Thomas H. Nilsen BA ’71, September 7, 2016, age 67. Nilsen, a fluent Spanish speaker, taught in public and private schools in Texas and briefly in Mexico. Survivors include his mother, Maude; his siblings, Carolyn and Peter; and his nephew, Kai.
From 1970 to 1979
Thomas C. Bauer ’75, July 16, 2016, age 63. Survivors include his wife, Donna; children Alyssa, Chris, Stephanie, and Emily; and one grandchild.
Steven Mitchell Carpenter died July 16, 2016, after a short illness. He was 61 years old.
Steven was born April 8, 1955, in Miles City, Montana. He attended The Dalles High School in Oregon. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in French, he worked as the assistant regional director of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland. He then earned a JD, following which he worked in private practice, focusing on products liability and professional malpractice defense.
Steven joined the Professional Liability Fund (PLF) as a claims attorney in 2000. He spoke and wrote widely on lawyer liability issues, but will be most remembered for his compassion for lawyers facing malpractice claims. Throughout his professional career, Steven made many friends and enjoyed working with many wonderful colleagues.
A former member of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Steven was an avid supporter of all the arts. His passions included cooking, traveling (especially to France), and his Dobermans.
Steven is survived by his parents, Don and Juanita Carpenter; his brothers, Mike and Lynn Carpenter; nephew Kyle Carpenter, with his wife Jennifer and their son Conley; nephew Cory Carpenter, with his wife Karyn; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as countless friends.
Verlean Wilson BS ’77, November 18, 2015, age 62. Survivors include her sisters, Alberta, Sarah, and Mary, as well as nieces, nephews, and other friends and family.
Kristie Harley Nestor BS ’79, August 8, 2016, age 59. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Nestor worked for the City of Portland for a time, then traveled to Puerto Rico on a mission trip to build a church. She then worked in Missouri before returning to Oregon and working as a teacher at the Nazarene Church School in Newport. Kristie married Jon Nestor in 1986, and they lived together in Tacoma, Washington. In 2001, they moved to Kristie’s childhood home of Yachats, Oregon. Survivors include her husband and soul mate, Jon.