Jerry Flora

Trustees rename building to honor Jerry Flora

In honor of Western Washington University President Emeritus Charles J. (“Jerry”) Flora, who passed away late in 2013 at age 85, the WWU Board of Trustees has renamed the marine education building at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes. The new name is the Charles J. (Jerry) Flora Marine Education Building. File photo by Maddy Mixter / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

In honor of Western Washington University President Emeritus Charles J. (“Jerry”) Flora, who passed away late in 2013 at age 85, the WWU Board of Trustees has renamed the marine education building at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes. The new name is the Charles J. (Jerry) Flora Marine Education Building. File photo by Maddy Mixter / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Flora was well-known in the Bellingham community for his children’s television series, “Tide Pool Critters,” which aired locally on KVOS. On behalf of the show, Flora won the Golden Mike Trophy, given to the nation’s best local television program in the interest of youth, in 1963. Flora also led regular beach walks in Whatcom County, on which he’d lead community members in hands-on explorations of area beaches and mudflats. Photo courtesy of WWU Heritage Resources.

Flora. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections.

Western Today staff

In honor of Western Washington University President Emeritus Charles J. (“Jerry”) Flora, who passed away late in 2013 at age 85, the WWU Board of Trustees has renamed a building at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes.

The former Marine Science Education Building will now be known as the Charles J. (Jerry) Flora Marine Education Building. The change was made with a unanimous vote at the trustees' Dec. 12 meeting on campus.


Celebration of life for President Jerry Flora is Memorial Day, May 26

Western Today staff

A grand celebration of the life of erstwhile Western Washington University President Jerry Flora will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Jero Farm in Everson.

Attendees may bring, if they like, an item for a time capsule that Flora's family is making in his honor.

The dress code is casual, but attendees should wear what they like! It's a farm, after all.

For more information, call 360-398-2724 or 360-398-2491 or send an email to Waugh1313@aol.com. Reservations are requested in advance.


New name sought for Bellingham waterfront park

The Bellingham Herald
Could it be Maury Schwartz Beach Park, Jerry Flora Waterfront Park, 12th Man Park, Heron's Landing or Hooligan Beach Park? Or some other name among the nearly 330 submitted to the city of Bellingham for a proposed waterfront park south of the intersection of Pine Street and Cornwall Avenue near Wharf Street.

Seal guts, protests and 'smoke floating' - stories from Jerry Flora

The Bellingham Herald
I first enrolled at what was then called Western Washington State College in 1969, well into the nation's protest years. Western had its share of marches and rallies but remained free of the major rampages that trashed other universities and resulted in injuries and even deaths, notably at Kent State University in 1970. I remember thinking back then that Western President Jerry Flora was pretty cool for letting students vent their political rage while keeping a tactful lid on matters. Flora died at his Everson home on Dec. 22, 2013. He was 85.

Former WWU president, Huxley co-founder Jerry Flora dies at 85

The Bellingham Herald
Former Western Washington University president Charles "Jerry" Flora was remembered as a passionate teacher, a man of integrity and a lover of science after his death Sunday evening, Dec. 22. Flora, 85, died shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday surrounded by family at his home in Everson. He and his wife, Rosemary, had been in a car crash Dec. 16, and on Friday he was brought home with the help of hospice care after his condition deteriorated.

President Shepard sends note on President Flora's passing

Western Today staff

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of President Emeritus Charles J. “Jerry” Flora, who served as Western's president from 1967 to 1975. After a decade as a faculty member in the Biology department, President Flora not only led Western safely through some of its most turbulent times, but oversaw a 60% increase in student enrollment and the creation of four new colleges. His strong leadership was a model of candor and integrity that inspired respect and admiration.


In memoriam: Jerry Flora, 1928 - 2013

Jerry Flora, seen here in 1967, served as WWU president from '67 to '75. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections

Flora was well-known in the Bellingham community for his children’s television series, “Tide Pool Critters,” which aired locally on KVOS. This 1980 photo appears to be from a taping of the show. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections.

President Flora and his wife, Rosemary, chat at an event in 1967. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections.

A WWU student in 1968 reads the issue of The Western Front announcing Flora as Western's new president. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections.

Flora is seen on the steps of Old Main in this photo from September 1970. Photo courtesy of WWU Communications and Marketing

Flora is seen on the steps of Old Main in this photo from September 1970. Photo courtesy of WWU Communications and Marketing

In recent years, Flora was a regular attendee of WWU's opening convocation ceremonies. This photo, from President Shepard's Twitter account, shows Shepard with Flora and Western Foundation Board President Jerry Thon on Sept. 20, 2012.

Matthew Anderson
Western Today editor

Western Washington University President Emeritus Charles J. (“Jerry”) Flora has passed away. He was 85.

Flora served as Western’s eighth president, from 1967 to 1975. During his tenure, Western’s enrollment grew from 6,240 to 10,000, and four colleges -- Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Huxley College of the Environment, the College of Business and Economics and the College of Fine and Performing Arts -- were established.

It was a tumultuous period, both at Western and throughout the nation.


Fred Bassetti, architect and shaper of Seattle: An appreciation

Seattle P-I
Fred Bassetti was central to the shaping of Seattle's skyline and self-image, a player in protecting the Pike Place Market ("an honest place in a phony time") from the ravages of urban redevelopment and the man responsible for distinctive quality architecture on college campuses across Washington. An architect as well as a civic activist through five decades, the Seattle native died Thursday at the age of 96.

Nearly 2,000 graduate at spring commencement

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Roughly 1,975 students graduated from Western Washington University in three spring Commencement ceremonies in Carver Gymnasium on June 15.

Main speakers were Jane Carten (’01 and ’06), president and director of Saturna Capital Corp., Will Braden (’01), a writer and filmmaker, and Shari Campbell (’83), vice president of JayRay.

Don’t starve state parks, board tells lawmakers

Seattle P-I
The board that oversees Washington State Parks has rejected a timetable and demand by legislators that by 2013 the park system get by without money from the state General Fund. “The commission does not believe that state parks can meet its mission or operate at an acceptable level without General Fund (money),” said Joe Taller, chairman of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.