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June 14, 2004


Charles “Chuck” Cantelon ’70 has taken early retirement from xpedx, where he worked for 21 years in customer service and paper buying. He has had several poems published over the years. 

Garry Hood ’70 is president and coowner of Sign Video, an Oregon-based manufacturer of video equipment and producer of instructional videos and stock-footage collections. He lives in Portland with his wife, Suzanne, and their teenage daughter, Sydney.

Nancy Pittman ’70 is a respiratory therapist.


Brita Rice ’71 still lives in Juneau and works for the Alaska Department of Education.


Gary Abbot J.D. ’72 and David Prange J.D. ’87 have opened the law firm Abbott & Prange in Portland.

Tod Corrin ’72 was elected to the Downey Unified School District Board of Education in November 2003.

John Griffith ’72 is chair of the Coos County Board of commissioners. Prior to his election in 2000, he spent 10 years as the Oregonian’s full-time correspondent for the southern Oregon Coast. Before that, he was a logger. John’s wife, Kathryn “Katie” Hudson Griffith ’72 is a nationally certified nurse epidemiologist for the Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. Both John and Katie were history majors at the College, as was Katie’s father, Robert “Bob” Hudson ’51. The Griffiths have three successful children. Their youngest, Sarah, graduated from Lewis & Clark with honors in 2000.

Linda Guess King ’72 earned her tax preparer’s license in 1991. Through April 15, she kept busy preparing income taxes as a Jackson Hewitt office manager and as a licensed tax consultant. She enjoys playing and refereeing volleyball. Her son is 16 years old.


Jimmy Brown ’74 directs Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. He previously spent 20 years working in Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice, where he developed the county’s Gang Resource Intervention Team, the School attendance Initiative, and the Communities of Color Initiative. Brown also managed the department’s Citizen Budget Advisory committee. He and his wife, Kathy Brennan, have four children: Megan, 25; Ryan, 21; Taylor, 20; and Jordan, 17.

Keith Swensen J.D. ’74 and David Gray moved into their newly remodeled office at 5911 S.E. 43rd Avenue, next to Portland’s Woodstock Community Center, in November 2003. 


Mark Chambers ’75 is the proud parent of two college graduates and a West Linn High School sophomore. After nearly 20 years with Standard Insurance, he took time out to raise more than $1 million for a small local nonprofit serving youth. Chambers now supports the insurance needs of physicians, medical groups, and clinics in the Portland area. 


Julie Ford Sears ’76 has worked in high-tech marketing for about 12 years and currently works in services marketing at Cisco Systems. After leaving the College, Sears earned her bachelor’s degree in radio/television at San Diego State University and a master’s degree in applied communications research from Stanford University. Sears and her husband live on the peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Steven Rosen J.D. ’77 has been appointed codirector of Division III—Continuing Legal Education and programs of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Rosen continues to teach trial tactics and ethics in his “Movie Magic: How the Masters Try Cases” CLE program, which he has presented in 32 states. 


Mehran Dadbeh ’78 is a real estate agent in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area. He loves being the greatest dad he can be to his son, 13. They play tennis, practice aikido, bike, travel, discuss philosophy, and do lots of homework.

Sally Landauer J.D. ’78 has been elected to a four-year term on the Whitman College Board of Overseers. An attorney concentrating in estate planning and administration for 25 years, Landauer spent the last 15 years as a partner with Ball Janik.

Marilee Schiff ’78 is director of development at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. She previously served for 16 years as the center’s director of public affairs. In 2003, Schiff’s oldest son graduated from the University of Idaho. Her daughter is finishing her business education degree, and her youngest son is the student body president of his high school.

Jeannie Price Gulstrand Verderame ’78 is president of her late husband’s firm, Gulstrand and Associates, which represents manufacturers. She has two sons and two stepsons and still lives in Minnesota.


John McIlhenny Jr. J.D. ’79, formerly a partner at Sorensen-Jolink, Trubo, Williams & Williams of Portland, has opened his own office in Puyallup, Washington. He recently returned from a yearlong sabbatical in El Paso, Texas, where he volunteered for family assistance and education programs, taught as a substitute, and parented his 5-year-old twins while his wife attended the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss. McIlhenny’s practice will continue to emphasize family law, wills, probate, alternative dispute resolution, and military law.

Teresa Schmid J.D. ’79 is the new executive director of the State Bar of Arizona. Prior to accepting the position, Schmid was director of professional services at the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Ronald Towner ’79 is the editor of KIVA: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, where he focuses on dendroarchaeology, the chronological, behavioral, and environmental interpretation of archaeological tree-ring samples. Towner earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the university.

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