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Class of 1960

    • 04/23/2014

      William H. Beazley BS ’60, April 22, 2014, age 84. Beazley and his family moved to Seattle in 1966. He worked at Fircrest School in Shoreline, Washington, and also served as a part-time therapist. In his free time, he loved to fish. Survivors include wife Doreen; children Robert and Terri; four granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

    • 08/09/2016

      James W. Crook BS ’60, August 8, 2016, age 79. After marrying Carolee Rogers, the couple moved to Yakima, Washington, where he worked for the Yakima School District. He was a lover of music, cars, camping, and reading (particularly history or the Bible). Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Denise and Laura; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

    • 06/23/2016

      John R. Ellingson BS ’60, June 22, 2016, age 77. After graduating, Ellingson married JoAnn Adair and then earned an MBA from Arizona State University. From there, Ellingson moved to the East Coast, where he worked for Alcoa and Corning Glass Company. But he soon returned to the West and established John R. Ellingson Realtors. By this time, John and JoAnn had two small daughters, and they purchased a beachside cabin where, in the 1970s and ’80s, the family hosted Thai refugees. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, JoAnn; daughters Janna and Jennifer; and four grandchildren.

    • 03/08/2019

      Wilbert Coburn Freer BA ’60, February 26, 2019, age 79, in the Episcopal Church Home, Rochester, New York. Born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Freer grew up in Portland and attended Lewis & Clark, where he studied mathematics and English. After earning his PhD in English from the University of Washington, he taught English and creative writing at the University of Arizona, the University of Montana, the University of Oulu (Finland), the University of London, and the University of Georgia. Throughout his 40-year career, he wrote and presented on topics related to 16th- and 17th-century English literature. He also wrote two books: Music for a King: George Herbert’s Style and the Metrical Psalms (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972) and The Poetics of Jacobean Drama (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982). He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Ramona, as well as two daughters and their families.

    • 01/26/2018

      Shirley A. Hawke BA ’60, January 25, 2018, age 79. Hawke and her family moved around Oregon before settling in Salem in 1971. After working at Willamette University, she was employed with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles for 24 years until her retirement. Despite persistent hearing issues, Hawke loved music and dedicated much of her time to singing during her school years. She also loved reading, especially mysteries.

    • 10/14/2016

      Paul Knoll BA ’60, a former three-time chair of the Department of History at the University of Southern California, and his wife, Susan Lathrop Knoll BA ’60, retired to Portland five years ago.

    • 10/14/2016

      Susan Lathrop Knoll BA ’60 and her husband, Paul Knoll BA ’60, retired to Portland five years ago.

    • 07/01/2019

      Dorothy Ruff BS ’60, MAT ’83, February 23, 2019, age 81. After graduation, Ruff worked for Portland Public Schools as an elementary school teacher, a career that would last 34 years. She retired in 1994. A frequent volunteer, Ruff enjoyed reading, hiking, and cats. Survivors include her children, Gregg and Kristan, and four grandchildren.

    • 11/15/2017

      James H. Stell BS ’60, November 14, 2017, age 79. Stell worked in education, starting as a principal of an elementary school in 1965. By 1986, he was president of the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association. Two years later, he was nominated to be an Oregon Distinguished Principal. Survivors include wife Nita, daughter Tracy, and three grandchildren.

    • 06/13/2017

      Monty Vincent BS ’60, June 12, 2017, age 80. An entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical and medical industries, Vincent worked successfully for 37 years in marketing, management, and product development. He retired in 1998 as president of his own private corporation, Arbor Technologies. Vincent served on the board of directors for a number of nonprofit and for-profit organizations and was also active with the Peace Neighborhood Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He had a passion for woodworking and sold his art to support local charities. Survivors include his wife, Julianne; his children, Kimberly, Douglas, and Michael; and seven grandchildren.