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Class of 1973

    • 03/27/2018

      John D. Albert BS ’73, August 27, 2017, age 66. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Albert earned a JD at the University of Oregon College of Law and began his legal career in the office of the district attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon. In 1981, Albert joined Churchill Leonard, and in 1991, he helped found Donaldson Albert Tweet Connolly Hanna & Muñiz, in Salem, Oregon. Albert and Tweet worked together until Tweet’s retirement in 2014. In his daily life, Albert loved the outdoors and was a devoted Ducks fan. He also ran marathons and served as a soccer referee. Survivors include his wife, Claudia; his children, Stephen, James, and Jena; and one grandchild.

    • 12/10/2019

      Rocky Blumhagen BA ’73 is a fellow/partner of the Distinguished Careers Institute of Stanford University for 2019-20. Each year, 40 people from all over the world, ages 49 to 80, come together to reflect on life’s purpose; build community; pursue physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness; and engage in intellectual stimulation. In addition to teaching a full course load in fall 2019, Blumhagen led weekly Kundalini yoga sessions and performed in a musical theatre recital with three Stanford undergrads at the Braun Music Center.

    • 07/12/2017

      Robert A. Brooks BS ’73, July 11, 2017, age 65. Brooks met and married his wife, Sharon, in 1973, and they had two daughters. He worked in sales, spending almost 10 years with Adventist Book Center in Gladstone, Oregon, before starting his own insurance sales agency. Brooks loved people and was fascinated by history. For fun, he tinkered with model trains and participated in Civil War reenactments. Survivors include his wife; daughters Michelle and Mindy; and one grandchild.

    • 01/25/2019

      Beverly Byer BS ’73, October 31, 2018, age 68. A talented reporter, Byer worked as an anchor at television stations in Seattle, Portland, and Pittsburgh. Her career eventually took her to Tel Aviv with NBC News and to New York, where she served as a network correspondent covering the United Nations. Byer’s work brought to light important issues at home and abroad. Survivors include son David, niece Brenna, and nephew Ian.

    • 09/14/2019

      Janet Freeman BA ’73, MAT ’78 moved in 2005 to Bend, Oregon, where she taught English language learners in the Redmond School District. She is married to Norman Shearer BS ’68, MAT ’74. The couple enjoys kayaking and hiking in Central Oregon, as well as traveling the world. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary in August 2020.

    • 03/05/2018

      Pamela Nelson-Munson BA ’73, after graduating with a Spanish major, married Brian Munson. They both studied at the Ecumenical Institute with the World Council of Churches outside of Geneva, Switzerland. Pamela went on to earn her master’s degree in divinity from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Over the years, she has served five United Methodist Churches, including her most recent in Eugene, Oregon, where she serves as senior pastor. Pamela attended culinary arts school for two years and in 2013 won a Lily Endowment grant to travel to Ireland to study culinary arts. Pamela and Brian have three grown daughters and two grandchildren. After retiring, she plans to live in Ashland, Oregon.

    • 11/29/2017

      Richard E. Usilton BS ’73, November 28, 2017, age 67. Usilton earned his medical degree from the University of Oregon and completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center at the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He settled in Lancaster, Ohio, practicing with Jones-Welsh-Payne and Osgood. Survivors include wife Sandra; two children, Eric and Blair; and one granddaughter.

    • 07/02/2019

      Bill Walker BA ’73, former Alaska governor, has joined the law firm now named Brena, Bell & Walker. He resides in Anchorage with his wife, Donna.

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