Director Emeritus in Memorium


Joel E. Ferris II

 Joel served on the Friends of KSPS Board of Directors for many years and had been the President of the Friends of KSPS Board of Directors for a two year term. Anyone who came in contact with Joel KNEW they were in the presence of someone very special. From the moment you saw those twinkling eyes and heard his infectious, wonderful laugh, you just knew this was a man who loved his "place!"

Joel was a graduate of Harvard College (Class of 1941) with a BA in Economics. After a stint with the Army Air Corps in North Africa during WWII, Joel came back to the place and people he loved so much. He and his wife Mary Jean founded Joel, a retail store. He was a board member of EWSHS off and on since the 1950's,serving as the Board Chair 1991-1994.In addition, he was a President of the Spokane Garden Club, a frequent Meals on Wheels volunteer, a Lector at St. John's Cathedral and a Lay Minister, A former Chair of the Salvation Army Board, the Spokane Music Festival Board and the Greater Spokane Promotional Alliance and Retail Trade Bureau.


We were honored to have him work on our behalf...his belief in us validated our worth because we knew he would never work on behalf of an organization that was just not top drawer. We miss him very much.


Joel Ferris

July 7,1919 - June 17, 2002