In Memoriam

Honoring alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have recently passed.


Elsie E. Foster Scofield ’35, July 1, 2006, age 92. She was a homemaker.


Yola M. Baldassarre Donigan ’46, June 15, 2006, age 82. She was an elementary school teacher for Portland Public Schools as well as president of Italian Women United.

Gloria Liddy Herder ’48, April 16, 2006. She served with the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service during World War II.

Joan F. Begley ’49, July 15, 2006, age 78. She was a homemaker and a volunteer grandmother at the White Shield Home.


David W. Martin ’50, June 8, 2006, age 80. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and was an accounting manager for NW Natural for 35 years.

Jack P. Stuhl ’50, June 11, 2006, age 81. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and the Pacific, returning home with a Purple Heart. An architect in private practice, he was a Royal Rosarian for 48 years.

C. Reuben “Rube” Baisch ’51, April 5, 2006, age 82. He was in the Navy Seabees during World War II, serving in the Philippines and China. At Lewis & Clark he played football all four years as a running back, scoring 25 career touchdowns. Known as “The Tank,” he typified the offense of the undefeated 1950 team. Baisch played professional football with the Green Bay Packers and later coached and taught health and physical education for 27 years in Hillsboro, North Marion, Canby, and Salem.

Marvin D. Nelson ’51, August 23, 2006, age 76. He taught music theory and brass instrumental classes at Cal State Hayward for more than 20 years. He was also the principal trumpet player for most of his 25 years with the Oakland Symphony.

W. Wesley Durland ’52, May 21, 2006, age 85. Durland graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1962. He served United Church of Christ congregations and was an advocate for Seattle’s street people. He was also an outdoorsman, carpenter, mechanic, gardener, and poet.

Samuel A. Squire ’52, January 7, 2006, age 77.

Peter Blyth JD ’53, April 13, 2006. Blyth served in the Army Air Force during World War II. After becoming a lawyer, he was a member of the Oregon State Bar for 50 years, practicing law and serving on the Oregon State Bar Ethics Committee.

Dallas Grant Finnell ’54, March 9, 2006, age 75. After serving in the Air Force in the Korean War, he became the first alumni director for Lewis & Clark and later worked in various executive positions at Austin College, Duke University, Jonas Salk Institute, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was founding chief executive officer of the Oregon Medical School Foundation and the General Hospital Foundation in Everett, Washington. He retired from his own consulting firm, Dallas Finnell & Associates, in 1997. An active volunteer throughout his life, Finnell served on boards such as Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and as president of the Northwest Development Officers Association.

Ladd Wear ’54, June 18, 2006, age 77. He served in the Navy and was a self-employed contractor and estimator. He lived in Portland all his life.

Louis Althaus Jr. ’55, May 27, 2006, age 76. He served in the Army for 5 years and worked for Portland General Electric for 28 years. He dedicated the last 20 years of his life to volunteering with the Salvation Army.

Norman Austin ’56, July 4, 2006, age 74. He received a bachelor of divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was pastor of Presbyterian churches in Indiana, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, and Kansas. Retiring in 1996, he served as parish associate at Westminster Presbyterian in Salem until his death. He will be remembered for his work with youth and those who are ill and homebound.

Hugh McCabe ’56, July 5, 2006, age 80. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific for three years and retired as a teacher from the Washington state school system. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, and Boy Scouts of America. An avid traveler, he visited all 50 states and 28 foreign countries. 

Tom Curran JD ’57, May 16, 2006, age 75. Curran served in the Marine Corps in the Korean War and was in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He was an attorney for 20 years.

Gerald Coulson ’59, July 25, 2006, age 69. He was an appliance salesman for Sears Roebuck for 20 years and for Portland Auto Auction for 8 years.


Laura Jean Rodman Mori ’66, April 9, 2006. 


Lamar Faulkner ’73, May 27, 2006, age 55. An attorney with a private practice, he was active in several campaigns for political candidates in Seattle. He was a passionate duplicate bridge player and studied software development programming languages.

Robert L. Russell JD ’75, July 30, 2006, age 60.

Robert Tunstall JD ’77, May 12, 2006, age 64.