Dr. Bailey served in the U.S. Army from 1944-46. He later earned his doctorate of mathematics and began teaching math and computer sciences at Eastern, starting in 1957 and retiring in 1983. During his tenure, he served as the chairman of the math department and director of computer sciences. Dr. Bailey continued working under contract for the University through 1990, providing training and support to staff as new computers were set up.

In addition to his great service to the University, Howard was involved in numerous professional organizations and was instrumental in the organization of the Oregon Council of Computer Education (now known as the National Council for Computer Education) as well as growing the organization which would become the Northwest Council for Computer Education.

Dr. Bailey married Victoria “Vickie” (Montes) Bartmess in June of 1974 and the two enjoyed being active with their horses on pack trips throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Vickie also worked at Eastern for many years and fondly described Howard as having helped personnel “give up the typewriters,” working through the “many tears shed!” She noted her husband as being ‘integral in bringing computers to the college campus.’

Throughout his life, Dr. Bailey remained active in a variety of organizations, launching the Blue Mountain Back Country Horsemen (now, Blue Mountain Back Country Riders), the Oregon Back Country Horsemen, Union County Search and Rescue, American Diabetes Association Oregon Trail Chapter, Blue Mountain Humane Association, volunteer of the Memorial Library, and more.

Eastern Oregon University would like to recognize Dr. Howard Bailey, Professor Emeritus, and thank him for his many years of service and tremendous accomplishments he brought to Eastern. We are proud and honored to have him and his wife as part of the Mountaineer family.

Vickie Bailey passed away on January 13, 2023, still continuing to support the work of EOU and the EOU Foundation.

Doug Campbell
Doug Campbell

J. Douglas Campbell, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Campbell was born Feb. 28, 1938 in California and passed away in La Grande on Jan. 16, 2023. After having earned a doctorate degree from Oregon State University, Campbell moved to La Grande in 1962 where he spent 39 years teaching organic chemistry at Eastern Oregon University. In June of 1986, Campbell married Carol Hofmann.

After a long and successful career of teaching, Doug and Carol opened the beloved and charming ‘McGlasson’s Stationery’ store in downtown La Grande for many years before the two fully embraced retirement. Doug was active in many organizations throughout the community including the La Grande Downtown Association, the community choir and Blue Mountain Barbershop singers, Lions Club, American Chemical Society, Alpha Kappa Psi, as well as Sigmi Xi. He devoted his time to the United Methodist Church and the Wallowa Lake Methodist Church Camp. He loved traveling and conducted a sabbatical in Kenya, and truly loved hiking, hiking and climbing mountains to spending nearly every day on the hills near La Grande.

Eastern Oregon University would like to recognize Dr. J. Douglas Campbell, Professor Emeritus, and thank him for his many years of service and tremendous accomplishments he brought to Eastern. We are proud and honored to have him and his family as part of the Mountaineer family.

Robert “Bob” Moody

Robert and Bev Moody
Robert and Bev Moody

Bob Moody, longtime supporter of EOU and past president of the EOU Foundation, as well as a wonderful community partner, passed on December 28, 2022 at the age of 90.

Moody and his wife, Bev, came to La Grande in 1974, when he was asked to be the publisher of The Observer, a position in which he served until 1997. Moody worked in the newspaper industry since 1943, at age 11, when he started as a carrier and was later promoted to a director position while still in high school. Les Schwab, who founded one of the nation’s most successful tire companies, provided career guidance to Moody during his early career days when Moody worked for Schwab. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-54 and returned to the newspaper business once again.

Just as much as his career was impacted by his friendly, kind, and caring demeanor, was his role and service with community organizations. He served as a member of the Union Co. Chamber of Commerce, an active Boy Scout volunteer, the Union Co. Youth Services Commission Board, the Union Co. Smoke Management Committee, the La Grande Community Library Foundation, and the EOU Foundation’s executive board for many years.

Bob and Bev established the “Bob and Bev Moody Scholarship” with the EOU Foundation to support single parents in achieving their dream of a college education.  The two, married over 67 years, recognize the ever-changing world for technology and education, alike, and were intent on helping people who need help.

Sam Saunders, Ph.D.

Sam Saunders
Sam Saunders

Dr. Saunders was born on February 24, 1931, and passed on January 22, 2023, leaving a legacy of passion, enthusiasm, and wide range of interests.

Dr. Sam Saunders and his wife established a scholarship with the EOU Foundation, the Sam C. and Ruth Ann Saunders Scholarship, to support students pursuing studies in science, technology, and mathematics. Born in Richland, Oregon, Sam’s intellectual gifts were noticed from an early age. He attended Eastern Oregon University (then, “College”), graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree, and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Washington in 1952. Two years later, Sam met his wife, Ruth Ann, and the two married in 1954.

Saunders spent many years working for Boeing in the Scientific Research Laboratories (BSRL) with many contributions to theories regarding aircrafts, before joining Washington State University as a faculty in 1972 until his retirement in 1996.

Outside of work, Dr. Saunders had many interests, including the science and metallurgy of Japanese katana, even organizing exhibits of Samurai Art and Armor at both WSU and the Bellevue Art Museum. He was also a devoted and respectful member of the Porsche Club, enjoying the craftsmanship and engineering of the cars. He was a Shakespearean and could recite many sonnets from memory alone. Dr. Saunders was also a fan and lover of music and opera, which he enjoyed with his wife.