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Arts & Sciences Reunion June 21−24, 2012


Maria Hein BA joined a small group of child welfare professionals to create services for teens aging out of foster care in fall 2000. She built a mentoring program that provides one-on-one community-based mentoring for teens as part of their transition to independent living. She is married to Kermit McCarthy BA ’71. They have two girls, Erin and Megan.


Tom Steenson JD received the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award in recognition of more than 30 years of civil rights advocacy. He is a leading police misconduct litigator in Oregon.


Larry Amburgey JD was named to the 2011 list of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of labor and employment law. He is a shareholder with the firm of Littler Mendelson in Portland.

Judith Armatta JD recently wrote Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic; see also Bookshelf, p. 30. Armatta lived for three years in Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia, monitoring the trial for the Coalition for International Justice.


Philip Pillsbury JD was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition. A founder of the firm Pillsbury Levinson in San Francisco, he represents small and large domestic and international companies and individuals. He focuses on insurance bad-faith and coverage matters, ranging from commercial general liability and property/business interruption to errors and omission and maritime insurance.


Alan Sill BA is senior scientist at Texas Tech’s High Performance Computing Center and an adjunct professor of physics at the university. In July 2010, he was appointed vice president of standards for the Open Grid Forum. Sill has played an active role in advanced scientific computing, distributed computing, cloud computing, and grid development efforts. For 30 years, he has coordinated large-scale software development projects for grid and distributed computing, including database and data access systems for high-energy physics experiments and the creation of large-scale, multiuser computational resources for such experiments. He also pursues particle physics research.


Julia Duin BA anchors the daily discussion of religion and politics in the Washington Post’s On Faith section blog, “Under God.” She was previously religion editor of the Washington Times, city editor of the Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico, and a religion writer for the Houston Chronicle. She earned a master’s degree in religion at Trinity School for Ministry, an Episcopal seminary in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Her recent books include Days of Fire and Glory: The Rise and Fall of a Charismatic Community (Crossland Press, 2009) and Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What to Do About It (Baker Books, 2008).

Ronald Marks BS was appointed senior director of the National Security Group for Oracle Corporation in Washington, D.C.

Toby Padgett BS is grateful she made it through 2010 without surgery. “Nine corrective surgeries in nine years are more than enough for anyone and a terrible way to spend most of the first decade of the new century. All I want to do is stay healthy from now on!” She finds it hard to imagine Lewis & Clark without Steve Hunt, professor emeritus of communication. “Those of us who were his students must find it odd that ‘Uncle Steve’ is no longer on campus. I wish him well in his retirement.”


Kate Bell Russell BA sends greetings from Ojai, California. Russell participated in a recent humanitarian trip to Honduras “to share healing and the arts through Rotary and Art Trek.” She found “incredibly gracious human beings there, too!”

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