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In Memoriam

From 1960 to 1969

    • 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.

    • 02/10/2017

      Henry Smith Kane JD ’61 died January 11, 2017. He was 90 years old.

      Born in New York City, Henry served in the Army during World War II before earning a BS from the University of Oregon. He switched to law after working as a reporter for The Dalles Chronicle and the Oregon Journal. Henry then served as an Oregon assistant attorney general before going into private practice.

      Henry was married for 47 years to Dorothy Jeanne Kane, who died in 1997. Two of their sons, Mark and James, also preceded Henry in death.

      Henry is survived by his son John, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

    • 01/26/2019

      Wallace L. Moore BS ’61, January 26, 2019, age 83. While studying at Lewis & Clark, Moore worked at Copeland Lumber for his mother-in-law, Mary Larsen. Later recruited by Parr Lumber, he became assistant manager of their Cedar Hills location in 1962. A successful manager at several locations, Moore worked his way up to vice president of the corporation and board of directors. When he wasn’t working, Moore focused on constructing a family home in Northwest Portland as well as a vacation home in Sunriver, Oregon. After retirement, he lived in Bend, Oregon, where he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and socializing. Survivors include his wife, Ann; children, Marianne, Kathleen, and Michael; and two grandchildren.

    • 05/25/2019

      Walter Sparks BS ’61, May 25, 2019, age 80. Sparks began teaching in 1962, in Philomath, Oregon. His career spanned 37 years, ending in the Oregon City School District. Survivors include his wife, Joan; children Douglas and David; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    • 01/16/2019

      Anne Whitman BS ’61, January 16, 2019, age 79. After marrying Jim in 1961, Whitman worked as a secretary until shortly after the birth of her first child. She then worked as a full-time mother to three children, returning to work in retail sales when they were grown. Survivors include her husband; children Steve, Beth, and Dan; and six grandchildren.

    • 09/19/2016

      Bernard Caplan JD ’62 passed away on August 27, 2016.

    • 08/02/2018

      William S. MacKay BS ’62, April, 2018. MacKay practiced law for 15 years in San Francisco, where he specialized in antitrust law. In 1983, he moved in order to take care of his mother as she grew older. Survivors include his brother, Ted, and five nephews and nieces.

    • 04/20/2019

      John C. Flanagan ’63, April 20, 2019, age 77. Flanagan married Pauline Denyer in 1963, and together they raised their children in Portland. After earning a master’s degree in social work in 1969, he became a social worker and therapist. In 1988, he launched his private practice in Portland, which he ran until retiring in 2014. Survivors include his former wife, Pauline; children Timothy and Heather; and five grandchildren.

    • 09/01/2019

      Van L. Killian BS ’63, September 1, 2019, age 81. Killian was a teacher at several Oregon elementary and middle schools. After retiring, he spent his time volunteering at Laughing Horse Books and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancy; his children, Karen, Todd, and Heidi; and 13 grandchildren.

    • 07/10/2019

      Jimmie McGill ’63, May 11, 2019, age 80. After attending Lewis & Clark, McGill worked in the office of a certified public accountant. In 1961, she married Don. McGill loved to read, solve crosswords, and listen to music. She also had a strong memory and passion for history. Survivors include her husband, Don; daughter, Kristan; and many other loving family members and friends.

    • 04/01/2018

      Robert H. Snider BS ’63, April 6, 2017, age 77.

    • 11/12/2019

      Nathan L. Jones BS ’64, November 2019, age 79.

    • 12/18/2019

      Lillian Meyers JD ’64 died May 24, 2019, just shy of her 97th birthday.

      Lillian was born May 27, 1922, in Melba, Idaho, to Iva and James Cason. She was the fourth of eight children, sibling to Ella, Lee, Betty, Marie, Jamie, Richard, and Jean. The family moved to Burns, Oregon, when Lillian was an infant. While in high school she worked for the Burns Times Herald, the Weather Bureau, the hospital, and the courthouse. It was while working in the last of these that Lillian became inspired by the law and decided to become an attorney, despite all obstacles. This independent outlook and strength of character served her well throughout her life.

      In 1942 Lillian married Edward Meyers. They bought 45 acres on the Clackamas River, where they raised their five children. Lillian and Edward divorced in 1970.

      Friends introduced Lillian to Paul Olenik, who became her second husband in 1978. The couple spent many wonderful years traveling and enjoying life until Paul’s untimely death in 1997. After his passing, Lillian continued to travel and spend time with family and friends.

      Lillian was a proud Oregonian and never lost her connection to and love of Burns and the high desert. She returned as often as possible with her children to visit family and travel the back roads of the Steens Mountains and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

      It was only in her last seven years that dementia diminished the quality of her very full life. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, her husbands, and her oldest daughter, Lynne. She is survived by her children Edward, Leslie, John, and Mona; her stepchildren Bethany, Jeff, John, David, Theresa, and Cindy; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

    • 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.

    • 05/15/2019

      Michael K. Lee BS ’68, May 15, 2019. After graduation, he attended the San Francisco College of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland, California. His career flourished, and by the time he retired in 2011, he had been practicing podiatry for nearly 44 years with clinics all over Honolulu. When he wasn’t working, Lee enjoyed competing in marathons, triathlons, and Ironman competitions. Survivors include his wife, Roze; children Juston and Jon; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends.

    • 04/04/2018

      Paul Gordon Mackey JD ’68 passed away on December 19, 2017. He was 82 years old. Paul worked in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office from 1968 until 1972 and in the Multnomah County Counsel’s Office from 1972 until his retirement in 1990.

    • 08/17/2016

      Gary Marlette died on February 16, 2016, at his home. He was 76 years old.

      Gary was born on March 26, 1939, in Redfield, South Dakota. He attended Redfield High School, where he was a football and track athlete, a member of the glee and chorus clubs, and active in many other student organizations.

      Soon after he graduated high school, Gary’s family moved to Longview, Washington, and he enrolled at St. Martin’s College in Lacey. In 1964, he began law school and married JoAnn Berks. The couple moved to Baker, Oregon, after Gary graduated and he practiced law there until he retired in 2007. He and his family enjoyed many summers on the Snake River while bird hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and skiing.

      Gary is survived by his wife, two daughters, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

    • 06/27/2019

      Keith Cooperrider BA ’69, June 27, 2019, age 72. Following graduation, he toured the United States and settled on the East Coast in 1970. After working for NASA for two years, he joined the national headquarters of the Unification Church as executive assistant to the president. In 1975, he married Sara Sack, and the couple settled in New York City. In 1982, Cooperrider became controller for the Washington Times and later chief financial officer, a post he held for 33 years. In his spare time, he loved spending time in nature with his family. Cooperrider also remodeled homes with his wife. Survivors include his wife, Sara; his children Caner, Kensy, and Kara; and two grandchildren.

    • 06/21/2018

      Michael D. Henderson JD ’69 passed away May 18, 2018. He was 77 years old. After earning his law degree, Michael worked at the district attorney’s office in Grants Pass, Oregon. He soon started a private practice as a criminal defense attorney. Michael loved the outdoors, spending his free time fishing, skiing, and riding horseback. Survivors include his significant other, Annie; sons Martin and Michael; stepdaughter Jackie; four grandchildren; and one step-grandchild.

    • 11/23/2019

      Constance Odell Sams BA ’69, November 23, 2019, age 71.

    • 07/01/2019

      Laurence Sams BS ’69, April 5, 2019, age 73.

    • 12/09/2019

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