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  • May 5
    Constance “Connie” Emerson Crooker JD ’77
  • February 1
    Jane T. Nishida served as the secretary of the environment for the state of Maryland from 1995 to 2002. Nishida was responsible for all aspects of environmental protection, including air pollution, water quality, waste management, and emergency response. During the 2001 anthrax scare, she was responsible for the emergency testing of mailroom facilities in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas and for overseeing the safe transport of anthrax-contaminated waste material to Fort Detrick, Maryland.
  • February 1



  • Alan “Al” Larsen JD ’77 is both the general counsel and the head of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Office of Inspector General at the Environmental Protection Agency. He reports that he is working under the ancient curse “May you live in interesting times.” Larsen’s role is to ensure that EPA officials, including political appointees at the top of the organization, conduct their activities and lead the agency within the boundaries of the law. Much of this has recently played out in public and before Congress. Larsen says that the barrage of accusations and counter-narratives is constant and deafening, and his shop has to sort it all out and then act—which it has done repeatedly in recent months.

  • Cliff Bentz JD ’77 was named the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year for his work in the Oregon Legislature as the House District 60 representative. In particular, he was lauded for his efforts on a transportation bill that is funding a reload facility in Malheur County. Bentz, who has a long resume of community and statewide service, focused on water and tax law while at Lewis & Clark.

  • Bridget Baker Kincaid BA ’77 is retiring after 40 years at the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon. For the past 29 years, she has headed corporate public relations for Guard Publishing Company, the parent company of RG Media Co./The Register-Guard. She brought a more strategic approach to the company’s marketing efforts, helped the newspaper transition from afternoon to morning publication in 1983, and advocated for the creation of the Baker Family Foundation in 1998.

  • Carolyn Rubenstein (Dorn) BA ’77 is celebrating her retirement from teaching after 36 years at Sauvie Island (Oregon) School. “I have been fortunate to work at a job I love in a place I love,” says Rubenstein.

  • Christy Hale BA ’77, MAT ’80 illustrated a children’s book about Ansel Adams, a restless boy who eventually became an iconic nature photographer.

  • Barb Bailey-Marold BS ’77 recently completed the certified level with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators for the treatment of dyslexia. She is a self-employed reading therapist and enjoys traveling to warmer climes as much as possible.

  • Christy Hale BA ’77, MAT ’80 illustrated a children’s book about a Cambodian girl forced to leave her old world behind and find a new home in America. The book won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Silver Medal in the multicultural nonfiction picture book category.

  • Was selected as one of four recipients of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession’s 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award. Nagae practices at the Portland firm Peggy Nagae Consulting, which she founded in 1988. She also serves as program director for the Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Nagae has served as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, vice-chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, president of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and board member for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. She represented Minoru Yasui in his successful bid to reopen his World War II Japanese American curfew case and have his conviction vacated. In 2013, Nagae spearheaded Yasui’s successful nomination for a Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President Obama awarded posthumously in November 2015. In 2016, Nagae led the effort to create a permanent Minoru Yasui Day (March 28) in Oregon.

  • Was named “Lawyer of the Year” in health law in the 2017 issue of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in health care law. A shareholder at the Lansing, Michigan, firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, Kraus was also named in the 2016 issue of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

  • James Paul Brown BS ’64, MAT ’77 was quoted by the Hollywood Star News in a piece on the history of Northeast Portland’s Alameda neighborhood, which he calls home.

  • Jerome J. McKay BS ’77, September 11, 2015, age 71.

  • Susan Feibelman B.S. completed her doctorate in leadership and organization in education in May 2013 and welcomed her first grandchild into the world in October 2014.

  • Wendy Wurlitzer BA, finance vice president of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia (NSCDA-VA), was inducted into the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year Circle for 2015–16. In addition to her position at NSCDA-VA, Wurlitzer lends her time to several other organizations dedicated to heritage and historical preservation: She is director of the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA, treasurer of the Old Dominion Theatre Organ Society, and at-large director of the Theatre Historical Society.

  • Was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers. Sand is a litigation partner at Miller Nash.

  • Joined the Multnomah Bar Foundation board of directors. In his private practice, he focuses almost exclusively on tobacco litigation.

  • Was elected to the board of directors for the Multnomah County Bar Association. An active member of the bar since 1977, Sand was president of the foundation arm of the organization in 2010. He is a litigation partner at Miller Nash.

  • Was the chief defense attorney 
for the high-profile Portland trial of the Somali American accused of trying to ignite a weapon of mass destruction at the city’s 2010 holiday tree-lighting ceremony. Sady is the longest serving employee in the Oregon Federal Public Defender’s Office.

  • Officially retired from his position as Lake County circuit court judge, but will likely continue to serve as a senior circuit court pro tem until Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber fills the vacancy. Simpson took office July 1, 1990, after 13 years in private practice. He grew up in Lakeview, Oregon, and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1969.

  • Was appointed to serve as chair of the Realtor Commercial Alliance of the Northern Virginia Association of in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Dillow serves as an adjunct fellow for the Discovery Institute’s technology and democracy project, and has a background that includes 25 years of service with Verizon Corporation, where he served for more than a decade as its vice president of federal government relations. A native Oregonian, Dillow served as assistant public utility commissioner for the State of Oregon during the administrations of Governors Tom McCall, Bob Straub, and Vic Atiyeh. He is also a former news reporter for The Oregonian.

  • Was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers during an annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Retired and closed his law office. He practiced for 32 years before Washington County courts, and maintained offices in Beaverton and near Washington Square in Tigard. A solo practitioner, he emphasized business, real estate, and probate, but also practiced domestic relations, criminal defense, and juvenile law.

  • Yoko Natori Gulde '77 (USA)
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