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Class of 1967

  • CAS class correspondent: Robert Ness BA ’67

    “Dear Class of ’67…I am looking forward to hearing from you as your class representative! My job is to gather stories about what is happening to you and share them with the alumni office so that our class can stay connected. Please send me up to 90 words about the events in your world!” —October 25, 2017

    • 02/27/2018

      Katherine Davis BS ’67 writes: “In spring of 2017, I performed as a ‘cigarette girl’ in the chorus of Carmen on the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College’s Performing Arts Campus. We sang in French, rehearsing two nights a week. It was fun, but exhausting. I was going to take the summer off, but I miraculously got a teaching job at a private school in Westwood and had six wonderful weeks teaching ESL to several levels of students from every country. I also sang in a small chamber choir and in a ‘Singing for Our Lives’ concert. We celebrated diversity; protested injustice; and sang for love, for the elderly with Alzheimer’s, for the legacy of Dr. King. I have six grandkids, including two girls, who are 21 and 15, from my stepdaughter. The eldest studied film at the University of California at Santa Cruz and has an amazing band called GAL PAL; her sister is studying art at a magnet school. My eldest son, a Georgetown graduate, has a beautiful German wife and four children; they live in Manila, Philippines. After editing a book for an Italian law professor who is writing in English, I’ve decided to study Italian. So, I’m taking Italian–plus creative writing and a vocal performance workshop–at Santa Monica College with the hope of eventually going to Milan and having more work there. I continue to publish some of my poetry on a WordPress blog called Scarlet Letters.”

    • 02/15/2017

      Katherine Brown Davis BS ’67 fondly remembers her time at Lewis & Clark, especially helping Professor William Stafford grade papers. She still has a note from him that says, “Please go easy on them.” As a lifelong lover of music and singing, Davis has sung in the Westwood Presbyterian Church choir for 40 years. She has two sons, a stepdaughter, and six grandchildren, four of whom live in Manila, Philippines (although their mother is German). Her two older granddaughters are in Los Angeles. Davis studied mythology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is now studying music, theatre, and journalism; performing opera; and working as a writer and editor. She writes as Katherine Lansing, and her poetry and song lyrics can be read on the WordPress blog Scarlet Letters. She has also contributed to a libretto titled Creation: The Tale of Our Birth. She lives in Santa Monica, California, but misses Portland and Lewis & Clark very much.

    • 10/14/2016

      Katherine Davis BS ’67 reports that, since 2011, she’s been at Santa Monica College, where she’s done six plays—including Sweeney Todd, which she did in a wheelchair because she had broken her foot in rehearsal. She’s also performed in several musical theatre workshops, finally landing a solo as Frau Blucher singing “He Vas My Boyfriend” from Young Frankenstein, the musical. She just finished singing chorus in opera excerpts on the Broad Stage for Carmen and The Magic Flute, among others. “Having so much fun!”

    • 10/13/2017

      Patricia Francy BA ’67 traveled from New York to Portland in June 2017 to attend her 50th class reunion at Lewis & Clark. She is currently president of the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation and works with Junior Achievement International and Outward Bound USA. In October 2017, Francy was honored at the Outward Bound National Benefit Dinner for her visionary philanthropy. She currently supports neurobiological research and a New York City community college. Francy enjoys traveling and has visited every continent.

    • 10/14/2016

      Mary Lou Pedersen Hautau BS ’67, after living in the Seattle area, has moved back to Portland, where she enjoys retirement with a miniature dachshund and a cat. She’s involved with the Portland Art Museum, belongs to a book club, does water aerobics, takes great courses and classes, and enjoys her friends.

    • 02/01/2018

      Phil Lacy BS ’67 spent two years working on an agriculture extension program in Western Samoa as a Peace Corps volunteer after graduation. Later, he taught school in Compton, California, New York, and Texas before getting into church business administration for 27 years. He retired in 2010. Since then, Lacy has devoted his time to volunteering with South Plains Food Bank in Lubbock, Texas, and the Caring Place food pantry in Georgetown, Texas. He is married to Melinda, and lives in Georgetown. He has two sons and six grandchildren.

    • 06/02/2016

      John McClelland BA ’67 served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cusco, Peru, from 1967 to 1968, and then as an English teacher in Piura, Peru, from 1968 to 1970. He married Paula “Pauly” Valdivieso in 1969 while in Peru, and they’ve been together ever since. In September 1999, McClelland retired after 13 years as a feature writer for the Daily News of Longview, Washington. He has two children: daughter Mara McClelland BA ’95, an interior designer in New York City, and son Ian McClelland, who is an emergency medical technician with Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington. He also has two grandchildren. McClelland writes, “I’d like to hear from any who remember me, for good or bad.”

  • Neva C. Neff BA ’67, MAT ’75, April 16, 2018, age 89. After graduation, Neff taught in the Reedville and Newberg (Oregon) school districts for 24 years. She is remembered fondly by her many students. Survivors include husband Jack; sons Gregory, David, and Timothy; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

    • 10/14/2016

      Ronald Parrish BA ’67 was a professor at George Fox University from 1989 to 2010. He’s now involved in theatre group and class reunions.

    • 10/14/2016

      David Shilling BA ’67, now retired, reports that he and his wife, Marvina Andrus Shilling BA ’67, spend several months every summer living in France and visiting other countries. Recently, they had a wonderful time in Malta and Turkey.

    • 06/02/2016

      David Shilling BA and spouse Marvina Shilling BA are enjoying retirement. They live in Laguna Beach, California, from November to April every year, and then in Paris from May through October. David still runs every other day.

    • 10/14/2016

      Marvina Andrus Shilling BA ’67 and her husband, David Shilling BA ’67, spend several months every summer living in France and visiting other countries. Recently, they had a wonderful time in Malta and Turkey.

  • John E. Toevs BS ’67, December 7, 2017, age 72. Toevs worked as a chief financial officer in the stationery industry for 40 years. He loved to travel and managed to visit all 50 states and six continents. Survivors include wife Susan; children Heidi, John, and Sasha-Peter; and two grandchildren.