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  • It’s early morning in Rockaway Beach, and 75-year-old Karla Steinhauser B.S. ’58 fires up the propane burner, preheating her black refrigerator-sized smoker to 140 degrees. She loads fish—filleted, salted, and seasoned the day before—onto eight 20- by 40-inch racks.More >


  • This edition of Class Notes includes law submissions through November 24, 2010, and undergraduate and graduate submissions through April 30, 2011.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012


    Barbara Getty B.A. is now a copublisher of her books on better handwriting (see Handwriting Success). 1959 Lue Lilly B.S. is honored in the foreword of the recently published We Were All Athletes: Women’s Athletics and Title IX at the University of Nevada. Her contributions to the women’s athletic program as an associate professor receive special notice.


  • 1962

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012

    Rosemary Douglas Lombard B.A. retired in 2007 from a varied career teaching music and science. Since returning to the Portland area, she has set up a turtle cognition lab and is writing a book, Diode’s Experiment: A Box Turtle Investigates the Human World. She also codirects Hillsboro’s Last Monday Poetry series.


    Bob Ness B.A. has completed his term as president and board chair for Leadership Tomorrow, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to developing effective community leaders. He continues work with the Arts Council of Mongolia. 


  • 1972

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012


    Maria Hein B.A. joined a small group of child welfare professionals to create services for teens aging out of foster care in fall 2000. She built a mentoring program that provides one-on-one community-based mentoring for teens as part of their transition to independent living. She is married to Kermit McCarthy B.A. ’71. They have two girls, Erin and Megan.


    Tom Steenson J.D. received the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award in recognition of more than 30 years of civil rights advocacy. He is a leading police misconduct litigator in Oregon.


    Larry Amburgey J.D. was named to the 2011 list of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of labor and employment law. He is a shareholder with the firm of Littler Mendelson in Portland.

    Judith Armatta J.D. recently wrote Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic; see also Bookshelf, p. 30. Armatta lived for three years in Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia, monitoring the trial for the Coalition for International Justice.


    Philip Pillsbury J.D. was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition. A founder of the firm Pillsbury Levinson in San Francisco, he represents small and large domestic and international companies and individuals. He focuses on insurance bad-faith and coverage matters, ranging from commercial general liability and property/business interruption to errors and omission and maritime insurance.


    Alan Sill B.A. is senior scientist at Texas Tech’s High Performance Computing Center and an adjunct professor of physics at the university. In July 2010, he was appointed vice president of standards for the Open Grid Forum. Sill has played an active role in advanced scientific computing, distributed computing, cloud computing, and grid development efforts. For 30 years, he has coordinated large-scale software development projects for grid and distributed computing, including database and data access systems for high-energy physics experiments and the creation of large-scale, multiuser computational resources for such experiments. He also pursues particle physics research.


    Julia Duin B.A. anchors the daily discussion of religion and politics in the Washington Post’s On Faith section blog, “Under God.” She was previously religion editor of the Washington Times, city editor of the Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico, and a religion writer for the Houston Chronicle. She earned a master’s degree in religion at Trinity School for Ministry, an Episcopal seminary in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Her recent books include Days of Fire and Glory: The Rise and Fall of a Charismatic Community (Crossland Press, 2009) and Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What to Do About It (Baker Books, 2008).

    Ronald Marks B.S. was appointed senior director of the National Security Group for Oracle Corporation in Washington, D.C.

    Toby Padgett B.S. is grateful she made it through 2010 without surgery. “Nine corrective surgeries in nine years are more than enough for anyone and a terrible way to spend most of the first decade of the new century. All I want to do is stay healthy from now on!” She finds it hard to imagine Lewis & Clark without Steve Hunt, professor emeritus of communication. “Those of us who were his students must find it odd that ‘Uncle Steve’ is no longer on campus. I wish him well in his retirement.”


    Kate Bell Russell B.A. sends greetings from Ojai, California. Russell participated in a recent humanitarian trip to Honduras “to share healing and the arts through Rotary and Art Trek.” She found “incredibly gracious human beings there, too!”


  • 1980

    Robert Neuberger J.D. was named the Distinguished Trial Lawyer of 2010 by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). A resident of Portland, Neuberger has spent his career representing individuals involved in accidents. His service to OTLA includes board membership, Guardians of Civil Justice, ballot measure campaign strategy and development, and the OTLA PAC. His activities include the Oregon State Bar Practice and Procedure Committee, numerous legislative sessions and public issues, and the St. Andrew Legal Clinic.


    Ted Gaines B.A. represented California’s 4th Assembly District from 2006 until January 2011, when he became a member of the California State Senate, representing the 1st Senate District. His wife, Beth, was elected to his former seat in the assembly. Gaines is a fifth-generation resident of Roseville, California. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, he pursued his dream of starting a small business; he now owns Point West Insurance of Sacramento. Ted and Beth are blessed with six children.

    Christine Kitchel J.D. received the Multnomah Bar Association’s Mentor of the Year Award. She has been involved in the mentor program for 15 years, providing guidance, advocacy, and support to new attorneys. She is a partner in the firm of Stoel Rives and has been a trial lawyer for nearly 30 years. Kitchel’s practice focuses exclusively on employment issues: counseling, litigation, peer review, and related proceedings. Sarah

    Supahan-Harding B.S. is the half-time superintendent of California’s Burnt Ranch School District and half-time director of the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods (a public charter school serving Native American students on the Yurok Reservation).

    Catherine Travis J.D. was elected chair of the board of the State of Oregon’s Insurance Fund (SAIF) Corporation. She was appointed to SAIF’s board by Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2005 and was reappointed in 2009. She has also been reelected vice president of education of the board of directors of the ACLU of Oregon and the ACLU Foundation of Oregon.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012

    Christopher Cox B.A. is the medical director of the Joint Replacement Center of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. “My daughter, Kristen, is now 5 years old, and we have entered the crazy process of school applications in San Francisco.”

    Kathryn Villa-Smith J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine.


    Amy Alpern J.D. was named to the 2011 list of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of labor and employment law. She is a shareholder with the firm of Littler Mendelson in Portland.

    Ruth Pekelder J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. She is a shareholder with Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe in Portland.

    Howard Rubin J.D. was named to the 2011 list of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of labor and employment law. He is a shareholder with the firm of Littler Mendelson in Portland.

    Arthur “Art” Stevens J.D. received the Doug Swanson Workers Compensation Award from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He started his legal career as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon’s Insurance Fund (SAIF). Stevens is a partner in the law firm of Black Chapman Webber & Stevens in Medford.


    Julia Hagen J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. She is a shareholder with Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe in Portland.

    James Kean B.A. started another Web 2.0 health company: WellnessFX. His company enables individuals to “determine their personal system biology through a variety of cutting-edge diagnostics.”

    Donna McDonald B.A. began work with Pacific Crest Securities in November 2010 as a research editor. She edits and archives research documents covering 16 technology sectors and publishes them online and in print.


    Hong Chou B.A. received her master’s degree in music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has taught at the College Conservatory, Lewis & Clark College, and Portland Community Music Center. Chou has presented recitals and lecture recitals in the United States and China and has toured with professional orchestras in Europe and Canada. In addition, she has served on the boards of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, the American String Teachers Association–Oregon Chapter, the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association, and the Northwest China Council.


    Joan McCarter B.A. worked for nearly a decade in politics, completed an M.A. in Russian studies at the University of Washington in 1997, and did writing and editing at UW. In 2007, she became a full-time writer and fellow for Daily Kos. “I’m now senior policy editor for the blog. I would love to hear from fellow IA grads and particularly U.S.S.R. ’85 alumni!”

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012

    Jeffrey Absalon B.S. is an internist who has practiced in Bend for nearly a decade. He became medical director of the St. Charles Medical Group in February. Absalon received his M.D. from Oregon Health & Science University and completed his internal medicine residency there in 1994. He has lived and practiced in Bend since 2002.

    Janet Range B.A. has a daughter about to graduate from college and a son who is a first-year student. “It’s amazing how what we did at Lewis & Clark has clearly affected our children. Eric Swehla B.A. and I both went on the Costa Rica trip, and Eric also went on the Japan trip. Our daughter, Kaia, speaks Spanish, and both Kaia and our son, Nigel, speak Japanese. We had no idea how lifeshaping those trips would be—even beyond our own generation!”


    Andrea Anderly J.D. was named a 2010 Oregon Super Lawyer in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. She is a shareholder with Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe in Portland.

    Todd Beaird B.A. ’88, J.D. ’91 has traveled around the country since graduation. After going to Boston to earn an LL.M. in tax law—followed by a brief sojourn to New York City—he settled in Chicago, where he lived for 16 years. While in the Windy City, he worked in international tax and estate planning. Earlier this year, he relocated to Dallas to take a corporate VP position with New York Life, where he “crunches numbers and creates spreadsheets for multilayered estate planning strategies.” He and his wife, Jenny, married in 2000. Their daughter, Kayla, was born in September 2004.

    Bertrand Pellegrin B.A. received an M.F.A. in fashion marketing and brand strategy from the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is now a senior retail strategist in retail and branding development for Gensler, an international design firm. Previously, Pellegrin served as Asia- Pacific director of marketing for luxury department store group Lane Crawford (Hong Kong) Ltd. He has also worked as a consultant for Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Lotte Shopping Group in Korea.

    Richard Rizk J.D. was named the 2010 Safety Person of the Year by the Far West Ski Association. Rizk developed a winter safety awareness series addressing winter driving, terrain park safety, ski risks and the law, and ski patrol advice. He contributed significantly to the development of the Northwest Ski Club Council’s Prepared Informed Ecological campaign, which addresses safety issues.


  • 1991

    Charles Sanderson B.A. represented the United States at the 2011 Touch Rugby World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June. “This wouldn’t have been possible without Lewis & Clark and the L&C Rockjaws Rugby Club, which introduced me to the game of rugby. I was proud and excited to represent the U.S.A.” Eden Hankins Ware B.A. lives in Denver with her husband, David Ware, and daughters Layne and Tess.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012


    Sandy Bacharach B.A. is currently on sabbatical, widowed, and living in Portland with her toddler son, Tevi.

    Scott Kerin J.D. was selected as a recipient of the Director’s Award, one of the most prestigious honors offered by the U.S. Department of Justice. In an effort to help uproot gang leadership, he has worked closely with the Metro Gang Task Force to help develop high-impact cases appropriate for federal prosecution. An assistant U.S. attorney for eight years, Kerin previously worked as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County and as an assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice.


    Edward Tylicki J.D. was elected president of the Oregon Federal Bar Association for 2010–11. He works in global employee relations at Nike.


    Allison Rhodes J.D. was elected to the board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. She is a partner in the Portland firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, where she focuses her practice on legal ethical matters, attorney disciplinary defense, and lawyer mobility. Rhodes also handles complex conflict- of-interest and representation questions, as well as attorney-client privilege matters and work product doctrine matters.

    Colin Ryono B.A. and Mike Skrzynski B.A. collaborated on creating and publishing a graphic novel, Amy in the Spring of 1990, based on a true story (see Amy in the Spring of 1990).

  • Although Dr. Makoto Uchiyama B.A. ’04 was born in Bangkok, grew up in Malaysia, and had never lived in Japan, Uchiyama considers Japan his homeland, his native culture. As a resident physician in Portland’s Legacy Health System, he felt compelled to put his medical training to use on the ground after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit on March 11. The subsequent tsunami, fires, and nuclear threat confirmed his resolve.More >
  • Exploring forests, romping in creeks, and swimming in lakes and rivers near the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, Brett VandenHeuvel J.D. ’05 fell in love with the great outdoors. He grew up near Muskegon, where the industrial south transitions into the rural north.More >


  • 2000

    Anna Antonia Giedwoyn B.A. recently released her debut kids’ family album, Goldfish Don’t Eat Pizza, to excellent reviews. The album features 22 of her original songs (see Anna Antonia Music).

    Cristalle Irons B.A. curated and participated in the February art exhibit Neil Younger vs. Oldie Hahn, which was part of Oakland (California’s) Art Murmur initiative. In April, she embarked on a four-month expedition to Europe.

    Inara Scott J.D. celebrates the release of her first young adult fantasy novel, Delcroix Academy: The Candidates; see also Bookshelf, p. 30. Scott previously worked as an attorney at Ater Wynne and as in-house counsel at Portland General Electric and Northwest Natural Gas. She has taken the plunge and left her job to become a full-time writer of teen literature.


    Dylan Cernitz J.D. was named a Rising Star in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. He is an associate with Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe in Portland.

    Christopher Larson B.A. is a captain in the U.S. Army. As a physician assistant, he serves as the main health care provider for the 1-6 Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Larson works at the Salerno Combat Support Hospital near the city of Khost in Afghanistan, “where we treat combat related trauma injuries of U.S., International Security Assistance Force, and Afghan soldiers, and also traumatically injured Afghani citizens.” He is scheduled to serve in Afghanistan until January 2012.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012

    Shana Harris B.A. moved to Boulder to pursue an M.A. in anthropology at the University of Colorado. After graduating, she went to San Francisco to pursue a joint Ph.D. program in medical anthropology, offered by the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco. Harris conducted her dissertation research in Argentina in 2007–08; she is on track to earn her Ph.D. in 2011.

    Bradley Maier J.D. is serving a two-year term as chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where he focuses on immigration and customs law. Maier is a frequent presenter on immigration law as well as I-9 compliance for employers.

    William “Bill” Penn J.D. is serving a two-year term on the national advisory committee of Equal Justice Works, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that promotes public interest law. Penn works as the public interest law coordinator in the Office of Career Services at Lewis & Clark Law School.


    Maya Crawford J.D. received the 2010 Oregon New Lawyers Division Public Service Award from the Oregon State Bar. She is an attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

    Sonia Marie Leikam B.A. became executive director of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center (OHRC) in January. After receiving her degree in history from Lewis & Clark, she completed a master’s degree in education at Portland State University. As the grandchild of a former partisan in the French resistance, Leikam is passionate about making Holocaust education a transformative experience for students. To extend the reach of the OHRC outside Portland, she collaborates with organizations in both Bend and Eugene to coordinate Holocaust Remembrance Day programming. Leikam is also working with Eastern Oregon University in La Grande to create a workshop on best practices for teaching the Holocaust to teens. She adds that Sylvia Frankel, a former executive director of OHRC and an adjunct instructor in Lewis & Clark’s religious studies department, is a mentor.

    Mikal Sherman B.A. put Ben “The Red Stallion” Eshelman B.A. ’03 in a sleeper hold while wrestling as his first post-graduation act. He traveled in Ukraine, then returned to the States. After three years at the world’s largest biotechnology corporation, a master’s degree, and various trials and tribulations, he currently supports the world of bioprocessing as a specialist in the biotech world.


    Anisa Goforth B.A. is an assistant professor in school psychology within the Department of Psychology at the University of Montana at Missoula. She wouldn’t be where she is “without the support and opportunities to learn through the Behavioral Health and Social Psychology Lab at L&C with Professors Jerusha and Brian Detweiler- Bedell!”

    Christi Turner B.A., a former Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar, provided photography for Madagascar Travel Companion (Other Places Publishing, 2010), a book by her friend Sara LeHoullier. Turner is now promoting the book and other East Africa images in the States.


    Dara Polk Abraham B.A. graduated in 2009 from the University of Portland with a nursing degree. She works as a registered nurse in Washington, D.C. See also Marriages and Unions.

    Mariah Brink B.A. and her husband, Greg, moved from Salem to San Diego in May 2010. “We both work for a value engineering firm (VMS, Inc.) in North County and are loving Southern California. Oregon will always be home, but we are enjoying everything about our new state—especially the sun!”

    Christopher Grady J.D. was named a Super Lawyer Oregon Rising Star 2010. He is part of the Aldrich Law Office, which specializes in construction litigation.


    Elisa Dozono J.D. received an Emerging Leadership Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee. She is an attorney with Miller Nash and specializes in business litigation and government relations. Dozono is also board president of Emerge Oregon, an organization she helped launch, which recruits and trains women to run for elected office.

    Charles Gast B.A. has researched fungal pathogens since graduating with a biochemistry degree. His work recently focused on a newly emerging pathogen in the Pacific Northwest, Cryptococcus gattii. This pathogen is normally found in tropical regions and is highly resistant to antifungal drugs. Gast recently discovered—and partially reversed—the mechanisms behind the pathogen’s drug resistance. His research will be published in upcoming months. This fall, Gast transitions to medical school, where he hopes to combine his passion for research and science with helping people directly.

    Cynthia Talley B.A., who completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of California at Berkeley in 2010, now works as a landscape designer with Sasaki Associates in San Francisco. Through an urban design fellowship from San Francisco Beautiful, she developed a toolkit of ideas for revitalizing the city’s Mid-Market area.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012


    Raife Neuman J.D. received the 2010 Oregon New Lawyers Division Public Service Award from the Oregon State Bar.


    Alexandra Hackbarth B.A. is a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. In fall 2010, she was selected as a congressional scholar with the Truman National Security Project. Later that year, she was selected as a civilian enrollee with the Air Force’s Command and Staff College. After graduation—and two more years of work experience— she plans to pursue an M.A. in international relations and possibly a J.D.

    Katelyn Hale B.A. worked on the Real Food Challenge in the Midwest earlier this year. The initiative is designed to unite college and university students for a more sustainable and just food economy.

    Dylan Kruse B.A. is a personal assistant to screenwriter and director Wes Anderson. He splits his time between Los Angeles and Portland and looks forward to working on the director’s next film, starring Bill Murray.


    Parasa Chanramy B.A. works with kindergarteners, the majority of whom are Somali- Americans, in the Teach for America program in a north Minneapolis charter school. In summer 2010, she studied education policy at Princeton University.

Births and Adoptions

  • To Thomas Schaffer B.A. ’98 and wife Juliana, a second child, son Thomas Howard Schaffer, September 22, 2010.

    To James Drennan B.A. ’97 and wife Jennifer, daughter Caitlyn Dona Drennan, August 25, 2010. She was born with a diagnosis of stage 4 neuroblastoma and is now cancer-free.

    To Deana Schneider Wall B.A. ’97 and husband Jason Wall, son Connor Jack, May 27, 2010.

    To Lynn Vannier B.A. ’05 and Denis Vannier J.D. ’04, a second daughter, Beatrice Madeleine, on New Year’s Day 2011.

Marriages and Unions

  • Steven Ferguson B.A. ’91 and Jennifer Glaisek, December 4, 2010, at Ana y José Beach Club in Tulum, Mexico.

    Leah Jaramillo B.A. ’03 and Jesse Schaefer, October 2, 2010, near Zion National Park in Utah. Those attending included Lauryn Mangat B.A. ’02, Lindsey McGowen B.A. ’03, Lindsay Marshall B.A. ’02, Brenna Gillman B.A. ’03, Pete Chernitsky B.A. ’04, Trevor Looney B.A. ’03, and Gretchen Fruhwirth-Tardif B.A. ’03.

    Brenda Sanchez Michels B.A. ’03 and Keith Michels, August 21, 2010, in Walla Walla, Washington. Sean Gehrke B.A. ’02 and Elizabeth Larter B.A. ’03 attended.

    Christopher Phan B.A. ’03 and Sarah Phan-Budd B.A. ’03, December 28, 2010. Guests included Jessica Reynolds Wood B.A. ’04; Leslie Sabin B.A. ’04; Margot Osborn Black B.A. ’03; Harvey Schmidt Jr., professor emeritus of mathematics; Holly Schmidt; and Sue Benowicz, former director of the Math Skills Center.

    Aaron Clark B.A. ’04 and Jacqueline Zubak, November 27, 2010, in Oak Park, Illinois. David Anderson B.A. ’04, Micah Gordon B.A. ’04, Jeff Lesh B.A. ’04, and Lena Schroeder B.A. ’04 attended.

    Dara Polk Abraham B.A. ’05 and Kyle Abraham, a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, October 1, 2010, in Maui, Hawaii.

    Susanna Garcia B.A. ’06 and Richard Garcia, September 4, 2010. Many Lewis & Clark alumni from the class of 2006 attended the Portland wedding.

In Memoriam

  • 1940s

    Kathryn Mary Heaton Derr B.A. ’40, December 18, 2010, age 91, in Portland. Born in North Dakota, Derr moved to Portland with her family shortly after her birth. She attended Albany College, the predecessor of Lewis & Clark, where she met her future husband, Robert Derr CAS ’40. They married in 1941 and raised their son, Larry, in Portland. In 1972, they moved to Lincoln City, where they established a public accounting and bookkeeping service with coastal and regional clients. In 2008, three years after her husband’s death, Derr moved to Portland to be closer to family.

    Iris Elliot Nordberg CAS ’40, October 19, 2010, age 93. Nordberg graduated from Portland’s Roosevelt High School in 1939 and attended Albany College, which later became Lewis & Clark, from 1939 to 1941. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and taught high school. In 1945, she married Orville Nordberg. She was an English teacher at El Camino High School for 20 years and a Kaiser Permanente hospice volunteer for 13 years.

    Margaret “Peggy” Allsop Mushatt B.S. ’47, December 28, 2010, age 86, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mushatt received an M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley and worked in adoption services before moving to Boston, where she married Dr. Cecil Mushatt (now deceased) and started her family. In 1977, she earned a master’s degree from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Mushatt was the head librarian for the medical library at Children’s Hospital of Boston and volunteered for the women’s auxiliary of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She moved to New Orleans in 2001 to be near her grandchildren.

    Jack Kieling B.A. ’49, January 8, 2011, age 88. Kieling, the grandson of Aurora Colony settlers Wilhelm and Anna Siebert Kieling, graduated from Molalla High School in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps. His work running and repairing communication lines through uncharted enemy mine fields, often under artillery fire, earned him a commendation. He married Willa Cole on September 10, 1947, and they had four sons. After earning his B.A. in education, Kieling taught and coached football and baseball in Myrtle Creek. In the mid-1950s, the family moved to a farm near Ashland, where he taught school. He left teaching in 1970 and returned to a family farm south of Canby. The last 10 years of his life, he was afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.


    William Logan M.Ed. ’50, December 24, 2010, age 86. Logan was a center for the Franklin High School Quakers, Portland’s 1942 champion football team. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps as a sergeant on the islands of Guam and Tinian and took part in the invasion of Iwo Jima. In 1949, he married Mary Weigel. Shortly after completing his M.Ed. at Lewis & Clark, he served in the Korean War. Upon his return, Logan began a 42-year career with the Beaverton School District, which included serving as principal of Sunset High School and Beaverton High School. In 2002, he suffered a severe stroke that greatly curtailed his activities. In 2007, Logan and four members of his high school football team were inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.

    Donald Lindsay B.S. ’51, May 24, 2010.

    Benjamin Wallace Park B.S. ’52, June 30, 2010, age 83. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force, Psychiatric Division.

    Roy Seaquist B.S. ’52, February 22, 2011, age 84, in Orem, Utah. During World War II, Seaquist served as a radio operator on U.S. Maritime Service ships. After the war, he earned a business degree. In 1995, he met and married Marlene Shortridge. They moved to Southern California and had two sons, Kristjan Jay “Kris” Seaquist and Justin Jan “Jay” Seaquist. In his mid-50s, Seaquist was again single and married Phyllis Louise Hewitt Pratt. He became the stepfather of five half-grown children. Years later, the union was dissolved. After retiring at age 80, he moved to Orem with his widowed sister Shirley Myers, who was his caretaker and companion.

    Sarah Brand B.S. ’54, February 18, 2011, age 78, of agerelated causes. Born in Oakland, California, Brand worked as an advertising traffic controller for KVAL-TV for 15 years. She is survived by her sons, Jon, Patrick, and Bill; a brother and sister; and seven grandchildren.

    Margaret Lee Hayes B.S. ’55, March 25, 2011, age 79. Schroeder was an inspired gardener and painter and was happiest when outdoors.

    Milton Schroeder B.A. ’56, April 10, 2011, age 78. Born in Nebraska, Schroeder played basketball at Lewis & Clark, where he met his wife of 50 years, Diana Schroeder CAS ’58. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and then in the U.S. Army Reserves. In 1966, Schroeder earned his Ph.D. from the University of Denver. He and his family then moved to Flagstaff, where he worked as assistant to Lawrence Walkup, then-president of Northern Arizona University. Later, he became dean of admissions and records, a post he held until he retired in 1981. Schroeder enjoyed further success as a real estate broker until his second retirement in 2007. He was active in several commissions and organizations, including those with Northern Arizona University, the City of Flagstaff, United Way (president), Route 66 Rotary Club (president), Elks, and Masons. Shroeder loved basketball, playing golf, and classic sports cars, but above all, his family was his most treasured joy in life.

    Richard Stonebrink B.S. ’56, December 14, 2010, age 78, in Goodyear, Arizona.

    Albert Lee Laxdal B.S. ’57, February 17, 2011, age 78. Born in Portland, Laxdal participated in local plays and productions as a young man. He married Lila “Kitch” in 1956. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, he earned an M.S. in mathematics at Oregon State College. In 1971, Laxdal was hired by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he worked as an engineer. In 1981, he joined the Aerospace Corporation as a “mission mother” for a set of inertial upperstage rockets, which carried U.S. Department of Defense and NASA payloads into space. Laxdal also served as mayor of Thousand Oaks, California, and was an architect of the city’s landmark slow-growth policy, Measure A.

    Charles Robert “Bob” Rindt B.S. ’57, January 20, 2011, age 76. Rindt worked for Pan Am and United Airlines in customer service and was also a small-business owner. He married Sharon Umino in 1971. After his retirement, Rindt became involved with repertory theatre and did minor film and commercial work. He served as chair of the Sandy Actors Theatre board, an officer for the Northwest Neighborhood Association, and a reading tutor with OASIS. An avid outdoorsman, Rindt was a Mazamas member for more than 60 years, serving as an instructor with the Basic Climbing Education Program. He made multiple summits of Mount Hood and other Northwest peaks.

    Joseph Hamel B.S. ’58, April 2, 2011, age 79. Born in North Dakota, Hamel grew up in Mount Angel. In the early 1950s, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 10th Corps Artillery in the Korean War. Upon returning to the States, Hamel taught for 22 years at Willamette Primary School in West Linn, where he pioneered his district’s outdoor school program. He retired in 1980. Hamel was an involved community member, serving as a Boy Scout Troop leader, a school board member, chief of the Robinwood Volunteer Fire Department, and an emergency medical technician. He coached baseball and basketball, played harmonica and many stringed instruments, and performed in many productions with the West Linn PTA.

    Ronald Somers B.S. ’59, January 3, 2011, age 73. Somers earned a law degree from Willamette University in 1962. That same year, he began his practice in The Dalles.


    Lawrence “Larry” Klang J.D. ’62, September 29, 2010, age 79, in Tualatin. Klang worked for Portland General Electric in its land acquisition department and later for Albertsons as a corporate attorney. In 1970, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he worked as a real estate attorney and commercial developer. His business friends called him “The Enforcer” because he could always close the deal. An avid outdoorsman, Klang worked as a logger in the Pacific Northwest beginning at age 18. He appeared as the “Masked Marvel” in carnival wrestling matches. In later life, he hunted for big game, rafted the Zambezi River, and traveled across the North Pole by dogsled. In 1997, after living in Texas for many years, Klang returned to Portland. He married Andrea Ranne in January 2000.

    Dennis Ferguson B.S. ’66, December 28, 2010, age 67, in Brookings, Oregon.

    Cheryl Anne Fugle Mesdag B.S. ’66, January 22, 2011, age 65, of ovarian cancer. After graduating with a degree in elementary education, she married Paul Munsell and had two children, Denyc and Mark. After their divorce, she pursued a career in real estate. Mesdag created and ran Keep In Touch, which provided client followup for realtors for more than 25 years. Later, she married Bob Balser and enjoyed being a stepmother to Stacie and Jason. Mesdag was passionate about politics and country and also loved music and performance. She met and married Dr. Tom Mesdag through ballroom dancing. They enjoyed traveling the world together and were active in HeartChange, a Christian ministry.

    Robert Hawkins B.S. ’69, September 18, 2010, age 78, in Tarboro, North Carolina. Hawkins retired from Black & Decker and was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, two sons, and several grandchildren.


    Jennifer Ann Rittenour B.S. ’73, December 5, 2010, age 60, in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Rittenour enjoyed numerous careers in her vibrant life, including choreographer for USO entertainers and other dramatic groups. She was a professional leadedand beveled-glass artist. In 1982, she married Richard Denning. Two years later, she moved to Stephenville, Texas, where she served as executive director of H.O.P.E., Inc. After retiring, Rittenour expanded her lifelong joy of vegetable and flower gardening. She loved volunteering and served as an organizational driver and member of the board for Meals on Wheels, an ESOL teacher at First United Methodist Church, and a lunch server at the Wesley Center.

    Catherine Coffin Senungetuk B.A. ’74, December 18, 2010, age 57, in Anchorage, Alaska, from breast cancer. After graduating with an art degree, she married Robert Doss Jr. and headed to Alaska, where she opened a graphic design business. The marriage ended in 1980, and in 1987, she married her soul mate, Joe Senungetuk. She studied with a variety of well regarded artists and received multiple grants from the Alaska State Council of the Arts. The Out North Contemporary Art House hosted a retrospective of her art, titled The Color of Life, shortly before her death. Senungetuk graduated from the University of Alaska at Anchorage with a B.S. in nursing. She integrated her art with nursing by creating the Art Cart, a rolling art studio at the Children’s Hospital at Providence.

    Mark James Chambers B.S. ’75, January 12, 2011, age 58, from colon cancer. During his illness, Chambers inspired those who knew him through his commitment to “just keep playing” and by demonstrating the determination, good humor, and cheerful optimism that defined him throughout his life. He will be remembered for offering a listening ear, coaching and supporting his children’s sports teams, provoking laughter on the golf course, planning his next adventure, and singing along to Jimmy Buffett lyrics. As he and Buffett have said, “Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I’ve had a good life all the way.”

    Steven Lee Crosby B.S. ’79, March 26, 2000, age 56, in Mesquite, Nevada, in a fourwheeling accident. A longtime resident of Estacada, Crosby was operations manager for Reliance Connects, a telecommunications firm, for more than 30 years. He coached youth football for 16 years and was chairman of the Estacada School Board for 8 years. He was married to Brenda Day. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, cooking, coaching, brewing beer, pottery, and landscaping. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his family.


    Sandra Noreen Duffy J.D. ’81, October 2, 2010, age 63. Duffy was born in Tacoma, the eldest of six children. After a divorce, she raised four children as a single mother and obtained a history degree and a law degree. She met Robert Greaves in 1980 while both were law clerks at the U.S. Attorney’s Office; they married in 1986. Duffy served 23 years as a highly respected attorney with Multnomah County Counsel, focusing on land use, taxation, and the sheriff ’s office. She volunteered as a health advocate and was board president of Consumers for Dental Choice, a national nonprofit. Through tireless pro bono work—including testimony before the U.S. Congress and the Food and Drug Administration— Duffy helped dentists gain the freedom to inform their patients about the risks of mercury amalgams. As a result of her tenacity, the Environmental Protection Agency is slated to propose a rule to regulate dental mercury this year.


    Stephen Brand M.A.T. ’97, December 24, 2010, age 45. A lover of words, Brand had the uncanny ability to carry on a full-blown conversation while scanning newspapers, novels, or magazines. He also enjoyed “book talks” with his late mother, LaVetra. A teacher at Chapman Elementary in Portland, Brand took special delight in encouraging his students to share in his love for reading and writing. 

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