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Class of 1963

    • Parting the Clouds of Grief: A Mother’s Memoir

      Judith Black BS ’63 shares her reflections on how she recovered from the loss of her teenage son.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • 04/20/2019

      John C. Flanagan ’63, April 20, 2019, age 77. Flanagan married Pauline Denyer in 1963, and together they raised their children in Portland. After earning a master’s degree in social work in 1969, he became a social worker and therapist. In 1988, he launched his private practice in Portland, which he ran until retiring in 2014. Survivors include his former wife, Pauline; children Timothy and Heather; and five grandchildren.

    • 04/18/2018

      Ann K. Fontaine BA ’63, April 18, 2018, age 76. After graduating, she and her husband, James, settled in Lander, Wyoming. Fontaine was active in the Episcopal Church, holding key leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels. For more than 30 years, she served as a teacher and mentor in the church’s Education for Ministry program. Fontaine worked tirelessly to advance the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. In 1994, she earned a master’s degree in divinity from Harvard University. After her ordination in 1996, she served as a priest in the Oregon communities of Astoria and Cannon Beach. Survivors include her husband; children Kristin, John, and Matt; and five grandchildren.

    • 03/25/2015

      Karl W. Freerksen Jr. JD ’63 passed away on January 13, 2015, after living with Parkinson’s disease for nearly 11 years. He was born January 21, 1936, in Freeport, Illinois, to Karl Walter Sr. and Dorothy Elaine (Haines) Freerksen. When Karl was five years old, the family moved to Cedar Mill, Oregon, where he attended Cedar Mill and Sylvan Grade Schools. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1953 with plans to become a lawyer. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in 1957, Karl served six years of active duty with the National Guard to earn enough money to attend law school.

      Early in his career, Karl had a general law practice in Beaverton with eight other attorneys, constituting the largest firm in the county. He was asked in 1973 to serve as judge pro-tem under the pilot program funded by the Legislature. Karl was the last judge to be appointed by Governor Tom McCall, in 1974. He served as the presiding district judge and president of the Oregon District Judges’ Association, and in 1997 he completed the mediation course at the National Judicial College. Karl retired in 1998 after 25 years of service as a circuit judge, though he continued to serve as a judge pro-tem. He said that he found life on the bench more enjoyable than private practice, because it was more predictable. “The cases are different every day, but you generally know what they are going to be about. Also, I never had a paid vacation until I became a judge!”

      Karl wed Barbara Sue VanHoutin on September 26, 1970. In 1977, they built a home north of North Plains, where they enjoyed gardening, the deer, the view of the coast range, and hosting picnics and other events. They were particularly fond of ballroom dancing. Karl’s many interests included hunting trips with his brothers, fly fishing, wood working, golfing, travel, and socializing with friends and family members.

      A member of Kiwanis and the Jaycees while in Beaverton, Karl joined the Hillsboro Rotary Club in 1980 and served on the board of directors for the Rotary Foundation. He also served on the board of trustees at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s School for Boys, and was active in the Washington County and North Plains Historical Societies.

      Karl was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gerald Allan Freerksen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; brother Gene Freerksen; sister-in-law Linda Freerksen; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

    • 09/01/2019

      Van L. Killian BS ’63, September 1, 2019, age 81. Killian was a teacher at several Oregon elementary and middle schools. After retiring, he spent his time volunteering at Laughing Horse Books and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancy; his children, Karen, Todd, and Heidi; and 13 grandchildren.

    • 02/06/2019

      Garr M. “Mike” King JD ’63, February 5, 2019, age 83.

      Mike was born January 28, 1936, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Warren and Geraldine (Hanlon) King. His family moved to Salt Lake City when he was an infant. Following high school, he served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957, attaining the rank of sergeant. Mike married Mary Jo after he completed his service, and they moved to Portland, Mary Jo’s hometown, in 1959.

      Following law school, Mike was recruited by George Van Hoomissen, a newly elected Multnomah County district attorney, to be one of roughly 15 lawyers in that office. Among his colleagues were Jacob Tanzer and George Joseph. Van Hoomissen and Tanzer would go on to sit on the Oregon Supreme Court, and Joseph would become the chief judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

      Mike became an associate at the Portland firm of Morrison and Bailey in 1966, focused on legal defense of insurance companies. He and Jack L. Kennedy, another Lewis & Clark Law School alumnus, then formed a law partnership in 1973. Among Mike’s clients was Owen Panner, one of several lawyers who were sued when the Washington Public Power Supply System defaulted on its bonds in 1983. It was the largest such default up to that time; bondholders eventually recovered about 40 percent of their money, but none of the lawyers ended up paying personally. Panner would go on to become a U.S. District Court judge.

      Following service on the judicial conference for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Mike was nominated in 1998 by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. District Court judge in Oregon. He replaced Judge Helen Frye.

      Among the famous cases Mike presided over were Capital Consultants in 2000, involving massive losses that eventually forced a takeover by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; a 2002 lawsuit alleging that retail giant WalMart had failed to properly compensate Oregon employees forced to work overtime; and the 2008 lawsuit filed by Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation of Oregon against the U.S. Treasury Department for freezing its assets after listing the charity as a “specially designated global terrorist organization” in 2004. He also served as a senior judge for the trial of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American student arrested by the FBI in a 2010 sting, after he tried to set off what he thought was a bomb at a tree-lighting ceremony at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

      Mike took senior status in January 2009. He was succeeded by Marco Hernandez, formerly a Washington County circuit judge. In a 2010 interview recorded by the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, Mike had this to say about his colleagues: “My experience has been that judges don’t really vote on the basis of whether they’re Republicans or Democrats or liberal or conservative. I think they do a very good job of trying to do what is legally correct…be looking for people who are good lawyers who know the law, have an appropriate judicial disposition and then put them on the bench and let them decide cases.”

      Mike is survived his wife; children Mary Beth Powell, Meg Conant, Mike King, Matt King, Jim King, and John King; siblings Patrick King, Kathleen McPolin, Shannon Myrin, Timothy King, Calleen Letaconnoux, and Terry King; and 13 grandchildren. A son, David, preceded him in death.

    • 07/03/2017

      Don A. McCarty BS ’63, July 2, 2017, age 76. McCarty worked as a teacher, coach, mentor, and administrator. He lived in Sunriver, Oregon, with his wife of 55 years, Sue.

    • 07/10/2019

      Jimmie McGill ’63, May 11, 2019, age 80. After attending Lewis & Clark, McGill worked in the office of a certified public accountant. In 1961, she married Don. McGill loved to read, solve crosswords, and listen to music. She also had a strong memory and passion for history. Survivors include her husband, Don; daughter, Kristan; and many other loving family members and friends.

    • 04/01/2018

      Robert H. Snider BS ’63, April 6, 2017, age 77.

    • 02/22/2019

      Sharon Lyons Webb BS ’63 and Ross Webb BS ’62 recently moved to the Panorama retirement community in Lacey, Washington.