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Maxine Freeland ’38, February 3, 2010, age 94.


Kenneth K. Maher J.D. ’46, December 30, 2011, age 90, in Morton, Washington. Maher graduated from Portland’s Grant High School, where he starred in track and field, and from the University of Portland. In 1943, he married Frances “Kay” Burns, whom he had met two years earlier at a UP dance. They were married for 65 years. Maher served as a state representative in the Oregon Legislature from 1961 to 1973. During his legislative career, he worked with numerous political figures, including President John Kennedy and Oregon Governors Mark Hatfield, Tom McCall, and Victor Atiyeh. He also was a State of Oregon administrator, business owner, and developer.

Donald Shick B.S. ’46, November 22, 2011, age 88.

Ruth Bogue B.A. ’47, November 21, 2011.

Jack Marston B.S. ’47, April 21, 2011.

Dr. James Beima B.S. ’48, December 8, 2011.


John Ryan J.D. ’50, December 19, 2011, one day shy of age 91. Born in Portland, Ryan attended Grant High School and Fordham University in New York City. When it appeared that World War II might interrupt his studies, Ryan convinced the Fordham dean to begin a summer school program so that he and his classmates could graduate early and enlist. Ryan developed a literacy program for members of the armed services and served as a scriptwriter in the Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit. He had subsequent assignments to combat areas in Europe.
After the war, Ryan returned to Portland and earned his law degree at Lewis & Clark. He joined the Oregon State Bar in 1950 and built a distinguished legal career. He received numerous awards and chaired the American Bar Association Committee on Literacy.
Throughout his legal career, Ryan saw the disabilities that illiteracy brought to young prisoners and others struggling to make it in the world. He helped establish the Londer Learning Center in northeast Portland, a GED and literacy program helping scores of people in transition to find their way to better lives.
During his semiretirement, Ryan wrote poetry, cookbooks, and a memoir. He pursued his lifelong love of reading and the everyday joy of the companionship and conversation of friends.

David Tomlinson B.S. ’50, December 14, 2011, age 82, in San Diego.
Tomlinson grew up in California and Salt Lake City. In 1951, he married Jeanine Zabelle. The couple settled in Portland, where he worked as an accountant and branch manager from 1947 to 1955. He also served as a captain and chaplain in the army reserve.
Tomlinson established a successful hardware distribution company, AMWEST, in 1957. During this time, he served as bishop of the Seattle third ward for seven years. He and Jeanine had three children. Following Jeanine’s death in 1973, Tomlinson moved his family and business headquarters to Salt Lake City. There he met Susan Jacobson; they married in 1977 and had four children.
Tomlinson served his community and state government. From 1975 to 1977, he studied political science at the University of Utah. In 1979, he was elected chair of the Utah delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business, hosted by President Jimmy Carter. From 1983 to 1986, he served two terms in the Utah House of Representatives District 44. He was active in state government, the church, and business until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, 7 children, 23 grandchildren, and 6 greatgrandchildren.

Leland Stanley Brunquist B.S. ’51, December 8, 2011, age 83. Brunquist served in the U.S. Army in 1946. He married Nancy Holden in 1951, and they enjoyed 60 years together. After four decades as an orchardist in the Hood River Valley and a school administrator in The Dalles, Junction City, and Rainier, he retired in 1986.

Phyllis White CAS ’51, December 1, 2011, age 82.

Wallace Dale Bowman B.S. ’52, December 27, 2011, age 82, after a brief illness. Bowman was born in Minneapolis and lived in Oregon from 1936 to 1967. He then moved to Richmond, Virginia, and was an active member of his community and church.

Philip Newell B.A. ’52, January 21, 2011, age 84.

Norman Barna B.S. ’53, October 7, 2011, age 90.

Judge Arthur Barrows J.D. ’53, October 13, 2011, age 91. Born in South Dakota, Barrows moved to Oregon in 1936 with his father and three brothers. After high school, he worked as a day laborer and then became a merchant marine seaman during World War II. In 1947, he married Vivian Borin in Portland. Vivian died in 2007.
In the early 1950s, Barrows opened a law office in Pilot Rock, Oregon. In 1954, he was appointed deputy district attorney for Umatilla County and served two years before resuming his law practice, this time in Pendleton. In 1959, he was again appointed deputy district attorney. After eight years, he was appointed part-time municipal judge for Pendleton. In 1977, he was appointed the first part-time U.S. magistrate judge for northeastern Oregon, a position he held until 1988. Barrows was active in the community and enjoyed serving local charitable organizations. He also enjoyed riding, mule packing, hunting, and being in the open spaces of eastern Oregon.

Catherine Rosenberg B.S. ’55, May 26, 2010.

George Burgess B.A. ’57, November 4, 2011, age 80.

James C. Watson B.S. ’57, March 26, 2011.

Richard Biggs J.D. ’58, March 23, 2011, age 85. Biggs served as a yeoman in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific and as a court reporter for court martial trials in Shanghai. He earned his undergraduate degree from Reed College, where he served as an alumni board member and board president. His career included corporate law at Martin, Bischoff, Templeton & Biggs and at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler. In his last years, he was a sole practitioner.


Clarence R. Hanna B.S. ’61, November 5, 2011, age 72.

Robert Angelo Costanzo J.D. ’63, June 2, 2011, age 90. During World War II, Costanzo was a sergeant in France and England. In 1950, he married Frances. The couple raised five children during their 49-year marriage. In 1966, the family moved to Fresno, California. Costanzo worked as a manager for a national insurance company for 35 years, retiring in Madera County, California. He was a devoted and caring father, husband, and grandfather.

Nancy Gresbrink B.A. ’63, November 22, 2011.

Judge Stephen Walker J.D. ’63, August 8, 2011, age 79. Walker’s teenage years were spent in Mexico City, where he developed a deep appreciation of Mexican culture. Later in life, he used his fluency in Spanish to help others. As a young man, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a lab tech in a M.A.S.H. unit in Korea. When he returned to Portland, he worked in a pathology lab to support himself through law school. Walker was a competitive man who believed in justice, which made practicing law a perfect career choice. He fought hard for his clients regardless of their ability to pay. His years as a defense attorney served him well when he became a Multnomah County circuit court judge. After retirement, he was active as an arbitrator and mediator.

Ronald Hergert B.S. ’65, J.D. ’69, October 21, 2011, age 68. Hergert attended Jefferson High School, where he lettered in three sports. In 1960, he was the first recipient of the college’s Scholar-Athlete Award. He was later inducted into Lewis & Clark’s Sports Hall of Fame. Hergert began practicing law shortly after earning his J.D. In the 1970s and 1980s, he sang with the New Oregon Singers, where he met his future wife, LeAnn Cox. In 1992, he started Hergert & Associates. Throughout his career, he was honored with multiple professional awards. He also served as a pro-tem judge in the Clackamas County Family Law court from 1990 through 2010.

Allen Pynn J.D. ’65, December 5, 2011, age 75. Pynn served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1969 to 1973. He retired from his West Linn law practice in 1990. He was married to Suzanne Cassidy Goddard for 23 years.

Averill Bolton J.D. ’66, May 21, 2011, age 64, at home. Bolton married his wife, Bonnie, in 1988. The couple lived in Hillsboro, Oregon, and moved to Beaverton, Oregon, in 2006.

Sondra Lino M.A.T. ’66, November 27, 2011, age 68.

Maurice Shick B.S. ’67, October 20, 2011, age 86.

James R. Cox B.S. ’69, June 26, 2011.


Thomas Meehan Jr. J.D. ’71, July 26, 2011, age 69, in Spring, Texas. Meehan was a retired assistant U.S. attorney. During his career, he served as a special deputy U.S. marshal, assistant district attorney in Eugene, drill sergeant in the U.S. Army, and pilot. His hobbies included woodworking and writing.

Donald A. Miller B.S. ’71, September 21, 2011, age 62.

Anne Erickson B.S. ’72, September 6, 2011, age 61.

Louise C. Perry B.A. ’73, December 3, 2011, age 81, surrounded by the love of her family and friends.

Jason Emerick B.S. ’74, October 27, 2011, age 58, of multiple myeloma. Emerick graduated summa cum laude in communication. He spent many years as a stagehand, serving as primary sound technician for several of Chick Corea’s international tours and for Al Di Meola’s Bandana Productions in New York. As the computer age developed, so did Emerick’s skills; he became a soughtafter computer consultant in Dundee, Oregon. He was an avid fan of Formula One racing, a gifted and witty conversationalist, a fine cook, and a connoisseur of local wines.

Richard Kasson M.E. ’76, J.D. ’88, July 10, 2011, age 66, of natural causes, in Tigard, Oregon. Kasson attended the University of Michigan before serving in Vietnam as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. In 1972, he earned a psychology degree from the University of Minnesota. Kasson met and married Susan Hill in 1976. Their daughter, Hillary, was born three years later. Kasson worked in several counseling capacities at Woodland Park Hospital and Portland State University, and as a Multnomah County involuntary commitment investigator. He spent three years in Pendleton, Oregon, as part of the Umatilla County Mental Health Group Treatment Program before he turned to work as a legal assistant. Kasson returned to Portland in 1984 to pursue a J.D. He worked as a full-time legal assistant while attending law school at night. On less-thannormal amounts of sleep, he managed to have a life with family and friends. Kasson retired from his longtime plaintiff ’s law practice in December 2010. In both of his professions, Kasson fought for his clients, built their confidence with humor and wit when appropriate, and always offered commonsense advice.


Sara S. Webster M.A.T. ’85, September 28, 2011, age 70.

Kevin Carlsmith B.S. ’89, November 19, 2011, age 44, from cancer. Carlsmith earned a Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2001, the same year he married Alison Mathias, a Virginia native whom he had met in a swing-dance class at Princeton. They had two daughters, Abigail and Julia. Carlsmith was an accomplished researcher and a popular professor of psychology at Colgate University, where he had worked since 2003. A devoted father, he died in his boyhood home in Portola Valley, California, surrounded by his family.


Robert Flug J.D. ’90, July 7, 2011, age 66, at Hopewell House Hospice in Portland. Flug graduated from Tufts University before serving in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica and working for presidential candidate Robert Kennedy. His favorite job was running knitting machines at a mill in New Jersey. Flug helped develop two cable-access stations: Bridgeton Vision in New Jersey and TVAP in Portland. He worked for OPB television while attending law school. He later worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon, serving farm workers as a staff attorney in Hillsboro and filled in when needed in Pendleton, Albany, McMinnville, and Portland. He was instrumental in launching the Legal Aid website. For the past 10 years, he worked as a volunteer to promote safer cookstoves, and served on a standards panel for the American National Standards Institute. He had an agile mind and a kind heart, and the core of his being was love for his family and friends.

Jane Voget J.D. ’90, March 29, 2011, age 62, in Des Moines, Washington. Voget served on the White House staff during the Carter Administration. She practiced law in Burien, Washington.


Aaron Roblan J.D. ’00, September 5, 2011, age 37, due to complications from Churg-Strauss syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease, in his San Francisco home. He was a shareholder at San Francisco firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, and had been a practicing labor and employment lawyer in Washington and California since 2000. A marathon runner since age 9, Roblan ran up to 70 miles a week regularly. In 2009, Roblan married Maria Anastas in Phoenix, Arizona. They traveled to Greece and other parts of Europe, and all around America, navigating busy schedules to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. Roblan will be remembered for his often biting sense of humor and for his compassion, drive, and generosity.

Jamie Barham B.A. ’03, March 21, 2011, age 29, of acute myeloid leukemia.

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