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  • 1942

    Elaine Dahl Rohse ’42 has again been recognized in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual contest. Rohse earned second place in 2009 for her weekly column in the McMinnville News-Register. She has been writing the column, “Rohse Colored Glasses,” for more than 30 years. Rohse’s book Poverty Wasn’t Painful was published by Inkwater Press in 2007. She is a former lobbyist for ONPA. Her husband, Homer Rohse ’41, retired as general manager of the News-Register in 1985.


  • 1956

    Robert McFarlane B.A. stays in contact with many Kappa friends from Lewis & Clark, including his brother-in-law, Drew Hall B.A. ’55. A general and thoracic surgeon, McFarlane practiced with Kaiser Permanente in Portland for 25 years and taught in the surgical residency program at Oregon Health & Science University. He enjoys sailing, cycling, and volunteering in medical activities and with peace and justice organizations. His wife, Betty Hall McFarlane B.S. ’55, died in December 2009.


    Keith Harcourt B.A. was a surgeon in Pendleton for 32 years, specializing in oncology and working with hospice patients. He maintains his interest in public health and volunteers in Depoe Bay, where he lives now. He is married to Pat Akse Harcourt B.S. ’57 and continues to enjoy great friends and memories from Lewis & Clark.


  • 1960

    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.


  • 1970

    Katherine Karafotias B.A. has followed a variety of paths since graduation. After receiving her media certificate at Portland State University, she worked for a local school district. From the public sector, she went on to find a niche in the private nonprofit world, working in development and alumni relations for several years in private schools, health care, and university foundations. She is happy to be working with the rest of the reunion committee in planning their 40th reunion, coming up in June.


    Fred Viehe B.A. was promoted to the rank of professor by Youngstown State University, and appointed associate editor of the International Journal of the Humanities. He recently published two articles, “Atavistic Culture: The Bête Noire of Social Change,” in the Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table, spring 2009 edition, and “The Teddy Boys: Britain’s First Countercultural Movement,” in the Proceedings of the 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and the Humanities (2009).


    Patrick Markham B.S. chairs the board of directors of Safari Gamesearch Foundation, which oversees Wildlife Safari, a 600-acre drivethrough wild animal park and research zoo in Winston, Oregon. Markham, president and CEO of Brooke Communications in Roseburg, is also a Lewis & Clark trustee.


    Jacqueline Fowler B.A., a theatre major, “followed my performance path for 15 years (12 in New York City)” before returning to the Northwest to earn her M.A. in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in human studies and expressive therapies. She’s been teaching at Marylhurst University since 1996, in the Prior Learning Assessment Program and human sciences department. She’s also working to complete 900 hours of training and supervision to become a certified practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy.

    Susan Willis Tolle B.S. has been celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Ethics in Health Care, where she is director. Tolle was one of four founders of the ethics center in 1989. She was instrumental in forming a task force to create the Oregon POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) in 1990, and securing funding from the State of Oregon for the POLST electronic registry, which was signed into law in 2009. Under Tolle’s leadership, the ethics center has funded three academic chairs. Her work at the center put Oregon on the map as a national leader of ethics in end-oflife care, reports her sister, Marjorie Willis B.A. ’75.


    Daniel Robles B.A. received the statewide Award for Excellence as a Public Librarian from the California Library Association in October 2009. He is director of the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula. Robles grew up in Santa Paula and began working at the library when he was 14 years old. He worked at the library through high school and returned each summer while he attended Lewis & Clark and San Jose State University, where he earned his master’s degree in library science in 1977. During the 1970s and ’80s he worked to overcome severe budget cuts and to secure local property taxes to support the library. In 1985 he established a literacy program, which now includes English as a second language. The winner of other regional and national awards for his library work, Robles has also been active in community service.

    Dale Scott B.A. says, “After graduating, I spent four years teaching English to German adults in Stuttgart, which was a great experience and allowed us to travel extensively in Europe. Since returning, I have worked in Portland in commercial insurance underwriting and/or sales for 25 years. I married the niece of my favorite German professor, Franz Gebert, and we have been happily married for 29 years. Our daughter, Liz, is a sophomore at L&C this year.”

    Daniel Tolchin B.A. received his M.B.A. from Marylhurst University last summer. When he returned to Portland to collect the degree, he had “a lot of fun seeing old Lewis & Clark classmates: Fred May B.A. ’73, Cheryl, Jan Robinson, and one of my dearest friends, Roger Robinson. I also visited the college and enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Lewis & Clark is really expanding.”


    Larry Bowe J.D. has been named chief executive of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, California. Bowe previously served as chief executive at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River.

    John Enders B.A. reports, “After several years away from journalism I jumped back in with both feet in spring ’09. I’m again writing full time, as a freelance journalist specializing in (drum roll) Latin America, and traveling extensively— so far to Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico. In November I returned to Peru for the first time since 1981. To my 1974 Peru overseas trip cohorts, eat your hearts out. Papas a la Huancaina and pisco sours here I come! Anyone interested, please see The Enders Report.


    Douglas Neville B.S. has been selected as chancellor commander of Ivanhoe Lodge #1 Knights of Pythias of Portland. The Knights of Pythias, founded in 1864, works to provide public service and civic benefits all over the United States.


    Ginger Baehr B.A. is director of marketing and business development for Cutting Edge Federal Credit Union in Milwaukie. She lives in Silverton with her husband, Nick, and their dogs, Champ and Jackson.

    Thomas Sand J.D., a partner in the Portland office of Miller Nash, has been elected vice president of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. D. Lawrence Wobbrock J.D. has been named the 2009 Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year for Oregon. Best Lawyers bases its lists of outstanding attorneys on surveys in which thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their peers. Those honored as lawyers of the year have received particularly high ratings for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.


    Judge Anna Moran J.D. has been named to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops National Review Board. Her term began in June 2009. Moran sits on the bench of the Kenai, Alaska, Superior Court, Third Judicial District. She hears criminal cases, civil and family law cases, contested domestic relations cases, and probate and guardianship proceedings.


    Gary Doctorman J.D. was ranked in the banking law category of the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Doctorman is a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Salt Lake City office and concentrates his practice in the areas of transactions and litigation in real estate, banking, equipment leasing, commercial law, corporations, and bankruptcy.

    Michele Longo Eder J.D. has been appointed by the U.S. Coast Guard, under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security, a member of the National Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee.

    Carla Hernandez B.A. says that her decision to major in foreign languages combined with a master’s in information studies led her from Portland to Munich (Year of Study in Munich participant) to Philadelphia, then Ann Arbor, back to Europe and finally to San Diego, where she is an information specialist with Pfizer. She and her husband, Alexander, have just sent their youngest daughter off to college. She can’t wait to reconnect with long-lost classmates in June.

    Kathryn Lewis B.A. and her husband, Rod Davis, have been married for 27 years. Rod is assistant director of classroom support services at the University of Washington. Their son, Riley, is a junior at the University of San Francisco in media studies and plans to start his own men’s clothing business. Parker, the younger son and a high school senior, is an award-winning independent filmmaker. He plans to attend Western Washington University to pursue his dual interests of conservation and film.


  • 1980

    Chrys Martin J.D. was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010. Martin is a partner with Bullivant Houser Bailey and practices labor and employment law in the firm’s Portland office.


    Alan Merkle J.D. has been named chair of the Stoel Rives firm. Merkle began his legal career in the firm’s Portland office in 1983 and moved to the Seattle office in 1987. His practice focuses on energy infrastructure as well as construction and design matters.

    Monica Smith J.D. has “unretired” by accepting the position of statewide bargaining coordinator for the Oregon Education Association. OEA was a client of Smith’s law firm during her 26 years in private practice.


    Max Miller J.D. has been appointed to serve on the Portland mayor’s economic cabinet, which is charged with developing an economic platform to sustain and improve the city’s prosperity. The cabinet’s initial focus is on Portland’s business and employment climate. Miller, an environmental and natural resources attorney, cochairs Tonkon Torp’s sustainability practice group.


    Joanna McCully B.A. and Timothy McCully B.A. were married in 1989 while living in Brooklyn. Their daughters are Kate, who is in her first semester at Reed, and Sarah, a 10th grader. Joanna reports, “Tim got his master’s degree (MIA) from Columbia in ’89 and is vice president for international programs at Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore. We live in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I work at home primarily as Mom, and for a PR firm and as a dog walker. We live a few miles from fellow Alderite Kim Perkins Knott B.A. ’84.” Bryon Monohon B.A. is the recently elected mayor of Forks, Washington, where the Twilight series is set. He continues his day job as a mental health case manager with West End Outreach Services. He is also principal trombonist in the Port Angeles Symphony orchestra, playing with wife Beatrice, who is principal bassoonist.


    Susan Caulkins J.D. has joined Davies Pearson as an associate after having been in private practice on the Kitsap Peninsula for more than 20 years.

    David Ernst J.D. served as chair of the Business for Culture and the Arts board for 2009. Ernst, who chairs the food and beverage industry group at Bullivant Houser Bailey, recently completed his third term as president of the firm.


    Eden Rose Brown J.D. was one of only two Oregon attorneys included among the top 100 lawyers in America published in Worth magazine. Brown is a nationally recognized teacher, author, and lecturer on innovative family legacy design strategies incorporating estate, tax, and charitable planning. She served as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate during the Persian Gulf War and recently left the service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Brown is coauthor and editor of the book Giving: Philanthropy for Everyone.

    Christopher Naze B.A. competed at the bronze standard level in his first ballroom dance competitions last summer, at the River City Ball in Portland and the Seattle Star Ball.

    LeAnne Frank Schrotzberger B.A. finished her third Ironman triathlon competition in August 2009: Ironman Canada, in Penticton, British Columbia. Her oldest child has started college, her second son is a junior at West Linn High School, and her daughter has started high school there.


    Christine Curran B.A. is an architectural historian with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office in Salem. After earning her M.S. in the University of Oregon’s historic preservation program, she started with the preservation office in 1999 and became associate deputy state historic preservation officer in 2006. In that capacity she supervises several statewide historic preservation programs. She says, “I credit Steve Beckham and Stewart Buettner for instilling in me a love of heritage and culture and for teaching me how to write. Attending Lewis & Clark College was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”


    Carla Cavenago-Salazar B.A. is grateful for every second of life and very excited about helping plan the 2010 reunion. During the last 20 years she has enjoyed traveling, meeting new cultures, and experiencing fabulous cuisines. Cavenago-Salazar settled with husband Carlos in Portland, where she works for an Internet craft retailer as head of the finance and human resource departments.

Births and Adoptions

  • To Nerissa Koehn B.S. ’95 and husband John Miller, daughter Alexandria Seraphina, September 16, 2009. She joins sister Sophia, 3.

    To Michael Weir B.A. ’96 and wife Heather, daughter Hadley Taylor Weir, November, 2009.

    To Ann-Marie Beckham Colton B.A. ’98, J.D. ’02, M.A.T. ’05 and husband Casey, twin boys, Jackson Dow and Graham Leo Colton, December 28, 2009.

    To Jessica Roberts B.A. ’99 and Josh Berezin B.A. ’98, son Calvin Marcus, in 2009. “We also finally got married.”

Marriages and Unions

  • Jonathan Gourlay B.A. ’92 and Kristin Espeland B.A. ’94, August 1, 2009, in Oak Park, Illinois.

    Yvonne Muhar Miller B.A. ’99 and Christopher Miller B.A. ’00, August 15, 2009.

    Dana Clark B.A. ’05 and Sean Scott, August 21, 2009, in Gearhart, Oregon. MJ Petroni B.A. ’06 officiated, Daniel McKeegan B.A. ’07 was ceremony musician, and Stephanie Bosse-Farmer B.A. ’07 was a reader. Matt Lang B.A. ’07, Brie Gibson B.A. ’07, Ho’onani Andermann B.A. ’07, Shawn Pankratz B.A. ’07, Nathan Holmes B.A. ’08, Caitlin Fackrell B.A. ’06, Lilly Hankins B.A. ’07, and Ann Parker CAS ’06 also attended.

In Memoriam

  • Jane Templeton Bryson, for whose family Templeton Campus Center is named, died of pneumonia on January 26 in Portland. She was 93. Bryson was a Lewis & Clark trustee from 1982 to 1986 and then a life trustee until her death.

    Born in Montana, Bryson attended Scripps College and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in 1938. She served the community on a number of boards including the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Albina Youth Opportunity, Portland (now Oregon) Symphony, Family Service Association of America, Family Counseling Service (now Metropolitan Family Services), Camp Fire Girls, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Bryson was the founding chair of the Portland Symphony Women’s Association, and also served as a member of the acquisitions committee for the Portland Art Museum.

    The large reading room in the Watzek Library’s south wing was named in the mid-1990s for James E. and Jane T. Bryson. In an earlier generation, Jane Bryson’s father, Herbert Templeton, contributed funds to build Evans Music Center as well as Templeton Campus Center. Continuing the interest of her father and her brother, Hall Templeton, Bryson joined Lewis & Clark’s board in 1982. At that time she said that her involvement with the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation “continued to keep me in touch with the life of the whole community which I love. The reason I did this job? The belief that private voluntary responsibility to the total community is an absolute necessity in a democratic society. Our response to this personal mandate really stems from Christian teachings.”

    Survivors include her son, John; daughters, Ruth and Susan; and nine grandchildren. The family suggests contributions to charities she supported, including Lewis & Clark.

    W. Burns Hoffman, life trustee and benefactor of Lewis & Clark, died February 12. He was 93 and lived in Santa Barbara, California.

    While a member of the Board of Trustees from 1963 to 1972, Hoffman served as chair of the Physical Plant Committee. During the 1990s, his generosity helped advance the Signature Project, which renovated and expanded Watzek Library and built the Miller Center for the Humanities and the Fields Center for the Visual Arts.

    Hoffman was born in Portland. After earning his B.A. in civil engineering from Stanford University in 1938, he worked for the construction company founded by his father, Lee Hawley Hoffman. Burns Hoffman later served as president of Hoffman Construction Company, retiring in 1965 to pursue his own business and investment interests. He also served as national director of the General Contractors Association of America. He moved from Oregon to Santa Barbara in 1975.

    A leader in Portland’s civic and community life for many years, Hoffman was a trustee of Catlin Gabel School and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lake Oswego, the Arlington Club, the University Club, and Waverley Country Club. He was also active for many years as Oregon’s representative to Radio Free Europe.

    Survivors include his daughter, Caroline Swindells, wife of life trustee and former board chair Charles “Butch” Swindells B.S. ’66, and his younger brother, Eric—who, with wife Ronna Hoffman, a life trustee, endowed the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art.

    Suzanne “Sue” Schoenfeldt Fields, a Portland native, community leader, and philanthropist, died February 3 in Indian Wells, California. She was 83. Fields was married for 52 years to Fred Fields, life trustee and former chair of Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees.

    According to Jane Monnig Atkinson, interim president, “Individually and together, Sue and Fred have been at the forefront of business, education, community service, and philanthropy in our city, state, and region for many decades. Their generosity has had a lasting impact on academic leadership and innovation at Lewis & Clark. Their gifts helped endow our Morgan S. Odell Professorship in Humanities, led to the construction of the Fred W. Fields Center for the Visual Arts, and time and again set the pace for philanthropy that supports our students and faculty.”

    Sue Fields herself was active in many civic causes and clubs. She served on the board of regents of the University of Portland and contributed to endow a distinguished visiting writers program on that campus. One of her proudest achievements was her active involvement in bringing about the 1984 restoration and renovation of St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland.

  • 1940s

    Winston Bradshaw J.D. ’47, September 1, 2006, age 90. A lifelong Oregonian, Bradshaw attended the University of Oregon. He served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II and was a glider pilot in France. Before he was appointed a judge for the Clackamas County Circuit Court in 1960, Bradshaw was the district attorney for Clackamas County. He also served as justice pro tem in the Oregon Supreme Court. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Curry; sons Jay, Burke, and Risley; Mark and Linda Curry; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

    Jeanne Holm B.A. ’49, February 15, age 88, of cardiovascular disease. Holm was the first female general in the U.S. Air Force and the first woman in any military branch to reach the rank of two-star general. From 1965 to 1975, she was the highest-ranking woman in the Air Force. According to the Washington Post, “Almost from the moment she was appointed director of a small corps called Women in the Air Force in 1965, Gen. Holm strategically advanced the role of women while fighting tactical battles with an entrenched male power structure.” The Post goes on to point out that when she retired in 1975, her decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit. She was also the author of two books about the history of women in the military. A feature in the summer 2009 Chronicle reported that last year she was still working to organize a great number of materials to be chronicled in military archives and libraries. Holm was born in Portland and raised by a single mother. Her academic career at Lewis & Clark was interrupted by service in the Army during World II and in the Army and Air Force after the war; she actually finished the credits for her bachelor’s degree in 1956. Survivors include a brother.


    Laurence A. Cushing J.D. ’52, April 20, 2009, age 84, in Grants Pass. Born in The Dalles and raised in Dufur, Cushing earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1949. He married Deloris Simler that same year. After moving with his family to Cave Junction in 1952, Cushing established a private law practice and served the Illinois Valley and surrounding communities for 13 years, 11 of those as the local justice of the peace. In 1965, Cushing was appointed a district court judge for Josephine County. In 1980, he was appointed to the Josephine County Circuit Court bench in Grants Pass, where he served until retiring in 1989. His record of community service is extensive: he helped create the Josephine County Trail Blazers transition program for prisoners returning to the community and the Josephine County Halfway House, which serves recovering alcoholics. Cushing also published an autobiographical novel, Bittersweet Canyon, which recalls many of his life experiences. Survivors include his wife, 6 children, 19 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

    James “Jim” King B.S. ’52, February 9, age 82. King died in Providence St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, after a long illness. He was a member of Lewis & Clark’s Heritage Society (for those who have included Lewis & Clark in their estate planning) and was a board member for the Albany Society (alumni who graduated 50 years ago or earlier) in 2008–09. King entered the family roofing business at age 15, ultimately becoming president and CEO of Snyder Roofing, a Northwest commercial industrial roofing contractor with facilities in Portland and the Seattle area. He held leadership positions over the years in professional associations for roofing contractors. Attending the college with the help of the G.I. Bill, King was a star football player, for which he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He maintained a lifelong love of sports, sponsoring Babe Ruth and Little League baseball teams and coaching amateur hockey teams. Survivors include his wife, Sherrin; sons, Scott King and Kyle King B.S. ’88; daughter, Holly Sowden; sister; and four grandchildren. The family suggests remembrances to Lewis & Clark’s Department of Physical Education and Athletics or the Albany Society.

    Martha Hope Redman B.A. ’54, May 13, 2009, age 87. Redman graduated from Knox College in 1943 and immediately joined the Navy Waves as a commissioned ensign. After World War II ended, she and her husband, Michael, settled in the Portland area. After earning her B.A. in elementary education from Lewis & Clark, Redman taught for 31 years in the Beaverton schools. Her many volunteer activities included tutoring for Literacy Oregon, Delta Kappa Gamma, and singing with the Mary Lee Singers and the Way Off Broadway Singers. She and her husband were charter members of First Church of Christ Scientist in Beaverton and very active in the church. Survivors include her son, Michael; daughters, Janet and Carol; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

    Betty Hall McFarlane B.S. ’55, December 11, 2009, age 77. McFarlane died of Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Terwilliger Plaza, Portland. She and Robert McFarlane B.A. ’56 married in 1955, and she taught elementary school for the Parkrose and Riverdale school districts while he went to medical school. In 1967, with their four children, they went to Iran as medical missionaries for three years. Throughout her life McFarlane was very active in causes having to do with women’s studies, feminism, and peace and justice. After she learned to play the guitar—in her mid-40s—and took up songwriting, music and the friends she made through music were central for the rest of her life. In addition to her husband, survivors include her daughters, Ann and Sarah; sons, Paul and James; seven grandchildren; brother, Drew Hall B.A. ’55; and two sisters.

    Edward Otter B.A. ’57, September 1, 2009, age 73. Born in Lewiston, Idaho, Otter worked for U.S. Bank and in real estate. Survivors include his son, Michael, and daughter, Diane Bell.

    Burton H. Bennett J.D. ’58, March 6, 2009, age 79. Bennett was born in Colorado and later moved with his family to Washington state. He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and 1949 and earned his undergraduate degree from Linfield College. After receiving his law degree, Bennett joined the firm of Anderson, Franklin, Jones, and Olson, becoming a partner in 1962. The firm was later known as Franklin, Bennett, Olfelt, and Jolles. He retired in 2008. Bennett was known as a gifted vocalist and storyteller who truly enjoyed people. He also had a talent for wood and stone carving. Survivors include his wife, Marillyn Fehr Bennett; three children; and five grandchildren.


    Sharon Leach B.S. ’61, August 24, 2009, age 70, in Portland. Born in Grants Pass, Leach was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Leach, and son, D. Scott Harris.

    James Kerr Belknap J.D. ’65, March 2, 2009, age 75, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Belknap was born in Portland. After graduating from Portland State University, he planned to become an insurance adjuster and began attending night classes at the law school as part of his training. His interest was piqued, and he went on to earn a J.D. Belknap worked for several Portland firms before opening his own office in the Sylvan business district, where he practiced until his retirement in 1998. Belknap was interested in social issues including environmental preservation and women’s reproductive rights. His leisure activities included fly-fishing, hunting, jogging, and picking huckleberries. Survivors include his wife, E. Susan Dixon; three sons, Wade, Wendell, and James; 2 step-children; and 10 grandchildren.


    David John Berentson J.D. ’73, April 16, 2009, age 65, after suffering a massive stroke. A Lake Oswego native, Berentson earned his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He served in Vietnam with the Fourth Battalion of U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 through 1969, earning many medals including the Purple Heart. Berentson practiced in Lake Oswego and Portland until 1981, when he joined Don Hufman, Walt Barnes, and Pat Sweeney in Oak Grove, where he enjoyed practicing his profession until his death. A member of Lake Oswego Rotary for 35 years, Berentson was also active in the Historical Automobile Club of Oregon, Oswego Heritage Council, the Southwest Business Association, and the American Heritage Association. He served on the budget committee for the city of Lake Oswego and was a council member for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Pamela, and his sister and brother-in-law.

    Jesse Boyce III B.A. ’74, November 6, 2009, age 57. Boyce grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, and lived in Aspen at the time he died. A scientist, Boyce lived an adventurous life: he put himself through graduate school working oil rigs in Africa and received his doctorate in biology in 1984 from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. He also lived in Europe for many years. Boyce had been a teacher at a private school and worked with the Aspen Global Change Institute before starting Internet Outfitting, an Internet company in Colorado. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Bronson; daughter, Elizabeth; stepson, Gordon Bronson; and a brother and two sisters.

    Anna Piera Ferrua B.A. ’79, B.S. ’91, December 8, 2009, age 51. Ferrua, also known as Anna Wolf, was born in Geneva and died in Portland. She was a teacher in a private school. Survivors include her father, Pietro Ferrua, professor emeritus of French; mother, Diana Jane Lobo Filho Ferrua; brother, Franco Ferrua B.A. ’80, J.D. ’91; and fiancé, Kevin Kozusyn.


    Charles Coulter J.D. ’88, April 27, 2009, age 56, at his home in Portland. He was born in Illinois, grew up in Illinois and Ohio, and received his B.S. from the University of Montana at Missoula. Coulter loved the outdoors. He hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and other trails in the Columbia Gorge, on Mount Hood, and in the Oregon Coast Range. As a child he played the clarinet, and as an adult he became an aficionado of jazz and blues. He also had a deep interest in film and photography, and enjoyed studying geology, maps, history, and poetry. In his professional life, Coulter was a dedicated attorney who often discounted his rates to help the underserved. He donated his time and expertise regularly at the St. Andrew Legal Clinic in Portland. Survivors include his sisters, Beverly Lueckhoff and Nancy Hannigan, and brother, David Coulter.


    Eric Van Naerssen J.D. ’04, March 24, 2009, of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Van Naerssen was an international transactions consultant to the Portland law firm Swider Medeiros Haver.

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