PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University officially renamed a campus building Saturday to honor the life of Seattle television news anchor Kathi Goertzen.
Friends and family gathered for a ceremony to formally rename a building as the Kathi Goertzen Communication Addition. The 54-year-old journalist at KOMO-TV died last year following a lengthy, public battle with brain tumors.
Goertzen was a 1980 graduate of WSU and was a key figure in the formation of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
“We honor Kathi in the most fitting manner, by paving the path for a new generation of students,” said Murrow College Founding Dean Lawrence Pintak. “In Kathi’s honor we pledge to create a new generation of students armed with the latest technology, yet steeped in the traditions of Edward R. Murrow. It’s what we believe she would have wanted.”
At the ceremony, Kathi Goertzen’s parents, two daughters, and her husband Rick Jewett who spoke of how Kathi always kept a special place in her heart for her alma mater.
WSU was her family, for her love of the Cougs was pure and sincere,” said Jewett. “Our family is hugely proud to be here right now to honor Kathi and to honor WSU, and we know that this building and all the teaching and learning that's going to go on inside is going to keep Kathi's love for the Cougars alive."