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From 1950 to 1959

  • WC

    Warren C. Craig ’50, August 6, 2017, age 94. Craig served his country during World War II, earning a Bronze Star. After returning from the war and graduating from Lewis & Clark, he married his wife, Anne, and began his career as an electrician. In retirement, Craig volunteered frequently and was a member of the Tigard (Oregon) Lions Club and Calvin Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife of nearly 70 years, Anne; his son, Douglas; and three grandchildren.

  • MD

    Marjorie J. Doty BA ’50, August 17, 2017, age 89. After graduating, Doty cofounded Viewcrest Nurseries in Battle Ground, Washington, and played an important managerial role there. At home, she enjoyed gardening and making preserves. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, John; her daughters, Marilyn, Janet, and Barbara; and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • DD
    • 06/02/2016

      Don Driscoll BA notes that it’s been some “three score and nine years” since his college days first began and “a lot of water has gone under the bridge, or over the dam, if you prefer that phrase.” In 1946, the history department consisted of one professor, namely Dr. Philip Overmeyer, and a few other professors who combined history with other subjects. Today, there are more than 10 faculty members. “My, how much the department has been transformed,” Driscoll writes, “and I’m sure that it has all been for the better.” He modestly adds that he can “offer little in the way of accomplishments or achievements other than the gratitude of having been married for the past 63-plus years to a wonderful spouse, Eva Driscoll, a fellow 1950 Lewis & Clark graduate.”

  • MM

    Marie S. McMillan BA ’50, July 2, 2017, age 89. McMillan met her husband, Richard, while at Lewis & Clark, and they were married in 1949. The couple moved to Cleveland, where McMillan worked as a librarian. They had two children. McMillan was a deacon and active member of her church, as well as a member of the church choir. She enjoyed playing bridge and exercising with friends. Survivors include her children, Kathy and Brad, and five grandchildren.

  • LR
    • 10/14/2016

      Lucille Rieben BA ’50 taught for a year after her graduation from Lewis & Clark, then attended the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she graduated in 1957. For a number of years, she traveled the Midwest and Southwest for the Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church USA. She was director of education for a church in St. Louis, and then in Kansas City, Missouri, and finally served in a national position in women’s ministries with the National Presbyterian Church in San Francisco before retiring in 1992. She now lives in Portland.

  • GT
    • 09/29/2017

      George Thompson BA ’50 celebrated his 90th birthday in summer 2017. Thompson had a long career as a music teacher and guidance counselor in Dallas. After his retirement, the Dallas Education Association created the George Thompson Dallas Education Association Award, which he presents each spring.

  • PB

    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.

  • JH

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

  • MS

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

  • CB

    Carol J. Bigham Russell BA ’52, July 3, 2016, age 86. Upon graduating, Russell taught elementary school in Portland and then in Minneapolis. She went on to serve as vice president and treasurer for Spruce Linen Supply. In her free time, Russell enjoyed spending time with her family and her pets; traveling; and reading. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Dick; children, Michael and Gale; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Dolores B. Banz Scott BS ’52, August 11, 2014, age 84.

  • MI

    Terry Irving BS ’52, September 19, 2017, age 86. After graduating, Irving taught elementary school. In 1953, she married her husband, Stanley. A talented pianist and composer, Irving also enjoyed cooking, knitting, and traveling. Survivors include her children, Mark, Jennifer, and Gail; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

  • JP
    • 10/14/2016

      James Paul BA ’52 lives in Edmonds, Washington, with his wife, Dolores. After retiring from teaching in the California State University system, Paul founded Seattle’s Academy of Music Northwest, a school for gifted musicians ages 4 to 18. In addition to serving as the school’s president and board chair, he teaches, coaches, and assists with choral classes. Paul was a member of the Lewis & Clark choir under Stanley Glarum for four years and sang in the Madrigal Singers under the direction of George Bishop. Paul’s Mass for Choir and Organ was performed in chapel by the combined College Choir and Madrigal Singers in fall 1952.

  • EP
    • 02/15/2017

      E. Ward Plummer BA ’52, Lewis & Clark’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University, received the Award for International Scientific Cooperation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is one of only three non-Chinese recipients of the award and the only one from the United States. Plummer is currently working on establishing a dual-degree PhD program with Louisiana State and Chinese institutions.

  • BR

    Barbara Reeves ’52, January 1, 2016, age 85.

  • CA

    Charles T. Allen Jr. BS ’53, June 9, 2016, age 87. Allen lived a vibrant life. He was a plumber by trade and served in the armed services. He married Ginger in 1950. They had three daughters together and many adventures that revolved around fishing, camping, rafting, and traveling. Allen also loved to host his friends and family during the holidays. In his later years, Allen was active in the Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Ginger; son Tom; and daughters Terri and Tami.

  • JB

    James B. Barlow BS ’53, October 19, 2016, age 86. Barlow, a beloved and award-winning high school teacher, worked in the Beaverton (Oregon) School District for 42 years. In 1964, he founded the Model Presidential Nominating Convention, which enabled thousands of high school students from across the region to participate in a boisterous, authentic student-run convention. Many high-profile politicians attended the convention over the years, including Robert Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. At the time of his death, he was at work on a book titled Unfettered: A Philosophy of Education, which will now be finalized by his coauthor Anil Naik. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Susan; his sister, Lois; and many other family members, friends, and admirers.

    • Unfettered: A Philosophy of Education

      James Barlow BS ’53 passed away in fall 2016, but at the time, he was at work on a book with his coauthor and former student, Anil Naik. Their book has now been published. It takes a “philosophical look at what our schools are about, what they should be about, and the practical steps we can take to move them along.”

      Posted 11/03/2017
  • CC

    Colleen Creswell Croll BS ’53, July 28, 2016, age 84. Survivors include her husband, Robert; four children; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

  • JF

    John G. Feuz BS ’53, July 25, 2017, age 86. Feuz was a lover of sports, auto racing, and the outdoors. He worked at his parent’s grocery store and eventually started his own in Milwaukie, Oregon. Before he retired, Feuz ran Water Metrics Company in Portland. Survivors include his daughters, Sheryl and Anne; four grandchildren; and many other friends and family.

  • FO

    Fred L. Olson BS ’53, April 12, 2016, age 85. Olson served for several years in the U.S. Navy. Later, he worked as president of Consolidated Metco and vice president of manufacturing for Freightliner. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. Olson also loved sports, especially baseball, and would travel to Arizona to watch spring training. His favorite team was the Seattle Mariners. Survivors include his wife, Lois; son David; stepchildren Ray, Terry, and Kathi; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

  • JS

    James L. Shinn ’53, June 8, 2017, age 81. Shinn married Gail McDuffee while in college, and they were together for 60 years. After studying at Lewis & Clark, Shinn became a high school teacher in Beaverton, Oregon. He taught math and participated in activities outside the classroom, all while mentoring many students. After 10 years, he pursued an administrative career, working as director of planning and personnel in Beaverton and later in Fairfax County (Virginia) and Maryland. In retirement, Shinn lived in Beaufort, South Carolina, and worked on restoring a home and reading at elementary schools every week. Survivors include his sons, Paul, John, and Michael; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

  • NS

    Nancy Pond Suehs BS ’53, September 4, 2014, age 83.

  • CV

    Carolyn J. Vesterstein BS ’53, October 17, 2016, age 86. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Vesterstein attended Emanuel School of Nursing and graduated as an RN, soon landing a job as head nurse with Union Pacific Railroad in Portland. She met her husband, Paul, when he came to her rescue after a skiing accident, and they married in 1957. She was an animal lover as well as a generous supporter of animal charities. Survivors include her husband, Paul; her children, Scott, Kirk, Mark, Lisa, and Karl; and three grandchildren.

  • HC

    Haig O. Cartozian Jr. BS ’54, March 31, 2016, age 86.

  • EH

    Elizabeth L. Hollingsworth BS ’54, June 24, 2017, age 84. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Hollingsworth trained to become a nurse and received her cap at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. During that time, she and Roger Hollingsworth were married. She loved to bake, cook, and garden. In addition to working as a nurse, she managed a wholesale nursery for 34 years. Survivors include her husband, Roger; her children, Lisa, Eric, and Sarah; and five grandchildren.

  • FR

    Francis L.C. Reed BA ’54, June 11, 2017, age 84. Reed was a teacher, speaker, and public official, who dedicated his life to advocating for forests. He worked in Canada and 40 other countries. Survivors include his wife of 67 years and his two children.

  • DS

    Donald E. Stevenson BS ’54, June 4, 2017, age 85. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Stevenson joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an aviator. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1972. He married Marcella in 1957, and from 1959 until 1991, he flew commercially for Delta Airlines. Stevenson also served as a volunteer fireman and worked for a time at the Los Angeles county jail. He loved to read, solve crossword puzzles, and see the world. Survivors include his wife of 60 years; children Patti, Michael, and Barbie; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

  • RT
    • 10/14/2016

      Ruth Gregerson Tyler BS ’55 lives in Salem, Oregon, with her retired husband, oral surgeon Joseph Tyler. She still lives in the home they built 50 years ago. In June 2016, Tyler and her husband celebrated 60 years of marriage. Their five married children live in Oregon and Washington, along with 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. During the summer months, they enjoy their family cabin in McCall, Idaho. Tyler says she is proud to be an L&C alumna of 60+ years.

  • DJ

    Dorothy J. Jacobsen Stumm ’56, May 24, 2016, age 83. Survivors include her four children, Deborah, Bob, Victoria, and Jenevieve; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  • JN

    Joanne Forstrom Nash BM ’56, December 23, 2015, age 81.

  • DO

    Dean B. Orton BS ’56, January 31, 2016, age 82.

  • LA
    • 10/14/2016

      Linda Allaway BS ’57 is now retired after a career as an educator and consultant on asthma and air quality issues. She lives in Portland and enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, gardening, cooking, and studying Pacific Northwest history. She also serves as a historical interpreter for the National Park Service.

  • BC

    Beverly Piland Creamer BS ’57, May 25, 2016, age 80. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Hospital until retiring in 2000. She was an ardent reader of science fiction, westerns, and mysteries. She also loved to camp, fish, watch birds, and care for her garden. Survivors include her two children, Brian and Karanne; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • HK

    Henry J. Kilmer BS ’57, July 17, 2017, age 82. Kilmer was a passionate educator with a career spanning more than 50 years. He taught at Molalla and Rex Putnam High Schools, and served as the principal of Clackamas High School. Over the years, Kilmer worked as a superintendent in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Nevada. Survivors include his five children, Henry III, Steve, Nanci, Debby, and Martie; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  • WM
    • 10/14/2016

      Willard “Laddy” Mears ’57 and his wife, Meredith Hiss Mears BS ’62, are enjoying retirement on the banks of Lower Fire Lake in Eagle River, about 13 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Mears took up flying soon after moving to Alaska in the 1970s to work as the state’s loss control manager. His family has enjoyed all manner of outdoor activities surrounded by Alaska’s scenic beauty. Now, with two married daughters and five grandchildren, Mears and his wife make plenty of trips to warmer climes for visits.

  • MH

    Marlene K. Haldors BS ’58, September 11, 2017, age 80. Survivors include her children, Bruce and Marlys; her brother, Mike; and four grandchildren.

  • DP
    • 10/14/2016

      Densley Palmer BA ’58 and Joyce Palmer BA ’58 married in 1959 after their graduation from Lewis & Clark. They’d known one another since elementary school. In 2001, after Densley retired, the couple moved to Anacortes, Washington. Densely has published a collection of his writings, including hymn poems and other forms of verse, in Now That I’m Thinking About It (Cave Art Press, 2015).

    • Now That I’m Thinking About It…

      Densley Harley Palmer BA ’58 compiles a selection of her poems, written from 2009 to 2015.

      Posted 05/15/2017
  • JP
    • 10/14/2016

      Joyce Palmer BA ’58 and Densley Palmer BA ’58 married in 1959 after their graduation from Lewis & Clark. They’d known one another since elementary school. In 2001, after Densley retired, the couple moved to Anacortes, Washington.

  • RE

    Robert M. Ellerby BS ’59, July 8, 2017, age 80. Ellerby worked at Georgia Pacific in Bellingham, Washington, as purchasing manager, from his graduation until 2001. He was an active member of his church and sang in a Norwegian male chorus. He also volunteered for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other youth organizations. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Geneva; his children, Kathy, Julie, and Scott; and eight grandchildren.

  • RW

    Richard L. Watson BS ’59, July 10, 2016, age 79. In 1961, Watson married Sally Hart in Watertown, New York. Survivors include his wife; sons William, Timothy, and Michael; and three grandchildren.

  • GY

    Gordon W. Yelton BS ’59, March 21, 2016, age 84. Yelton worked for Sears and Roebuck for several years following his graduation. He married Joan Mundigel in 1964. In 1970, with two small children, he moved his family to Bend, Oregon, where they owned and operated a small gift and housewares shop called Things Etc. After retiring, Yelton enjoyed taking care of his yard, visiting with his neighbors, and walking his dogs. Survivors include his wife, Joan; son Mark; and daughter Elizabeth.

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