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Class of 1968

  • Roderick “Rod” L. Bunnell JD ’68
    RB

    Roderick “Rod” L. Bunnell passed away on October 1, 2015, in Portland’s Good Samaritan Hospital, the same facility where he was born on August 4, 1930. He was 85.

    Rod lived in Hanford, Yakima, and Hood River while growing up. He attended Whitman College and served briefly in the U.S. Army before returning to Portland. Following his 1955 marriage, he joined OPS Blue Shield as a claims analyst, remaining with the firm for his entire career. He retired from Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon as general counsel, corporate secretary, and a major architect of the Regence Group. He often represented Blue Cross Blue Shield in state and national legislative matters.

    Rod was active in many civic groups, including the Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Washington County Historical Society, Cedar Mill Community Library, Beaverton School District, and Cedar Hills UCC. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed mountain climbing, backpacking, cycling, and cross-country skiing. Like his father, he maintained a lifelong interest in Northwest history, especially that of its native cultures.

    He is survived by his wife, Sally McMillan Bunnell; sons John and David; daughter-in-law Jenna; and two grandchildren.

  • GM

    Gary Marlette died on February 16, 2016, at his home. He was 76 years old.

    Gary was born on March 26, 1939, in Redfield, South Dakota. He attended Redfield High School, where he was a football and track athlete, a member of the glee and chorus clubs, and active in many other student organizations.

    Soon after he graduated high school, Gary’s family moved to Longview, Washington, and he enrolled at St. Martin’s College in Lacey. In 1964, he began law school and married JoAnn Berks. The couple moved to Baker, Oregon, after Gary graduated and he practiced law there until he retired in 2007. He and his family enjoyed many summers on the Snake River while bird hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and skiing.

    Gary is survived by his wife, two daughters, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.