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  • Lloyd Hulse

Lloyd Hulse, professor emeritus of Spanish, died June 15, 2016, at age 88. During his youth, Hulse developed a love of the Spanish language while listening to Mexican radio broadcasts. After graduating from high school in La Grande, Oregon, he served in the U.S. Army from 1946 until 1948, during which time he spent 13 months in occupied Japan, where he studied Japanese. From there, he made his way to Mexico, where he became bilingual in Spanish and earned his bachelor’s (1951) and master’s (1952) degrees at Mexico City College (now the University of the Americas).

As a young man, Hulse held a series of jobs in Mexico and Central America from 1949 to 1962. He met Ana María Zirión, a newspaper secretary and columnist, in El Salvador. At their first meeting, she thought he was a native Latin American because he spoke flawless Spanish. They married and, in 1962, the couple moved to the United States—first to La Grande, where Lloyd taught middle and high school Spanish for two years, and then to Portland where he taught Spanish at Lewis & Clark. Another part of his job was managing the college’s new language laboratory, which introduced the audio-lingual method of language learning through oral tapes and corresponding textbooks.

As an instructor, Hulse realized that if he wished to remain at Lewis & Clark, he would need to earn a doctoral degree. He went on to earn his PhD from the University of Cincinnati and taught at Indiana State University. When a Spanish position opened up at Lewis & Clark in 1974, Lloyd and Ana María, along with their children—José Hulse BA ’84, María Inés Hulse BA ’86, Francisco Hulse BA ’89, and Rodrigo Hulse BA ’93—returned to Portland. By then, he had supplemented his fluency in Spanish with strong skills in French and German and subsequently added Portuguese and Italian to his repertoire.

Hulse’s passion for languages and literature continued throughout his life. After retirement, he was often found in Watzek Library or in the Trail Room while deeply engrossed in his studies or in lively conversations with colleagues.

During his years at Lewis & Clark, Hulse led five overseas study programs in Central and South America. These included programs in Peru (1965), Mexico (1968), Central America (1976), Costa Rica (1985), and Ecuador (1989). Alumni who participated in the Peru program have been holding regular reunions over the past five decades.

In 1997, alumni endowed the Lloyd K. and Ana María Hulse Scholarship to honor the couple. The scholarship supports students with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Hispanic studies. Dana Leavitt, a former member of Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees, died June 3, 2016, at age 90. Leavitt served as a corporate executive with Transamerica Corporation and its subsidiaries for 26 years. He and his wife, Frances, developed a vineyard at Blue Oak Hill, their home in Napa Valley, where they grew grapes for area wineries.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Frances; his daughter, Margaret; his son, Jonathan; and four grandchildren.

Gerry Pratt, a former member of Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees, died July 9, 2016, at age 88. The Canadian-born Pratt began his career as a water boy for the Oregonian, eventually working his way up to business editor. He was a close friend of retailer Fred G. Meyer, who hired Pratt to head the Fred Meyer Savings and Loan. In 1982, Pratt was named a trustee of the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Pratt was a true Renaissance man. In addition to writing for newspapers, he hosted a radio program and several television shows. He was the original moderator of Town Hall, KATU’s public affairs program. He also dabbled at being an angel investor for several companies.

Pratt was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, and his daughter, Rochelle. He is survived by son Daniel and daughter Barbara Ann.

The Gerry Pratt Scholarship at Lewis & Clark honors his many years of board service.

Arthur “Art” Riedel, a life trustee of Lewis & Clark, died February 25, 2016, age age 85. After studying civil engineering at Stanford University in the early 1950s, Riedel returned to Portland to help his father run a small company, Willamette Tug and Barge. Later, after becoming president, Riedel led the company’s expansion into marine construction. Eventually, the company became Riedel International and did major work on most of Portland’s bridges, including building the I-205 Bridge that spans the Columbia River.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; his son, Jim; his daughter, Christina; his stepdaughter, Lesley; and seven grandchildren.

Broughton “Brot” Bishop, a longtime Lewis & Clark supporter and husband of Life Trustee Mary Bishop, died August 7, 2016, at age 89. After attending Yale University and the Philadelphia College of Textiles, Bishop joined the family business, Pendleton Woolen Mills, where he played a key leadership role. He will long be remembered for his devotion to his family and the Pacific Northwest community.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary; children John, Charlie, Broughton Jr. BS ’83, Harriet, and Peter; and 14 grandchildren.

In 2010, the Bishops established the Mary V. and Broughton H. Bishop Scholarship, which reflects the couple’s deep commitment to education and helps ensure deserving students will continue to have access to exceptional educations in each of Lewis & Clark’s three schools.

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