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Class of 1975

    • 01/17/2020

      Jeff Andersen BA ’75 retired in February 2018 after 41 years as founding director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Known as the “Home of American Impressionism,” the museum is an accredited art museum that features historic properties centered on its former role as an artist colony as well as modern galleries on 11 riverfront acres near the mouth of the Connecticut River (find out more at Still active professionally, Andersen is currently serving as chair of the executive committee for the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In this role, he helps to oversee the development of a thriving coalition of more than 40 museums all around the country that were the homes and working studios of American artists. The program is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the places where art was made in America. He and his wife, Maureen McCabe, the Joanne Toor Cummings ’50 Emeritus Professor of Studio Art at Connecticut College, have enjoyed immersive cultural travel to both Japan and Peru.

    • 07/17/2016

      Thomas C. Bauer ’75, July 16, 2016, age 63. Survivors include his wife, Donna; children Alyssa, Chris, Stephanie, and Emily; and one grandchild.

    • 07/12/2019

      Missy Dalgarn BA ’75, July 12, 2019, age 66. She, along with her twin sister, Mindy Dalgarn BS ’75, founded and operated the Mop Shop in Elizabeth, Illinois. Survivors include her two siblings.

    • 07/09/2019

      Mindy Dalgarn BS ’75 recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Mop Shop, which she ran with her twin sister, Missy Dalgarn BA ’75, before her recent passing. The Mop Shop, based in Elizabeth, Illinois, provides cleaning supplies to those who self-identify as being in need in Jo Daviess County. To date, more than 1,000 clients and family members have registered. The ultimate goal is that mop shops will become as prevalent as food banks. The award-winning Mop Shop has been featured on television and radio and in multiple newspapers. As a nonprofit, the Mop Shop relies exclusively on donations. For more information, visit their website at

    • 01/27/2020

      Cathy Kirkland BA ’75, MAT ’83, JD ’87 writes that she’s “enjoying travel adventures in retirement following a career as an attorney.” She adds, “My greatest blessing is my four kids and five grandchildren.”

    • 10/09/2017

      Marcia Krieger BA ’75, who is mother to five grown children and grandmother to one young one, tells us she feels she is “nearing senior status.” Krieger is currently chief judge for the U.S. District Court of Colorado.

    • 01/15/2018

      Lynn Long BS ’75 retired from the Oregon State University Extension Service, where he specialized in studying the cherry industries of Italy, France, Spain, and Germany. In early 2018, he was crowned the 74th Cherry King at the Yakima (Washington) Convention Center. He received the honor for his work in helping the Pacific Northwest Cherry industry develop higher-density growing techniques.

    • 09/29/2017

      Christine Lorentz BA ’75, BA ’79 is the founding member of the Go Warriors! Aloha High School Opportunity Fund. Now in its third year, the fund awards grants through the Beaverton (Oregon) Education Foundation to small, nonsupported student group projects and funds optional class activities in a wide range of areas, including career and personal development.

    • 01/27/2020

      Neils Marquardt BA ’75 and his wife, Judi, now have two darling grandchildren, both born in Doha, Qatar, on Christmas Day 2017 and May 20, 2019, respectively.

    • 02/03/2017

      Niels Marquardt BA ’75 was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Lewis & Clark Board of Alumni. See “Lewis & Clark to Host Alumni Awards” in the winter 2017 issue of the Chronicle.

    • 03/08/2018

      Linda Lohbeck Miller BS ’75, March 7, 2018, age 65. Miller taught elementary school for more than 30 years in Stafford, Yamhill, and Carlton, Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in education from Linfield College in 1989. An accomplished musician and gardener, she also enjoyed traveling, reading, and entertaining. She is survived by husband Mark Miller BS ’75, daughter Celeste Miller Munden BA ’02, son Brett, grandson Wesley, and her devoted pug, Hoss.

    • 10/23/2019

      Simon Murray BS ’75 was appointed chief medical officer at MJH Life Sciences. He has been recognized as a top American internist by U.S. News and World Report and a top New York metro area doctor by Castle Connolly. In addition to his role at MJH, he serves as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a senior attending physician at Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

    • 07/11/2019

      Eric Olson BA ’75 has been named interim dean of the College of Business at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

    • 02/15/2017

      Kate Persons BA ’75 moved to Barrow, Alaska, immediately after graduating from Lewis & Clark and has worked as a fisheries and wildlife biologist in northern Alaska ever since. Currently living in Nome with her husband, Peter Rob, she is officially a retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist but still works seasonally doing aerial surveys for big-game population assessment. Persons spends every possible moment outdoors enjoying the wildlife and beauty of northwest Alaska and traveling to see and learn about other ecosystems and natural wonders around the world.

    • 06/28/2018

      Sue Sampson BA ’75 has retired and returned to Portland following 40 years in the dialysis products industry, having worked in Portland, Germany, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Boston. She enjoys being back closer to family and reconnecting with Lewis & Clark alumni.

    • 02/15/2017

      Ed Sarrett BA ’75 is in the middle of his 39th year at Bellarmine College Preparatory, a Jesuit high school in San Jose. He spent 29 years teaching French and Spanish, 22 years coaching soccer, and the last 10 years as part of the counseling department. In 2001, Sarrett retired from coaching to go back to school for his master’s degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. He now has a private practice as a marriage and family therapist. He has two grown children, one a graphic designer and rowing coach and the other a substitute teacher and basketball coach at Bellarmine.

    • 02/15/2017

      Carol Savonen BA ’75 worked as an ecologist and science writer for most of her career. After 20 years on the faculty at Oregon State University, she retired in 2008 to do volunteer conservation work. Savonen has advised the Oregon Flora Project and the Institute for Applied Ecology in Corvallis. Five years ago, she started the first Oregon chapter of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a national grassroots organization that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. She still loves to ski and explore wild places and has a huge garden in the Coast Range on the Marys River with her husband, Kirk Schroeder.

    • 01/27/2020

      Janet Hall Schempf BA ’75 lives with her husband in Fritz Cove, Alaska. She is a member of the Alumni Weekend/Class of 1975 reunion planning team. Schempf looks forward to seeing her classmates in June 2020.

    • 02/15/2017

      Janet Hall Schempf BA ’75, having retired in 2013 from an award-winning career as a biologist and environmental impact analyst for the State of Alaska, returned to school to earn a graduate-level certificate in nonprofit management and start her own consulting service. Schempf’s home is in southeast Alaska, where her family has lived for about 120 years.

    • Communion: Poems 1976–1998

      Primus St. John BS ’75, winner of the Western States Book Award for his poetry anthology Communion and an Oregon Book Award winner for poetry, was featured last summer on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat. During the feature, he read from his work and discussed his time at Lewis & Clark, including his friendship with Professor and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford.

      Posted 10/14/2016
    • 10/14/2016

      Patricia Sullivan BA ’75, whose career in law has spanned 38 years, culminating in 2000 with her appointment as Malheur County Circuit Court judge, announced her retirement in March 2016. While she plans to maintain an active presence in the community, Sullivan looks forward to having more time to spend with her husband, two daughters, and 7-year-old grandchild.

    • 01/02/2020

      John A. Taylor BS ’75 retired from piloting the Airbus 330 in April 2018 (after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65). However, he says he is “still flying small private jets.”

    • 02/15/2017

      Joan Williams BA ’75, who was a clinical and school psychologist for many years, founded the nonprofit Mundo Exchange with her partner in 1996. Mundo Exchange offers volunteer programs and global cultural exchanges for people of all ages in partnership with local communities. The organization’s current projects focus on rural high-need areas in Thailand and Guatemala. Most of the year, Williams is either in Bueng Kan, Thailand, or Chajul, Guatemala. She has had a great time reuniting with dear friends from Lewis & Clark.

    • 02/15/2017

      Carolyn Wright BA ’75 is a field botanist with Washington’s Department of Natural Resources in the Natural Areas Program, where habitat restoration is a major focus of her work. She volunteers with Oregon State University’s Master Gardeners and The Dalles Art Center (where she was previously the director). She also works with the Native Plant Society of Oregon, hikes with the Foggy Ridgers, and tries to do more than just fret about current politics.

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