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In Memoriam

Harry F. Magnuson 1924-2009

Prominent North Idaho businessman and philanthropist Harry F. Magnuson, a stalwart and generous supporter of ISU, died of cardiac arrest Saturday, Jan. 24, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. He was 85.

Magnuson was the president of H.F. Magnuson Company in Wallace, which has interests in mining, banking, investment, real estate, shopping centers, land and the hospitality industry.

Magnuson attended Idaho State University, which was then the University of Idaho-Southern Branch, from 1943 to 1944, graduating from the V-12 College Navy Training program. He was a member and former chair of the ISU College of Business Advisory Council. He served for many years on the ISU Foundation Board of Directors and is a former chairman. He was a member of the ISU Bengal Foundation and previously served on the ISU Alumni Board.

Magnuson received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1991 from ISU, was named Idaho Business Leader of the Year by the ISU Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity in 1984, and was honored by the ISU Alumni Association with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1976.

Magnuson’s generous giving to the University included gifts to support the Harry F. Magnuson Alumni House.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen, three sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.

Carl W. McIntosh 1915-2009

Carl W. McIntosh, Ph.D., seventh president of Idaho State University, died of natural causes Monday, Jan. 19, at his home in Bozeman, Mont. He was 94.

McIntosh served from 1946-1959, when ISU was transitioning from the University of Idaho-Southern Branch to become Idaho State College. As interim president, his advocacy and testimony before the 1947 Idaho Legislature was instrumental in establishing Idaho State as a four-year institution. He was appointed dean of the college, while John R. Nichols was the first president. Nichols resigned in the fall of 1946 and the State Board of Education named McIntosh president.

Under McIntosh’s leadership, Idaho State developed a four-year curriculum and supported students in their effort to raise funds to build a million-dollar student union at no cost to the state.

“Mac,” as most who knew him called him, began his career at ISU as a speech and debate teacher. He served in the Army from 1943 and returned to campus in 1946.

Born in Redlands, Calif., he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. He was a champion college debater.

After leaving ISU, he was president of California State University-Long Beach from 1959 to 1969, and president of Montana State University from 1970 to 1977.

McIntosh is survived by his daughter, Diana McIntosh, and grandchildren, Christopher Kauppi and Erika Kauppi. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Carroll McIntosh.

Clark Carlile 1913-2009

Emeritus faculty member Clark Carlile, who taught speech and communications at Idaho State from 1947-1973, died Feb. 7 at the age of 96.

Carlile came to Idaho State College in its first year in 1947, beginning a career and a life that would benefit countless people through his teaching, personality, friendship and service.

He organized Idaho State’s required freshman speech program, which he directed for 23 years while teaching other public address courses. He gave generously to the University.

In 1948, in addition to teaching at Idaho State University, he and his wife, Flora, established Clark Publishing Company, which they owned and operated for 43 years. Their textbooks were used throughout the United States, Canada and other countries.

Carlile loved the Idaho outdoors and had a number of business interests in southeast Idaho.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State College in Kansas, and a master’s degree from the Colorado State University College of Education and pursued a Ph.D. in speech.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and three brothers. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Carmen Larkin of Junction City, Kansas, and numerous nephews and nieces. The Clark and Flora Carlile Scholarship Fund was established before his death through the Idaho State University Foundation.

Frances Bliesner

Frances “Frankie” Bliesner, 76, of Jerome, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at the St. Benedict’s Family Medical Center in Jerome.

She was born September 15, 1931, at Twin Falls, the daughter of Harold and Vada Clark Bliesner. Frankie was a graduate of Eden High School in 1949, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from Idaho State University in 1953. She then moved to Colorado, where she attended the University of Denver, graduating with her Master of Arts degree in 1958. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Oregon in 1979.

Frankie worked at various playhouses, spending 1957 through 1960 at the Pasadena Playhouse. She was highly regarded in theater circles. One paper stated, “she is a force to be reckoned with in costuming circles” because of her abilities and skills at sewing.

For a time Frankie was a costume designer at the University of Utah. She moved to Pocatello, where she was a professor in the fine arts department for 29 years and produced many costumes and plays. Frankie was a highly-esteemed professor who influenced the lives of her many students during her years teaching.