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Class of 1953

    • 06/10/2016

      Charles T. Allen Jr. BS ’53, June 9, 2016, age 87. Allen lived a vibrant life. He was a plumber by trade and served in the armed services. He married Ginger in 1950. They had three daughters together and many adventures that revolved around fishing, camping, rafting, and traveling. Allen also loved to host his friends and family during the holidays. In his later years, Allen was active in the Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Ginger; son Tom; and daughters Terri and Tami.

    • 10/20/2016

      James B. Barlow BS ’53, October 19, 2016, age 86. Barlow, a beloved and award-winning high school teacher, worked in the Beaverton (Oregon) School District for 42 years. In 1964, he founded the Model Presidential Nominating Convention, which enabled thousands of high school students from across the region to participate in a boisterous, authentic student-run convention. Many high-profile politicians attended the convention over the years, including Robert Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. At the time of his death, he was at work on a book titled Unfettered: A Philosophy of Education, which will now be finalized by his coauthor Anil Naik. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Susan; his sister, Lois; and many other family members, friends, and admirers.

    • Unfettered: A Philosophy of Education

      James Barlow BS ’53 passed away in fall 2016, but at the time, he was at work on a book with his coauthor and former student, Anil Naik. Their book has now been published. It takes a “philosophical look at what our schools are about, what they should be about, and the practical steps we can take to move them along.”

      Posted 11/03/2017
    • 02/13/2019

      Shirley Botti BA ’53, February 13, 2019, age 88. She was a receptionist, briefly, before becoming a teacher at the Girls’ Polytechnic High School in Portland, and, later, Franklin High. In 1966, Botti moved with her family to Corvallis, Oregon, where she worked as a realtor for many years. She retired to Portland in 2001. Survivors include her children, Dan and Chris; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    • 07/29/2016

      Colleen Creswell Croll BS ’53, July 28, 2016, age 84. Survivors include her husband, Robert; four children; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    • 08/17/2016

      Betty Nadine Ingebritson Crofoot JD ’53 passed away April 26, 2016, in Beaverton, Oregon. She was 90 years old.

      Betty was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 21, 1925, to Idor Bernard Ingebritson and Ethel Sarah (McClintick) Ingebriston. She attended Portsmouth Grade School, Roosevelt High School, and the University of Oregon. She opened a private law practice in Multnomah County, Oregon, and later worked as house counsel for the Port of Portland.

      On February 11, 1954, she married Emory John Crofoot.

      Betty is survived by her daughter Mary Crofoot Olsen Douglas; daughter-in-law Barbra Usselman Crofoot; and grandchildren Ameila Crofoot, Tsaina Crofoot, Sarah M. Olsen, and Elizabeth A. Olsen. She was predeceased by her parents, spouse, and son Emory John Crofoot Jr.

    • 07/09/2019

      Shirley Englund BM ’53, April 6, 2019, age 88. Englund was a music teacher at the Community Music Center in Portland for more than 20 years. She was also a devoted member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood and a lover of books, music, wine, and family. Survivors include her children Greg, Lizbeth, and Brad; two grandchildren; and other loving family members and friends.

    • 07/26/2017

      John G. Feuz BS ’53, July 25, 2017, age 86. Feuz was a lover of sports, auto racing, and the outdoors. He worked at his parent’s grocery store and eventually started his own in Milwaukie, Oregon. Before he retired, Feuz ran Water Metrics Company in Portland. Survivors include his daughters, Sheryl and Anne; four grandchildren; and many other friends and family.

    • 04/24/2018

      Clarence L. Kaufman BS ’53, April 23, 2018, age 88. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Kaufman moved to Astoria, Oregon, and worked as a longshoreman until retiring in 1995. Survivors include his children, Jim, Karen, and Michael, and one grandson.

    • 01/25/2018

      Ülo Kiigemägi BA ’53, January 24, 2018, age 94. Kiigemägi was an Estonian refugee during World War II. During his flight across Germany, he met and later married Virve Õunapuu in 1948. Together, they moved to Portland. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Kiigemägi did research for the chemistry department at Oregon State College. He worked at the college for 30 years, ending his career as a senior instructor emeritus. Throughout his life, Kiigemägi traveled extensively with groups dedicated to art and history. Survivors include his children, Laura, Mai, Karan, and Peter; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    • 09/01/2011

      Roy Madsen JD ’53 shared his life story with high school students in Sitka, Alaska, at the Color of Justice, an annual event designed to encourage diversity in the legal profession.

    • 04/13/2016

      Fred L. Olson BS ’53, April 12, 2016, age 85. Olson served for several years in the U.S. Navy. Later, he worked as president of Consolidated Metco and vice president of manufacturing for Freightliner. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. Olson also loved sports, especially baseball, and would travel to Arizona to watch spring training. His favorite team was the Seattle Mariners. Survivors include his wife, Lois; son David; stepchildren Ray, Terry, and Kathi; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

    • 05/03/2018

      Stanley J. Prager BS ’53, May 2, 2018, age 90. After serving in World War II, Prager graduated from Lewis & Clark and went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching from Portland State University. His teaching career spanned 30 years, and he retired in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, and many loving family members and friends.

    • 07/09/2019

      Keith B. Rislove ’53, April 27, 2019, age 88. Rislove worked in graphic design and advertising in the Portland and Salem areas. He retired in 1990. When he wasn’t working, he coached little league and went skiing with his daughter. Later in life, Rislove brought his artistic sensibilities to bear as a wildlife painter. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jeri; daughter Leslie; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other loving family members and friends.

    • 06/09/2017

      James L. Shinn ’53, June 8, 2017, age 81. Shinn married Gail McDuffee while in college, and they were together for 60 years. After studying at Lewis & Clark, Shinn became a high school teacher in Beaverton, Oregon. He taught math and participated in activities outside the classroom, all while mentoring many students. After 10 years, he pursued an administrative career, working as director of planning and personnel in Beaverton and later in Fairfax County (Virginia) and Maryland. In retirement, Shinn lived in Beaufort, South Carolina, and worked on restoring a home and reading at elementary schools every week. Survivors include his sons, Paul, John, and Michael; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

    • 09/05/2014

      Nancy Pond Suehs BS ’53, September 4, 2014, age 83.

    • 10/18/2016

      Carolyn J. Vesterstein BS ’53, October 17, 2016, age 86. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Vesterstein attended Emanuel School of Nursing and graduated as an RN, soon landing a job as head nurse with Union Pacific Railroad in Portland. She met her husband, Paul, when he came to her rescue after a skiing accident, and they married in 1957. She was an animal lover as well as a generous supporter of animal charities. Survivors include her husband, Paul; her children, Scott, Kirk, Mark, Lisa, and Karl; and three grandchildren.