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Class of 1962

  • JB

    Jerry Billings passed away peacefully in his home on February 18, 2015, after a long and full life. He was 88.

    Born in Falls City, Nebraska, in 1926, Jerry moved with his family to Portland in 1942 and attended that city’s Washington High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 to fight in WWII. Sent to the Pacific theater, he took part in the Battle of Okinawa, earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Jerry was the only member of his platoon to survive. On his return to Portland, he met and married Lorelei Brown, with whom he had three daughters.

    In 1962, Jerry went into private practice, a business he maintained for nearly 30 years. After acting as Madeleine Murray O’Hair’s counsel in Oregon in the 1970s, he founded the Oregon chapter of American Atheists, later renamed the Center for Rational Thought and eventually U.S. Atheists. He was the voice of “Dial an Atheist” for more than 20 years and host of the public television program Bunk Busters from 1995 until 2011. His other passion was the collection and cataloging of antique tools, especially early American wood planes.

    Jerry is survived by his loving partner for 65 years, Lorelei; daughters Dawn, Melanie, and Nancy; grandchildren Matthew Yun, Remington Powell, and Katherine Powell; great-granddaughter Ava Yun; and beloved caretakers Moana Toloke and her daughter, Vee. He was buried in a private ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery.

  • BC

     Passed away on August 27, 2016.

  • Garry Kahn JD ’62
    GK
    • 09/01/2013

      With Steven Kahn ’88, moved the firm Kahn & Kahn to the Loyalty Building at 317 S.W. Alder Street in Portland. Kahn recently celebrated 50 years as an Oregon lawyer.

  • TK

    Thomas R. Keefer BS ’62, June 17, 2017, age 78. Keefer served in the U.S. Air Force reserve as a medic and later worked as a sales manager in the packaging industry until he retired in 2006. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; his children, Megan and Greg; and three grandchildren.

  • RL
    • Turtles All the Way: Poems

      Rosemary Douglas Lombard BA ’62 offered a poetry chapbook inspired by her scholarly interest in turtles.

      Posted 01/23/2017
  • MM
    • 10/14/2016

      Meredith Mears BS ’62 and her husband, “Laddy” Mears ’57, are enjoying retirement on the banks of Lower Fire Lake in Eagle River, about 13 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. The family has enjoyed all manner of outdoor activities surrounded by Alaska’s scenic beauty. Now, with two married daughters and five grandchildren, the couple make plenty of trips to warmer climes for visits.

  • MN

    Marvin Nepom died in November 2014 at the age of 88. Born in Portland of immigrant parents, he attended the University of Washington. It was there that he met his wife, whom he married at the age of 21. After a decade in the grocery business, and with the encouragement of Leo Levinson, Marvin began to attend law school in the evening. While a student, he frequently told his three young children bedtime stories that incorporated law school themes.

    After passing the bar in 1962, Marvin handled a broad array of cases before concentrating on personal injury litigation as a solo practitioner. He served as president of the Multnomah Bar Association for 1981–82.

    Marvin is survived by Leah, his wife of 67 years; three children; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

  • RP

    Robert S. Pettingell BA ’62, January 25, 2013, age 72. Pettingell worked for Pacificorp for 31 years. He was an avid musician and spent most of his free time playing. Pettingell founded and directed the Rose City Classic Festival of Jazz, which began in 1991 and ran for five years. Survivors include wife Elaine and daughters Debbie and Lisa.

  • EP
    • 02/15/2017

      Ward Plummer BA ’62, Lewis & Clark’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University, received the Award for International Scientific Cooperation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is one of only three non-Chinese recipients of the award and the only one from the United States. Plummer is currently working on establishing a dual-degree PhD program with Louisiana State and Chinese institutions.

  • HT

    Harold B. Tate BS ’62, MAT ’75, June 2, 2016, age 76.

  • PW
    • 09/21/2017

      Pete Ward BS ’62, a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, turned 80 this past summer. Ward played for the White Sox and the New York Yankees, primarily as third baseman. He also coached in the Yankees’ farm system and was a manager of the Portland Beavers.

  • PW
    • 06/02/2016

      Paul Willison BA, who has been a member of the Black Mountain–Swannanoa Kiwanis Club since 1998, was named the 2015 Kiwanian of the Year.