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Class of 1973

    • 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.

    • 08/11/2019

      Doris A. Brooks BS ’70, MAT ’73, August 11, 2019, age 99.

    • 12/13/2019

      Charles Joseph Wiseman III BS ’70, JD ’73 died April 21, 2019, at the age of 76.

      Charles was born in Tillamook, Oregon, on October 30, 1942, to Charles and Lucille Wiseman. He grew up largely in nearby Garibaldi.

      From a young age, Charles was devoted to sports of all kinds. He was an all-star Little League baseball player who continued to play through high school and his time as an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark. As teens, he and his brother would hitchhike from Garibaldi to Portland to watch their beloved Portland Beavers baseball team play; later, he became an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners. A star high school football player, Charles loved fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, golf, skiing, and camping. As an adult, he followed the Seattle Seahawks and all Northwest high school and university sports. He was also a general aviation pilot.

      Charles joined the Portland Police Department in 1965 and worked in the Crime Lab until 1967. He then became a patrol officer for the department, where he served until 1970–the same year he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In 1971 Charles became an investigator for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, working in that capacity as he pursued his JD. He then served as a trial attorney for that office from 1973 until 1976, when he joined the Lane County District Attorney’s Office as a trial attorney.

      In 1977, Charles went into practice for himself as a criminal defense attorney. He would run his own law firm for 42 years. Licensed in both Oregon and Washington, he was well respected in the profession and known for his quick wit, honesty, and compassionate spirit.

      Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert. He is survived by his brother Thomas and his two nephews, Eric Wiseman and Kyle Wiseman.

    • 03/27/2018

      John D. Albert BS ’73, August 27, 2017, age 66. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Albert earned a JD at the University of Oregon College of Law and began his legal career in the office of the district attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon. In 1981, Albert joined Churchill Leonard, and in 1991, he helped found Donaldson Albert Tweet Connolly Hanna & Muñiz, in Salem, Oregon. Albert and Tweet worked together until Tweet’s retirement in 2014. In his daily life, Albert loved the outdoors and was a devoted Ducks fan. He also ran marathons and served as a soccer referee. Survivors include his wife, Claudia; his children, Stephen, James, and Jena; and one grandchild.

    • American Sign Language as a Bridge to English: A Handbook for HEARING Teachers of HEARING Students

      Vicky Allen MEd ’73 offers a handbook of more than 250 signs to be used in the classroom, each with a simple illustration and description. Her unique approach teaches students the handshapes of American Sign Language before they learn the ABCs.

      Posted 10/30/2017
    • 12/10/2019

      Rocky Blumhagen BA ’73 is a fellow/partner of the Distinguished Careers Institute of Stanford University for 2019-20. Each year, 40 people from all over the world, ages 49 to 80, come together to reflect on life’s purpose; build community; pursue physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness; and engage in intellectual stimulation. In addition to teaching a full course load in fall 2019, Blumhagen led weekly Kundalini yoga sessions and performed in a musical theatre recital with three Stanford undergrads at the Braun Music Center.

    • 07/12/2017

      Robert A. Brooks BS ’73, July 11, 2017, age 65. Brooks met and married his wife, Sharon, in 1973, and they had two daughters. He worked in sales, spending almost 10 years with Adventist Book Center in Gladstone, Oregon, before starting his own insurance sales agency. Brooks loved people and was fascinated by history. For fun, he tinkered with model trains and participated in Civil War reenactments. Survivors include his wife; daughters Michelle and Mindy; and one grandchild.

    • 01/25/2019

      Beverly Byer BS ’73, October 31, 2018, age 68. A talented reporter, Byer worked as an anchor at television stations in Seattle, Portland, and Pittsburgh. Her career eventually took her to Tel Aviv with NBC News and to New York, where she served as a network correspondent covering the United Nations. Byer’s work brought to light important issues at home and abroad. Survivors include son David, niece Brenna, and nephew Ian.

    • 09/14/2019

      Janet Freeman BA ’73, MAT ’78 moved in 2005 to Bend, Oregon, where she taught English language learners in the Redmond School District. She is married to Norman Shearer BS ’68, MAT ’74. The couple enjoys kayaking and hiking in Central Oregon, as well as traveling the world. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary in August 2020.

    • 03/05/2018

      Pamela Nelson-Munson BA ’73, after graduating with a Spanish major, married Brian Munson. They both studied at the Ecumenical Institute with the World Council of Churches outside of Geneva, Switzerland. Pamela went on to earn her master’s degree in divinity from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Over the years, she has served five United Methodist Churches, including her most recent in Eugene, Oregon, where she serves as senior pastor. Pamela attended culinary arts school for two years and in 2013 won a Lily Endowment grant to travel to Ireland to study culinary arts. Pamela and Brian have three grown daughters and two grandchildren. After retiring, she plans to live in Ashland, Oregon.

    • 11/29/2017

      Richard E. Usilton BS ’73, November 28, 2017, age 67. Usilton earned his medical degree from the University of Oregon and completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center at the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He settled in Lancaster, Ohio, practicing with Jones-Welsh-Payne and Osgood. Survivors include wife Sandra; two children, Eric and Blair; and one granddaughter.

    • 07/02/2019

      Bill Walker BA ’73, former Alaska governor, has joined the law firm now named Brena, Bell & Walker. He resides in Anchorage with his wife, Donna.