Friends of Lewis & Clark Remembered
February 05, 2009
Carol Sawyer McCall, Lewis & Clark trustee since 2001, died unexpectedly on September 22.
For the last five years, McCall chaired the Campus Life Committee of the Board of Trustees. She also served the college in other capacities including on the Executive Committee and the Presidential Review Committee, “all with enthusiasm and skill,” according to board chair Ronald Ragen.
McCall was tireless in her devotion to her family and in giving her time to civic affairs, where her involvements were wide and deep. She served on the boards of numerous Portland-based community organizations.
She and her husband, life trustee Robert McCall, met while traveling in Europe and were married for 47 years. They enjoyed traveling with their children and grandchildren, most recently on a float trip down the Salmon River.
Survivors in addition to her husband include two daughters, two sons, and 11 grandchildren.
Former Albany College Professor Remembered
William Norman Shearer BA ’31, professor emeritus of chemistry, died September 24, at age 101. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry at Albany College, the precursor of Lewis & Clark College. He later taught chemistry at both Albany College and its Portland extension center. In 1946, he joined the newly named Lewis & Clark College as an associate professor of chemistry and taught on Palatine Hill until 1975.
An avid sports enthusiast, Shearer lettered in both football and wrestling at Albany College and continued to be an athletics fan throughout his life. Until very recently, he attended every home football game at Lewis & Clark. He also supported the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame, serving on its selection committee for many years.
Shearer and his wife, Lenora Beck, raised their children in Southwest Portland. After retiring in 1977, Shearer moved to Estacada, where he enjoyed raising and showing chickens, gardening, and growing berries.
Survivors include four daughters, Margaret Shearer BA ’58, Mary Shearer BA ’62, Nona Shearer BA ’74, and Judith Coyne BS ’63; three sons, William W. Shearer BS ’68, MAT ’72, Norman Shearer BS ’68, MAT ’74, Edward Shearer BS ’81; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.