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From 1950 to 1959

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CC

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

  • 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.

  • NS

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

  • HC

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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