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1950s

  • This edition of Class Notes includes law submissions through June 1, 2011, and undergraduate and graduate submissions through August 31, 2011.

    1952

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    1956

    James DiNucci B.S. lives in Boise, Idaho. In 2004, he retired as Regents Professor Emeritus at Stephen F. Austin State College in Plano, Texas, where he taught in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences.

1960s

  • 1962

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    1967

    Ed Cheff B.S. became the first inductee to the Warrior Hall of Fame at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, in May. Cheff retired in 2010 after 34 years as head baseball coach at Lewis-Clark State. Under his leadership, the Warriors won 1,705 of 2,051 games and captured 16 NAIA championships in a span of 25 years. He was previously inducted into the American Baseball Coaches and NAIA Halls of Fame.

1970s

  • 1972

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    1974

    William Cobb J.D. was selected to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Reno, Nevada. He is one of two federal magistrates in Reno serving an eight-year term.

    1975

    Julie Frantz J.D. was elected director of the Multnomah Bar Foundation for a three-year term. Frantz joined the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 1994 and is its chief criminal judge. She serves as vice president of the National Association of Women Judges.

    1976

    Johnathan Haub J.D. completed a two-year assignment in Podgorica, Montenegro, as the U.S. Embassy’s resident legal advisor. During his detail to Montenegro, Haub served as special advisor to the special prosecutor for organized crime, corruption, terrorism, and war crimes and assisted in forming Montenegro’s first multiagency task force to fight organized crime and corruption. He has resumed his duties with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the criminal division in Portland.

    1977

    R. Craig Hindley J.D. retired and closed his law office after practicing for 32 years before Washington County courts.

    Charles “Chuck” Tauman J.D. joined the Multnomah Bar Foundation Board of Directors. In his private practice, he focuses almost exclusively on tobacco litigation.

    D. Lawrence “Larry” Wobbrock J.D. was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

    1978

    Paul Clayman B.S. joined the Washington, D.C., office of the United Nations Development Programme as a senior policy advisor in July 2011. Previously, Clayman served 15 years in the legal advisor’s office at the Department of State, five years as counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and several years as an independent consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Stimson Center, and USAID, among others.

    Peter Glade J.D. was elected president of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Glade is a shareholder with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf in Portland.

    1979

    Ronald Towner B.A. was appointed to the Agnese and Emil Haury Endowed Chair in Archaeological Dendrochronology at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

1980s

  • 1980

    Gary Bashor B.S., J.D. ’83 was appointed a superior court judge for Cowlitz County, Washington, in May 2011.

    Thomas Brown J.D. was honored by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce with the Leadership in Law Award. Brown is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester in Portland.

    1981

    Gretchen Buehner J.D. was reelected to the Tigard City Council and became council president in January 2011.

    Juan Lizama J.D. was appointed to serve on the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents. He will represent Saipan on the board through November 2013. Lizama, now retired, served as the associate judge of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands Superior Court from 1998 to 2008, and was a special judge at the CNMI Superior and Supreme Courts from 1996 to 1998. Kathleen McCann J.D. presented a CLE titled “The Seventh Nuts and Bolts Lecture: Starting and Sustaining a Law Practice” in Clark County. McCann is a sole practitioner in Vancouver, where she specializes in family law, adoption, and guardianship.

    Lauren Usher B.A., M.P.A. ’97 has transitioned and is now Tom Gevurtz. To connect, look him up on Facebook as Tom Gevurtz or write tomgevurtz@comcast.net.

    1982

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    Kathryn Villa-Smith J.D. was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Previously, she was a shareholder at the firm of Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson & Howe in Portland. Villa-Smith has practiced domestic relations law for more than 16 years. She has also worked as a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County. She serves on the board of the St. Andrew Legal Clinic and the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

    1983

    Grant Frey B.S. attended the graduation of his son Grant Frey Jr. B.A. ’11 in May.

    1984

    Kay Abramowitz J.D. was elected to the Portland Opera’s board of directors. She is a partner with Ater Wynne and chair of its wealth preservation and family-owned business group.

    1985

    Gregory Baer B.A. was named Carthage College’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year at the Spring Honors Convocation.

    1986

    Nicholas Kraft B.A. graduated from Northern Arizona University with an M.A. in English-creative writing in December 2010. He is currently teaching an undergraduate fiction workshop and continues to run the Internet firm he started in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1998.

    1987

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    1989

    Rick LeFaivre B.A. returned to school at Mount Angel Seminary after many years working as a retail manager for CompUSA and Office Depot. He is pursuing a master of divinity degree with the goal of becoming an ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Portland.

  • The spaceship’s rocket ignites at 50,000 feet above the earth. In a matter of seconds, the craft accelerates to 2,500 mph—over three times the speed of sound— pinning passengers to their seats. Cobalt blue skies fade to black outside large viewing windows. The rocket engine shuts off, its roar replaced by instant quiet.More >

1990s

  • 1990

    Rong-Wei “Ron” Cai J.D. is partner-in-charge and chief representative of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Shanghai office. He serves as an arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, which resolves crossborder economic and trade disputes through arbitration. Cai also serves as a mediator for the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center, which consists of 24 dispute resolution experts (12 from the United States and 12 from China).

    1991

    Michael Rap J.D. cofounded a start-up venture, Serious Integrated, based in Phoenix. He can be reached at michael.rap@seriousintegrated.com.

    Teresa Statler J.D. received the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Statler is also a coeditor of the Oregon Bar’s recent publication Rights of Foreign Nationals.

    1992

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    Gilion Dumas J.D. was elected to the board of the Cascade Policy Institute. Dumas is a partner with O’Donnell Clark & Crew and has substantial experience in commercial, real estate, and tort litigation.

    Sim Gill J.D. was the keynote speaker for the 2011 Davis County Democratic Party Convention in May. Gill is the district attorney for Salt Lake County, Utah.

    1993

    Benjamin Bloom J.D. was appointed to the Jackson County Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District in Medford. Prior to his appointment, Bloom was a partner at Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell in Medford, where he practiced civil litigation with a focus on professional negligence defense. Bloom also served as judge pro tem for the past five years.

    1994

    Robert Wilson B.A. has taught biology and human physiology at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City since 2005. In 2010, he was selected for the Toyota International Travel program to the Galapagos Islands, a professional development program focused on sustainability and global perspectives. “My Spanish skills from my overseas study program in Ecuador and my biology degree made me a successful candidate for this program,” he says. “Thanks Lewis & Clark.”

    Kimberly Zdenek J.D. was named manager in the geosciences group at Environ in Newark, New Jersey.

    1995

    Nancy Perry J.D. was named senior vice president of government relations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Washington, D.C. Perry joins the ASPCA after 16 years with the Humane Society of the United States, where she served as vice president of government affairs. She cofounded Lewis & Clark’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, cofounded the Animal Law Journal, and organized the country’s first animal law conference (an event that recently celebrated its 19th anniversary). Perry is an advisory board member of the Animal Law Review, teaches animal law at both George Washington University and Lewis & Clark Law Schools, and has published several articles on animal law.

    Akane Suzuki B.A. was selected as a 2011 Washington Super Lawyer. She is with Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle.

    1996

    Henry Darwin J.D. is the director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality. Darwin, a longtime ADEQ staff member, had been serving as acting director of the agency.

    Monica Vilhauer B.A. published her first book, Gadamer’s Ethics of Play: Hermeneutics and the Other, in 2010; see also Bookshelf, p. xx. She gave a keynote address based on her book at the international and interdisciplinary Philosophy at Play Conference at the University of Gloucestershire, England, in April 2011. Vilhauer is an assistant professor of philosophy at Roanoke College in Virginia.

    1997

    Joseph Grossman B.A. is a writer for the Late Show With David Letterman. See also Marriages, p. 39.

    David Western J.D. published Arabic Vocabulary Made Easy, Volume 2 in which he introduces 300 new words with a focus on business, military, and media.

    1998

    James Blair J.D. is opening Creek Monkey, a pub in Martinez, California. Eventually, he would like to open a full-production brewery to produce his microbrew, Excelsior. Blair is modeling his efforts on Oregon’s McMenamin brothers, who are famous for turning historical buildings slated for the wrecking ball into popular pubs and hotels.

    Amrit Kulkarni J.D. was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. He was also recently named to the inaugural list of California’s Top 25 Land Use Lawyers by the Daily Journal. Kulkarni is the head of the land use litigation practice for Meyers Nave in Oakland, California.

    Michele Stone J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Stone, an associate with Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, is a trial lawyer focusing on commercial litigation.

    Mary Lynn Veden B.A. received a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Washington in spring 2011. She is now an assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas. Her husband has a job at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Both are pleased to have tenure-track work at a rapidly growing campus in a beautiful part of the country.

    1999

    Joshua Husbands J.D. was elected to the board of directors of the Estate Planning Council of Portland. Husbands is a member of Holland & Knight’s private wealth services practice group. He teaches estate planning as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for the past two years.

  • When he was a novice monk, Donald Altman remembers sitting cross-legged on a low futon, swathed in saffron-colored robes. As he contemplated his vows, he became distracted by a giant-sized Cadbury milk chocolate bar that was sitting on a nearby shelf.More >
  • As Alexis Fox J.D. ‘09 settles into the rhythm of her regular 4-mile run, she can’t help replaying the disturbing video footage in her head. At a Canadian slaughterhouse, a horse is still conscious after being hit by a stun gun. Writhing in pain in the kill box, the mare is then hoisted up by one leg to be butchered and dismembered.More >

2000s

  • 2000

    Lisa Alan J.D. graduated from the Art of Leadership, a board training program presented by Business for Culture and the Arts. Alan is an associate with Stoel Rives in Portland.

    Brett Brownscombe J.D. works in the Oregon governor’s office as deputy natural resource policy advisor. He focuses on state, local, and federal issues related to forest management, fish and wildlife, water, and parks and recreation.

    David Fennell J.D. wrote a screenplay, COIN, based on the true story of a specialized Marine unit struggling to find a black-and-white purpose to a very gray war in Afghanistan. Fennell is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and has served in two combat missions. He is also the founder of Law Q, a recruiting, staffing, and employment service company located in Denver.

    Sarah Griffith B.A. is an assistant professor of history at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She teaches courses in Asian American and U.S. immigration history.

    Román Hernández J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. He also received the Leaders Award for Outstanding Professional Organization Involvement. Hernández is a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and is immediate past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

    Kathleen Profitt B.A., J.D. ’03 practices homeowners association law and construction defect law at Barker Martin P.S. in Portland. See also Births, p. 39.

    Carrie Richter J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. A partner at Garvey Schubert Barer, Richter has successfully argued cases before Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and Court of Appeals. She acts as deputy city attorney for Oregon City.

    Alexa Schmidt B.A. teaches English as a second language at the middle and high school levels in Burlington, Vermont. She works with refugees from more than a dozen countries. Beginning in January, she will be teaching English on a Fulbright in Bangladesh.

    Trung Tu J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Tu, a partner at McEwen Gisvold, is a litigation and appellate attorney with experience in commercial, business, corporate, and real estate law; legal malpractice defense and repair; employment law; and simple estate planning. Before joining McEwen Gisvold, he was a senior staff attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He speaks Vietnamese.

    2001

    Justin Sawyer J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Sawyer is a partner in the litigation department at Miller Nash and chairs the firm’s pro bono committee.

    2002

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    Bill Allen B.A. left his job as a consumer finance manager in 2009 and went back to school to earn an M.A.T. “This past year I have been substitute teaching in the Portland area while coaching baseball,” he says. “One year ago, our daughter, Alivia, was born.”

    2003

    Justin Leonard J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. He is an associate at Ball Janik and specializes in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor rights.

    Chris Lombard J.D. joined Lewis & Clark Law School’s Office of Career Services as associate director. Lombard worked at Syracuse University College of Law as an associate director in their career services office. Earlier, he was in private practice, served as a staff attorney at Portland State University, and worked as a legal editor for a publisher.

    Josh Ross J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Ross, an associate at Stoll Berne, is a litigator who concentrates on complex business matters, consumer and securities issues, class actions, and contract disputes.

    Lindsay Suttin B.A. moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and is the executive assistant to the president of Saris Cycling Group, a manufacturer of bikes, racks, and the CycleOps Power Tap (a device that provides real-time cycling performance measurements). See also Marriages, p. 39.

    2004

    Daniel Del Coro B.A. lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is pursuing a master’s degree in food studies at New York University. As New York city’s account director for Fossil Farms, he works with local farmers to provide sustainable, all-natural farm-raised wild game and heritage-breed meats to chefs and restaurants throughout the city.

    Dan Eller J.D. is a member of the board of trustees of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Eller is an attorney at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt in Portland. He focuses his practice in the areas of tax and business law and advises clients with both transactional and controversy matters.

    Monique Leslie B.A. earned a master’s degree in environmental management from Portland State University in August 2011.

    Parker Lewis B.A. had his first “real” crossword puzzle published in the August 10, 2011, edition of the New York Times. For an article about the puzzle and Parker, click here.

    Marlene Rocio Yesquen J.D. was appointed to serve on the Medford School Board. Yesquen is an attorney with Black Chapman Webber & Stevens in Medford. She is a member of the district’s Latino Advisory Committee, the board of the Community Health Center, and the Hispanic Interagency Committee. She also is a member of Medford’s Budget Committee and its Housing and Community Development Commission. In addition, she is a member of the Medford Chamber Latino Network.

    2005

    Ashlee Albies J.D. was honored with the Law for the People Award by the National Lawyers Guild. She and six other attorneys were recognized for their team’s victory in Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama. As a result of the decision, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declared that the warrantless wiretapping program initiated by the Bush administration was illegal.

    2006

    Ian Boisvert J.D., a renewable energy attorney from San Francisco, received an Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy for seven months of study in New Zealand, which he completed in August 2011. He was based at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to assist in the development of a New Zealand–specific regime for the deployment of wave, tidal, and offshore wind energy devices. His policy report, “Lifting the Looking Glass: Tradable Occupation Could Facilitate Ocean Renewable Energy in New Zealand,” was published at the end of his fellowship.

    Chloe Castro B.A. recently returned to the States from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong to pursue an M.F.A. in historic preservation.

    Elisa Dozono J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. She also received the Leaders Award for Outstanding Professional Organization Involvement. Dozono is an attorney with Miller Nash in Portland.

    Ben Waterhouse B.A. was one of 21 journalists awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. He participated in an intensive program at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in June 2011.

    2007

    Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21-24, 2012

    Monique Hawthorne J.D. was named by Portland Daily Journal of Commerce as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2010. Hawthorne is an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland and is passionate about sustainable design and construction. She is certified in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green-building rating program and helped build the first Passive House (a super energy-efficient structure) in Portland with her husband.

    Averi Lohss B.A. is completing her fourth and final year of eurhythmy movement training in New York. After completing the program, she plans to study the therapeutic aspects of this art form. She hopes to teach in a Waldorf School or work therapeutically with an anthroposophic doctor.

    Ellen Van Voorhees B.A. moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue a master’s degree at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. She hopes to spend summer 2012 in Israel learning biblical Hebrew and traveling to historical sites in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.

    2008

    Eric Atcheson B.A. earned his master of divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, in 2011. In June, he was ordained into the ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, Kansas. Robert Kugler B.A. ’79, Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies and director of strategic initiatives, preached at the ordination service. Atcheson is writing a master’s thesis in biblical studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University while he searches for a pastorate to serve.

    Charles “Anthony” Burrell J.D. was elected to the board of directors of Pendulum Aerial Arts, a nonprofit that exposes area youth and other members of the public to a unique form of moving art through live performance. Burrell is an associate in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

    Nicolia Eldred-Skemp B.A. moved to New York City in June 2011 to pursue an M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She previously did work on the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at Oregon Health & Science University. She was involved with child health quality measurements and data projects for the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health.

    Jessica Shoup J.D. was honored in the 2010 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers’ Magazine as a Rising Star. As an associate with the law firm of Greene & Markley, she concentrates her practice in federal, state, and local tax controversies, including tax audits, offers in compromise, and tax collection matters.

    C.J. Strauss M.A. has opened Bloom Counseling in the Portland Wellness Center. She also continues to see clients at William Temple House and serves on the executive board of the Oregon Counseling Association. Strauss is grateful to Lewis & Clark for providing her with a solid grounding in counseling care and inspiration for community mental health.

    Joshua Wheeler B.A. has been teaching English in northeastern Japan (Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture) for two years. He survived the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Despite ongoing aftershocks, power outages, and food and supply shortages, he renewed his contract to continue teaching and assist survivors in rebuilding their lives.

    2009

    Brooklyn Baggett J.D. was appointed to the board of directors for KZME Radio. She serves on the Metro East board, helping the radio station find local venues and bands during its fundraising efforts. Baggett is a local entertainment attorney in Portland, focusing in the areas of intellectual property, business, employment, and arts and entertainment law. An avid (and published) photographer for local musicians and performers, she is professionally involved with the local music industry and the arts. Baggett also runs a local music business, Octopus Entertainment, dedicated to Portland musicians.

    Andrew Logan Beveridge J.D. was elected alderperson for the First District of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

    Micheline D’Angelis J.D. wrote a paper titled “Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, and the International Law of Discovery” with Robert J. Miller, professor of law. She researched and translated the Portuguese language materials used in the article. D’Angelis was born in Brazil and moved to the United States in 1999.

    Calon Russell J.D. graduated from the Art of Leadership, a board training program presented by Business for Culture and the Arts. Russell is an associate with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Portland. Zack Yeager B.A. took a first place overall finish in the 2011 June Lake [California] Triathlon. Most of this grueling event takes place at an elevation of 7,600 feet.

2010s

  • 2010

    Garik Lawson Asplund B.A. thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, from June 6 to October 16, 2010. He works as a junior advocate and writer with Binder and Binder in New York.

    Lauren Brown B.A. is an admissions counselor at Lewis & Clark.

    Courtney Burum B.A. joined the Peace Corps in June 2011 to teach English in Moldova.

    Meghan Cain B.A. is a research technician at the Barshop Institute of Longevity and Aging Studies in San Antonio, Texas. Cain also works as an SAT/ACT prep instructor and tutor for Kaplan. She is applying to quantitative psychology Ph.D. programs across the country.

    Patricia Clevenger B.A. completed her first year at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She spent the summer working at rural and underserved dental clinics in Alaska and Puerto Rico.

    Amy Cox B.A. is a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University. She works in an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder research lab doing physiology and brain imaging research.

    Carl Dickman B.A. is working as a biometric analyst. His two primary projects are helping resource managers choose how best to target restoration efforts for maximum benefits to salmon and a mobile data-entry system for recording bird and bat mortality on wind farms.

    Danielle Fagre B.A. worked as a wolf-tracking technician in winter 2011 in Grand Teton National Park. She began work as an outdoor educator with Teton Science Schools in May 2011.

    Andrew Foote B.A. is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at the University of California at Davis.

    Sander Gusinow B.A. was accepted into Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in playwriting. While at Lewis & Clark, he wrote seven plays and knew he wanted to be a playwright after seeing his work performed at Once Upon a Weekend.

    Kate Harbour B.A. is a project assistant at PECI, a Portland nonprofit focused on energy conservation. She is also interning with Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council.

    Jess Himelfarb B.A. worked for AmeriCorps as a 2010-11 volunteer coordinator with the Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program in Portland.

    Tace James B.A. started classes at the University of Minnesota Law School in fall 2011. She worked as a compliance associate and fundraising assistant for the Wyden for Senate campaign after her 2010 graduation.

    Nico Jose B.A. returned to the Philippines after graduation. He converted a family warehouse located on a large farm into his art studio and plans to open a bed-and-breakfast artists’ retreat called Studio 10.10. For more information, visit his website.

    Daniel Lockley B.A. is considering several graduate programs in psychology. Over the past year, he has taught marimba in Portland elementary schools, toured with the Ande Marimba Band, and attended the Zimbabwean Music Festival in Corvallis.

    Melanie Martin B.A. works as an applied behavior analysis therapist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Austin, Texas.

    Lindsey McElroy B.A. works as a teaching assistant at a Montessori school in Bellevue, Washington, while she considers graduate school programs.

    Maria Morrisson B.A. taught English to sixth-grade classes at Gu Ting Elementary School in rural northeastern Taiwan as a Fulbright English teaching assistant. Last summer, she began working as an elementary school teacher in Miami as part of Teach for America.

    Ashley Moss B.A. is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Marquette University. She is specializing in pediatric psychology and focusing on helping children and their families cope with chronic illnesses.

    Jasin Nazim B.A. works as a compensation analyst with Adidas in Portland.

    Megan Pearlman B.A. works as a residential counselor at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland. She also works as a nanny for three families.

    Mara Pfneisl began graduate studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in October 2011.

    Louis Prahl B.A. is a research assistant at Oregon Hearing Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University. He is applying to graduate programs in biophysics and is part of the Lewis & Clark Community Chorale.

    Andrew Riley B.A. is public policy director for the Center for Intercultural Organizing and outreach and data coordinator at Children First for Oregon.

    Claire Rogers B.A. is teaching seventh-grade math in the Washington, D.C., public schools as part of the Teach for America program.

    Terra Schaetzel-Hill B.A. started classes at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in fall 2011.

    David Shackelford B.A. teaches eighth-grade algebra in San Francisco through the Teach for America program.

    Chris Sheffler B.A. has been working in research and development in the nanotechnology industry since graduation. He interned with FEI Company in Hillsboro and was recruited for an internship with Intel at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California. He is checking out graduate programs in applied physics for fall 2012.

    Emily Stevens B.A. is an assistant to the development and artistic departments of the Portland Opera. She continues to study voice with Susan McBerry, instructor in music.

    Charles Tuggle B.A. is a web analyst with BlitzLocal in Portland.

    Jeanette Valleau B.A. is a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University’s Oregon National Primate Research Center. She studies obesity and metabolic disease in nonhuman primates in Dr. Kevin Grove’s lab.

    Betto van Waarden B.A. traveled to Washington, D.C., after graduation to intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (an international relations think tank) and the office of the United Nations. In December 2010, he returned to Holland to work for several months before embarking on an epic cycling trip. He and a friend cycled almost 7,000 kilometers of the Silk Road, from Istanbul to Bishkek, through Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. He is now pursuing a master’s degree in political thought and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

    Emily Wilson B.A. is applying to law school and graduate school in psychology for fall 2012 while pursuing a level two certification in yoga instruction. She aspires to own and run an integrative therapy clinic.

    Jeha Yahya B.A. was a Fulbright English teaching assistant during 2010–11 in Madrid, Spain.

    Cary Young B.A. is a developer at a software company in Portland.

Births and Adoptions

  • To Day Ligon B.S. ’97 and Elicia Ligon B.S. ’97, a second daughter, Adalia June, June 30, 2011.

    To Anthony Van Nice B.A. ’97 and wife Lindsay, a second daughter, Hilary Ellis Van Nice, April 25, 2011.

    To Brett Egusa J.D. ’98 and Erin McMahon J.D. ’98, a second child, Finnegan “Finn” Patrick Egusa, February 6, 2011. He joins sister Claire, 2.

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

    To Lindsay Hyde Tiles B.A. ’98 and Simon Tiles B.A. ’97, a second child, son Joshua Neill, June 3, 2011.

    To Kelly Anne Brown B.A. ’99 and Jeff Brown, a first child, daughter Nora Lucille, July 11, 2011.

    To Alicia Gilbert Dugas B.A. ’99 and Lee Dugas, early triplets: Jackson Traverse, Shelby Mae, and Marlee Grace, May 3, 2011 (Alicia’s birthday). All are doing well.

    To Tim Murphy J.D. ’00 and Allison LaPlante J.D. ’02, a second child, Declan Murphy, on April 21, 2011. He joins brother Finn, 3.

    To Kathleen Profitt B.A. ’00, J.D. ’03 and Aaron Paul, a first child, daughter Vivian Grace Paul, June 29, 2011.

    To Bill Penn J.D. ’02, public interest law coordinator at Lewis & Clark Law School, and wife Alisa Harvey, a daughter, Frances, February 27, 2011.

    To Sarah Stohr B.A. ’02 and Chad Kurzawski, daughter Hazel Ramona, April 22, 2011.

    To Irina Batrakova J.D. ’04 and Justin Cabrera J.D. ’05, son Benjamin Nicholas, February 25, 2011.

    To Lindsey Cressman B.A. ’04 and Caleb Cressman B.A. ’05, daughter Orla Maxine Cressman, December 25, 2010.

    To Eric Deitrick J.D. ’05 and Kirstine Almquist J.D. ’09, son Emmett James Deitrick, January 14, 2011.

    To Daniel Mensher J.D. ’05, clinical professor at the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, and wife, Joanna, daughter Vera Anne Mensher, April 4, 2011.

    To Jeana Wines J.D. ’08 and husband Ryan Wines, daughter Eleanor Robin, March 29, 2011.

Marriages and Unions

  • Christopher Quinn B.A. ’92 and Julie Ann Olds, May 29, 2011, in Portland.

    Jason Elliott B.S. ’93 and Katherine Meredith Brooks, May 28, 2011, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

    Mike Sherack J.D. ’95 and Jennifer King, November 27, 2010, in Golden, Colorado.

    Joseph Grossman B.A. ’97 and Caren Tracy Mintz, June 26, 2011, in New York.

    Kali Freeman B.A. ’02 and John Justen, May 14, 2011, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Elizabeth Johnson Turan B.A. ’02 was maid of honor. Nina Festa B.A. ’02 and Will Helfrich B.A. ’02 attended the wedding.

    Olin Laster B.A. ’02 and Amber Tatge B.A. ’04, April 9, 2011, on Mount Tamalpais in California. Dusty Hoesly B.A. ’02, M.A.T. ’06 served as the officiant. Guests included John Hall B.A. ’03, Cody Hoesly B.A. ’02, Kristen Schleicher B.A. ’02, Kirsten Collins B.A. ’04, Karen Smith-Durham B.A. ’04, Drake Durham B.A. ’04, and Brianna Golan B.A. ’04.

    Lindsay Kohn Suttin B.A. ’03 and Jonathan Suttin, August 28, 2010, in Madison, Wisconsin.

In Memoriam

  • 1950s

    Raphael L. Cooke J.D. ’50, April 8, 2011. Cooke farmed all of his life, practiced law, and also served in World War II. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; sons Mark and Joe; daughters Mary, Meg, and Bridget; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    H.J. Belton Hamilton J.D. ’53, April 15, 2011, age 86, of natural causes. Hamilton was born in the Deep South in 1925, the grandson of a slave, yet he became part of a small group of influential black professionals in Portland in the 1950s and 1960s who broke racial barriers in medicine, law, politics, and journalism. Hamilton, who was the first African American to graduate from Stanford University in 1949, went on to become Oregon’s first black assistant state attorney general, the state’s first black federal administrative law judge, and board president of the Urban League of Portland, all while mentoring future lawyers and judges and serving as a leader in his church and various civic groups. His passionate belief in an open and integrated society, where people were free to make their own choices, and his fearlessness in being a social pioneer, extended famously to his personal life. In 1957, he married fellow University of Oregon student Midori Minamoto, whose Japanese American family was sent to an internment camp in Idaho during World War II. The couple bought a home in West Linn and raised two children to celebrate their dual heritage at a time when they were often the only students of color in their public school classrooms.

    Jack H. Cairns J.D. ’54, August 8, 2011, age 87. A graduate of Central High School in Pueblo, Colorado, Cairns enjoyed brief careers in a movie theater and a steel mill before earning a degree in biochemistry from the University of Oregon in 1947. His study was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army stateside as a corpsman during World War II. Following college, Cairns worked as “a traveling pharmaceutical detail man.” He met his future wife, Mary Margaret Leutzinger, in Reno, Nevada, on New Years’ Eve in 1948. The couple moved to Portland in 1950, and Cairns entered Northwestern College of Law (which later merged with Lewis & Clark to become Lewis & Clark Law School) that fall while working full time. He practiced law in Portland from 1955 until 1967.

    Cairns began teaching night classes at the law school in 1955 and became one of its trustees in 1958. He continued as a professor following the law school’s merger with Lewis & Clark College in 1965. Three years later, Cairns was named dean of the law school. He restarted his law practice in 1970 and continued in that pursuit until 1987, when he turned his focus to his property management business. Cairns was an adventuresome man who loved hunting and fishing with his buddies, often traveling to Mexico and Canada. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Margie; daughter Jan Robbins; son John; three grandsons; and two nephews and two nieces.

    Garth Ford Steltenpohl J.D. ’54, February 3, 2011, age 83. Steltenpohl joined the U.S. Army immediately after high school and was a paratrooper in the 181st Airborne Division. While a law student, he met and married Doretha Mae Waters. They settled in the Portland area, where they started their family and he began his 34-year legal career. He retired in 1988, and they built their dream house in central Oregon. Steltenpohl loved being outdoors, and his favorite pastimes included camping, hunting, and fishing with his family and friends. During retirement, he and his wife enjoyed trips to various destinations around the world. He is survived by his wife, Doretha; son Charles; daughters Barbara Fahrenholz, Becky Larson, and Karla Thompson; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

    H. Ronald Bates B.S. ’56, June 4, 2011, age 76, of pancreatic cancer.

    Bruce Whitney Towsley J.D. ’56, March 8, 2011, age 85. Towsley served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and earned his bachelor’s degree from Whitman College. He moved to Portland in the 1950s, lived in Corbett from 1970 to 1981, and resided in Troutdale from 1981 until his death. In 1991, he married Helen Redden. Towsley offered pro bono legal aid to seniors, volunteered with the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, and coached baseball and soccer. Towsley attended Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2005. Survivors include son Doug Towsley; daughter Gail Towsley; stepsons Kevin Moore, Jim Redden, and Tom Redden; stepdaughters Susan Moore and Christy Redden; and three grandchildren.

    Millard “Mac” Becker J.D. ’57, March 26, 2011, age 82. Born and raised in Tigard, Becker attended Oregon State University as an undergraduate. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 before founding a successful law practice in Portland, which he ran for over 40 years. He had a passion for competitive trap shooting, camping, hunting, and fishing, and he was a skilled cook. Most important, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who loved his family above all else. His wife, Evelyn, preceded him in death in 2003. Survivors include his brother, Orlien Becker; children James Becker, Teresa Curdy, Mark Becker, and Mary Becker; three grandchildren; and a large extended family in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

    Jim Blair B.A. ’57, May 17, 2011, age 75, in Bakersfield, California. Blair was born in Hankow, Hupeh, China, to the daughter of a Lutheran missionary and a British navy man. After spending his early years in China—including a stint in an internment camp during World War II—Blair and his family crossed the Pacific Ocean on the Queen Mary to the United States. The family settled in Portland, where Blair attended Grant High School. He later worked as an apprentice to a cabinetmaker so he could earn money to attend college. While at Lewis & Clark, he met Barbara Anne Berry B.A ’57; they married a few days after graduation. The couple moved to Santa Monica, California, where Blair worked for McDonnell Douglas. Later, they moved to Ridgecrest, California, where Blair worked for the Naval Air Weapons Center China Lake. He had two sons and was an active member of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

    1960s

    Don Rochon B.S. ’60, June 20, 2011, age 73, of cancer in Bellingham, Washington. Rochon received his master’s degree from the University of Colorado. He worked as a nuclear chemist for the Hanford Atomic Products Plant in Richland, Washington, and for Atlantic Richfield in Chicago and Bellingham. He was married to Donna Fields Rochon, and they had a son and a daughter.

    Gary Boggs B.S. ’64, M.A.T. ’68, April 14, 2011, age 69, from complications related to cancer in Rockaway Beach. Born in Kentucky, Boggs moved at age 2 with his family to Vancouver, Washington. He graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1959. A health and physical education major at Lewis & Clark, Boggs was an all-American athlete in three sports: football, wrestling, and track. He taught history and retired in 2001 after serving as head football coach at Fort Vancouver High School for 34 years. Over the course of his career, he was honored with numerous awards and accolades for his leadership and was inducted into several athletic and coaching halls of fame. Boggs and his wife of 34 years, Ellen, lived in Vancouver until 2004, when they built a house in Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast. He came out of retirement to coach a final high school football season at Neah-Kah-Nie High School in fall 2010. Boggs was a member of the ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) book club in Manzanita. He attended the United Methodist Church in Nehalem and served on the Tillamook Futures Council.

    Holly Coomes B.S. ’67, March 8, 2011, age 65, after a lengthy illness. A fifth-generation native of Sacramento County, California, Coomes was the eldest of three children. As a sophomore theatre major at Lewis & Clark, she spent a semester abroad with the USO entertaining servicemen throughout Asia, an experience that opened her eyes to new cultures and the thrill of travel. Her post-graduation jobs included stints as a restaurant manager and as a field director for the Girl Scouts of America. She continued performing and added her directorial touches to a full-scale musical, A Woman Got It Done, based on the life of her grandmother, Barbara Comstock Morse. Throughout her life, Coomes was passionate supporter of the arts. She was on the board of trustees and a committee chair of the Sacramento Theatre Company. She married Joseph Coomes in 1985, and they traveled extensively, for pleasure and in conjunction with his law practice.

    1970s

    Allan D. Sobel J.D. ’77, November 23, 2010, age 63, at the Sun Home Hospice Care Center. Sobel practiced law from 1977 to 1997 in Oregon and Michigan, primarily representing defendants in criminal proceedings and parties in professional malpractice actions. From 1997 to 2000, he served as executive director and general counsel of the Michigan Judicial Tenure commission, an organization responsible for enforcement of the Code of Judicial Conduct in Michigan. From 2000 to 2006, he held the position of executive director of the American Judicature Society, an independent, national, nonpartisan organization of judges, lawyers, and other members of the public who seek to improve the justice system. Sobel also served as the first full-time director of the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. He married Elayne Weiss Sobel on November 25, 1977. In the months prior to his death, he helped create the Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center, a nonprofit designed to help community members resolve child custody and other conflicts through mediation rather than litigation. Survivors include his mother; wife; daughters Rebecca Cornish and Lee Portwood; and two grandsons.

    1980s

    Kurt L. Maul J.D. ’85, March 18, 2011, age 59. Maul was born and raised in the Portland metropolitan area, where he attended local schools. He graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in economics. After graduating from law school, he became a sole practitioner who focused on business law. Maul was a history aficionado who enjoyed traveling. Friends and associates knew him as witty and kind. He was a lover of plants and animals, and was an especially avid fan of the Oregon Ducks. Maul is survived by his wife, Sharon Stroheker; his father, Dale Maul; two sisters; two aunts; and several nieces and nephews.

    1990s

    Jason Hale Eaton J.D. ’95, February 25, 2011, age 41, following a brief illness. Eaton earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Arizona. At Lewis & Clark Law School, he received honors in oral advocacy as part of the first-year moot court program; he served as associate editor of the Environmental Law Review; and he worked as a tax research fellow. He also published “Creating Confusion: The Tenth Circuit’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal Decision.” Eaton was admitted to the Georgia State Bar in 1995 and the Oregon State Bar in 1998. He served as a lieutenant JAG in the U.S. Navy from 1995 to 1998 before continuing his legal career in Oregon. He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Eaton is survived by his mother, Mary Eaton; his sister Meghan Eaton Aragon; a nephew; and his daughters, Lauren, Madison, and Hannah.

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