Wednesday, October 19, 2005
William Charles Shreeve, 74, of Corvallis, Ore. died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at his home in Corvallis.
He was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Missoula, Mont. to Charles and Maryfrances Shreeve.
He was professor emeritus of Education from Eastern Washington University in Cheney. He received his BA and Master's degrees from the University of Montana in 1954 and 1958, respectively. He received his Ed.D. degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1967.
William grew up in Montana, where his father worked on the railroad and his mother was an elementary school teacher. During his youth, he spent summers working at his uncle's ranch in Gold Creek, Mont. He worked his way through college doing various jobs, including working at the local saw mill, distributing newspapers and delivering for a bottling company. In college he led and coordinated the intramural sports program at the University of Montana.
He married Joanne Guilbault in Missoula on June 2, 1956 and he was very proud of the five children they raised.
From 1955 to 1958, he taught high school math and successfully coached several championship teams in Johnstown, Colo. He then served as principal from 1958 to 1967. From 1967 to 1996, he was on the College of Education faculty at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. He served as Chair of the Department for 24 years.
He was highly respected for his dedication to preparation of school administrators and his creative approaches to marketing teacher education. In 1996, he received the EWU President's Medal Award to recognize his dedication and leadership. He also actively supported education in the community, including serving as Chair of the Levy Committee in Cheney for more than 20 years. In 2002, William and Joanne moved to Corvallis to be close to their children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne; and their five children and their spouses, Robert Shreeve and Cathy, of Pullman, Brad Shreeve of Grandview, Terri Fiez and Tim, of Corvallis, Bill Shreeve and Kristin, of Corvallis and Bruce Shreeve and Anja, of Portland, Ore. He is also survived by his sister, Jean'ne Shreeve of Moscow, Idaho; and 11 grandchildren, Brian and Kate Shreeve, Bryce, Megan, and Miranda Shreeve, Trevor and Tanner Fiez, Kelly and Brandon Shreeve, and Evan and Kaija Shreeve.
A celebration of William's life will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 501 NW 21st Street, Corvallis, Ore.
Those wishing to honor William may contribute to the Benton Hospice Service, 2350 NW Professional Dr., Corvallis, Ore. 97330 or The William C. Shreeve Educational Administration Fellowship, EWU Foundation, 506 F Street, Cheney, Wa. 99004-2402.