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  • 1952

    James “Jim” Paul B.A. is cofounder and president of the Academy of Music Northwest, a nonprofit preparatory school for young musicians interested in professional careers in music. Now in its 17th year, the academy has an enrollment of 100 students. Paul received his D.M.A. in historical performance practice from the University of Washington. He’s active in choral activities and teaches music history and literature. He lives in Edmonds, Washington, with his wife, Dee.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014


  • 1960

    Class Correspondent: Roger Adams


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014


    Thomas Smythe B.S. coaches football at Lake Oswego’s Lakeridge High School and then spends the summer in Europe, where he coaches Croatia’s Zagreb Thunder.
    In 1994, he started working overseas in Austria, where he coached the Vienna Vikings football club. Smyth led the team to a record six national titles and two European championships. He also coached a team in Finland for two years. He’s worked in Croatia since 2011.


    Carla Shafer B.S., director of Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater in Bellingham, Washington, was a featured poet with Bellingham Repertory Dance’s “Phrasings in Word + Dance” in April.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Breck Jones B.S. retired from a 36-year career as a real estate attorney. His wife of 40 years, Hely Jones, retired from her position as the deputy director of the California Lottery. Both enjoy good health and traveling together. They have two children, one an equity analyst on Wall Street, and the other a teacher and water polo coach. Jones feels nostalgic for his time spent at Lewis & Clark and abroad in Brazil.

  • After four decades, Rocky Blumhagen returned to the Lewis & Clark stage in June. Partnering with Susannah Mars and the Portland Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Yaki Bergman, he performed his latest fundraising revue, “Oh, Those Gershwin Boys!”More >


  • 1972

    Class Correspondents: Beth Knudsen, Bob Oleson, and Ronald Gaither

    Rick Metsger B.S., M.A.T. ’75, former Oregon state senator and credit union volunteer, was nominated by President Barack Obama to a term on the National Credit Union Administration Board.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014


    Karen Edwards B.A. is chief marketing officer for a new software venture launched by TCS, India’s largest technology consulting company. For the past six years, she has been the global manager of market planning for the telecom industry at IBM. She and Jonathan Edwards B.A. ’74 met on an overseas study program in Italy and have been married since 1977. They have lived in Woodinville, Washington, since 1982. Daughter Katherine Edwards J.D. ’10 and son James are attorneys in Seattle.


    Martin Waugh B.S. continues to create liquid sculptures using high-speed photography to capture the moment when a water drop hits a surface. Over the past 10 years, he has produced more than 100,000 images of water droplets.


    Richard “Skip” Noftzger B.A. served as interim pastor of Center Presbyterian Church in Peters Township, Pennsylvania, after leaving his post as a senior vice president at Waynesburg University. He was recently elected executive presbyter of Redstone Presbytery. Noftzger will head the 79-congregation presbytery covering four Pennsylvania counties.


    Class Correspondent: Maggie Englund

    Steven Hodson B.M. is conductor of the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, a community volunteer organization that was formed in 1984 to perform major choral works with full orchestral accompaniment. He is past president, and currently once again president-elect, of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association, a national organization of 18,000 choral directors. Hodson is also a professor of music at Westmont College, where his duties have included directing the New Sounds Singers, the Chamber Singers, and the Westmont College Choir, as well as teaching piano, organ, music survey, conducting, and church music.


  • 1981

    Class Correspondent: Cindy Thompson

    Daniel Cohen B.S. was appointed to the Emerson College Board of Overseers, which helps connect the college to industry in a variety of ways. Cohen is executive vice president of pay television and interactive media for Disney ABC Domestic Television, the content distribution arm of the Walt Disney Company within North America. His media team distributes motion pictures from Pixar, DreamWorks, Marvel, ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, and ABC Family across media platforms.


    Adrienne Inglis B.M. performed Poem for Flute and Orchestra, by American composer Charles Griffes, with Texas’s Round Rock Symphony in February.


    Class Correspondent: Mark Peterson

    Norma de la Cruz Kop B.A. is assistant director of graduate advising at Hawai‘i Pacific University, the state’s largest private university. She works with a variety of students, particularly those in the M.B.A. program. Kop uses her communication degree to write, edit, and support online and print materials at the university. She and her husband, Randy, have three children: Davis and Roman, who are both students at Hawai‘i Pacific, and Kaimele, who is a sixth-grader.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Susan Corlett

    Leslie Atiyeh B.A. reports that Atiyeh Oriental Rugs received the 2012 Dean’s Award for Leadership in Family Business from the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University’s College of Business. Former Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh accepted the award on behalf of the family and its rug businesses, Atiyeh Brothers and Atiyeh International. The original family business dates back to 1900. Tom and Leslie Atiyeh formed Atiyeh International in the mid-1980s.

    Cynthia Scharf B.A. has served since 2009 in the executive office of the United Nations Secretary-General as the senior officer working for the head of the U.N. on climate change and sustainable energy issues. “On the home front, my husband and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary this year, and our daughter entered college. All in all, I’m very blessed.”


    Class Correspondent: Sally Dadmun Bixby


    James Abeles B.A. transitioned from a comfortable position as CEO of Pre1, a newspaper and magazine software company, to a new career as a police officer in West Linn, Oregon. Abeles remembers that as a first-year student at Lewis & Clark, he had the opportunity to shadow police officers during one of their shifts as part of a sociology class.

    Elizabeth Ardinger Olsen B.S. ’88, M.A.T ’92 recently retired from Kodiak Island Borough School District after teaching kindergarten through fourth grade for 25 years. She moved to Corvallis, Oregon, in June with her husband and two children.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Andrea Ball


  • 1990

    Class Correspondent: Zena

    Sean Hanley B.A. announces that “Half-Share,” an indie sitcom pilot he created about a Fire Island share house, had its television premiere on the Here! TV network in June. He lives in New York City with his fiancé, Mario Brassard.


    Class Correspondent: Laura Mundt


    Ruthe Farmer B.A. is director of strategic initiatives for the National Center for Women & Information Technology, where she works on gender and technology issues. In April, she presented her initiative to launch Aspirations in Computing for International Girls in ICT (Information Communications Technology) Day before the European Parliament. Farmer served as the 2012 chair of Computer Science Education week.


    Class Correspondents: Erik Thorin and Marcye Mokler


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Aleya Dao B.A., an energetic practitioner and sound healer, recently released her new “Angelic Healing” CD, available online. The CD is a collection of 10 songs designed to soothe and calm the listener.


    Monica Vilhauer B.A. won the Professional Achievement Award at Roanoke College
    in April. From 2008 to 2010, Vilhauer presented papers to the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics. She’s also written a book titled Gadamer’s Ethics of Play: Hermeneutics and the Other (Lexington Books, 2010).
    In 2011, she gave a keynote address at an international and interdisciplinary conference at the University of Gloucestershire, which was later published as a chapter in Philosophy of Play (Routledge, 2013). She is secretary for the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics.


    Aaron Moszer B.S. was named team president of the Delaware 87ers, the D-League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, in April. He was most recently assistant vice president of sales and marketing for Ripken Baseball. He brings more than 15 years of minor league team and business management experience to the Sevens.

    Naomi Pomeroy B.A., chef and owner of Beast, an acclaimed Portland restaurant, traveled to Myanmar in January. Initially, her goal was to identify the country’s 12 top dishes, but she ended up crossing paths with American expatriate Heatherly Bucher, who works to improve the lives of local women by teaching them food preparation skills at a start-up venture called Yangon Bakehouse. Pomeroy ended up volunteering for the organization’s “Dine and Donate” event. “Our apprentices were amazed by her,” commented Bucher in a February 25 Oregonian article. “The concept of being both a chef and business owner is new here, and to see a woman in such a position is encouraging to them.”


    Bonnie Crawford B.A. manages the new project management office at Viewpoint Construction Software. She joined the company in 2009 after many years of working on process improvement with General Electric. Her career has taken her on trips between the United States, Canada, and Australia. She lives in Portland with her husband of nearly 15 years, Preston Crawford B.A. ’97, and their four cats. When she’s not traveling for work, she’s traveling for fun.

    Kevia Jeffrey-West B.A. has had her jewelry designs featured in the publications InStyle, Lucky, Life & Style, People Espanola, and Real Simple. Actors Katherine Heigl, Amy Brenneman, and Teri Hatcher—as well as musician Norah Jones—have been spotted wearing her jewelry.

    Justin Phillips B.A. received tenure at Columbia University this spring and is an associate professor of political science. He is the author of The Power of American Governors (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


    Class Correspondents: Nicole Miranda and Mike Skrzynski

    Katy Davidson B.A., keyboardist and guitarist for Gossip, recently collaborated with Nora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music, to compose a CD of songs called “Strange Land.”

    Ian Rea B.A. works in market research at Fidelity Investments after spending five years as an investment banker in New York. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. See also Births.

    Adam Smith B.A., after serving a year as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Lewis & Clark, accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He will be teaching computer science and conducting research in the field of bioinformatics.

  • A week’s sail from land, Kim McCoy was aboard a ship owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The weather worsened, tossing the vessel around like a rag doll while the captain struggled to steer clear of treacherous ice chunks called “growlers” in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary off the coast of Antarctica.More >
  • When Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Israel this spring, there was much talk of what his trip would mean for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. “I am hopeful,” the president told an audience of mostly college-age Israelis, “that we can draw upon what’s best in ourselves to win the battles for peace in the wake of so much war.” The crowd rose to a standing ovation.More >


  • 2000

    Class Correspondent: Sierra Hutchison


    Class Correspondent: Katie Clarkson

    Sione “Sam” Aeschliman B.A. started Sione Aeschliman, a freelance editing and writing business, in June 2012. By October of that year, she had left her job at Marylhurst University to freelance full time. She edits and writes poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. She also volunteers for VoiceCatcher, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women artists and writers in the Portland/Vancouver area.

    Dan Metcalf B.A. is in his eighth year as a realtor with Finn Family Group, his family’s sales team, at Long & Foster in the metro Washington, D.C., area. He is enjoying his first term of service with Lewis & Clark’s Board of Alumni. Metcalf met his wife, Kathy Peacock, while serving in the Peace Corps in Ghana. See also Births.


    Craig Colbeck B.A. is visiting assistant professor of East Asian Studies at Eckerd College in Florida. In 2012, he earned a Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His dissertation was titled “From the Brothel to the Body: The Relocation of Male Sexuality in Japan’s Prostitution Debate, 1870–1920.” In March, he delivered a talk at Lewis & Clark titled “Emptying the Tang Hand: Okinawan Identity in the Japanization of Karate.”

    Andrea “Ondi” Crino B.A. graduated in May from the University of Montana at Missoula with a Ph.D. in organismal biology and ecology.

    Neil Weare B.A., a lawyer and former Olympic runner for Guam, launched the We the People Project in April. This national nonprofit is working to achieve equal rights and representation for the nearly 5 million U.S. citizens living in U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.


    Jonas Lerman B.A. joined the State Department as an attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Catie O’Keefe-Dargue B.A. completed her M.A. in playwriting from Royal Holloway, University of London, and was accepted into the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. While in London, her plays were performed at the Jerwood Centre, Southwark Theatre, Henley Fringe Festival, the Royal Court Upstairs, Theatre 503, and
    the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She was also playwright in residence with Gin-in-the-Tea Theatre Company and later became a co–artistic director. She returned to the States, settling in Ohio. She became the playwright in residence at New Edgecliff Theatre in Cincinnati and soon started her own company, Shark Eat Muffin Theatre Company. Her plays have been performed in several states. She currently lives in Cleveland, where she is director of development at the Cleveland Public Theatre.

    Christi Turner B.A. left Madagascar and is pursuing a master’s degree in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also working at a nonprofit that focuses on ecological restoration. She is transitioning from using media in community development to pursuing a career in the media, reporting on community development. Turner was recently awarded an internship in the Arctic Circle in Kirkenes, Norway, to report on climate change with the Barents Observer, an Internet news service. The internship is the result of a new partnership between the U.S. Embassy to Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy to the United States, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


    Molly Klarman B.A. was working for a hospital in rural Haiti after earning her master’s degree when she decided to start a girls’ soccer team. “Soccer is the main recreational activity in Haiti, but it is almost exclusively for boys,” Klarman explains. She and a colleague started with a group of 25 girls and the number attending practice regularly doubled within a month. “Unfortunately, we had to start turning away girls because we don’t have the resources to accommodate so many.” Her activities have been well received by the local community, with many residents attending matches and offering to help.

    Marianna Hane Wiles B.A. was selected as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She teaches high school English in Brooklyn as she works toward an M.A. in English education at Brooklyn College.


    Class Correspondent: Aron Phillips

    Ryan Lockard B.A., assistant coach for the Pioneer football team, opened Specialty Athletic Training in the summer of 2012 with the goals of building physical fitness and self-esteem in children and young adults with autism. When Lockard tore his knee playing college football for the Pioneers, he took an independent study course that “opened [his] eyes to autism,” which led to the creation of his business.

    Yarrow Ulehman B.A. returned to the Northwest after teaching abroad for two years in Munich, Germany. She completed her M.A.E. from Antioch University in Seattle in 2012 and has completed her first year of teaching middle school language arts and social studies in Seattle.


    Class Correspondent: Maura Walsh

    Amy Baugher B.A. graduated from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Heath with a degree in epidemiology. She is a research program coordinator at Emory.

    Alexa Schmidt B.A. spent a year in Bangladesh as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and is currently studying comparative and international education at the University of Oxford. Her focus is on refugee access to higher education, and she is in the process of starting a program to help support refugee students to apply and attend university.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

    Lewis Feuer B.A. was a reader for “Persevering Through the Snow and Ice” for the Breakwater Reading Series at the Brookline Booksmith in Massachusetts. Feuer cofounded Portland’s 12128, a gallery and workspace built aboard the Labrador, a retired Bering Sea crab-fishing boat. He received the Academy of American Poets Prize for his poem sequence “I’ll Start this Way.”

  • Two years ago, when students ventured outside Sierra High School in Fillmore, California, they encountered little more than piles of rock and bare dirt. Today, they are greeted with a variety of California native plants, including hummingbird sage, California poppies, manzanita, elderberry, yarrow, and deer grass—plus an array of local wildlife that have made this revived habitat their home.More >


  • 2010

    Rina Herring B.A. was one of three volunteers honored at the 40th anniversary gala of the Pacific Center for Human Growth, the nation’s third-oldest LGBT center. Herring was recognized for her work with the center’s lending library.

    Christopher Keady B.A. is organ scholar at Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. His duties include accompanying the renowned Trinity Choir and sharing in playing music during services. A budding preservation advocate, he was also recently awarded the E. Power Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society and traveled to Burlington, Vermont, in June for the society’s annual convention.

    Alex Ramirez B.A. was part of the cast of Dance for a Dollar, which was mounted by the Miracle Theatre Group in May. After an acting apprenticeship with Portland Playhouse, Ramirez has settled in Portland as an actor and performance artist.


    Maia Boucher B.A. will attend Portland State University this fall. She will be working toward an M.P.H. in health promotion.

    Alyssa Kent B.A. is a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Irvine. She won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and believes her mathematical background will be a decided advantage in her work.


    Class Correspondent: Josh Cohn

    Mariah Alexander B.A. works in Flagstaff, Arizona, as the production supervisor and volunteer coordinator for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. St. Mary’s was named one of Forbes’ top 100 charities in 2012 and holds a four-star rating from Charity Star.

    Laura Bogar B.A. won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She plans to study the ecology of mycorrhizal fungi at Stanford University. She credits her success, in part, to the research on fungi she conducted at Lewis & Clark. April Hersey B.A. is a database assistant for Pecan Street, a nonprofit research and development organization that monitors energy usage of residential and commercial participants.

    Chris Leja B.A. is one of two featured poets in the No, Regrets Tour 2013. His work has appeared in the online journals Borderline and Anatomy & Etymology as well as other journals and anthologies. Author of the chapbooks Adam Outside and A Chronology of Quiet Thefts, he has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His first full-length manuscript, Living Myths, will be published by Sparrow Ghost Publishing. Leja has represented Portland and Lewis & Clark seven times, regionally and nationally, in Poetry Slam.

    Alyssa Ransbury B.A. has spent several months in Dhaka, Bangladesh, learning Bangla and teaching English to girls in grades 5 through 10 at Viqarunnisa Noon School. During her stay, she reports that events have become “very politically heated in Bangladesh.” Countrywide strikes often cripple the country, and children can’t attend schools and businesses can’t stay open. “In short, it is a very interesting time to be in Bangladesh!”

Births and Adoptions

  • To Ian Rea B.A. ’99 and Corinna Rea, a son, Michael.

    To Dan Metcalf B.A. ’01 and Kathy Peacock, their second child, Miles Jacob Metcalf, March 25, 2013. Miles’ older brother, Finn, was born in 2011.

Marriages and Unions

  • Linda Amar B.A. ’67, M.A.T. ’69 and Adrienne Amar, January 27, 2013, in Bremerton, Washington.

    Tandy Cook Hennings B.A. ’76 and Richard Hennings, January 3, 2013, in Bellevue, Washington. Several Lewis & Clark friends attended, including Dick Earl B.A. ’69, Shirley Earl, Merrilee MacLean B.S. ’74, Joe Mitter B.A. ’74, Nette Mitter B.S. ’67, Ross Webb B.S. ’62, Sharon Webb B.S. ’63, and Susan Larrance B.A. ’81.

    Ramona Baker B.A. ’08 and Chase McGee, May 11, 2013, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

    Danielle Johnson B.A. ’09 and Tyler Steer married on January 5, 2013. In attendance were Audrey Dilling B.A. ’06, Steve Bianchi B.A. ’07, Ryan Chapman B.A. ’08, Leah Collins B.A. ’08, Michon McBride B.A. ’08, Lara Smith B.A. ’08, Nicole Smith B.A. ’08, A.J. Brown B.A. ’09, James Connelly B.A. ’09, Kelsey Harrity B.A. ’09, Chelsea Olsen B.A. ’09, Danny Lockard B.A. ’10, Emily Peters B.A. ’10, and Lori Jepsen, who recently retired as Lewis & Clark’s head volleyball coach.

In Memoriam

  • 1940s

    Althea B. Dorman ’42, March 28, 2013, age 92.

    Constance A. Robinson ’45.


    Arlee David Bragg B.S. ’50, May 7, 2012, age 86.

    Jean Dunlop B.A. ’51, March 20, 2013, age 85.

    Shirley Reynolds Klingbeil ’51, February 27, 2013, age 84.

    Joel B. Krausse B.S. ’51, April 15, 2013, age 87. A descendant of Oregon pioneer families, Krausse served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and then earned a degree in physics. He completed post-graduate studies in electrical engineering at the University of Washington. When the Oregon Air National Guard was activated for the Korean War, Krausse was recalled to duty in 1951. He retired as a colonel from the Oregon Air National Guard in 1980 and the Air Force Reserves in 1985. For 30 years, he was an engineering manager for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company in Portland and Seattle; he retired in 1985. He enjoyed volunteering at Fort Stevens State Park, researching family history, and spending time at the family beach house in Ocean Park, Washington. Krausse’s wife of 61 years, Mary Frances, died in 2011. He is survived by his sons, Jeffery and Thomas; his daughters, Mary Ann and Susan; and three grandchildren.

    James Annala B.M. ’52, March 7, 2013, age 83. A musically talented child, Annala studied violin under Boris Sirpo, founder of the Portland Chamber Orchestra. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, “defending the free world armed with a violin and a French horn” in Naples, Italy. In 1959, he earned his master’s of music performance from University of Portland. He and pianist Evelyn Plog married in 1962. Two years later, their son, Carl, was born in McMinnville, Oregon, where Annala taught music and orchestra classes for 30 years. He was associate concertmaster with the Mid-Columbia Orchestra, later the Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, for three decades. A lifelong fisherman, Annala loved to troll Hagg Lake with friends. His appetite for all things Finnish included his favorite composer, Jean Sibelius, and his scholarly interest in Finnish politics of World War II. He was a staunch Democrat and a fantastic letter writer, often using his dry wit to write charming letters to the editor. He will be remembered as a teacher, stamp collector, “violin head,” letter writer, political humorist, gossiper, and entertainer. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, and his son, Carl.

    Ted Moore B.A. ’52, April 10, 2013, age 82.

    John Sander B.S. ’52, March 22. 2012, age 84.

    Richard “Dick” Balsiger B.S. ’53, April 22, 2013, age 85. Balsiger graduated with a sociology degree and then went to work as an insurance agent for the Hartford Insurance Company. In 1958, he married Bobby Hackworth. Balsiger was involved with the Clan MacLeay Pipe & Drum Band, Blue Goose, and Delta Tau Rho fraternity. After becoming a Friend of Timberline, he was instrumental in the saving and restoration of Silcox Hut. In 1975, he became a Portland Rose Festival director and chaired many events, including the Starlight Parade. As one of the Rose Festival’s longest-serving directors, he received emeritus status in 2008.

    After retiring from Hartford in 1983, he devoted his time to his business, Balsiger Rental Properties. He purchased a ranch and a cattle company near Shaniko in 1985, where he enjoyed hunting, horses, and habitat restoration. His wife, Bobby, passed away eight years to the day before him.

    In 2005, he found a loving companion in Dayle Denton, who shared his love of travel. He is survived by his children, Dane and Al; his grandchildren, Joshua and Rachel; and his companion, Dayle.

    Marva Hutchins B.A. ’56, J.D. ’79, September 26, 2011, age 75.

    Norman L. Peterson B.S. ’56, December 17, 2012, age 84.

    Joseph E. Kordic B.S. ’57, May 5, 2013, age 81. Kordic served as a yeoman in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, he taught at Sellwood Elementary School in Portland. He later earned an M.Ed. from Portland State University and taught many years at Beaumont and Alameda. Kordic loved to restore old cars and was active in the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Audrey Manning Kordic; his sister, Marilyn Toenjes; and longtime friends from Delta Tau Rho fraternity.

    Elizabeth Wolfe Montgomery B.S. ’57, September 16, 2012, age 77.

    Marilyn Romaneski B.A. ’58, February 10, 2013, age 83.

    Margaret Youngblood Staley B.A. ’58, January 14, 2013, age 76.

    Ronald Dean Gray B.S. ’59, December 19, 2012, age 75. Gray worked in a fruit cannery to finance his political science major at Lewis & Clark. After a stint in the army, he planned to attend the University of Washington School of Law, but he stopped off in Olympia and never left. Gray was hired in 1960 by the Department of Labor and Industries. During his 38-year career, he became one of the state’s foremost authorities on the agency’s workers’ compensation program. Early in his career, he met another state worker, Sandra Weber, over the phone while cross-checking claims with Employment Security. They married in 1964 and raised a family of three sons. Gray was a longtime resident of Tumwater, Washington; a dedicated state employee; a lifelong Democrat; an unrepentant Huskies fan; and a pretty fair slow-pitch softball player. Survivors include his wife, Sandi; his sons, John, Jeff, and Chris; and two grandsons.

    Donald Dean Palmer B.M. ’59, April 18, 2013, age 76. Palmer taught, composed, and directed music in many venues. He was successful in retail sales, but his real love was for family. Palmer enjoyed playing cribbage and solving crosswords and Jumbles. He also excelled in photography, growing orchids, and telling original stories to his grandchildren. After retirement, he became a Washington County Sheriff’s Department Community Chaplain and participated in the Beaverton Police Phantom Car program. He is survived by wife Carolyn; daughter Christen Hammond Daniel; sons Dean and Paul Palmer; and five grandchildren.

    Janice M. Keller Roehr B.A. ’59, February 20, 2013, at home, age 76, of cancer. She married John Roehr in 1959, just prior to receiving her degree in business administration. The couple moved to Seattle within days of her graduation to enjoy boating and to avoid the state income tax. Later, they lived in Detroit for a few years while John pursued advanced medical training. The couple ended up settling in Medina, Washington, in 1964. For several years, Roehr was a stay-at-home mom who raised two sons and volunteered for charitable organizations. In 1978, she became a travel consultant and eventually co-owned travel agencies in the Bellevue and Redmond areas. She retired in 2002. Roehr and her husband spent many summers on their boat in the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. She is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, John, and her sons, Benjamin and Matthew.


    Edwin D. Hicks B.S. ’60, January 11, 2013, age 76.

    William “Bill” Joseph Culp B.S. ’63, May 26, 2013, age 74. Culp earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1970 from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Megan Morrison Culp, moved to La Jolla, California, where he was appointed Damon Runyon Memorial Fund Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurobiology and later an assistant professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. In 1974, he was recruited to the Dartmouth Medical School biochemistry department.

    After 20 years as a medical research scientist, Culp spent a year as a fellow at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he completed an M.B.A. in 1986. He returned to Dartmouth Medical School to serve in various leadership positions, including associate dean of academic affairs. One of the original visionaries of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus, Culp was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth, the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, and the C. Everett Koop Institute. Along the way, he had a distinguished career as a researcher, authoring more than 45 scientific papers and other publications on biochemistry, neuroscience, pain pathways, and nerve disorders. He retired in 2006.

    Culp loved being with his family. When his boys, Peter and Matthew, each turned 16, he took a summer off for an extended bike trip down the Pacific Coast. They dodged logging trucks, slept in seaside campgrounds, met many other adventurers, and built lifelong memories together.

    In the 1990s, Culp met Posie Taylor. They married in 2000, officially uniting an already close-knit if unconventional group.

    Sharon L. Wray Thomas B.A. ’64, M.A. ’65, April 26, 2012, age 69, in Loup City, Nebraska. She married Charles Thomas in 1968 and moved to Laurel, Nebraska. She began teaching at Wayne State College in 1968 and continued until her retirement in 2006. She was named Wayne State’s Social Sciences Outstanding Faculty Member in 1989. Thomas enjoyed tennis, golf, riding horses, and photography. An active member of the community, she sponsored the local 4-H horse club and sang in the choir and played piano at Laurel Presbyterian Church. She also filled in as “pulpit relief” for local churches. Survivors include her daughters, Heather and Courtney.

    Rita Wienecke B.A. ’68, October 10, 2012, age 86.


    Mike D. Van Patten ’79, April 12, 2012, age 58.


    Leon J. Vitovitch B.A. ’80, April 15, 2013, age 54, from complications of diabetes. Vitovitch, an outstanding scholar, earned a B.A. in psychology and French from Lewis & Clark. He went on to study history and French at the University of Toulouse and pursued postgraduate studies in business management practices at the University of Oxford. Vitovitch received his M.B.A. in global management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1981. At the time of his death, he was enrolled in the doctoral program in East-West psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Vitovich began his professional career as an account executive at Merrill Lynch. For 17 years, he was the owner/manager of Performance Capital Corporation (later Performance Management Group), one of the highest-rated investment funds in the Northwest. In 2008, Vitovich left the financial world and moved to San Francisco, where he became involved with several volunteer and charitable organizations. He fulfilled a longtime dream when he appeared in the San Francisco Opera productions of Turandot and Lucrezia Borgia. He also loved to travel and to cook. Vitovich is survived by his 25-year-old conure, Dewy; several cousins; and a worldwide circle of friends.

    Rene M. Pisel Walker B.A. ’85, April 1, 2013, age 49, of cancer. Walker earned a B.A. in political science from Lewis & Clark and then moved to Haines, Alaska, where she helped run the 10-Mile Roadhouse. In 1987, she left Haines for a job with Planned Parenthood in Portland. She married David Walker in 1990 and settled in Juneau, where she spent 13 years as an education specialist and client advocate for AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies). When their children, Dawson and Eliza, were young children, the Walkers spent six months camping in Australia. On returning to Juneau, Walker earned her teaching credential. She began teaching at Gastineau Elementary School in 2003 and pursued a master’s degree at the University of Alaska Southeast. Of her careers, Walker said, “I have now taught two children of teenage women I helped when I worked at AWARE. It’s so cool to see them doing great now. I like feeling that I can make a difference.” Walker sought out Heather Lende of Haines to write her obituary. She told her, “Don’t say I never complained. I hate that. What’s with that? I complain all the time. Cancer is so unfair.”


    Amy E. Wagner B.A. ’93, April 26, 2013, age 42.


    In the spring 2013 issue of the Lewis & Clark Chronicle, we published an incorrect class note involving two individuals with the same first and last names. Albert L. Menashe J.D. ’65 has, indeed, retired; however, Albert Menashe, a share-holder in Gervurtz Menashe Larson & Howe, is still actively practicing law at his firm and is not an alumnus of Lewis & Clark Law School. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.

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