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1950

 

Evedene Russell Bennett ’50 chaired a committee to host a fall speaker series at Linn-Benton Community College. The series was designed to commemorate the Lewis and Clark Expedition bicentennial.

 

Donald Driscoll ’50 and Eva Drum Driscoll ’50 have lived in Fairfax, Virginia, since 1977. Donald retired in 1992 after 41 years as supervisory resource manager in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Information Resources Management. Eva previously was a social worker in adoption services in Oregon, Nevada, and California.

 

David Lee ’50 is grandson of Wallace Howe Lee, a past president of Lewis & Clark. Through a trust in Wallace’s name, David and his family provide scholarships to College students.

 

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L. Chalmers Musgrove ’51 is an 11-year prostate cancer survivor who chairs the board of UsToo!, the world’s largest prostate cancer support group. Five years ago he retired from State Farm Insurance with more than 36 years of service. He plays handball several times a week and sings with the Las Vegas Master Singers. Four of his 6 children and 11 of his 15 grandchildren live in Las Vegas.

 

Donald Whitman ’51 and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 55 years.

 

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James “Jim” Goddard ’52 and his wife, Beryl, recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Retired for 15 years, the couple enjoys the sunny hot weather of the desert. They play lots of golf and feel very fortunate for their good health.

 

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Bonnie Dunbar Hahn ’53 joined a sailboat crew in 1983 and spent 13 years sailing every arctic waterway. The team’s journey on the Belvedere became the subject of John Bockstoce’s book Arctic Passages. Hahn previously taught high school physical education for 21 years in Nome, Alaska. She also ran a sporting goods business for 10 years and a day care for 10 years. She goes snowmobiling in the winter, plays sports, and enjoys her 12 grandchildren.

 

Brad Lighty ’53 and Doris Moir Lighty ’55 have been married for 50 years. They live in California, where they are in good health and lead active lives. Brad, a member of Kappa Phi Alpha, was a CPA in Oregon and California and founded Lighty, Tobkin & Waltrip in 1964. The Lightys have two sons.

 

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Raymond Hoen ’54 has spent 50 years in sales and sales management for firms such as Zellerbach Paper and Nissan Motor Corporation. He has also worked at an automobile business and a retail shop with his wife. A real estate appraiser, he is currently a principal broker and has no time to retire.

 

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Doris Moir Lighty ’55 and Brad Lighty ’53 have been married for 50 years. Doris, a member of Alpha Gamma sorority, enjoyed a career in real estate sales. They have two sons.

 

Kenneth Owens ’55 received a collaborative research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Alexander Baranov and the Founding of Russia’s Multicultural Empire in North America. Owens is professor emeritus of history and ethnic studies at California State University at Sacramento. There he founded the Capital Campus Public History graduate program and codirected the Ph.D. program in public history with the University of California at Santa Barbara. While at CSUS, he received the alumni association’s Distinguished Professor award. His books include Riches for All: The California Gold Rush and the World.

 

Herbert “Herb” Scholder ’55 is retired and passionate about travel. In 2003, he visited Bolivia, Peru, the Alaskan Yukon, and Vienna, where he cruised the Danube River to the Black Sea.

 

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Elizabeth “Liz” Drury Howe ’56 and her husband, John Howe ’56, live in Reno, Nevada. Liz received the 2003 Washoe Education Association Improvement to Education Individual Award for running the Free orthopedic Clinic for 18 years. She retired in 2000 after 25 years as a pediatric physical therapist with the Washoe County School District. Liz served on the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 4 of her 45 years as a physical therapist. John, a retired journalist, is a past recipient of the School Bell award for news coverage on education and an NAACP award for coverage of minority affairs. They frequently attend alumni events and are active in civic affairs.

 

Richard “Dick” Stonebrink ’56 had a private chiropractic practice in Portland for 30 years. He taught at the Western States Chiropractic College for 40 years and also taught postgraduate courses around the country. He and his wife,Donna Hopfield Stonebrink ’58, retired in 1996 to Pebblecreek Golf Resort near Phoenix. They have one son, and their two daughters are Lewis & Clark graduates.

 

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George Nakata ’57 lives in a Portland suburb, and is founder and owner of an international business advisory and consultancy company. He has taken more than 100 trips to the Far East and Europe for his work, and is active in trade associations related to global business and trade.

 

David Sellers ’57 and his wife, Dianne Shiner, live year-round in Holden Village, an ecumenical Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascades near Chelan, Washington. They have no cars, television, or phones, but they do have great views of mountain peaks.

 

Carl Smith ’57 has played in a 12-piece band, Carl Smith & the Natural Gas Co., since 1964.

 

Nancy Terrell Yacher ’57 teaches English at the university of Kansas. She has been a Danforth Graduate Women’s Fellow, Danforth Associate, and member of the Society for Religion in Higher Education.

 

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Donna Hopfield Stonebrink ’58 lives near Phoenix with her husband, Richard “Dick” Stonebrink ’56. They enjoy an active retired life filled with golf, swimming, reading, gardening, oil painting, and travel.

 

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Earl Chappell ’59 moved to Palm Desert, California, in 2002.

 

Samuel Edwards ’59 has been an executive in the Presbytery of Geneva, New York, for 33 years and counting. He has four children, three grandchildren, and three cats.

Melvin Knight ’59, M.M. ’65 retired following 26 years of teaching music at the high school and community college levels, and serving for 10 years as director of music education and services for the Society for the Preservation and encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America.

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