School navigation

Class Notes - 1970s

August 06, 2008


Paul Stith B.S. ‘70, M.A.T. ‘72 retired after 35 years with the Social Security Administration. He and his wife, Joanne, have one son and three grandchildren. They divide their time between homes in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Antigua, British Leeward Islands.


Wayne Lewis J.D. has been appointed to the board of governors of the Portland Shriners Hospital.


Lynn Arends Curtis B.A. lives in Beaverton with her husband, Edward Curtis B.A. ‘73, her sweetheart from their Lewis & Clark days.

Douglas Leidholt B.S. is a veterinary surgeon in Fort Collins, Colorado. For the past 10 years he has owned a practice that has been serving Fort Collins for 45 years. Leidholt has two sons, ages 16 and 12. He still plays baseball in the 30-andover league, plays tennis, and skis. He invites any of his classmates to join him on the hill some time, or to play a little golf.


Law School 35th Reunion Oct. 24-26, 2008

Edward Curtis B.A., after 31 years of teaching German, speech, and other subjects, retired, moved to Beaverton, and married his college sweetheart, Lynn Arends Curtis B.A. ‘72. He has three daughters by a previous marriage, Sarah, 20, Christiana, 22, and Charity, 25. He now teaches German part time in Forest Grove.


Daniel Tolchin CAS graduated from Marylhurst University in 2007 with two bachelor of science degrees, in business leadership and in real estate and finance. He is working toward his master’s degree in business leadership at Marylhurst.


C. Akin Blitz J.D. was featured in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin online in October 2007 for his work with his dog, Annie, at local children’s hospitals. Blitz, a shareholder with the Portland firm Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson since 1998, and Annie have put in many hours visiting pediatric hospital residents during the past seven years. The animal-assisted therapy team is credentialed through the Delta Society and DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital.


William Burt B.S. is the author of King of the Trees, a series of Christian fantasy adventure novels aimed at readers 8 and up (WinePress Publishing). Titles to date are The King of the Trees (first edition 1998, second edition 2004), Torsils in Time (2001), The Golden Wood (2002), The Greenstones (2003), The Downs (2005), and Kyleah’s Mirrors (2007). More information is available at Green Cloaks; see also Bookshelf.


James Haverstock B.S. and wife Nori celebrated their third wedding anniversary in March.

Katherine O’Neil J.D. is joining the American Bar Association’s board of governors. As governor of the ABA’s 13th district, O’Neil represents Oregon, Montana, and Alaska. A partner in the Portland law firm Graff & O’Neil, she serves as mediator and arbitrator in civil and commercial matters. O’Neil has served on numerous committees of the Oregon State Bar and also as president of the Oregon Law Foundation and founding president of Oregon Women Lawyers.


Arts & Sciences 30th Reunion Oct. 2-5, 2008

Law School 30th Reunion Oct. 24-26, 2008

Ronald Marks B.S. has joined the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank focusing on international security.

Christine Prescott J.D. ran for city council in Missoula, Montana, last fall. She practiced law in Portland for 10 years before becoming a pastor and serving churches in eastern Oregon, southern Indiana, and Florence, Montana.

James Robertson B.A., when he visited campus in fall 2006 with his then-17-year-old daughter, was struck again by the beauty of Portland in general and Lewis & Clark in particular. Though many things have changed, he says, much remains as it was 30 years ago. “The four years I spent at Lewis & Clark are still among the best years of my life.” His daughter, now enrolled at L&C, is falling in love with Portland just as he did: “That’s the danger of sending your kids off to a school a thousand miles from home. But she’s having a wonderful experience and is growing up beautifully, so I can’t complain much.” Robertson lives in La Canada Flintridge, California.


Hussain Al Nowais B.A., an industrialist in the United Arab Emirates, was interviewed for a November 15, 2007, report on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. In the report, “Black Gold Finances the Dreams for Abu Dhabi,” Nowais recalled that before oil transformed his country, it could be difficult to get a glass of clean water. The report is available here.

Share this story on

The Chronicle Magazine

Contact Us