Each spring, Whitworth bids adieu to retirees who've made the university what it is. Their absence is always felt and mourned, but they would be the first to tell you that the university is blessed with a strong mission and an excellent reputation that attracts new faculty and staff who keep Whitworth vibrant and strong and moving in the direction that George Whitworth set for his namesake institution more than 127 years ago.
Whitworth said farewell to 33 retirees (listed below, with years of service following each name) in 2016-17. Just add up the number of institutional years put in by these dedicated folks. Take Vic Bobb, a devoted English professor and a prolific writer, who has probably written the equivalent of several War and Peace-length novels during his tenure here. And Dayna Coleman Jones, who has been leading students and making lifelong friends for 30 years. And Warren Friedrichs, who led Whitworth's men's basketball team to the 1996 NAIA national championship game, then went on to a second act as coach to a gaggle of great golfers. Just these three retirees represent 91 years of institutional history. They, and all their fellow retirees, will be missed.