Dr. Ivan Nye, who for many years was a member of the departments of Sociology and Rural Sociology at WSU, died March 1, 2014, at the age of 96. The obituary at the end of this piece was written by former faculty member Dr. Viktor Gecas, who was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Sociology E-News.
Ivan was the Department of Rural Sociology chair who welcomed me to WSU in 1969 and contributed greatly to the start of my career. As the newest faculty member, I soon learned that a half-hour coffee session each morning at 8:30 was more an expectation than a possibility. Ivan, Walter Slocum, and sometimes others, would stop by my small office, and we would walk across the street to the Compton Union Building (CUB).