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Class of 1983

  • CAS class correspondent: Mark Peterson BA ’83

    “Lewis & Clark in the 1980s was an incomparable place and time to grow into adulthood. At our 30th class reunion in 2013, I reconnected with a bunch of people. I got introspective about how much L&C—the academics, the teachers, the roommates, and the physical setting—influenced the choices I have made since. Please join me for our 35th class reunion in 2018!” —May 15, 2017

  • GB
    • 09/01/2011

      Was selected by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire to replace retiring Superior Court Judge James Warme. Bashor has been carrying out judicial duties part time since 1999, when judges appointed him court commissioner. He will have to run for election this fall for the remaining year of Warme’s four-year term, and he will have to run again in the fall of 2012 to retain the seat. He says he intends to continue the work he’s been doing to increase people’s access to justice, part of which involves adding legal forms to the Superior Court website, which he redesigned, and linking them to a free translation program.

  • MB
    • 02/15/2017

      Meredith Nelson Black BA ’83 was promoted to first vice president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In her new position, she will oversee the Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso branches of the bank. Black has been with the Dallas Fed since 1983.

  • JB
    • 02/15/2017

      Jill Phillips Brueningsen BA ’83 writes: “Lewis & Clark College prepared me for a digital future, although I did not know that in 1979, my freshman year. By 2000, publishing had moved to the internet, and I wanted to learn more. My comprehensive L&C education made it easy for me to return to university study and earn a master’s in computer information systems. I now work as a systems analyst for an insurance company. The best part about Lewis & Clark is that I made some lifetime friends. When we get together, we pick up where we left off. See you at the 2018 reunion!”

  • JB
    • 02/15/2017

      Jonathan Burton BA ’83 says he didn’t expect in May 1983 that Lewis & Clark would provide him with lifelong friends; a satisfying career as a journalist; and appreciation for learning, teaching, and listening. The journalism profession has taken him around the world and is never boring. Now, he’s a commentary editor for and has come full circle from writing opinion articles for the Pioneer Log at Lewis & Clark. Burton has served as a member of the Board of Alumni, an informal resource for the Pioneer Log. He was also a runner for L&C’s Pio-neering Hood to Coast Relay team in 2016.

  • DC
    • 09/01/2011

      Deborah Caldwell JD ’83 is owner of Caldwell Human Resources, which provides HR services for dental practices. Following advanced training in workplace mediation, facilitation and training, employment law, and human resources, Caldwell has worked with groups and conferences in Oregon and elsewhere. She created Caldwell Human Resources after a career that included school administration and teaching educational psychology and related courses at Pacific University.

  • ND
    • 09/01/2013

      Joined ADR Support Services Panel News. He
is a shareholder in the law firm of Walstead Mertschin in Longview, Washington, where he maintains an active general civil litigation practice. His work involves representing both plaintiffs and defendants concerning insurance defense, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance coverage, real property, and commercial matters.

  • JK
    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, American’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Keeney is a shareholder with Tonkon Torp in Portland, and his real estate practice includes acquisitions and sales, financing, commercial leasing, and land use permitting. He represents local, regional, and national property owners and developers in a wide range of transactional matters and assists clients in land use proceedings before local governments.

  • JK

    Julie A. Keil passed away November 24, 2015.

    Julie received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota. After earning her JD, she worked for Portland General Electric Company for 20 years. Julie was responsible for the license and water rights issues surrounding PGE’s five Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-licensed hydropower projects. She joined GEI Consultants in February 2015 as a senior consultant.

    Julie served as president of the National Hydropower Association from 1997 to 1998 and of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association. Most recently, she was chair of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. Over the course of her career, she testified before four congressional committees regarding the need to reform the relicensing process for hydropower projects. She also served on the federal advisory committee for the interagency task force that considered improvements to the licensing process. In 2003, she received the industry’s highest honor, the Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

  • NK
    • 02/15/2017

      Norma Kop BA ’83 currently serves as program specialist in the Developmental Disabilities Division of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health and is owner of a management consulting firm. She writes: “In my four years at Lewis & Clark, I gained a lifetime of real friends, the kind of relationships that my husband and three children (ages 14, 22, and 26) also enjoy. L&C also deepened my sensitivity to the perspectives of others. My career in business, education, and health care requires soft and technical know-how, teamwork, accuracy, enthusiasm, and more. L&C taught me to how to learn and how to use my skills to serve others. This is the greater purpose—to help people. I arrived. I observed. I applied. And I am grateful. My experience at L&C, some 30 years ago, is a tapestry of soft, rough, and essential lessons, ones that will help me keep moving forward. Always forward.”

  • Molly Marcum JD ’83
    • 11/19/2015

      Was named in the 2015 and 2016 issues of Best Lawyers magazine for her work in health law. Marcum serves on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Health Law Section and the board of directors of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and is a member of the Lewis & Clark Law Alumni Board. She is a shareholder with Keating Jones Hughes.

  • Connie Elkins McKelvey JD ’83
    • 09/01/2014

      Joined Lindsay Hart as a partner. McKelvey’s practice focuses on professional liability, health law, medical malpractice, dental malpractice, representation before professional licensing boards, and HIPAA policy and security. Her work has earned her recognition in Oregon Super Lawyers and U.S. News Best Lawyers. She can be reached at

  • Max M. Miller Jr. JD ’83
    • 09/01/2014

      Was appointed to serve on the Oregon State Bar’s Sustainable Future Section Executive Committee. The section supports sustainability within the Oregon legal profession by running educational programs, examining the integration of law and sustainability, and encouraging discussion about the needs and interests of future generations.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, American’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Miller is a shareholder with Tonkon Torp in Portland, and he chairs the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group.

  • Denise Minor JD ’83
    • 02/01/2015

      With business partner Christina Eanes is the owner of MindSpring Metro DC, a company dedicated to executive and employee professional and personal development and coaching.

    • 12/31/2014

      Retired from her position on December 31, 2014, as a supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation after over 28 years of service. As a Lewis & Clark Law School graduate, she was eligible to become an FBI agent under the law program before training at the FBI Academy. She used the language skills she developed studying French at Colorado College to conduct FBI investigations in French-speaking countries.

  • Turid Owren JD ’83
    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, American’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Owren is a shareholder with Tonkon Torp in Portland, and heads the firm’s immigration practice group, advising clients on employment-related immigration and naturalization.

  • MP
    • 02/15/2017

      Mark Peterson BA ’83 completed a master’s degree in Soviet history at the University of Washington in 1986. That same year, he returned to Moscow, where he met his future wife, Iris, a citizen of East Germany. Their son, Lukas, was born in 1995. From 1989 to 2016, he worked for the U.S. Customs Service. Since 2016, he has been volunteering as chair of Mwanzo Proud Farmers, a nonprofit serving western Kenya.

  • WR
    • 02/15/2017

      Wendy Robinson BA ’83 moved to Bend, Oregon, after graduation, where she worked as a lab tech and volunteered with the High Desert Museum. Inspired by a favorite Lewis & Clark class, Robinson earned a PhD in genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, then moved to Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband, Joseph. She volunteered at a medical genetics lab at the University of Zurich to keep busy. Eventually, she was offered a postdoc position, which lasted five years. The couple later returned to North America, and Robinson found a faculty position in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She’s been there more than 20 years. Robinson says that what she’s learned from all this is: “The path doesn’t have to be clear or direct. Just follow your passions and enjoy yourself along the way.”

  • RS
    • 10/14/2016

      Robert Slauson MAT ’83 was appointed principal of Edison Elementary in Eugene, Oregon.