Persis A. Blachly BA ’51, September 13, 2017, age 88. Blachly was a talented pianist and teacher. She taught students in her home and worked as a church organist at several churches. She married Ted Blachly BA ’51 in 1950. Survivors include her husband; children Beth, Andy, and Rachel; and three grandchildren.
Class of 1951
James R. Haskett BS ’51, February 7, 2016, age 89.
Mary Anderson Munro BA ’51, September 21, 2017, age 95. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Munro worked as an elementary school teacher in Portland. In 1955, she married Donald. Together, the couple ran several businesses, including the Birkenfield (Oregon) Country Store and Post Office. She loved taking care of her pets, spending time with her children, and gardening. Survivors include her children, Stan, Stuart, and Ann, and five grandchildren.
Robert “Bob” Ringo JD ’51 passed away on April 5, 2017, at the age of 92.
Born in Spokane, Washington, on August 18, 1924, Bob moved with his family to Portland as a young child. He joined the Army Air Corps as soon as he graduated high school, becoming a commissioned flight officer and fighting in World War II as a bombardier in the 95th Bomb Squadron, 17th Bomb Group. Bob received several medals and honors, and was named Veteran of the Year in 2010.
Following his service, Bob attended the University of Oregon, where he also began his legal education. He transferred to Northwestern School of Law in order to assist his mother, who lived in Portland. Shortly after graduating, he began a law practice in Corvallis while also working part-time as a deputy assistant attorney. Bob had a long and distinguished career as a trial attorney, developing a respected law firm that grew to its current formation of Ringo, Stuber, Ensor, Hadlock & Smith PC. He also served as president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, was named Oregon Trial Lawyer of the Year, and served on many boards, including the Oregon State Board of Bar Governors and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
An active philanthropist, Bob supported many causes. Closest to his heart was the Good Samaritan Hospital, for which he led the governing and foundation boards and which he helped to provide free mental health care to local veterans.
Bob was a devoted family man and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by four of his five children: Molly, Charlie, Julie, and Mary Ellen. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert Irvin, who died in 2011; his first wife, Kathryn Reese, to whom he was married for 37 years, and who passed in 1989; and his second wife, Jane Crider, to whom he was married for 20 years, and who passed in 2013.
Norman W. Schwinge BS ’51, August 2, 2017, age 89. Schwinge attended Lewis & Clark after serving in the military during World War II. He met his future wife, Joan, at the college, and the couple married in 1952. Schwinge worked for Farmers Insurance, eventually moving to Southern California. When he retired in 1979, he was Farmers’ director of advertising. Norman and Joan bought a hotel and worked together to maintain and improve it. When they could make time to get away, they traveled all over the world. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Joan; sons Robert, Craig, Mark, and Scott; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Mary L. Somerville BA ’51, March 11, 2015, age 84.