In Memoriam

This issue of Class Notes includes submissions through February 15, 2016.


Berenice M. Bloomquist BA ’40, August 8, 2014, age 95. Bloomquist met her husband of 69 years, Stan, when they were both high school teachers in Crane, Oregon, and they were married in 1942. Together they had many adventures, built a home, and raised three children. She is survived by son Dale and daughters Nancy and Karen, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marjorie L. Wright CAS ’40, December 5, 2015, age 96. One of three girls, Wright was raised solely by her mother after her young father’s untimely death. After graduating from high school, she was offered a scholarship to what was then known as Albany College (now Lewis & Clark). After a long career in finance and accounting, Wright was elected the first woman president of the Seattle Tacoma National Association of Accountants, now known as the Institute of Management Accountants. Survivors include her sister, Marian; her best friend, Eileen; and two nephews and four nieces.

Norman Zagal Fisher BA ’42, August 23, 2015, age 95. He was a much-loved Shreveport, Louisiana, musician for more than 65 years. He is survived by his children, Norma and Charles, as well as his four grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Waunita Herndobler CAS ’44, July 13, 2015, age 93.

Marguerite “Toni” Belshee Baker ’47, November 12, 2015, age 91. Marguerite met her husband, Gerald Baker BA ’48, MEd ’56, while studying at Lewis & Clark, and they were married in 1946. The couple had four children: David, Marc, Martine, and Julie. After living in Maryland, they moved to China Lake, California, in 1967. Marguerite and Gerald spent much time in the theatre community, acting and volunteering for local organizations. She will be remembered fondly for her love of reading, mischievous wit, and elegance.

Stanley “Jack” McKethen BS ’48, November 22, 2015, age 90. During World War II, McKethen was a member of the 137th Signal Radio Intelligence Company and was involved in several major engagements in central Europe. After attending Lewis & Clark, he married Isabelle Barkeim. He taught history and political science in Portland-area high schools before joining the Oregon Personnel Division’s executive department. In 1985, he was called back after retirement to assist with the personnel program for Oregon’s lottery system. He is survived by three nieces and one nephew.

Tsuguo “Ike” Ikeda BA ’49, December 2, 2015, age 91. Ikeda was a pioneering Nisei (second-generation Japanese immigrant), who turned to a life of activism after experiencing unjust incarceration in a concentration camp in 1942, when he was 17. He worked for more than 20 years at the Atlantic Street Center, and he helped to found the Minority Executive Directors Coalition of King County (Washington). Ikeda is survived by his wife, Sumi; daughters Wanda, Helen, Julie, and Patricia; and seven grandchildren.

Kenneth R. Schiedel BS ’49, January 10, 2016, age 89. Schiedel was born and raised in Portland and fought for his country in World War II. Upon returning to the States, he studied business at Lewis & Clark. He then enjoyed a successful career in the stock market, working at Dean Witter (now Morgan Stanley). Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Jean, and his daughters, Janet and Carol, along with six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Thomas Dryden BS ’50, September 8, 2015, age 91.

Robert William Garver BA ’50, September 22, 2015, age 87. Garver worked as a lawyer for 28 years before retirement. He could often be found out enjoying nature, leading Boy Scout trips as a scout master; hiking, camping, canoeing; or engaging in almost any outdoor activity imaginable. He also had an ear for music, particularly classical, and he graced the stage several times in his youth performing in musicals. He is survived by his wife, Kaye; children Julie, Jeff, and Rex; and four grandchildren.

George Arthur Hurl BS ’50, December 16, 2015, age 93. Hurl served in the South Pacific during World War II and later as a member of the Sunset Division of the Oregon National Guard. After starting a family, he spent 36 years at Portland General Electric. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Grace; their three daughters; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Robert S. Labby BS ’50, January 8, 2016, age 95.

Robert S. Young BS ’50, November 24, 2015, age 91. During World War II, Young served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Cassin. He loved the outdoors, especially being out on the water. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughters Chris and Cathy; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lois Fletcher Behrer CAS ’51, December 24, 2015, age 88. Behrer loved spending time with her family, knitting, and solving crossword puzzles. She and her late husband, Alvin, were enthusiastic members of the Brewster Baptist Church. She will be remembered by many, including her four children, Nancy, David, Dorothy, and Cynthia, as well as her nine grandchildren.

Julius Bialostosky BS ’51, October 30, 2015, age 93. Bialostosky grew up surrounded by a large family, and he was fond of the hustle and bustle. A son of Polish immigrants who grew up in the 1930s, he and his family felt the cruel touch of the Holocaust, but the family’s adherence to tradition, such as that of the creation and recitation of poetry during holidays (a practice he maintained throughout his life), helped them to stay close and strong. Bialostosky was an exceptional student, and he graduated from Lewis & Clark with honors before pursuing a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Oregon. He is remembered by many as a beloved teacher and coach, as well as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Lewis Bryce Wahl BS ’52, May 21, 2015, age 84. Wahl was the principal of Gallaudet School for the Deaf for more than 15 years. He was also a loving husband to his wife of 63 years, Connie; father of Barry, Karen, and David; and grandfather to Leah, Julie, Catherine, Ann, and Carolyn.

Frances J. Hunt Winkel BA ’52, December 8, 2015, age 94. Before attending Lewis & Clark, Winkel served for four years in the Women’s Army Corps. While stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, she met Kenneth Winkel, and they were married in 1948. She worked in various places over the years, but her true calling was teaching. Winkel worked as a substitute teacher in the Woodburn, Oregon, area for 15 years. Survivors include her children, Joseph and Carol, and her two grandsons.

Mary Kelly Bennett BS ’53, May 22, 2015, age 92. Bennett made history as one of the first female members of the U.S. Marines. After World War II, she became an artist, working as a freelance designer. She later had a career in real estate. Bennett was predeceased by her husband, as well as her son. She is survived by her best friend, George.

Barbara Loftin Burt CAS ’53, July 7, 2014, age 82.

Lauretta M. Pomeroy BA ’53, April 25, 2015, age 83.

Theresa Michaelson Sempert BS ’53, MAT ’73, November 4, 2015, age 84. Sempert worked as an elementary school teacher in Tigard, Oregon, for most of her life. In 1953, she married Don Sempert. Survivors include her husband; two children, Bruce and Lisa; and two granddaughters.

Nannette W. Edwards BA ’54, August 13, 2015, age 82.

Sheridan D. Jones BS ’54, December 31, 2015, age 88. Jones was a man of many talents: in high school, he participated in the student council, several sports, and even the model airplane club. From 1945 to 1947, he served in the U.S. Army and then attended college. He worked as a cartographer, surveyor, and photogrammetrist for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in Alaska. He and his wife, Crichton, spent a happy 60 years together.

Kenneth Louis Goold BS ’55, November 14, 2015, age 85.

Bert W. Johnson B.S ’55, January 23, 2014, age 83.

Zelpha L. LaVelle Anderson BS ’56, July 19, 2014, age 89.

Joan L. Freeman BS ’56, August 29, 2014, age 80.

Betty Snook Jacobs BS ’56, January 1, 2015, age 82.

Charles Gray Jenkins BA ’56, October 2, 2015, age 82. Jenkins knew what interested him. After majoring in psychology at Lewis & Clark, he went on to make a career of counseling, and he maintained his private practice for more than 30 years. He served many people in both professional and volunteer capacities throughout his life, from Alaska to Pakistan. He always found helping people to be its own reward. Jenkins is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Jean; son Brent; daughter Cathy; and four grandchildren.

William E. Kaer Jr. BS ’56, November 6, 2013, age 81.

David R. Lomax BA ’56, M.MEd ’60, October 15, 2015, age 84. Lomax was a band teacher at several Spokane-area schools. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Mitch, Neil, and Terry; daughter Valorie; and 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Marilyn Adella Nelson BS ’56, December 21, 2015, of complications from a stroke, age 81. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Nelson earned her medical degree from the University of Oregon. She interned at Philadelphia General Hospital and specialized in pediatric medicine while at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She was in private practice as a pediatrician in Eugene, Oregon, before relocating to California to work for Kaiser Permanente, where she spent most of her career. In her younger years, Nelson traveled to Europe, Asia, and Africa. In retirement, she enjoyed spending summers at the Nelson family farm just north of Eugene. She enjoyed reading, visiting on the phone, and spending time with family and friends. She had a strong sense of family tradition and took pride in being enrolled in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She will be remembered as an inquisitive, intelligent woman with a hearty laugh. Survivors include her brother, Otto; niece Catherine; nephew Hal; seven cousins; and many loving friends.

Harold Ostby CAS ’56, June 27, 2014, age 84.

James Tsujimura BA ’56, January 24, 2015, age 84.

Harry Cornelius Clair III BS ’57, December 21, 2015, age 84. Clair grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and he married Ione Scott in 1957 shortly after graduation from Lewis & Clark. He worked for Aetna, the Oregon Medical Association, and First National Bank. In retirement, he served on and presided over the boards of several Portland community organizations, including the Oregon Duck Club, the Indoor Track Meet, and the Golden Hours. Clair is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ione; his sons, Chick and Mitchell; and two grandsons.

Marilyn M. Cotton CAS ’57, October 22, 2014, age 79.

Bruce E. Jarman BS ’57, JD ’65, June 16, 2015, age 84. Jarman was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. After working in the State of Oregon’s Corporation Division, he started his own private law practice in 1971 while raising a family with his wife, Cathleen. Survivors include his wife; his three children, Thomas, Marypatricia, and Daniel; and many friends.

Judith E. Juul BA ’57, January 15, 2016, age 80. In her youth, Juul lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest, but after graduating from Lewis & Clark, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service for a 38-year career that took her all around the world. An avid reader, she also enjoyed symphonies, opera, and theatre. She is survived by her brother, Rudy, as well as a niece and nephew.

Frederick A. Curtice BS ’58, August 2, 2015, age 80.

Gwyneth Philips Feuz BS ’58, November 28, 2015, age 81. Feuz moved to Washington at the age of 10, and ended up in the Vancouver area. She met her husband, John Feuz BS ’53, at Lewis & Clark, and they were married in 1955. A talented painter, she also loved playing tennis. Survivors include her husband, John; her daughters, Sheryl and Anne; and four grandchildren.

Beverly Mark CAS ’58, November 2, 2014, age 85.

Elizabeth J. Doern Martin BA ’58, MA ’75, November 6, 2015, age 79. Martin’s husband, John Martin BS ’56, has established the Elizabeth D. Martin Memorial Scholarship to help students hoping to enter graduate school in order to pursue teaching careers.


Oliver E. Batdorf BS ’60, September 30, 2015, age 76. He is survived by his children, Julie and Karen; their mother, Lynda; and his second wife, Alison.

Barbara Elise Colebank BS ’60, February 5, 2015, age 60. Colebank worked for more than 20 years as an elementary school teacher. She and her husband, Lynn, raised two children, Doran and Wendy. She was also an award-winning quilter, and she took great care of her garden, which she would often tend in the company of one of her beloved dogs. She will be remembered by her husband and children, as well as her brother, David, and her two grandchildren.

Dale A. Patrick BS ’60, July 27, 2015, age 76. Patrick dedicated his life to the study and practice of religion. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, he went on to study at Drew University School of Theology and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He then taught for more than 30 years and wrote several books, monographs, articles, papers, and book reviews. Patrick was known for his focus on the Old Testament and his specialty in Biblical law. He and his wife, Mary, spent much of their 54 years together traveling around the world, from Zimbabwe to Germany. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Jeremy; and four sisters.

Monte C. Voight BS ’61, February 16, 2015, age 75.

David Gebhard BS ’62, November 11, 2015, age 74. Gebhard helped found the Economic Justice Committee of Faith United Church of Christ and was its first chair. He is survived by his wife, Ann; sons Peter and David; and many family members and friends.

Charles D. Leachman BS ’62, November 16, 2015, age 75.

John S. Marandas BS ’62, January 16, 2015, age 75. Marandas was a family man who spent much time with relatives both in Oregon and in his family’s homeland of Greece. He practiced law in the Portland area for almost 50 years and was a dedicated member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church community. He is survived by his wife, Louise; children Stephanie and John; six grandchildren; and other loving family and friends.

Eugene Lewis Pfeifer JD ’63, May 21, 2015, age 85. After growing up in Beaverton, Oregon, and marrying his high school sweetheart, Virginia, Pfeifer joined the U.S. Army as a military police officer and served for several years. After graduating, he worked for Pacific Northwest Bell as an accountant, working his way up to vice president of external affairs. In the 1980s, Pfeifer cofounded the communications company Icon; he served as chairman of the board until 1999, when the business was sold. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children Rebecca, Lisa, and Kurtis; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Henry “Dan” Wiebold BS ’64, December 8, 2015, age 77. Wiebold was born in Portland. He worked for much of his life as a car salesman and dealership manager. Wiebold loved the great outdoors, especially hunting and fishing in Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughter Sharyn; son Dan; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Shane Haydon BS ’66, January 14, 2016, age 72. Haydon was a man who liked people. He was gifted at making friends with strangers and always expressed a genuine interest in the lives of his peers. His empathy extended into his career, in which he served many, first as a psychologist for the State of Oregon, and later as a neuropsychologist in private practice. Haydon also lent his knowledge as a consulting psychologist for addiction-related organizations and as a teacher of psychology at several universities and colleges. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathy; three children; and six grandchildren.

Susan G. Kindberg McCarthy-Jones BS ’67, July 18, 2015, age 69. A lover of the outdoors and adventure, McCarthy-Jones joined the Mazamas mountaineering organization in her early years in order to climb Mount Hood. She also spent time on the white waters of the Colorado River. For a living, McCarthy-Jones was a financial advisor to banks and credit unions. She served as a deacon of the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon, and once chaired its annual Celebration of Creativity. In retirement, McCarthy-Jones volunteered helping foster children. She is survived by her brother, Rick.

Roderick “Rod” L. Bunnell JD ’68, October 1, 2015, in Portland’s Good Samaritan Hospital (the same facility where he was born), age 85. Bunnell lived in Hanford, Washington; Yakima, Washington; and Hood River, Oregon, while growing up.

He attended Whitman College and served briefly in the U.S. Army before returning to Portland. Following his 1955 marriage, he became a claims analyst at OPS Blue Shield, where he worked his entire career. He retired from Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon as general counsel, corporate secretary, and a major architect of the Regence Group. Bunnell was active in many civic groups, such as the Washington County Public Affairs Forum and the Washington County Historical Society. He was an avid outdoorsman and maintained a lifelong interest in Northwest history. He is survived by his wife, Sally McMillan Bunnell; sons John and David; and two grandchildren.

Bruce Eugene Nemes BA ’68, MAT ’75, August 17, 2015, age 68. He is survived by his wife, Debra.

Thomas E. Schultz BS ’68, May 27, 2015, age 70. Schultz graduated from Beaverton (Oregon) High School, where he is remembered for excelling in football and baseball. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, he moved to Los Angeles, where he had a religious ministry. Survivors include his siblings, Bill, Jan, and Ellen.


Michael Todd Fagan BA ’73, September 5, 2015, age 64. Fagan was a man of many interests. He was a lover of history and the world, and he enjoyed discussing global events with his friends and family. He spoke Spanish, French, and some Hungarian, and he and his wife, Mary, made many trips together to locales near and far in their more than 44 years together. A successful co-owner of Industrial Catering for more than 20 years, he also worked as a real estate investor, finding a particular enjoyment in restoring historic Portland homes. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Monica, Charles, and Elizabeth; three grandchildren; and many other close friends and family.

Donald A. Sundvick MAT ’73, October 28, 2015, age 95. Before pursuing a career in education, Sundvick was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He later spent almost 30 years teaching and coaching sports at McLoughlin Junior High School and Columbia River High School in the Vancouver area. In 1972, Sundvick married Nancy Walter, and they were together for 43 years. He is survived by his wife and their two children, Trent and Trudy, as well as one grandson.

Diane G. Small BA ’74, March 23, 2015, age 62. Small traveled from her birthplace in Boston to attend Lewis & Clark. She spent a portion of her time at college studying in France and discovered a love for everything French. Small worked professionally for the Securities and Exchange Commission and as a paralegal at various law firms. In her free time, she liked to bake and was an accomplished seamstress. She is survived by her brother, Dwight, and a nephew.

Annabelle “Ann” Hunnicutt MAT ’75, October 12, 2015, age 74. Hunnicutt, despite having dropped out of high school to take care of an ailing mother, and having started a family with Charles Snelson in Yacolt, Washington, pursued a GED from Clark College in 1969. She followed that path all the way to Lewis & Clark’s graduate school. She taught for 22 years in the Northport School District, where she continued to volunteer her time even after her retirement in 2002. She loved the outdoors and also enjoyed crafting comforts for her family and friends.

Dwight Grass MAT ’76, August 19, 2015, age 91. After enlisting in World War II, where he served as a radioman in the Navy, Grass returned to the Pacific Northwest to become a teacher, a job he held for 25 years. Before he retired in 1988, Grass was vice principal and athletic director of Philomath (Oregon) Middle School. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mary; his children, Gary, Geoff, Diane, Hertha, and Katherine; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Nancy Humble Harper MAT ’76, June 28, 2015, age 86. Harper worked as a high school teacher and counselor. She was very active in local country clubs and volunteer organizations and loved to travel. Survivors include her five children, Linda, Roberta, Thomas, Ella, and Robert, along with their children and two great- grandchildren.

Harry Hilp BS ’76, September 28, 2015, age 62. Hilp will be remembered for his dry wit, stringent workout routines, and enduring love of sports (he was a diehard fan of the Warriors and the 49ers). Survivors include his children, Laura and John, and their mother, Brodie, as well as his dear friend, Amy.

Donald H. Potter M.P.A. ’78, October 14, 2015, age 85. Potter served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, and upon returning stateside, he married Mary Kuss. He worked in various places around the country as a landscape architect, ending his career in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where he worked as a consultant to landscape architects designing highways in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; their children, Steven and Lynne; one granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.

JoAnne DenBeste MEd ’79, November 30, 2015, age 87. DenBeste lived an interesting life, raising a family of three with her husband, Lester, and then, after his death, going back to school to earn her master’s degree in education at Lewis & Clark in 1979 at the age of 51. She moved to Hawaii in 1985 and received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1990. She later returned to Southwest Portland and worked as a geriatric social worker for the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County until 2002. She was a national presenter for AARP Widowed Persons Service for 20 years.


Stephen M. Spalding BS ’80, August 31, 2015, age 59. Spalding loved athletics, particularly those involving a racquet. For fun, he collected coins and pieces of fine art. He is survived by his brother, Charles Jr.; stepmother Joan; stepbrother Chip; one niece; and two nephews.

Dick J. Whittemore JD ’82, July 5, 2015, age 59. After obtaining his law degree, Whittemore joined Bullivant Houser Bailey in 1984. A member of the bar associations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, he practiced law for more than 30 years. For fun, Whittemore spent his time racing cars, accumulating numerous checkered flags throughout his career.

Julie A. Keil JD ’83, November 24, 2015, age 58. After earning her JD, Keil worked for Portland General Electric Company for 20 years. She was responsible for the license and water rights issues surrounding PGE’s five Federal Energy Regulatory Commission–licensed hydropower projects. She joined GEI Consultants in February 2015 as a senior consultant. Keil served as president of both the National Hydropower Association and the Northwest Hydroelectric Association. Most recently, she was chair of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. In 2003, she received the industry’s highest honor, the Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

Stephen Howard Snyder BS ’83, MA ’91, June 17, 2015, age 54. He is survived by his father, Dennis; brother Christopher; sisters Jennifer and Sarah; and several nieces and nephews.

Douglas H. Haake JD ’84, October 12, 2015, age 63. Haake was a passionate, loyal friend with a quirky sense of humor. He was happy to work for much of his life as an administrator for the Washington District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association and later as a municipal court judge and a protem judge in district courts all around Washington. Survivors include his wife, Laurel; daughter Anna; and parents Harold and Ada.


Calin Elizabeth Mathewson Taylor BA ’94, February 9, 2016, age 43. Inspired by a Lewis & Clark overseas study program to Kenya, Taylor traveled the world, reaching a total of 39 countries on six continents. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 26 while earning an MA in linguistics at Boston University, but the ensuing 17 years of living with cancer seemed to inspire in her a greater lust for life. She is survived by her mother, Liz; her brother, Deane; her husband, Ian (with whom she settled on Orcas Island in Washington State); and a tight-knit group of Lewis & Clark alumni who have gathered together every year since graduation.

Brian Orazetti JD ’96, October 11, 2015, of brain cancer, age 48. Orazetti worked for several firms before creating his own practice in Morro Bay, California, in 2006. Specializing in medical malpractice and employment discrimination, he loved to fight for the underdog and defend those who could not otherwise protect themselves in court. He leaves behind his parents, Penny Harrington and Richard Orazetti; brother Ricardo Orazetti; the mother of his child, Siobhan O’Toole, who is herself walking with cancer; and the light of his life, his beloved daughter Aine Eileen O’Toole, age 12.

Aida Stampke-Rico JD ’97, June 17, 2015, age 47. After graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School, Stampke-Rico promptly began working in her own firm, specializing in workers’ compensation. Her immediate success gave her the chance to start a family. Survivors include her daughters, Isabella, Anna, and Sofia, as well as her mother, Guillermina.