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William Farden, '50, died July 11. In 1954, while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane, he founded the magazine Fishing and Hunting News. As an outdoor enthusiast, he produced numerous other publications and educational course materials used in hunting education and boating, bicycle, and snowmobile safety. He was also the co-founder of the Outdoor Emporium, a Seattle-based specialty store catering to serious fishing and hunting enthusiasts. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, one stepson, and six grandchildren. Lois (Waldron) McConnell, '50, died March 23. Following her graduation from Whitworth with a degree in Christian education, she married James McConnell, '50, and lived in a variety of locations until his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 1975. She is survived by two daughters, a son, one sister, and five grandchildren. Leslie "Les" Patten, '50, died Aug. 1. He served in Germany and France during World War II and, following his graduation from Whitworth, worked as secretary-treasurer of a family business, Standard Finance Co., until his retirement. An avid tennis player, Patten was a member of the Whitworth Hall of Fame and of the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame Scroll of Honor. He was featured in Sports Illustrated after winning 14 consecutive Spokane men's singles championships. He is survived by his wife, Georgene (Summerson) Patten, '50, one daughter, two sons, and two granddaughters. Joan (Wycoff) Lucas, '53, died Sept. 19. Albert Reasoner, '55, died May 31. He graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1958, and in 1960 he became a missionary in rural Brazil and served remote areas by piloting a single-engine plane. He retired in 1998 and became the pastor of visitation at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church, in Spokane. He is survived by his wife, Cathy (Weber) Reasoner, '55, a son, Donald Reasoner, '80, daughters Nancy (Reasoner) Schiller, '82, Carolyn (Reasoner) Ward, '86, Cristine (Reasoner) Amado, '90, eight grandchildren, and two sisters. Ward Woods, '56, died June 15. A veteran of the Korean War, he spent his entire professional career in retailing. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, four grandchildren, and a brother and sister. Helen Chenoweth-Hage, a member of the Class of 1959 (though she did not graduate from Whitworth), died Oct. 2. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho in 1994, she served three two-year terms in Congress. She was a conservative leader who was dedicated to the principles of limited government. She is survived by a daughter and one grandchild. Edward Unicume, '59, died Sept. 29. He was a teacher and later a principal at Mead Junior High, in Mead, Wash. In 1965, he left the field of education and began a business in property development and management, constructing apartments in Spokane and in the Phoenix, Ariz., area. He is survived by his wife, one son, Mark Unicume, '86, two daughters, one sister, and eight grandchildren.

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