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In Memoriam

February 04, 2010


Donald R. Kresse B.S. ’51, June 23, 2009, age 86. Born in Hood River, Kresse was a dedicated outdoorsman who loved fishing, camping, climbing, and skiing in the Cascades. He was active in mountain rescue activities and helped organize the Portland Mountain Rescue program. Kresse’s college career began at the University of Oregon and was interrupted by service in Italy during World War II. He returned home a decorated veteran, enrolled at Lewis & Clark to study education, and taught in the Beaverton School District for 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; sons Peter and Doug and their wives; and four grandchildren.

Toshi Hasuike B.S. ’55, June 12, 2009, age 83. Hasuike was born in Tigard. He became a psychiatrist and practiced at Dammasch State Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Ochiyo; son, Michael; and daughter, Susan Kaufmann.

Lawrence William Fisher B.A. ’56, June 19, 2009, age 78. Fisher was born in Portland and graduated from Beaverton High. He served in the Army Signal Corps in Korea from 1950 to 1953. Fisher worked for Willamette Industries, then was an insurance agent for 20 years before retiring. Survivors include his sister and granddaughter; he was also close to his church family at Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond.


Anne Dew Brown B.A. ’60, May 18, 2009, age 69, at home in Garden City, Kansas. Brown grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. Moving around with her husband, a Presbyterian minister with the U.S. Navy, she held various positions including purchasing agent and then applications engineer with an equipment company and, later, fluid power instructor and curriculum developer for another company. Brown moved to Garden City in 1993 to work for the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center, assisting small manufacturers across western Kansas. She retired in January 2008 to establish her own marketing consultation firm. She was active in professional organizations and served on the Lewis & Clark Alumni Board from 1991 to 1997. Survivors include her children, Carey Leigh Brown, of St. Louis, and Paul Scott Brown, of Juniata, Nebraska, and brother, Theodore Patrick Dew, of Pinedale, Wyoming.


Chris Vander Kley B.A. ’71, March 15, 2008, age 59, following a long battle with cardiopulmonary disease. As a theatre student at Lewis & Clark, Vander Kley starred in several productions but particularly focused on theatre art design. After graduation he was chief set designer at the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, Minnesota, before returning to his hometown of Cottage Grove in 1974. There he went into business as Vander Kley Construction. His career as a general contractor enabled him to bring his own artistic stamp to designing and building each home—which he saw as “the stage on which one lives one’s life.” Survivors include his mother and father, Patty and Mike Vander Kley; former wife, Tina Barry; and two brothers and their wives and children.

Nicholas Drakulich J.D. ’75, February 5, 2009, at home, of cancer. Drakulich was born and raised in Portland, graduating from David Douglas High School and Willamette University before attending Lewis & Clark Law School. He married, raised his family, and built a law practice in Portland. He retired in March 2008. Drakulich coached basketball and baseball and loved watching his children play sports. He went fly-fishing around the world, most recently in Argentina, but most enjoyed spending time at a cabin on the Deschutes River in central Oregon. Survivors include his wife, Elaine; sons, Nick and Scott; and daughter, Corrie.

Shirley Boucher B.A. ’77, June 30, 2009, age 61, at Most Pure Heart of Mary Convent in Mobile, Alabama. Sister Shirley was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, the Catholic order that occupied the former Corbett estate, just south of the Lewis & Clark campus, at the time. (The property became part of the campus in 2000.) After earning her bachelor’s degree in education at Lewis & Clark, she went on to obtain an M.A. in education at the University of San Francisco and to publish several articles in educational journals. Her interest in science led her to participate in special activities with NASA; she also ministered in Oregon, California, and Washington, and in a refugee camp in Zambia. In Alabama for the past 16 years, she taught and served as vice principal at Most Pure Heart of Mary School. Survivors include her three sisters and her Franciscan family.


Carol Jones J.D. ’85, December 26, 2008, age 53, in McMinnville, from breast cancer. Jones grew up in the Beaverton area and earned her bachelor’s degree at Southern Oregon University. She practiced law in Hillsboro and was executive director of Yamhill County Defenders from 1999 to 2004, before she was appointed and subsequently elected to the bench. Jones was active in organizations supporting nature and animals. She served on the board of Henderson House, danced with the Royal Scottish Dance Society, and enjoyed diving, playing the piano, gardening, hiking, and whitewater rafting. Survivors include her husband, David Johns; a daughter; her father; and three brothers.


Margaret Ruth Raker J.D. ’94, May 20, 2009, age 58, in Portland, of cancer. Raker, an Oregon assistant attorney general, was born in Anchorage and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Albright College and earned a master’s in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University. Raker moved to Portland in 1979 to work as a nutrition education specialist for Portland Public Schools, but after some years, decided to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. Following her graduation, Raker clerked for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Welch. In 1999 she joined the Oregon Department of Justice, where she worked in the Child Advocacy Section, representing the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Division of Child Support. Survivors include her sister, Virginia, and her daughters, Patricia Laskey, of Nashville, and Laura Laskey, of Portland.

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