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  • James Whitman BS ’62 was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in September 2019. Marquis Who’s Who, a publisher of biographical profiles, selects a recipient from those who are considered accomplished and notable in their fields.

  • Janet Vaughan Schwandt BA ’62 married Gary Baker BA ’61 and they have four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. After retiring early from a hotel marketing career, she married her current husband. They lived in the Ozarks and mountains of northern New Mexico before moving in 2012 to Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Since returning to Oregon, Schwandt has reconnected with her L&C rally mates Margaret Huntington Ward BS ’62, from Lake Oswego, Kris Bremicker BA ’62, from Sun Valley, and Stewart Hall roommate Joan Wolf BA ’62, from San Francisco. The friends enjoyed a catch-up getaway in a river cabin near McKenzie Bridge.

  • Edgar Martin BS ’62, previously the chair, president, and CEO of Willamette Valley Bank, was inducted into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame in June 2019.

  • Nancy Knudsen BA ’62 and Iris Phillips Karow BA ’62, once roommates in Stewart Hall, became roommates once again in Reykjavik during Lewis & Clark’s Pioneer Travel Program to Iceland in August 2018.

  • Iris Phillips Karow BA ’62 and Nancy Knudsen BA ’62, once roommates in Stewart Hall, became roommates once again in Reykjavik during Lewis & Clark’s Pioneer Travel Program to Iceland in August 2018.

  • Judy McLain Lewis BS ’62 and Nick Lewis BA ’61 recently moved to Issaquah, Washington, to be near children and grandchildren. Next up, they are looking forward to a tour of Savannah, Georgia.

  • Mary Kay Emerson Britton BS ’62 traveled in 2018 with her husband, Jim, to Colombia, Bolivia, and Ecuador. In Bogota, she visited the school that was built by her father. She was able to see several places she remembered from her childhood.

  • Ross Webb BS ’62 and Sharon Lyons Webb BS ’63 recently moved to the Panorama retirement community in Lacey, Washington.

  • William S. MacKay BS ’62, April, 2018. MacKay practiced law for 15 years in San Francisco, where he specialized in antitrust law. In 1983, he moved in order to take care of his mother as she grew older. Survivors include his brother, Ted, and five nephews and nieces.

  • Thomas R. Keefer BS ’62, June 17, 2017, age 78. Keefer served in the U.S. Air Force reserve as a medic and later worked as a sales manager in the packaging industry until he retired in 2006. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; his children, Megan and Greg; and three grandchildren.

  • Rosemary Douglas Lombard BA ’62 offered a poetry chapbook inspired by her scholarly interest in turtles.

  • Bernard Caplan JD ’62 passed away on August 27, 2016.

  • Harold B. Tate BS ’62, MAT ’75, June 2, 2016, age 76.

  • Nancy Simpson Knudsen BA retired from KPLU 88.5 public radio in 2010. She currently works for Alaska Cruises (doing check-in) and at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall (assisting at events). She also squeezes in time to travel to Scotland, Panama, and the East Coast.

  • Richard Ditewig BA has, since retiring, availed himself of the opportunity to travel to England and France to participate in the British and French Organ Music Seminars. It has allowed him to play period-appropriate organ music on historic European instruments. He says it was a wonderful experience to hear and play music on organs for which the compositions were written.

  • Marvin Nepom died in November 2014 at the age of 88. Born in Portland of immigrant parents, he attended the University of Washington. It was there that he met his wife, whom he married at the age of 21. After a decade in the grocery business, and with the encouragement of Leo Levinson, Marvin began to attend law school in the evening. While a student, he frequently told his three young children bedtime stories that incorporated law school themes.

  • Jerold “Jerry” L. Billings JD ’62 passed away peacefully in his home on February 18, 2015, after a long and full life. He was 88.

    Born in Falls City, Nebraska, in 1926, Jerry moved with his family to Portland in 1942 and attended that city’s Washington High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 to fight in WWII. Sent to the Pacific theater, he took part in the Battle of Okinawa, earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Jerry was the only member of his platoon to survive. On his return to Portland, he met and married Lorelei Brown, with whom he had three daughters.

    In 1962, Jerry went into private practice, a business he maintained for nearly 30 years. After acting as Madeleine Murray O’Hair’s counsel in Oregon in the 1970s, he founded the Oregon chapter of American Atheists, later renamed the Center for Rational Thought and eventually U.S. Atheists. He was the voice of “Dial an Atheist” for more than 20 years and host of the public television program Bunk Busters from 1995 until 2011. His other passion was the collection and cataloging of antique tools, especially early American wood planes.

    Jerry is survived by his loving partner for 65 years, Lorelei; daughters Dawn, Melanie, and Nancy; grandchildren Matthew Yun, Remington Powell, and Katherine Powell; great-granddaughter Ava Yun; and beloved caretakers Moana Toloke and her daughter, Vee. He was buried in a private ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery.

  • With Steven Kahn ’88, moved the firm Kahn & Kahn to the Loyalty Building at 317 S.W. Alder Street in Portland. Kahn recently celebrated 50 years as an Oregon lawyer.

  • Robert S. Pettingell BA ’62, January 25, 2013, age 72. Pettingell worked for Pacificorp for 31 years. He was an avid musician and spent most of his free time playing. Pettingell founded and directed the Rose City Classic Festival of Jazz, which began in 1991 and ran for five years. Survivors include wife Elaine and daughters Debbie and Lisa.


  • April 17
    Marvin Nepom JD ’62
  • March 2
    Jerold L. Billings JD ’62
  • Mary Kay '62 and Jim Britton on their tandem bicycle.
    March 1
    This summer, as alumni trek from all around the country back to Palatine Hill for Reunion Weekend (June 21-24), Mary Kay Britton’s journey to Portland for her 50th Reunion will be almost as memorable as the weekend itself.
  • February 1
    E. Ward Plummer holds the titles of Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee and Distinguished Scientist in the solid-state division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A member of the National Science Foundation and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has authored or coauthored more than 300 publications and also directs the Tennessee Advanced Materials Laboratory.
  • Linda E. Erickson ‘62
    February 1
  • Pete Ward ‘62
    February 1
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