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.
From 1970 to 1979
Thomas H. Nilsen BA ’71, September 7, 2016, age 67. Nilsen, a fluent Spanish speaker, taught in public and private schools in Texas and briefly in Mexico. Survivors include his mother, Maude; his siblings, Carolyn and Peter; and his nephew, Kai.
David E. Heuck BA ’72, November 21, 2017, age 67.
Robert A. Brooks BS ’73, July 11, 2017, age 65. Brooks met and married his wife, Sharon, in 1973, and they had two daughters. He worked in sales, spending almost 10 years with Adventist Book Center in Gladstone, Oregon, before starting his own insurance sales agency. Brooks loved people and was fascinated by history. For fun, he tinkered with model trains and participated in Civil War reenactments. Survivors include his wife; daughters Michelle and Mindy; and one grandchild.
Richard E. Usilton BS ’73, November 28, 2017, age 67. Usilton earned his medical degree from the University of Oregon and completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center at the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He settled in Lancaster, Ohio, practicing with Jones-Welsh-Payne and Osgood. Survivors include wife Sandra; two children, Eric and Blair; and one granddaughter.
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.
On the morning of February 10, 2017, John “JP” Powers JD ’74 lost his valiant fight with acute myeloid leukemia. He passed away at home in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his beloved wife, Charlotte, by his side.
JP was born to Opal and Clifford Powers on April 28, 1950, in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1967 and completed his undergraduate degree at Occidental College in 1971. JP then moved to the Pacific Northwest for law school. He was one of the youngest individuals ever admitted to the Oregon State Bar.
JP worked for two county district attorney offices in Oregon before he opened his own Portland law practice, which specialized in DUI defense and personal injury cases. He brought great compassion to his work and was driven to help others. Honored to represent his clients, JP also assisted them with finding serenity in their lives, including through introduction to AA.
Devoted to sports from an early age, JP had a lifelong love for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His greatest passion as he grew older was golf. He even considered becoming a professional player. At the time of his passing, he had amassed almost 50 putters in his quest for perfection.
JP will be forever missed for his quick wit, his disco dance moves, his sense of humor, his love for his family and friends, and the fullness with which he lived every day. He was devoted to Charlotte and to the children they each brought to their marriage—Sarah, Ben, Lindsey, and Mike. JP brought light into their lives, as well as those of their partners, his grandchildren, and his sister Linda and her family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that remembrances in JP’s memory be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (lls.org).
Thomas C. Bauer ’75, July 16, 2016, age 63. Survivors include his wife, Donna; children Alyssa, Chris, Stephanie, and Emily; and one grandchild.
The Honorable John B. Lewis passed away June 7, 2016. He was 69 years old.
John received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Portland State University. He became a sole practitioner shortly after earning his JD and was named a Hillsboro municipal court judge in 1980. John was a Washington County district and circuit court trial judge from 1993 to 2006, the last seven years of which he was the presiding family and juvenile court judge.
Following his 2006 retirement, he started a mediation and reference judge practice with another retired judge, Al Bonebrake. John handled hundreds of cases in this capacity, ranging in type from civil and domestic relations to contracts, personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice.
John is survived by his wife, Linda, and a daughter. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that gifts be made to a Lewis & Clark Law School scholarship in John’s name.
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.
Harold B. Tate BS ’62, MAT ’75, June 2, 2016, age 76.
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.
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.
Verlean Wilson BS ’77, November 18, 2015, age 62. Survivors include her sisters, Alberta, Sarah, and Mary, as well as nieces, nephews, and other friends and family.
Phil L. Borngraeber BS ’79, July 12, 2017, age 66. Survived by his sister, Diane.
Kristie Harley Nestor BS ’79, August 8, 2016, age 59. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Nestor worked for the City of Portland for a time, then traveled to Puerto Rico on a mission trip to build a church. She then worked in Missouri before returning to Oregon and working as a teacher at the Nazarene Church School in Newport. Kristie married Jon Nestor in 1986, and they lived together in Tacoma, Washington. In 2001, they moved to Kristie’s childhood home of Yachats, Oregon. Survivors include her husband and soul mate, Jon.