Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Sept. 5, 2006

Fallen Whitworth Alum to be Honored in Sept. 9 Memorial Service on Campus

WHO: Family members, friends and former professors will gather to remember 2004 Whitworth alum and U.S. Army First Lt. Forrest P. Ewens, who was killed in action on June 16 while leading his soldiers on a combat mission in Afghanistan's Pech River Valley.

Ewens, a history major and captain of the 2004 track team at Whitworth, participated as a student in the ROTC's Bulldog Battalion, a combined Whitworth/Gonzaga University training unit for future military officers. After graduation, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.  He and his wife, First Lt. Megan Jagelski Ewens (Gonzaga, '03), were stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., the base from which he was deployed to Afghanistan.

WHAT: A memorial service will be held to honor Ewens and to support his family and friends in the Whitworth, Gonzaga and Spokane communities. Whitworth President Bill Robinson and Gonzaga Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Allen Patty will open the service.  Tributes will be offered by Whitworth Professor of History Dale Soden, Whitworth Head Men's Track Coach Toby Schwarz, Bulldog Battalion Student Chaplain Colin Robeson, and Gonzaga Asst. Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Alan Westfield.

WHEN: 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9

WHERE: Seeley G. Mudd Chapel, Whitworth College


Toni Sutherland, Whitworth chapel, (509) 777-4345 or tsutherland@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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