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From 1960 to 1969

  • JC

    James W. Crook BS ’60, August 8, 2016, age 79. After marrying Carolee Rogers, the couple moved to Yakima, Washington, where he worked for the Yakima School District. He was a lover of music, cars, camping, and reading (particularly history or the Bible). Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Denise and Laura; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  • JE

    John R. Ellingson BS ’60, June 22, 2016, age 77. After graduating, Ellingson married JoAnn Adair and then earned an MBA from Arizona State University. From there, Ellingson moved to the East Coast, where he worked for Alcoa and Corning Glass Company. But he soon returned to the West and established John R. Ellingson Realtors. By this time, John and JoAnn had two small daughters, and they purchased a beachside cabin where, in the 1970s and ’80s, the family hosted Thai refugees. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, JoAnn; daughters Janna and Jennifer; and four grandchildren.

  • PK
    • 10/14/2016

      Paul Knoll BA ’60, a former three-time chair of the Department of History at the University of Southern California, and his wife, Susan Lathrop Knoll BA ’60, retired to Portland five years ago.

  • SK
    • 10/14/2016

      Susan Lathrop Knoll BA ’60 and her husband, Paul Knoll BA ’60, retired to Portland five years ago.

  • HK

    Henry Smith Kane died January 11, 2017. He was 90 years old.

    Born in New York City, Henry served in the Army during World War II before earning a BS from the University of Oregon. He switched to law after working as a reporter for The Dalles Chronicle and the Oregon Journal. Henry then served as an Oregon assistant attorney general before going into private practice.

    Henry was married for 47 years to Dorothy Jeanne Kane, who died in 1997. Two of their sons, Mark and James, also preceded Henry in death.

    Henry is survived by his son John, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

  • CM

    Carolyn Matsen Buan BA ’61, February 26, 2016, age 76. Buan lived in Anchorage, Alaska, teaching high school after earning an MA in English at the University of Washington. In 1966, she moved to England, where she taught at Wroxton College. She later returned to the Pacific Northwest, where she wrote and edited for the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, then worked as associate director for the Oregon Council for the Humanities for 10 years. Eventually, she started her own editing and writing service. Survivors include daughter Sigfrid and son Robert.

  • JB

    Jerry Billings passed away peacefully in his home on February 18, 2015, after a long and full life. He was 88.

    Born in Falls City, Nebraska, in 1926, Jerry moved with his family to Portland in 1942 and attended that city’s Washington High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 to fight in WWII. Sent to the Pacific theater, he took part in the Battle of Okinawa, earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Jerry was the only member of his platoon to survive. On his return to Portland, he met and married Lorelei Brown, with whom he had three daughters.

    In 1962, Jerry went into private practice, a business he maintained for nearly 30 years. After acting as Madeleine Murray O’Hair’s counsel in Oregon in the 1970s, he founded the Oregon chapter of American Atheists, later renamed the Center for Rational Thought and eventually U.S. Atheists. He was the voice of “Dial an Atheist” for more than 20 years and host of the public television program Bunk Busters from 1995 until 2011. His other passion was the collection and cataloging of antique tools, especially early American wood planes.

    Jerry is survived by his loving partner for 65 years, Lorelei; daughters Dawn, Melanie, and Nancy; grandchildren Matthew Yun, Remington Powell, and Katherine Powell; great-granddaughter Ava Yun; and beloved caretakers Moana Toloke and her daughter, Vee. He was buried in a private ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery.

  • BC

     Passed away on August 27, 2016.

  • Garry Kahn JD ’62
    GK
    • 09/01/2013

      With Steven Kahn ’88, moved the firm Kahn & Kahn to the Loyalty Building at 317 S.W. Alder Street in Portland. Kahn recently celebrated 50 years as an Oregon lawyer.

  • RL
    • Turtles All the Way: Poems

      Rosemary Douglas Lombard BA ’62 offered a poetry chapbook inspired by her scholarly interest in turtles.

      Posted 01/23/2017
  • MM
    • 10/14/2016

      Meredith Mears BS ’62 and her husband, “Laddy” Mears ’57, are enjoying retirement on the banks of Lower Fire Lake in Eagle River, about 13 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. The family has enjoyed all manner of outdoor activities surrounded by Alaska’s scenic beauty. Now, with two married daughters and five grandchildren, the couple make plenty of trips to warmer climes for visits.

  • MN

    Marvin Nepom died in November 2014 at the age of 88. Born in Portland of immigrant parents, he attended the University of Washington. It was there that he met his wife, whom he married at the age of 21. After a decade in the grocery business, and with the encouragement of Leo Levinson, Marvin began to attend law school in the evening. While a student, he frequently told his three young children bedtime stories that incorporated law school themes.

    After passing the bar in 1962, Marvin handled a broad array of cases before concentrating on personal injury litigation as a solo practitioner. He served as president of the Multnomah Bar Association for 1981–82.

    Marvin is survived by Leah, his wife of 67 years; three children; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

  • HT

    Harold B. Tate BS ’62, MAT ’75, June 2, 2016, age 76.

  • PW
    • 06/02/2016

      Paul Willison BA, who has been a member of the Black Mountain–Swannanoa Kiwanis Club since 1998, was named the 2015 Kiwanian of the Year.

  • JB
    • Parting the Clouds of Grief: A Mother’s Memoir

      Judith Black BS ’63 shares her reflections on how she recovered from the loss of her teenage son.

      Posted 05/15/2017
  • KF

    The Honorable Karl W. Freerksen Jr. passed away on January 13, 2015, after living with Parkinson’s disease for nearly 11 years. He was born January 21, 1936, in Freeport, Illinois, to Karl Walter Sr. and Dorothy Elaine (Haines) Freerksen. When Karl was five years old, the family moved to Cedar Mill, Oregon, where he attended Cedar Mill and Sylvan Grade Schools. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1953 with plans to become a lawyer. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in 1957, Karl served six years of active duty with the National Guard to earn enough money to attend law school.

    Early in his career, Karl had a general law practice in Beaverton with eight other attorneys, constituting the largest firm in the county. He was asked in 1973 to serve as judge pro-tem under the pilot program funded by the Legislature. Karl was the last judge to be appointed by Governor Tom McCall, in 1974. He served as the presiding district judge and president of the Oregon District Judges’ Association, and in 1997 he completed the mediation course at the National Judicial College. Karl retired in 1998 after 25 years of service as a circuit judge, though he continued to serve as a judge pro-tem. He said that he found life on the bench more enjoyable than private practice, because it was more predictable. “The cases are different every day, but you generally know what they are going to be about. Also, I never had a paid vacation until I became a judge!”

    Karl wed Barbara Sue VanHoutin on September 26, 1970. In 1977, they built a home north of North Plains, where they enjoyed gardening, the deer, the view of the coast range, and hosting picnics and other events. They were particularly fond of ballroom dancing. Karl’s many interests included hunting trips with his brothers, fly fishing, wood working, golfing, travel, and socializing with friends and family members.

    A member of Kiwanis and the Jaycees while in Beaverton, Karl joined the Hillsboro Rotary Club in 1980 and served on the board of directors for the Rotary Foundation. He also served on the board of trustees at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s School for Boys, and was active in the Washington County and North Plains Historical Societies.

    Karl was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gerald Allan Freerksen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; brother Gene Freerksen; sister-in-law Linda Freerksen; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

  • EW
    • 06/02/2016

      Eldon Wolfe BM is currently retired and living in Nebraska but has not given up his music. He currently directs the Thayer County Sacred Chorale, which he started three years ago. He’s also director of music for the Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron. His wife, Joy, is his accompanist for the chorale as well as one of four organists for the church. He sends greetings to all his former choir mates under Dr. L. Stanley Glarum.

  • PM

    Peter G. Mathews ’65, April 8, 2015, age 72. Mathews earned his dental degree in 1969 and opened a private practice that same year in San Francisco. In 1977, he relocated to Tiburon, California, where he worked until retiring in 2000. He was married to Leslie Davis. Survivors include his wife and two sons, Ryan and Jeff.

    • 09/01/2013

      Published Common Ground, the second book in his Common Denominator series of romantic thrillers. The book is available for Kindles, Nooks, and other e-readers at www.richarddavidbach.com and e-book outlets. The first title in the series, Common Enemy, is also available.

  • RE
    • 06/02/2016

      Rich Emery BA, after teaching accounting at Linfield College for 30 years, bid his students goodbye for the last time on January 29, 2016. Michael Kohlhoff BS, after serving as the Wilsonville, Oregon, city attorney for 35 years, has announced his retirement.

  • KD
    • 10/14/2016

      Katherine Davis BS ’67 reports that, since 2011, she’s been at Santa Monica College, where she’s done six plays—including Sweeney Todd, which she did in a wheelchair because she had broken her foot in rehearsal. She’s also performed in several musical theatre workshops, finally landing a solo as Frau Blucher singing “He Vas My Boyfriend” from Young Frankenstein, the musical. She just finished singing chorus in opera excerpts on the Broad Stage for Carmen and The Magic Flute, among others. “Having so much fun!”

  • KD
    • 02/15/2017

      Katherine Brown Davis BS ’67 fondly remembers her time at Lewis & Clark, especially helping Professor William Stafford grade papers. She still has a note from him that says, “Please go easy on them.” As a lifelong lover of music and singing, Davis has sung in the Westwood Presbyterian Church choir for 40 years. She has two sons, a stepdaughter, and six grandchildren, four of whom live in Manila, Philippines (although their mother is German). Her two older granddaughters are in Los Angeles. Davis studied mythology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is now studying music, theatre, and journalism; performing opera; and working as a writer and editor. She writes as Katherine Lansing, and her poetry and song lyrics can be read on the WordPress blog Scarlet Letters. She has also contributed to a libretto titled Creation: The Tale of Our Birth. She lives in Santa Monica, California, but misses Portland and Lewis & Clark very much.

  • MH
    • 10/14/2016

      Mary Lou Pedersen Hautau BS ’67, after living in the Seattle area, has moved back to Portland, where she enjoys retirement with a miniature dachshund and a cat. She’s involved with the Portland Art Museum, belongs to a book club, does water aerobics, takes great courses and classes, and enjoys her friends.

  • JM
    • 06/02/2016

      John McClelland BA ’67 served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cusco, Peru, from 1967 to 1968, and then as an English teacher in Piura, Peru, from 1968 to 1970. He married Paula “Pauly” Valdivieso in 1969 while in Peru, and they’ve been together ever since. In September 1999, McClelland retired after 13 years as a feature writer for the Daily News of Longview, Washington. He has two children: daughter Mara McClelland BA ’95, an interior designer in New York City, and son Ian McClelland, who is an emergency medical technician with Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington. He also has two grandchildren. McClelland writes, “I’d like to hear from any who remember me, for good or bad.”

  • RP
    • 10/14/2016

      Ronald Parrish BA ’67 was a professor at George Fox University from 1989 to 2010. He’s now involved in theatre group and class reunions.

  • MS
    • 10/14/2016

      Marvina Andrus Shilling BA ’67 and her husband, David Shilling BA ’67, spend several months every summer living in France and visiting other countries. Recently, they had a wonderful time in Malta and Turkey.

  • DS
    • 10/14/2016

      David Shilling BA ’67, now retired, reports that he and his wife, Marvina Andrus Shilling BA ’67, spend several months every summer living in France and visiting other countries. Recently, they had a wonderful time in Malta and Turkey.

    • 06/02/2016

      David Shilling BA and spouse Marvina Shilling BA are enjoying retirement. They live in Laguna Beach, California, from November to April every year, and then in Paris from May through October. David still runs every other day.

  • 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.

  • JM

    J. Charles Morrison BA ’69, September 11, 2016, age 69. After obtaining a master’s degree in university administration from the University of Calgary in 1975, Morrison worked much of his life for the University of Alberta. By 1988, he was the director of administrative services for the university’s department of medicine. Even after semi-retirement, he remained at the school as a career development officer until his passing. When he wasn’t working, Morrison lived in the country and indulged his love for animals, art, and the outdoors. Survivors include his wife, Lil; sons Craig and Corey; and two grandchildren.

  • JS
    • 10/14/2016

      Jo Ann Staebler BA ’69 became pastor of Presbyterian and Lutheran Services Church in Bealeton, Virginia, in July 2016. She was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in September 2016.

  • JS
    • 02/15/2017

      Jo Ann Staebler BA was ordained as a teaching elder (minister of word and sacrament) in September 2016 by the National Capital Presbytery. She is serving a federated Presbyterian and Lutheran church in Bealeton, Virginia.