Clocktower diversity project will add three new panels


    Three new Clocktower panels will be unveiled April 25 as part of a series of events this spring to celebrate the college's 75th anniversary.
    Northwest explorer Juan José Perez, humanitarian / naturalist Floyd Schmoe, and legal advocate Elmer Smith will be recognized for their contributions to Northwest culture.
    According to an inscription on the Clocktower, the honorees "by virtue of their giftedness, have enriched our culture (and are) individuals whose energy and creativity have allowed us to enjoy life more fully."
    Perez (birthdate unknown-1775) is credited as the first non-native discoverer of Washington state. He was a Spanish commander who led the first naval expeditions in 1774 from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest to explore the region. His expeditions allowed Spain to claim all of the Northwest Territory and Alaska until 1819, when it ceded its interests to the United States.
    Perez defended the U.S. against England in its claim for Washington state. Perez and other Spanish explorers

who followed him introduced livestock and crops including apples, onions, beans and wheat into the region and were responsible for building the state's first non-native structures at Neah Bay.

    Schmoe (1895-still living in Seattle) was first a guide, then a park ranger and later the first naturalist at Mt. Rainier National Park during the 1920s. He was a professor at the Universities of Washington and Hawaii.

Floyd Schmoe

    As a humanitarian, Schmoe helped Jews flee Nazi Germany and fought the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II. He helped to establish both the Hiroshima and the Seattle peace parks. If his health permits, Schmoe will be present at the April ceremony.

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