Sarah Weems ’66

20 March 2008

Class: 1966

Major: English

Deceased: March 3, 2008

From the Moscow (ID) – Pullman (WA) Daily News:Sarah Molyneaux Weems died in the Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax, Wash., on March 3, 2008. Sarah’s untimely death at less than 63 years of age resulted from a pervasive and incurable brain cancer, which eventually spread throughout her body. Sarah retained her incisive mental acuity and physical vigor for nearly 12 months while undergoing three craniotomy/resections and various radiation-chemo therapies, followed by increasing limitations during the next 10 months. Sarah died peacefully after being in a coma for 10 to 12 hours, resigned to her inability to regain a meaningful quality of life.Sarah is survived by her spouse, Doyle McClure of Colfax; mother, Dorothy Weems; brother, George Weems IV, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Janet Uteg of Hartwell, Ga.; stepchildren Kerin and Robert McClure, and a host of nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.After graduating from high school in Neodesha, Kan., (1962), Sarah received a BA in English from Carleton College (1966), an MA in Greek from the University of Missouri (1970), completed coursework for a PhD in Classical Greek and Latin and Classical Archeology at U of M (1974), and completed the PhD degree in 1981.This degree sequence was interleaved with a college-year-abroad in Greece (1964), teaching English at Parsons College (1967), a Fulbright Fellowship to do archeology in Greece (1970-71), faculty instructor teaching Greek at Louisiana State University (1975), technical editing for Masters and Johnston (1976-79), where she co-edited the book, “Ethical Issues in Sex Therapy and Research.” Then 2 1/2 years of self-sustained living on the remote coast of British Columbia, Canada, where Sarah completed her PhD dissertation, “Greek Grammatical Papyri: The School Texts” (1981), since used by many other scholars. Sarah then became a technical editor for the American Journals of Roentgenology and Neuroradiology in Seattle, Wash., (1982-1985).After marrying Doyle McClure in 1985, Sarah taught Latin at the Bush School in Seattle (1985-87), then acquired a master’s degree in teaching English and, upon moving to Sedro-Woolley, Wash., taught English literature, including advanced courses of Greek and Latin in English Translation, at the Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., (1993-2000).Sarah was a serious practitioner of baroque and medieval music, mastering a half-dozen recorders, ranging from┬ásoprano┬áto bass, and performing with several groups in both Western and Eastern Washington.Sarah’s other activities included outreach speaker and newsletter editor for The Nature Conservancy of Washington, training for and performing music for the ill and dying at nursing homes in Sedro-Woolley and Colfax, providing companionship for Wilma Carpenter McClure for 17 years until her death at 102 years of age in 2002, then essential care for her own mother (2003-08).Many Colfax residents will recall Sarah’s courageous fight against debilitating cancer, beginning with vigorous three-mile walks accompanied by her prancing German Shorthair Pointer, Molly, then slowing but still combating her increasing limitations. A Sarah Weems Memorial Fund to benefit deserving music students in Colfax schools is being set up for those who may wish to make a charitable gift to honor Sarah’s memory.

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  • 2015-02-05 15:19:09
    Tom Hinckley

    From the Moscow (ID) - Pullman (WA) Daily News:

    Sarah Molyneaux Weems died in the Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax, Wash., on March 3, 2008. Sarah's untimely death at less than 63 years of age resulted from a pervasive and incurable brain cancer, which eventually spread throughout her body. Sarah retained her incisive mental acuity and physical vigor for nearly 12 months while undergoing three craniotomy/resections and various radiation-chemo therapies, followed by increasing limitations during the next 10 months. Sarah died peacefully after being in a coma for 10 to 12 hours, resigned to her inability to regain a meaningful quality of life.

    Sarah is survived by her spouse, Doyle McClure of Colfax; mother, Dorothy Weems; brother, George Weems IV, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Janet Uteg of Hartwell, Ga.; stepchildren Kerin and Robert McClure, and a host of nieces, nephews, and stepgrandchildren.

    After graduating from high school in Neodesha, Kan., (1962), Sarah received a BA in English from Carleton College (1966), an MA in Greek from the University of Missouri (1970), completed coursework for a PhD in Classical Greek and Latin and Classical Archeology at U of M (1974), and completed the PhD degree in 1981.

    This degree sequence was interleaved with a college-year-abroad in Greece (1964), teaching English at Parsons College (1967), a Fulbright Fellowship to do archeology in Greece (1970-71), faculty instructor teaching Greek at Louisiana State University (1975), technical editing for Masters and Johnston (1976-79), where she co-edited the book, "Ethical Issues in Sex Therapy and Research." Then 2 1/2 years of self-sustained living on the remote coast of British Columbia, Canada, where Sarah completed her PhD dissertation, "Greek Grammatical Papyri: The School Texts" (1981), since used by many other scholars. Sarah then became a technical editor for the American Journals of Roentgenology and Neuroradiology in Seattle, Wash., (1982-1985).

    After marrying Doyle McClure in 1985, Sarah taught Latin at the Bush School in Seattle (1985-87), then acquired a master's degree in teaching English and, upon moving to Sedro-Woolley, Wash., taught English literature, including advanced courses of Greek and Latin in English Translation, at the Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., (1993-2000).

    Sarah was a serious practitioner of baroque and medieval music, mastering a half-dozen recorders, ranging from soparetto to bass, and performing with several groups in both Western and Eastern Washington.

    Sarah's other activities included outreach speaker and newsletter editor for The Nature Conservancy of Washington, training for and performing music for the ill and dying at nursing homes in Sedro-Woolley and Colfax, providing companionship for Wilma Carpenter McClure for 17 years until her death at 102 years of age in 2002, then essential care for her own mother (2003-08).

    Many Colfax residents will recall Sarah's courageous fight against debilitating cancer, beginning with vigorous three-mile walks accompanied by her prancing German Shorthair Pointer, Molly, then slowing but still combating her increasing limitations. A Sarah Weems Memorial Fund to benefit deserving music students in Colfax schools is being set up for those who may wish to make a charitable gift to honor Sarah's memory.

     

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