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Class Notes—1950s


Ken Owens BA and Sally Fitzgerald Owens CAS ’57 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Since his retirement from teaching in 2000, Ken has written books and articles on both the California gold rush era and early Russian America. His most recent work, Empire Maker: Aleksandr Baranov and Russian Colonial Expansion Into Alaska and Northern California, will be published by the University of Washington Press in spring 2015.


Elizabeth Doern Martin BA ’58, M.A. ’75 was a member of Lewis & Clark’s rally squad in 1955. An elementary education major, she accepted a Lambda fraternity pin in spring 1956 and was engaged by Christmas of 1956. She married John Martin BS ’56 in June 1957. With the help of then-President Morgan Odell, she was admitted to Occidental College for her senior year and graduated at the top of her class. After receiving many job offers, she chose one in Arcadia, California, and taught for three years before starting her family. When her husband became involved in NASA and the Mariner mission to Venus, the family moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Later, after receiving her M.A., she taught school for 20 years in Tigard, Oregon, and taught summer sessions in classroom management at Lewis & Clark. After retiring from teaching, she supervised student teachers for Lewis & Clark’s education department. She has also done work for the Portland Development Commission and the Portland Art Museum. Martin has two children and four grandchildren. She has enjoyed a life of travel around the world and has skied most of the downhill slopes in western America.


Rev. Rollin Swanson BA celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination into pastoral ministry on July 7, 2013, at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Kennewick, Washington. Throughout his ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he has served congregations in New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.

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