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Class of 1984

    • 10/13/2016

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was reappointed as chair of the ABA Family Law Section’s International Law Committee, effective August 2016. For 26 years, Root has focused her practice on family law, with an emphasis on international family law and custody disputes. She is a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe.

    • 10/22/2015

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 received the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation on October 15, 2015, during the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section Fall Conference, held in Portland, Oregon. The award recognizes Root’s contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District’s Legal Assistance program from 2001 to 2015.

    • 09/01/2014

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. Root became of counsel with the firm in 2012. Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) also announced that she will receive the 2014 Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, in honor of steadfast dedication and long-term volunteer service promoting women in the legal profession. Root focuses her family law practice on divorce and post-divorce cases involving complex property and financial issues, interstate and international child custody disputes, Hague child abduction matters, and relocation. She is a leading authority on interstate and international custody in the United States, having handled more than 100 contested interstate custody cases. Root also litigated the first petition filed in the U.S. District Court for Oregon under the Hague Convention in 1997.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 became the anchor partner and partner-in-charge of the newly opened Portland office of McKinley Irvin, a Seattle-based family law firm. Root, formerly a shareholder of Johnston, Root & Leibenguth, will continue to handle a broad range of family law cases with specific emphasis on interstate and international family law disputes, including international child abduction cases. She can be reached at 1500 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 920, Portland, Oregon 97201, 503-226-7986,

    • 02/01/2015

      Kay Abramowitz JD ’84 joined Miller Nash’s trusts and estates practice. Abramowitz, who focuses on advising family‐owned businesses, is a frequent lecturer and is recognized for her experience in succession and transfer issues found in family‐owned businesses. These include assisting owners in identifying the next owners, leaders, and managers and assisting with tax‐sensitive strategies for transferring business assets to the next owners. She also helps her clients with probate‐avoidance trusts, tax‐planning trusts, special-needs and special-purpose trusts, and charitable remainder trust and asset-protection strategies. Her clients include owners and executives of family-owned businesses, married couples, single individuals, unmarried couples, and non-U.S. citizens.

    • 07/08/2019

      Pablo Arizmendi-Kalb BS ’84 is senior vice president of operations at PF Atlantic Holdings, which owns and operates Planet Fitness health clubs. Previously, he served as U.S. regional vice president with Starbucks.

    • 02/16/2018

      Dr. Paul Blaylock JD ’84 recently received two of the highest honors offered by the University of Tennessee. In October 2017, Blaylock was recognized–along with athlete Peyton Manning and astronaut Scott Kelly, among others–as one of the University of Tennessee’s 100 Outstanding Alumni. It was announced at the ceremony that Blaylock would also be honored in Memphis in September 2018 as a University of Tennessee Medical Health Sciences Center Outstanding Alumnus. Blaylock has practiced medicine and law in Portland for over 44 years. He is remembered as the triage doctor at the scene of the December 28, 1978, United Airline crash on East Burnside, and is credited with saving many lives that night. After 38 years as an emergency room doctor at local trauma centers, he currently practices at his own clinic in Beaverton and serves as a medical legal consultant in cases involving motor vehicle accident and workers compensation injuries.

    • 12/07/2018

      Jody Christensen BA ’84 has joined the Oregon governor’s office as the Mid-Valley regional solutions coordinator. Previously, Christensen was the executive director of the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership.

    • 12/19/2017

      Jody Christensen BA ’84, executive director of the McMinnville (Oregon) Economic Development Partnership, was awarded the Oregon Economic Development Association’s Economic Development Leader of the Year award in 2017. She has been with MEDP for 11 years and has contributed to many local projects.

    • 01/10/2020

      Edward Murray Collins JD ’84 died unexpectedly following a cardiac event on December 12, 2019. He was 64 years old.

      The first child of Samuel and Dorothy Collins, Ed was born in Rockland, Maine, on June 12, 1955. After he earned a BA in environmental studies from George Washington University, he worked for Maine Congressional Representative David F. Emery in Rockland and Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant focusing on environmental and marine matters.

      Ed became a member of the Maine Bar in 1984 and began practicing in Rockland in 1985, when he joined his father at the firm currently known as Hanscom and Collins, PA. He was active with the nonprofits North Haven Foundation, North Haven Development Corporation, Megunticook Watershed Association, and St. George Community Sailing, and was on the boards of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Camden Public Library, the Georges River Land Trust, and the Mid-Coast Mental Health Association. Ed was also president of the Rockland Cemetery Association and a board member of the MCH Neighbor Foundation and the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts. He was president of the Knox County Bar Association and a member of the Maine Bar Association.

      Ed loved being outside and especially enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, snow skiing, and gardening. He shared this love of the outdoors with his children, family, and friends. He also loved a good debate. A great cook, Ed worked hard to create the perfect loaf of French bread.

      Ed is survived by his partner, Susan Trenholm; his children, Jane R. Collins, S. Wilson Collins, Abigail E. Goodridge, and Emma M. Collins; his sisters, Elizabeth Collins Macomber and Diane Collins Field; his aunt Barbara Lebel; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

    • 09/01/2011

      Julianne Davis JD ’84 joined Lane Powell as counsel to the firm in the intellectual property and technology practice group, where she will focus on intellectual property and litigation. Previously, Davis worked as assistant general counsel at Nike, where she handled cases involving utility patents, including utility models in Germany and China, design patent and registrations throughout the world, and trademarks and trade secrets. Davis was responsible for enforcing and defending Nike on a global basis in all major intellectual property disputes. Before Nike, she was an established trial lawyer in Portland, specializing in all forms of intellectual property litigation. She also handled cases involving trade secrets, unfair competition, first chaired ITC proceedings, and enforced European “tweener” cases for multinational corporations. She can be reached at 601 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 2100, Portland, Oregon 97204, 503-778-2118,

    • 12/21/2016

      Became the University of Wyoming’s associate vice president for human resources in October. Durr previously worked at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as the executive director of human resources.

    • 06/28/2018

      Chris Edison BA ’84 and Anna Edison BA ’85 have been married for more than 30 years and have three children: Molly (Pitzer ’18), a recent college graduate; Jamie (Whitman ’14), a software engineer in San Diego; and Alex (Bowdoin ’13), who is finishing his doctorate in theoretical physics at the University of California at Los Angeles. In recent years, Anna and Chris have met significant health challenges head on and appreciate each day as a gift. Chris was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s 13 years ago, is retired, and works hard to keep strong in the face of his disease. Anna was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago but is now cancer free. She has joined a dragon boat team made up mostly of cancer survivors, who celebrate their resilience by racing throughout the Northwest.

    • 09/01/2014

      Joined the national law firm of Quarles & Brady. Emerick’s practice focuses on corporate finance; securities; and business transactions for companies in a broad range of industries, including semiconductor technology, biotechnology, medical devices, information technology, airlines, manufacturing, and financial services.

    • 02/22/2019

      Glenn Fout BA ’84 looks forward to attending the 35th reunion of the class of 1984 in June. He reports that life is good in Ojai, California, where he’s soon to be an empty nester.

    • 01/28/2016

      Was awarded the 2014 Oregon New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge Award for the Highest Level of Pro Bono Service in the Solo Practitioner Category. The award was presented by Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Baldwin, who thanked Fuson for her service to rural Oregon and Malheur County. Fuson is licensed to practice in Oregon, Idaho, and federal courts. Fuson Law Offices are located in Vale and Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho.

    • 09/01/2013

      Joined Aequitas Capital in Portland as chief operating officer.

    • 03/15/2019

      Tracii Hickman BA ’84, who was a member of the class of 1984 reunion committee,  enjoyed reconnecting with her classmates from 35 years ago during Alumni Weekend. For the past 10 years, she’s been in Walla Walla, Washington, where she’s winding down her career with the U.S. Forest Service.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was appointed chief of staff of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Previously, Hippsley was assistant director in the Federal Trade Commission Division of Enforcement.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was named in the 2014 and 2015 issues of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Jones is a shareholder at Bullivant Houser Bailey.

    • 10/12/2015

      Joined the Del Mar, California, office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm’s real estate, land use, and environmental practice group and energy practice.

    • 12/04/2018

      John S. Knowles JD ’84 recently opened a private practice focused on offering mediation and arbitration services. Knowles continues to serve as a pro tem judge, primarily in Oregon’s Washington County. You can reach him at

    • 02/01/2015

      Joined Jordan Ramis as a shareholder. Lenneberg will cochair the firm’s construction law team with shareholder John H. Baker. Lenneberg represents construction contractors, design professionals, and owners throughout the life cycle of a project. He provides advice and seminars on contracting, project documentation, and claim management, as well as representing clients in all types of dispute resolution.

    • 02/01/2015

      Was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Lindahl is with Bullivant Houser Bailey.

    • 09/01/2013

      With John Kaempf ’92, formed Lindahl Kaempf in Portland. The firm focuses on defending civil litigation in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

    • 02/15/2017

      Brian Lindstrom BS ’84, a documentary filmmaker known for Finding Normal, Alien Boy, and Mothering Inside, was presented with the ACLU of Oregon’s Civil Liberties Award at the 2017 Liberty Dinner in February.

    • 10/14/2016

      Brian Lindstrom BS ’84, a Portland-based filmmaker, won Best Documentary at the 2016 Oregon Independent Film Festival for his latest film, Mothering Inside. The film follows the mothers and children of the Family Preservation Project and explores the challenges of motherhood in incarceration. Last fall, Lindstrom received a 2016 Fellowship Award for artistic excellence and achievement in the media arts from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

    • 03/03/2015

      Named to the Indiana Registry of Civil Court Mediators, with a focus in environmental, administrative, agricultural, and zoning/land use law. McInerny is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis.

    • 02/01/2015

      Named as the 2014-2015 Indianapolis Administrative/Regulatory Law Best Lawyer.

    • 01/09/2011

      William C. Rooklidge JD ’84 joined Jones Day’s Intellectual Property Practice in Irvine, California. Rooklidge’s practice focuses on intellectual property disputes, including patent and trademark infringement litigation, mediation, and arbitration. He represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including communications, diesel engines, software, electronics, sporting goods, and financial services. A leader in the local and national bar, Rooklidge served as president of the Orange County Patent Law Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He was recognized as one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by the Daily Journal in 2010 and was named as Best Lawyers’ 2011 Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year for Orange County. A former registered professional engineer, Rooklidge earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Portland and an LLM in patent and trade regulation law from George Washington University Law School. He also was a clerk for Judge Helen W. Nies of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    • 02/15/2017

      Mark Ross BA ’84 now lives in Oregon City. He has visited 79 countries during a career in international business. He works as general manager for North America for Mobby’s, a Japanese watersports company. He has a 13-year-old son.

    • 08/25/2017

      Kathleen Singer King JD ’84 has been a general magistrate for the 11th Judicial Circuit in Florida for the past two and a half years.

    • 03/13/2015

      Was appointed to the position of General Magistrate in the 11th Judicial Circuit by the Chief Judge March 2015.

    • 09/01/2011

      Nancy Smith JD ’84 changed the name of her firm from Smith & Greaves to Nancy A. Smith & Associates. The firm continues to offer full service creditors collection assistance to clients in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

    • 01/06/2020

      Kevin Spencer BS ’84 is the new vice president of marketing and branding for mattress producer Kingsdown.

    • 02/01/2015

      Is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer through 2015 in the tiny island nation of Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic). Sweetland works with the Dominica National Council of Women as an institutional developer and is assisting a local magistrate and the Red Cross of Dominica, as well as serving as a peer supporter for other volunteers in the country. Most recently, she conducted an intensive mediation skills course for the Ministry of Education, focusing on workplace and secondary-student peer mediation skills and program development. She encourages all to consider Peace Corps as a retirement vocation…or at least to visit her in Dominica.

    • 08/22/2016

      Will be an adjunct professor in 2016–17 at Lewis & Clark Law School teaching probate law.

    • 08/13/2015

      Was named president-elect of the board of directors for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). Tennyson, a circuit court judge and the chief probate judge for Multnomah County, also serves on the faculty of the NCJFCJ’s Child Abuse and Neglect Institute.

    • 01/04/2018

      Rebecca Brown Thompson BA ’84 now serves as counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. Before leaving her previous post in Mexico City, she had the pleasure of attending the Lewis & Clark graduation of her nephew, Colin Brown BA ’17. Thompson and her husband, retired foreign service officer Philip Thompson, have two cats.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was elected president of the Coos County Bar Association for 2013-14. He continues to serve on the Coos Curry Housing Authority, with which he has once again assumed the position of chair.

    • 02/22/2019

      Audrey Underdahl ’84, September 20, 2018, age 85. She married Kenneth in 1952 and they shared 57 years together. She worked as a teacher in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and she loved to ski, bike, hike, and play tennis. Survivors include her children, Sally, Dana, Louise, Gretchen, Randi, and Rees; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

    • 02/22/2019

      Sheila Walty BA ’84, who currently lives full time in Portland, is excited to reconnect with Lewis & Clark alumni at upcoming reunions and other events. She loves the ideas being generated by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership and hopes to see some of her classmates as she increases her involvement. Walty invites her classmates to join her at the 35th reunion this summer.

    • 02/22/2019

      Michael Wenzel BA ’84 is back in Oregon (and the United States) after 30 years in Japan. He is psyched to reconnect with friends during the 35th reunion of the class of 1984. It should be a great time with food and fun events.

    • 01/23/2017

      See “Ending Malaria” in the winter 2017 issue of the Chronicle.