‘She Inspired Us All’: CWU Music Lecturer Dies After COVID-19 Battle | New

ELLENSBURG, Washington – The Central Washington University (CWU) community mourns the loss of one of their own.

Longtime academic and music teacher Maria Roditeleva-Wibe, 58, died after fight COVID-19 October 2. Roditeleva-Wibe worked at the university for over 20 years, having an eternal impact on thousands of students.

“She was very passionate about pushing her students to really learn and grow as much as they could,” said Austin Clark, a CWU student, who was taking two classes at Roditeleva-Wibe this fall. “She showed the other faculty in the department that it’s okay to subject your students to a rigor and that you can unleash the potential of a lot of people by doing so. She inspired us all in this way.”

From an early age she loved music, even attending a school for musically gifted children. According to her obituary, after graduating from a regional conservatory in Bashkivia, an autonomous division in south-central Russia, she obtained a doctorate in world music in St. Petersburg, specializing in Russian folk music.

According to her obituary, in 1999, she became an exchange professor at the CWU, where she began teaching music theory, musical history, classroom piano, and word music. In 2006, the CWU awarded Roditeleva-Wibe the “Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Education”. In 2013, she received the “Distinguished Teaching Award” to honor her outstanding contribution to the academic life of the CWU.

KHQ contacted the university who declined to make a statement.

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