NaDine Tolman

They built a home and a life together in Ellensburg - and traveled the world together collecting memories and mementos. Of those two things, Rosco and NaDine Tolman, now 79 and 85 respectively, treasure the memories the most.

In late 1980, Rosco was a Spanish professor at Central Washington University; NaDine was a CWU secretary who sometimes ate her lunch alone in the cafeteria of the student union building. One day he invited himself to join her.

"I thought she was cute as heck," he says, flashing a smile at NaDine.

"I thought he was intelligent and talented," she counters, smiling back.

When they married in 1981 - a second marriage for both of them - he suggested a summer in Europe. Consider that no surprise.

After all, traveling came second nature to Rosco, a self-described "educational vagabond" who had already spent three years in Mexico for CWU and whose impressive resume includes credits from colleges and universities in six states and three countries.

A sabbatical in 1991-1992 took them to "at least 20 countries," says Rosco who figures he's visited 45 countries over the years. NaDine has been at his side in probably 40 of them.

Fast forward 35 years from the year they married. The couple, who between them have five children, 19 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, still live in the house they built together some three decades ago, a home rich with personal touches. Stones they gathered on Blewett Pass were used for their rock fireplace. A quilt made by a granddaughter drapes a couch in the living room and fastidiously crafted black walnut kitchen cabinets are among the touches that testify to Rosco's talent as a woodworker.

Souvenirs of their travels decorate the home and memories of those travels are vivid. But their days of wandering afar are past. 

NaDine has had two hip replacements and walks with a walker. In the early morning hours of November 12, 2016, she fell, breaking a blood vessel. Her right knee quickly ballooned, filling with blood. The underside of her leg began turning black.

Transported by ambulance to the Emergency Department at KVH Hospital, NaDine had X-rays that showed nothing was cracked or broken. To be cautious, she was admitted to KVH Hospital where a hospitalist, a physician specialist who does not treat patients in private practice but directs inpatient hospital care from the time a patient is admitted until discharge, coordinated her care.

Two days later, NaDine was home and Rosco was giving KVH an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Emergency room staff were "professional, showed real concern, communicated well and kept us informed about what they were doing and what to expect," he says. Hospital staff were "very attentive" and responded immediately says NaDine. She has also received visits from home health nurses and is still receiving in-home physical therapy through KVH.

"Everyone from the people in the emergency room to the people in the hospital to the people who come here have been so nice," Rosco says. "We're impressed by the services she's gotten. Everybody has been wonderful." 

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