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Class of 1985

  • Peter Ames Carlin
    • Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon

      Peter Ames Carlin BA ’85, best-selling rock biographer, wrote a revelatory account of the life of beloved American music icon Paul Simon.

      Posted 01/23/2017
  • BB
    • 10/13/2017

      Bill Bessolo BA ’85 continues to live in his native Los Angeles, where he has spent his entire career in real estate management. He currently works for The Wonderful Company, which produces Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, POM Wonderful juices, Fiji Water, Justin Wine, Halos, and many other healthy brands. Bessolo manages the company headquarters property, along with numerous other properties in Southern California and on the East Coast. An avid hockey fan, he has had season tickets to the LA Kings for more than 30 years. Bessolo enjoys staying in contact with friends and fraternity brothers from Lewis & Clark.

  • GF
    • 02/15/2017

      Glenn Fox BA ’85 is the associate director of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Fox has led or participated in numerous chemistry and materials projects at Livermore and was fortunate to lead the lab’s Forensic Science Center for a number of years. He received a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed a postdoc appointment at Northwestern University before joining Livermore in 1992. When not in the lab, Fox enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and taking his horse out for a ride in the Mount Diablo foothills.

  • PJ
    • 02/15/2017

      Paul Jorgensen BA ’85 currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where his wife, Setareh Sanjar, is serving for three years at the world’s third-largest U.S. embassy. He has maintained his intellectual property and contract law practice and telecommutes back to Washington, D.C., from a time zone 12 hours ahead. A history and culture buff, Jorgensen frequently leads neighborhood tours for embassy staff and families. According to Jorgensen, “Bangkok never sleeps and has some truly smarmy streets aimed at tourists. But the real Bangkok is more subtle: ancient active markets, glorious wats (temples), great clumps of 7-11s, useful khlongs (canals), monitor lizards, stunning malls, spirit houses, and naturally wonderful and fun-loving Thais.”

  • NK
    • 02/15/2017

      Narayan Kaimal BS ’85 still draws on his communication degree every day. Following stints in TV and radio in Los Angeles and Boston, he now works as regional sales manager with Sapphire Marketing, serving as manufacturer’s representative for Crestron. He and his wife, Elissa, are empty nesters: their daughter works at J Street, promoting peace and a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, and their son studies geology at the University of Puget Sound. In his free time, Narayan says, “I’m back to playing drums in a band with friends, just like in college—but with more gray hair!”

  • JK
    • 02/15/2017

      Jon Kinney BA ’85 has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for more than 18 years. With a background in academic training and IT education, he currently serves as a training manager for an electronic health records project at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare in Dhahran. He believes his last-minute decision to apply to Lewis & Clark’s Costa Rica overseas study program was life-changing. The one-trimester trip turned into two, which led to a Spanish major; a master’s degree in linguistics; and periods of teaching in Japan and Hungary. “Along the way I learned to cultivate an open mind, stay flexible, study multiple languages, and not only tolerate ambiguity, but celebrate it in all its myriad forms and manifestations.” Jon and his Hungarian wife, Judit, have five children, three of whom are now in the United States pursuing their educations. Jon and Judit have traveled extensively, not only in the Gulf region but in Europe, North America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

  • CN
    • 02/01/2018

      Chris Newell BA ’85 and Astrid (Furniss) Newell BA ’85 live in Bellingham, Washington, Chris’ hometown. He is an anesthesiologist with Bellingham Anesthesia Associates. Astrid, a family physician by training, manages the Community Health Division of the Whatcom County Health Department and serves as a state and local advocate for young children and their families. Their two young-adult sons, Ryan and Jason, are pursuing career and education opportunities in ocean sciences and geography, respectively. After purchasing a vacation cottage on Lopez Island, Chris and Astrid are excited to be fixing it up and spending time kayaking, hiking, and biking in the beautiful San Juan Islands.

  • KP
    • 02/15/2017

      Kathy Scannell Palghat BA ’85 has lived for more than 15 years in Sydney, Australia, where husband Kumar’s global fixed-income investment management company has been a family focus. “We fell in love with Sydney’s harbor and beach orientation, its cafe culture, its work-life balance, and most importantly, its people,” says Palghat. Her family of dual citizens includes daughter Kelsey, 25, who is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience and philosophy, and daughter Kendall, 22, who works in marketing for an online retail company.


  • WP
    • 02/01/2018

      Bill Pollard BA ’85 and Jennifer Hildebran Pollard BA ’85 live in the Bellevue, Washington, area. They enjoy being empty nesters, especially while traveling and building a new home. Their older son lives and works in Palo Alto, California, and their daughter is a junior at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

  • MS
    • 10/09/2017

      Mike Sellers BS ’85, after working in the games industry for more than 20 years, joined Indiana University in 2014 as a professor of practice teaching game design. In 2017, he took on the additional role of program director. Sellers says, “The education I received at L&C doing a self-designed major in cognitive science has served me well in my career and continues to yield benefits in my current work.”

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