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    • 07/07/2020

      Ward S. Armstrong JD ’66 passed away peacefully September 5, 2015, in Salem, Oregon, surrounded by family and the love of lifelong friends. He was 82 years old.

      Born October 13, 1932, in Eugene, Oregon, to Hubert and Elizabeth Armstrong, Ward graduated from Newberg High School in 1950. He attended Willamette University, where he met his partner for life, Donna Marie Leonard, whom he married on December 27, 1959.

      Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Oregon State University. In 1961, he began work as director of the Association of Oregon Counties in Salem. Ward accepted a job as Oregon director of governmental affairs for Weyerhaeuser in 1966, embarking on a career as a lobbyist and public policy specialist that defined the remainder of his working life.

      In 1978, Ward, Donna, and their three children moved to Federal Way, Washington, so Ward could manage Weyerhaeuser’s governmental affairs program. The family returned to Salem in 1986 when Ward was named executive director of the Oregon Forest Industries Council. He “retired” in 1994, after which he accepted a position managing the Executive Seminar Program at Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He would remain there for 10 years.

      A past president of the Salem Tennis & Swim Club, Ward was also an active member of the Methodist Church in Salem and Bellevue and the Salem Downtown Rotary Club. He served on the state Easter Seals Board and was a trustee on the Oregon State University Foundation.

      Cycling was a special passion. Ward completed many Seattle-to-Portland bike rides, the Oregon Bicycle Ride, RAGBRAI, and the Idaho Bike Ride.

      Ward is survived by his wife and children Ken, Mark, and Diane; grandchildren Grace, Abby, Lucy, and Alice; and his brothers Hugh of Seattle and Richard of Salem.

    • 10/10/2019

      Don W. Wolfe BM ’60, April 25, 2019, age 86. In 1953, he married Patricia Edmonds, while serving in the Navy during the Korean War. After completing his military service in 1959, he was able to focus on his passion for music. He taught choral music at a series of Portland-area schools and was a well-regarded choral clinician and adjudicator. Wolfe served as director of music for the Apostolic Faith Church in Portland for more than 40 years. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Pat; his children, Connie, Kathleen, Gary, Larry, Debra, Cheryl, and Lori; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

    • 11/06/2019

      Helen Doig West ’54, November 6, 2019, age 87. West was married to a military man and lived all over the world, eventually retiring in Renton, Washington. There she volunteered at Valley Medical Center and enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean Islands. She also liked spending time with friends in the great outdoors, gardening, solving puzzles, and eating seafood. Survivors include her daughters, Denise and Janine.

    • 12/20/2019

      Ernest C. Weaver BS ’48, December 25, 2017, age 93. Weaver served in the army and received a Purple Heart. After completing his military service, he earned a doctorate in education and took a teaching job at Hillsboro (Oregon) High School. He later taught art at New York State College. In his later life, Weaver raised llamas and endangered birds on a ranch in West Linn, Oregon, gaining recognition for this work by the National Audubon Society. He is survived by many family members and friends. 

    • 12/09/2019

      Eric Van Patten ’69, December 9, 2019, age 72.

    • 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.

    • 10/01/2019

      George B. Thompson BA ’50, July 11, 2019, age 91. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Thompson moved to Dallas, Oregon, where he taught high school. He later moved to the junior high school, where he switched to drama, speech, and journalism classes and took on counseling responsibilities. In 1962, Thompson moved to Portland, where he earned a master’s degree in counseling. He then returned to Dallas. For more than 20 years, he worked as the guidance counselor for Dallas Junior High School, now LaCreole Middle School. He retired in 1988. Survivors include his four sons, Carl, Lee, Robert, and George; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

    • 09/20/2019

      Robert A. Thomas BA ’51, March 2, 2019, age 91. Thomas, a veteran of World War II, spent 50 years in the insurance industry. Survivors include his wife of nearly 70 years, Shirley; his daughter, Jan’l; and two grandchildren.

    • 09/18/2019

      Joseph W. Storer ’40, June 5, 2019, age 100. Storer enjoyed singing in choirs and served as a church soloist. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Carol; his two daughters, Maryruth and Margaret; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.