In Memoriam

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


Joan Hammond, ’37, July 7, 2005, age 88.

Bernice Weldon, ’36, May 17, 2005, age 90.


Alfred Stromquist ’40, October 30, 2004, age 86. He had been a senior vice president in the human resources department of U.S. Bank, where he worked for more than 30 years.

James H. Hyde ’44, April 9, 2005, age 84. In 1946, he married Ruth Hassold. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, including on Okinawa, and received a purple heart. He was a teacher in Astoria and Portland.

Robert W. Hess ’48, May 24, 2005, age 81. He was a lieutenant commander in the Navy and served in the Korean War. He worked with the Pacific Coast association of Pulp and Paper Manufacturers, became managing director, and retired after 39 years. He was a member of the Portland Bonsai Society and mediated for the Washington County Justice System.

George Lee Lockhoven ’49, MA ’55, October 21, 2004, age 79. He was a teacher and administrator in Scappoose.


Marshall Barnard MEd ’50, June 2, 2005, age 91. He was a teacher for Portland Public Schools including Woodstock and Hosford elementary schools.

Wilbur “Bill” Fish ’50, December 3, 2004, age 77. He was an expert craftsman, an aviation mechanic, and an insurance agent. An active member of the community, he enjoyed skiing, traveling, and spending time with his family. 

Lynn Hall ’50, May 21, 2005, age 81. He served in the Navy during World War II and married Vivienne in 1946. He was a sales representative with Blue Cross and loved painting, cooking, trains, and red wine.

John E. Hoefling ’50, March 7, 2005. He met his wife, June, on the ski slopes of Mount Hood; owned and directed Western Ski Pros School; cofounded Oregon Snowsports Industries Association; and hosted the television program Oregon Skiing. In 2004, he was honored as Mount Hood’s “Snow King” for his many contributions to skiing.

Charles Graves Kingston Jr. ’50, MEd’58, September 16, 2004, age 77. He was principal of Charles F. Tigard and Phil Lewis elementary schools and Fowler Junior High School. 

Betty Nelson Schuld ’50, May 8, 2005, age 76. She started skiing when she was 3 years old and was the first woman member of the Mount Hood Ski Patrol. She was also a mountain climber; a member of the Mazamas (a nonprofit mountaineering organization) for more than 60 years; and a staff member at Clackamas 4-H Camp, where she ran the crafts program. For many years, she volunteered at the performing Arts Center and the Audubon Society of Portland. While at Lewis & Clark, she was a member of the 1947 Rally Squad.

William Clarence Eriksen Jr. ’51, October 27, 2005, age 75. He served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot in Japan and Korea. In 1973, he opened Bill Eriksen Realty; later, he worked as a manager of Rockaway Beach Resort.

Henry “Hank” M. Leines ’51, February 22, 2005. He is in the Lewis & Clark Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in track and football. He worked for Newton Manufacturing for 25 years.

Penelope Manuel ’51, March 1, 2005, age 75. She worked for First Interstate Bank for 30 years.

Marshall Smith ’52, December 18, 2004, age 76. He was a salesman for American guaranty and later formed his own company, American Personal Planning.

Dr. Robert “Bob” W. Spencer ’52, March 26, 2005. He was much beloved by three daughters, one son, nine grandchildren, and his wife of 55 years, Pat.

Douglas Edward Talney ’52, June 23, 2005, age 86. He was a professor emeritus of music at the University of British Columbia, where he was the longtime distinguished conductor of the UBC Symphony Orchestra.

Leland Stanford Barbur ’53, July 5, 2005, age 77. He worked at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum for 33 years and started a second business, Abbey Marble. He was past president of the Oregon Cemetery Association and the Portland Optimist Club.

Merilyn Beth Coulter Carroll ’53, June 14, 2004, age 73. She was a lifetime member of the Lewis & Clark Alumni Association and the Audubon Society.

William L. Owen ’53, January 24, 2005, age 78. A self-employed arborist, he owned General Tree Service and later worked as a consultant.

Robert Altstadt ’54, June 15, 2005, age 73. He worked for First National Bank of Oregon and raised five children with his wife, Martha.

Marilyn Lausen-Baxter ’54, May 23, 2005, age 77. She served in the Marine Corps before becoming a homemaker in 1955.

Malcolm Evan Baker ’56, April 5, 2005, age 71. He was past president of East Albany Lions Club, the Linn Benton Chapter of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, Good Shephard Lutheran Church, and the Linn Benton community College Foundation.

Kent C. Holloway ’57, August 14, 2004. He lived and painted in Bandon, where it was his artistic goal to capture the beauty of the place.

Edward O. Haymond Jr. ’58, May 27, 2005, age 68. Haymond contributed many years of service to Lewis & Clark, including three terms as chair of Lewis & Clark’s Board of Alumni, for which he earned the title of honorary lifetime member. He also served as chair of the Grand Floral Parade and was a member of the executive committee of the Royal Rosarians. During his long and distinguished career in corporate management, Haymond worked for Aerojet-General, Georgia Pacific, and eFunds. In addition to his wife, Carol, Haymond is survived by two daughters from his former marriage to Marilyn Cash Haymond ’60. His sister, Sharon Haymond Wilcox ’60, lives in Portland with her husband, Leigh Wilcox ’58.

Margaret Hazel LaFont MA ’58, March 2, 2005, age 91. She was principal of a girls’ boarding school in East Africa and the director of Noah’s Ark Day School in Walla Walla, Washington.

Kurt Rossman JD ’58, April 7, 2005, age 72. He enjoyed a life of public service, which included a distinguished judicial career that spanned over 30 years. His outgoing personality and charisma earned him the nickname “the people’s judge” from colleagues and associates. During his judicial career, he served as chair of the Judicial District and was appointed by Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh to serve on the state’s community Corrections Advisory Board.

Mercedes Frances Deiz JD ’59, October 5, 2005, age 87. The second African American woman to be admitted to practice law in Oregon, Deiz worked as a trial lawyer in general practice for eight years and served as an administrative law judge for the Workmen’s Compensation Board for two years before then-Governor Tom McCall appointed her to a judgeship on the Multnomah County District Court, making her the first African American woman appointed to the bench in the Northwest. Two years later, she beat seven opponents–all men–to win the first of four consecutive six-year terms as a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge. During her tenure on the bench, Deiz focused primarily on family law. She received numerous awards, including the Oregon State Bar’s Award of Merit, its highest honor.


Kenneth H. Haraguchi ’61, May 28, 2005, age 67. He worked as a researcher in ophthalmology for more than 20 years. He strove for perfection as a designer and fabricator of instruments used in medicine and technology production.

Justin Thomas Hardy ’62, October 27, 2004, age 66. He worked as a comptroller.

Nancy “Nan” Virginia Kelley ’65, January 16, 2005, age 70. She was admired for her quick wit, her sense of style, and her passion for gourmet cooking.

Joseph John McCarthy JD ’67, January 28, 2005, age 69. He practiced law in several Portland firms before moving to private practice in Gresham and Boring, where he worked until his death. He offered free legal advice to many in need. He was also active in the Catholic Youth Organization, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Lobos motorcycle events.


Susan Jeanette Cole ’71, March 26, 2005, age 56. She married Denney Cole ’69 in 1970 and the couple settled in Lake Oswego. Susan owned Sixpence Antiques.

Dr. Deanne “DeDe” French Johnson ’71, May 13, 2005, age 55. She was an associate research professor at Rutgers University from 1983 to 2003 and then joined the research staff of the psychology department at Princeton University. She was a folk-dance leader in the Philadelphia area and met her husband, Jerry Schiffer, at a folk-dancing event.

Bruce Samuel Kangas ’71, April 12, 2005, age 55. He worked as an operations manager in the trucking industry and is remembered by family members for his compassion and sense of humor.

Wayne C. Rapp JD ’71, February 3, 2005. In 1971, he teamed up with Paul Reeder to form the law firm of Reeder & Rapp in hillsboro. After Reeder’s death, Rapp continued practicing with several associates as Rapp & Associates until his retirement in 2001.

Belinda B. Byland ’73, April 24, 2004, age 52. Byland enrolled at Lewis & Clark in 1969 as a high school graduate from Battle Ground, Washington. 

Charles Edward Crouch ’77, March 24, 2005, age 59. He served in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War and was a systems analyst for Wacker Siltronics.

Richard K. Sherman ’79, April 27, 2005, age 47. He was a health services manager and an advocate for offenders with mental illness and drug addiction in Lane County corrections for 20 years.


Paul Dudley JD ’81, May 4, 2005. He was a suburban Chicago boy who went to college in Iowa and fell in love with Oregon’s zeitgeist. During his legal career, Dudley was a public defender, an associate, and finally an attorney in solo practice. His favorite event of the year was the Oregon country Fair, which combined most of his favorite things in life: music, food, art, wonder, and meeting new people.

Kathie L. Griffith ’82, December 2, 2004, age 45. She worked as a financial consultant for the Andrew Davidson company in New York. She was an avid skier, ski instructor, ice skater, and volunteer at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Robert Joseph Hopman M.P.A. ’82, April 10, 2005, age 66. He married his childhood sweetheart, Marlene Gottsch, in 1963, whom he met in the fifth grade. He was a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 30 years. He then worked as a consultant for Hartman Consulting, Shaw Environmental Consulting, and Foster Wheeler environmental.

Jill Vernal Bigelow Layton ’83, March 25, 2005, age 43. She was a language arts/drama teacher before pursuing an educational administrative license and an MEd from George Fox University in 2000. Her career included work as a K-12 principal, a curriculum coordinator, and most recently, a literacy specialist at the Southern Oregon Education Service District. Layton was in her last year of her PhD program at George Fox University.

Matthew R. Lyon MAT ’88, June 3, 2005, age 58. He taught art, philosophy, and religion at Oregon Episcopal School for 20 years.


Cheryl Wilhelm Skinner ’90, November 19, 2004, age 57. She taught special education classes in the Woodburn and Tigard school districts before becoming a school psychologist for Portland Public Schools.

Janis Hardman JD ’91, April 17, 2005, age 58. She was an attorney in private practice who served on the board of directors of the Portland Habilitation Center. She was also an active member of Oregon Women Lawyers. 

Melissa Starr Mariman ’94, March 27, 2005, age 31. After graduating with honors from Lewis & Clark, Mariman earned a D.MD from Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Dentistry. She practiced at the Interfaith Clinic in Bellingham, Washington, where she worked with underprivileged children. At Loma Linda University, she completed a two-year residency in anesthesiology and ran her own business (Cloud 9: Anesthesia for Dentistry) in Issaquah, Washington. She died at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Washington, after a nine-month battle with brain cancer.


Jeffrey G. Seley JD ’03, August 21, 2005, age 28. After graduating from law school, he moved to Sacramento. He began his law career as an associate with Bullivant Houser Bailey and later joined Porter, Scott, Weiberg, Delehant. His passions included coaching basketball, sports talk radio, politics, and literature as well as his dogs, his truck, his friends, his local hangouts and favorite bands, and the San Francisco 49ers.