Keith Eugene Eide, professor emeritus of music, died May 12 at his home in Anacortes, Washington, at age 80.
Eide, growing up in South Dakota, began his music career early with trumpet lessons in fifth grade. He participated in a performing trumpet trio while in junior high and organized a 12-member dance band during high school. He received his master’s degree in music at the University of South Dakota in 1957 and an honorary doctor of music degree from Warner Pacific College in 1974.
After directing high school band programs in Iowa, Alaska, and Washington, Eide joined Lewis & Clark in 1965 as director of bands and music education. In that position he was active in professional associations of band directors and music educators. Eide retired in 1985 and returned to Anacortas. There, in 1993, he organized the North Cascades Concert Band, which continues to perform concerts.
Eide, who physically resembled John Philip Sousa, enjoyed portraying Sousa in concerts patterned after those of the legendary bandmaster, including wearing a band uniform copied from photographs of Sousa.
Survivors include his wife, four children, three stepchildren, nine grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Edward “Ted” Stevens Smith, friend of the college who served as a trustee from 1974 to 1982, died April 9 at age 89.
Smith was born in China, where he attended Western schools and studied languages, becoming fluent in French, German, and Spanish by age 15. He attended Stanford University and played baseball there before serving as a major in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He met and married his wife, Joan, during the war.
In 1960 Smith and his family moved to Portland, where he oversaw the development of the export business at Omark Industries. In the 1970s, he became CEO and chairman of Omark, a position he held until he retired in 1985. Smith served the community on several boards in addition to Lewis & Clark’s including Key Bank, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Georgia Gulf Corporation.
He loved sports, most of all golf, and was an avid reader, but especially treasured time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, their three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Charles Cooke Spalding, Lewis & Clark life trustee, died March 15 at his home in Waikiki, Hawai’i, after a long illness. He was 89.
Spalding grew up in Hawai’i, graduated from Yale University, and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1946 he joined the Hawai’i firm C. Brewer & Company, where he served as assistant secretary from 1950 to 1961. Beginning in 1961, Spalding held several positions at Hawaiian Insurance & Guaranty Company; he was president from 1962 to 1967.
At the head of what Spalding called his “extracurricular activities” was his long dedication to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai’i. He took the idea for the youth service organization from the mainland to his home state, where he oversaw its founding from charter in 1960 through fund-raising, legal work, acquiring a site, forming a board, planning and overseeing clubhouse construction, hiring a staff, and planning programs. The program was up and running in 1976. He was active in many other community affairs and enjoyed playing tennis, hunting, fishing, and raising and showing vizsla dogs.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; sons Charles Spalding Jr. and Stephen Spalding B.S. ‘80; a stepson; and three grandchildren.
Sheri Hays, administrative coordinator in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, died February 19 after living with cancer for six and a half years. Hays joined the Lewis & Clark staff in 1999 and worked in the teacher education program.
Survivors include her husband, Ron, and sons Robert Hays B.A. ‘07 and Richard Hays B.A. ‘09.
Robert B. Pamplin Sr., Lewis & Clark life trustee who had served as board chair twice during his long association with the college, died June 24 at his home in Portland. He was 97.
The service and philanthropy of Pamplin and his family have helped shape Lewis & Clark since he first joined the Board of Trustees in 1956. His son, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, also became a member of the board and served as chair for the first half of the 1990s. He is currently a life trustee.
Pamplin Sports Center, named for the elder Pamplin, has for four decades hosted stately, festive, scholarly, and competitive events. The building, which opened in 1969, has seen Lewis & Clark community members applaud hundreds of college, graduate, and law students as they walked across the stage at commencement; cheer for the Pioneer basketball teams; dance the hula at the annual Hawaiian lu’au; contemplate weighty issues of the day during special symposia; and pursue fitness in the gym, weight room, and aerobics room. The facility also houses a training room, theatre-style classroom, locker rooms, and staff offices.
Born in Virginia, Pamplin graduated from Virginia Tech University in 1933 and went to work as an accountant for a small start-up company named Georgia Hardwood Lumber. He retired in 1976 as CEO, having led the enterprise to international prominence as Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He and Robert Pamplin Jr. then started the R.B. Pamplin Corporation, a holding company whose operations include concrete, sand, and gravel mining; asphalt paving; and textile manufacturing.
Pamplin Sr. has been credited with helping to establish the modern era of the forest products industry in Oregon; the Oregonian called him “among the last of a generation of Northwest timber industry titans.” He was the recipient of many honors, among them Lewis & Clark’s Aubrey Watzek Award, honoring citizens who pioneered in their respective fields and who enriched the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon.
As former President Tom Hochstettler noted, “The Pamplin name is synonymous with distinctive philanthropy in support of excellence. Mr. Pamplin believed deeply in the power of education to transform lives. His legacy challenges each of us to use and develop our skills in ways that fulfill the promise of education.”
Pamplin served on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1968 and again from 1969 to 1979, chairing the board during the years 1963-68 and 1977-79.
“Bob was a very supportive and strong-minded individual,” remembers Fred Fields, life trustee and retired president and CEO of Coe Manufacturing Company. “I always admired his business acumen and his generosity. He played a key role in helping Lewis & Clark move into a stronger position in the educational field.”
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Robert B. Pamplin Jr. and Marilyn Pamplin; two granddaughters, Amy Pamplin North and Anne Pamplin-Evenson, and their husbands; and three great-grandsons. His wife, Katherine Reese Pamplin, died in December 2008.
A memorial service took place in Agnes Flanagan Chapel on June 26.
Donations in Robert B. Pamplin Sr.’s memory may be made to Agnes Flanagan Chapel.