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Class of 1966

  • CAS class correspondent: C. Allen Neighorn BA ’66
  • 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

    • 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 www.richarddavidbach.com 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 www.casadelosvenados.com.) 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 javenator1@gmail.com and always enjoys greeting L&C alums who come for tours of their home.