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Class of 1966

  • CAS class correspondent: Carla Shafer

    Hello class of 1966, from your class correspondent. Please send me your stories about what is going on in your life. New updates from you are always welcome. It’s great to hear about your interests, accomplishments, work and exploring. Connection is good. And each year when I visit the L&C campus I enjoy the diversity of students and faculty and the vision for quality higher education that it sustains.

    -July 2019

  • CAS class correspondent: Carla Shafer BS ’66

    “Hello class of 1966. Updates from classmates are inspiring with continued accomplishments and focus on community, travels and family. I encourage you to notice the invitations to visit Dorothy in Florence, Oregon, and John in Valladolid, Mexico. I know you’ll be welcome. Please share your updates.”

    - February, 2019

    • 07/07/2020

      Ward S. Armstrong JD ’66 passed away peacefully September 5, 2015, in Salem, Oregon, surrounded by family and the love of lifelong friends. He was 82 years old.

      Born October 13, 1932, in Eugene, Oregon, to Hubert and Elizabeth Armstrong, Ward graduated from Newberg High School in 1950. He attended Willamette University, where he met his partner for life, Donna Marie Leonard, whom he married on December 27, 1959.

      Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Oregon State University. In 1961, he began work as director of the Association of Oregon Counties in Salem. Ward accepted a job as Oregon director of governmental affairs for Weyerhaeuser in 1966, embarking on a career as a lobbyist and public policy specialist that defined the remainder of his working life.

      In 1978, Ward, Donna, and their three children moved to Federal Way, Washington, so Ward could manage Weyerhaeuser’s governmental affairs program. The family returned to Salem in 1986 when Ward was named executive director of the Oregon Forest Industries Council. He “retired” in 1994, after which he accepted a position managing the Executive Seminar Program at Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He would remain there for 10 years.

      A past president of the Salem Tennis & Swim Club, Ward was also an active member of the Methodist Church in Salem and Bellevue and the Salem Downtown Rotary Club. He served on the state Easter Seals Board and was a trustee on the Oregon State University Foundation.

      Cycling was a special passion. Ward completed many Seattle-to-Portland bike rides, the Oregon Bicycle Ride, RAGBRAI, and the Idaho Bike Ride.

      Ward is survived by his wife and children Ken, Mark, and Diane; grandchildren Grace, Abby, Lucy, and Alice; and his brothers Hugh of Seattle and Richard of Salem.

    • 09/01/2013

      Published Common Ground, the second book in his Common Denominator series of romantic thrillers. The book is available for Kindles, Nooks, and other e-readers at and e-book outlets. The first title in the series, Common Enemy, is also available.

    • 02/22/2019

      Roger Clark BA ’66 retired from Oregon Fruit Products in 1999. He and his wife, Betsy Willson, moved from Lake Oswego, Oregon, to Bellingham, Washington. Betsy and Roger had a wonderful 38 years together before she died in 2013. Clark’s passion has always been singing. He performs with the Whatcom Chorale, Bellingham Chamber Chorale, Bellingham Festival of Music Chorus, and Pacific Northwest Opera Chorus. In 2018, he sang in the operas Turandot and La Bohème. In 2017, he went on a fascinating tour of Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, where he observed a pair of “skypointing” blue-footed boobies and other wonders.

    • 11/18/2018

      William “Bill” Coggins BA ’66 lives in Leesburg, Virginia, with his wife, Margaret, and their 8-year-old lab, Molly. They are enjoying Virginia’s wine country after moving back to the D.C. area from St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina. Coggins retired in 2005 after 37 years of federal service. Following graduation from Lewis & Clark and from Infantry Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Coggins completed a tour of duty in Vietnam as an army intelligence officer. After returning from Vietnam and obtaining his MBA at San Francisco State University, he began his federal career at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. Subsequently, he joined the United States Secret Service, where he served in two branch chief positions. In 1998, he was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he initially served as a unit chief and was later appointed to the FBI’s Senior Executive Service as a section chief. Coggins’ older daughter, Laurin Kehaulani, lives in Eugene, Oregon. His younger daughter, Sonnet Kekilia, lives in Maui, Hawaii, with her family, including two sons, ages 7 and 3. He looks forward to frequent visits with his grandsons in their new Hawaii home.

    • 06/28/2018

      Dorothy Thomson Dixon BS ’66 and her husband, Gale, moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 1972 as he embarked on a three-year contract teaching cultural geography at Monash University. Today, the couple is still there! Over the years, Dixon worked as a special education teacher. She reports that one of their daughters lives in Newcastle, Australia, and the other works and studies at Portland State University. Now retired, Dorothy and Gale have an off-road camper with four-wheel drive, which they take on vacations to sight birds and visit remote places in the Australian Outback. They also maintain Gale’s parents home in Tigard and love the summers in Oregon. “Visitors always welcome!”

    • 06/28/2018

      Stephen Eichelberger BA ’66, after four decades practicing law, no longer represents clients; rather, he arbitrates cases sent to him by the Oregon courts. A firearms instructor for the police academy, Eichelberger also instructs private citizens in live-fire training and the use of force in self-defense. He and his wife, Denise, recently relocated to McMinnville, Oregon, roughly equidistant between their kids and grandkids in Portland and Salem.

    • 06/02/2016

      Rich Emery BA, after teaching accounting at Linfield College for 30 years, bid his students goodbye for the last time on January 29, 2016. Michael Kohlhoff BS, after serving as the Wilsonville, Oregon, city attorney for 35 years, has announced his retirement.

    • 02/22/2019

      Dorothy Friend BS ’66 lives with her husband, Dan, on Woahink Lake, south of Florence, Oregon. Her hobbies include quilting, spinning, and jewelry making. She loves to travel and will happily do so at the drop of a hat. At the time of this writing, she is in Ireland with a girlfriend taking some hands-on knitting and spinning classes. When at home, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and other water sports. She and Dan love company, so if you are in the area, she invites you to give her a call to be sure the guest room is available for you.

    • 04/10/2018

      Wilson Hulley BS ’66 is retired from federal service. He held the title of executive assistant to the president for international trade and later executive assistant for disability programs and policy. In all, Hulley served under three U.S. presidents. “It has been a very rewarding and exciting adventure,” he says.

    • 06/28/2018

      Michael Kohlhoff BS ’66, now retired, plays tennis three to four times a week, usually getting a good start at 6:30 a.m. He is active in the Democratic Party of Clackamas (Oregon) County and cochairs its justice committee, whose members research and make recommendations on a variety of issues, from health care to restorative justice. Inspired by his granddaughter who has cerebral palsy, Kohlhoff and his wife are building a small rental house designed to be wheelchair accessible.

    • 07/14/2019

      Ross Mouer BA ’66 attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston after graduating from Lewis & Clark. He then spent six years in Japan completing PhD research on income inequality and social stratification in Japan. In 1976, he took up a one-year university position in Brisbane, Australia. However, an operation to remove a brain cancer and subsequent recovery and monitoring resulted in his staying put until 1988, when he moved to Monash University in Melbourne and became professor of Japanese studies. From 2010–15, Mouer was professor of work organization and social change at Meiji University in Tokyo, which involved work in Malaysia for roughly three to four weeks each year. During his academic career, he published extensively on work organization in Japan, theories of Japanese society, Japan and Asia literacy, and paradigmatic change in images of Japanese society. Once “fully retired,” he continued to lead two 10-week seminars per year on Christianity and society in Tokyo. Now he writes and enjoys life at home in Melbourne with his wife and four children. He would be happy to hear from classmates at

    • 06/28/2018

      Judy Orem BS ’66 participated in a Phase I trial for the cancer drug Gleevec at Oregon Health & Science University in 1999. As a result, she is alive today and has had many opportunities to appear on TV, study grant proposals, and be a representative for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Her story has been included in three books, which address Gleevec, chronic myeloid leukemia, and new approaches to cancer treatments. But most important to Orem is her husband of 53 years, their two adult children, and two grandchildren. She is also happy to report that she and her husband keep 15 beehives. “We enjoy each day given us,” she writes.

    • 06/28/2018

      Pam Parfitt BA ’66 has, over the last 50 years, taught in public school; earned an MA, which led to social work; and started a school to teach and play the violin. She also founded the Santa Fe Youth Symphony and remains actively involved in other arts and youth programs. After retiring eight years ago, Parfitt says she still can’t get enough of biking, golfing, skiing, and traveling. Most recently, she spent a month in Argentina and Antarctica; played golf in southern New Mexico and Texas; and visited her kids and grandkids in Florida.

    • 06/28/2018

      Lynne Pickens BA ’66, who lives in Atlanta, is retired from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. She says she finally found out what she wants to do when she grows up–be retired! Pickens indulges her passion for England by visiting at least once a year. She’s traveled to many places in Europe via river cruises, most recently Normandy, France. In closing, Pickens writes, “My library loves me because my constant reading raises their circulation. I exercise because it appears that my hope that exercising will be proven to be bad for your health is not going to be fulfilled.”

    • 06/28/2018

      Carla Shafer BS ’66 and a poet friend traveled all over Ireland in October 2017, taking part in open mics and readings with more than 80 mostly Irish poets. While in Dublin, Shafer encountered Maurice Harmon, who previously taught English and Anglo-Irish literature at Lewis & Clark. They exchanged a few of their poems. She says it was wonderful to visit with him and his wife, Maura. As often as she can, Shafer travels to Oakland, California, to play with her preschool-aged grandsons, Akira and Hiroki.

    • 10/15/2019

      Margaret Trachsel BS ’66, MAT ’73, October 15, 2019, age 89. Trachsel worked as a high school teacher and administrator. She loved gardening, chocolate ice cream, and the theatre. Survivors include her children, Tygh, Kevin, Marlee, and Michael; six grandchildren; and eight grandchildren.

    • 11/09/2019

      John Venator BS ’66 announces that the home museum he runs with his wife, Dorianne, has been recognized by as a top tourist attraction in Mexico. “We are … very proud to be included with the nine other prestigious museums that have also been recognized along with our home, Casa de los Venados, as the Ten Coolest Museums in Mexico,” writes Venator. “We open every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for guided tours of our 400 year-old home and our collection of over 3,000 pieces of Mexican art to raise money for local charities.”

    • 02/22/2019

      John Venator BS ’66 is the retired past president and CEO of the Computing Technology Industry Association, a global industry trade association. In 2000, he and his wife, Dorianne, moved to a 400+ year old 18,000-square-foot hacienda in Valladolid, Mexico. They open their home, Casa de Los Venados, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, for guided tours to raise money for local charities. Venator says it’s a “must see” for tourists both because it’s won four architectural prizes and it sports a collection of Mexican folk art that has been described as of “museum quality.” (For more information and photos, visit He says two favorite trips of 2018 were to New York City for Hester Turner’s 101st birthday celebration and to Buenos Aires to participate for a second time in the World Travel and Tourism Council’s 2018 International Congress. Venator welcomes emails from L&C alums at and always enjoys greeting L&C alums who come for tours of their home.