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Beatrice Mary Thurston Paget J.D. ’24, June 1, age 105, was the law school’s oldest alum. She had a long career in law and mortgage investments and was an avid hiker, camper, gardener, and horsewoman.


LeRoy Staver J.D. ’30, January, age 93. Staver, a member of the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame, was the former chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, where he worked from 1925 to 1981.


Veron Ross Jr. ’41 April 3, age 82. He was a minister for the Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church.

Alan Cook ’42, April 21, age 81. Cook was vice president of marketing for Evans Products and a past president of the American Hardboard Association. Previously, he worked for U.S. Gypsum Company and Abitibi and Masonite corporations.

Paul Rademacher ’43, March 28, 2001, age 80. He was a Methodist minister and a professor of theology, who enjoyed refinishing antique furniture and reading.

Elmer McClane ’47, April 10, age 78. He held several engineering jobs in the Portland area before accepting a position in Seattle with Crown Zellerbach Paper Company in 1955. During his nearly 30 years with Crown Zellerbach, he designed, developed, and built sawmills and machinery.

Jesse F. Webb J.D. ’48, October 2001, age 82. Webb, a former professional baseball player who was born and raised in Portland, worked at Reeves, Reeves & Webb before starting his own multispecialty private practice firm. He retired from practice in 1991, but remained active in the community.

Edward Forness ’49, June 19, age 78. He was a principal for several Portland-area elementary schools, including Edwards, Capitol Hill, Chapman, West Sylvan, and Peninsula. He was past president of the Portland principals’ Association.

Deborah MacFadden Young ’49, May 3, age 73. She held a B.S. in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and a Ph.N. in public health nursing from California State University at Sacramento. Young was a school nurse and health services director for the San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael, California. She had four children.


Janet Zollinger Edwards ’50, April 19, age 73. She was a homemaker and mother.

Kathryn Moore Hardt ’51, May 8, 2001, age 71. Before retiring in 1983, she was a counselor at Gladstone High School for 13 years.

Donald Case ’52, July 14, age 73. Before retiring in 1990, he was a power-statistics manager for PacifiCorp.

Paul E. Fiess ’53, November 7, 2000, age 81. He held an M.Ed. from Oregon State University and was a retired teacher from Grant High School in Portland.

William Springer ’53, June 3, age 73. He was an attorney in Bellevue, washington, where he lived most of his life.

James Robert Weed M.Ed. ’53, June 10, age 76. He was an administrator for Portland Public Schools, retiring as principal of Markham Middle School.

Richard Bates ’54, September 10, 2000, age 68. He practiced general dentistry in Portland for 40 years before retiring in 1998. He was a past president of the Oregon Dental Association and past president and board member of Oregon Dental Services. In 1999, he was named Alumnus of the Year by the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry alumni association.

Harold “Bud” Cadwell ’54, May 3, age 69. He owned an advertising company from 1964 to 1970, when he began teaching part time at Portland Community College–Sylvania Campus. In 1971, Cadwell became a graphic design instructor. He retired in 1997.

Donna Young ’54, September 17, 2000, age 68. She worked as a secretary for the city of Gresham, Mt. Hood Community College, and Reynolds High School before retiring in 1995.

William Lively ’55, May 2, age 67. He was a certified public accountant with Yergen & Meyer for 42 years.

Katherine Clement ’56, May 22, 2001, age 66. She left Portland in 1959 to teach at schools in Oregon, Washington, and Utah. Clement then taught in La Canada-Flintridge, California, for 35 years.

Peter Corum ’57, March 20, age 72. He was an insurance claims adjuster in Yakima, Tacoma, and Olympia, Washington, and in Medford. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, and reading.

Norman Puls ’57, May 9, age 73. He was a juvenile court counselor and adjudicator. He enjoyed skiing, biking, hiking, and camping.

Donald Turner ’57, February 15, age 70. He taught law at Willamette University for 30 years.

Robert Young ’57, February 2, age 73. Bob’s newspaper and broadcast career took him to Alaska, Idaho, Washington, California, and Oregon. He managed radio stations in Longview, Washington; San Jose, California; and Eugene.

Willard Bone ’58, July 17, age 66. He and his wife, Chris Newman, founded an international trading company in the Philippines. In 1990, Will and Chris moved to Camp Sherman, where Will was president of AMS International.

John Groenlund ’58, September 18, 2000, age 84. He was pastor of Evangelical Free Church in Portland from 1950 until 1961 and a professor at Multnomah Bible College from 1959 to 1980, when he retired.

Norman Legernes J.D. ’58, late 2001, age 79. Legernes, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Oregon, was the recipient of the ACLU’s prestigious McNaughton Award for volunteer civil rights work performed in Mississippi during the 1960s. He also received the Boss of the Year award from the Portland association of Legal Secretaries.

Gloria McDowell ’58, July 11, age 65. For 30 years, she taught in the Centennial School District, mainly at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

LaVerne “Skip” Sellers ’58, January 28, 2001, age 64. She was a free-lance writer and editor, most recently writing the column “Saints and Sinners” for several online companies.

Evelyn Erxleben ’59, January 31, 2001, age 90. She was an elementary school teacher for 25 years in the Portland Public Schools before retiring in 1975.

Clarence Reinhold Kruger J.D. ’59, October 21, 2001, age 83. A World War II veteran and active member of the Masons, Lions Club, and St. Mark Lutheran Church, Kruger is survived by his three children and two grandchildren. Kruger served the state of Oregon as an assistant attorney general until his retirement.

George Newman ’59, February 20, 2001, age 64. He co-owned J.G. Newman Insurance Company with his father from 1964 until 1989, when he became sole owner of the family business.


Robert Boehmke ’60, September 22, 2000, age 63. He received a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Oregon. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1961. He then taught music at West Linn and Reynolds high schools, and was a studio musician for such legendary performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Wayne Newton.

Gary Edwin Gadwood ’60, May 1, age 65. He was the choir director at Sunset High School for 25 years. He later was a media specialist at Meadow Park Intermediate School before retiring.

Carol Ann Hussong Matievich ’61, July 4, age 63. She was a pianist and organist for many churches, including Northwest International Church in Beaverton.

Robert Charles Richards ’61, July 26, 2001, age 62. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves for 27 years and worked with U.S. Bank in Portland and Coors Can Corporation in Colorado. For the last 10 years, he was a management consultant.

Stephen Joseph Parthemer ’63, May 17, age 61. He worked as a material-handling specialist for Indoff in Portland.

Charles D. Starr ’63, May 23, age 61. In 1961, he married Deena Ostrander and later moved to Ione, where he worked as a school superintendent.

Dorothy Louise Richards ’65, M.A.T. ’79, May 4, age 81. She was a reading specialist and then an elementary school teacher, who retired from Chapman Elementary School.

Richard Drennan ’66, June 26, age 57. He was a self-employed business consultant.

Virginia Gross ’68, April 18, 2001, age 79. She lived in Portland with her husband, Donald; she had four children. Gross taught school for 40 years, beginning in a one-room schoolhouse in St. Mary’s, Idaho, and later in Verboort.


Robert Lee Heitmeyer ’70, November 21, 2001, age 74. For 23 years, he worked as a steamfitter with Local 29. In 1982 he retired because of an injury.

John R. Marsh ’71, November 11, 2001, age 52. He was a physician in private practice in California for 20 years.

Herman Fred Schattenberg ’72, March 16, age 54. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, where he was injured and awarded the Purple Heart. He taught English and coached football at David Douglas High School, taught English and coached junior varsity basketball at Tigard High School, and then taught English at North Marion High School, where he was head basketball coach. He was an avid golfer.

Wilbur John Herrington M.A.T. ’78, May 21, age 76. He was a coach and art teacher at Parkrose High School for 31 years. In addition, he owned Mount Hood Ski School for 27 years.


John E. Hancock M.A.T. ’80, July 11, age 55. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard submarines during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2002 from the Ridgefield School District, where he had worked as a teacher and school administrator for the last 10 years.


Marjorie Anne Brewer J.D. ’94, January 8, age 50. Brewer, who worked as an operating room nurse at Oregon Health & Science University, was studying for the Oregon bar exam when she died from complications following a heart attack. She was interested in practicing medical-related law.

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