Class Notes - 1960s
Jenean Mills McKay B.A. writes, “I have lived in Washington, D.C., for many years and love it! I’m involved in a senior improv dance group, which is excellent exercise, but we also visit nursing homes and dance with the residents. It is a wonderful experience. I’m very involved in mental health issues, and serve on the board of a D.C. organization that provides mental health services to anyone who needs them. My two sons also live in the D.C. area. I enjoy taking advantage of the cultural offerings here and am very active in my church. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of my classmates at our 50th year celebration.”
Kathleen Healy-Wedsworth B.Mus. retired in June 2009 after 44 years as a full-time church musician. She most recently served as minister of music at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, in New Jersey. She is now enjoying leisure time to read, cook, garden, and travel, including visits with her 2-year-old grandchild, who lives in Marin County, California.
Melvia Kawashima B.A. feels that “Alumni College keeps me in touch with enlightened classroom discourse and discussion— the heart and soul of all learning.”
John Venator B.S. fell in love with Mexico in his first year at Lewis & Clark, on the college’s first “overseas” trip (recounted in the Chronicle’s spring 2008 issue). Venator and his wife, Dorianne, have spent a lot of time in Mexico over the years, and in 2000 they bought a 400-year-old hacienda in the colonial city of Valladolid in Yucatan and began to renovate it completely. The project and its architect recently won first prize in a Yucatecan architectural competition. In addition, the home, Casa de los Venados, has been featured in the electronic newsletter of Yucatan Living. On exhibit in the home is the Venators’ extensive collection of Mexican folk and contemporary art. Full details are available at Casa de los Venados.
Roger Ferland B.A. has been elected chairman of the board of Audubon Arizona. He continues as cochair of the group’s science and policy committee. Ferland also chairs the clean energy, climate change, and sustainability practice of the Quarles & Brady law firm. He has practiced in the areas of environmental and natural resources law in the public and private sectors since 1975. Ferland is the only Arizona environmental attorney listed in Chambers USA with a highest “Star” ranking. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers in the area of environmental law. James Tuckett B.A. and his wife have moved from Leawood, Kansas, to Phoenix.
Dick Earl B.A. spent his first two years after graduation teaching elementary school in the Fiji Islands with the Peace Corps. His international affairs degree helped him work in the human resource field for 30 years with two international companies: 10 years for Coopers & Lybrand as HR manager in Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Seattle, and 20 years with R.W. Beck Inc.—a Seattle engineering consulting firm—as HR manager and business services manager. He is now training manager for Shuttle Express in Seattle. Earl is actively working on planning this year’s 40th reunion and hopes to see many classmates in June. Carol Russum Kaiser B.A. works as a project manager and internal consultant with Group Health in Seattle. Throughout her career she has done consulting of one type or another—with the most exotic assignment being consulting on-site to the American Samoan Power Authority in Pago Pago. She has a graduate degree in public administration from the University of Washington. Through an unexpected turn of events, she now lives in the house that once belonged to her grandmother on Steilacoom Lake in Lakewood, Washington. She looks forward to seeing fellow alumni from 1969 and 1970—and maybe staging a ’60s-style demonstration somewhere on campus (make love, not war?). Besides poli sci majors and D.C. program graduates, she would love to see fellow Lewis & Clark theatre people at the reunion— and, really, anyone else from this era.