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Class Notes–1950s

This edition of Class Notes includes law submissions received through July 1, 2014, and undergraduate and graduate submissions through June 10, 2014.


Arts & Sciences Reunion

June 25−28, 2015

James Barton Jr. B.A. retired in 1985 after a career with IBM, then bought three Supercuts franchises in Connecticut. After 30 years as a San Franciscan, he now lives in Santa Rosa, California.


Bob Godel B.S. has poignant memories of the Gatehouse (now the Morgan S. Odell Alumni Gatehouse) on campus. He takes pride in his work with the late Jim King B.S. ’52 to spearhead (and make leadership gifts for) the building’s renovation a few years back. “Our dreams became reality,” says Godel. “Now a part of the entire Gatehouse belongs to me. And Jim.”

Clarence “Jack” Neff B.S. worked at Tektronix for 37 years. He and his wife, Neva Neff B.A. ’67, M.A.T. ’75, an educator, live in Newberg, Oregon. They have four married sons, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Pamela Parish Porter B.S. lives down the hill from Lewis & Clark in the John’s Landing neighborhood. She reports that after years of sharing her backyard with inquisitive raccoons, she has learned how to deal with them in a neighborly manner.


Sally McBride B.A. organized her final Corvallis-OSU Symphony Children’s Concert in February 2014. The annual concert was for upper-elementary school students from all of Benton County. McBride, a retired music teacher who worked in Corvallis schools from 1970 to 1990, spearheaded the popular event for 21 years. “Every single one of these concerts has been a kick in the pants,” she says. “If there is one kid out there who becomes interested in music—as a student, performer, or donor—it was all worth it.”

Patricia Heilig Nordstrom B.A. and Paul Nordstrom B.S. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March. They live in Palm Springs, California, and come to Portland for the summer.

Gladys Winn Snedecor B.S. lives in Newport, Oregon. She participates in the First Presbyterian Church choir and activities at her clubhouse. After her husband, Elliot, died four years ago, the Newport Rotary made her a guest member in his honor.


Nancy Pond Suehs B.S. no longer plays piano for church services; however, she is taking a college class on the history of opera and also attends operas at a local theatre in New York.


Bruce Longballa B.S. and Kathleen Longballa enjoy the retired life in Blairsden, California, 50 miles from Reno and Lake Tahoe. They enjoy hearing of the goings-on at Lewis & Clark through The Gatehouse, the Albany Society newsletter. They extend a hello to all Pioneers old and young!

James Redman B.S., J.D. ’63 was presented with the Justice Ralph M. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Clackamas Country Bar at its December 12, 2013, annual dinner. Redman has served as president of the Clackamas County Bar Association and vice president of the Oregon State Bar. He is recognized not only for his 50 years of meritorious service but also for 100 years of family membership in the bar. He continues private practice in Milwaukie, Oregon, and is a long-serving circuit court judge pro tem.

Donald “Tex” Stevenson B.S. served as a pilot for 35 years. He flew for the Marine Reserves and also Western Airlines and Delta. He and Martie Stevenson, his wife of 57 years, live in La Quinta, California.

Pat Willner B.A. is a retired physical therapist assistant, still living in her Portland home. Her four daughters and eight grandchildren offer many travel opportunities. She recently returned from a grandson’s wedding in upstate New York, by way of London and Paris. She is on a senior dragon boat team and does downhill skiing, yoga, and several volunteer activities.


Arts & Sciences Reunion

June 25−28, 2015

Darryl Gordon B.A. and Elizabeth Zink Gordon B.A. ’58 celebrated 55 years of marriage in June. Darryl, who taught in Springfield, Oregon, for 30 years, has severe dementia. Elizabeth writes, “The Lord is our helper.”

Ray Hyde B.S. taught for 35 years in U.S. military schools in Europe before retiring and returning to Portland. A Pioneer Hall of Fame member in baseball and a top pitcher for the U.S. team in the 1954 Pan American games at Mexico City, Hyde played professionally before starting his teaching career. He and his wife, Jutta-Marie Hyde, have written a manuscript titled Amazing Munich Beers Gardens, and they are currently looking for a publisher.

James Misko B.S. and wife Patricia Marie Misko ’57 enjoy reconnecting with Lewis & Clark friends in California and Arizona in the winter and Alaska in the summer. Jim has finished his fourth novel, one of nine books he has written.

Ruth Gregerson Tyler B.S. married Joe Tyler in 1956. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, she worked as a registered nurse in Portland, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. The couple built a home and raised five children. Today, she enjoys spending time with her 10 grandchildren. Her favorite Lewis & Clark memories are living in Stewart Hall as a first-year student and being a charter member of Delta

Phi Gamma.


Jack Venables B.S. and his wife, Vicki Meyers Venables, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June. Jack was “the voice of Pioneer athletics” for more than 30 years.


Loren Michelsen B.S. lives in a continuing care retirement community in Turlock, California. He enjoys playing golf a few times a week.


James Kirk B.A. currently serves as president of the board of Hospice of the Chesapeake in Maryland and is cochairing its $15 million capital campaign. He has also served on the board of the Baltimore Washington Medical Center Foundation. This year, he celebrates 50 years of ordination as a minister of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Carol Thompson O’Connor B.S. lives in Buckeye, Arizona, after retiring from Kaiser Permanente in Portland in 2004. She’s a part-time adjunct instructor at a nearby community college, where she teaches nursing students. Her life is busy with her daughter, two grandchildren, and other family members.

Donald Pinnock B.S. is enjoying retirement and golf after service in the army and 25 years of law practice in Ashland, Oregon. He lives in New Mexico and enjoys working on his “mediocre” golf game.


Dick Danskin B.S. retired in 1994 after 32 years as a guidance counselor and community service coordinator for schools in Salem, Oregon. He has volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Salem Police Department. He is married and has three daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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