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In Memoriam

March 13, 2015

1940s

Margaret Emmons B.A. ’46, July 10, 2014, age 89. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Margaret moved to Portland as a child. She married Lewis Emmons in 1944, and they had two sons, David and Douglas. Lewis’s job with Frigidaire took them to Ohio and Texas. After returning to Oregon in 1978, the couple retired in Newport, where Margaret was an active volunteer with the Hatfield Marine Science Center and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. She loved reading, researching family history, and following politics and current events.

Joyce Jackson B.A. ’46, June 17, 2014, age 89. While at Lewis & Clark, Joyce majored in biology and served as class president. She later worked at Oregon Health & Science University as a lab technician. In 1950, she married William Jackson B.S. ’48. The couple moved to Boise, Idaho, and raised their sons, Rich and Tim, returning to Portland in 1976. Joyce helped raise her grandchildren and traveled extensively. An active member of Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, she enjoyed gardening, singing in choirs, and caring for her family.

Charles Fulkerson CAS ’47, June 22, 2014, age 90.

Raymond Poindexter B.S. ’49, June 6, 2014, age 93, in Puyallup, Washington. He was a pastor for the United Methodist Church and is survived by his wife, Margaret.

1950s

Dennis McLean B.S. ’50, July 22, 2014, age 88, after battling cancer for 20 years. McLean grew up in Lake Grove, Oregon. He joined the Navy in 1943, served in the South Pacific, and was discharged in 1947, the same year he married his wife, Wauneta. A double major in psychology and business, he started a career in the auto industry in General Motors’ Oldsmobile division and worked in management for 25 years. He oversaw GM branches in Portland, Los Angeles, Alaska, and Montana. In retirement, Dennis and Wauneta enjoyed 34 years of warm winter months in their Mesa, Arizona, condominium.

Rhoda Brumbaugh B.A. ’51, June 23, 2014, age 86, in Lynden, Washington. Rhoda married Lloyd Brumbaugh in 1955, and the couple had three children: David, Mark, and Janet. She worked as a bookkeeper and loved to travel, read, and bake—but mostly, she enjoyed being with her family.

Lenore Leines B.A. ’51, September 5, 1914, age 84, in Medford, Oregon. Lenore studied music during her teens, singing lead roles in community musicals and operas. She was a vocal finalist on Ted Mack’s national Original Amateur Hour radio show. After graduating from college, she married Henry Leines B.S. ’51. They started their family in Portland, and Lenore continued to perform in productions of The Mikado, Show Boat, The Student Prince, and Così fan tutte. In 1964, the family relocated to Medford, Oregon. Lenore sang for Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, was a founding board member of the Britt Festival, and served as president for both Medford’s Rogue Opera and Republican Women. A skilled voice teacher, she had many students who won local, state, and national awards. Survivors include six children, 19 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

Shirley Rechel ’51, February 18, 2014, age 84. Shirley was born in Brawley, California. In 1950, she married Paul Rechel, and they spent the next 36 years together until his death in 1986. She is survived by her children and grandchildren.

Lydge Amer Vann B.S. ’51, June 9, 2014, age 88. Born in the Eastmoreland area of Portland, Vann attended Benson High School and later graduated from Lewis & Clark. He worked for PacifiCorp for 35 years. He and his wife, Jean, built a house on the same block as his parents, and they lived there until Vann’s death. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and other outdoor activities. He is survived by his wife, children, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

G. Dewitt Morgan B.A. ’52, July 15, 2014, age 89. Morgan enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was stationed in Adak, Alaska, from 1944 to 1946. He retired from Sanderson Safety Supply after 25 years. He belonged to Beaverton Elks Lodge #1989, the Portland Masonic Lodge, and the V-8 club. He is survived by his wife and children.

Richard Rubin CAS ’52, September 9, 2014, age 83.

Gordon Faber B.S. ’53, August 18, 2014, age 83. Faber was a respected former mayor of Hillsboro, Oregon, from 1993 to 2001, an era when the city’s population grew from 40,000 to more than 72,000.

Raleigh McVicker B.A. ’53, August 9, 1941, age 82. Born in The Dalles, Oregon, McVicker earned a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. He married Nancy Trigg in 1954. McVicker taught choral music in the Pacific Northwest, completing a 27-year choral music education career in 1987 at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. He received the first Olympic College Faculty Recognition Award in 1987 and was inducted into the Olympic College Hall of Fame in 2000. Raleigh played pipe organ for more than 40 years and served as minister of music at Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church. He also rehearsed and directed the Bremerton Community Chorus, which performed on its own and with the Bremerton Symphony. He is survived by his wife and sons.

William Scales B.S. ’53, on July 17, 2014, age 89.

Darlene Zikes B.A. ’53, M.A.T. ’68, August 21, 2014, age 81. Born in Colorado, Zikes moved with her family to The Dalles, Oregon, in the 1940s. She met her future husband, Denny Zikes B.A. ’51, J.D. ’59, at Lewis & Clark. Darlene was an educator for more than 30 years, primarily teaching fourth graders at Bridlemile Elementary School in Portland. She also attended Lewis & Clark Law School in the early 1980s. Survivors include her daughters.

James H. West B.S. ’53, September 12, 2014, age 82.

Lorraine Mattos B.A. ’55, August 20, 2014, age 81, of kidney failure. Mattos lettered in tennis in 1953 as a member of Lewis & Clark’s men’s team, where she competed in No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. She was a Pioneer in an era when there was no intercollegiate sports competition for women, which forced her to play on the men’s squad. She scored several victories, including one over Oregon State University’s No. 2 men’s player. Mattos will forever have the distinction of being the first woman inducted into the Lewis & Clark Sports Hall of Fame. Mattos taught physical education and health in Portland-area schools until she became ill with kidney failure. She had a kidney transplant in 1969, living with her new kidney for 45 years. Defying the odds with a smile and quiet determination, Mattos taught in California’s Siskiyou County, at Big Springs Elementary, and at Weed Elementary School for the majority of her career.

Madelon Adler Petroff M.M. ’55, June 25, 2014, age 83. A gifted pianist, Petroff enrolled at 13 in the University of Oregon as a special student in the School of Music and Dance. At 17, she was a featured soloist with the Portland Junior Symphony. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1952, she studied at the Juilliard School in New York. She earned her M.M. from Lewis & Clark in 1955. Petroff performed and taught privately in Portland for more than 30 years. She was a great conversationalist and freely shared a seemingly endless supply of limericks. She was also a true friend and a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Warren Wilson B.A. ’55, August 30, 2014, age 87.

Judith Bone Mistkawi ’59, July 25, 2014, age 77. A graduate of South Salem High School, Mistkawi attended Oregon State University and Western Oregon University, where she earned a master’s degree in early childhood education. She married John Mistkawi in 1964. Mistkawi was an elementary school teacher who took great pride in her work. She was well known among her family as the very best at pretend play with her grandchildren.

1960s

William B. Weekes B.S. ’61, on January 15, 2014, age 75.

Cynthia Baldwin B.A. ’62, August 19, 2014, age 72.

John Watson B.A. ’64, July 7, 2014, age 72.

Lois Pope B.A. ’65, February 13, 2012, age 78.

James McDonnell B.A. ’67, October 29, 2011, age 72.

1970s

Rosemary Lee M.A.T. ’71, June 25, 2014, age 67, from a brain tumor. Born and raised in Northeast Portland, Lee earned her undergraduate degree from Portland State University and her M.A.T. from Lewis & Clark. She married John Kitzhaber (who later became governor of Oregon) in 1971 and Louis Lee in 1987. She spent most of her teaching career in the Reynolds School District. In retirement, she traveled extensively and visited more than 50 countries. A lifelong educator, she volunteered in local schools and was committed to several underserved families.

Thomas North B.S. ’71, June 23, 2014, age 65. North was a professor at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta’s Department of Pediatrics, and professor emeritus at the University of California Davis Center for Comparative Medicine. He spent most of his career researching antiretroviral drugs, which proved to be important in the development of the main class of drugs now used for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in adults and newborns. He was known to his friends as a great conversationalist, especially if the subject was Oregon pinot noirs; the St. Louis Cardinals; or his dogs, Casey and Rogi.

Terry Hofferber-Moore B.A. ’72, M.A.T. ’77, June 13, 2014, age 64, of heart failure. A French and Spanish teacher early in her career, Hofferber-Moore held various positions in the local Portland planning bureaus. From 1992 to 1995, she served as a Metro councilor and worked to adopt Metro’s 2040 Growth Concept. She advocated for parks, trails, green spaces, and accessibility. From 1989 to 2008, Hofferber-Moore was a leader in the Raleigh Hills–Garden Home Neighborhood Association. She worked to keep the “garden” in Garden Home by spearheading the planting of three and a half miles of Oleson Road with daffodils, trees, and hanging baskets. She is survived by her husband, mother, sister, and nieces.

Barrie Lane B.A. ’73, February 28, 2014, age 63, of a heart attack. While at Lewis & Clark, Lane participated in an overseas study program to Israel and was an active member of the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity. In 1974, he married Lois Stillmaker B.A. ’71, whom he met at Lewis & Clark. The couple settled in Lane’s hometown of Redwood City, California, where he was a substitute teacher and did taxes for H&R Block on the side. After the birth of their first child, Lane was offered a position as regional manager for H&R Block in Auburn, Washington. He was associated with a number of tax professionals and traveled widely representing taxpayers around the country. Survivors include his wife, a son, and a daughter.

Nancy McCarthy M.E. ’74, June 13, 2014, age 81. Before obtaining her graduate degree, McCarthy worked as a schoolteacher and mother in the Pacific Northwest. In 1983, she moved to Colorado Springs, where she started a successful career as an Allstate Insurance agent. McCarthy enjoyed reading; music; art; and most of all, spending time with her family.

Kenneth Taylor B.A. ’74, June 3, 2013, age 61, in Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduation, Taylor attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis. He was a partner at the Women’s Clinic in Little Rock. Survivors include his two daughters and three brothers. 

Vincent Reger B.S. ’78, August 28, 2014, age 57. Reger began his career in medicine at the Portland Clinic. In 1990, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening his own private practice in general surgery at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. During his 24 years at the hospital, Reger served in many professional capacities, including chief of staff. He is survived by his parents and sister.

1980s

Carrie “Kawena” Cushingham B.A. ’86, August 18, 2013, age 49. Cushingham worked at ABC15 KNXV-TV in Phoenix for more than 20 years. She started as a studio tech, became a TV director, and ultimately worked as a production supervisor. She was known for being a great mentor. Cushingham was an animal lover and enjoyed traveling, horseback riding, boating, and being with family and friends. Survivors include her devoted partner and her son and his family.

Christopher Hollern B.A. ’86, December 7, 2013, age 50, from complications of myotonic dystrophy. Hollern grew up in Bend, Oregon. His experiences at Camp Nor’wester in Washington’s San Juan Islands inspired him to become an educator. He taught English at Phillips Academy while pursuing an M.E. at Harvard. Robert Coles, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, persuaded him to become head section leader of one of Harvard’s most popular courses, The Literature of Social Reflection. Hollern later returned to Portland and started the successful Pearl District restaurant Bima with his friend Margot Leonard, and they also opened Holden’s. Hollern was known for his razor-sharp wit and intellect as well as his booming laugh.

Jonathan Brumbach B.A. ’04, October 27, 2013, age 31. In the words of his parents, this “vibrant, loving, troubled, and sensitive soul ended his own internal struggle by taking his own life.” Brumbach had a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry, which enabled him to travel the globe in pursuit of novel research opportunities. A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, he enjoyed backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain and dirt biking. He also exhibited paintings in Salt Lake City galleries.

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