June 13, 2005
Theodore B. Jensen J.D. ’36, February 24, 2005, age 94. Jensen, a native Portlander, was an attorney in private practice. He also served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and in the Air Force Reserve.
Alfred O. Stromquist ’40, October 30, 2004, age 86. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Stromquist earned a master’s degree from Rutgers University. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and in the Navy Reserve for nine years. He worked for U.S. Bank for more than 30 years, rising to the position of senior vice president in the human resources department.
Ellen Groening Monnes ’43, November 13, 2004, age 82. Born in Hillsboro, Kansas, Monnes was a math teacher for East Gresham Elementary School and Dexter McCarty School. She was instrumental in founding Tucker-Maxson Oral School for the Deaf. Monnes’ late father, Abe A. Groening, was a professor emeritus at Lewis & Clark. Her niece is Elisabeth “Lisa” Groening ’80.
Grace Laurine Hoyt ’47, February 27, 2005, age 80. A native of Portland, Hoyt lived in the area most of her life.
Patricia Mary Rae Crisp Niete ’47, January 22, 2005, age 79. Niete spent her early years on her family’s ranch in Chehalis, Washington, before moving to Portland. At Lewis & Clark, she met and married her husband, C. Warren Niete ’46, and they ran a boat rental business at Cullaby Lake for several years. After their divorce, she worked in various jobs in Oregon City and volunteered for the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Historical Society, library, and Oregon Health & Science University. She loved art, history, antiques, and collectibles, and was a dealer for many years.
Corinne Schauppert Wilcox ’47, May 28, 2004, age 93. Wilcox was a member of Reedville Presbyterian Church for 82 years and a life member of Beaver Chapter of Eastern Star. She married Al Schauppert in 1934 and they lived in Reedville until his death in 1952. She later married Gordon Wilcox, and they lived in Salem and Turner until his death in 1965. She then moved to Portland and worked for the Paper Division of Boise Cascade. Wilcox loved family get-togethers and traveling throughout the United States with her sisters. She played piano for the Reedville Presbyterian Church Sunday School classes she taught with her sister, and loved making a variety of crafts.
William Francis Ford ’49, M.D., October 19, 2004, age 83. Ford joined the Navy after graduating from high school and served as a chief radio technician during World War II. He attended Lewis & Clark after the war, and later graduated from the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He served his internship at Emanuel Hospital and later established his family practice at the hospital. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and the National Football League, and was a member of B.P.O.E. #336 in Salem.
Dorothy Jean McNett ’49, February 1, 2005, age 80. Born in Astoria, McNett grew up in Warrenton. After graduating from the College, she was a public school English teacher, living in Portland and Troutdale.
Paul Francis Roscoe M.A. ’49, M.D., February 24, 2005, age 81. An avid mountain climber who reached the summit of Mount Hood several times, Roscoe once made the ascent while playing the bagpipes, much to the delight of his climbing companions. On an ascent of Mount Rainier, he was first to the top, welcoming the other members of his party with an ice-cold pitcher of martinis. His determination, focus, sense of adventure, and wry humor also served him well in his position as principal at several Portland elementary schools, including Woodmere, Kerns, Glenhaven, Astor, and Capitol Hill. After he retired in 1981, cycling became one of his favorite activities. Traveling across the United States, Baja, Russia, Australia, and most of the European countries, he clocked more than 140,000 miles on his bike. He added more than 4,000 miles in 2004 as he celebrated his 81st birthday. Survivors include sister Dorothy Roscoe Cady Lake ’50 and her husband, Willett R. Lake Jr. ’50, and sister Mary Roscoe Packard ’47. Idella Voncile Steiger Smith ’49, January 10, 2005. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Smith ’49.
Wilbur E. “Bill” Smith ’50, December 3, 2004, age 77. Smith joined the Navy after graduating from high school in 1945, serving on the USS Blueridge and USS Lubbock. After college, he worked as an aviation mechanic for Sky Park, spurring a lifelong interest in flying. His career in the insurance industry began when he joined the Medford Insurance Agency in 1956. In 1965, he settled permanently in Vancouver, Washington, as general manager of a company that was renamed Donn Biggs and Associates in 1972. Fish became an officer and shareholder in the firm, and later taught classes for the Independent Insurance Agents of Washington. An expert craftsman and mechanic, he carved intricate wooden signs for commercial businesses, apartments, and friends. He was active in community service projects, especially with the Hazel Dell Lions Club, for more than four decades.
Noel Tanghe Tabor ’51, December 12, 2003.
Jean Crites Berger ’52, October 19, 2004, age 84. A native of Eugene, Berger lived most of her life in Portland. She received a music degree from Lewis & Clark and earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. A product analyst for Boise Cascade, she also gave private music lessons.
William C. “Bill” Cox ’52, M.A. ’64, October 25, 2004, age 78. Cox served in the U.S. Army in World War II before attending Lewis & Clark, where he played football and was a member of the 1950 Northwest Conference Championship team and Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity. He met his future wife,
Janice ’55, on the steps of the gymnasium, and they were married in 1953. He went on to earn a master’s degree in education and counseling from the graduate school while teaching math at Milwaukie High School. In 1963, the family moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he taught math and was a counselor. In 1974, Cox, his wife, and two sons moved to the family farm on Howell Prairie Road in Salem. He was a substitute teacher at Silverton High School for several years and managed the family farm until his death. Marshall P. Smith ’52, December 18, 2004, age 76. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Smith worked as a lumber broker in Roseburg. He moved to Lake Oswego in 1965, worked as a salesman for American Guaranty, and later formed his own company, American Personal Planning.
Larry R. Joy ’53, June 18, 2004, age 72. A lifelong Portlander, Joy served in the U.S. Army and taught physical education for Portland Public Schools. He officiated high school and small college football games for 32 years and often volunteered at high school track meets. Joy donated hundreds of hours volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Peter Catholic Church. He and his wife of almost 30 years, Naomi L. Mooney Skoch, traveled a little, tended their garden, cared for their horses, and loved spending time with their children and grandchildren.
David W. Bauman ’54, March 12, 2004.
Russell “Russ” Eugene White ’54, June 12, 2004, age 72. White was a classical musician who loved camping, hiking, and fly-fishing, especially in the Wallowa Mountains. He played the French horn in what was then the Portland Symphony from 1956 through 1968, when he moved to Hawaii and became principal horn for the Honolulu Symphony. He returned to Portland in 1980. Throughout his career, he taught the French horn in private lessons and at various schools. He played at music festivals in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and elsewhere in the United States, and also toured internationally. Survivors include daughter Catherine Hicks ’77.
Thomas V. Greer ’55, June 22, 2004, age 73. Greer served in the Air Force and was a sales manager for Container Corporation of America.
Jerry Lee Bowder M.M. ’56, February 10, 2005, age 76. Born in Portland, Bowder earned a master of music in composition from Lewis & Clark in 1956 and a Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music in 1960. He began teaching at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham in 1960, conducting the Concert Band and creating the Gorham Chamber Orchestra. An active composer for more than 40 years, he was appointed the Maine Bicentennial Composer in 1976. In 1972, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music for his String Quartet No. 1.Survivors include cousin Stanley Prager ’53 and dear friends Don Balmer, U.G. Dubach Professor Emeritus of Political Science, his wife, Betty, and their family.
Carroll Zon Johnson Gerbert ’59, November 27, 2004, age 67. Gerbert was a longtime Klamath County community leader who, at the time of her death, was chairing the county’s Library Centennial Celebration and serving as treasurer of the Klamath Arts Council, an organization she formed. A former Klamath County commissioner, she helped develop the design for the Klamath County Jail, was a member of the county budget committee for 10 years, and was active in the United Way of the Klamath Basin for many years. She was a member of the State Scholarship Committee from 1975 to 1981, chairing the committee for three of those years. Gerbert also was a member of the American Association of University Women, active in the League of Women Voters, a member of First Presbyterian Church, and a volunteer at the Klamath County Mental Health Center. The Klamath County Women’s Crisis Center honored her in 1984.
JoAnn Eileen Vance Hanna ’60, April 25, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Hanna ’61.
Paul C. Willison ’61, November 18, 2004, age 68. Born in Portland, Willison graduated from Columbia Prep before attending Lewis & Clark. After serving in the U.S. Army, he was a law enforcement officer for Multnomah County for 18 years and the Portland Police Bureau for 10 years.
Justin T. “Cash” Hardy ’62, October 27, 2004, age 66. Hardy was a native of Portland and worked as a comptroller.
Patrick McLoughlin J.D. ’62, November 30, 2004, age 71.
Hallie ‘Bud’ William Smith ’63, missing in action in South Vietnam since January 8, 1968, has been declared legally dead. Smith was a 26-year-old U.S. Air Force captain assigned to the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Airbase in South Vietnam. On January 8, 1968, he was piloting an RF4C Phantom reconnaissance jet en route to a target when radar and radio contact were lost in Kontum Province, about 15 miles north of the city of Dak To. Despite search efforts, neither the aircraft nor the crew was ever located.
Joseph John McCarthy J.D. ’67, January 28, 2005, age 69. McCarthy was an attorney in private practice in Portland and Gresham.
J. Davis Walker J.D. ’68, September 18, 2004, age 70. Walker, who was born in Detroit and grew up in Massachusetts, came west after completing his undergraduate degree. He worked as a forester and on Mount Hood’s ski patrol. After graduating from the law school, he joined Bump, Young & Walker in Forest Grove, where he remained until his retirement in 1999.
Wayne Curtis Rapp J.D. ’71, February 3, 2005, age 81. Rapp left the University of Illinois after his first year to enlist in the Army Air Corps, serving two tours with the Eighth Army Air Force in England and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Oak Leaf Clusters. Following the war, he graduated from the University of Southern California and began a career in construction and development. Rapp moved his family to Hillsboro in 1962, where he experimented with organic farming and built custom homes before fulfilling a lifelong dream to study law. In 2002, he moved to Port Orchard, Washington, to be closer to his grandchildren.
Arthur M. “Art” Clark III ’72, December 18, 2004, age 55. Born in Ellensburg, Washington, and raised in Spokane, Clark was passionate about cars. He loved racing at Bonneville and working on his Model A. Survivors include his sister, Elizabeth “Liz” Clark Potter ’72. Dorothy L. Kurkinen M.A.T. 72, September 10, 2004, age 75. After receiving her master’s degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark, Kurkinen taught three years for Portland Public Schools. When her husband retired, the couple moved to a small farm outside Toledo, Washington. Kurkinen went on to teach first grade for 14 years at neighboring Winlock School District #232. Upon her death, Kurkinen established an endowed scholarship at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling to support future teachers and counselors.
Kenneth E. Anderson J.D. ’73, November 29, 2004, age 59. Anderson was a Marine and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. For 30 years, he was a partner at Harrington, Anderson & DeBlasio. An avid and talented tennis player, Anderson also enjoyed golf. He was diagnosed with cancer at age 39. Despite many surgeries and treatments, he refused to let the disease rule his life. Golf was his sport of choice after cancer took his right leg. He did not, however, allow it to handicap his game. A year following his amputation, he made his second hole-in-one.
Andrew H. “Andy” Melczer ’76, February 8, 2005, age 50. A native of Los Angeles, Melczer loved exploring Oregon’s mountains and coast while earning a degree in economics at the College. He completed his Ph.D. in economics at Northwestern University in 1982 and remained in Evanston with his wife, Susan Woolley Melczer ’76, to raise their children. Since 1984 he worked for the Illinois State Medical Society, a professional association for Illinois physicians, most recently as vice president for health policy research. Melczer was the principal author of a comprehensive state bill called the Managed Care Reform and Patients Rights Act, and he was a tireless advocate for patients’ access to medical care. He was also the youth group adviser at Beth Ernet Synagogue for seven years, joining the board of trustees in 1987 and serving in many leadership roles.
Deming Wuthmann ’77, December 26, 2004, age 51. Wuthmann worked for 30 years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, an endeavor that began as a summer job while he was attending Lewis & Clark. A gifted mechanic, carpenter, and plumber, he worked as a general contractor in Marin County, California. His parents were among the original partners in Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Ski Resort, and he grew up skiing there, developing a uniquely exuberant style. An active participant in community life, he was a coach, board member, and youth referee coordinator for the San Rafael Youth Soccer Club. His family meant everything to him, and he loved to spend summer and winter breaks with his wife and children backpacking, hiking, canoeing, and skiing in the Sierras and the Utah Rockies. An Eagle Scout, he lived his motto, “Do a good turn daily.”
Brenda L. Burnett Nelson ’78, September 30, 2004, age 48. After graduating from the College, Nelson earned a master’s degree in English from Yale University. She and her husband, Kelly, moved to Los Angeles, where she obtained a Ph.D. in English and a law degree from the University of Southern California. She practiced law in the Los Angeles firms of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips before moving home to Utah to be closer to family. She was an accomplished musician, learning to play the violin as a child, performing with school orchestras, and traveling throughout the United States with the Granite Youth Orchestra. Survivors include brother Bruce Burnett ’84 and sister Lisa Burnett Borelli ’89.
Jeffrey Lawrence Adatto J.D. ’79, July 12, 2004, age 50. Adatto, a member of both the Oregon and Washington bars, worked in Oregon for a brief time but spent most of his 24-year career practicing in Washington. He was a 20-year veteran of the Washington state attorney general’s office and, for the last 15 years, was section chief of the Vancouver office. Adatto practiced primarily in the area of workers’ compensation law, representing the Washington Department of Labor and Industries before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and in superior court. He died after a valiant battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Richard K. Sherman ’79, April 27, 2005, age 48. After being diagnosed with cancer, Sherman took early retirement in 2004 from the Lane County Sheriff’s Department, where he had worked 19 years as a psychologist providing health screenings and treatment for mentally ill inmates. The State Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services relied on him to represent concerns and issues jail managers encountered in working with the mentally ill. Sherman was also known for his clinical expertise in sorting out the interplay of criminality, mental illness, and substance abuse. County commissioners honored his dedication to community service by naming the new Lane County Defendant and Offender Management Center after him. Survivors include his twin brother, Sanford Sherman ’80.
Michele A. Leeb M.A. ’05, February 28, 2005, age 27. Born in Portland, Leeb grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School and Washington State University. She was a social worker for several agencies.
Correction In the winter 2005 issue of the Lewis & Clark Chronicle, we published an obituary for Chris Zafiratos ’57, which stated that he is survived by his wife, Dee Marie Bundy Whittemore, and three daughters, Julie Zafiratos, Allison Zafiratos-Patten, and Diana Zafiratos. We neglected to include his son, Matthew Zafiratos, in that list. Our apologies to the family.