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June 13, 2005


Arts & Sciences 25th Reunion Oct. 14-16, 2005

 Onnalee “Lonnie” Churchill Roehrs ’80 is assistant to the publisher and director of apprenticeships for a family-owned publishing company in Munich, Germany. She is also the organist for two churches on the outskirts of Munich. Lonnie and her husband, Hans-Joachim Roehrs, are vacationing in Oregon this summer.


Charles Blanchard ’81 is a partner in the Phoenix law firm of Perkins Coie Brown & Bain.

Desmond GreenJ.D. ’81 is a judge in New York City’s civil court. Currently, he presides in criminal court.

Susan Larrance ’81 recently opened her own firm specializing in immigration law and reports “enjoying the freedom of working for myself.” She lives in Seattle with her husband, Roberto Alvarez ’81, and their sons, David, 15, and Carlos, 12. 

Richard MelnickJ.D. ’81 was appointed in March 2004 to the district court bench in Clark County, Washington. He successfully retained the position in November’s election.

William Peniston ’81 is manager of the library and archives at the Newark Museum in New Jersey. For information on his recent book, see “Bookshelf” on page 34.


Trudy Allen J.D. ’82 has been promoted to general counsel of U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance, a U.S. Bank subsidiary headquartered in Tigard.


Deirdre Farley J.D. ’83 has joined the legal department of Weight Watchers International as a senior corporate counsel.

Brenna Sage ’83 has been working happily as a professional musician both before and since moving to New York. City in 2002. She has worked on 11 productions there are music director, orchestra member, actor, composer, and/or sound designer. She continues to direct music for regional theatre summer campus and played in the orchestra for the Celebrity Zenith Caribbean cruise in 2004.

Doug Stringer, J.D. ‘83 presented “Guantanamo: What Laws Apply?” through the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Stringer, a former prosecutor with the U.S Department of Justice, worked form 1997 through 2002 with the U.N International Criminal Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia. More recently, he was an international prosecutor with the U.N. Mission in Kosovo. He is now in private practice in Portland, where he focuses on white-collar criminal defense and consults with international organizations regarding rule of law in unstable and emerging criminal justice systems.

John Wright ‘83 has been living in Asia for 20 years as of December 2004 and sets down frequently in New York, London, and Tokyo. He says he “would love to reconnect with everyone in 2005!” 


Christopher Dahle ‘84 concluded a three-year adventure teaching fourth grade and returned to practicing law full time in June 2004.

Steven Doherty J.D. ‘84, a partner at Smith, Doherty & Belcourt in Great Falls, Montana, has been appointed to head the five-person Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission. In his practice, Doherty represents individuals, tribal entities, and governments in tribal, federal, and state courts. He also is a former state senator.

Heather Hippsley J.D. ‘84 has received the Federal Trade Commission’s 2004 Louis D. Brandeis Award recognizing exceptional litigators. Only one other woman has received this award since its inception over 40 years ago. Hippsley has supervised and tried a broad array of consumer protection cases in federal district courts around the country.

Julie Harris Lundquist ‘84 is in her last year of nursing school while also working part time as a production reporting assistant for a paper box company. She is a full-time mom to Hans, 9, Perry, 7, and twins Kirsten and Annika, 6.

Scott Missall J.D. ‘84 has been named co-managing partner of Short Cressman & Burgess. He is also vice chair of the board of directors for Seattle Goodwill Industries.

William Rooklidge J.D. ‘84, an intellectual property litigator and partner in the Irvine, California, office of Howrey Simon Arnold & White, has been elected president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Edward Williams ‘84 is currently professor of education at California State University at Chico. Even after 22 years, he vividly remembers his Historical Materials class, taught by Stephen Dow Beckham, Pamplin Professor of History–especially the dictum, “If you can think of a resource, it probably exists.”


Arts & Sciences 20th Reunion Oct. 14-16, 2005

 Kenneth Fox J.D. ‘85 has been named board secretary for the newly established College for Reconciliation and Development, established jointly by Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, and American educators and civic leaders. Fox is an associate professor and director of conflict studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lori Hill Tupaj ‘85 is putting her business degree to work by marketing her career in massage therapy. She and her husband, Greg, live in Rhode Island with their dogs, Kobi Kundalini and Bohdi Satva. At last count, Tupaj had moved 52 times since college. She hopes to move at least one more time–to a warmer climate. 


Jennifer Cahn ‘86 lives in Lubbock, Texas, where her husband, David Fisher, teaches Russian history at Texas Tech University and she tries her hand as stay-at-home mom with their two daughters.

Debra Amren Griffin ‘86 is now a stay-at-home mom with son Mark, 3, and daughter Abigail, 1. Debra previously worked in human resources for 14 years, 10 of which were with Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture.

James “Dana” Haynes ‘86 is a reporter and columnist for the Statesman Journal in Salem. Last November, he vacationed in Washington, D.C., where he watched election returns with the city’s “politicos and apparatchiks.” After George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in 1988, Haynes remembers Don Balmer, now U.G. Dubach Professor Emeritus of Political Science, commenting that America’s peaceful transition of power is noteworthy.

Steven Hemmat J.D. ‘86 received the Community Volunteer Award from the Seattle Hebrew Academy. He served as the director of the academy’s capital project management team, which led fund-raising, retrofitting, and reconstruction efforts necessitated by severe damage done to the academy during the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.

Alain Millar ‘86, M.A. ‘89 has been working with adolescents in group homes, alternative education, special education, and youth programs since graduating from Lewis & Clark and is currently employed with Portland Public Schools in the day and residential treatment schools program. He and his wife, Sheilagh Griffin, have a son, Cameron, 9, and a daughter, Rhiannon, 7.


Christine Turk Stransky ‘87 taught Texas history at Wharton (Texas) Junior High School for 12 years while also serving as student council sponsor, sign language teacher, and eighth-grade girls athletics coach. She is now a stay-at-home mom for 5-year-old triplets Elizabeth, Nicholas, and Sarah, whom she and her husband, Bill, adopted in 2002. Passionate about education and civil rights, she is beginning a mentoring program through her church to encourage high school students to graduate and attend college.


Suzanne Dobson ‘88 is taking a break from software consulting to be a full-time mom while her husband, Tom, teaches high school physics.

Leslie Roby Ervin ‘88 is communications manager for Beech Street Corporation, a national preferred provider organization. She and her husband, Chris, live in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and spend much of their free time volunteering for the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association. The Ervins had a Hindu wedding ceremony in 2003 in Bali, where Leslie’s brother, Kilburn”Kib” Roby ‘91, lives.


Matthew William Bolte ‘89 recently returned to Portland after 12 years in New York. Living in the Northwest is a first-time-out-of-New-York experience for his wife, Gail Hudecek, and their children, Griffin, 8, and Laine, 6, who are enjoying their new environs. He works in Nike’s U.S. Global Apparel Division.

Michael Nixon J.D. ‘89 has been hired by the commissioners of Pennsylvania’s York County to work on the proposed park overlooking the Susquehanna River in Lower Windsor Township. He will play a key role in the planning process.

Stephanie Reynolds ‘89 was recognized for her work as the crime prevention specialist for Southwest Portland during the December 2004 Chief’s Forum, a policy advisory group to Portland’s Chief of Police. She was also promoted to crime prevention training coordinator for Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement and organized two citywide trainings: one on meth labs and one on protecting children from sexual predators. 

John Stephenson ‘89, wife Mei Lien, son Samuel, 7, and daughter Halona, 4, moved back to Taipei, Taiwan, from Shanghai, China. Stephenson’s business, Quest Sports, is still located in China, so he travels there every month.

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