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Class of 1956

  • AA

    Alvin “Al” Lawrence Andrews passed away December 25, 2015, at his home. He was 88 years old.

    Al was born March 12, 1927, to Ellis and Leona Andrews. He was raised in Ontario, Oregon, where he lived until graduating from high school and joining the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. Following his discharge, Al attended Eastern Oregon State College and the University of Oregon until he was recalled to active duty at the onset of the Korean conflict to serve aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Boxer. After his military service he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon.

    Al worked as partner in the firm of Fitzwater, Fitzwater and Andrews before beginning a solo neighborhood practice in North Portland in the late 1960s. He closed his office in early 2000 to become a full-time caregiver for his beloved wife, Darlene (Devine), whose death preceded his.

    Al was a member of the Oregon State Bar, Bethel Baptist Church, and Peninsula Kiwanis Club for over 50 years. He was a longtime supporter of the Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp for children with special needs. He was also a member of the U.S.S. Boxer Association and had an interest in hunting, hiking, genealogy, stained glass, music, and the Oregon Ducks.

    Al is survived by his children, Connie Stahly, Kris Wilkinson, Steve Andrews, Dixon Andrews, and Tony Andrews; two sisters, Florence Conant and Margaret Diehl; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and close friend Betty Doble.

  • VH

    Virginia S. Heisler ’56, September 5, 2017, age 82. After attending Lewis & Clark, Heisler worked for Sunset Lanes bowling alley as program director for more than 40 years. She married Donald Heisler in 1954. Heisler loved to travel and took part in bowling competitions both at home and away. When she wasn’t competing, she enjoyed sightseeing with her daughters, who often came along. Survivors include her children, Linda and Lisa, and two grandchildren.

  • DJ

    Dorothy J. Jacobsen Stumm ’56, May 24, 2016, age 83. Survivors include her four children, Deborah, Bob, Victoria, and Jenevieve; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  • GM

    Gordon W. Makinster BS ’56, MEd ’61, January 31, 2018, age 87. Makinster taught physical education and served as a track and field coach at Wilson High School in Portland. He also worked as scorekeeper for the Portland Trailblazers for their first 25 years of existence. Survivors include wife Beverly and daughters Judy and Donna.

  • JN

    Joanne Forstrom Nash BM ’56, December 23, 2015, age 81.

  • DO

    Dean B. Orton BS ’56, January 31, 2016, age 82.