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Donald Ruff BA retired after nearly 30 years as a civil/structural engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration. He continues to do contract work for the Electric Power Research Institute. Ruff is the current president of the Oregon Partners of the Americas, which has many projects in Costa Rica. He is project manager for the installation of a solar electric power system in the medical clinic in a remote village in southern Costa Rica. Ruff is married to Betsy Ramsey BS ’71 and is the father of two grown children, Jonathan and Mary.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 23−26, 2011

Linda Eterman B.M. was named the Outstanding Music Educator of the Year 2009 (Elementary) by the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association. She lives in North Vancouver, B.C., and teaches music K-7 in Burnaby, B.C.


Jeffrey Teitel JD has been elected to the board of directors of Vermont Jazz Center. Teitel and his wife, Kate, live in East Dover, Vermont, where he practices environmental law and serves as an intellectual property agent.


William Hutchinson BA finds his job as New Mexico’s statewide transportation landscape architect, managing context-sensitive and roadside environment design, interesting and fun. His son, Trevor, majoring in physics, will graduate from L&C in 2011. He says, “We’ve lived in Santa Fe going on 27 years and love it!”


Graig Flach BA, pastor of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, plans to lead a Bible study tour to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and Greece in October and November. Interested parties can learn more by contacting the church.

Nicholas Teeny BS retired in May from the federal government and returned to his hometown of Portland. He had most recently worked for the Department of Homeland Security, in a headquarters staff officer position, in Washington, D.C.

Joan Williams BS ’75, M.S. ’82 is active in Mundo Exchange, a nongovernmental organization that promotes community development projects around the world. She reports that the organization has recently received its 501(c)(3) status and welcomes volunteers who want to work in Thailand, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. See Mundo Exchange.


Jennifer Stenkamp BA was chosen to attend the Western States Conference on Holocaust Studies, held in March at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


Joseph Arellano JD has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner in the firm of Kennedy, Watts, Arellano & Ricks.

Steven Berg BA and Clare Lyons BA ’80 have been living in the Washington, D.C., area for almost 14 years, working on federal policy regarding housing and homelessness. Son Andrew is at Williams College; daughter Eve, in her first year of high school, is “a great singer.”

Jim Manley JD was named the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year.

James Robertson BA writes, “Since graduation I have variously worked as a Presbyterian minister, an insurance salesman (not the same thing) and an English teacher. I’ve lived in Northern and Southern California, Tacoma, Denver, and Osaka, Japan. I’m married and trying to help raise two wonderful but challenging daughters. Life has been mostly good. In 1995 I morphed into a corporate lawyer (now a partner) in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin, a large international law firm. From 2000 to 2005 we lived in Tokyo, which was a wonderful place to raise a family.” He reports that his older daughter, a junior at L&C, is “having a wonderful experience and growing up beautifully.”


Matthew Wuerker BA of Politico recently won the 2010 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. Prior to joining Politico as a political cartoonist and illustrator three years ago, Wuerker had a successful career as a freelance cartoonist. After he graduated from L&C his first political cartoons were published in Willamette Week. Since then, his self-syndicated cartoons have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Sojourners, and the Nation. Wuerker was also one of three finalists again this year for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning. He was nominated “for his broad portfolio that encompasses the nation’s historic political year, using rich artistry, wry humor and sometimes animation to drive home his deft satire.” He did not win. Alas.

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