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Class of 1951

    • 09/14/2017

      Persis A. Blachly BA ’51, September 13, 2017, age 88. Blachly was a talented pianist and teacher. She taught students in her home and worked as a church organist at several churches. She married Ted Blachly BA ’51 in 1950. Survivors include her husband; children Beth, Andy, and Rachel; and three grandchildren.

    • 07/03/2019

      Susan Blair BS ’51, April 19, 2019, age 89.

    • 05/06/2018

      Barbara I. Godel ’51, May 5, 2018, age 88. Godel worked as a bookkeeper for Chown Hardware before marrying Robert, with whom she would share 64 years. She was active in her local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, as well as in the Presbyterian Church. Godel enjoyed working creatively in many media, including painting, drawing, and knitting. She also loved to read and play the piano. Survivors include her daughters, Kathleen and Sally, and one grandchild.

    • 08/14/2019

      Robert Graves BA ’51, August 14, 2019, age 94. Graves served his country in the second World War, earning his degree upon his return. He spent the rest of his career in management positions at CenturyLink before retiring in 1983. Survivors include former wife Gloria; partner Brenda; children Gary and Gloria; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

    • 02/08/2016

      James R. Haskett BS ’51, February 7, 2016, age 89.

    • 09/22/2017

      Mary Anderson Munro BA ’51, September 21, 2017, age 95. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Munro worked as an elementary school teacher in Portland. In 1955, she married Donald. Together, the couple ran several businesses, including the Birkenfield (Oregon) Country Store and Post Office. She loved taking care of her pets, spending time with her children, and gardening. Survivors include her children, Stan, Stuart, and Ann, and five grandchildren.

    • 04/29/2019

      Joan Schwinge BA ’51, April 29, 2019, age 90. In 1952, Joan married Norman Scwhinge BS ’51 after meeting him while working on the Lewis & Clark Pioneer Log. In 1955, the family moved to Pacific Palisades, California, where she continued her career as a teacher. In 1979, they moved to San Juan, Washington, and bought and remodeled a hotel they named the San Juan Inn. Joan was an active member of her community and a world traveler. Survivors include her children, Robert, Craig, Mark, and Scott; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    • 08/03/2017

      Norman W. Schwinge BS ’51, August 2, 2017, age 89. Schwinge attended Lewis & Clark after serving in the military during World War II. He met his future wife, Joan, at the college, and the couple married in 1952. Schwinge worked for Farmers Insurance, eventually moving to Southern California. When he retired in 1979, he was Farmers’ director of advertising. Norman and Joan bought a hotel and worked together to maintain and improve it. When they could make time to get away, they traveled all over the world. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Joan; sons Robert, Craig, Mark, and Scott; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

    • 03/12/2015

      Mary L. Somerville BA ’51, March 11, 2015, age 84.

    • 09/20/2019

      Robert A. Thomas BA ’51, March 2, 2019, age 91. Thomas, a veteran of World War II, spent 50 years in the insurance industry. Survivors include his wife of nearly 70 years, Shirley; his daughter, Jan’l; and two grandchildren.

    • 03/30/2018

      Herbert F. Williams BS ’51, March 29, 2018, age 91. After serving in the Navy, Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Lewis & Clark. He taught eighth grade in Nome, Alaska, completing his master’s degree at Columbia University during summer breaks. Eventually, he moved to Estacada, Oregon, to assist his father, who had suffered a stroke. There he continued to teach, served as a volunteer fireman, and sang in a barbershop quartet. Williams was the first African American president of the Oregon Volunteer Fireman’s Association. Upon retirement, he moved back to Portland and spent his time volunteering and working with the community.

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