George R. Neal Memorial Scholarship

  • Dear Friends and Family,


    George Raymond Neal considered the Spokane Mountaineers his family and his friends.  He took the mountaineering and rock climbing courses, going on to climb throughout the Northwestern US and Canada.  He climbed and trekked with Jane Schelly and Don Hutchings in Peru.  George climbed in the Ecuadorian Andes (Cotopaxi and Chimborazo) in 1982 and led two expeditions to Denali in Alaska, one in 1985.  As a member of the Spokane Mountaineers, he taught cross country skiing and mountaineering.  He led the rock climbing school for several years and served for several years as a member of the Board of Trustees and was President in 1986.  He was present at the 75th Anniversary Banquet held at the Ridpath Hotel Empire Ballroom on July 28, 1990.  His second love was his teaching career at South Puget Sound; leading and teaching in the Computer Administration program from 1999 until his suffered a sudden, fatal heart attack on June 25, 2013.  He and his wife, Sunny, loved traveling, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and toasting to sunsets with a glass of wine at the end of a day of outdoor activities.  His favorite quote about his experiences in the Mountaineers and life in general was from the Grateful Dead: “What a long, strange trip it has been!” 


    In George’s memory, we are establishing a $75,000 scholarship endowment at the SPSCC Foundation in his name. This endowment will provide scholarships to computer networking students in perpetuity.  We are reaching out to George’s friends, family and colleagues to ask for your support in helping us establish this endowment. George was a person who touched many lives and we all miss him. We hope you will consider honoring George by making a contribution to the George R. Neal Memorial Scholarship.


    Donations can be made to the SPSCC Foundation by mail (2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512) or Please note that you would like to give to the George R. Neal Memorial Scholarship in the “program designation” field. For any questions, please call Tanya Mote, Executive Director for the Foundation at 360-596-3229


    Thank you for helping us honor George and carry on his legacy by helping SPSCC students achieve their educational and career dreams.




    Sunny (Neal) Burns