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Class Notes - 1960’s

May 29, 2014


Class Correspondent: Roger Adams


Robert “Bob” Cantin B.S. enjoys retirement at the Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fairview, Texas, after a 43-year communications and advertising career. Following graduation, he served as a U.S. Navy journalist on the staff of Senator John McCain’s father. An avid golfer, he won five golf club championships and three club couples titles. During his career, he published The Solheim Cup, a coffee-table book about professional golf’s most prestigious women’s team championship. When not golfing or fishing, he plays the accordion for concerts, private parties, and dances. Bob and his wife, Marsha, have been married 48 years and have two children and five grandchildren.


Arts and Sciences Reunion

June 19–22, 2014

Class Correspondent: Margi Crain Brown

Margaret Brown B.A. enjoys retirement and is busier than she expected. “Volunteering, particularly related to public education issues, has kept me involved in the community. Two years ago we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the overseas study program, so I am helping now with our 50th class reunion. I hope you can join us.”

Stanley Clarke B.S. retired after 25 years as historian and archivist for Columbia Helicopters in Aurora, Oregon. He now devotes time to working with Portland’s Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation, in support of one of the city’s oldest cemeteries.

Jay Coleman B.S. is chief financial officer of Queston, a company established to manufacture, sell, and deliver an advanced carbon-neutral wood pellet into the growing regional and global biomass market.


Thomas Neff B.A. was profiled in the January 28, 2014, New York Times. As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s, Neff’s idea to let Moscow sell the uranium from its retired weapons to use for electric utilities in the United States gave Russians needed cash and gave Americans power. In December 2013, the two-decade program known as Megatons to Megawatts ended with the last shipment of uranium from Russia to the United States. Neff’s work in turning 20,000 Russian warheads into electricity has illuminated 1 in 10 American light bulbs. The New York Times noted that the atomic sale was “widely held to symbolize the end of the era of confrontation between the two major nuclear powers.” Keith Tillstrom B.S. and Marilee Borchert Tillstrom B.A. revisited the Odell Alumni Gatehouse, where they met on campus 50 years ago, in September 2013. In 1963, Keith was editor of the Pioneer Log newspaper, which was temporarily housed in the Gatehouse. A transfer student from Stephens College, Marilee had just finished a year in New York City at a fashion merchandising school. She came to the Log looking for magazines to cut up to illustrate handmade postcards. They were married in 1966, shortly before Keith was shipped off to Vietnam.


Christopher Miller B.S. is active in U.S. professional soccer education, working with a broad range of ages from youth to adults. He retired after 45 years as a public school teacher and administrator. While at Lewis & Clark, he was a nine-time All-American in cross country and track and field.

Carla Shafer B.S., cofounder of Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater, was one of three Northwest poets hosting Washington’s first Read In! Write On! Poets for Peace event on Veterans Day weekend, 2013. The event was part of a worldwide Poetathon for Peace, launched by World Poets Canada and Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater.


Patricia Kessinger B.A., M.A.T. ’69 left Eugene and moved to Bend in summer 2013. She volunteers, substitutes in the local high schools, and enjoys living close to two sets of grandchildren.


Arts & Sciences Reunion

June 19–22, 2014

Class Correspondent: Michael Homan

David Grube B.A. retired after 35 years of practicing family medicine in Philomath, Oregon. “My wife and I have moved to Corvallis. I still teach medical students; my wife and I still sing in the choir!”

Vicki Kreimeyer B.A. retired after a career in library administration. She enjoys serving on several boards, including the Board of Alumni at Lewis & Clark, and looks forward to the reunion in June.

Mike Shiffer B.A. joins many of his classmates as a retired person. He remembers his years at Lewis & Clark as a time of growing, sharing, and fun. Life at L&C helped him develop a sense of community that continues to guide his life. He now serves as director of a local food bank that he cofounded 10 years ago. The food bank helps feed more than 600 families each month. He looks forward to his 45th reunion.

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