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In Memoriam

Class of 1960

    • 03/08/2019

      Wilbert Coburn Freer BA ’60, February 26, 2019, age 79, in the Episcopal Church Home, Rochester, New York. Born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Freer grew up in Portland and attended Lewis & Clark, where he studied mathematics and English. After earning his PhD in English from the University of Washington, he taught English and creative writing at the University of Arizona, the University of Montana, the University of Oulu (Finland), the University of London, and the University of Georgia. Throughout his 40-year career, he wrote and presented on topics related to 16th- and 17th-century English literature. He also wrote two books: Music for a King: George Herbert’s Style and the Metrical Psalms (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972) and The Poetics of Jacobean Drama (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982). He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Ramona, as well as two daughters and their families.

    • 12/04/2019

      Larry E. Groves BS ’60, December 4, 2019, age 82.

    • 07/01/2019

      Dorothy Ruff BS ’60, MAT ’83, February 23, 2019, age 81. After graduation, Ruff worked for Portland Public Schools as an elementary school teacher, a career that would last 34 years. She retired in 1994. A frequent volunteer, Ruff enjoyed reading, hiking, and cats. Survivors include her children, Gregg and Kristan, and four grandchildren.

    • 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.