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Class of 1957

    • 10/14/2016

      Linda Allaway BS ’57 is now retired after a career as an educator and consultant on asthma and air quality issues. She lives in Portland and enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, gardening, cooking, and studying Pacific Northwest history. She also serves as a historical interpreter for the National Park Service.

  • Beverly Piland Creamer BS ’57, May 25, 2016, age 80. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Hospital until retiring in 2000. She was an ardent reader of science fiction, westerns, and mysteries. She also loved to camp, fish, watch birds, and care for her garden. Survivors include her two children, Brian and Karanne; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • Henry J. Kilmer BS ’57, July 17, 2017, age 82. Kilmer was a passionate educator with a career spanning more than 50 years. He taught at Molalla and Rex Putnam High Schools, and served as the principal of Clackamas High School. Over the years, Kilmer worked as a superintendent in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Nevada. Survivors include his five children, Henry III, Steve, Nanci, Debby, and Martie; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

    • 10/14/2016

      Willard “Laddy” Mears ’57 and his wife, Meredith Hiss Mears BS ’62, are enjoying retirement on the banks of Lower Fire Lake in Eagle River, about 13 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Mears took up flying soon after moving to Alaska in the 1970s to work as the state’s loss control manager. His family has enjoyed all manner of outdoor activities surrounded by Alaska’s scenic beauty. Now, with two married daughters and five grandchildren, Mears and his wife make plenty of trips to warmer climes for visits.

  • James D. Raines BS ’57, March 10, 2018, age 84. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Raines studied speech therapy and hearing pathology at Oregon Health & Science University. He worked as a speech and hearing consultant for Vancouver Public Schools; served as executive director of the Vancouver Education Association; and worked as director of the Washington Education Association. Away from the office, Raines enjoyed performing in Off Broadway productions on the East Coast. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wilma; a son-in-law; and many loving nieces and nephews.

    • 02/01/2018

      David Sellers BA ’57 writes that he’s “enjoying retirement on Whidbey Island (Washington) and keeping up with his six children scattered all over the U.S. and the world.”

  • Carl E. Smith ’57, April 1, 2018, age 82. After graduation, Smith met Patti Hart, and they formed the Patti Hart Trio, with Smith playing tenor saxophone and flute. He also started Carl Smith and the Natural Gas Co., a 12-piece band. In addition to being a great lover of jazz, he spent lots of time outdoors. Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge were among his favorite places to visit. Survivors include his second wife, Karen; seven children; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

  • Edgar W. Tomlin ’57, September 8, 2017, age 82. Tomlin worked in radio engineering, a career that enabled him to travel throughout the United States as well as in Mexico, Botswana, and Morocco. He loved storytelling and was fascinated by history and genealogy. Survivors include his children, Khristina and Edgar, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Fred T. Wilcox BS ’57, December 20, 2017, age 82. After marrying in 1960, Wilcox moved to Hawai‘i, where he worked for Liberty House department stores. In 1979, he founded Wilcox Miller & Nelson, an executive search firm. Survivors include wife Elisa and children Traci and Robert.