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In Memoriam

Class of 1951

    • 07/03/2019

      Susan Blair BS ’51, April 19, 2019, age 89.

    • 08/14/2019

      Robert Graves BA ’51, August 14, 2019, age 94. Graves served his country in the second World War, earning his degree upon his return. He spent the rest of his career in management positions at CenturyLink before retiring in 1983. Survivors include former wife Gloria; partner Brenda; children Gary and Gloria; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

    • 04/10/2017

      Robert “Bob” Ringo JD ’51 passed away on April 5, 2017, at the age of 92.

      Born in Spokane, Washington, on August 18, 1924, Bob moved with his family to Portland as a young child. He joined the Army Air Corps as soon as he graduated high school, becoming a commissioned flight officer and fighting in World War II as a bombardier in the 95th Bomb Squadron, 17th Bomb Group. Bob received several medals and honors, and was named Veteran of the Year in 2010.

      Following his service, Bob attended the University of Oregon, where he also began his legal education. He transferred to Northwestern School of Law in order to assist his mother, who lived in Portland. Shortly after graduating, he began a law practice in Corvallis while also working part-time as a deputy assistant attorney. Bob had a long and distinguished career as a trial attorney, developing a respected law firm that grew to its current formation of Ringo, Stuber, Ensor, Hadlock & Smith PC. He also served as president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, was named Oregon Trial Lawyer of the Year, and served on many boards, including the Oregon State Board of Bar Governors and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

      An active philanthropist, Bob supported many causes. Closest to his heart was the Good Samaritan Hospital, for which he led the governing and foundation boards and which he helped to provide free mental health care to local veterans.

      Bob was a devoted family man and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by four of his five children: Molly, Charlie, Julie, and Mary Ellen. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert Irvin, who died in 2011; his first wife, Kathryn Reese, to whom he was married for 37 years, and who passed in 1989; and his second wife, Jane Crider, to whom he was married for 20 years, and who passed in 2013.

    • 04/29/2019

      Joan Schwinge BA ’51, April 29, 2019, age 90. In 1952, Joan married Norman Scwhinge BS ’51 after meeting him while working on the Lewis & Clark Pioneer Log. In 1955, the family moved to Pacific Palisades, California, where she continued her career as a teacher. In 1979, they moved to San Juan, Washington, and bought and remodeled a hotel they named the San Juan Inn. Joan was an active member of her community and a world traveler. Survivors include her children, Robert, Craig, Mark, and Scott; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    • 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.