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In Memoriam

From 1950 to 1959

  • 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.

  • Margrett L. Devin BA ’50, November 18, 2017, age 89. Soon after graduating from Lewis & Clark, she married Robert Devin. The couple had two sons in 1953 and a daughter in 1964. The family moved extensively around the United States due to Robert’s military service. After her husband’s death in 1990, Devin settled in Apple Valley, California. She loved Shakespeare and language. Survivors include her children, Michael, Steven, and Patricia, and two grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Patricia Barnard Stipe BA ’50, August 13, 2016, age 89. Patricia worked in the Swan Island shipyards, contributing to the war effort. When the war ended, she married Tom Stipe. After a stint in New York City, the couple returned to Portland, where Patricia opened a children’s clothing store in Lake Oswego. The couple raised three children and lived in Eastmoreland for more than 50 years. Patricia enjoyed playing the piano and was active with the Oregon Symphony, the First Unitarian Church, and the Eastmoreland Garden Club. Survivors include her three children, Bob, Paul, and Anne, as well as three grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Barbara I. Godel ’51, May 5, 2018, age 88. Godel worked as a bookkeeper for Chown Hardware before marrying Robert, with whom she would share 64 years. She was active in her local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, as well as in the Presbyterian Church. Godel enjoyed working creatively in many media, including painting, drawing, and knitting. She also loved to read and play the piano. Survivors include her daughters, Kathleen and Sally, and one grandchild.

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

  • Mary Anderson Munro BA ’51, September 21, 2017, age 95. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Munro worked as an elementary school teacher in Portland. In 1955, she married Donald. Together, the couple ran several businesses, including the Birkenfield (Oregon) Country Store and Post Office. She loved taking care of her pets, spending time with her children, and gardening. Survivors include her children, Stan, Stuart, and Ann, and five grandchildren.

  • Norman W. Schwinge BS ’51, August 2, 2017, age 89. Schwinge attended Lewis & Clark after serving in the military during World War II. He met his future wife, Joan, at the college, and the couple married in 1952. Schwinge worked for Farmers Insurance, eventually moving to Southern California. When he retired in 1979, he was Farmers’ director of advertising. Norman and Joan bought a hotel and worked together to maintain and improve it. When they could make time to get away, they traveled all over the world. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Joan; sons Robert, Craig, Mark, and Scott; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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

  • Herbert F. Williams BS ’51, March 29, 2018, age 91. After serving in the Navy, Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Lewis & Clark. He taught eighth grade in Nome, Alaska, completing his master’s degree at Columbia University during summer breaks. Eventually, he moved to Estacada, Oregon, to assist his father, who had suffered a stroke. There he continued to teach, served as a volunteer fireman, and sang in a barbershop quartet. Williams was the first African American president of the Oregon Volunteer Fireman’s Association. Upon retirement, he moved back to Portland and spent his time volunteering and working with the community.

  • Hazen R.C. Barnard BS ’52, September 4, 2017, age 87. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Barnard earned a master’s degree in retailing at New York University and then joined the Navy’s military security group in Hawaii. After serving in the military, he received a master’s degree in counseling/guidance from Oregon State University. Barnard worked as a vocational counselor and teacher at Cleveland High School in Portland and later served as a high school principal in Vernonia, Oregon City, Rogue River, Eagle Point, and Warrenton. He enjoyed boxing (which he took up while at Lewis & Clark), as well as fishing, woodworking, reading, and spending time with his grandkids. He retired in Gold Canyon, Arizona, and was married to Sondra Pollock Barnard for 64 years. Survivors include his children, Hazen and Diane, and grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Joan Coudright BS ’52, December 12, 2017, age 90. After graduating, Coudright moved to Hawai‘i to begin a nursing career. There she met Ernest, whom she married later that year. Coudright worked at the Intercommunity Hospital in Fairfield, California, eventually working her way up to director of nurses. She enjoyed traveling and camping along the coast and in the mountains. Survivors include her husband of 64 years; children Lani, Jim, and Ernest; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Paul R. Nordstrom BS ’52, October 29, 2017, age 89. Nordstrom earned a BS in business administration from Lewis & Clark. His long and distinguished career included serving as vice president at U.S. Bank; director of planning and economic development for the State of Oregon under Governor Tom McCall; vice president at Orbanco & Oregon Bank; vice president of marketing at Oregon Mutual Savings Bank; chief analytics officer at Pihas, Schmidt, Westerdahl; and operations director at High Reach/Service Steel.

    An active community member, Nordstrom played a key role in numerous organizations, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Portland Art Museum, the Salvation Army, the YMCA, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association, and many more.

    Nordstrom was a fitness enthusiast and worked out five days a week for more than 40 years. An avid jogger and tennis player, he loved being outdoors and enjoyed tropical Hawaiian vacations as well as visits to Sunriver and the Oregon Coast. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Patricia Heilig Nordstrom BA ’52; his children, Kim, Marc, and Krista; his grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

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

  • Jo Ann Siders BS ’52, February 9, 2018, age 87. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Siders lived with her husband, Marion, in Palo Alto, California. Survivors include her daughter, Jan, and one granddaughter.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Clarence L. Kaufman BS ’53, April 23, 2018, age 88. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Kaufman moved to Astoria, Oregon, and worked as a longshoreman until retiring in 1995. Survivors include his children, Jim, Karen, and Michael, and one grandson.

  • Ülo Kiigemägi BA ’53, January 24, 2018, age 94. Kiigemägi was an Estonian refugee during World War II. During his flight across Germany, he met and later married Virve Õunapuu in 1948. Together, they moved to Portland. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Kiigemägi did research for the chemistry department at Oregon State College. He worked at the college for 30 years, ending his career as a senior instructor emeritus. Throughout his life, Kiigemägi traveled extensively with groups dedicated to art and history. Survivors include his children, Laura, Mai, Karan, and Peter; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

  • 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.

  • Stanley J. Prager BS ’53, May 2, 2018, age 90. After serving in World War II, Prager graduated from Lewis & Clark and went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching from Portland State University. His teaching career spanned 30 years, and he retired in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, and many loving family members and friends.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

 

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