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In Memoriam

From 1970 to 1979

    • 08/11/2019

      Doris A. Brooks BS ’70, MAT ’73, August 11, 2019, age 99.

    • 08/25/2019

      Bonnie Lopez-Negrete BA ’70, August 25, 2019, age 71. After Lopez-Negrete and Gabriel married in 1972, they moved to Monterrey, Mexico, where they raised three children. She worked teaching English as a second language. Survivors include her husband; her children, Elena, Ana, and Gabriel; and five grandchildren.

    • 01/26/2016

      Kevin T. Milligan MAT ’70, January 25, 2016, age 79. Milligan was an accomplished athlete despite hearing loss caused by a disease in his early childhood. He taught for 20 years at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf before retiring in 1991. Throughout his basketball career, he won many accolades and was inducted into nine sports halls of fame, one of which was the American Athletic Association for the Deaf Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mildred; son Kevin Jr.; daughter Ella; and four grandchildren.

    • 06/24/2019

      Michael G. Murray BS ’70, June 24, 2019, age 70. Murray was a lieutenant in the Marines. In 1976, he married Jan Bigham in Waco, Texas.

    • 03/27/2018

      John D. Albert BS ’73, August 27, 2017, age 66. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Albert earned a JD at the University of Oregon College of Law and began his legal career in the office of the district attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon. In 1981, Albert joined Churchill Leonard, and in 1991, he helped found Donaldson Albert Tweet Connolly Hanna & Muñiz, in Salem, Oregon. Albert and Tweet worked together until Tweet’s retirement in 2014. In his daily life, Albert loved the outdoors and was a devoted Ducks fan. He also ran marathons and served as a soccer referee. Survivors include his wife, Claudia; his children, Stephen, James, and Jena; and one grandchild.

    • 01/25/2019

      Beverly Byer BS ’73, October 31, 2018, age 68. A talented reporter, Byer worked as an anchor at television stations in Seattle, Portland, and Pittsburgh. Her career eventually took her to Tel Aviv with NBC News and to New York, where she served as a network correspondent covering the United Nations. Byer’s work brought to light important issues at home and abroad. Survivors include son David, niece Brenna, and nephew Ian.

    • 07/09/2016

      Jeffrey E. Arnold BS ’74, July 8, 2016, age 63. Arnold, a physician, had a deep appreciation for art and poetry. He also loved to hunt. Survivors include wife Laurie; daughters Rebecca and Haley; and three grandchildren.

    • 09/30/2019

      Harriet R. Sheets BA ’74, April 4, 2019, age 67.

    • 02/06/2020

      Jerry Sparks JD ’74 died January 16, 2020, at age 81.

      An avid outdoorsman, Sparks was a forestry engineer with Hampton Tree Farms for more than 30 years. He loved doing anything outdoors, including just soaking up the sun in a chair.

      Sparks earned his JD while working at Hampton and kept in touch with his friends from Lewis & Clark, as well as those from Clatskanie, Oregon State University, Hampton Tree Farms, McMinnville, and Crooked River, throughout his life.

      Sparks was devoted to his extensive family and will be missed by them. He was “Uncle Jerry” not only to his nieces and nephews, but to many others as well.

      Sparks is survived by his wife, Billie; his children, Ken, Nancy, Chad, and Jane; and his grandchildren.

    • 01/21/2018

      Joseph L. Udall JD ’74, January 21, 2018.

    • 07/12/2019

      Missy Dalgarn BA ’75, July 12, 2019, age 66. She, along with her twin sister, Mindy Dalgarn BS ’75, founded and operated the Mop Shop in Elizabeth, Illinois. Survivors include her two siblings.

    • 02/21/2019

      Virginia “Gin” Lauritsen JD ’75, February 14, 2019, age 78. 

      Gin moved in 1943 from Arkansas, after the mill where her father worked burned and his employer offered him a job in Oregon. The family lived in Finn Rock and the Vida area before moving to Springfield in 1948. Gin earned a bachelor’s degree in math and chemistry from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in mathematics from Arizona State University.

      Gin worked as in-house counsel for a number of companies in California, including Universal Television and BP, before retiring and moving back to Springfield in 1995. In 1998, a friend suggested she serve on the Lane Transit District’s budget committee. A short time later, the governor appointed Gin to the LTD board, on which she would serve for eight years. A year into that appointment, she ran for the Springfield Utility Board seat she would hold for two decades. Gin was recognized for her public service by the Lane Council of Governments and Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

      Over the years, Gin also volunteered as a nature guide at Dorris Ranch. “Springfield is home,” she said in an 2010 interview. “I measure where I am on this planet by how far I am from Springfield.”

      Gin is survived by one of her three sisters, Anne Ballew, as well as three nephews.

    • 01/07/2018

      Arthur R. Nanna MAT ’75, January 6, 2018, age 81. Nanna held a variety of jobs during his life, including lifeguard, teacher, and master electrician. For fun, he loved skiing and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Donna Nanna MAT ’76.

    • 06/03/2016

      Harold B. Tate BS ’62, MAT ’75, June 2, 2016, age 76.

    • 01/23/2017

      Steven Mitchell Carpenter died July 16, 2016, after a short illness. He was 61 years old.

      Steven was born April 8, 1955, in Miles City, Montana. He attended The Dalles High School in Oregon. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in French, he worked as the assistant regional director of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland. He then earned a JD, following which he worked in private practice, focusing on products liability and professional malpractice defense.

      Steven joined the Professional Liability Fund (PLF) as a claims attorney in 2000. He spoke and wrote widely on lawyer liability issues, but will be most remembered for his compassion for lawyers facing malpractice claims. Throughout his professional career, Steven made many friends and enjoyed working with many wonderful colleagues.

      A former member of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Steven was an avid supporter of all the arts. His passions included cooking, traveling (especially to France), and his Dobermans.

      Steven is survived by his parents, Don and Juanita Carpenter; his brothers, Mike and Lynn Carpenter; nephew Kyle Carpenter, with his wife Jennifer and their son Conley; nephew Cory Carpenter, with his wife Karyn; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as countless friends.

    • 08/17/2016

      Constance “Connie” Emerson Crooker died April 10, 2015, at her home. She was 68 years old.

      Connie was born July 23, 1946, in Portland, Maine, to Reverend Charles W. Crooker and Elizabeth (MacGregor) Crooker Bates. She earned a BA from Reed College.

      Connie established a criminal defense practice focusing on the Hispanic community and led efforts in Oregon to professionalize the use of interpreters in the courts. She was also the first woman in Oregon to contract with the state to run a Public Defenders office, serving the community of Tillamook for many years.

      Following her retirement Connie avidly pursued a wide array of interests, including skiing, hiking, camping, dancing, singing, and playing the guitar. She also relished traveling abroad and studying foreign languages. One of her passions was writing. Connie wrote and published several books, including Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death, and Tent Camping, in which she shared her experiences on a solo cross-country trip to celebrate her unexpected reprieve from ongoing cancer treatments, and Doc Jackson’s Letters Home: A Combat Medic’s 1968 Letters From Vietnam, which was released on April 30, 2015, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam conflict.

      Survivors include her three siblings and their spouses: Carol and Deane Farnsworth, Charles and Adrian Crooker, and Catherine Crooker and Griff O’Brien. Connie is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

    • 05/22/2018

      Richard D. Acott JD ’78 passed away on February 18, 2018, at the age of 81.

      Richard was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, April 23, 1936. He earned a BA in political science from Chapman College before he was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer. He received his naval aviator wings in 1957. While stationed in Florida, Richard met the love of his life, Constance, and they were married within a month of their first date.

      During 1966–67, Richard flew 115 combat missions from Chu Lai, Vietnam, in the A4 Skyhawk. His awards and citations included the Distinguished Flying Cross.

      After his Marine Corps experience, Richard worked in the insurance business and was owner/broker of a real estate company. Following law school, he was in private law practice, worked as a deputy district attorney, and was appointed to the county court bench as a magistrate.

      Throughout his life, Richard had an enduring love of art. In 1988 he began studying sculpture at the Loveland Colorado Art Academy. In 1995 he opened a studio in Loveland, changing his career one last time.

      Richard was preceded in death by his son Stephen and grandson Jesse. He is survived by his wife, Constance; his daughter, Lorri; sons Garret and Phillip; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren

    • 09/21/2019

      Lynn E. Blough BA ’79, September 21, 2019, age 62. After graduation, Blough volunteered with the Peace Corps in Malawi. Upon his return to the United States, he earned an MBA and a JD from the University of Washington, then worked with Foster Pepper in Portland, and later as legal counsel for Intel. He retired in 2018. Survivors include his wife, Amy; his children, Olivia, Alex, and Christian; and one granddaughter.

    • 12/20/2019

      Jean Marguerite Davis-Johnson JD ’78 passed away peacefully at home December 8, 2019, from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 69 years old.

      Jean was born July 16, 1950, in Spokane to Walter Z. Davis Sr. and Betty Jean Berg. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, earning a BA from Whitman College and an MA from the University of Washington before attending law school.

      Jean married Stephen Johnson, her high school sweetheart, on September 2, 1972. She left law practice to be a full-time mother to their three sons. Jean also donated her time to support local education, art, and music organizations in various capacities. She was a master gardener, birdwatcher, art and antique enthusiast, nature lover, reader, and lifelong student of American and Pacific Northwest history. She was also a member of Spokane’s St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

      Jean was predeceased by her father and mother. She is survived by her husband; her three sons, Gregory, Timothy, and Eric; her four grandchildren, Noah (9), Silas (6), Merritt (3), and Makenna (1); and her three older brothers, Walter Jr., Eric, and Paul.

    • 08/15/2019

      Clarice Kralovec BA ’79, August 15, 2019, age 61. After graduating, Kralovec earned an MAT at Tufts University and a PhD in French language and literature at Boston University. She then moved to Maine, where she taught French and chaired the world languages department at Stanford High School. Survivors include her siblings, John, Etta, and Bill; their families; and longtime friends Daphne and Chris.