Donald R. Kresse B.S. ’51, June 23, 2009, age 86. Born in Hood River, Kresse was a dedicated outdoorsman who loved fishing, camping, climbing, and skiing in the Cascades. He was active in mountain rescue activities and helped organize the Portland Mountain Rescue program. Kresse’s college career began at the University of Oregon and was interrupted by service in Italy during World War II. He returned home a decorated veteran, enrolled at Lewis & Clark to study education, and taught in the Beaverton School District for 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; sons Peter and Doug and their wives; and four grandchildren.
Toshi Hasuike B.S. ’55, June 12, 2009, age 83. Hasuike was born in Tigard. He became a psychiatrist and practiced at Dammasch State Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Ochiyo; son, Michael; and daughter, Susan Kaufmann.
Lawrence William Fisher B.A. ’56, June 19, 2009, age 78. Fisher was born in Portland and graduated from Beaverton High. He served in the Army Signal Corps in Korea from 1950 to 1953. Fisher worked for Willamette Industries, then was an insurance agent for 20 years before retiring. Survivors include his sister and granddaughter; he was also close to his church family at Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond.
Anne Dew Brown B.A. ’60, May 18, 2009, age 69, at home in Garden City, Kansas. Brown grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. Moving around with her husband, a Presbyterian minister with the U.S. Navy, she held various positions including purchasing agent and then applications engineer with an equipment company and, later, fluid power instructor and curriculum developer for another company. Brown moved to Garden City in 1993 to work for the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center, assisting small manufacturers across western Kansas. She retired in January 2008 to establish her own marketing consultation firm. She was active in professional organizations and served on the Lewis & Clark Alumni Board from 1991 to 1997. Survivors include her children, Carey Leigh Brown, of St. Louis, and Paul Scott Brown, of Juniata, Nebraska, and brother, Theodore Patrick Dew, of Pinedale, Wyoming.
Chris Vander Kley B.A. ’71, March 15, 2008, age 59, following a long battle with cardiopulmonary disease. As a theatre student at Lewis & Clark, Vander Kley starred in several productions but particularly focused on theatre art design. After graduation he was chief set designer at the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, Minnesota, before returning to his hometown of Cottage Grove in 1974. There he went into business as Vander Kley Construction. His career as a general contractor enabled him to bring his own artistic stamp to designing and building each home—which he saw as “the stage on which one lives one’s life.” Survivors include his mother and father, Patty and Mike Vander Kley; former wife, Tina Barry; and two brothers and their wives and children.
Nicholas Drakulich J.D. ’75, February 5, 2009, at home, of cancer. Drakulich was born and raised in Portland, graduating from David Douglas High School and Willamette University before attending Lewis & Clark Law School. He married, raised his family, and built a law practice in Portland. He retired in March 2008. Drakulich coached basketball and baseball and loved watching his children play sports. He went fly-fishing around the world, most recently in Argentina, but most enjoyed spending time at a cabin on the Deschutes River in central Oregon. Survivors include his wife, Elaine; sons, Nick and Scott; and daughter, Corrie.
Shirley Boucher B.A. ’77, June 30, 2009, age 61, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Convent in Mobile, Alabama. Sister Shirley was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, the Catholic order that occupied the former Corbett estate, just south of the Lewis & Clark campus, at the time. (The property became part of the campus in 2000.) After earning her bachelor’s degree in education at Lewis & Clark, she went on to obtain an M.A. in education at the University of San Francisco and to publish several articles in educational journals. Her interest in science led her to participate in special activities with NASA; she also ministered in Oregon, California, and Washington, and in a refugee camp in Zambia. In Alabama for the past 16 years, she taught and served as vice principal at Most Pure Heart of Mary School. Survivors include her three sisters and her Franciscan family.
Carol Jones J.D. ’85, December 26, 2008, age 53, in McMinnville, from breast cancer. Jones grew up in the Beaverton area and earned her bachelor’s degree at Southern Oregon University. She practiced law in Hillsboro and was executive director of Yamhill County Defenders from 1999 to 2004, before she was appointed and subsequently elected to the bench. Jones was active in organizations supporting nature and animals. She served on the board of Henderson House, danced with the Royal Scottish Dance Society, and enjoyed diving, playing the piano, gardening, hiking, and whitewater rafting. Survivors include her husband, David Johns; a daughter; her father; and three brothers.
Margaret Ruth Raker J.D. ’94, May 20, 2009, age 58, in Portland, of cancer. Raker, an Oregon assistant attorney general, was born in Anchorage and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Albright College and earned a master’s in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University. Raker moved to Portland in 1979 to work as a nutrition education specialist for Portland Public Schools, but after some years, decided to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. Following her graduation, Raker clerked for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Welch. In 1999 she joined the Oregon Department of Justice, where she worked in the Child Advocacy Section, representing the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Division of Child Support. Survivors include her sister, Virginia, and her daughters, Patricia Laskey, of Nashville, and Laura Laskey, of Portland.
Volney Emmert Faw, professor emeritus of psychology, died September 10, 2009, at age 96.
Faw met his wife of 72 years, Maurine, in his first week at La Verne College in California. The two gained distinction on the college debate team, and in 1936 they were married. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Chicago, and later completed a postdoctoral fellowship there, supported by a Ford Foundation grant.
In 1946, Faw accepted a teaching position in psychology at Lewis & Clark; he served on the faculty until his retirement in 1977. During his career he was noted for his published research on effective teaching techniques; he often based his work on the principles of client-centered therapy espoused by his mentor and friend, Carl Rogers. He maintained a clinical practice and also founded a program to prepare underachieving high school students for college.
Faw was a diplomate in clinical and experimental hypnosis and served as president of the Portland Academy of Hypnosis. Lewis & Clark alumni remember him introducing them to self-hypnosis as a technique for overcoming performance anxiety, particularly in his statistics and experimental design classes.
Throughout his 32-year retirement Faw remained active, physically and mentally. He exercised regularly until the last week of his life and continued his learning, writing, and philosophizing. He stayed current on politics and often wrote letters to the Oregonian about U.S. foreign policy and taxation. He maintained a firm belief in humanity and the importance of individuals to “express what nature made them to be.”
Survivors include his sons, Terry Faw B.S. ’65 and Rex Faw; daughter, Penny Barrett; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, June Morrell, of Springdale, Washington.
Jason Philip Canfield CAS ’10 died suddenly August 4, 2009, at age 20. Canfield, a political science major, intended to study law in California following graduation.
Growing up in Southern California, Canfield displayed talents in academics, music, and athletics. He played the clarinet in the Westlake High School marching band and concert band, and was a competitive rock climber. He enjoyed fashion modeling and spending summers in Oregon with his grandparents.
Survivors include his parents, Lingzhou and Philip Canfield of Thousand Oaks, California; his grandfather, Charles Canfield of Portland; and his grandmother, Marilyn Miller of Corvallis.
Kris Kerstiens, a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, died October 31, 2009, of respiratory complications from H1N1 flu. The 25-year-old Kerstiens, who was called “Chewie” by his friends, had planned to teach history.
According to his family, Kerstiens had been vibrant and healthy until he became ill with the flu on October 18. He was admitted to Meridian Park Hospital a week later, but his condition continued to worsen.
A graduate of Beaverton High School, where he played football, Kerstiens earned his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University. He was curious and passionate about his interests, including baking bread, brewing beer, and traveling the world.
Survivors include his parents, Kevin and Joyce Kerstiens, and a younger sister, Kelsey.
Shirley Randall Johansen, a member of the law school staff since 2001, died on June 3, 2009. At Lewis & Clark she worked in Business Law Programs and the business services office.
Born in Portland in 1930, Johansen graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947 and attended the University of Oregon, where she met her future husband, Alan.
Johansen’s involvement with the legal community and with the law school went back much longer than her nearly eight years on staff. She had worked 50 years in the Oregon legal community before joining Lewis & Clark. Her son is Law Professor Steve Johansen J.D. ’87. At one time there were three generations of Johansens at the law school, including Shirley Johansen’s granddaughter Becca Johansen J.D. ’08.
Survivors include her daughters, Kristen and Randi, both of Beaverton; son, Steve, of Portland; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Dean Sempert B.S. ’49, professor emeritus of health and physical education, died July 27, 2009, at age 86. He was Lewis & Clark’s head basketball coach from 1963 until he retired in 1989. In his 26 years as head coach, Sempert led the Pioneers to the top of the Northwest Conference five times.
In the August 18 Oregonian, columnist Steve Duin eulogized Sempert for his coaching career and his many volunteer activities in retirement. One of Sempert’s former players quoted by Duin was state senator Rick Metsger B.S. ’72, M.A.T. ’75. Metsger, who also spent three years as Sempert’s assistant coach, said, “I think he was born to coach … but basketball was just the arena that gave Dean the opportunity to reach out to other people and make them believe in themselves.”
Sempert began his college education at the University of Oregon, but was drafted into the U.S. Army after only two terms. He was diagnosed with a lung tumor while in the service and spent more than a year in the hospital. In fall of 1946 he experienced what he believed to be a spiritual healing when the tumor completely disappeared.
In January 1947 Sempert entered Lewis & Clark and immediately began to play basketball. He was captain of the 1948–49 L&C championship basketball team, capturing the college’s first conference championship in any sport. The 1948–49 team was inducted into the Lewis & Clark Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
Sempert graduated in 1949 and went on to earn an M.S. from the University of Southern California.
After retiring from Lewis & Clark, Sempert volunteered in support of the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame, the Board of Alumni, class reunions, the admissions office, and commencement. He was also active in his community, as a Wilsonville City Council member and as a volunteer chaplain for the Oregon State Correctional Institution and the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. Because no one else in the chaplain’s office spoke Spanish, Sempert worked hard to improve his Spanish speaking and writing skills so that he could work with Latino inmates at the two facilities.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Dean Sempert Scholarship Fund at Lewis & Clark.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Madge Bushman Sempert; daughters Martha Lemberg B.S. ’81, of Melbourne, Australia, and Sarah Nicholas, of Portland; and stepson Steven Bushman, B.A. ’87. Son Craig Sempert B.S. ’86, a professional diver, died in 2001 in a diving accident.
Secretary Emerita Mourned
Martha Crary Gregory, secretary emerita of the college, died October 17 at age 65. She had retired in 1997 after a distinguished 17-year administrative career at Lewis & Clark.
Born in Houston, Gregory completed her undergraduate and graduate education in political science. She began her career in higher-education development at Vanderbilt University, but left Nashville in 1980 for Portland and Lewis & Clark, where she first worked as associate director of development at the law school. Since 1982, when she moved to the main campus, Gregory served in increasingly responsible positions including acting vice president for institutional advancement (1990-91), executive director of the Campaign for Lewis & Clark (1995-97), and secretary of the college (1991-97).
Professionally and personally, Gregory took greatest pleasure in helping people reach their fullest potential. Even after her retirement, she continued as advisor, mentor, and friend to many students, faculty, staff members, and friends of the college.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Gregory, former vice president for institutional advancement; daughter, Sarah Gregory B.A. ‘88, J.D. ‘97; a sister; two brothers; and a grandson.
Life trustee and former board chair Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. ‘64, ‘65, ‘66 delivered the homily at a memorial service on November 9 in Agnes Flanagan Chapel.
Contributions in Gregory’s memory may be made to Lewis & Clark’s Student Scholarship Fund.
Carol Sawyer McCall, Lewis & Clark trustee since 2001, died unexpectedly on September 22.
For the last five years, McCall chaired the Campus Life Committee of the Board of Trustees. She also served the college in other capacities including on the Executive Committee and the Presidential Review Committee, “all with enthusiasm and skill,” according to board chair Ronald Ragen.
McCall was tireless in her devotion to her family and in giving her time to civic affairs, where her involvements were wide and deep. She served on the boards of numerous Portland-based community organizations.
She and her husband, life trustee Robert McCall, met while traveling in Europe and were married for 47 years. They enjoyed traveling with their children and grandchildren, most recently on a float trip down the Salmon River.
Survivors in addition to her husband include two daughters, two sons, and 11 grandchildren.
Former Albany College Professor Remembered
William Norman Shearer B.A. ‘31, professor emeritus of chemistry, died September 24, at age 101. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry at Albany College, the precursor of Lewis & Clark College. He later taught chemistry at both Albany College and its Portland extension center. In 1946, he joined the newly named Lewis & Clark College as an associate professor of chemistry and taught on Palatine Hill until 1975.
An avid sports enthusiast, Shearer lettered in both football and wrestling at Albany College and continued to be an athletics fan throughout his life. Until very recently, he attended every home football game at Lewis & Clark. He also supported the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame, serving on its selection committee for many years.
Shearer and his wife, Lenora Beck, raised their children in Southwest Portland. After retiring in 1977, Shearer moved to Estacada, where he enjoyed raising and showing chickens, gardening, and growing berries.
Survivors include four daughters, Margaret Shearer B.A. ‘58, Mary Shearer B.A. ‘62, Nona Shearer B.A. ‘74, and Judith Coyne B.S. ‘63; three sons, William W. Shearer B.S. ‘68, M.A.T. ‘72, Norman Shearer B.S. ‘68, M.A.T. ‘74, Edward Shearer B.S. ‘81; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.