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David Terwische

Eastern Washington U. professor

David Terwische, professor of electronic media and film at Eastern Washington U., died June 24 of lung cancer. He was 59.

Terwische taught at the university for the last 20 years and had previously been a professor at the U. of Arizona and at Southern Illinois U. He had taken the winter and spring quarters off from teaching to write a screenplay and discovered he had cancer.

Through his teachings, Terwische helped launch hundreds of video and film production careers. His students have gone on to become sports announcers, television producers and sitcom writers.

News of Terwische’s death spread through the film industry and memorials are skedded in Seattle and Los Angeles. Among his former students are Tom Blomwuist, writer for skeins “The A-Team” and “Kung-Fu”; Tim Kelleher, producer for UPN’s “Rock Me Baby”; and Robert K. Weiss, producer of “The Naked Gun” features.

The Los Angeles celebration will be held at the Marina Del Ray Chart House 2 p.m. on Saturday .

Donations to the David Terwische Scholarship Fund can be made through the Eastern Washington U. Foundation.

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