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Class of 1985

  • CAS class correspondent: Sarah Marin BA ’85

    Greetings #bestclasseverLC85—hope you’ll join us at our 35th Reunion coming up June 25-28!

     —February 2020

    • 07/09/2019

      Donna Roisom BS ’78, MAT ’85 was named the 2017-18 Northwest Coach of the Year for Girls Tennis by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association. Roisom heads the girls tennis program at Grant High School in Portland. While at Lewis & Clark, she played tennis, soccer, and basketball. In 1976, she was ranked No. 1 in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association with an undefeated season.

    • Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon

      Peter Ames Carlin BA ’85, best-selling rock biographer, wrote a revelatory account of the life of beloved American music icon Paul Simon.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 01/08/2020

      Kate Ashbey BA ’85 is a tenured faculty member in early childhood education at Shasta College in Redding, California. As president of the California Cascades Association for the Education of Young Children, she is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. She hopes to be on sabbatical in fall 2020, visiting undergraduate research programs around the country in an effort to establish opportunities for students to pursue their own research topics in education. In her spare time, she skippers sailboats in the Pacific Northwest and Canada with Diana Bonyhadi BA ’83, whom she met on the Lewis & Clark sailing team almost 40 years ago. Their next big adventure is in Croatia.

    • 01/28/2016

      Was promoted to vice president of energy, environmental, and sustainability for the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA), a trade group representing food processors in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Barrow is responsible for policy and advocacy and for managing NWFPA’s innovative and nationally recognized industrial energy efficiency and sustainability programs.

    • 09/01/2011

      Pamela Barrow JD ’85 spoke at the 2011 Executive Business Summit held in May 2011 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Barrow is the energy director for the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPAA).

    • 10/13/2017

      Bill Bessolo BA ’85 continues to live in his native Los Angeles, where he has spent his entire career in real estate management. He currently works for The Wonderful Company, which produces Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, POM Wonderful juices, Fiji Water, Justin Wine, Halos, and many other healthy brands. Bessolo manages the company headquarters property, along with numerous other properties in Southern California and on the East Coast. An avid hockey fan, he has had season tickets to the LA Kings for more than 30 years. Bessolo enjoys staying in contact with friends and fraternity brothers from Lewis & Clark.

    • 06/27/2018

      Charles Bingham BS ’85 was recently selected as the first Alaskan to participate in the Walking College Fellowship program, a six-month walking advocacy education program coordinated by America Walks. As part of the fellowship, he will attend the Walk/Bike/Places conference in New Orleans this fall and complete a Walking Action Plan for Sitka. Bingham is active in many community initiatives, including the Walk Sitka program, the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition, and the Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!). He is also helping start a statewide walking and bicycling advocacy group called Walk/Bike Alaska. In addition, Bingham is president of the Sitka Local Foods Network board of directors and serves on the governing board for the Alaska Food Policy Council. A former newspaper journalist and media/PR specialist, Bingham now runs a freelance editorial and marketing services company.

    • 06/19/2019

      Kate Brown JD ’85, the governor of Oregon, was elected vice chair of the Western Governors’ Association. She joins incoming chair Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota, in providing leadership for the association’s regional policy work. The Western Governors’ Association was established in 1984 to foster nonpartisan policy development, the exchange of information, and collective action on issues of critical importance to 19 Western states and 3 U.S. territories in the Pacific.

    • 01/20/2020

      Jennifer Busch BA ’85 lives in Golden, Colorado. She just ended an eight-year quest to become, first, a physical therapist then, second, a physical therapist assistant, as she realized she does not want to be either of those things. Busch has returned to her passion, teaching Pilates, and works throughout the Denver area. Her son lives and works in Durango, Colorado. Her daughter, a junior at Lewis & Clark, is studying abroad in the Munich program.

    • 06/28/2018

      Chris Chopyak BA ’85 reports that her company, Arlosoul: Visualize Innovation, is one of only a handful of U.S. firms that visually cocreates business strategies with its clients. Chopyak lives in Denver with her husband, John Herge, a leader in KPMG’s advisory practice. The couple enjoys travel, are self-confessed “foodies,” and support causes such as GRID Alternatives and female entrepreneurship.

    • Picture Your Business Strategy: transform decisions with the power of visuals

      Christine Chopyak BA ’85, CEO and visual strategist for her company Arlosoul, focuses on the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” in her book Picture Your Business Strategy: Transform Decisions with the Power of Visuals. Chopyak shows how and why pictures are essential to clarifying and simplifying business complexities. This book and its contents are regularly used by business leaders from Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups. McGrawHill Education, 2013. 240 pages.

      Posted 05/08/2018
    • 06/21/2018

      Katie Cook BA ’85 grew up in Berkeley, California; however, after meeting her husband, Tom Rietmann, she made a major life change. For the past 28 years, Tom and Katie have built their lives on his family’s remote cattle and wheat ranch located above the John Day River between Wasco and Condon, Oregon. After earning an MAT from Eastern Oregon University, Cook taught English at Condon High School for eight years. Now that the youngest of the couple’s three children has graduated from high school, Cook has decided to take a break from teaching to do more traveling and writing. Tom and Katie are looking forward to traveling to India in fall 2018 with Cook’s brother, Peter Cook BA ’83. While at L&C, Katie participated in the Costa Rica program and the art/theatre program in New York City. “I will always be grateful for these experiences. Being part of Oregon’s agricultural world requires an international perspective, and these two programs helped to expand my understanding of the wonders of the world.”

    • 01/08/2020

      Thomas Crowder BA ’85 will celebrate 21 years in Holy Orders in the Anglican Catholic Church in July 2020. He has been nominated twice to serve as a bishop of the church. Crowder currently serves a parish in the Virginia Tidewater region, where he has been rector for seven years. His family consists of Pepper, a Chihuahua, who allows Crowder to tend to his every whim. There are no two-legged children as of yet. 

    • 04/08/2018

      Ken Dickey BA ’85 has joined 3650 REIT, a commercial real estate lending, investment, and services firm. He leads the firm’s fixed rate originations platform. Previously, Dickey was managing director at the Bank of New York Mellon.

    • 09/01/2013

      Became the product litigation group leader at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

    • 06/28/2018

      Anna Edison BA ’85 is an instructional coach/mentor in Oregon’s Salem-Keizer school district. She and Chris Edison BA ’84 have been married for over 30 years, and have three children: Molly, a 2018 graduate of Pitzer College; Jamie (Whitman ’14), a software engineer in San Diego; and Alex (Bowdoin ’13), who is finishing his doctorate in theoretical physics at University of California at Los Angeles. 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 of mostly cancer survivors, which will celebrate survivorship by racing throughout the Northwest this year.

    • 02/17/2015

      Returned to solo practice. Her new office is located in the Tillamook Building, Suite 250, 2105 N.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97212. Findling will continue to represent clients in estate planning, low-conflict family law, adoption, and alternative reproductive technology, including surrogacy and egg donation.

    • 01/08/2020

      Karla Fischer BS ’85 has worked for more than 25 years as a consultant with public defender offices around the country, focusing on murder cases in which battered women kill their abusive partners. After earning a PhD in psychology and becoming a licensed attorney, she taught courses in domestic violence and related fields until 2018. Fischer’s son is a first-year student at a Midwestern liberal arts college, freeing her to take a snorkeling trip to the Galapagos Islands with her mother, which has always been on her bucket list. 

    • 02/15/2017

      Glenn Fox BA ’85 is the associate director of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Fox has led or participated in numerous chemistry and materials projects at Livermore and was fortunate to lead the lab’s Forensic Science Center for a number of years. He received a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed a postdoc appointment at Northwestern University before joining Livermore in 1992. When not in the lab, Fox enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and taking his horse out for a ride in the Mount Diablo foothills.

    • 10/12/2015

      Published Negotiation: Strategy, Style, and Skills, 3rd Edition with Nadja Alexander and Jill Howeison (Lexis Nexis Butterworths) in Australia. The U.S. edition is forthcoming. The text is intended for law, business, and other professionals who negotiate in increasingly complex contexts. Fox is a professor of business at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a senior fellow in the Hamline University School of Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute. He also serves as academic director for the law school’s masters in the study of law program.

    • 04/16/2016

      Is retired and residing in Multnomah Village, part of Portland.

    • 09/01/2013

      Received the 2013 Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Award of Merit for her service to the Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section Legal Aid Bankruptcy Clinic. Haas started volunteering with the bankruptcy clinic in 1997.

    • 02/01/2018

      Jennifer Hildebran Pollard BA ’85 and Bill Pollard BA ’85 live in the Bellevue, Washington, area. They enjoy being empty nesters, especially while traveling and building a new home. Their older son lives and works in Palo Alto, California, and their daughter is a junior at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

    • 09/01/2011

      Scott Horngren JD ’87 accepted a position with the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) as in-house counsel. He previously was with the firm of Haglund Kelly Jones & Wilder. He can be reached at American Forest Resource Council, 5100 S.W. Macadam Avenue, Suite 350, Portland, Oregon 97239, 503-222-9595.

    • 02/15/2017

      Paul Jorgensen BA ’85 currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where his wife, Setareh Sanjar, is serving for three years at the world’s third-largest U.S. embassy. He has maintained his intellectual property and contract law practice and telecommutes back to Washington, D.C., from a time zone 12 hours ahead. A history and culture buff, Jorgensen frequently leads neighborhood tours for embassy staff and families. According to Jorgensen, “Bangkok never sleeps and has some truly smarmy streets aimed at tourists. But the real Bangkok is more subtle: ancient active markets, glorious wats (temples), great clumps of 7-11s, useful khlongs (canals), monitor lizards, stunning malls, spirit houses, and naturally wonderful and fun-loving Thais.”

    • 02/15/2017

      Narayan Kaimal BS ’85 still draws on his communication degree every day. Following stints in TV and radio in Los Angeles and Boston, he now works as regional sales manager with Sapphire Marketing, serving as manufacturer’s representative for Crestron. He and his wife, Elissa, are empty nesters: their daughter works at J Street, promoting peace and a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, and their son studies geology at the University of Puget Sound. In his free time, Narayan says, “I’m back to playing drums in a band with friends, just like in college—but with more gray hair!”

    • 02/15/2017

      Jon Kinney BA ’85 has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for more than 18 years. With a background in academic training and IT education, he currently serves as a training manager for an electronic health records project at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare in Dhahran. He believes his last-minute decision to apply to Lewis & Clark’s Costa Rica overseas study program was life-changing. The one-trimester trip turned into two, which led to a Spanish major; a master’s degree in linguistics; and periods of teaching in Japan and Hungary. “Along the way I learned to cultivate an open mind, stay flexible, study multiple languages, and not only tolerate ambiguity, but celebrate it in all its myriad forms and manifestations.” Jon and his Hungarian wife, Judit, have five children, three of whom are now in the United States pursuing their educations. Jon and Judit have traveled extensively, not only in the Gulf region but in Europe, North America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

    • 09/01/2013

      Received the 2013 Iris Award honoring women of achievement in Southwest Washington. Lowe is a member of the board of directors and partner in charge in the Vancouver office of regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. A member of the Washington State Bar Association and a current member and past secretary of the Southwest Washington Estate Planning Council, she has served as general counsel for the Port of Vancouver since 1998. In 2010, Lowe was appointed chair of the Washington Public Port’s legal committee, becoming the first person from outside the Port system to be named to that post. Lowe currently serves as the first female chair of Identity Clark County, is an emeritus board member and past member of the executive committee of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, and was a president of the Camas-Washougal Chamber board of directors. She also serves on the Humane Society for Southwest Washington’s board of directors, as chair of its planned giving committee, and as cochair of its annual auction committee. She was president of the Clark County Bar Association for 2001. Lowe has been highly involved in Leadership Clark County (LCC). A 2003 graduate of the program, she has served as a board member and been a mentor to LCC project teams working to address community issues.

    • 12/01/2017

      Norman David Malbin JD ’85 died of heart failure on October 1, 2017, at the age of 68.

      A Portland labor lawyer who served for more than two decades as general counsel for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48, Norman was an influential and highly respected figure in the Oregon labor movement. Hundreds of union activists were trained at the annual Oregon Labor Law Conference, which he founded in 1996 and directed until his retirement three years ago. He wrote a pamphlet while still in private practice, explaining wage and hour law in layperson’s language. It is still widely read by workers of all trades who deal with wage theft and other abuses of nonunion contractors.

      Norman inherited a passion for social justice from his parents, both of whom paid a price for their convictions during the McCarthy era. His father, Dr. Morris Malbin, treated workers in Portland’s shipyards during World War II and was instrumental in setting up Kaiser’s pioneering group health insurance plan for union members during and after the war. Dr. Malbin also passed along a passion for sailing to his son, who always joked that he wanted to be a tugboat captain when he grew up.

      Norman studied psychology at the University of Denver, planning to be a child psychologist. He took a series of jobs with nonprofits dealing with youth unemployment and delinquency, but a stint as director of research for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries sparked an interest in labor law, and he began taking night classes at Lewis & Clark Law School.

      Norman spent three years with two different firms before opening his own office. He served both unions and individual workers without union protection. At IBEW Local 48 Norman provided free legal services at the union hall, where union members could get advice on a wide variety of legal problems. Though he formally retired in 2014, he continued to do work for IBEW. Two of the last projects Norman worked on were union research on job discrimination against women electricians and a grant proposal for FASCETS, a pioneering nonprofit founded by his sister Diane Malbin to educate people about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and other neurobehavioral conditions.

      Behind Norm’s take-charge personality and booming voice was a caring and sensitive man with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was skilled at conflict resolution and generous in spirit and deed, extending himself time and again to people needing help. He loved a good argument, not just for the thrill of competition but out of genuine curiosity and confidence that his adversaries had something to teach him. He took pride in the fact that his children were both union members and politically active. He was most in his element sailing the Columbia River and the San Juan Islands, coaching his sons’ soccer teams during their respective middle school years, and gathering with family and friends on the Washougal River. If people were singing, he could be counted on to join in with his deep bass voice.

      Norman is survived by Wendy Temko, his wife of 38 years; sons Ben and Zak; daughter-in-law Nicole; grandchildren Remy and Tessa; two sisters; and a large family of close relationships and deep friendships.

    • 02/01/2018

      Chris Newell BA ’85 and Astrid (Furniss) Newell BA ’85 live in Bellingham, Washington, Chris’ hometown. He is an anesthesiologist with Bellingham Anesthesia Associates. Astrid, a family physician by training, manages the Community Health Division of the Whatcom County Health Department and serves as a state and local advocate for young children and their families. Their two young-adult sons, Ryan and Jason, are pursuing career and education opportunities in ocean sciences and geography, respectively. After purchasing a vacation cottage on Lopez Island, Chris and Astrid are excited to be fixing it up and spending time kayaking, hiking, and biking in the beautiful San Juan Islands.

    • 02/01/2018

      Astrid Furniss Newell BA ’85 and Chris Newell BA ’85 live in Bellingham, Washington, Chris’ hometown. Astrid, a family physician by training, manages the Community Health Division of the Whatcom County Health Department and serves as a state and local advocate for young children and their families. Chris is an anesthesiologist with Bellingham Anesthesia Associates. Their two young-adult sons, Ryan and Jason, are pursuing careers and education opportunities in ocean sciences and geography, respectively. After purchasing a vacation cottage on Lopez Island in the San Juans, Chris and Astrid are excited to be fixing it up and spending time kayaking, hiking, and biking.

    • 01/27/2020

      Robert Oakes BA ’85 moved back to Salem, Oregon, after 30 years in California.

    • 02/10/2016

      Was appointed by President Barack Obama to a seat on the U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana. Ong had been the criminal prosecution chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana since 2004. Prior to that, he served as a deputy U.S. attorney and then as a federal prosecutor.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was appointed president and CEO of Boart Longyear Limited. Most recently the president and CEO of NYSE-listed Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold producers, O’Brien brings 25 years of operational and financial experience in the natural resources, energy, and power sectors to his new role.

    • 02/15/2017

      Kathy Scannell Palghat BA ’85 has lived for more than 15 years in Sydney, Australia, where husband Kumar’s global fixed-income investment management company has been a family focus. “We fell in love with Sydney’s harbor and beach orientation, its cafe culture, its work-life balance, and most importantly, its people,” says Palghat. Her family of dual citizens includes daughter Kelsey, 25, who is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience and philosophy, and daughter Kendall, 22, who works in marketing for an online retail company.


    • 02/01/2018

      Bill Pollard BA ’85 and Jennifer Hildebran Pollard BA ’85 live in the Bellevue, Washington, area. They enjoy being empty nesters, especially while traveling and building a new home. Their older son lives and works in Palo Alto, California, and their daughter is a junior at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

    • 02/22/2019

      Mike Sellers BS ’85 is director of the game design program at Indiana University. He authored the textbook Advanced Game Design: A Systems Approach (Addison-Wesley, 2017). Mike enjoys life with wife Jo Anna, their six adult children, and six grandchildren.

    • 10/09/2017

      Mike Sellers BS ’85, after working in the games industry for more than 20 years, joined Indiana University in 2014 as a professor of practice teaching game design. In 2017, he took on the additional role of program director. Sellers says, “The education I received at L&C doing a self-designed major in cognitive science has served me well in my career and continues to yield benefits in my current work.”

    • 09/01/2014

      Was named the executive director of the Foothill Conservancy in Pine Grove, California. Smith has more than 10 years of experience working for environmental nonprofit organizations. Before joining the Foothill Conservancy, she was the water resources specialist for Prairie Rivers Network, which is Illinois’ only statewide river protection and conservation nonprofit.

    • 11/21/2018

      Carol Terril-Hanchrow MA ’85, September 15, 2018, age 80. Terril-Hanchrow worked as a family and marriage counselor, therapist, and Hakomi practitioner. Her life took her to a variety of places, including California, Alaska, Oregon, and Arkansas. She also spent time living on the tundra with Native peoples, which gave her insights she would later use in her therapy and counseling work. Survivors include her husband, Jesse; children Erzsi, Stevie, and Tommy; stepchildren Marsha and Eric; and five grandchildren.