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1953

Dick Voll B.A ’53, M.E. ’58 and his wife, Millie Marshall Voll ’58, look forward to celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They split their time between Moro, Oregon, where Millie sees to their wheat ranching business, and Rancho Mirage, California. Dick, a retired coach and art teacher, paints watercolors and teaches occasional classes. Millie teaches quilting. They both love the outdoors. Through mission trips to Guatemala, Mexico, and Kosovo, they have seen the world while serving others.

1954

Arts & Sciences Reunion

June 19–22, 2014

1955

Elsie Baker McFarland B.S. is the second-generation owner of Caro Amico—An Italian Cafe in Southwest Portland on Barbur Boulevard. The restaurant, founded by Elsie’s father in 1949, is believed to be the first in the city to serve authentic pizza and has been a popular gathering place for students and alumni for 65 years. Now semiretired, Elsie divides her time between a home in the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound and Portland. When in town, she often can be found greeting customers at the restaurant. Elsie’s former husband, Jim McFarland B.S. ’57, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, passed away in 2003.

1956

Herm Welch B.S. was one of the readers of William Stafford’s poetry when the Waldport Public Library joined in the statewide centennial celebration of Oregon’s most prolific poet this past winter. A student of Stafford’s in the 1950s, Welch retired in Waldport on the Oregon coast after 40 years in the insurance business. He has served on the Waldport City Council for 12 years, four of them as mayor. He is a lobbyist in Salem for Ceasefire Oregon, which advocates tighter gun registration laws.

1958

Lynn Mcguire Duniway B.A. has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 50 years. After raising four children, she taught second through sixth grade in public schools for 23 years. In retirement, she plays tennis and bridge, takes painting and aerobics classes, and recently took a memoir-writing class. Learning about new cultures and visiting the area is her passion. Lynn and husband, Ralph, try to go abroad twice a year. Her first husband, Frank Springer B.S. ’58, passed away in 1999.

Gerald Hall B.S. and Bettie Rae Knoblauch Hall B.S. have lived in Thousand Oaks, California, for the past 22 years. Jerry retired as an insurance company branch manager, and also retired after 30 years in the Naval Reserve. Bettie Rae retired recently after working in ESL and literacy tutoring programs in Thousand Oaks. The Halls have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, ample reasons for trips to Texas, Washington, D.C., and France. They enjoy volunteer work with the Thousand Oaks police force, the local library, and adult tutoring.

Elly Eymann Muiderman B.A. is living in Oregon after a 50-year hiatus in Michigan. She married fellow University of Michigan graduate student Anthony Muiderman in 1960. They raised four children in western Michigan. With three of their offspring now in Oregon, Elly and her husband came west, moving into a Eugene retirement community in 2011. Elly makes occasional visits to campus, where she finds students and the college thriving.

1959

Dorothy Bryant B.M. released a CD, “It Had to Be You: Songs for a Romantic Evening,” featuring herself on vocals, Ken Ochsner B.S. ’66 on string bass, and instrumentalists Katie Turner on keyboard and Earle Minor on sax. Contact Dorothy at dnwbryant@msn.com to purchase a copy. She remains a busy singer and was featured in Tony Starlight’s Supperclub’s cabaret show in September 2013.

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