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Class of 1983

    • 07/14/2019

      Leslie Atiyeh BA ’83 still plays soccer on various women’s teams. Her over-50 tournament team competes annually in Las Vegas and Lacey, Washington. Atiyeh’s highlights from the past year include riding in Cycle Oregon, where she spent seven days straight riding in eastern Oregon. She also traveled to France to cheer on the U.S. National Women’s Soccer team to another World Cup Championship. While there, she visited with fellow alum Rev. Scott Herr BA ’83 in Paris. In addition to managing her carpet import/wholesale business, she occasionally drives guests around Yamhill County wine country as a Lyft driver. Leslie is helping her husband, Tom, restore a 1931 Model A delivery van. “See you in a parade next year!” she writes.

    • 02/15/2017

      Meredith Nelson Black BA ’83 was promoted to first vice president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In her new position, she will oversee the Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso branches of the bank. Black has been with the Dallas Fed since 1983.

    • 01/08/2020

      Diana Bonyhadi BA ’83 enjoys spending her spare time on sailboats in the Pacific Northwest and Canada with Kate Ashbey BA ’85, a former Lewis & Clark sailing teammate. Their next adventure is in Croatia.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jill Phillips Brueningsen BA ’83 writes: “Lewis & Clark College prepared me for a digital future, although I did not know that in 1979, my freshman year. By 2000, publishing had moved to the internet, and I wanted to learn more. My comprehensive L&C education made it easy for me to return to university study and earn a master’s in computer information systems. I now work as a systems analyst for an insurance company. The best part about Lewis & Clark is that I made some lifetime friends. When we get together, we pick up where we left off. See you at the 2018 reunion!”

    • 07/14/2019

      Jonathan Burton BA ’83 is finishing his final term as a member of the Lewis & Clark Board of Alumni. He’s found alumni board service a meaningful way to give back to the college. Burton is a commentary editor and columnist at financial news website MarketWatch, coming full circle from his days as opinion editor of the Pioneer Log. This past year, he and his family welcomed a high school exchange student from Germany and a cocker spaniel puppy, both of which carried enough wattage to warm and brighten his San Francisco home.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jonathan Burton BA ’83 says he didn’t expect in May 1983 that Lewis & Clark would provide him with lifelong friends; a satisfying career as a journalist; and appreciation for learning, teaching, and listening. The journalism profession has taken him around the world and is never boring. Now, he’s a commentary editor for MarketWatch.com and has come full circle from writing opinion articles for the Pioneer Log at Lewis & Clark. Burton has served as a member of the Board of Alumni, an informal resource for the Pioneer Log. He was also a runner for L&C’s Pio-neering Hood to Coast Relay team in 2016.

    • 02/01/2018

      Benedikt Hoskuldsson BA ’83 and his wife, Hjordis Magnusdottir BA ’83, reside in Vienna, Austria, where Hoskuldsson is employed by an international organization working on sustainable energy for all. Magnusdottir, who works as a travel guide in Iceland, commutes extensively between Vienna and Reykjavik. Since graduating in 1983, the couple have moved around the world, working for the Icelandic government and raising their three children, Einar, Olof, and Magnus (who live in in Berlin, Reykjavik, and London, respectively). They also have two wonderful 2-year-old grandkids, Kristofer and Freyja, with whom they try to spend every free minute in Reykjavik and London.

    • 07/14/2019

      Catherine Johnson-Ference BA ’83 said she felt especially grateful for the connections she made at L&C when hosting Ginger Irwin Moshofsky BA ’83 and Erika Davis Frank ’83 for a fun-filled visit to the San Francisco Bay Area last spring and again while visiting Istanbul, Turkey, with Ayse Acar BA ’83, Catherine Laflin BA ’84, and Mae Fadaak BA ’83. She thanks Acar and her parents for their hospitality and kindness. “Whether it’s in one’s own community or beyond, reconnecting with L&C college friends makes the journey–and 2019–that much more special.”

    • 02/01/2018

      Catherine Johnson-Ference BA ’83 tells us that she and her husband moped just a bit once they found themselves with an empty nest this past fall. However, she figured out that she now has even more energy for her work with seventh graders through WriterCoach Connection and for things like Lewis & Clark’s upcoming sesquicentennial celebration. She hopes to see many of her old classmates and friends at Alumni Weekend in June.

    • 02/15/2017

      Norma Kop BA ’83 currently serves as program specialist in the Developmental Disabilities Division of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health and is owner of a management consulting firm. She writes: “In my four years at Lewis & Clark, I gained a lifetime of real friends, the kind of relationships that my husband and three children (ages 14, 22, and 26) also enjoy. L&C also deepened my sensitivity to the perspectives of others. My career in business, education, and health care requires soft and technical know-how, teamwork, accuracy, enthusiasm, and more. L&C taught me to how to learn and how to use my skills to serve others. This is the greater purpose—to help people. I arrived. I observed. I applied. And I am grateful. My experience at L&C, some 30 years ago, is a tapestry of soft, rough, and essential lessons, ones that will help me keep moving forward. Always forward.”

    • 02/01/2018

      Hjordis Magnusdottir BA ’83 and her husband, Benedikt Hoskuldsson BA ’83, reside in Vienna, Austria, where Hoskuldsson is employed by an international organization working on sustainable energy for all. Magnusdottir, who works as a travel guide in Iceland, commutes extensively between Vienna and Reykjavik. Since graduating in 1983, the couple has moved around the world, working for the Icelandic government and raising their three children, Einar, Olof, and Magnus (who live in in Berlin, Reykjavik, and London, respectively). They also have two wonderful 2-year-old grandkids, Kristofer and Freyja, with whom they try to spend every free minute in Reykjavik and London.

    • 07/11/2019

      Scott McLaughlin BA ’83, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, has assumed command of the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.

    • 02/01/2018

      Mark Peterson BA ’83 reminds himself every morning how blessed he is to enjoy early retirement, which means lots of time for family, friends, travel to Germany, and volunteering in Seattle. He is very excited about this year’s Alumni Weekend and hopes to see many classmates in June. Peterson is determined to set foot in China, Israel, Kenya, and Japan before January 1, 2020.

    • 02/15/2017

      Mark Peterson BA ’83 completed a master’s degree in Soviet history at the University of Washington in 1986. That same year, he returned to Moscow, where he met his future wife, Iris, a citizen of East Germany. Their son, Lukas, was born in 1995. From 1989 to 2016, he worked for the U.S. Customs Service. Since 2016, he has been volunteering as chair of Mwanzo Proud Farmers, a nonprofit serving western Kenya.

    • 07/14/2019

      Hadi Razavi BS ’83 says time flies–he feels like it was only yesterday when he attended Lewis & Clark. He and his wife live in New York and have a college-bound daughter. Razavi, who works in banking, says he looks forward to receiving the Chronicle to see what his classmates are doing. He considers his time at L&C “the best days and years of my life.”

    • 02/15/2017

      Wendy Robinson BA ’83 moved to Bend, Oregon, after graduation, where she worked as a lab tech and volunteered with the High Desert Museum. Inspired by a favorite Lewis & Clark class, Robinson earned a PhD in genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, then moved to Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband, Joseph. She volunteered at a medical genetics lab at the University of Zurich to keep busy. Eventually, she was offered a postdoc position, which lasted five years. The couple later returned to North America, and Robinson found a faculty position in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She’s been there more than 20 years. Robinson says that what she’s learned from all this is: “The path doesn’t have to be clear or direct. Just follow your passions and enjoy yourself along the way.”

    • 02/01/2018

      Bradley Volk BA ’83, who retired in July 2017 from the U.S. Air Force reserves, served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp for a combined 28 years of active and reserve duty. While on active duty, he had assignments in California, Korea, Germany, and Florida. He especially enjoyed his military experience in Korea–so much so, in fact, that he later returned to work as a teacher for about one and one-half years. Volk also served many years as a reservist at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Washington. As it turned out, one of his classmates worked as the wing commander at Volk’s reserve base. Volk gives credit to Lewis & Clark for helping him develop “a lifelong interest in foreign countries.” While a student, he participated in the Munich overseas study program. His wife is from Russia, so he’s traveled there several times and enjoys Russian culture. The couple are members of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad. Volk works as a civilian lawyer.

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