Scholar, Athlete, Advocate

Raphael Guillory ’94, an EWU professor of psychology who made notable contributions as an Eastern scholar, athlete and advocate for Native rights, died on Nov. 29.


Guillory, who grew up on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho, was a standout free safety for the Eagles’ 1993 Big Sky Conference championship team. After earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1994, Guillory went on to earn both a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate in education at Washington State University.

Raphael Guillory
Raphael Guillory

He joined Eastern’s faculty in 2002, and over the course of his career taught coursework in advanced educational psychology, psychology of human relations, developmental theories and applications, and grant-writing. He was widely published in his primary research area of American Indian education, and he delivered numerous scholarly presentations at national conferences.

A dedicated husband and father, he and his wife, Gloria, had five children. He was 49 years old.

“There are no words to express the passing and loss of my dear, beloved husband and the kids’ father,” his wife wrote. “He fought the good fight, he finished the race, and he kept the faith.”