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Class of 1954

    • 06/25/2017

      Elizabeth L. Hollingsworth BS ’54, June 24, 2017, age 84. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Hollingsworth trained to become a nurse and received her cap at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. During that time, she and Roger Hollingsworth were married. She loved to bake, cook, and garden. In addition to working as a nurse, she managed a wholesale nursery for 34 years. Survivors include her husband, Roger; her children, Lisa, Eric, and Sarah; and five grandchildren.

    • 07/11/2019

      Orval K. Jacques BS ’54, June 5, 2019, age 88. Jacques worked for Boeing in Seattle, Washington; Cascade Manufacturing in Portland; and then the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Kiwanis, the Elks, and the Shriners. Survivors include his nieces and nephew, Sandra, Catherine, and Kelly; several great-nieces and nephews; and many other loving family members and friends.

    • 08/02/2018

      Shirley A. Jewel BS ’54, February 22, 2018, age 90. After graduation, Jewel and her husband lived in Petaluma, California, where she worked as a medical technologist. Jewel volunteered as a driver for cancer patients and as a caretaker for animals that were homeless or in need of rehabilitation. She also loved bird-watching and reading. Survivors include husband Raymond; children Marguerite, Carolyn, Matthew, Mark, and Geoffrey; and four grandchildren.

    • 04/14/2018

      Dyrk W. Lansdon BS ’54, April 13, 2018, age 88. After graduation, Lansdon and his wife, Miriam, moved to Bellevue, Washington, where he worked as a manufacturer’s representative. When the couple retired in 1988, they moved to Port Townsend, Washington. Survivors include his children, Ann, Caroline, and MaryEllen, and six grandchildren.

    • 07/11/2019

      William Lewis BS ’54 writes: “We moved to a smaller house. Attend bluegrass festivals. Enjoy quiet life. I dismantled my shop and now enjoy being a gourd artist.”

    • 01/07/2019

      Bonny McKnight ’54, January 7, 2019, age 82. McKnight was an active volunteer and community advocate and organizer in the Portland area. She was awarded a Spirit of Portland award in 2003. Survivors include her sons, Michael and Christopher, and one grandson.

    • 12/12/2017

      Bettie Mitchell BS ’54 was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by the biographical profile publisher Marquis Who’s Who. She was honored for her work with Good Samaritan Ministries, a nonprofit organization that she founded.

    • 07/03/2019

      Jean Marie Peterson BS ’54, March 11, 2017, age 85.

    • 06/12/2017

      Francis L.C. Reed BA ’54, June 11, 2017, age 84. Reed was a teacher, speaker, and public official, who dedicated his life to advocating for forests. He worked in Canada and 40 other countries. Survivors include his wife of 67 years and his two children.

    • 01/27/2018

      Marilee Scheer ’54, January 26, 2018, age 86. While at Lewis & Clark, Scheer met and married Dale, and after graduating, they lived in Vale, Oregon. She earned advanced degrees in music and education at Northwest Nazarene College and the University of Oregon. Scheer served as a music teacher in the Eugene and Greater Albany school districts, a music administrator in the state of Oregon, and a principal of Millersburg and Periwinkle elementary schools. An active member of her community, she was instrumental in bringing her family together for frequent reunions. Survivors include husband Michael as well as children Lorene, Steve, Mark, Bruce, and Shelley Lute.

    • 12/24/2017

      Norman L. Stauffer BS ’54, December 23, 2017, age 85. Stauffer’s career began in Denver, at aerospace engineering company Honeywell, in 1957. While there, he helped to develop patents that were used to create the autofocus function for slide projectors and cameras, which helped revolutionize the photo industry. Survivors include wife Carolyn and children Peter, Eric, Thomas, and Susan.

    • 06/05/2017

      Donald E. Stevenson BS ’54, June 4, 2017, age 85. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Stevenson joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an aviator. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1972. He married Marcella in 1957, and from 1959 until 1991, he flew commercially for Delta Airlines. Stevenson also served as a volunteer fireman and worked for a time at the Los Angeles county jail. He loved to read, solve crossword puzzles, and see the world. Survivors include his wife of 60 years; children Patti, Michael, and Barbie; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

    • 11/22/2018

      Lyle O. Wilson BA ’54, November 22, 2018, age 87. Wilson worked as a pastor for much of his life, serving in churches across Oregon. Survivors include his wife, Vera; children Jim, Joanne, and Joyce; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.