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June 16, 2003


Charles “Kim” Anderson ’70 earned his master of divinity degree in 1998 from Fuller Theological Seminary. In January 2002, he was ordained as an associate pastor tentmaker in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Anderson, director of administration at Fuller Seminary’s northwest campus, is also a part-time pastor at Lake City Presbyterian Church in Seattle.

Hon. Don McCullough J.D. ’70 retired as dean of Cowlitz County Superior Courts after serving in the judiciary for more than 21 years.


Susan McCroskey Burke ’71 exhibited her watercolor paintings of Venice and Tuscany at the Woodridge Gallery in Redmond, Washington, last October. Burke, who retired from practicing psychotherapy and counseling five years ago, is a fiddler with the Celtic fusion band Dowry and also plays chamber music and contradance tunes. Her husband, John, is a full-time bluegrass fiddler. They live with their two teenage daughters, Erin and Elizabeth, in the foothills of the Cascades in Duvall, Washington.

Patrick Nielson ’71 has joined GrupoNueva’s office in San Jose, Costa Rica. The company manages businesses throughout Latin America that are committed to principles of sustainable development.


Richard T. Metsger ’72 retained his Oregon Senate seat in the November 2002 elections. Metsger, assistant Democratic leader, has served Senate district 26 since 1998. During the 2003 session, he sat on committees for business and labor, and water and land use. He also chaired the transportation and economic development committee.

Ellen O’Brien ’72 earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Rutgers University. After graduation, she returned to AT&T to work on an information visualization project.


Mark Melby ’73 is the owner of Melby’s Jewelers in Orcutt, California. His grandfather started this family-owned business more than 80 years ago.

Marrianne L. Pratt ’73 has been executive director of the Washington State nursery and Landscape association since May 2001. Previously, she was executive director of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce.

Christopher Ritter ’73 completed a self-designed interdisciplinary Ph.D. in science and technology studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Last September, Ritter moved from Bern, Switzerland, to Washington, D.C., to pursue a fellowship with the American association for the Advancement of Science and Technology Policy. He is an AAAS diplomacy fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Samuel Wade ’73 is a counselor at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, and has worked as a counselor for Portland Public Schools. Wade also performs traditional Roman Catholic and gospel music.


David DeBlasio J.D. ’74 of the Portland law firm Harrington, Anderson & DeBlasio was elected to the executive council of the Western Regional Members Association of the commercial Law League of America.

Lynn M. Myrick J.D. ’74 of Grants Pass has opened his own office after 27 years with Myrick, Adams, Davis & Day. His practice concentrates on domestic relations and general litigation.

Daniel R.F. Tolchin ’74 is president, CEO, and secretary of Northland Funding Corporation, a correspondent lender in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida. He is also a mortgage banker in Maryland and North Carolina, a registered mortgage broker in New York, and president and 50-percent owner in Liberty Abstract, a New York–based title company.

Charles R. Watkins ’74 is the owner of Wave Form Systems, a Portland-based company that specializes in providing mobile services, including surgical technologies, for the health care industry.


Richard A. Cremer J.D. ’75, a criminal defense lawyer in Roseburg, has been reelected to his second term on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers board of directors. In addition, he is an active member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

John Enders ’75 is executive director of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. He lives in Ashland. 

Diane Ward ’75 is a circuit court judge for Miami–Dade County, Florida. Ward, a criminal defense attorney for 20 years, has been married to Edward O’Donnell for 12 years.


Jay Johnson ’76, M.A.T. ’79 received the Geneva Hood Award at Casady School in Oklahoma City in June 2002. Based on nominations from the faculty, the school’s headmaster grants this award to an outstanding teacher whose dedication and competence distinguish him or her as an exceptional educator. Last fall, Johnson began his 19th year as an English, speech, and mass media instructor at the school.

Michael H. Pauly ’76 is executive director of bio-technology for Epicyte

pharmaceutical, which focuses on the discovery and development of human monoclonal antibodies.

William Thorndike Jr. ’76 recently began a three-year term on the board of Portland’s branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Thorndike is a member of the Port of Portland Commission, chairs the Oregon Community Foundation, and sits on the Oregon Business Council board. He is president of Medford Fabrication.

Tabitha Whitefoot ’76, M.A.T. ’89 is an Indian education coordinator for the Northwest Regional education Service District in Hillsboro. She strives to create educational equity by addressing race, gender, national origin, and sexual orientation in schools.


Leila Elliott J.D. ’77, a member of the Lake Oswego School Board since 1999, was named chair last July.

Lawrence Wobbrock J.D. ’77 and Richard Lane J.D. ’86 of Lawrence Wobbrock Trial Lawyer in Portland and Charles Tauman J.D. ’77 of Portland’s Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan were recently honored as finalists for the 2002 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. They won a precedent-setting $150-million punitive damages verdict in Schwartz v. Philip Morris, the first “low-tar fraud” case against a tobacco company to go to trial.


Philip M. Berkowitz J.D. ’78 has moved to the New York office of Seyforth Shaw, where he is a partner representing employers in the United States and abroad. His practice focuses on domestic and international labor and employment law.

Douglas Freeman ’78 and MacKenzie “Holly” Freeman ’80 are writers in residence with the community of Writers, a program in Portland State University’s Center for Excellence in Writing. They work with Portland-area grade schools. Holly, a public relations consultant, teaches oral history writing. Douglas, a professional video scriptwriter and producer, teaches scriptwriting. He received a national Gold Aurora scriptwriting award for a fund-raising video for the Boys & Girls Club of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Gayle A. Nachtigal J.D. ’78, a Washington County Circuit Court judge, was elected first vice president of the American Judges Association at the organization’s annual convention last September. She was also honored with the Judge William H. Burnett Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the association.

Daniel M. Ricks J.D. ’78 of Kennedy Watts Arellano & Ricks has been appointed chair of the Multnomah Bar Association’s professionalism committee for 2002-03.


Julie Jones Manning ’79 was a featured speaker at a community forum titled “Health Care in Lincoln County” last fall. Vice president of community relations and development for Samaritan Health Services, Manning has worked at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis since 1985.

Kristie “Harly” Nestor ’79 is recreation leader at Newport Recreation Center on the Oregon coast.

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