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Class of 1982

  • Katherine Armstrong JD ’82
    KA
    • 01/15/2016

      Joined the Washington, D.C., office of Drinker Biddle & Reath as counsel. Previously a Federal Trade Commission attorney, Armstrong is part of the firm’s government and regulatory affairs group.

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Practice as counsel. Previously, Armstrong worked at the Federal Trade Commission in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where she led investigations, settled law enforcement actions, and worked on rulemakings and other policy matters.

  • GD
    • 10/14/2016

      Ginia Dorfman-Caristia BA ’82 has taught English as a second language for the last 30 years at a classics high school in Empoli, Italy. She adopted three Indian children in 2000.

  • EG
    • 02/15/2017

      Edward Gerdes BS ’82 is cofounder of Beau Delicious! International, which operates 21 Café Yumm! restaurants in Oregon and Washington. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his soul mate of 26 years, Jane. The couple has two beautiful children born to them 20 years ago by way of the Oregon Department of Human Services.

  • Patricia Halsell JD ’82
    PH
    • 08/02/2016

      “I just read that Steve Kantor is retiring,” says Halsell. “I remember the huge impression he made on me, a callow 22-year-old first-year law student back in 1979, with his insightful position on the death penalty. He influenced me into becoming a lifelong death penalty opponent. And I’ll never forget Ron Lansing reciting Scottish poetry in torts class—I LOVED it. I also have fond memories of working closely with Len DuBoff—often as his running partner—never realizing that what I really wanted was to be an artist myself (which I’ve finally become). The friends I formed at Lewis & Clark have lasted me 37 years. Thanks for the memories. I’d love to hear from anyone in the L&C community.”

      Paintings by Patricia Halsell ’82Paintings by Patricia Halsell ’82

  • JH
    • 02/15/2017

      Jamie Hackel Hyams BA ’82 is a second-year rabbinic student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her spare time, she can be found in her car on Highway 5.

  • AI
    • 02/15/2017

      Adrienne Inglis BM ’82 composed two choral pieces that were performed in February 2017 in Austin, Texas, by the Inversion Ensemble, a group dedicated to performing innovative choral works and encouraging the creation of new music. On the Mystery of the Incarnation for chorus and strings is inspired by a setting of a Denise Levertov poem of the same name. In Heaven and on Earth for chorus, flute, and clàrsach (Scottish lever harp) is based on Philippians 2:5–11.

  • RJ
    • 10/14/2016

      Robert Jones BA ’82, a poet and English teacher, gave a reading from his new collection of poems, Winter Garden (Silverfish Review Press, 2016), last summer at Tsunami Books in Eugene, Oregon. He also read at the North Bend (Oregon) Public Library. Jones has lived for nearly 30 years in Vienna, Austria, teaching at the American International School. He previously published another book of poems called The Clever Man’s Forest (Traprock Books, 2011).

  • SK
    • 10/14/2016

      Susanne Brown Kahler BA ’82 left her position at Loudoun County Public Schools and is now program manager of member services and the office of education for SkillsUSA, a “nonprofit partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.” Kahler has also been working extensively as a group leader with the Experiment in International Living, which organizes experiential summer abroad programs. She currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia.

  • SK
    • 02/15/2017

      Susanne Kahler BA ’82 retired from Loudoun County (Virginia) Public Schools and is the new program manager of the membership department at SkillsUSA, a nonprofit organization focusing on career and technical education and closing the skills gap.

  • ML
    • 09/01/2013

      Is the commercial litigation group leader at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

  • ML
    • 02/15/2017

      Mary Lemon BA ’82 is a full professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She remarried a year ago.

  • JL
    • 02/15/2017

      Jayna Pike Locke BS ’82 is living and working in the Minneapolis area with her husband and three teenagers (one in college and two in high school). Career-wise, she’s currently a content strategist, managing an awesome team of writers. She is on LinkedIn, and loves to connect with others from Lewis & Clark.

  • PM
    • 04/08/2016

      Was appointed by Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper to the board of commissioners for Clear Creek County. Monson worked for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division for more than 30 years, serving as a managing attorney, assistant chief, and senior trial attorney, and sat on the Clear Creek school board from 2009 to 2012. He will serve out the rest of the year in place of the late Tom Hayden.

  • MN
    • 10/14/2016

      Marcus Nebeling BA ’82, CEO of Fiber Network Engineering, has been living in Half Moon Bay, California, for the past 30 years. He’s been married to his wife, Sara, for 25 years, and they have three teenagers. He reports that “all is good with us,” and he looks forward to seeing everyone at Reunion Weekend.

  • JO
    • 02/15/2017

      Julie Swehla O’Herin BA ’82 has lived in 10 countries on five continents and has been in 52 countries so far (as well as almost all 50 states). Her studies in linguistics and cross-cultural education led to field study and teaching, which she loves. O’Herin, her husband, Brian, and their two sons have earned (in total) several postgrad certificates, two MAs, and three doctorates. But now, her greatest accomplishment and joy is learning to be the best grandma she can be to her two grandchildren. Julie and Brian serve with SIL International and currently live in Southern California, where they also are involved in volunteering in their community.

  • NR
    • 02/15/2017

      Nina Bonita Romine BA ’82 is co-owner of The Kobuk, an old-fashioned gift emporium, espresso bar, and bakery in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

  • YS
    • 02/15/2017

      Yumi Sera BA ’82 is the director of partnerships for the Disability Rights Fund, which funds disabled persons’ organizations in Rwanda. She recently met with former AES students Pascaline Umulisa and Dida Nibagwire, remarkable women who are making a difference in Rwanda after studying as Dallaire Scholars at Lewis & Clark. She mentions they were also lucky enough to run into fashion designer Matthew Rugamba BA ’13 at the same restaurant. Sera says she remains a believer in international exchange and that “L&C does it best!”

  • SS
    • 02/15/2017

      Stephen Simmonds BA ’82 retired to Bend, Oregon, in 2012. He sings regularly with the Central Oregon Mastersingers and occasionally with the Sunriver Music Festival. He celebrated his 25th ordination anniversary last year.

  • KV
    • 09/01/2011

      Was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Keith Meisenheimer. Villa-Smith previously was a shareholder at the firm of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe in Portland. She has practiced domestic relations law for more than 16 years and has prior experience as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County. She also serves on the board of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic and the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

  • Richard Whittemore JD ’82
    RW

    Richard “Dick” John Whittemore passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2015, having suffered cardiac arrest following a weekend of racing his BMW 325 in Auburn, Washington. He was 59 years old.

    Dick was born January 19, 1956, in Portland to Dr. James P. and Mary Margaret Whittemore. He attended St. Thomas More Grade School and Jesuit High School, from which he graduated in 1974. He earned a BA cum laude in philosophy from Colorado College in 1978. While a law student, Dick worked nights at Abernethy’s Restaurant so he could serve a clerkship for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Charles Crookham. He remained close to Crookham and delivered a eulogy at the judge’s funeral service in 2004.

    Dick joined the firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in 1984 and was a senior shareholder. An expert in product liability defense, clergy malpractice, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation, he was a member of the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho bar associations and practiced law for more than 30 years. “Dick was the consummate professional and partner and a tremendous legal advocate equally respected by his clients, adversaries, and judges hearing his cases,” said Loren Podwill, president of Bullivant Houser Bailey. “He was a devoted teacher, spending endless hours working with newer lawyers, teaching them the tools of the trade and professionalism, and volunteering his time to judge local and national legal competitions. Dick carried himself through the world with confidence, grace, and dignity.” He had a reputation for speaking softly, listening intently, and thinking logically.

    Dick had a deep respect for the law, but his personal passion was motor racing. He traveled the Pacific Northwest participating in Sports Car Club of America races and collected numerous checkered flags throughout his racing career.

    In 1997, Dick was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and underwent six months of aggressive treatment. During this time, his dedication to his clients and his firm never wavered, and he continued to work at a high level. In 2008, Dick was diagnosed with a more aggressive form of NHL, but he succeeded in surviving both the formidable treatment and the disease with quiet strength.

    Dick was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, which he served as national board representative president-elect. He was a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and served as a regional judge for the 2015 National Trial Competition of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He was also a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and the University Club of Portland, which he served as president in 2006.

    Dick is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Carolyn; sisters Kathy Johnson and Susan Honeyman; brother James Whittemore; nieces Libby Rasmussen and Katherine Byrne; and nephews Blake Whittemore, Michael Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Andrew Honeyman, and Kevin Honeyman.

    Posted 06/10/15

    • 02/24/2015

      Was named an Oregon Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015. He is the president elect of the Oregon chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Whittemore is a shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey.

  • CW
    • 02/15/2017

      Dr. Christopher Wood BA ’82 has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Radiology. He is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where has has been on staff since 1992. Wood is also a member of Lewis & Clark’s Board of Alumni.