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Former EWU President Frederickson passes away

He led the transformation of Eastern to a university, the elevation of athletics, Spokane expansion


Last updated 8/7/2020 at 11:08am

Paul Delaney

Former Eastern Washington University President Dr. H. George Fredrickson on the red turf at Roos Field during his induction into the university Hall of Fame in 2011. Fredrickson, who was instrumental in getting the Eagles into the Big Sky Conference as well as establishing an academic presence in downtown Spokane, passed away July 24 at age 86.

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Dr. H. George Frederickson, the lightning rod president who oversaw the transformation of Eastern Washington State College to Eastern Washington University, passed away July 24 at his home in Lawrence, Kan. having just recently turned 86.

Frederickson, a 1961 graduate of Brigham Young University, and who earned his master's in public administration from UCLA and a doctorate down the road at USC, was chosen to replace Emerson Shuck who had served Eastern Washington State College between 1967 to 1976.

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