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    • 09/29/2020

      Wendy Levy Rush BA ’91 is an eighth-grade science teacher in Dover, Massachusetts. Rush earned her MEd in fall 2020. Her daughter, Isabella, is in her first year of high school, and her son, Colby, is a freshman in college.

    • 01/06/2020

      Wendy Levy Rush BA ’91, who is on track to earn her master’s degree in education in June 2020, recently became licensed to teach middle school science. Rush lives in Boston with her husband, Eliot, and two teenagers, Colby and Isabella. Colby will graduate from high school in May, and Isabella will start high school in September.

    • 07/11/2019

      Wendy Levy Rush BA ’91 is pursuing a master’s degree in education to become a middle school science teacher in Massachusetts. She has been working in a middle school for five years now and loves interacting with kids of this age. In the summer, Rush is a group head counselor in charge of incoming second-graders. Wendy has been happily married to Eliot Rush for 19 years and has two beautiful children, who are 17 (a rising senior) and 13 1/2 (a rising eighth-grader).

    • 10/23/2020

      Kermit McCarthy BA ’71 writes: “I retired in 2013 after 33 years working for and then managing the Oregon OSHA Occupational Health Lab. I took the substantial expertise I had in assessing workplace exposure to health hazards and built a house on some family property on the north side of Mount Hood, something I had no expertise in at all! After several significant snowfalls, the house is still standing, but six years later it is not completely finished. I got a lot of help from my oldest daughter, who is a carpenter, which may explain why it is still standing. When I am not building the house I hike, ski, backpack, bike, explore the back roads of Oregon and Washington, and digitize old 8 mm movies and 35 mm slides of mine and my parents. Maria Hein BA ’74 has accompanied me on most of these adventures for the last five decades.”

    • 10/23/2020

      Justin Sternberg BA ’98 is the program director for the Alaska Ocean Cluster. The nonprofit was recently awarded a federal economic development grant to accelerate innovation to benefit ocean-based entrepreneurship and industries in Alaska.

    • 08/10/2020

      Larry Juday JD ’87 was recognized as a Petco Foundation National Foster Hero. Juday is one of only 22 selected from over 400 nominations by humane societies throughout the country, and is the only selection from the Pacific Northwest. In 2010 he and his spouse Susan began assisting the Humane Society for Southwest Washington Veterinary Clinic by fostering cats and kittens that needed special out-of-shelter care including special feeding, fluids, and isolation. Their successes evolved into a kitten-fostering program involving over 70 community volunteer families. The couple have fostered over 230 cats and kittens, including several needing end-of-life hospice care. Now retired from the practice of law, Juday was a member and chair of the Washington State Bar Association Character and Fitness Committee and served 20 years with the Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program.

    • 09/01/2014

      Larry Juday JD ’87 was recognized as the 2013 Foster Volunteer of the Year by the Humane Society of Southwest Washington. Juday and his wife, Susan, provided intensive in-home care and treatment for more than 30 severely ill cats and kittens last year. Before retiring in 2005, he practiced law in Vancouver, Washington, where he chaired the Southwest Washington Lawyer Referral Service; served as a bar association trustee; was a member of the Superior Court Bench-Bar, Law Library, and Public Relations Committees; and provided pro bono services through the Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program. Juday also chaired the 16-member Washington State Bar Association Character and Fitness Board.

    • Breach!

      Eric DeWeese JD ’09 pens his second novel, which tells the story of an ordinary protagonist’s battle with cancer. Self-published, 2020. 211 pages.

      Posted 08/11/2020
    • Rally to the Stars!

      Eric DeWeese JD ’18 explores whether the colonization of space can inspire more sustainable ways of life on Earth in this novel about an extended family facing the increasingly catastrophic effects of climate change.

      Posted 05/12/2018
    • The Healthcare Manager’s Guide to Labor Relations: Learn Tips and Tricks to Managing Union Employees in Hospitals, Clinics, and Other Healthcare Settings

      Scott Allan JD ’95 authors this guide for health care employers navigating labor negotiations. Allan shares lessons learned through firsthand experience and utilizes examples specifically tailored to the health care industry to help readers respond to strikes and disagreements.

      Posted 05/20/2020
    • 07/07/2020

      Lara Louise Skidmore JD ’93 died July 7, 2019, the day after her 50th birthday, of cancer after a long and heroic fight. 

      Lara grew up in Southeast Portland with parents Dotty and Mike, and brother Lance. She attended Cleveland High School, where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team and an Oregon Scholar. Lara earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in 1990. In 1992, she married John Skidmore, with whom she had two sons, Ben and Jacob, who were the lights of her life. 

      While still in law school, Lara began working at Bonneville Power Administration, in the Transmission Branch and the Office of General Counsel. In 2002, she began work at PacifiCorp, eventually becoming associate general counsel. Lara joined Troutman Sanders in 2007 and in 2010 became the office managing partner for the firm’s Portland office. In 2017, she married John Moot and gained three wonderful stepchildren, Taylor, Ryan, and Rebecca. She also had two fantastic dogs, Delilah and Peanut.

      Lara was proud of her work and grateful for her law firm’s unwavering support in building the Portland office of Troutman Sanders. She was also thankful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful clients and to have had the chance to develop and support many women in their careers both within and outside of Troutman Sanders.

    • 07/07/2020

      Thomas (Thom) Henry Gerken JD ’78, of Logan, Ohio, passed away on May 10, 2020. He was 67 years old.

      Thom was born January 14, 1953, in Logan to Richard and Anna (Sellers) Gerken and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. He had a distinguished legal career, first serving as a partner in the firm of Gerken, Gerken & Gerken, LPA, followed by nearly 25 years as judge of the General Division of the Vinton and Hocking County Courts of Common Pleas. Thom then worked as of counsel with the firm of Crabbe, Brown & James LLP, and as an attorney with the Office of the Ohio Public Defender before returning to private practice.

      Thom was an accomplished golfer, chef, guitar collector, and jokester, and he adored spending time with his friends and family.

      Thom is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy; children Jason, Haley, and Miles; mother, Anna; siblings Jeffrey, Charles, Melinda, and Jerry; and dog, Obie. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard; brother, Richard Jr.; and niece, Elizabeth.

    • 03/25/2020

      Dennis J. Hubel JD ’76 died at home September 16, 2019, after several years of undergoing surgeries and treatments for myeloma cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary problems. He was 71.

      Dennis, a native New Yorker, grew up in Portland and most recently lived in Wilsonville. After attending Cornell University on a Navy ROTC scholarship and studying engineering, he spent time in the Navy on a nuclear submarine and served in Vietnam.

      Following his service, Dennis enrolled in law school, clerking for then-U.S. Attorney Sid Lezak. He practiced law as a partner in Mitchell, Lang & Smith from 1976 to 1987. Dennis then worked as a partner for the Karnopp Peterson firm in Bend until he was appointed as a part-time magistrate judge in eastern Oregon in 1995. He was appointed to a full-time magistrate judge’s seat on January 1, 1998, and moved his chambers to Portland. Although Dennis retired in January 2015, he remained on recall status and maintained his chambers at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse until his death.

      Dennis was active in the Professional Liability Defense Fund and served for several years on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference’s Magistrate Judges’ Education Committee. He also served on the Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation board of directors from 1993 through 1997.

      Dennis is survived by his wife, Marcia, and two children.

    • 09/24/2020

      Donna Maddux JD ’02 joined the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois as a partner in its data privacy and cybersecurity practice. Maddux brings almost two decades of experience prosecuting a wide range of fraud and regulatory crimes on behalf of corporate and individual victims. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon for the last eight years. In this role, Maddux prosecuted a variety of crimes, including wire fraud, health-care fraud, and money laundering. She regularly managed multiagency investigative teams and worked closely with the FBI, the IRS, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Earlier, Maddux served as an assistant attorney general for the Attorney General’s Office of the Oregon Department of Justice. Over the course of her 10 years in this position, she prosecuted white collar and regulatory crimes, including Medicaid fraud, while working closely with state regulatory agencies. Maddux currently serves as president of the Financial Crimes and Digital Evidence Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing annual training and networking opportunities to professionals who fight fraud and cybercrime. She is also an executive board member for the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, and is a past chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. Maddux is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of Oregon, as well as in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.