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New Pullman walk of fame members will be inducted


August 9, 2018 | View PDF

Three new inductees to the Pullman Walk of Fame will be honored during the 30th Anniversary of the National Lentil Festival, at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18 at the corner of Kamiaken and Main. The Walk of Fame was established in 2003 to honor individuals who have served the Pullman community in a significant way, promoted goodwill, improved the quality of life for Pullman residents or brought acclaim to the area through their contributions. This year’s inductees bring the number of commemorative granite plaques to 108. Each plaque has the names of these individuals inscribed and have been installed in the sidewalks of downtown Pullman. Brochures listing all inductees are available at the Pullman Chamber office. Donations are always accepted for the Walk of Fame program.

This year’s inductees include:

WSU Presidents & Distinguished Members of the WSU Community: Dr. Richard Daugherty- A noted archaeologist, researcher, author and Washington State University emeritus professor, winning many awards and bringing notoriety to Pullman.

Famous Sports Figures: Mike Price- During his 14-year tenure with the Cougars, Hall of Fame coach, Mike Price compiled an 83-77 record, including back-to-back 10-win seasons in his final two years in Pullman.

Distinguished Residents: Ivan and Velma Sayles- Mr. Sayles ran the insurance department for Pullman Grain Growers in 1939 and purchased the business, starting Sayles Insurance in 1944 before consolidating with Downen Insurance in 1985 to become AIA Insurance (currently HUB Insurance). Pullman City Councilman and many other community service roles, including member of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce, was important to Ivan. At age 5, Velma’s family moved to Pullman and she graduated from Pullman High School and attended WSC. Among many other attributes, Velma volunteered with the PTA, 4-H, Campfire Girls and Pullman Hospital Auxiliary.


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