IN MEMORY OF
CLASS OF 1957
Jane (Anderson) Rebholz '57
Don Bedford '57
Dick Blomquist '57
Colleen (Bodle) Schlegmilch '57
Mickey Borter '57
Warren Cavitt '57
Susan (Clyde) Memmott '57
Dick Cozad '57
Terry Gaul '57
Robert Hector '57
Patty Holcomb '57
Ron Kimpton '57
Suzanne Lewis '57
Cliff McKeen '57
Zona (Mickelson) Buckingham '57
Donna (Miller) Goldsworthy '57
Max Milliken '57
Dennis Parker '57
Bethene Peterson '57
Ron Piazza '57
Mike Pillsbury '57
Joan (Reiff) Legg '57
LaRita (Riggs) Benfield '57
Ron Schafer '57
Don Steckler '57
Denny Tolls '57
Perry Woodyard '57
Fred Zuber '57
RICHARD BRYANT '57
Richard Aaron Bryant passed away on August 7 2013 at the age of 74. Born Dec. 18, 1938, in Detroit, he was co-owner of Double Dare Inc. Private services were held. He is survived by wife, Sheryl Bryant of Kailua-Kona; sons, Scott Bryant of Portland, Ore., Rhett Bryant of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Lori McGuire of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Lisa Tackett of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Lillian (Larry) Freese and Linda (Lenny) Pardue, both of Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
CAROL ANN (PREMO) FERGUSON ‘57
Carol Ann (Premo) Ferguson passed away on December 20, 2014 at the age of 75. Born on July 26, 1939 she was raised in Portland. She was the youngest of five children born to Ray and Freeda Premo. Carol Ann was a member of the first graduating class of Wilson High School in 1957. She finished her college studies at Biola University. She was a member of the Chi Gamma Society. Carol Ann married Chuck Ferguson in 1966. Together, they served 24 years with Young Life Ministries in both the U.S. and Canada. Carol Ann deeply loved her family and friends around the world. Her involvement in Christian ministries spanned her entire adult life. She enjoyed researching family history and had come to know extended family. She loved roses and admired all things of beauty. She enjoyed knitting. Her hats are worn by children worldwide. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Seibert; husband, Chuck; daughters, Christa Diaz (Orlando) and Cara Kaiser (Mike); grandchildren, Chelsea Gutierrez (Gustavo), Charlie, Colby, Caedon, David, Kyle, Zack and Tobin; and great-grand- children, Landon and Freeda. A memorial service was held on Jan. 11, 2015, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Young Life, Malibu No Camper Left on the Dock, 120, 9440, 202 St., Langley, BC V1M 4A6 (U.S. Tax Receipt).
GREGORY BALDWIN '58
Greg Baldwin passed away on June 25, 2011 at the age of 70 from a brain tumor. Greg was born on December 21, 1940 and was a well-known architect and urban designer. His father, George Baldwin, was general manager of the Port of Portland; his mother, Maurine, was a teacher. Baldwin graduated from Wilson High School in 1958 and then headed east to Harvard College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1962, a Master of Architecture in 1966, and a Master of Urban Design in 1967 from Harvard University. In 1969, Greg received a fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. He also received a Marshall Prize and a Fulbright Fellowship for post-graduate studies. Greg met his wife, Joan Lamb, a native of suburban Philadelphia, in 1963 while attending graduate school. They moved to Portland in 1968 to start a family and career. Their son, Benjamin Lamb Baldwin, was born in 1968.Greg, Joan and Ben returned to Portland where their daughter, Sera Gregory Baldwin, was born in 1973. His grandchildren, William, Hugh and Sofia, and his sister Suzie's grandchildren, Oliver, Katherina, Ella, and Arleah, all have grown from his gifts of time and love. According to D.D. Row from The Oregonian, "whether at work or play, Greg Baldwin lived hard, passionately. Architect and urban designer Greg Baldwin wasn't known for a landmark building, project or even a particular aesthetic style. A sampling of Greg's work in Oregon include: the MAX system, lead architect and urban designer Portland transit mall, lead architect and urban designer Eliot Tower, lead architect Tom McCall Waterfront Park, urban designer Simon and Helen Director Park, lead architect and urban designer Oregon Health & Science University's Schnitzer Campus, master planner Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center at Willamette University, lead architect Multnomah Athletic Club, master plan for facility and lead architect for Loprinzi West End addition Bank of America Financial Center, co-principal designer River District Vision and Development Plan, lead urban designer. For brief periods Greg worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Environmental Disciplines, Inc. and Portland Public Schools. In 1979, he joined ZGF Architects and became a partner in 1985. Much of his nearly 44-year career in architecture was influenced by his commitment to integrate urban design and architecture and create a more livable environment through cooperative public and private partnerships. Greg had the ability to design at both the urban and the human scale. A number of his projects, perhaps most notably Portland's MAX Light Rail System (a recipient of a 2002 Presidential Design Award), have been recognized nationally for design excellence and became models for other cities. He served on a number of design awards juries, public boards and councils, from the original Central Eastside Industrial Council to the Portland Arial Transportation, Inc. board. He was an active member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Committee and Urban Land Institute. Greg was an accomplished and quick vintage racing driver piloting Alfas, Lolas, and an Elden in events at Portland International Raceway. He was also a skilled craftsman and carpenter, again enhancing and enriching the people and environment around him. A public memorial service has been scheduled for Aug. 18, 2011, http://www.wilsonalumni.com/In_Memory/BaldwinMemorialService.png.
DAVID R. RILEY '58
Capt. David R. Riley (Retired) age 71 of Beavercreek passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Hospice of Dayton. He was born March 28, 1940 in Spokane, WA, the son of Lee and Louise (Duncan) Riley. He is preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers Daniel and Lee Riley. He is survived by his loving wife Anna (Formigoni) Riley, a son Scott (Randye) Riley of Laguna Hills, CA, a daughter Michelle (Scott) Henrick of Lunenburg, MA, 3 brothers Michael (Joyce) Riley of Oak Harbor, WA, Steve Riley of Portland, OR, Mark (Kathy) Riley of Fredericksburg, VA, mother-in-law Rosa Formigoni, brother-in-law Luciano (Silvana) Formigoni, and several nieces and nephews. Capt. David R. Riley served 31 years and retired with the United States Navy as pilot during the Vietnam War and graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963. David Riley was a proud American who took the opportunity to help many in need. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services are at the convenience of the family. The family is being served by the Burcham Jennings Funeral Home, Fairborn. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.BurchamFuneralHome.com.
DONALD FROOM, M.D. '58
Donald Woodrow Froom, M.D., 73 Feb. 03, 1940 April 27, 2013 Donald passed away after a long battle with leukemia. Born in Salem to Woodrow and Wilma Froom, Dr. Froom earned degrees from Wilson High School, University of Oregon, OHSU School of Medicine and Northwestern University. A childhood survivor of polio, he embraced a "use it or lose it" philosophy and became an avid hiker, Eagle Scout, nature photographer, world traveler and ski patrol doctor on Mount Hood. Dr. Froom was one of the first state-certified nephrologists in Oregon and spent most of his nearly 40 years in medical practice at Providence-St. Vincent's until his retirement in 2011. A believer in the power and beauty of nature to brighten the lives of chronically ill patients and their caregivers, he donated his framed photographs to St. Vincent's hospital. Beloved by patients and staff alike, he was a great healer and listener as well as a keen observer of life and nature. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Dr. Froom is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Kathy, whom he met while playing the piano. They shared a love for classical music and Chamber Music Northwest over the decades. He is also survived by daughter, Aimee; son, Rob; and grandchildren, Charles, Niels, Gabrielle and Hanami. A memorial service was held May 2 2013, at Riverview Abbey, 0319 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland. Remembrances may be made in Dr. Froom's name to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Fund, Mail Stop 45, PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852.
THOMAS COLBY CHRISTIAN '58
Thomas (Tom) Colby Christian, age 74, died peacefully at home on November 5, 2014. Tom was born in Portland, Oregon on April 11, 1940 to Blaine and Gladys Christian. His childhood years were spent exploring the NW outdoors, which led him to achieve Eagle Scout. He graduated from Wilson High School and went on to Oregon State University. Tom affiliated with Sigma Alpha Epsilon and met his beloved wife, Susan Odmark. In 1963 they were married, and Tom joined the Navy flight program. He was stationed on Whidbey Island and served two tours in Vietnam. They welcomed their son Matthew, soon followed by their daughter Dana. Tom's next career was with Northwest Airlines, a 32 year span, retiring as a 747 Captain. While raising his family in Bellevue, Tom enjoyed working on projects at home, long walks with his dog, and socializing with his family and many friends. Tom had the unique ability to strike up a friendship or conversation with ease. The last fourteen years were very special together with family at the cottage on Whidbey Island. Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan, son Matt (Marci), daughter Dana (Jay Krueger) and four wonderful grandchildren, Christian, Carly, Ava and Amanda, and brother, Blayne '63. Tom led life with passion and his legacy lives on in all those he touched. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for all the medical care and friendship offered to Tom during his nine year fight with Multiple Myeloma. A celebration of his life was held on November 22, 2014 at Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle. Donations may be sent in Tom's memory to: www.mmore.org (Multiple Myeloma Research) or www.rotary.positiveplace.org (Rotary Boys & Girls Club of Seattle).
GARY BEAZLEY '59
Gary Beazley, Wilson Class of 1959, passed away on July 2, 2009 at the age of 67. He had a malignant brain tumor. Gary was born on September 12, 1941 in Portland. He attended Collins View grade school. In 1962 he married Pam Hauser. They had three children: daughter, Lorraine; son, Greg; and daughter, Debbie. They later divorced. In 1972 Gary met Terry Spang '61. They were married in 1974. Terry had two daughters, Shelley Heckendorn and Lisa Slocum. Gary was a machinist and worked at Nabisco for over 20 years keeping the equipment running. Gary loved parties, fun and the outdoors. He liked to take the travel trailer, usually to the beach, several times a summer. In 2003 he retired from Nabisco. He and Terry took a great trip to Alaska. He loved his family, friends, his boxer, Juno, and two cats, Tabitha and Peaches. In 2007 Gary was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. He fought valiantly for 23 months. He died peacefully at home. Gary is survived by his wife of 35 years, Terry; sister, Carol Lawton, and husband, Dwight; daughters, Shelley Ashurex; Lorri Hunt, and husband, Shaun; Debbie Hijar, and husband, Lou; and Lisa Irwin, and husband, Eric; son, Greg Beazley, and wife, Jill; and grandchildren, Mustafa, Tarek and Sarah Ashurex, Tyrell and Theodore Hunt, Katie Beazley, Luke, Hannah and Abigail Irwin, and Carly and Jessie Hijar. The 4th Annual Portland Brain Tumor Walk is Saturday, Septemer 12, 2009 at Willamette Park, on Gary's birthday. If anyone is interested in the walk or making contributions, the web site is www.portlandwalk.org. The team name is Team The Beaz. Terry Beazley and Family would love to have anyone and everyone join them.
DAVID TEPPOLA '59
David R. Teppola graduated from Wilson High School in 1959. He died of colon cancer on January 6, 2006 at the age of 64. David, co-founder of Laurel Ridge Winery is survived by his wife Susan, and two daughters, Kira and Maija Teppola. Susan tells us that David remembered his classmates very fondly and enjoyed "all the pranks he and others pulled and the fact that they pulled them quietly enough that he still got to be a Rose Festival Princess escort!" adds Susan.
RICH KAVENY '59
Rich Kaveny passed away March 21, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.
KIM HURLEY '59
Kim Allen Hurley passed away on November 5, 2012 at the age of 70. He was born Dec. 15, 1941 and is survived by the love of his life, Lue Baldwin Hurley; daughter, Jennifer (Matt) Klee; son, Jacob Hurley; stepdaughters, Danielle Easton (Joby), Chelsie Baldwin; grandchildren, Zak Hurley, Nicholas Hurley, Piper Easton and Quincie Easton. His Celebration of Life was Saturday, Nov. 17 at Jake's Grill/Govenor Hotel.
JERRILYN JOYCE (KIMPTON WEBER) ALVARA '59
Jerrilynn Joyce (Kimpton Weber) Alvara treasured Mother and honored friend, passed peacefully Friday evening, January 4, 2013 at age OF 71 after a painful fight with metastatic lung cancer. Born on the family farm near the small town of Gravity Iowa, she was naturally a "down to earth" woman. Jerrilynn is lovingly remembered by her children and their spouses: David Weber and Jani Rollins, Bryan Weber and Donna Edwards, Ann and Mike Gordon, and Michael and Julie Weber. Her highest honor was being "Nana A" to her cherished Natalie, Amy, Eric, Grant, Brett and Brooke, and recent additions Bryce and Mia Rollins. Over the years, Jerri worked for Weber Dental Laboratory, Wonderland Kitchen Supply, the Humboldt County Juvenile Probation Department, and retired from State Compensation Insurance Fund in 2005. She was an avid bowler, and traveled for years with all of her friends from the Match Club. She also enjoyed gardening, walking the Hammond Trail with her little fox terrier Tinker, and watching the NFL and her beloved 49ers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Naomi Kimpton, her brother Ron, and nephew Kevin Kimpton. She is survived by the above mentioned, as well as former husbands David E. Weber and Larry Alvara, long-time family friends Shirley, Kenne, Linda & Janice, her "fourth-Wednesday-of-the-month Bunko" friends, her "SCIF retirees" lunch bunch, her bowling friends from the Match Club, as well as many others. The family would like to especially thank friends Ron and Jackie Williams for their love and support. Thanks to all those who gave mom compassionate medical and hospice care, including her regular care providers Veronica Wizes, Dr. Selinger and NP Debbie, and the staff at St. Joseph Hospital, especially Dr. Zazueta, nurses Jill, Sara, Erica, Traci & Genevieve, student nurse Rachelle, and the many pulmonary therapists, aids, and charge nurses who cared for mom. A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday January 12, 2013 at the Wharfinger Building on Humboldt Bay. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 2942 F St., Eureka or Food for People, 307 W. 14th St., Eureka. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.
RODRICK ROY BOSTON '60
Rodrick Roy Boston passed away on July 6, 2008 at the age of 65. He was born August 14, 1942, in Portland. After graduating from Wilson in 1960 he served in the Navy in the Vietnam War, then graduated from Southern Oregon College. Rod moved in 1971 to Beaverton, where he owned several 7-11 stores. In 1970, he married Barbara Halle; she died in 1980. Survivors include his daughter, Michelle M.; son, Michael R.; and brothers, John W. and Michael R. According to his brother Bill, Rod "had fond memories of his time and association with Wilson High School."
MICHAEL P. PRIMIANO '60
Michael Primiano passed away on November 17, 2008 at the age of 65. He was born March 24, 1943, in Portland, where he lived all his life. After graduating from Wilson Michael received bachelor's and master's degrees from Portland State University and served in the Army. He was a self-employed construction project manager. In 1970, he married Linda K. Enquist. Survivors include his wife; and mother, Ann.
AL LOMMEN '60
Al Lommen, Wilson class of 1960, passed away in Lincoln City, OR on Oct 16, 2010. Al played football at Wilson and his class was the first to complete all four years at the "new" school. After high school and a short stint in the Army Reserves, Al became a sheet metal worker and plied his trade throughout Oregon and Washington until his retirement in 2003. Almost immediately after retiring, he suffered a severe stroke and lost total use of the right side of his body. He spent several weeks in the hospital in Vancouver and in rehabilitation in Portland before returning to his home in Pacific City. His wife of 19 years, Bonnie, cared for Al at home until two years ago when she experienced heart problems of her own requiring major surgery and lengthy rehab. Unable to maintain Al at home, he was moved to the Lincoln City Rehabilitation Center where he remained until his death. During his lifetime Al had four wives (at different times) and three daughters; all the daughters now live in Salt Lake City. He is survived by brothers Jory Lommen of Portland and Dallas Lommen of Springfield, Ore. Al loved a good time and never missed a party. He lived fast and loved freely. If you knew Al or were one of his buddies, please tip one in his memory. His body was cremated and his ashes "commended to the deep" in the waters off the coast he loved so much.
FORREST 'JOE' RIEKE '60
Forrest "Joe" Rieke, a prominent Portland defense attorney who served 15 years on the Portland School Board, died of a heart attack August 29, 2011. He was 69. Joe was born on May 26, 1942 and graduated from Wilson in 1960. According to The Oregonian, known for his imposing presence, the bearded 6-foot-3 former Stanford University football player was a warmhearted champion of improving educational outcomes, particularly of low-income and special education students, said those who worked with him. "He was passionate for making a difference for kids who didn't have that voice," said Josie Hashemian, an executive assistant who has worked closely with school board members during 32 years with the district. Rieke also helped preserve school sports programs, introduce school health clinics and advocate other holistic approaches to good schools, former colleagues said. On the national level, Rieke fought for federal funding for urban schools as a leader of the Council of the Great City Schools. Locally, he brought a sense of history to school board decisions. His mother, the namesake forMary Rieke Elementary School, served 12 years on the school board and he then served 15, far longer than most, said Steve Griffith, whose eight years on the board overlapped with Joe Rieke's service. Frank McNamara, another fellow board member, said Rieke "served in very hot, very troublesome times" with protests over desegregation, strike threats by the teachers union and school closures. "He liked to come on strong on an issue, but he was not without flexibility." Rieke began his 40-year legal career as a prosecutor in the Multnomah County district attorney's office but spent 35 years as a defense attorney, primarily representing indigent clients. In the final decade of his career, Rieke focused on representing people facing the death penalty for murder, drunken driving, arson and other crimes. In every case, he managed to avoid a death sentence for his client, said Chris Clayhold, a longtime legal associate and partner. On the school board and in the courtroom, the big man with the big voice made plain his strong views but in measured tones. Outside his hard-charging job and long hours on the school board, Rieke's priority was family: his wife, Donna, and their children, Maryjane and Forrest, who, like his father, goes by another name, in his case Abe. Joe coached their sports teams even when he didn't know soccer or basketball rules well. "We didn't win many games, but we had more fun than any other team," Maryjane Rieke recalls of middle school basketball. The family spent happy times at their Mount Hood cabin and, after their children left home, Joe and Donna Rieke lived there year-round. A memorial service for Joe was held at the Portland school district headquarters at 501 North Dixon Street on Sept. 23. In addition to his wife and children, Joe is survived by his brother, John '71, and sister, Mary Macklin Reaugh. Abe Rieke and his wife, Renee, are expecting his first grandchild in October.
CLYDE GIDEON '60
Passed away on April 4, 2013.
PATRICK CLYDE DAVIS '60
Patrick Clyde Davis passed away June 5, 2013, at the age of 71, in Douglas, Wyo., where he lived with his daughter and son-in-law since 2007. He was born in Portland on Jan. 22, 1942, to Kermit and Kathryn Davis. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1960. Pat was a Navy veteran and served proudly. He always admitted he had the need for speed. He raced stock cars and motocross in his younger years. He took his passion for riding to the highways in the 90s. Pat drove for United Grocers and belonged to the teamsters union before he retired. Pat is survived by his daughter, Patti Moore; son, Joseph Davis; son-in-law, Jay Moore; grandchildren, Chey and Chaney Moore; brother, Mike Davis (Jeanne); aunt, Lois Clark; nieces and nephews, Melissa Gradin and Michael, Mason and Megan Davis; great-nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends. He was honored by family, friends and classmates at both a Rosary and a Memorial at St Clare's Catholic Church on June 13, 2013. The US Navy Military Honor Guard presented colors at the Internment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery on Skyline.
In Memory Of Class of 1961
Allan (Duke) Dickinson
Jane M. Fletcher
Margaret (Fern) Ratty
LINDA (ROSEBROOK) JOHNSON '61
Linda Johnson, class of 1961, passed away on December 9, 2010 after a 16-year battle with cancer. She was 67. Born in Portland to Earl and Margaret Rosebrook, Linda attended Multnomah and Robert Gray grade schools and graduated from Wilsonl. She attended Portland State University. Linda married Jay Johnson '59 on Feb. 12, 1966, in Portland. She was a stay-at-home mom to Mike and Steve during their school years, and served as PTA president. Later, Jay and Linda operated Dot Golf shop in Beaverton, for 14 years. Since then, they enjoyed retirement and their grandchildren, Nicholas, Addy, and Samantha. Linda was involved with the Metro West Women's Club and Lake Oswego Ladies Golf Club. For years, Linda and her family were involved with the Mount Hood Ski Patrol. The family would like to thank her oncologist, Dr. Gary Takahashi, and his staff at OHSU oncology for her wonderful care. They would also like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for the care they gave to Linda during her last days. We want Linda remembered as kind, generous, caring, and the toughest fighter in the world. A celebration of life was held on Jan. 8, 2011, in Portland. Please make all remembrances to Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the American Cancer Society . "Don't give up, don't ever give up."
JOHN EDWARD HILLISON '61
John Edward Hillison, 68, passed away June 13, 2012 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. John was born in Portland on Dec. 26, 1943, to Orval and Maeford Hillison. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1961. He is survived by his daughter, Anisha; and his three younger brothers, David, Robert and Mark. John lived in Seattle and Spokane for a few years, but he spent most of his life in Portland. He lived his last few years in Ocean Park, Wash., doing what he loved- playing music. A celebration of John's life was held at the Ocean Park Eagles Club on July 25, 2012.
MICHAEL RAYMOND CARLTON '61
Michael Raymond Carlton was born to Ray and Joann Carlton on July 6, 1943, in Portland. He passed away on Oct. 10, 2012, in Medford where he made his home with wife Susan for the past 10 years. Michael attended Llewellyn Grade School where he was active in both Cub and Boy Scouts. He then attended and graduated from Wilson High School in the class of 1961. At Wilson he was active in wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, orchestra and jazz band, playing a mean bass. He also was active in Junior Achievement. He attended the University of Oregon and was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity. He graduated from Portland State University. Eventually, Michael went to work in the family saw chain business, Carlton Company, where he rose to become President. He retired in 1996. Michael loved the outdoors - fishing, hunting, camping and especially skiing. He spent college summers working at Timberline Lodge giving occasional ski lessons among other duties. He earned a pilot's license and had a black belt in Tai Kwon Do. He was a professional photographer and was active in Krayon Kids Musical Theatre. Michael had three children, Anthony Carlton of Portland, with first wife, Kathleen Shank, and Kaili and Jordan Carlton (who predeceased Michael) with second wife, Marsha McGuire. Michael had two grandchildren, Hayli, daughter of Tony and Ruth, and Cheyenne, daughter of Kaili Carlton and Justin Canfield. Michael is also survived by his mother, Joann Carlton; and his sister, Kathleen Hillman, both of Portland. In 2002, Michael married Susan Walker of Medford. With Susan he acquired two stepdaughters, Nani Sallee and Chrystie Milano, and four step-grandchildren, Shawn and Maikalani Sallee, Skyar and Sydney Milano, all of whom cared deeply for Michael. In sickness and in health, Michael and Susan shared wonderful adventures during retirement, traveling to such places as Paris, Hawaii, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. A consummate gentleman, Michael was loved, admired and respected by all who knew him. He will be missed beyond words. Our family wishes to thank the McPhee family of Clara's Care Home in Medford and Asante Hospice for their caring support in making Michael's last months comfortable. A memorial service celebrating Michael's life was held in Medford, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the local Red Cross or Children's Advocacy Center of Medford.
DAVID LEE KANE '61
Dave Kane passed away peacefully at his home April 14, 2012 at the age of 69. Dave was born April 04, 1943 and enjoyed building hot rods, coaching softball and spending time with The Happyrock Hoppers, his rabbit hopping 4H group. Dave graduated from Wilson in 1961. Dave is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Mike (Alice); daughters, Cheryl and Lisa (Larry); and granddaughter, Shelbie. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dave Kane Scholarship Fund at the OSU 4H Extension Office, 200 Warner Milne, Oregon City, OR 97045.
ROBERT (BOB) BRIDGEFORD '61
Former Executive Director of the Portland Children’s Museum, Robert (Bob) Bridgeford died April 11, 2013 at home following a decline in health related to chronic illness at age 69. For the past decade Bob lived in Sisters with wife Annie Painter (retired Wilson art teacher), where he served as president of the Deschutes Watershed Council and returned to graduate school, becoming a therapist at Deschutes County Mental Health. Bob was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts December 1, 1943 to parents Glendon Roy Bridgeford and Vera Lydia Steele Bridgeford. During that period, his father worked as an engineer for the war effort at Harvard on the anti-aircraft material called "chaff". After the war he worked for Bell Labs and "Ma Bell,” transferring to Portland, where Bob attended Hayhurst School through 8th grade and graduated from Wilson High School (1961). Click here to read more about Bob.
In Memoriam Class of 1962
Corrine Berg Gross
Carol Furry Shillito
Joyce Johnson Don
Vicki Oliver Whipps
Deanna Shirley Schworer
Arthur (Jim) Todd
Karen Willsey McDaniel
ERNEST MARUSKA '62
Ernie Maruska '62 passed away suddenly on October 25, 2007. Ernie was born on January 14, 1944 and was 63 years old. His sister Jo Ann Ausmus (Maruska) '64 states that, "Ernie was an active member of the Thespians WWHS Drama Department. He was also involved in modern dance at school." Our thoughts are with his family.
MATTHIAS KEMENY '62
Matthias David Kemeny lost his battle against ALS on March 23, 2007 at the age of 64. Matthias was born July 25, 1942, Auxerre, France, of Hungarian Father and German Polish Mother. He was educated as an artist and designer and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University in 1973. Matthias combined his talents in the arts with his entrepreneurial skills and built his business in the exhibit and display industry to become a very successful enterprise, producing fine and commercial art for more than 40 years. He was never at a loss for ideas and in fact authored several patents, many of which are still in use. In short, he had an unusually strong ability to innovate. Matthias was a world traveler for much of his life, and while on these trips, he sketched ordinary people with pen and ink on table napkins. Some of his work can be found in museums as far away as Pakistan, as well as in his home state, Washington. Late in his life, he culminated his dream of transforming these ordinary line sketches into a catalogue of painted drawings; which he called "Collecting Souls". The original drawings were transformed into bright painted portraits that speak to the commonalty of the human race. The contemporary force and style woven in to the realistic base gave the paintings their unique appealing energy. His art conveyed a simple, yet powerful message of his love for humanity. Matthias was a powerful man in many ways, yet gentle; an intensely focused person who was strongly committed to contributing to a better world in every respect. His intellectual curiosity was remarkable as was his genuine interest on a very deep level with every person he met, which led him to many life-long friendships with diverse people from all over the world. Matthias is survived by his wife, Souk; his brother, Benjamin and his nine year old son, Daniel. He found Souk late in his life, and there was no question to those who knew them both, that they were soul mates. He was devoted to his son, Daniel, who will have much of the memories of his father live on through his artwork and other creative endeavors. He will obviously be missed as well by his many friends in the local area and throughout the world. A funeral service was held at Ahavai Shalom in Portland. Those interested in sending a remembrance may donate to the following associations in his memory: Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, PSU Foundation, PBS Foundation. Photo.
KENNETH JOHN GAGLIASSO '62
Kenneth Gagliasso died February 10, 2013, at 69 of ruptured aortic aneurysm. He was born in Portland on Nov. 5, 1943, to Arthur and Clara Georgette (Banks) Gagliasso, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1962. Married Roberta Pfeifer '62, July 16, 1966. Ken is survived by his wife; two sons, Timothy of Springfield and Michael of Harrisburg; and daughter, Patricia of Wasilla, Alaska; three grandchildren, Thomas, Nicholas and Haley; his sister, Julie Lindikoff (Udo) of Portland; a niece and family of West Linn; and a nephew and family of Bend. Celebration of Life was held May 19, 2013 at Diamond Woods Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
TIMOTHY FORD BRACY ‘62
Timothy Ford Bracy died peacefully on December 19, 2014 at the age of 70 from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He was born July 8, 1944. Tim was aware of his disease and faced it with valor and care for others until the final weeks of his life. Throughout his life, Tim was the epitome of kindness. In his professional and personal endeavors, he was a mentor and coach who is remembered for his generosity and support and for encouraging others to stretch and grow. Tim was committed to public safety as a respected law enforcement officer, admired as a world traveling cycling enthusiast, an astute investor, a true lover of animals and a caring partner and husband. Tim was a third-generation native of Portland, born to Jack and Marge Bracy, who predeceased him. He attended Multnomah and Markham elementary schools and Woodrow Wilson High School, where he served as student body president and graduated in 1962. Military time in the U.S. Navy came before college and he served with distinction on the submarine Tullibee. His education continued at the University of Portland where in 1976 he earned a bachelor's degree in administrative justice. "T Ford" as he was known in police work, was a lieutenant when he left the Portland Police Bureau after a decade of service. Tim stayed in touch with his high school classmates as a member of the Class of '62 reunion committee, maintained friendships from his Navy days and had enduring bonds with his old police buddies. Public safety, mentoring and coaching were themes throughout his careers with Lifespring, Portland General Electric and the City of Portland. Tim is survived by his wife, Mary Cay Liebig; brothers, Craig Bracy and Dale Bracy; nieces, Lizette Bracy and Nicole Chiravollati-Hammer; nephew, Michael Bracy; and cousins, Beverly Hofshulte and Robert Batdorf. It is difficult to capture the whole of Tim's spirit. He was truly loyal to friends and family and valued his affiliations. He had a generous spirit and was a great storyteller. He was a good man who enriched the lives of many and who will be missed by us all. A memorial service was held January 24, 2015, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. At a later time, Timothy Ford Bracy will be interred in Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Oregon Humane Society, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211.
BENJAMIN KEMENY '63
Benjamin Kemeny passed away in Oregon on October 24, 2012 at the age of 69. He was born September 30, 1943.Photo 1; Photo 2
GARY MARTIN '63
Gary Martin '63 passed away on March 3, 2011. He blessed the Cider Mill Restaurant down the street from Wilson for over 33 years as head bartender until his retirement in October 2010. Gary played football, ran cross country and track while at Wilson and was named Wilson's "Boy of the Month" in November, 1962. "Gary's passion for life, his patrons and his extended family at the Cider Mill will not be forgotten.......Gary Martin was an honest man," adds Toby Harris '89 (owner of Cider Mill Restaurant). There was a memorial wake service for Gary on Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Cider Mill Lounge, 6712 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, Oregon. Click here to read more about Gary.
MARYLOU FITCH BROWN '63
MaryLou (Fitch) Brown '63 passed away peacefully on May 2nd in her Portland home with her family by her side. She was born on November 6, 1945. She attended Wilson high school, PSU, and PCC, which led her to a lifelong career as a legal secretary at several prestigious Portland law firms. On December 27, 1966, she married Steven Brown after meeting on a blind date. Their first daughter, Lisa, arrived in 1967, followed by Kirsten in 1969. Those who knew MaryLou remember her as a strong, intelligent woman and a loyal and loving wife, mother, sister, and friend. Her love of travel (New England, the British Isles, the Oregon coast, and Sunriver held special places in her heart), cooking and baking (her fudge and fondue were beyond compare), and her passion for the holidays (she left nothing undecorated) will remain in our memories forever. MaryLou was an outgoing and popular woman with a wide circle of friends. They found a caring and trusted confidant on whom they could depend for anything. While she loved her friends, it was her family she treasured most: her beloved husband, Steven; her daughters, Lisa '85 and Kirsten '87 and their spouses, Sam and Gary; and her cherished grandsons, Andrew, Malcolm, and Cameron. MaryLou also remained very close to her three brothers, Jim, Mike and Tom, and especially with her sister, Judy, who brought her great joy and support when she needed it most.
TAMARA LEE HELM (ALSMAN) '64
Tamara Lee Helm (Alsman) died May 24, 2006 of a heart attack at age 60. Tamara Lee Alsman was born May 11, 1946, in Portland. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1964 and lived in Tigard before moving to Tualatin in 2000. She was a loan officer for Lending Resource Corporation. Survivors include her mother, Ramona Alsman; and sister, Mona R. Edwards. Remembrances to the Oregon Humane Society.
PAUL H. FRITZLER '64
Wilson classmate Paul H. Fritzler born in Portland on July 2, 1946 passed away May 9, 2008. He died of complications from chemotherapy which he was taking for a rare terminal cancer. He leaves behind Candace Fritzler, his grieving wife and best friend, his son Mark who is married with two children Jocelyn age 8 and Elizabeth age 6. He also has a daughter Leslie who works full time and is attending the University of Washington. He also leaves behind two adult married step-children with four step-grandchildren that loved him dearly. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1973 and went on to a distinguished career with Eaton/Cutler Hammer Corp. for over 30 years. In addition, he also belonged to many other professional organizations in the electrical engineering field. Paul was working full time at the time of his death for the Eaton Corporation as a Professional Engineer. He had a famous saying that he was "Strong Like Bull" though Candace always told him he was "Full of Bull", that was an on-going joke with everyone that knew him and loved him. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix, make or create. He was tireless in helping others, no matter what it took. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1973 and went on to a distinguished career with Eaton/Cutler Hammer Corp. for over 30 years. In addition, he also belonged to many other professional organizations in the electrical engineering field. Paul, also known as "Poppy", had a tremendous love for his family and friends. He was full of spirit and selflessness, always willing to help others. His sense of humor was never ending and was always the life of the party. Paul had a passion for boating, cars, SCUBA diving, travel and UW football. Paul is also survived by his older brother Tom and his wife Diane, and his mother Nan, who is still alive and doing well living independently at the age of 92.
RUTH VOEGTLIN (HENDERSON) '64
Ruth Voegtlin (Henderson) died July 26, 2006, of breast cancer at age 60. Ruth Henderson was born Feb. 9, 1946, in Portland, where she lived all her life. She graduated from Wilson High School and Portland Community College and was a registered nurse for Providence St. Vincent Home Health for the past six years. In 1989, she married Richard D. "Dave." Survivors include her husband. Remembrances to Providence ElderPlace.
EDWARD A KAHN '64
Edward Kahn passed away on April 9, 2009 at the age of 62 in Portland, Oregon. He was born in Portland on November 8, 1946. Edward attended both Capitol Hill Grade School and St. Clare's Catholic Grade School, located in the same area of SW Portland before heading off to Wilson High. Edward is survived by his brother James (Jim) M. Kahn who was born February 4, 1950. Jim attended Wilson his freshman and sophomore years and then transferred to Jackson High School where he graduated in 1968. Jim currently lives in Lake Chapala, Mexico...on an extended vacation! Their dad (William M.) died on February 5, 2004...in Seal Rock, Oregon. Their mom (Mary E.) died on July 23, 2009...in Seal Rock, Oregon. According to Jim, Ed spent most of his life, trying to overcome his battles with mental illness. He was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and also suffered from a mild form of epilepsy. Although medication helped to ease much of the pain throughout his life, both physical and mental ...bouts with unexpected seizures and blackouts increased in his mid to late 50s and finally caught up with him during the first week of April of 2009. He died as a result of one of these attacks. He simply blacked out and never fully regained consciousness. His doctors said that his brain simply "switched off" and he died, as far as the doctors could tell, without any pain. His body was cremated, and his family scattered his ashes, as he had always requested, in the Pacific, just south of Seal Rock, Oregon.
DAVID D. RHINE '64
David D. Rhine passed away in April 2007. He was born in 1946 and grew up in Portland. He graduated from Wilson High School and attended Portland State University. He worked mostly as a salesman although he took over Columbia Copy Company when his father retired. He married and had two sons whom he dearly loved. He loved to ski, dirt bike and hike with them. He spent his last few years in Guatemala until he returned home in February and was diagnosed with lung cancer. He leaves behind his father, Dale D Rhine Sr.; sons, Matt Rhine of Portland and Michael who disappeared in Guatemala in 2003; sister, Elaine Tanzer; brother-in-law, Jake Tanzer; and ex-wife, Margaret Rhine. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gussie Rhine, who died in 1990.
SALLY JO KENNEDY SHEEDY '64
Sally Jo Kennedy Sheedy passed away on October 4, 2005 at age 59. Sally Jo Sheedy was born May 15, 1946, in Portland. She graduated from Wilson High School and Portland State University. She was a housing services specialist for the General Services Administration, and a self-employed stamp artist. Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth Sheedy; and her aunts, uncles and cousins. Remembrances to the Cat Adoption Team.
KENTON GILLASPIE '64
After a nine-month battle with esophageal cancer, Ken passed away on December 10, 2006. Ken Gillaspie was a founding partner of Security First Advisors and an active member of the Money Quotient community of life-centered, values-based, financial planning professionals. He was an accomplished jazz musician. Ken was born on November 8, 1946 and lived most of his life in Portland. After Wilson HS, Ken attended Portland State University and the University of Portland. His undergraduate work was in business, psychology, and education; and he earned a master's degree in music. He taught music for many years and counted many of his former students as friends. As a local jazz musician, Ken was often spotted in the Portland area playing trumpet and flugalhorn at public and private functions. Ken also served in the Army as a medic and trumpet player during the Vietnam War. Ken taught music for several years. Ken is survived by his wife Peggy and their two sons, Christopher and David.
BEN BUTZIEN '64
Wilson classmate Ben Butzien '64 passed away from liver cancer on December 26, 2006. He was married to Karen Perkins-Butzien for 35 years. Ben will be missed by his classmates.
GEORGE STEVENS '64
George Stevens '64 was born on November 15, 1946 in Berkeley and died December 3, 2009 in San Francisco. He died at his beloved Maitri where he has volunteered since 1988. He is grieved by a community as diverse and colorful as he and we thank him for his generosity and love. George was called to action from the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1981. He joined the Zen Hospice Project in its early stages which became Maitri Hospice. He was an integral member of the institution's growth and evolution from the beginning. He showed up. He never left. He leaves us with many gifts -- the gift of Maitri, which he helped shape and protect. And the gift of modeling compassionate friendship - from the inside out. As he began to fight his own battle with a rare sarcoma he made the illness into a communal experience sharing his medical news, acknowledging fear, anger, and regrets along with his profound love of beauty and culture through his blog. We would have wished for more time with George. We are grateful that he showed us what courage looks like and how to exemplify the gift of presence. In the end, he died peacefully, surrounded by love and compassion from friends near and far. "I have trusted that my life was guided with purpose and intention. Fundamentally, I have felt well used in my life and San Francisco was the container for my work. Gratitude doesn't begin to describe how much I love and appreciate this City." The memorial for George Stevens will be held February 14, 2009 beginning at 3pm followed by a reception until 5pm at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street at 16th in San Francisco. A Wilson classmate, Edre Lee Berry '62 recalls that George graduated from the University of Oregon and spent one year in Pavia, Italy; before that, he spent three months as an exchange student in Mexico and Jose Tapete spent three months later with the Stevens' family. George was artistically inclined from grade school days; later on, he also became very proficient in computer technology and lived quite a few years in San Francisco. He was definitely a great fan of the San Francisco Opera. George is survived by his sister, Elizabeth "Betsy" Stevens Howe '69 and his 92 year old father, George Stevens. His mother, Ruth Stevens, passed away on March 1, 2009 at the age of 91. According to Betsy, during the summer, between his Sophomore and Junior years, George went to Mexico City to live with a family and attend classes. "He learned to speak fluent Spanish and gained a love for travel. George stayed in touch with several high school friends, including Miss Leonora Guinazzo, his Spanish teacher. In August, 2009, George attended a gathering of 1964 WWHS grads held in Multnomah Village. It was his last visit to Portland and a wonderful opportunity to say good bye to many friends."
JOHN CARTER '64
John Carter passed '64 away unexpectedly on February 16, 2010. He was born in Portland in 1945 and was the oldest of three boys. John was a special education assistant at Glencoe High School and is survived by his brothers, Clayton '60 and Nicholas (Jesuit graduate). John played varsity football, ran track (High Hurdles) & high jumped for Wilson. Click here to read more about John's life: http://www.utsrocks.com/utsmainpage.html, then click on JOHN CARTER'S BIOGRAPHY.
PAUL LONGMORE 1960-1963 (CLASS '64)
Dr. Paul Longmore, 64, a leading disability scholar and activist who taught at San Francisco State died of natural causes on August 9, 2010. Paul attended Wilson from 1960 to 1963 (and was heading to graduate with his class of 1964 but left after his junior year when his family moved to Southern California in the spring of 1963.) Paul's sister Ellen Longmore Brown lives in Ohio and attended WWHS for her freshman year 1963. According to Valerie J. Nelson from the LA Times, Paul was unable to use his hands because of a childhood bout with polio and helped establish disability studies as a field of academic research and teaching. He also wrote some of the first academic and historical articles about how disabled people have been depicted in popular culture. In his 2003 book, "Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability," he challenged popular views of assisted suicide, which he had campaigned against legalizing in California, and highlighted the relatively unknown history of the disability rights movement during the Depression. According to Disability Rights California, “Paul was one of the most engaging and wide-ranging speakers on disability policy throughout American history and we were honored to work with him and have him present at our staff trainings,” said Catherine Blakemore, executive director of Disability Rights California. Staff attorney Stephen Rosenbaum noted: “I once heard Paul introduced as the ‘James Dean’ of Disability Studies – that captures the combination of intellectual, rebel and down-to-earth man he was.” Margaret Johnson, advocacy director, recalled: “In addition to his contributions to the disability civil rights movement, he taught me academic and disability history lessons and – he had the best sense of humor.” There was a celebration of Paul's life on October 23, 2010. The celebration was held at SF State with a reception following the ceremony. Click here to read Paul's curriculum Vitae.
The Paul K. Longmore Institute for Disability Studies at San Francisco State University promotes interdisciplinary education, training, research and service in disability-related areas. The Institute develops partnerships with programs that serve the disability community on the campus, locally and statewide, nationally and internationally. The Institute provides leadership in disability studies, including but not limited to social psychology, social work, physical therapy, design and industry, education, rehabilitation, and the humanities.
The Institute initiates and supports projects that lead to:
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The University is particularly proud of the leading role played by the institute in reconceptualizing disability and the role of disabled peoples, with vast implications for civil rights law, social welfare policies, architectural design and assistive technology, and professional training and service delivery in disability-related fields.
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JEFF BASINSKI '64
Teacher, coach and administrator Jeff Basinski '64 died in his sleep on May 27, 2011 at the age of 65. Jeff was head coach at Forest Grove from 1980 to 1991, leading league champion teams in 1981 and 1985. In his 41 seasons of coaching in the state, he also assisted at St. Helens, Sunset and Centennial, where he spent the last six years. He coached basketball and wrestling at Forest Grove High School for many years. Before that he assisted coach Jeff Durham, and after he left the head coaching job he served on the staffs of coaches Bill Bloomer and Mike McCabe. He retired as the school’s athletic director in 2005. Jeff taught social studies and personal finance at FGHS. After retirement, he helped coach at Centennial High School. Basinski was a member of the 1965 Linfield team that played in the NAIA national championship game. Jeff dedicated his life to kids and his community. He believed greatly in the value of extracurricular activities and the importance that they have for kids. Bass made a difference in the lives of many and will be greatly missed. Jeff's father, Eddie Basinski, was in minor league baseball league in Portland. He is survived by his family, Connie, BJ, Marianne, Jaime, Tim, Ellie and Mitch. Those who wish to celebrate Jeff's life are invited to Forest Grove High School at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011. Donations to American Diabetes Association , Forest Grove High School Hall of Fame, or Centennial High School Football would be a suitable way to honor Coach Bass.
SANDRA JEAN HOLLENBECK BURGI '64
Sandy Hollenbeck Burgi graduated from Wilson in 1964. She passed away on April 27, 2011 at the age of 64 years young. Sandra was born November 28, 1946 at the former Columbus/Queen Anne Hospital in Seattle Washington. She was the daughter of Leighton and Donna Hollenbeck of Portland, Oregon. At an early age, Sandy and family moved to Portland, Oregon. Sandy was raised in Southwest Portland, and graduated from Wilson High School, and Oregon State University. She was married to Edward Bailey with whom she had been together for 25 years. Ed and Sandy have lived in Portland, Sammamish, Crescent Bar, and most recently in Kirkland Washington. Sandra worked all of her life in the health care industry, beginning as a medical technologist at the Oregon Health Science University, Oreganon Teknika as a Co-Ag specialist, and last 23 years in Molecular Diagnostics as a Regional Molecular Product Specialist with Roche Diagnostics. She enjoyed training clients and new employees in the specialized molecular industry and DNA amplification technology. Sandy’s loves included family, friends, co-workers, international traveling, wine tasting, Maui, her dog ’Joe’, and all her other pets. She had an infectious smile and laugh, and was loved by all. She was a loving mother, grandmother, devoted partner and wife. Most of all she was a loyal friend. She was preceded in death by her father, Leighton. She is survived by her husband Edward Bailey of Kirkland; daughter Gina Kaldahl and grandsons Ari and Soren Kaldahl of Eugene, Oregon; her mother Donna Hollenbeck of Portland Oregon; and sister/brother in law Barbara and Tad Hetu of Hillsboro, Oregon. Per Sandy’s request, in lieu of flowers please make donations to: The Maui Humane Society, Sandra J. Burgi Fund, PO Box 1047, Puunene-Maui, HI 96784. Please visit www.flintofts.com to view a full obituary and to sign the on-line guest book.
ERIC A. BRANNFORS '64
Eric Brannfors lost his life on December 28, 1966 at age 20 while serving in South Vietnam in the US Army in the Light Weapons Infantry. Eric serviced for two years.
JAMES JEFFRIES '64
MICHAEL JEFFRIES '67
We are sad to report that Cece Delfs (Jeffries) '60 lost her two brothers in 2008. Mike Jeffries '67 passed away January 2008 of a heart attack and other problems. He attended his 40th Reunion in September 2008. Mike's memorial service was held at O'Connor's Restaurant in Multnomah. "Steve did a great job!" adds Cece. Her other brother Jim Jeffries '64 passed away in April 2008. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and it metastasized to his brain. Jim was gone in 4 months. Cece tells us that 2008 was a very difficult year for her family. "Our Mother will be 94 in December 2009. I graduated with the infamous Class of 1960. I really appreciate the alumni website."
JOHN HEDBERG '64
John Brent Hedberg passed away on October 3, 2012 at the age of 66. With his family near, John left this world to sail off to new adventures at his home in Friday Harbor, Wash. John was born on May 30, 1946 in Vancouver, Wash., to Helen Francis DeLong and Jay Bud Hedberg. In 2010, after gradually spending more and more time in the San Juan Islands, he and his wife of 31 years, Pam (Asher) Hedberg, relocated from Portland to their dream home in Friday Harbor. John was diagnosed with brain cancer in July of 2011. He faced it with strength, optimism and the contagious sense of humor he was known and loved for. He is survived by his wife, Pam of Friday Harbor; son, Brent Hedberg; daughter, Kali Hedberg; and brother, Dennis Hedberg, all of Portland. A celebration honoring John's life was held Oct. 28, 2012 at The Laurelhurst Club in Portland. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the charity of your choice in honor of John's giving spirit.
MICHAEL McELLIGOTT '64
Michael McElligott, retired Washington County Circuit Court judge, died at 66 on December 21, 2012. His wife, Barbara Rose, was at his side when he died in his Northwest Portland home. Michael was born in Portland and demonstrated excellent scholarship and athletic ability from an early age. He graduated at the top of his class from Wilson High School in 1964 and played third base on the varsity baseball team. He attended Antioch College and earned a BS in Political Science from Portland State University. In 1968, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and Germany. Upon release from the service, Michael attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C., earning a Doctor of Law degree. After a clerkship with Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Kenneth J. O'Connell, he practiced law in Hillsboro at the Metropolitan Public Defender, then with the firm Reeder and Rapp and finally, in 1979, with his brother-in-law, Chuck Fryer. Michael was elected to the Washington County bench in 1982 and his judicial career spanned three decades. He was known to be highly intelligent, fair, always prepared, outgoing and, at times, very strict. He was Presiding Judge for a time and was trusted by Chief Justice Edwin Peterson to bring Washington County's docket under control. In 1984, Michael married Barbara Rose, forging a partnership that brought him much love and joy for the rest of his life. He took up running to keep himself in top physical condition. He could be seen making his way through NW Portland with Truman, his Yorkshire Terrier, leading the way. He was active in a hiking group, the "Men of Steel," that covered many of the hiking trails in the northwest. He took regular trips to Mexico with Barbara and friends where they enjoyed the culture and slower pace. Late in 2011, Michael was diagnosed with lung cancer that was caused by exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam. He endured a year-long course of treatment ending with a graceful hospice period. He passed away at home with Barbara at his side. Michael is survived by his wife, Barbara Rose; sisters, Anne McElligott and Jean Fryer; stepmother, Theresa McElligott; nieces, Michelle Hawkins, Brenda Hawkins, Sandra Vonada and Carly Fryer; and nephew, James Fryer. A memorial will beheld at the Shirley Huffman Auditorium, 155 N. First Avenue, Hillsboro, OR, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Vietnam Veterans of America: www.vva.org.
JOHN MIKULIC '64
John Mikulic left us on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the age of 67. He was the youngest of three children born on May 4, 1946 to John Mikulic and Mary Anne (Kovach) Mikulic, who both immigrated from Czechoslovakia. John attended St. Clair Grade School and graduated from Wilson High School in 1964. He was an All-City fullback nominated to play in the state Shriner football game. Prior to the game, he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident which ended his football playing days forever. Following high school, John was employed by several companies and in 1977 he enlisted in the Navy, where he served 10 years and was named the top recruit in his Air Squadron Group. At some point, John had been exposed to asbestos which lead him to contract mesothelioma, cancer of the lung lining. He learned of his diagnosis in August 2012 while he was employed by Fred Meyer as a dispatch supervisor at the distribution center in Clackamas. John reunited with his former wife, Michele, in 2009 and they both knew from the moment they first saw each other that the spark of love had never died. On July 5, 2010, they were remarried and were inseparable from then on and they made up for all those years of love lost while apart. The last four years of his life with Michele were the most joyful ever and he had never been happier than when they were together. They built a home together in Casa Grande, Ariz., in 2010 where they planned to retire. Once John received the news that he had mesothelioma, they moved to Arizona in October 2012, and he was receiving cancer treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz. John leaves behind his loving wife, Michele, whom he referred to as "the love of my life"; brother, Steve Mikulic (Julie); sister, Camille Cantrall; stepson, Todd; stepdaughter, Lindsey; two step-granddaughters, whom he had grown very attached to; daughters, Kim and Kelly; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. At John's request, no memorial services are planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John's name to the Mesothelioma Research Foundation, 1-800-909-6376.
LINDA SCOTT HUMMEL '64
Linda Kay Hummel (Scott), of Seaside, passed away on June 20, 2014 after a brief illness. She spent her final days with family and special people in her life. She was born May 20, 1946, to James and Wilma Scott, and had one brother Richard Scott, who all proceeded her in death. She was married to the love of her life Joe Hummel, who passed away in 1991, but remained in her heart and daily thoughts until he greeted her in heaven with a bouquet of fresh dahlias. Linda was mother to three fabulous daughters, Lee Anne Percy of Seaside, Kimberley McCaw of Portland and Amanda Hummel of Chehalis, WA. She had four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and was a stepmother to Joe’s five children Denise, Jennifer, Joey, Patty and Heidie. Linda’s happiest days were with Joe. They lived on a farm in Chehalis, Washington, and enjoyed the simple life with cows, pigs, chickens and many other critters associated with life in the country. When her Joe passed away, she moved to Seaside. She worked as a cashier at Coast Hardware and later at the Seaside Liquor store, mostly just to make friends and conversation with her new neighbors. This is how she met her companion, Richard Perkins, whom she enjoyed so many fun times with – cooking, visiting friends, mini-vacations and family time. She cared for him in his final days, and he helped her while she successfully battled breast cancer. She was blessed with her friendships – friends like her neighbor, Barb, who brought a ray of sunshine into her life by stopping by just to chat, but really to check on her and make her laugh when she didn’t feel much like laughing. Linda’s family will be forever grateful. There was a memorial and celebration of Linda’s life at the Bob Chisholm Community Center in Seaside on July 12. Thank you to all the residents of Seaside, who are the best neighbors anyone could have asked for. You contributed to her happiness while living at the beach. It was a perfect destination before her final journey home.
CECIL LLOYD GAUSVIK ‘64
Lloyd Gausvik passed away in 2001 from a heart attack. He was born in 1946 and graduated from Wilson in 1964. Cecil “Lloyd” was a teacher in the Roseburg area of Oregon.
STEVEN RALSTIN ‘64
Steven Dean Ralstin passed away from liver cancer on August 17, 2014, at the age of 68. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1964. Steven was a resident of Grangeville, Idaho at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, Erin Ralstin; his brother, David Ralstin; sister Tracy Kelly; and seven children, Jenifer, Lauri, Kevin, Nita, Katy, Robert and James, respectively. He had 20 grandchildren. Funeral services were held August 23, 2014 at the LDS church in Grangeville, ID.
OFFICER WILLIAM "BILL" BROWN '65
Bill Brown '65 died on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in Gresham. He was 62 years of age. After graduating from Wilson, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his duty, he was granted Top Secret Clearance working with Cryptographic information. After receiving an honorable discharge on May 4, 1972, Bill returned to Portland where he completed his Bachelor's Degree at Portland State University. He worked as a Police Officer for the Portland Police Bureau for 28 years retiring in 2006. Bill is survived by his wife, Jo of Gresham, step sons, Chris Ronnfeldt of Portland, Jon Ronnfeldt of Gresham and Mike Ronnfeldt of Clackamas, parents, Dennis and Karleen Brown of Beaverton and brothers Ron Brown of Beaverton and Steve Brown of Beaverton along with 3 grandchildren, Jon, Alyssa and Dylan. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. To read more about Bill, go to: http://www.legacy.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=William-Brown&lc=7392&mid=4155789&=.
CAROL MARGARET HARTSOOK 1965
Carol Margaret Hartsook '65 died after a very long battle with cancer on June 23, 2007, at the age of 59. She was born on November 18, 1947 in Portland and had no children.
CHRISTY LEE SUTTON 1965
Christy Lee Sutton passed away peacefully but unexpectedly in her sleep on October 24, 2012 at the age of 65. Born in Portland on June 13, 1947, she attended Hayhurst, Wilson H.S. and PSU. She was a self taught graphic artist and had her own business for many years. Her talents included mother, artist, quilter, volleyball player and golfer. She had just returned from a five day volleyball tournament in Utah. As a child, she played the viola, oil painted, was editor of her high school yearbook and lovingly followed her father, Len Sutton's, Indy 500 racing career. Her business career started at JK Gills and ended with producing the Portrait of Portland Magazine for the last eight years. She also was the ad manager for Forest Dental Products. Her biggest accomplishments were raising her two daughters, Coryn Wallen and Lindsay Scheu. Lindsay (age 32), Down Syndrome, was cared for by Christy who involved her in every aspect of the community with grace and fortitude. She lived most of her adult life in Mulnomah Village. She was always eager to lend a helping hand with her time and talents. Christy is survived by her daughters, Coryn Wallen and Lindsay Scheu; granddaughter, Cristel; mother, Anita Sutton; sister, Hollie Barton (Hank); nephew, Will Barton; niece, Erin Kate Barton Floberg (Erik). Celebration of Life, was held Nov. 6, 2012, at Lucky Labrador, 7675 SW Capitol Hwy., Multnomah Village. Donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes.
RON D. FORREST '65
GREGORY OSIBOV '65
According to the Spokane Chronicle, Gregory (Greg) Osibov born in 1947 died of a single engine plane crash on May 27, 1974. As the plane was taking off a wheel struck a 5 foot high fence at the end of runway and the plane plunged into Sullivan Lake. Gregory's wife, Christie Osibov, swam to shore but her husband drowned. Sullivan Lake is near Metaline in Pend Oreille county north of Spokane WA. Gregory Osibov was an Air Force Captain and Flight Instructor stationed at Fairchild A.F. Base. Greg is buried in Eugene OR.
DENNIS O'DELL '66
Dennis O'Dell '66 passed away May 11, 2010 at the age of 61 at his home in Warren, under the care of his loving wife, family members and Legacy Hospice. Born July 11, 1948, to Ray and Shirley O'Dell in Portland, Dennis was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. He graduated from Wilson High School in Portland in 1966 and attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. During his school days, he played the accordion and trumpet and also played soccer and baseball. In anticipation of turning 16, Dennis worked many part-time jobs, earning enough money to purchase his first car, a "three-on-the-tree" 1954 Plymouth Belvedere, which sparked his lifelong passion for cars. In 1968, Dennis began a long and dedicated career with Western Bancorp which, through many mergers and acquisitions, ultimately became Wells Fargo & Co. Dennis earned numerous awards and received much intensive training in his career as systems analyst for the information technology division. He was devoted to his position at the bank and retired just last year. After struggling with drugs and alcohol in his 20s and early 30s, Dennis found sobriety in 1982. He worked diligently on his recovery and in 1986 he had the honor of serving as chairperson of the Columbia River Young Peoples Roundup. He met many of his lifelong friends in recovery and this was always an integral part of who he was. Dennis suffered from liver disease later in life, eventually necessitating a liver transplant. A partial transplant on Feb. 14, 2003, from a live donor, his dear friend Robert, gave him the gift of more than seven wonderful years. In that time, he married his beautiful wife, Susan Barnes, June 11, 2006, and they have spent their lives together in the country in Warren. He was also able to continue his employment, enjoy 34 years as a Portland Trail Blazer season ticket holder, golf, ski, take pleasure in home improvement projects and make his famous blueberry waffles for the family every Mother's Day. Dennis and Susan loved to travel with their good friends to Cancun, Mexico, and Sedona, Ariz., where they spent numerous weeks each year. On one of their recent trips to Mexico they experienced the adventure of their lives being caught in Hurricane Wilma, where they were holed-up in a crowded, makeshift shelter for more than four days. Dennis is survived by his wife, Susan; father and mother, Ray and Shirley; brothers, Stephen (Hilary) of Redondo Beach, Calif., and his four grown children and David (Debie) and his four children of Hokenson, Wash.; grandson Evan; and five stepchildren and their children. Dennis was predeceased by his sister, Laura. We will all miss Dennis' passion, persistence and tenacity through adversity; his incredible wit and humor; and his love for his wife, Susan; grandson, Evan; his family; and friends. A celebration of Dennis' life was held Friday, May 14, 2010, in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3405 S.W. Alice St., Portland, OR 97219. Condolences to the family may be made at www.columbiafh.com. Remembrances to a charity of choice. Published in The Oregonian on May 14, 2010
REMEMBERING WAYNE TWITCHELL '66 BASEBALL MAJOR LEAGUER, OREGON HALL OF FAMER
We lost Wayne Twitchell '66 who passed away from cancer on September 16, 2010. He was a big-league pitcher, storyteller, mentor, Major leaguer, and Oregon Hall of Famer from Wilson High. Wayne was 62. There was a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in the Multnomah Presbyterian Church. Wayne is survived by his wife Barbara and sons and Wilson graduates, Patrick '98 and Matthew '94. Mike Clopton, Wilson baseball coach was quoted in an article by Aaron Frentress as saying that Wayne Twitchell "was a great story teller. Very quiet and unassuming for a guy that had achieved what most kids wanted to. Giving instead of taking. He made the game real simple so the kids would understand it. He was very calming for the pitchers." As Dwight Jaynes posted in his blog, "We lost a great one last week".
Click here to read more about this former star pitcher for Wilson High: Portland Tribune by Stephen Alexander; The Oregonian by Aaron Frentress; Dwight Jaynes' blog.
BARRY MICHAEL LEWIS '66
Barry Michael Lewis '66 of Lincoln City died January 1, 2011, at his home. He was 62. Barry was born May 22, 1948, in Portland, to Jean and Shirley (Metzger) Lewis.
KENT FRUTIGER '66
Kent Frutiger '66 passed away on March 20, 2011 at the age of 62. Kent was born on March 30, 1948 and passed away in his hometown of Portland. After serving in the Vietnam War, Kent became a local small business owner. He owned A-Ball Plumbing Supply and was an active member of the East Portland Rotary club. Kent is survived by his mother, Kathleen; former wife, Jan; sister, Jeanie '69; children, Jason, Roger, and Elizabeth '00; and one grand- daughter. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Foundation of East Portland Rotary Club.
PETER REYNOLDS '66
Peter Reynolds passed away from cancer on February 19, 2012 at the age of 63. He is survived by his wife, Denene '66; son, Peter Jr. "Kip" and his wife, Marti; daughter, Tiffany Krake '91 and her husband, Kevin; grandchildren, Carson, Cameron, Lexi, Peyton, Nolan, Monee and Kaylee; and siblings, Sue and her husband, Mike, John Eric, Dan and his wife, Cynthia, Mark and his wife, Jill; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John; his mother, Helen; and his sister, Anne. According to The Oregonian, Pete was born in Portland on May 5, 1948 and married Denene Schriber, his 1966 Wilson High School classmate. After a four-year stint in the Air Force, he and Denene settled in Portland. In 1984, he started his own insurance agency, Barnes and Reynolds, where his daughter joined him in 1994. His personal touch in business made his clients into longtime friends. Pete combined his love of family and enthusiasm for sports by coaching his children's baseball and softball teams for over 10 years. When his grandchildren began to play, he never missed a game. He was a major sponsor for Southwest Portland Little League as well as many other Northwest charities. Fitness and sports were always important to him. He ran marathons including the Boston, New York, Portland, Seattle and The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. After his marathon days were over, biking became his passion. He never missed an opportunity to go to the gym or bike with his buddies, even after he started chemotherapy. Together, he and Denene enjoyed collecting coins, tinkering with cars and spending time with their grandchildren. Pete was also a legendary gardener; he refined his talents for vegetables and fruit over the years - to the enjoyment of his family and neighbors. Pete was a loving, strong, determined man and all of these traits made him the best husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend that anyone could ask for. He will be missed by more people than he could possibly have fathomed. Anyone who knew him can say that they were better for having him in their life. He was a devoted husband, proud father and grandfather and a fiercely loyal friend. Blessings on Pete, who so richly blessed us all. The memorial service was held on February 24, 2012, at the World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland. In lieu of flowers, kindly send contributions to Southwest Portland Little League (P.O. Box 19714, Portland, OR 97280-9714 or www.swpll.org) to create the Pete Reynolds Memorial Field at Markham Elementary School.
JANET CLARK ‘66
Janet Clark passed away on January 22, 2015. Born on November 4, 1948, she grew up S.W. Portland (Fulton Park neighborhood) in the house built by her father Harry L. Clark for his family: wife Nadine, daughter Janet and son Bruce. This small neighborhood built life long friends amongst the kids. The neighborhood kids (Janet’s friends today) learned to ride bikes together, and they all slept out during the summer in their backyards, counting the shooting stars and marveling at the countless stars in the Milky Way, which was still visible at that time. They attended Fulton Park School (1-5 grades), Multnomah Elementary, and Woodrow Wilson High School. These neighborhood friends include: Beverly, Kenny, Russell, Claudia, Bruce, Priscilla, and Jill. After High School, Jan joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War Era. She was stationed at the Oakland Army Depot in Oakland, CA for her term of Service. This is where Jan met her life partner, Maureen McCann. Jan and Maureen retuned to Portland at the completion of her service with the Army. Jan and Maureen purchased a home in North Portland (near Interstate and Going) where they lived there for many years, raising their daughter Rhonda McCann. Jan’s first job after the Army was for her cousin Mike Maurice’s taxidermy and mail order art supply business, Reel Trophy. Jan worked for Michael until he closed the business. Following she had retail clerk positions including at Shucks Auto, and Lloyd Center Liquor. Jan was always a hard-worker, and well liked wherever she worked. Unfortunately Jan encountered some health issues and lost one leg. This past fall she found out she had a kidney tumor. December 5th she underwent a procedure to remove the cancerous kidney, but sadly her health deteriorated after the procedure, and she learned her cancer had spread to her liver. She remained in the hospital until peacefully passing on January 11, 2015. Her care by the hospital staff and nurses at Emanuel Hospital was the most amazing and loving. We cannot thank them enough for their help during these last moments of Jan’s life. Jan spent her last days surrounded by an amazing healthcare team and loving friends and family. Bruce and Tom Maurice spent the last three days of Jan's presence in this life in constant attendance, her grandson Nick was also present at her passing. Jan is survived by daughter Rhonda Collins (McCann), grandsons Nicholas McCann and Kevin Marshall, aunt Jean Clark, brother Bruce Clark and his wife Denese and family: Lisa (Clark), Jessica Merrick (Clark), and Ian Clark, cousins: Don Clark, Mary Lou Beck (Clark), Raymond Clark, Laurinda Andrist (Clark), Jean Wright, Lawrence Wright, Bonnie Wright, Michael Maurice, Margaret Stillwell (Maurice), Tom Maurice, and David Maurice. Jan was preceded in death by her life-partner Maureen McCann, parents Harry L. and Nadine T. Clark, grandparents Emery L. and Anna D. Clark, Horace R. and Mildred I. Chaney, aunts and uncles: Roy A. and Edna M. Clark, Harold E. and Vera Mary Clark, Vera Wright (Clark), Mildred Kern (Clark), and Lewis E. Clark, Gordon L. and Dorothy L. Maurice, and cousins: Richard Kern, John E. Clark, and Bonnie Wright. In loving memory of Jan and per her wishes, we will spread her ashes with Maureen’s at the Oregon Coast. There was a celebration of Jan's life at the Multnomah Arts Center on February 14, 2015. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army, in loving memory of Janet (Jan) Ann Clark.
MICHAEL AMEY '67
MIchael Robert Amey '67 passed away on September 17, 2009 at the age of 60. Mike was born in Seaside on March 3, 1949, graduated from Wilson High School and spent a few years in the Army as a surgical tech in Germany during Vietnam. He was on his way to success as a sales manager until he was paralyzed in a diving accident in 1984. Since then he has spent his life trying to turn big dreams into reality. He never gave up and he never ran out of ideas. His perseverance finally paid off with the successful completion of a non-profit, low-income apartment complex for disabled people. This endeavor included the Oregon state legislature passing House Bill 3030, also known as the "Amey Bill", which redefined disabled and allowed persons with disabilities and their families to access state bond financing. Mike enjoyed listening to music "Where's the rock and roll?", playing fantasy football "Go Seahawks!" and that long sleeved blue velour shirt (chuckle). Mike had a never ending bout of sarcasm for which he will always be remembered by. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Connie; father, Hal; three children, Scott, Sara, Ryan; 7 grandchildren and many cherished family and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Joan; and step-father, Roy. His step-mother Teresa passed the following day.
LORRAINE WERSTLEIN '67
This world lost one of its true angels with the passing of Lorraine Werstlein '67 on January 20, 2008, to breast cancer. She was 58. Lorraine's dedication to making this world a better place than she found it could be found in her tireless work with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and in her uncompromising love and devotion to family and friends. She was born Lorraine Louise Majors on May 2, 1949, in Portland to Martha and Hugh Majors and enjoyed a lifetime of close friendships gained early in her childhood. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1967 and married Bradley P. Werstlein on April 12, 1969. The couple soon after took up residence in Aloha and raised two daughters, Karie and Holly. Lorraine worked 10 years in the accounting office for J. Thayer Co., and later served five years in Nike World Finance, but work mainly served as a means to develop further friendships. A stranger truly was a friend Lorraine had yet to meet. Lorraine was a member of The Red Hat Society "The Scarlet Sweethearts," and was a driving force when it came to the Relay For Life of Beaverton - relentlessly working to raise funds and awareness so that cancer might one day be eliminated from this world. She touched the lives of many throughout the state of Oregon with her giving nature, and especially enjoyed traveling with her husband, Brad, in their motorhome. Walking along the beach and digging clams, reading books and getting to know fellow travelers in nearby campsites were particular favorites, but Lorraine also enjoyed the comforts of home with its familiar faces and places, bunco parties and the ability to tend to her garden and ever-fruitful friendships. Lorraine leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Brad Werstlein of Aloha; loving daughters, Karie Majors of Canby, and Holly Henry and husband, Kris Henry of Medford; five grandchildren, Dylan Larson, Cassidy Vaughan, Nicklaus Henry, Grace Henry and Ty Henry; her mother, Martha Leckband of Tualatin; two brothers, Bob Majors and wife, Shaun Majors of Portland, and Mark Majors of John Day; her Uncle John and Aunt Shirley Mares of Albuquerque, N.M.; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless loving friends. Lorraine was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Majors, and stepfather, Hank Leckband. Her kind and gentle nature will be missed by all, but never forgotten. In this time of sorrow we are all comforted by the many memories of how she never failed to make us smile and was always a comfort in our time of need. She was buried next to her father, Hugh Majors, at Skyline Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Beaverton, 0330 SW Curry St., Portland, OR 97239, designated for Team Skip For My Lou 2. Published in The Oregonian on 1/24/2008
BONNIE MACBEAN '67
Bonnie MacBean died on January 19, 2010 at the age of 60 at the home of a best friend in Forest Grove. She was born on December 27, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Norman Dean Jr. and Jeanne (Allerton) MacBean. Bonnie worked as deli clerk then later as a cashier at the Damascus Safeway from1992 to 1996, and then worked in administration for the New Zealand Fence Company in Clackamas. She also worked at the Dollar Tree during the 2008-2009 holiday season. Survivors include: her companion, Tom Jeremia; two brothers, Sammie Love and Don MacBean; and sister, Wendy Olstad '69.
GEORGE MICHAEL BROWNING '67
Mike Browning passed away on February 23, 2011 at the age of 61. He was born October 1, 1949 in Seattle and grew up in the Portland area. According to The Oregonian, Mike was a proud member of the U.S. National Guard 162nd Engineer Company from 1970 until 1978 and attained the rank of sergeant. Mike was awarded the Oregon National Guard Meritorious Service Medal in 1977. He received his undergraduate degree in business from Portland State University and his master's degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College. In 2004, Mike retired after 29 years as an elementary school teacher for Lake Oswego Public Schools, most recently teaching at Oak Creek Elementary. Mike was a vintage Volkswagen enthusiast and enjoyed spending time working on his 1970 Beetle and 1970 Bus. Mike is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn Browning; daughter, Rebecca and her husband, David Hopkins; grandson, Sam; a grandchild expected at the end of March; and daughter, Sally and her husband, Dallas Thomsen. At Mike's request, no service was held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by visiting, http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/mikebrowning.
LINDA OLSON JUCKETT '67
Lee Juckett graduated from Wilson in 1966 and his wife Linda Olson Juckett graduated in 1967. They were high school sweethearts. Lee said they met in 1966 at a Wilson basketball game when he was playing in the pep band. "Five years later we celebrated our first wedding anniversary at a Stanford basketball game with me playing in the pep band!" adds Lee. They celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary in January 2012. Lee says that "after 10 years battling cancer, including several operations, radiation treatments, and 20 months of chemotherapy, my sweet wife passed away early on May 7, 2012. During those 10 years, she was able to be part of my son's wedding, enjoy two wonderful grandchildren, help my daughter renovate and move into her new house, and co-chair two major fundraising events in our community. She is thankfully now pain-free and happy to be with the Lord." A memorial service was held for Linda Olson Juckett on May 12, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. Lee lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
LAWRENCE (LARRY) CARROLL '67
Our husband, dad, grandpa, and friend passed away unexpectedly on May 29, in Bullhead City, Ariz., at the age of 64. Larry was a very outspoken guy. We often heard from people who might disagree with him, but respected him for always telling the truth as he saw it. He will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his big heart, his generosity, and his willingness to help anyone in need. His favorite diversions in life included boating, listening to classic rock music, socializing with friends, and playing and watching sports. He will be greatly missed by a number of lifelong friends dating back to high school days. Larry was born and raised in Portland, Ore. He was fortunate to be able to travel to Europe and Asia with his parents several times as a child. He attended Wilson High School, where he was a member of the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. He spent his summers doing the "dirty work" at his dad's business; as his dad explained, to motivate him to get an education so he could support himself in a less arduous way.
After high school, Larry attended Wenatchee Valley College in Washington where he played on the football team and cooked in several restaurants. After leaving college, he married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Trout. He then enlisted in the United States Army, spending several years in Germany running the data processing center. He also worked as a colonel's driver, allowing him to travel throughout Europe. After returning home, he and Cindy were divorced, but he became the father of his first son, Robert.
In November of 1973, Larry and Mary began their adventures as a married couple. He worked for Consolidated Freightways in Portland. Their son, Larry Scott, was born in January, 1975. A couple of years later, on April 1, they bought a restaurant that lasted a year to the day-they have laughed many times over their "April Fools" venture. In following years, Larry managed several restaurants before resuming his career in the computer field at Tektronix. In 1986, he moved to the Oxnard-Ventura area. After several computer-related jobs, he began at Naval Base Ventura County, holding several positions in the computer field. From 2001 to 2007, Larry and Mary owned and operated Champs Sports Bar in Oxnard; Larry took great pride in creating a place where people could enjoy themselves, relax, and watch sports. Since 2007, Larry divided his time among homes in Oxnard, Arizona, and Oregon. Larry is reuniting in heaven with his parents, Elsie and Jackson Carroll, and his grandson, Jarred Schaper. He is survived by Mary, his wife of nearly forty years; his son, Robert, and children, Moriah and Carlie; his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Gretchen, and their children, Landon and Thatcher. A final good-bye was held at the family home in Oxnard on June 22. Larry would love donations made to the Wounded Warriors Project. In the words of grandson, Landon, "I wish there was a telephone number for heaven so we could call and talk to grandpa."
RICHARD KATTERMAN '67
Richard Katterman passed away on October 25, 2013 at the age of 64 after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer. He was born May 4, 1949. Rick was in constant motion, mentally, emotionally and physically. To everything he turned his hands to he brought a combination of skills: draftsmanship, mechanical engineering, construction, instruction and leadership. He never felt he had helped enough people, completed enough jobs, solved enough problems or conveyed enough information. He loved animals with a passion, horses in particular. His life's dream was to create a place where people wishing to learn and willing to work hard could find a safe and supportive community of like-minded individuals seeking excellence in horsemanship, and he was fortunate to find in his wife, Katrin, a partner with whom to share that dream. Rick's hand is evident everywhere he lived and worked, but nowhere more so than on the farm where he lived with Kat. He was a gifted teacher in his own fields of expertise, and he recognized that a combination of his skills and Kat's could make their Clatskanie farm the place of his dreams. In six short years, they established Course-Walkers at Stewart Creek, a horse breeding and training facility where students are taught according to the principles of natural horsemanship. Over the years, Rick rode hundreds of miles, often accompanied by friends, family and his dogs in some of the most beautiful places in Washington and Oregon. Riding was a joy to him and a way to be close to the natural world he treasured. Wanting others to discover and enjoy these things, he became a founding member of the Columbia County Chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails. Rick is survived by his beloved wife, Katrin; children from his first marriage to Liese Franz: son, Calvin Katterman and daughter, Samantha Katterman-Stekhuizen; grandchildren, Noah, Elizabeth, Ayden, Ayron and Tristan; sisters, Linda Holladay, Sharon Miller and DeeAnn Rolison; and brother, Ronald Katterman. A service was held Nov. 8, 2013, in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, in recognition of Rick's service in the Army and the Oregon National Guard. Should you wish to send something, Rick requested gift cards from Home Depot for the betterment of the farm.
STEVEN KEYSER '68
Steven Keyser (1968) sadly passed away June 4, 2008 from pancreatic cancer. Steve had been an ironworker for 30 years. For the last 10 years, he was injured and unable to work. "He loved his trade very much," says his brother Clifford Keyser '73. Steve and his first wife had a son Justin (35). By his second wife, he had a daughter, Stephanie (29) and a son, Kyle (21). He has 4 grandchildren. The Keyser family website can be viewed at www.madras.net/~cliffk. Steve will be missed!
CHRIS CORNEIL '68
Christopher Corneil passed away on February 15, 2010. After graduating from Wilson, he received a B.A. from Portland State University and a M.S. from the University of Chicago. Chris went on to be a metal finisher in the electronics industry. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; and father, George. A celebration of life was held on February 27, 2010, in Oswego Heritage House, Lake Oswego.
FRANK BOWLBY '68
Frank Bowlby, class of 1968, passed away October 27, 2000 of complications from Colon Cancer. Frank played football, wrestled and threw the shot-put for Wilson from 1964-1968. He was first team all city and all -state in football. He was the PIL heavyweight district champ in 1968 and placed 2nd in state. His shot-put held the school record for several years. Frank received a scholarship to play football at the University of Oregon. He was married to Janis Ball Bowlby (Wilson Class of 1969) and they had three children, Lindsay, Andrew and Aaron. He also had one grandson at the time of his death. Interesting family note: Frank and Janis' son Andy won the State Heavyweight Wrestling Championship exactly 30 years after his father participated and took 2nd in state.
BRUCE DECKER MOON '68
Bruce Decker Moon passed away on May 27, 2011 at the age of 60. He died at home in Dublin, California, surrounded by family. He was born in Orofino, Idaho on September 9, 1950 and grew up in Portland. Bruce graduated from Wilson High School in 1968 and majored in Computer Science at Oregon State University. Bruce worked for Georgia-Pacific in Portland and Atlanta, then returned to the West Coast to work as Network Engineer for Cisco where he received many patents for work done there. He enjoyed boating around San Francisco Bay and was an active member of the San Leandro Yacht Club where he served as Commodore twice. Bruce is survived by Fran Moon, his wife of 32 years; and children, Andrew and Emily Moon.
JAMES N. ARVIN '69
The Oregonian reported that Wilson graduate James N. Arvin '69 died of a heart attack on August 4, 1992 at the age of 48, with a memorial service at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Newport. Mr. Arvin was born January 10, 1951, in Portland. He graduated from Wilson High School and attended Portland Community College. He had lived in the Newport and Depoe Bay areas since 1977. He was a grocer for Lincoln Beach Sentry Market for 15 years and a member of the church. He married Sandra Birkemeier in 1980. Survivors include his wife; sons, Alex and Andy, and daughter, Molly, all of Newport; mother, Merle of Portland; and sisters, Susan Eggert of McMinnville and Carolyn Carter of Portland.
THEODORE H. BLANK (TED) '69
Ted Blank passed away on March 3, 2009 at the age of 57. Born in Portland in 1951, he worked in technology and marketing. Theodore is survived by his wife, Sandee; sons, Seth and Zachary; daughter, Amory; and mother, Barbara Mills.
SCOTT ALDEN BOYD '69
According to the Oregonian, Wilson graduate Scott Alden Boyd (Scotty) '69 died Feb. 29, 2000, following surgery at age 48. Mr. Boyd was born Oct. 5, 1951, in Portland. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1969, received a degree from El Camino College and served in the U.S. Air Force. He then was a restaurant and resort manager in Hawaii and Southern California. He later was a computer consultant, led hunting and survival expeditions in Costa Rica and Alaska, and was a boat captain for several companies, including the Portland Spirit. He was a self-employed river barge and deck builder at the time of his death. Survivors include his mother, Eva; brothers, Kevin and Kelly; and sister, Krista Siler.
RONNA COOPER '69
According to the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA), Ronna L. Stice formally known as Ronna Cooper, passed away on April 6, 2006 following a courageous battle with breast cancer first diagnosed in 1995. She was born on March 27, 1951 in Portland to Ronald and Peggy Schriber. Together with her sister, they had a loving and musical childhood. Ronna starred in many plays and musicals in her high school and later locally at the Diablo Light Opera House in Pleasant Hill. On August 29, 1970 she married high school sweetheart Dennis Cooper. Together they had three beautiful daughters: Amanda, Kelleena, and Lydia. She was active in her church, directing many plays. With the voice of an angel she was asked to sing for many weddings and funerals. She worked for the Contra Costa County Dental Health Program as a Health Education Specialist, caring for many children and creating most of the curriculum being used today. She then married William Stice on July 5, 1997. Together they enjoyed their families and traveled. Her favorite job, however, was not one she was paid for, but deeply loved for. She was a Nana and a Mother first and always her family came before anything. She is survived by her daughters Amanda Cooper, Kelleena Brigance and her husband Tony, Lydia Pipkin and her husband Billy, three grandchildren, Tyler and Maddelyn Brigance and Alaina Pipkin, her husband William Stice and stepchildren, Bryan, Scott, and Holly, and one step grandchild Jack Stice, her first husband, Dennis Cooper, her parents, her sister Denene Reynolds, and many nieces and nephews, and many friends.
TIMOTHY DOOLEY '69
According to the Oregonian, Timothy Patrick Dooley '69 died December 25, 2001 at the age of 50. Mr. Dooley was born Aug. 16, 1951, in Portland. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1969. He owned a pressure-washing business and was self-employed for about the past 30 years, including as a house painter and carpenter. He lived in Gearhart since 1987. Survivors include his sisters, Kathleen B. Dooley and Ellen A. Mesford; and two nieces.
PATRICIA "TRISH" GILLESPIE '69
The Bend Bulletin, (October, 2004) reported that Wilson graduate Patricia Diana 'Trish' Gillespie '69 (Pat “Trish” Beach) died in an automobile accident on Oct. 12, 2004 at the age of 52. Mrs. Gillespie was born Oct. 17, 1951, in Portland to Ramon and Lola Arlene (Foster) Beach. Trish attended Multnomah Grade School. She graduated from Wilson High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. She married David Gillespie on June 19, 1991, in Portland. Mrs. Gillespie worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines for 32 years. She loved being a "volleyball mom". Survivors include her husband of Sisters; a daughter, Kelsey Gillespie of Sisters; her mother of Forest Grove; a brother, Brad Beach of Portland; and a sister, Janice Schermer of Portland. She was preceded in death by her father.
TED HOLLEN '69
Ted Edward Hollen Jr. - Age 56, passed away at his home on April 16, 2007. Ted is survived by his wife, Sue Hollen; former wife and mother of his children, Brenda Hollen; son and wife, Ted Edward Hollen III, and Marni; and daughter, Jillian Hollen. He is also survived by his parents Miriam and Ted Edward Hollen Sr.; and his brother and wife, Jeff and Ryoko Hollen; brother, Bruce Hollen; and cherished friends Dan Dorries and Frank Spataro. Ted spent his youth in Portland Oregon and the last thirty years in Santa Rosa, raising a family and owning and operating his own real estate business. He was a dedicated father, a sports enthusiast and extremely passionate about golfing, fishing, racquetball, cheering for the Oregon Ducks, barbeque-ing, and relaxing with friends. He enjoyed the company of his family and friends, if it was on the golf course or just on the back deck. He will be deeply missed and cherished in our hearts as a father and friend who never complained and always had a positive attitude. One of Ted's best qualities was his ability to encourage and motivate people to achieve their goals and dreams. He will be remembered for his charming personality, open arms, warm heart and his loving spirit.
D. KATHERINE BROWN HUMPHREYS '69
According to the Oregonian, D. Katherine Brown Humphreys '69 died of brain cancer on August 20, 1995 at the age of 43. She was born Aug. 26, 1951, in Portland. Her maiden name was Brown. She worked as a registered nurse at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. She married Michael D. Humphreys on Dec. 3, 1988. Surviving are her husband; her daughters, Zandi Bolf and Arlee Bolf, both of Woodburn; son, Alexander of Portland; parents, Marie and Dement Brown of Woodburn; and brothers Byron and David Brown, both of Milwaukie, and Denny Brown of Wilsonville. Disposition by cremation. Remembrances: trust fund for her children. Arrangements: Omega Cremation & Burial Service.
DAVE JENKINS ("JINKS") '69 Surfing accident soon after high school.
JOHN KELTY '69
RICHARD KINNEY '69 Passed away on November 2004 at the age of 59.
CAROLYN KINSEY –Sister to Gail Kinsey Hill
JOYCE LARSELL '69
The Oregonian reported that Wilson graduate Joyce Larsell '69 died on April 29, 1999, at age 47. Ms. Larsell was born Oct. 22, 1951, in Portland, where she lived all her life. She graduated from Wilson High School. Survivors include her daughter, Myshelle Reynolds of Portland; mother, Anne Larsell of Portland; brother, John Larsell of Newport; sister, Joanne Larsell of West Linn; and one grandchild.
JOHN LEDUC '69 (went on to Jackson) Policeman
DAN LIND '69
DENNIS LYNN MACKAY '69
Dennis Mackay '69 died May 2, 1995 at age 44. He was born Feb. 21, 1951, in Spokane. Dennis was a bartender at Club 21. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the church. Dennis is survived by his mother, Dorothy Browne of Portland, and sister, Patricia Kolik of Oregon City.
KATHY MURRAY '69
WALTER OGBURN '69
Walter ''Wally'' Ogburn of San Francisco, a former Portland resident, died of a heart attack Monday while playing softball in San Francisco in 1992. He was 40. He was born Aug. 14, 1951, in San Francisco, but moved to Portland as a child. He attended Multnomah Grade School and graduated from Wilson High School in 1969. After attending the University of Oregon, he graduated from California State University at San Francisco. At the time of his death, Mr. Ogburn was working as a sales service representative for Dennis X-Ray Co. in San Francisco. He married Donna Sonnessie on July 8, 1984. Survivors besides his wife include a daughter, Alexandra of San Francisco; mother, Helene Ogburn, brother, James, and his sister, Cheryl, all of Portland. His father, Lawrence Ogburn, died in March, 1992.
ANN REYNOLDS '69
NOAM STAMPFER '69
Wilson graduate Noam Rogers Stampfer '69 died June 26, 2001 of injuries from a bicycle accident at age 50. Mr. Stampfer was born March 22, 1951, in Lincoln, Neb., and moved to Portland in 1952. He graduated from Wilson High School and Columbia University in New York City, earned a law degree from New York University and a master's degree from Yale University. He was a clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals, an aide for the Oregon Senate Educational Committee and assistant director of finance and administration for the Oregon Division of State Lands. He also was manager of finance and economics for the state Department of Environmental Quality, interim director of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and most recently was a private consultant. He was former president of Fluent Speech Technologies, now Sensory Inc., and was active with the firm at the time of his death. He was serving on the executive board of the Portland Jewish Academy. A member of Havurah Shalom, he assisted other congregations. In 1984, he married Carol Rogers. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Rachel and Aviva; son, Zev; parents, Rabbi Joshua and Goldie; sisters, Elana Emlen and Nehama Glogower; and brothers, Shaul and Meir.
DOUGLAS UPTON '69
A memorial service was held for Douglas S. Upton '69 who passed away on April 14, 1999 at the age of 48. Mr. Upton was born Dec. 16, 1950, in Santa Rosa, Calif., and moved to Portland in 1963. He graduated from Wilson High School and Portland State University, and he worked for Fred Meyer stores for more than 20 years. Survivors include his mother, Jean, and sister, Christine Webb, both of Beaverton, and nieces and nephews.
PATRICIA BIRKETT VAN CAMPEN '69
Wilson graduate, Patricia Birkett Van Campen '69 passed away in 1992. According to the February 11, 1992 issue of the Oregonian, Patricia was a Tillamook resident and died in a Portland hospital of complications arising from diabetes. Mrs. Van Campen was 40. She was born March 17, 1951, in Vallejo, Calif., and moved to the Portland area when she was about 6. She attended Hayhurst Grade School and was a graduate of Wilson High School. Mrs. Van Campen worked for GTE Corp. before her marriage to Walter F. Van Campen in 1976. The couple had lived in Tillamook since their marriage. Survivors besides her husband include her father, R.N. Birkett of Hood River; mother, Fern Hansen of Lake Oswego; and a brother, Steven Birkett of Scottsdale, Ariz.
WEIKKO KOPRA '69
Weikko Kopra classmate in 1969 & Wilson High School PE teacher after college.
JOHN D. "SAM" KARAMANOS '69
John D. 'Sam' Karamanos passed away on February 26, 2012 at the age of 60. He was born on April 29, 1951 and graduated from Wilson High School in 1969 and was on the wrestling team. According to The Oregonian, John "Sam" passed away at St. Vincents hospital from brain cancer. Survivors are his beloved companion, Reggie Romback; sons, John Karamanos IV, Cayucou, Calif. and Ben Karamanos, Portland; sisters, Kristy Rogers-Hettema, Canby, Katie Soles, Fraser, Colo. and Karla Ersch, Rockwall, Texas; mother, Bette Lou Karamanos, Lake Oswego; and Reggie's daughters, Natalie Rombach, Eugene and Amelia Rombach, Coos Bay. John 'Sam' was with Sunshine Dairy, starting when he was 15. He joined his father, John and his grandfather, John, thus he was J3 and nicknamed "Sam". He was a generous and loving person, full of humor and fun. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and environmentalist. He founded a Wildfowl Refuge on his property at Woodson, cleaned it up and replanted the area for all bird life. After graduation from Eastern Oregon University, he began his two year trip around the world, sewing his own pack. He stayed in Fiji with natives who taught him scuba diving and snorkeling. Then Australia, a long held dream, where he worked in construction, cleaning up after hurricanes, gold mining and driving across the Nulibar Plain for people heading to western and northern Australia. Next, South America, a fantastic time at the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, across Argentina to Rio, Mexico and home. His tip as he had hitchhiked the entire trip, "When it's raining, put up your umbrella and you'll look dry while other hitchers look soaked from the downpour. You'll be picked up first." He wished no funeral nor memorial gifts, but to have a scotch or a glass of wine and think of him. A celebration of his life was held March 18, 2012 at the Double Tree/Hilton at Lloyd Center, Portland.
ARIEL DEBORAH RUBSTEIN '70
Ariel Deborah Rubstein graduated from Wilson High School in 1970. Her classmates called her Debbie. She passed away in 1993 at the age of 41. The New York Times ran the following obituary on July 22, 1993. Ariel D. Rubstein, a soprano who performed throughout the United States and Europe, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 41. Ms. Rubstein made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1988 as Barena in an acclaimed concert version of Janacek's "Jenufa" by the Opera Orchestra of New York. The performance, which starred Gabriela Benackova and Leonie Rysanek, was recorded live and released on compact disk. Ms. Rubstein was born in Portland, Ore., to parents in the performing arts. Her father, also named Ariel, was a Russian-born pianist, the director of the Portland School of Music and a founder of the Portland Opera. Her mother, the former Eleanor Reed, was a stage actress. As a student, Ms. Rubstein was encouraged by Rudolf Serkin to pursue music. She studied at the Juilliard School and won a scholarship for studies in Vienna. Ms. Rubstein performed with the Opera Company of Boston, the Houston Grand Opera, the Portland Opera and other ensembles throughout the United States. She also sang with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Philharmonic and other orchestras in the United States. She is survived by her father, of Portland; a brother, Peter, of Manhattan, and a sister, Victoria Pierson of Portland.
PATRICK HALLORAN 1971
Patrick Halloran, 59, unexpectedly passed away October 5, 2012. Patrick was born August 19, 1953 to Jane and Ross Halloran in Portland, Oregon where he was raised and spent most of his life. He graduated from Bridlemile Grade School and Wilson High school then took courses in sociology, music and business at Portland State University and Portland Community College. Patrick worked in the hotel business for many years including the Red Lion and Colombia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, OR. Patrick purchased the Prime Rib on Sandy Blvd running it as Pat Halloran’s Prime Rib Restaurant and Seafood for several years. Tiring of the hospitality industry, Patrick followed his passion for carpentry and had his own roofing and remodeling business. His most recent job was as a District Manager for Home Depot. Patrick was a loving father and a devoted partner. He enjoyed listening to music, cooking, entertaining, being around his friends, and playing on a softball team. He was also a sports fanatic and enjoyed watching the 49ers, OSU, and his favorite team of all, the Portland Trailblazers. Patrick was preceded in death by his domestic partner Christopher “Topher” Rodrigues, his parents Jane (Gillen) Halloran, and William Ross Halloran. He is survived by his daughter Erin Halloran of Spokane Valley WA, son Sean Halloran of Portland, brother Daniel Halloran of Portland, sister Bridget Holland of Helena MT and grandchildren Jordan Lake and Mason Dowers of Spokane Valley WA and Alanna Halloran of Portland. Remembrances can be made to Tod's Corner through Our House of Portland. http://www.ourhouseofportland.org/.
Class of 1971 In Memoriam
Woodrow Wilson High School – Class of 1971
1. Jan Alfstad
2. Stuart Brown
3. Janet Chase Sanders
4. Charlie Couch
5. Cindy Dean
6. Mark DiGangi
7. Pat Dykstra
8. D.J. Donnelly
9. David Douglas
10. Margaret Eckmann
11. Connie Frisch
12. Michele Haleston
13. Gary Halling
14. Gary Hanafin
15. James Harvey
16. Gary Hoisington
17. Rene LeDuc
18. Laura Mersereau Presnall
19. Debbie Messler
20. Dennis Milliucci
21. Linda Montney
22. Jenny Moyer
23. David Neilson
24. Gary Parsons
25. Jim Pirie
26. Paul Podhora
27. Dale Schaller
28. John Schindler
29. Bob Stenvick
30. Dave Stewart
31. Chris Wagner
MARCI MAITLAND (WEXLER) '72
Marci (Wexler) Maitland passed away on December 31, 2010 at the age of 56. She was born October 8, 1954. Marci was a bartender and is survived by her brother, Jonathan Wexler.
LORETTA SKURDAHL '72
Loretta Skurdahl died peacefully on March 23, 2013 at the age of 57. She was born in Portland on April 13, 1955. Loretta graduated from Harvard University and U of O Law School. She worked for over 30 years for Washington County, rising to Senior Assistant County Counsel. Lorrie loved to grow things and spend time on the family farm in Sherwood. She was never happier than when she was working in her apple orchard, or helping with hazelnut harvest. Lorrie was independent and a friend to everyone. Lorrie is survived by her parents, Charlotte and Elmer; brothers, Paul (Susan) and Bruce (Dawn); nieces, Elizabeth and Samantha and nephews, Mark, Eric, Scott and Kevin. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. on March 30 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 6835 SW 46th Ave. Portland. Donations may be made in Lorrie's name to the Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington.
KAREN M. FLYNN '72
Karen Flynn joined her loved ones that journeyed before her on May 13, 2011. She was 56 years old. Born on May 24, 1954, she was a mother to John Stupek and Ian Moore, a soon-to-be-grandmother to Sophia Stupek, a mother-in-law to Hanna Stupek, a daughter to George W. Flynn and the late June Flynn, a sister to Laurie and Stephen Flynn, and a loving companion for many years to Robert E. Williams. At last, she is at peace. A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Knight Cancer Research.
CLASS OF 1973 (according to reunion planners)
MATTHEW DOTY '73
Matthew Doty was born on June 29, 1955 and passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 4, 2010, in Rockwall, Texas. Matthew was a resident of Texas.
EMILY GEORGES GOTTFRIED '73
Emily Georges Gottfried passed away on January 27, 2013 at 57. She was born on March 19, 1955. According to Nancy Haught from The Oregonian ... in the 1990s, Emily Gottfried landed an audition to be cantor for a relatively new Jewish congregation that had been meeting in suburban Portland. "Emily's license plate was IML8," says John L. Moss, an organizer of what was thenSouth Metro Jewish Community. That day, Gottfried arrived 45 minutes after the service had started, bursting through the door, "huffing and puffing," Moss says, carrying her guitar. "You're in West Linn," she sputtered, "where God lost his shoes. I couldn't figure out how to get here!" The congregation waited as she set up and then led them through the rest of the service. "It was lovely," Moss says. "Emily was larger than life." Emily Georges Gottfried, 57, a hands-on, singing stalwart of Portland's Jewish community, died Sunday at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, after a brief but intense struggle with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a rare autoimmune disorder. A month before she died, Gottfried been healthy enough to go cross country skiing. In addition to her responsibilities within the Jewish community, Gottfried was chair of the Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County, secretary of the local Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program board, treasurer of the Coalition Against Hate Crimes, a statewide conveener of the Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger, a board member of the Vision Action Network of Washington County, a member of the City of Portland Human Rights Commission and the Oregon Food Bank Policy Advisory Committee. She served as cantor for several Jewish congregations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Vancouver and Spokane, Wash.; Palm Desert, Calif.; and Aspen, Colo. She was a longtime member of Congregation Havurah Shalom in Northwest Portland. More than 1,200 people –“a Yom Kippur-sized crowd,” someone said – filled the spacious sanctuary of Temple Beth Israel in Northwest Portland Tuesday for her memorial service. Among the speakers was attorney Allan Abravanel, a longtime friend who lives now in Washington, D.C., spoke. "Emily remembered human rights," Abravanel said, "the imperative to respect the spark of the divine in every person, and the obligation to reject, as the Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel decried, the 'monstrosity of inequality.'" Gottfried was a third-generation native Portlander, born in March 19, 1955, to Maurice Ostrow Georges and his wife, Evelyn. She grew up with an older sister, a younger brother and a bevy of cousins on Southwest Hamilton Street. She attended Bridlemile School and graduated from Wilson High School in 1973. She earned two bachelor's degrees, the first in religion from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and the second in music education from the University of Oregon. Her master's degree in vocal performance was from the University of New Mexico. She met Jeff Gottfried, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who grew up on Long Island, in the spring of 1980. They married in August of the same year. "It was love at first sight," says her oldest daughter, Miriam Gottfried says. The couple moved to New Mexico for seven years – both of their daughters were born there –but they returned to Portland in 1988. Gottfried became the anchor of her extended family, the one that encouraged and cooked for huge Passover Seders, rollicking Hanukah parties and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving celebrations. Gottfried was cultural arts, special events and publicity director at Mittleman Jewish Community Center from 1988 to 1999. She was director of the American Jewish Committee, Oregon Chapter, from 1999 to 2009, when the organization reorganized as an independent affiliate of the committee. She became executive director of the new entity, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, from 2009 to the present. Gottfried's work did not end with Oregon's Jewish community. She reached out to Christians, Muslims, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Church of Scientology. She built bridges between communities by leading songs, organizing programs and rolling up her own sleeves to do the work required to advance any and all of her causes. She was outraged that families went hungry in Oregon, that hate crimes undercut the human ties that she believed held people together. She was committed to tikkun olam, the Jewish idea of healing the world. Through it all, Gottfried was a mother. “She was my best friend as well as my mom,” Benna Gottfried says. “I live here in Portland and I wanted to share her with my friends.” “I live in New York,” her sister, Miriam says. “And she was still the center of my universe.” The Gottfrieds opened their home to Troy Sampere, a high school senior whose parents moved to Hawaii during his senior year of high school. During college, Sampere returned during the summer and has visited with his own children in the years since. "Even with young kids, work and other commitments, Emily still made dinner just about every night and breakfast every morning," Sampere said from McNeese State University in Louisiana, where he now teaches. "She also took the time to enjoy the little pleasures. She would take walks by herself for exercise and tranquility. She would go berry-picking with her sister." She told him once that her favorite parts of the day were her morning cup of coffee and glass of wine at dinner. During the memorial service, Susan Abravnel remembered what she called “the frequent Friday 3 p.m. call.” “So, what are you doing for Shabbat,” Gottfried would ask her friend. “I have some salmon that Jeff caught and made a pie with the berries I picked last weekend. Can you pick up the challah? What else do you have?” Mary Jo Tully, chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland who took part in an official Jewish-Catholic dialogue that involved Gottfried, recalled her friend's unique gift for engagement. "Emily formed community by the deep personal regard she had for other people," Tully says. "She left a piece of herself in every community that she touched." Gottfried is survived by her husband, Jeffry; two daughters, Miriam of New York City and Benna of Portland; her mother, Evelyn Georges, of Portland; sister, Andra Georges '70 and brother, Daniel Georges '76, both of New York. The family suggests remembrances be contributions to the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, 7410 S.W. Oleson Rd., PMB190, Portland, OR 97223.
NANCY ALFSTAD '73
Nancy Alfstad passed away on March 8, 2014 from cancer at the age of 58. She was born May 13, 1955 in Portland, Oregon to Dr. John and Betty Alfstad, the youngest of three daughters. Nancy is survived by her sister, Merilee; brother-in-law, Barry; and nieces, Alison and Jordan. She graduated from Wilson High School and attended PCC for a time. In her younger days, Nancy was an adventurous sort. Although a good student, she attended college without ever really settling on a major she could be happy in. She caught the travel bug early and drifted into the restaurant business to achieve the means to visit foreign countries. Her first trip was in 1978 when she backpacked through Europe for several months with her oldest and closest friend, Joi. They had a wonderful time and two years later she would return with another buddy to further her explorations. France became her favorite destination and in later years, she would visit several more times, her final visit being just last year. On that trip, she also included a visit to Stockholm to connect with newly discovered relatives. She felt right at home there and was so happy to have made the ancestral connection. Nancy lived most of her life in Oregon but also lived for a time with her sister in San Francisco and had many good memories of the time spent there. Nancy was employed at various restaurants in Portland and San Francisco before settling down to work with McCormick’s chain. She worked at the downtown location, a stint in Atlanta, and the Fish House in Beaverton. Nancy made many friends wherever she worked and was respected for her professionalism and her rapport with customers. On her last trip to Paris, she was walking down the street when she heard someone call her name and was delighted to see two favorite Fish House customers beckoning her. It was such an unexpected pleasure to meet up with old friends there. Apart from travel, Nancy loved the sport of tennis – She both played and spectated, twice enjoying trips that included the French Open in Paris. She was also fond of baseball and while in Atlanta, loved going to watch her Braves play. Nancy enjoyed reading and was especially fond of old movies. She enjoyed her nieces and was always engaged in watching them grow up. She relished holiday celebrations with family and enjoyed nothing more than relaxing on a summer’s day for a family barbecue. Nancy was also so glad to attend her 40th high school reunion just this past summer. A service was held March 14, 2014, at the Riverview Abbey Chapel, 0319 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road.
DAVID LEZAK '73
David Lezak passed away on May 23, 1024 at the age of 58. David pursued adventure and meaning in every aspect of his life. Relentlessly brilliant and always critical, his uncommon mind and distinctive leadership brought him success as an experimental physicist, and later, as a telecommunications entrepreneur. Born in Portland on July 3, 1955, he attended Wilson High School and the University of Chicago. He founded Wygant Scientific, Inc. shortly after earning his Ph.D. from Portland State University. From Wygant's modest beginnings in his garage on Wygant Street in Northeast Portland, David built the company into a dynamic innovator at the leading edge of telephone technology. A champion of women's rights and an avid supporter of local theater, David dedicated his talents and much of his free time to nonprofit organizations across Portland. To his family's frequent chagrin and occasional gratitude, he nurtured a lifelong appreciation for broken-down sailboats and other questionable transportation alternatives. Despite all of his numerous passions, adventures and responsibilities, David is best remembered for his unwavering dedication and proud commitment to his three children, Stephen, Ellie and Danny. The son of Muriel and Sidney Lezak (deceased), David is lovingly remembered by his children; sisters, Anne and Miriam; mother; former wife Brigid Flanigan; dear friend, Jennifer Himmelsbach; and the many friends he made across the globe. A memorial service was held May 31, 2014, at the Racquet Club, 1853 S.W. Highland Road, Portland. In lieu of flowers, we kindly request that donations be sent to Portland Center Stage, the Sidney Lezak Legacy Fellows Program at Lewis & Clark Law School or NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon.
BRADLEY EDWARD OVERALL '74
Bradley Edward Overall passed away on March 2, 2014 at the age of 57. He was born on August 11, 1956 and graduated from Wilson in 1974. Brad left us early Sunday morning for a more peaceful place. We will remember him each time we get stuck on a crossword and every time we hear a bad joke. At his request, there will not be a service. His loving family has chosen to honor him in the way he would like best: good stories and delicious ribs. We will always love him. We will always miss him.
VINCENT A. REGER M.D. '74
Dr. Vincent A. Reger passed away on August 28, 2014 at the age of 57. Born on October 27, 1956 in Portland to Donald E. and Patricia L. Reger. Vincent attended Wilson High School and Lewis & Clark College. He was admitted to OHSU Medical School after only three years of college and went on to complete his residency at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. Vincent began his career in medicine at the Portland Clinic, and in 1990, went on to open his own private practice in general surgery at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, his lifelong dream. During his 24 years at the hospital, Vincent served in many professional capacities, including chief of staff. He is survived by his parents and sister, Elizabeth. A memorial service was held Sept. 24, 2014, in the Southern Auditorium at PSVMC. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Cancer Research Institute or PSVMC.
CARMEN KLUG '75
Carmen passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at her home in Leon, Idaho, located between Uniontown, Wa. and Genesee, Idaho. Carmen was born November 14, 1957 and was the third of three children of Harold and Marilyn Klug. Her family, which included brothers Jeff and Craig, moved to Portland, Oregon in 1959 and Marilyn died four years later. Harry married Jean in 1964, and they added a daughter, Vicky and a son, Steve to the family. After graduating from High School, Carmen attended Southern Oregon College in Ashland. She studied culinary arts, an endeavor that took her to England, where she honed her skills as a chef. Following several years as a chef in the Portland area, Carmen relocated to the Inland Northwest. On her 25th firthday she received what she frequently called "the best present anyone could ever want," an introduction to Doug Cook. She and Doug married on Thanksgiving 1987 and shared 24 years of joy rebuilding, restoring and working the Nibler Century Farm, which Doug's family homesteaded in 1897. Doug died tragically in an accident in 2006, amd Carmen struggled in his absence. In addition to Doug, Carmen was preceded in death by her mother and father and her stepmother, Jean. She is survived by her brothers Jeff Klug and wife Chari of Tygh Valley, Or., Craig Klug and his wife Anna of Ontario, Or., and Steve Klug of Idaho City, Id; sister Vicky Curl and husband Clarence of Puyallup, Wa.; stepmother Charlotte Klug of Hubbard, Or; nephews Justin Klug of Molalla, Or., Darin Klug of Ontario, Or. and C. J. Curl of Puyallup; nieces Kari Klug of Nampa, Id and Elizabeth Curl of Puyallup and a grand niece and grand nephew.
DANIEL GOLDEN '75
Daniel Golden passed away at the age of 54 on June 30, 2011. He was born on June 17, 1957. Longtime musician, Daniel, passed away peacefully at the home that he shared with his wife, Sonja. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Danielle; granddaughter, Taylor; parents; and sister Norma.
PETER DEVECKA '76
Peter Devecka passed away on October 1, 2012 at the age of 54. He was born on November 28, 1957. Please visit Peter's Internet memorial and online guest book at www.skylinememorial gardens.com.
MATT FRASER '76
We've lost one of the great ones. After his battle with cancer, Matt Fraser passed from this world peacefully surrounded by family on August 10, 2012 at the age of 54. He was born on May 29, 1958. He will be missed by his five brothers, Scott, Rick, Mark (Diane), Buzz (Sandra) and Andy (Maria); 12 nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces. Matt is preceded in death by parents, Ed and Pat. An avid golfer, Matt won five medals for his play in the international Gay Games competitions between 1990 and 2002. But he will be best remembered for his humor and his ability to connect with people. He had incredible, long-lasting friendships from Wilson High School and UO as well as his careers in the restaurant and mortgage businesses. His spirit (and red boots) will live on for years to come as the Rose Parade passes the Royal Rosettes at 10th and Stark. The sound of his laugh and ever-loving wit will live on in our hearts forever. A celebration of Matt's life was held September 2012. Remembrances can be made to the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., NW Washington, D.C., 20036.
DAVID SCOTT PETERSON '76
David "Scott" Peterson passed away April 22, 2013 at the age of 56 in Tualatin due to a heart condition. Scott was born on March 21, 1957 in Redmond to parents, Joe and Deloris Peterson. Scott graduated from Wilson High in 1976 with several All State Honors and signed with the Texas Rangers. Recently he was inducted into the Wilson High and P.I.L Hall of Fame and was to be wed to Angela Gallagher '80 in September. Scott is survived by sons, Kiel Peterson, Trevor Peterson, fiance Angela Gallagher; mother and stepfather, DeLoris and George Bellingham; sister, Wendy Perterson Ingraham; and brother-in-law, Mike Ingraham; stepsister, Teri Greenwood; stepbrothers, Greg, Brad, Jeff and Ross Bellingham. Services will be held at Saint John Fisher Catholic Church, 7007 SW 46th Ave., Portland, OR 97219, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
RALPH WELLS '77
There was a program of music and memories on June 28, 2008 in the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple auditorium, Scottish Rite Temple in Portland, to honor the life and artistic achievements of Ralph Wells. The noted artist and baritone died June 18 at his home in Corvallis after a long struggle with a brain tumor and stroke. He was born Oct. 1, 1959, in Portland, to Arlen and Kathryn Wells. An outstanding student and athlete at Wilson High School, he was class valedictorian at Portland State University. Oregon State University awarded him the prestigious Petrie Award, taking him to Cologne, Germany, where he pursued his parallel interests in art and music. His pen-and-ink work, which included Oregon mountain scenes as well as movie and artistic legends, was sold widely. He had a reputation for often ambitious, carefully crafted pieces with minute attention to detail. Wells made his debut with Los Angeles Opera in 2002 as Sonora in La Fanciulla del West starring Plácido Domingo. That same year, he made his Lincoln Center debut in Gordon Getty's Joan and the Bells at Juilliard. In 2004, he returned to the Los Angeles Opera for Die Frau Ohne Schatten under Kent Nagano. He also appeared with Portland Opera, Seattle Opera, Tulsa Opera, Eugene Opera, Berkeley Opera, Oakland Opera, San Francisco's Merola Opera and Western Opera Theater, Seattle Choral Company, Bozeman Symphony, Oregon Symphony Pops, Seattle Symphony Pops, Pasadena Pops, and Yakima Symphony Pops. Among his many roles were those of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto and Germont. In 2006, Wells realized his dream of staging Farewell, Vienna!, the musical show he had created around the legend of Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who fled the Nazis and found success in film scores of Golden Age Hollywood. Wells was a member of the music faculty at Oregon State University, and maintained private studios in Portland and Corvallis. Also in Corvallis, his wife, Elizabeth, and he formed the Willamette Concert Opera, which performed four seasons there as well as in Portland and Eugene. He was to have performed in "Susannah" this coming weekend, which would have been performed at the Scottish Rite Temple where the memorial services was held. He also was a cinematic scholar, and taught college-level courses in movie history. He had a great love of teaching, and beyond his formal career in education, Wells was a mentor to many - in the arts and music and in life. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, in Corvallis and mother, Kathryn, and brother, Robert, in Portland. Wells was the grandson of the late professors Vera Wells, Department of Home Economics, and Dr. Earl Wells, head of the Speech Department at OSU. Fellow classmate Kent Hartman '78 told us that "Ralph played basketball all four years at Wilson and was the starting shooting guard and second-leading scorer on the varsity team as a senior (behind only center Larry Sedig, also class of '77, who led the PIL in scoring that year). Wells was also an excellent piano player, but seldom showed that artistic side of himself to his classmates. So I think it surprised virtually everyone years later when we found out that he had become a world-class opera singer, of all things. But, then again, Ralph always was a hardworking, disciplined, right-brain-driven kind of guy." Kent also remembered that Ralph's father, Arlen Wells, was a longtime psychology teacher (among other subjects) at Wilson. Mr. Arlen Wells passed away in 1991 at the age of 67.
CRAIG TEDFORD '78
Craig died from heart failure at his home in the Newberg area on February 20, 2010. Born in 1959 and raised in Southwest Portland, he was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Marion; brothers, Jeff and Mark '73; and son-in-law, Michael Harrington. Survivors include his wife, Tami; daughter, Caroline Harrington; son, David Tedford; granddaughter, Alyssa Tedford; sister-in-law, Muzzy Park; and many friends whom he considered family. "Ted" was the successful business owner of Precision Metal Products. Craig's dream of running his own business will continue with his family and partner, James and family. "Keep Smilin'"
SALLY ARCHER PATTERSON '78
According to The Oregonian, Sally Archer Patterson passed away October 1, 2012 after a hard battle with liver failure. Sally, affectionately known as Sal Pal was 52. She was born on November 30, 1959 and
raised in Portland to James and Susann Archer, the youngest of three children. Sally was active in dance, soccer, skiing and gymnastics. She attended Bridlemile Elementary and graduated from Wilson High in 1978. She was then off to college in Missoula, where she attended the University of Montana. After college Sally relocated in Ketchum, Idaho and worked for Reflex, Smith Goggles and Glassmasters. Sally's passion for the outdoors and her incredible gifts with fly fishing and bow hunting kept her in the mountains and streams. She eventually moved to Bozeman, Mont. where she married her best friend, Jim Patterson. They moved in 2011 to SanTan Valley, Ariz. where they loved the warmth of the sun and the lifestyle. Sally is survived by her husband, Jim Patterson; father, James A. Archer of Portland; sister, Cammie Archer Ware and brother-in-law, Jim Ware of Lake Oswego; brother, James H. Archer and sister-in-law, Dawnette Archer of Eagle, Idaho; niece, Brittany Archer; and nephews, Joe Archer and Hunter Ware. A celebration of life ceremony was held on Oct. 12, 2012.
JOSEPH KENNEDY BASSETT '78
Joseph Kennedy Bassett passed away on October 25, 2013 at the age of 52. He was born on March 29, 1961 and graduated from Wilson High School in 1978, where he played football. He loved NASCAR, fishing, cooking and the band Rush. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Hubbard; brothers, Matthew and Tony; sisters, Shawn Karakas and Paula Barsotti. A service was held on Nov. 23, 2013, at Mt. Calvary Chapel with a celebration of life to follow at McMenamin's in Beaverton.
DAVID JUBA '78
David Juba died February 5, 2014 at the age of 53. David was born July 5, 1960, in Denver, to George and Sue Juba and was raised in Portland. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1978, then began a career in construction. He worked for many construction companies through the years and in many parts of the country but always ended up back home in Portland. David enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, boating, skiing and in his younger days, motocross competitions. David could always entertain a room with stories of his experiences and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. David was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his ex-wife, Joanie Marie Juba of Portland; stepson, Joseph Cearley of San Francisco; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Mark Hanson of Hillsboro; nephews, Stephen Blair and Derek Hanson; aunt, Julie Reid; and cousin, Leslie Reid of California. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Follow this link to read more.
MICHAEL E. ANTONELLI '79 (1961-2008)
According to the Oregonian, Michael Antonelli passed away on October 18, 2008. A memorial service was held on October 25, 2008, in St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Vancouver for Michael E. Antonelli of Vancouver, who died at age 47. Michael was born April 25, 1961, in Portland. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1979 and moved to Vancouver in 1986. He was a salesclerk for several stores, most recently the Shoe Box. He was a member of the church. In 1982, he married Joanne Klett. Survivors include his wife; and daughters, Kimberly Adams, Margaret Antonelli and Elizabeth Antonelli. "Mike was a close friend who I could always count on for support and encouragement, and he made me a better man for having known him," states Eric Eaton '79. "He leaves behind his wife, Joanne, and three grown daughters. I know Mike took great pride in being a father, and he was a role model in the best sense of what it means to be a real man, taking responsibility and acting with caring and compassion instead of arrogance and aggression." 1979 fellow classmates are encouraged to contact Eric Eaton to share their thoughts and memories of Micheal. Eric can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAMI DRANGSTVEIT '79
Tami Jo Denise (Drangstveit) Adkins, 48, from Scappoose, passed away suddenly on February 1, 2010 in Portland surrounded by her family and friends. Tami Jo’s parents, Orvin and Janet Drangstveit, brought Tami into this world with great job May 21, 1961, in Grand Forks N.D. Tami married Norman Adkins October 6, 1990, and they had three boys, her pride and joy, Lance, 17; Kyler, 16; and Carson, 15. Tami graduated from Wilson in 1979, graduated from beauty school in 1981 and went on to become a very talented hairdresser. Norman attended Wilson but did not graduate from Wilson. Tami loved art and always had a new art project going. She was so creative and could make anything beautiful. She loved music and to dance the night away. She had a passion for dogs especially Pekingese. She loved taking pictures and throw pottery. Tami was always there for you when you needed her – or even if you didn’t. Tami was a wonderful homemaker and her boys gave her great happiness. She was so proud of them; they were her everything. Tami Jo was full of like and always good for a great story and an excellent laugh. Tami loved being with family and friends. She loved to go fishing. Tami loved being with family and friends. She loved to go fishing, camping, to the beach and up to the mountains. Tami left behind her husband, Norman Adkins; her boys, Lance, Kyler and Carson; parents, Orvin and Janet Drangstveit; her big sister, Melody ‘77; little brother, Dion; nieces, Tara ‘98 and Lauran; and nephews, Michael, Justin, Brian, Hunter and Ryder. Tami’s celebration was held February, 2010 in Portland. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Lance, Kyler and Carson’s educational fund at U.S. Bank. From Tami’s journal: “Lord, how I love you! For you have done such tremendous things for me.” If you would like to post a message, Tami’s family created a facebook group (Tami Jo Drangstveit Adkins- A Celebration of Life). Click here for a photograph of Tami Jo.
EMORY CROFOOT '79
Emory Crofoot passed away on September 1, 2013, with his family by his side. Emory was born on Dec. 22, 1960, to Emory J. Crofoot and Betty Nadine (Ingebritson) Crofoot. Emory graduated from Wilson High School in 1979 and later moved to Ashland where he graduated, in 1984, from Southern Oregon University with a degree in criminology. Emory met his lifelong partner, Barbra, in 1998 and the two were married in 2000. Emory had a special place in his heart for the river and spent 15 years as a river guide. In 1998, he was hired by Jackson County as a deputy sheriff. Emory is survived by his wife, Barbra Usselman-Crofoot; and daughters, Amelia and Tsaina Crofoot, of Ashland; sister, Mary Olsen, of Pendleton; mother, Betty N. (Ingebritson) Crofoot, of Beaverton; and pets, Matilda, Jilly-Boo Jones and Rangle. His father pre-deceased. A wake-style service was held in Ashland, Sept. 5, 2013. The family gave special thanks to Ashland Hospice. The service was a non-traditional, wake-style on September 5, 2013, in Ashland, Ore., at the lawn below Upper Duck Pond in Lithia Park. Special thanks to Ashland Hospice, Dr. Susan Kohler, and Dr. Sylvia Chatroux. Emory lived life to the fullest each and every day and felt that his children were the most important part of his life.
MARY LOU KINNEY (MCCLAIN) '80
Mary Lou Kinney McClain, age 45, wife of William "Dean" McClain of Phoenixville, Pa. died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday evening, September 25, 2007. She was a daughter of Bettiann Larsen Kinney of Oregon, and the late Hubert Kinney. She graduated from the University of Portland. She received her master's degree from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. In addition to her mother and husband of 20 years, Mrs. McClain is survived by one sister, Carolyn Harris, of Atlanta. Mrs. McClain was predeceased by brother, Rick Kinney.
JANET ROHRBAUGH '82
Janet Marie Rohrbaugh passed away on January 15, 2013 at the age of 49. Janet was born to Richard and Miriam Rohrbaugh on Dec. 25, 1963 in Roseburg. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1982 and graduated from Lewis & Clark College (B.A. 1986) and the University of Washington (M.L.S, 1989). She was a member of the American Library Association, Oregon Library Association worked as a reference librarian in a number of Portland area libraries. She was an active member of the Jane Austen Society, the Young Patrons Executive Council of the Portland Art Museum, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Her great loves in life were books, classical music and opera, art, needlepoint and travel. She traveled widely in both Europe and the Middle East. Her infectious smile and optimistic outlook were enjoyed by all who knew her. She is survived by parents, Richard and Miriam; her brother, Douglas '80; sister-in-law, Karla; and nephews, Brandon and Tristan. A celebration of her life was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Jan. 26, 2013.
MEAGAN SUSI (MATHIS) '82
Meagan Jeanne Susi (Mathis) passed away May 5, 2014, at the age of 49. Meagan was born Sept. 9, 1964, to her proud parents, Jon and Jeanne Mathis. She grew up in the Portland Metro area and graduated from Wilson High School in 1982 where she was a National Merit Scholar and Rose Festival Princess. Meagan attended San Diego State University and made a life in San Diego before returning to the Portland area in 1997. Meagan settled in Lake Oswego, where she lived for the remainder of her life. Meagan is survived by her sons, Erik Susi and Nicholas Figone; brother, Jon Mathis; and sister, Marni Goodman. A rosary was said on May 14, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Northwest Portland, followed by a funeral Mass.
JACK HEWITT '83
Jack Heweitt passed away on August 20, 2009 at the age of 44. He was born August 1, 1965 in Portland. At Wilson Jack played football, wrestled and pole vaulted, earning first team honors in each sport during his senior year. After graduation, he was honored with a spot on the Shriners All-Star football team. When Jack was 16, he was drawn into the furniture world, a career launched under the tutelage of City Liquidators owner, Walt Pelett. Opportunities to buy and sell for the company expanded his horizons. After learning the ropes, Jack ventured out on his own, establishing a used furniture store first on Milwaukie Avenue in Portland, and later on Union Avenue. As a working student, he completed his bachelor's degree in business at Portland State University. In 1994, he joined Network Office Clearinghouse, a nationwide furniture recycler, and quickly became part of the management team. Most recently he served as president of the company. Jack's business travels took him to all corners of the United States and as far away as China and Taiwan. Jack is survived by his grandmother, Phyllis Hewitt; parents, Lynn and Alice Hewitt; sister, Marcy Hoffman '80 (Doug); nieces, Erica, Annie and Kelly; fiancée, Pam Courter; her children, Christine and Marshall; and granddaughter, Alessa. Jack is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and their families, and myriad friends. Jack was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.A. Hewitt, Lois and Bernie Clark and George and Mildred Ellingson. Jack's service was standing room only and was attended by many of his high school friends from Wilson that he had remained in touch with including some of his former coaches and teachers. Jack and Marcy's mother, Alice Hewitt, used to teach at Wilson.
ROBERT ACKER '83
Robert Acker passed away unexpectedly on November 10, 2014 at the age of 49, while on an afternoon run near him home.
Robert was born March 29, 1965, in Hartford, CT, to Robert and Bonnie Acker. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Wilson High School in 1983. With a four-year ROTC scholarship, Robert earned a BS in aeronautical and astronomical engineering from MIT in 1987. He subsequently earned an MS in aeronautical and astronomical engineering from MIT in 1988 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. Robert also was an officer in the Air Force Reserves. Robert’s distinguished career in aeronautics and high tech communications spanned 20 years. From 1994 to1996, he was vice president and general manager of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, where he secured contracts with NASA to build an unmanned research aircraft. From 1997-2004, he was one of the first employees and founding vice presidents of XM Satellite Radio, where he developed MyFi, the first portable satellite radio receiver, and secured a patent for key features standard in most portable satellite radios used today. Two Harvard Business School case studies were written about Robert’s experience writing the XM business plan and launching the service, both of which are taught at business schools around the country. From 2004 to 2006, he was vice president of music services for RealNetworks. From 2006 to 2008, he was senior vice president of marketing for Dash Navigation, where he launched the company’s first product. From 2008 to 2010, he was vice president and general manager of Aha Radio, where he built and led the worldwide team that created the industry-leading automotive cloud platform. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Seek Thermal, a company that recently unveiled its smartphone accessory that enables people to “see heat” through high quality thermal imaging. Robert was a dedicated husband and father. As a black belt martial artist and an accomplished Eagle Scout, Robert was an active volunteer in his son’s Boy Scout troop and frequently coached youth basketball. Robert is survived by his wife of 20 years, Gigi; his son, Grant; his daughter, Rebecca; his parents, Robert and Bonnie Acker of Newberg, OR; his brother and wife, Randy and Erin Acker of Portland, OR; his sister and husband, Jennie and Karl Harrop of Sherwood, OR; three nephews, Carson, Riley, and Miles; six nieces, Eden, Ella, Josie, Mattie, Piper, and Emily; and his 100-year-old grandmother, Jean Acker of Wilsonville, OR. A California memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on Santa Cruz Avenue. An Oregon memorial service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. December 22 at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard, OR. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Pacific Skyline Council (CA) or Cascade Pacific Council (OR) of the Boy Scouts of America.
MARY E. BOYCE (BLUE) '89
Mary Elizabeth Boyce, 40 of Portland, OR, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2012 after a nearly 3-year, courageous battle with cancer. She was a warm soul with a kind heart, known for her infectious laughter, her unconditional love for family, friends and children and for her artistic eye and love of photography. She was born on June 25, 1971 in Portland, Oregon to Gerald and Joan Blue. She graduated from Portland’s Wilson High School in 1989 and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University in 2001. She married Steven Eric Boyce '89 on March 26, 1994 at St. Ignatius Church in Portland, Oregon. Mary was delighted to be a teacher at Grout Elementary School for the past ten years. She knew by the second grade that she wanted to be a teacher and to give students the hope and encouragement they need to be life-long learners. She was a very special and proud mother to her two sons, Jackson Brian Boyce  and Alton Keller Boyce , who meant the world to her. Her loving husband, high-school sweetheart and best friend Steve, of Portland, OR survives her. Mary was from a large family and the middle child out of 11 siblings. She is survived by immediate family members Mother and Father Joan & Jake Bischoff and 10 brothers and sisters. Mary also leaves behind her fellow teacher friend and “soul sister” Sally Stephenson. A Celebration of Mary’s Life will be held on June 25, 2012 from 7pm-11pm at Blackberry Hall at McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon. In lieu of flowers and to help defray funeral and celebration costs, donations may be made to Wells Fargo in the name of the Mary E. Boyce Memorial Fund. To honor Mary’s passion for early childhood education, donations may also be made to Adopt-A-School International, PO Box 4085, Portland, OR 97208-4085. Arrangements entrusted to Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland, Oregon where a private memorial will be held. Please help us in celebrating Mary’s life by visiting gatewaylittlechapel.com to sign her guest book and share your thoughts and fond memories with the family. And, if you are ever visiting Lost Lake, Timberline Lodge or Cultus Lake, send warm thoughts Mary’s way as those were her favorite places on earth.
AMY HAAS '89
Amy Taylor Haas-Sandlin passed away on July 17, 2013. Amy was born Nov. 6, 1971, in Portland to Harl and Sharron Haas. She died July 17, 2013. After graduating from Wilson High School in 1989, Amy graduated from the Seattle Art Institute in Seattle with a degree in music business. Amy is survived by her husband, Ronald Sandlin; daughters, Nevara (7) and Nixie (5); parents, Sharron Haas, Harl Haas and stepmother, Mary Lou Haas; sister, Holly Nordness; and nephew, Colton. Also surviving are Amy's father and mother-in-law, Art and Kathy Gurnari; brothers-in-law, Joesph Gurnari and Michael Gurnari; stepsister, Cathy (Calvin) Smith (Gordon); stepbrothers, Ross Calvin (Mellani) and Scott Calvin (Jennifer); stepnieces and nephews, Wesley, Judd, Whitney and Maya. A memorial service was held Aug. 18, 2013, at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City. For donations and/or more information go to: www.riverviewcemetery.org.
MARY ELIZABETH BOYCE '89
Mary Elizabeth Boyce (maiden name Blue), 40, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2012 after a nearly three-year, courageous battle with colon cancer. She was a warm soul with a kind heart, known for her infectious laughter, her unconditional love for family, friends and children and for her artistic eye and love of photography. She was born on June 25, 1971 in Portland to Gerald and Joan Blue. She graduated from Portland's Wilson High School in 1989 and received her bachelor's degree from Portland State University in 2001. She married Steven Eric Boyce '89 on March 26, 1994 at St. Ignatius Church in Portland. Mary was delighted to be a teacher at Grout Elementary School for the past 10 years. She knew by the second grade that she wanted to be a teacher and to give students the hope and encouragement they need to be lifelong learners. She was a very special and proud mother to her two sons, Jackson Brian Boyce and Alton Keller Boyce, who meant the world to her. Her loving husband, high-school sweetheart and best friend, Steve, of Portland survives her. Mary was from a large family and the middle child out of 11 siblings. She is survived by immediate family members Mother and Father, Joan and Jake Bischoff; and 10 brothers and sisters. Mary also leaves behind her fellow teacher friend and "soul sister," Sally Stephenson. A celebration of Mary's life was held on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Blackberry Hall at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale. In lieu of flowers, and to help defray funeral and celebration costs, donations may be made to Wells Fargo in the name of the Mary E. Boyce Memorial Fund. To honor Mary's passion for early childhood education, donations may also be made to Adopt-A-School International, P.O. Box 4085, Portland, OR 97208-4085. And, if you are ever visiting Lost Lake, Timberline Lodge or Cultus Lake, send warm thoughts Mary's way as those were her favorite places on earth.
SCOTT FULKERSON '91
Robert Scott Fulkerson lost his battle to leukemia on February 5, 2010. Scott has been a resident of Lexington, South Carolina since 2004. He was a greatly loved employee of Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital. He earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from BYU Idaho, a BS in Biology from Utah Valley University and his Masters of Nurse Anesthesia from USC. He was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in various leadership positions especially working with the youth. Scott served a two year mission in Argentina. He loved to golf and was an avid sports fan. Surviving in addition to his wife, Mikelene O. Fulkerson of Lexington; his parents, Robert Lee and Barbara Lind Fulkerson of Meriden, CT; his children, Morgan Elizabeth Fulkerson, Caitlin Ann Fulkerson, and Robert Michael Fulkerson; sister, Brittany Lind Recalde '97 of Sandy; brothers, Todd Monroe Fulkerson '89 of Portland, OR and Jonn Edward Fulkerson '93 of Forest Grove, OR. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any branch of Bank of America or mailed to the Lexington Main Branch of Bank of America at 215 West Main, Lexington, SC 27072; Children of Scott Fulkerson Fund. There is a memorial page for Scott on facebook called “Remembering Scott Fulkerson” at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=311019349380&ref=nf.
BRET MCCONNELL '92
Bret McConnell passed away on August 12, 2011. Click here too read more about Bret's life.
AARON RUDISHAUSER '95
Aaron James Rudishauser passed away on July 26, 2011 at the age of 34. He was born July 16, 1977 and graduated from Wilson HS in 1995. At SOSC he received a Criminology degree, graduated with honors and was chosen as an Academic All American. After college he traveled to Europe where he played pro football. He then returned to Portland where he had a successful insurance career. Aaron is survived by his father, Rudy Rudishauser; mother, Judy Mitchell; stepfather, Jeff; sister, Corrie and her husband, Patrick; brother, Ashley and his wife, Erika; and girlfriend, Stacey Anderson. A memorial service was held Aug. 4, 2011, at New Hope Community Church, 11731 S.E. Stevens Road, Portland. The Aaron Rudishauser Memorial Fund is set up at any US Bank.
MATTHEW BALDWIN '96
Matthew Allen Baldwin '96 passed away on April 1, 2011 at the age of 33. According to The Oregonian, Matt was born on January 25, 1978, and was an avid runner. He lettered all four years in track and cross-country at Wilson HS, as well as running for the University of Oregon his freshman year before going on to major in Graphic Design at Oregon State University. While at OSU, he joined Sigma Chi fraternity and became a mentor and leader, establishing lifelong friends. Matt's goal was to design shoes at Nike and he was driven to pursue his dreams. After various jobs, he secured an internship with Nike and was later offered a position with them, realizing his dreams. This began a 5-year exciting journey developing his skills as a talented graphic designer before receiving a job offer which moved him to Costa Mesa, Calif. While at OSU, Matt worked at a summer camp as a soccer trainer for grade school children. It was there that he met his best friend, and soul mate, Brittany Williamse, whom he loved for 11 years. On Oct. 23, 2010, he married Britt in a storybook Hawaiian wedding on the beach. Matt is survived by his wife, Britt; parents, Gary and Marge; sister, Keren '99; a large extended family; and his fraternity brothers. A memorial service was held on April 21, 2011, at Beaverton Foursquare Church, 13565 S.W. Walker Road, Beaverton. Memorial donations to: http://CompassionFirst.org/.
HILLARY JONES '97
Hillary Jones passed away on December 12, 2012 at the age of 33. She was born on April 14, 1979 and was the daughter of Karen and Ward Dye and Bill and Kathy Jones; sister to Angela Beck and Summer McDonald. Graduate of Wilson High School. Hillary was a beautiful person, inside and out. Loved by her family and friends for her sense of humor, for laughing out loud, her love of animals and exceptional artistic ability. Hillary was honored on December 29, 2012 at Southwest Bible Church, Beaverton, OR 97007.
SHANE BENNETT '97
Shane Bennett '97 died March 18, 2010 in a snowmobile accident in Colorado, about five miles northwest of Aspen. He was 31 years old. To read more about Shane and his life, click here: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/newsletter/2010/Shane_Bennett_1.pdf
KARA JEAN COX '03
Kara Jean Cox was born on December 20, 1984, in Portland, Oregon. She died in Portland on June 29, 2008 after an 13-month battle with Leukemia. Kara grew up in Portland, Oregon with her parents and 4 older sisters. She attended Maplewood Elementary, Robert Gray Middle School and Wilson High School, graduating in 2003. Kara then attended the University of Oregon, studying Japanese and American Sign Language. Throughout her life Kara was an accomplished athlete. She played soccer, basketball and softball through middle school, which is also when she begun taking karate classes, earning her black belt in 2003. She was on the Wilson Dragon boat Team and played on the University of Oregon Rugby team. One of Kara’s greatest gifts was working with children. She spent summers as a camp counselor, and three years with the Portland Public School Outdoor program. As an aunt, she doted on her 6 nieces and nephews, playing with them, reading to them and watching them grow. While taking general courses at The University of Oregon, Kara discovered American Sign Language and envisioned her career as an interpreter for the deaf, working with children. Four months into her cancer treatment she starting began talking about giving back, by becoming a sign language interpreter for those with cancer and going through chemotherapy treatments. To outsiders, Kara was a true and great friend. She loved to hang out with foreign exchange students, especially those from Japan - practicing her Japanese and learning about the culture, and often inviting them to come home with her for Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks. Family and friends describe Kara as unpretentious, caring, friendly, awesome, resilient, witty, dry, moody, passionate, loving, ambitious, strong, fun and a goof ball. Kara endured a grueling thirteen months and showed us all what true persistence and bravery is. Kara is survived by her parents; Merle & Pamela Cox, her grandparents; Mayhew Cox, Richard & Kathleen McCullough and Joanne Anderst, and her sisters; Paula Henderson, Merla Turner, Heather Bradford and Hillary Cox.
BILLIE PUGH (MCCULLOUGH) '03
Billie Dee Andrea Pugh (McCullough), age 28 died on April 28, 2013 in East Portland, Oregon. According to news accounts, she and her husband were struck by another vehicle which ran a red light. Billie passed away at the crash scene. For the last four years, Billie worked at Fred Meyers store on North Interstate Avenue. She was attending Portland Community College studying to become a nurse. Loved ones describe her as a loving mother of three children and an all-around great person who cared for everyone. Her family are deeply grieving her loss. She will never be forgotten. Billie is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her parents, Lora and Bill McCullough; her brother, Sebastian McCullough; her sister, Angelica McCullough; her husband, Brandon Pugh; her three children: Rejanii (age 11), Brandon Jr. (age 6) and Noelle (age 16 months). http://www.koin.com/news/marion-county/crash-vigil.
JACOB SUMMERFIELD '05
Jacob Lee Summerfield was born on October 14, 1986, in Portland. He died in Portland on March 8, 2011. Jacob was 24 years old. He was a personal banker for Wells Fargo Bank. Jacob is survived by his father, Perry J.; and mother, Lisa L.
GRIFFIN HUBER '10
Griffin Huber passed away September 10, 2014 at the age of 22 of a heart attack while jogging. He was born June 4, 1992, in Portland and attended school at Markham Elementary, Jackson Middle and Wilson High schools. In June 2014, Griffin graduated from George Fox University majoring in cinema/media communication. Griffin is survived by his father, Michael; mother, Erica; sister, Graci Huber; grandparents, Bert and Carol Huber and Dick and Pat Evans; uncle, Steve Huber; aunt, Cecile Huber; aunt, Mari Kay Evans-Smith; uncle, Eric Smith; and cousins, Chelsea and Isaiah Smith. A celebration of Griffin's and a memorial service was held Sept. 20, 2014 in Beaverton. In lieu of flowers, contributions toward a non-profit may be made to the Griffin Huber Memorial Fund, c/o Starla Goff, 5200 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 160, Portland, OR 97239. Griffin had grown up in the (Quaker) West Hills Friends Church. His inward grace and outward faith spoke of a man who believed that there is the Light in everyone. Griffin will continue to shine in all of us who knew and loved him throughout eternity.
COACH BEACHELL DEDICATED 24 YEARS TO PIL HOOPS, KIDS
Coach Dick Beachell, 71, died August 13, 2007 after battling mantle cell non-Holdgkin's lymphoma for nearly three years. According to Steven Brandon from the Portland Tribune, Dick's "Wilson teams, which featured Damon Stoudamore, Keith Smith, Charles and Aaron McKinney, Pat Strickland and Duray Thirdgill, won state titles in 1985, '89 and '91. Beachell also was assistant coach under Jack Bertell '58 with the 1972 state champion Jefferson team." To read more about this wonderful high school basketball coach go to: http://www.localnewsdaily.com/sports/story.php?story_id=118730390893015700.
KAREN KELLY (WILSON SCIENCE TEACHER)
Karen Kelly passed away on May 23, 2011 at the age of 63. She was born on May 9, 1948. According to The Oregonian, Karen lived in Portland where she taught high school science for over 30 years, inspiring young people to learn, explore science and reach for high goals. Karen graduated from Hogan High School in 1966, received a BS in Biology at Fresno State College and a masters degree at the University of Washington. She enjoyed snorkeling and scuba diving, cross-country skiing, hiking, white water kayaking, riding horses and camping. She was a loving, generous and devoted aunt, often including her nieces in her activities and travel. Survivors include her parents, Keith Kelly and Betty Kolarik; brothers, Brad and Edward Kelly; sister, Susan Danaher; and nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss her more than can be expressed.
FRANCIS MURRAY (WILSON TEACHER)
Wilson teacher Francis Eugene Murray died Jan. 12, 1998 of cancer at age 70. Mr. Murray was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Detroit. He moved to Portland in the late 1930s and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947. A 1951 graduate of the University of Portland, he received his master's in 1958. He was a teacher, working for Franklin High from 1953-1964 and Wilson High from 1965-1987, serving as English department chairman from 1975-1987. He married Betty Hart in 1950. Survivors include his wife; daughter, Kay Murray Fell of Portland; sons, Frank C. of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeffrey A. of Portland; sister, Rosemarie Schmitt of Portland; and one grandchild.
EUGENE KAZA (WILSON TEACHER)
A highly respected Wilson music educator, Eugene Kaza died July 1, 2008 at the age of 84. He was born May 22, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Kaza was a former Oregon Symphony violinist and music educator who many people believe was the inspiration for the film "Mr. Holland's Opus." Kaza taught high school orchestras and bands in the Portland public schools from 1957 to 1982, including Grant from 1957 to 1969, Adams from 1969 to 1973 and Wilson from 1973 to 1982, when he retired. In addition to his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by daughters Stephanie Kaza of Burlington, Vt., and Janene Kaza of Portland; sons John of Salinas, Calif., Paul of Shelburne, Vt., Roger of Houston, Texas, and Andrew of Manzanita and London; and 11 grandchildren.
GEORGE PERRY (1919-2007) WILSON TEACHER
George Perry passed away on August 22, 2007. George taught Shop and Math at Wilson High School from 1956 to 1979. He will be missed. One of George's students, Gary Severson '61, has vivid memories of George and thought his students might enjoy reading some of his memories from his days in class with Mr. Perry. According to Gary, George "used to tell his classes about his harrowing experience of being shot down as a B-17 pilot in WWII on the anniversary of that flight. (He stopped this in 1961 or 1962 when there were no more war brats at WWHS.) Sometime in 1943 he was returning from a bomb run on the oil facilities in Ploesti, Romania when he had to ditch his damaged plane in the Adriatic Sea. He was badly hurt and spent a couple of years in a German stalag. I last saw George just after a huge fiftieth anniversary celebration of
the B-17 (sometime in the mid-1980’s) in Seattle (Boeing was one of the manufacturers). Several hundred Army Air Corp flight crews convened in downtown Seattle hotels for the big reunion. One of George’s most poignant experiences there was when the rear gunner from the B-17 in front of his found him and tearfully recalled how he’d seen George’s plane ditch. The gunner had wondered for over 45 years whether George and others from his crew had survived. Even more remarkably, another B-17 from George’s squadron had been shot down on the same raid, and that pilot was also located at the Seattle reunion. "I thought some of George’s students might enjoy hearing 'the rest of the story', reflects Gary.
DAVID SWEHLA "DAVE" WILSON TEACHER
Dave Swehla died in an auto accident near Sterling, Ill., July 7, 2009 at the age of 72. Dave was born in 1936 and was a graduate of Sterling High School (1954), Carroll College (Bachelor of Arts, 1958) and Northern Illinois University (Master of Science, 1962). He married Carol Joan Riskedal in 1958. Dave was a teacher in Illinois, the Philippines, the Panama Canal Zone and, for over 30 years, in the Portland area. He was active in the Oregon Science Teachers Association, and was known for his enthusiastic teaching. Dave taught Health and Introduction to Physical Science (IPS) at Wilson. Retiring in 1994, he continued substitute teaching until 2008. Between teaching jobs, Dave drove trucks for McCracken Bros. in Portland, earned his Counseling and Administrative License from Oregon College of Education, and worked for McLaren State School for Boys. Dave also had family farms in Newberg and Amity. His interests included music, gardening, outdoor recreation, international travel, learning about other places and cultures, helping people in need, hosting international students, acting in community theater musicals in McMinnville, choir directing, playing the piano, piloting small planes, tennis, Pickleball, chess, swimming, dancing and leading Sunday school classes. Dave was a lifelong learner with an insatiable curiosity and a contagious zest for life. David Cary Swehla will be remembered for his exuberance, spontaneity and generosity. Dave is survived by his brother, Robert (Doris) Swehla and his family; sister, Dianne (Rick) Graham and her family; three daughters, Julie (Brian) O'Herin, Karen (Jesse) Black and Lory (Don) Albright; son, Eric (Janet Range) Swehla; and nine grandchildren, Abby, Jesse, Kevin, Grant, Kaia, Steven, Nigel, Cedar and Sage. He is also survived by his companion, June. Here are some links to some stories related to Dave from his home-town paper: http://www.saukvalley.com/articles/2009/07/09/77032592/ (watching his old hometown team play in the little league world series); http://www.saukvalley.com/articles/2009/07/09/60431214/ (about the accident); and http://www.saukvalley.com/articles/2009/07/09/85289385/index.xml (why he was in town then).
WALT LOONEY 1944-2006 (WILSON TEACHER)
Walter "Walt" Looney, Wilson teacher, passed away on April 23, 2006 at his home in Canby. He was born in 1944. Walt lettered four years each in football and baseball at Willamette University. In football, he was a first –team NAIA All-American guard as a senior in 1966. He was a three-time first-team all- Northwest Conference choice a two-time first team all-district selection. In baseball he was a three-time all-conference pick. Looney began his teaching and coaching career at Wilson High School in Portland in 1968. Looney has won two Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) coach of the year awards-for baseball in 1975 and for football in 1994. Walt was an excellent teacher. He was awarded the distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching Edyth May Sliffe Award in 1992. Walt taught calculus at Wilson and was the head of the math department, the head Trojan football coach until 1999, and the head baseball coach, 1975-82. He also assisted in football, wrestling and baseball over the years. At Wilson, Walt was known by his students for his quirky analogies and golf tips. Wilson graduate Parr Farris '64 coached Babe Ruth baseball with Walt in the SW Babe Ruth program from 1989-1991. Upon the loss of Walt, Wilson High School set up the Walt Looney Fund. The Wilson Math Department would like to raise $3,000 to $4,000 to buy all the math teachers a new computer. If you would like to help the Math Department in honor of Walt Looney, you can make a check out to Wilson High with "Looney Fund" in the memo line. Tim & Brian Looney along with Kent Dorsey (head of the Wilson Math Dept.) work together to dispurse the funds. Send your check to Wilson High School, c/o Darcy Shetler '87, Wilson High School, 1151 SW Vermont, Portland, OR 97219. A receipt and tax ID will be mailed back you from the school. You can also contact Darcy Shetler at school at: email@example.com.
JEFF MILLER (DRAMA TEACHER)
John Jeffrey Miller, loved and respected drama teacher at Wilson, Jackson, and Franklin High Schools passed away on November 14, 2009. According to The Oregonian, Jeff was born in 1945 and graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1967, enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. "The Miller," as he was referred to by his students, was born to teach high school. Former students still speak of the important role he played in their lives as a drama teacher who not only helped them excel on stage, but gave them the discipline, courage and inspiration to succeed in whatever they wanted to pursue. Jeff taught drama at Wilson with Julie Accuardi for several years when Jackson High School merged with Wilson. Julie tells us that Jeff brought with him a whole company of very talented students. "When we merged the Wilson and Jackson actors together we were able to do many very demanding shows that otherwise we could not have cast," adds Julie. "They included Grease, Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks, Inherit the Wind, and West Side Story. Jeff''s students loved him, and I know they will miss him very much. Those were wonderful days, and I am very grateful to Jeff for making them happen. The love of theatre he passed on to his students will last forever." Jeff performed in Portland area theaters for many years establishing himself as a truly outstanding character actor. His last performance was as Mr. DePinna in "You Can't Take It With You" at Clackamas Community College. As a guest artist with the college theater department, he continued to teach, passing on his amazing knowledge of comic timing to young actors. This brilliant, talented and wonderfully unique friend will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
DR. BILL PROPPE, VICE-PRINCIPAL AND PRINCIPAL
Dr. William Douglas Proppe loving father, loyal friend, inspiring educator and leader, died peacefully February 17, 2007, at the age of 84. His family was at his bedside surrounding him with love in his final hours. He was born January 4, 1923, in Portland to William Frederick Proppe and Ethel Amelia Matthieu. Bill was the first Vice-Principal of Wilson when the school opened in 1956. To read more about Dr. Proppe's life, click here.
LEONARD RINEARSON, JR (WILSON VICE PRINCIPAL)
Leonard Everett Rinearson Jr., who died January 8, 2001 at age 73. Mr. Rinearson was born Oct. 22, 1927, in Oregon City. He graduated from Oregon City High School in 1945 and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Oregon State College. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a physical education and health teacher and basketball coach at Myrtle Point High School, a physical education teacher and basketball coach at Oregon City High School, a social studies teacher at Gardiner Junior High School, activities director at Madison High School and vice principal at Wilson High School from 1962 until retiring in 1975. While attending Oregon State, he played on the 1949 basketball team that was ranked fourth in the nation. After retiring , he moved to Ocean Park, Wash. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oregon City and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Seaview, Wash. In 1948, he married Helen Paulson. Survivors include his wife; sons, Thomas and Eric; daughters, Ingra Rickenbach and Carla Randall; sisters, Betty Foster, Rebecca Wright and Catherine Gabrielson; and nine grandchildren. His son Peter died in 1986. Published in Oregonian
TOM WITTY (1921-2010) BIOLOGY TEACHER
Lee Thomas (Tom) Witty passed away on September 9, 2010. He was 89 years old and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Clarice Jean Pershing Witty; and brother, Jerome O'Harra Witty. He is survived by his daughters, Sharan Lee Farley and Nancy Jean Brownlow. For many years, Tom was a dedicated teacher at Wilson High School and a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Family and friends attended services on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Willamette National Cemetery. The Oregonian. Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/oregon/guestbook.aspx?n=lee-witty&pid=145703798&cid=addentry.
ROY LINDSAY (1927-2010) MATH TEACHER/COUNSELOR
Roy L. Lindsay was born on Sept. 22 1927 and passed away at the age of 82. Roy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died Sept. 7, 2010, of myelofibrosis. Born and raised in Thayer, Kan., Roy was one of 10 children. When he was in high school, his family moved to Oregon where he lived the rest of his life. At 16, he graduated from Willamina High School with the class of 1944. He attended Linfield College, took time out for a stint in the U.S. Army, and graduated with the class of 1949. He earned his Master of Arts in education from Arizona State University in 1961. On Aug. 21, 1949, he married Charmaine Matson in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They recently celebrated 61 years together. They settled in Tigard, where they raised four children. Roy's entire career was centered on education. He spent time as a classroom math teacher and counselor at Wilson and Lincoln high schools in Portland. He worked for the administration of Portland Public Schools, and in several capacities at Portland Community College. He was instrumental in the development of the college from its inception until his retirement as vice president of administrative services in 1989. His many outside interests included Little League, Boy Scouts, Loaves & Fishes, Rose Villa Board, Oregon Retired Educators, church choir, civic theater, and Community Partners for Affordable Housing. He will be most remembered for his love of life, especially singing, spending time with family and friends, sharing stories, visiting the Oregon coast, reading, fishing, traveling the world, tending his yard, and helping others. Roy is survived by his wife; four children; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, Gene Lindsay of Texas; and sister, Grace Kilgore of Kansas. Remembrances in his name may be sent to the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, Oregon Food Bank, or any organization devoted to caring for children.
MARY ELLA (CARSON) BRODIE (WILSON TEACHER)
Mary Ella (Carson) Brodie passed away on November 11, 2010. She was 88 years old and was born on September 28, 1922 in Portland to Charles Channing Carson and Ella Strong. Mary attended Vernon Grade School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Reed College. Mary worked for the State of Oregon, Department of Human Resources. Later, she obtained her teaching certificate and taught English, Spanish and typing at Wilson High School. Mary married Laird Brodie in 1973. He died July 31, 2009. She joined the Mazamas in 1957 after climbing several peaks. Mary especially enjoyed hiking, cooking, cats and the house she was born in where she lived most of her life. She is survived by Clark and Greg Canham of California. A memorial gathering was held February 21, 2011, in the First Unitarian Church of Portland. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to her favorite causes including The Native American Indian Council, Friends of the Columbia River Gorge, Reed College Alumni Association or the Oregon Historical Society.
ELVA MARTIN, VP JACKSON HS AND WILSON (1921-2012)
Elva (Strom) Martin passed away on January 3, 2012 at the age of 90. She was born in Lusk, Wyo., March 5, 1921 and finished high school in Chadron, Nebraska. Following graduation from Chadron State College, she taught a year in Bassett and Chadron, NE, where Elva met Frank Martin when both were faculty members in Quilcine, WA. Elva married Frank in early September, 1948. They were happily married for over 50 years. The couple moved to Vancouver, WA, in 1950, where Elva began teaching in the Vancouver, Washington Public School System. Elva was a Vice Principal at Jackson High School and Wilson HS. After she took a position as an administrator with Portland Public Schools they decided to move to a property in Lake Oswego, OR. Elva enjoyed gardening, sewing and writing and was an avid camper. Elva authored curriculum materials for the Portland Public Schools, taught with other well-known educators, evaluators, and administrators. Elva loved teaching and was a “life-long educator”. Elva and Frank travelled extensively, visiting world-wide destinations. She toured Europe with students, and had a curious and questioning mind. Elva appreciated the Arts, Science, and beauty. She studied piano and violin and read voraciously. Elva was a charter member of the Portland Doll Club, and teacher and leader in various women’s bible studies. Elva established a scholarship for students interested in Early Childhood Education. Elva’s enthusiastic spirit will be lovingly remembered and fondly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Martin, brothers Eric, Henry, Elmer, Dale and Lee. Elva is survived by her sister, Linda Grantham and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Portland celebration of her life was held Jan 28, 2012.
ROBERT E. BROWN (WILSON TEACHER)
Robert E. Brown passed away at his own home on March 17, 2012 at the age of 86. He was born in Michigan on September 7, 1925, the second son of Clair and Gwendoline Brown. At Cassopolis High School, Robert was salutatorian. He played quarterback on the football team and still wearing his football uniform, he played trombone and marched with the band at half-time. He was awarded a football scholarship to Michigan State and graduated in Physical Education with a minor in Mathematics. In 1944 he married Lovene E. Shoecraft; they had three sons in the next ten years. Robert served in the U.S. Army during WWII. When he returned he earned a Master's degree in Administration from the University of Michigan, thus beginning his life-long career as a high school math teacher and football coach. Soon after the Brown family had moved to Glenview, Ill. for Robert's new job at Niles High, he was offered the Head Coaching job at Moorhead State College in Minnesota, an opportunity to move up to the ranks of college football. He thoughtfully declined the offer, unwilling to uproot his family again so soon. During a summer Math teachers' seminar at Reed College, he and Lovene liked Portland and subsequently moved here with their three sons. Bob continued teaching. Lincoln High School won the 1966 PIL football championship while he was head coach there. He completed his teaching career at Wilson High School as the Work Experience Coordinator; his very successful program found jobs in the community for students having difficulty staying in school. Robert still found time for other things, such as raising a family, earning a real estate license and helping Lovene earn a teaching degree at Portland State, starting a coaches' clinic, travel to Australia and volunteer work. At age 80, he suffered a stroke which left him unable to speak for the rest of his life; that was hard for one who had communicated so much. He responded by keeping his positive attitude, smiling a lot and often showing the patience of a saint. Robert gave his "All" to every endeavor, had a great sense of humor, loved Sports and was very forgiving; he would not "hold a grudge." Robert was preceded in death by his older brother, Richard A. Brown, in 1995; and by his wife, Lovene, in Sept. 2011. He is survived by his three sons, Hugh, Scott and Mark; as well as two grandchildren, Marcellus and Veronica. A memorial service for him was held at Christ United Methodist Church in Portland, on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Memorial donations may be made to Loaves & Fishes Centers, 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005.
MARIAN HARA (WILSON PE TEACHER AND COACH)
Marian Hara passed away on May 19, 2012 at the age of 82. She was a Wilson High School PE teacher and coach. According to The Oregonian, no single person could completely characterize Marian Hara's life because she lived it so fully with so many different people. Marian's relationships were broad and varied, yet all of us share how her spirit was expressed through her huge smile and warm laugh. On May 18, 2012 Marian peacefully left us. Her fight was stoic and throughout she retained her unique sense of command and humor. She was born on Sept. 9, 1929 to Ginosuke and Suye Hara in Portland's Japantown. Surviving her are her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. George S. and Yoneko Hara; her nephews and nieces, John Hara (Anita Hara), Leslie Hara-Shick (Fred Shick), Nancy Hara (Paul Shick), George Hara (Nathan Cook), Phyllis Hara (Andrew Wilson); and nine grand-nephews and nieces. Marian grew up in two different worlds. She was born a nisei or second generation Japanese American and throughout her life was a proud member of Portland's tightly knit Nikkei community. She embraced her heritage. She was an Odori dancer, fluent in Japanese and she loved Asian food, celebrations and organizations. Simultaneously, she embodied an all American woman who was competitive, athletic, community oriented and worldly. Marian graduated from Oregon State University. Upon her retirement as a physical education teacher, she became a world traveler with friends new and old. As a 14 year old, Marian's world drastically changed when she, along with her family was evacuated to the North Portland Assembly Center and eventually moved to the Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho. As regrettable as this historical event was, Marian wasn't limited by the experience but enriched by the deep and lasting friendships she built from it. She loved her students and teaching, but most of all she loved winning. She coached the swim team and led the gymnastics and tennis teams to two city PIL championships. Her competitive nature and love of gamesmanship rarely failed her in any of the sports she undertook. Her trophies attest to her success as a winning ping pong player, bowler, golfer and card player. Marian committed herself equally to community organizations where she served on the boards of the Japanese Ancestral Society, Veleda Women's Club, Nissei Women's Golf Club and Ikoi no Kai (senior hot lunch program). Marian was a willing participant in life without demanding that she be the center of attention. Her friends would agree that she wasn't a pushover and pursued life on her own terms. And for that, whether it's the "look" or the "laugh", Marian's way with people was at the core of what we will cherish and miss. A celebration of Marian's life was held on June 2 at Rock Creek Country Club, 5100 NW Neakahnie Ave., Portland. Remembrances to Epworth United Methodist Church or Ikoi no Kai (senior hot lunch program).
JACK DALBY Band/Orchestra director from 1962-1974
Jack Corwin Dalby, the son of Albert Frederick and Cora Evans Dalby, was born in Topeka, Kansas on February 5, 1917, and died in Portland of causes related to age on October 12, 2011. He was 94. Jack's father was a stereotyper at the Topeka Daily Capital newspaper and his mother was a musician and church organist. It was from Cora that his life in music began. Jack grew up in Topeka where he received his elementary and high school education. It was at this early point in his life that he began playing the baritone horn. He also became skilled on the trombone and cello. In 1938 he spied "a cute little blonde" coming out of church and immediately struck up a conversation. In August 1940 Jack made the best move of his life and married that little blonde, Ada Charles, on the family farm of her parents, Warren and Alice Charles, in Larned, Kan. In 1939 he received his bachelor's degree at Kansas University and later a master's degree at Drake University. Jack began his 38 year career in music education in Pleasant Hill, Mo., in 1940 where he taught all the music classes to all the grade levels. After a year of that, he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to teach band and orchestra. When World War II interrupted everyone's life, Jack wound up as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force stationed at a base in Carlsbad, N.M. When the war ended, the couple went back to Des Moines and he went back to teaching music. Jack was also a professional magician. He traveled all over Kansas and Iowa giving magic shows. Everyone who saw his tricks had a favorite. The vanishing bird cage, bottomless milk pitcher, guillotine, and rope cut and restore were some that never lost their charm no matter how many times you saw him perform the illusion. Each trick had its own patter with jokes (that were real groaners) and it was the same each time he performed them. Jack continued to amaze people with magic most of his life. In August 1949 the couple packed everything up and moved to Portland, and in 1950 they had their first and only child, Warren. In 1951 they built their home on the east side of Mt. Tabor that they would live in for the next 56 years. When Jack started teaching instrumental music in Portland he was assigned to the elementary K-8 schools. In those first 14 years in Portland he taught at Abernethy, Ainsworth, Beaumont, Chapman, Couch, Duniway, Fernwood, Glenhaven, Hosford, Laurelhurst, Llewellyn, Mt. Tabor, Rose City Park, Shattuck, Vestal and Youngson. He said he stopped trying to count the number of principals at 25. In 1962 he moved to Wilson High School where he would stay for 12 years. He finished his teaching career at Franklin High School in 1980. The performance level of the groups at Wilson and Franklin was amazing. This was at a time when the Portland Schools actually supported music education. They were able to perform professional books of musicals including "Show Boat," "The King and I," "Music Man" and "My Fair Lady." The orchestras performed the original scores, not arrangements, of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings," Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite," the Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No. 2" and Bloch's "Concerto Grosso" with Larry Smith (the conductor of the Oregon Symphony at the time) as the piano soloist. The students in these groups gained insights and personal knowledge that they wouldn't have gotten in any other class. There is no vehicle for these experiences other than an outstanding performance organization. Their lives are forever richer for having "Mr. Dalby" as their teacher. Jack and Ada also formed wonderful friendships with some of those students, friendships that lasted for their lifetimes. After he and Ada retired they had the time to travel around the world, but music still was a major part of his life. He continued to perform in various groups including the Beaverton Community Band, Encore Brass and the Brass Quintet of Beaverton. He also sang in the MAC Balladeers. Jack and Ada loved being members of the Royal Rosarians where, again, they formed lifelong friendships with some of the Junior Court participants. In 2007, after 67 years together, Jack lost the love of his life. Ada passed away unexpectedly on a family cruise at Catalina Island. Life was never the same for him after that. Jack and Ada made and were wonderful friends, they were great parents and they were fantastic grandparents. I hope they are together now. We miss them very much. Jack is survived by his son, Warren; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline; and grandchildren, Amanda and Michael.
VERLE SMITH (WILSON TEACHER)
Verle Smith passed away on November 27, 2012 at the age of 69. He was born on May 27, 1943 in Lethbridge, Alberta, to Harold Smith and Lena Kostiuk and raised in Los Angeles. He was married to Pamela Harris for 43 years. He died unexpectedly. Verle was a Marine in Vietnam and a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. He taught secondary and college math for 41 years in L.A. and Portland. He was a math teacher at Wilson High School. He loved traveling, running, music, cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends. He was a tireless volunteer for many causes, including the Western Farm Workers Association and the Democratic Party. He is survived by his wife; son, Sean (Asli) Smith; daughter, Danielle (Guillermo) Ramos; granddaughter, Adissa; father; sister, Gayle Gates; and father-in-law, Luke Harris. He will be missed by all who knew him. A service was held December, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Western Farm Workers Association 503-681-9399.
PHYLLIS J. LAMBERT (WILSON TEACHER)
Phyllis Lambert passed away on August 25, 2010 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 82. She was born August 7, 1928, in Grand Rapids, Colorado, to Warren and Helen Bain. Phyllis spent some of her childhood in Utah and moved to Portland, OR as an adolescent. She attended Willamette University and completed her Masters in Education degree at Portland State University. She worked as an executive secretary for Northwest Natural Gas and later became a high school teacher. Phyllis taught for many years in the Portland Public Schools district at Wilson High School and was the Business Administration Department Head at Marshall High School. In the early '90s, Phyllis retired from teaching. Phyllis loved people. Out of her love for people, Phyllis found great joy in making greeting cards for family and friends. She also enjoyed working on her computer, taking kids to the park, gardening, playing the piano and organ, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was extremely close with her 3 sisters, Ellen Warner, Shirley Mardock, and Lois Barnick. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Helen Bain; and her sister, Shirley Mardock. Phyllis is survived by her two sons, James and Dean Lambert; two daughter in laws, Vicki and Marieanne Lambert; two sisters, and six grandchildren. She will be missed by all. A celebration of life for long time Portland resident Phyllis J. Lambert was held August 30, 2010, in Lincoln Memorial Park.
PAMELA YVONNE GONSALVES (WILSON ARTS TEACHER)
Pamela Yvonne Gonsalves, 59, local artist and arts educator, passed away from a battle with cancer at home among her loved ones March 12, 2013. Born in Turlock, California. on April 14, 1953, raised in Lake Tahoe, she moved to Oregon in 1971. A printmaker and sculptor, her works were shown in numerous expositions across the country. Affectionately known as "Mrs. G." to her students, she taught for 20 years in the Portland Public Schools, including long-term positions at Madison and Wilson High Schools. Beloved by her students, she delighted in helping young people discover the arts and pursue college educations. She is survived by a lifetime of creative works; husband, Tom; sons, Isaac and Zedekiah; grandson, Julian; daughter-in-law, Glory; sisters, Linda and Loretta and their families; dear friends Diane and Molly and their families. She will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives she touched. In accordance with her wishes we ask that no one send flowers but instead consider donating to a scholarship fund in her name.
ELIZABETH (BETTY) GOLDING (WILSON SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER)
Elizabeth “Betty” Golding passed away on October 6, 2014 at the age of 90. Betty was a lifetime resident of Portland, born April 19, 1924, to James and Leona Havely. She attended Hosford Elementary School and Washington High School. Betty was selected to be a Jr. Rose Festival Princess in 1934, at the age of 10. Betty spent 12 summers going to Camp Namanu, first as a bugler, then later as a camp counselor. Betty met her husband, Tom Golding, in August 1941, when the counselors from Camp Namanu went to Camp Meriwether Boy Scout Camp for a retreat. Betty attended Reed College from 1941 to 1945, where she graduated with a degree in sociology. Tom proposed to Betty while on furlough from training for the 62 Army Medical Corps. Tom was stationed in Europe during WWII. Betty and Tom wrote hundreds of letters to each other during the war years apart and saved every letter. Tom surprised Betty when he returned home in March 1946. They were married April 12, 1946, at the Reed College Chapel. Betty and Tom raised three children, Paul, Anne and Lucy in Southwest Portland. Betty went back to school in the '60s to get her teaching license. She went on to teach social studies classes at Wilson High School from 1968 to 1985. Betty was able to get students excited about learning by getting them involved in simulations and role playing to understand topics she was teaching. She prepared students for participation in Youth Legislature, Model UN and mock trial competitions. Betty led students on several American Heritage trips to the East Coast and to Europe. Betty joined the League of Women Voters just after college and continued to be a lifetime member, volunteering time on League research projects, speakers bureau and voters guides. She also volunteered many hours with Portland area Camp Fire, the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol and with CASA, court appointed special advocate. The Golding family enjoyed camping trips during the summer months and skiing most every Saturday in winters. Betty and Tom made sure that their children were surrounded in love, joy and encouragement, and then went on to do the same with grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Golding in 2002; and daughter, Anne Beckworth in 2007. Betty is survived by her son, Paul Golding; daughter, Lucy Hill; grandchildren, James Golding, Kiri Stilwell, Megan Hill and Emily Hill; seven great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Funeral arrangements by Riverview Cemetery Funeral Home (pictures and guest book). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty's name to Portland League of Women Voters Education Fund or to Portland area Camp Fire camp scholarship fund. A memorial service was held on Nov. 1, 2014, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
JOSEPH BRUGATO (WILSON MATH TEACHER)
Joseph A. Brugato, 84, passed away on Dec. 20, 2014. Joe Brugato was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Portland. He was the second of three sons of Joseph and Rose Brugato. Joe graduated from Washington High School in 1948, where he was a three-year letterman in baseball, 1st Team All-PIL, as catcher and member of the State Championship Baseball Team. Joe graduated from the University of Portland and earned his master's in mathematics. He also performed post graduate studies at the University of Oregon. Joe coached at Cascade Locks and Central Catholic High School in Portland, where he took both the basketball and baseball teams to the state playoffs each year he coached from 1955 to 1957. He was inducted into the PIL Hall of Fame in 2010. Joe was a Portland Public Schools mathematics teacher for over 20 years at Madison and Wilson high schools. He went on to establish Brugato and Sons Realty in Newberg, where both his sons worked with him as realtors. He earned his private pilot license and flew across the U.S. and Mexico. His love and passion were fishing for salmon on the Oregon coast and crabbing in the Nehalem Bay. He was an active member of his parish and Knights of Columbus. Surviving and left to honor his life are his wife of 62 years, Marita Brugato; sons, Gary Brugato of Beaverton and Greg Brugato of Boise; daughters, Mary Jo Wagner of Corvallis, Debbie Brugato of Sherwood, Karen Lamb, Cathy Brugato, Theresa Brugato and Angela Davis of Portland; 19 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His daughter, LaDonna Brugato; brothers, Anthony and Paul; and parents preceded him in death. A funeral Mass was held Dec. 26, 2014, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, 15651 S.W. Oregon St., Sherwood, OR 97140.
SUSAN THEISSEN (WILSON CERAMICS TEACHER)
Susan Sandstrom Theissen passed away on November 7, 2014 at the age of 61 after a long battle with metastatic melanoma. Born on January 12, 1953, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. Susan was an adored longtime teacher of the arts for Portland Public Schools. A proud Southwest Portland native, she was known for always seeing the very best in everyone and she reveled in the beauty of the world around her. The picture of kindness and charitable spirit, Susan is greatly missed by all who knew her. her memorial service was held April 18, 2015 at Eastmorland Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, please direct remembrances to your favorite charity or to Providence Portland Hospice.
JAMES LYNCH ... LYNCH'S MARKET
James Lynch Jr., passed away on March 24, 2009 at the age of 89. James and his family owned Lynch's Market in Hillsdale. He is survived by his wife, Bernadine; and daughters, Linda Easthope and Janet Vehring '66, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral was held on March 30, 2009, in Adams Chapel at River View Cemetery.
TONY SCUITO, HILLSDALE SHOE REPAIR
According to Rick Seifert, Hillsdale News, Tony Suito opened the Hillsdale Shoe Repair in November 1954. Known as "Mister Hillsdale", Tony died April 25, 2009 at the age of 87. He was born January 15, 1922 and was raised in Portland. He entered the Army in 1943, received two Bronze Stars for heroism and two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained. He was very proud of his military service and felt the U.S. made a difference in the world for peace. On November 16, 1947, Tony married Patricia and had three children. At the Hillsdale Shoe Repair, he did repairs and modifications for stores and physicians over his 29 years. This small shop serviced hundreds of customers, custom shoes for orthopedics, riding boots, and large chain shoe stores over its 29 years under his ownership. His product was to the highest quality which was appreciated by his customers, and even children who received a complementary lollipop as they entered the shop. He was involved with Wilson High School and even provided rubber heels for a pony that was in a theater production. Tony was instrumental in starting the annual Hillsdale Customer Appreciation Breakfast which is enjoyed by hundreds. He leaves his wife, Patricia Scuito, two sons, Steve (Traci) Scuito, Ken (Diane) Scuito, a daughter Diane (Ron) Kleve; 8 Grandchildren, Troy Scuito, Andrea (Andy) Plitkins, Angela (Mike Tinker) Scuito, Ryan Kleve, David Scuito, Nick Scuito, Jacob Scuito, and Stephanie Kleve; and three great-grandchildren, Haley, Elissa, and Brandon Plitkins. There was a celebration of life for Tony on May 2, 2009, in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
LANNIE HURST (WILSON MOM) 1925-2010
Frances Lanier "Lannie" Hurst, inspirational Wilson parent passed away on October 26, 2010. Lannie was born on May 20, 1925 in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in San Antonio, where she studied drama, music, and dance, and performed in local vaudeville as a child. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University and married Peter L. Hurst, a pediatrician, in 1948. They moved to Portland in 1954 where he'd accepted a position with Kaiser Permanente. They raised four children, and Lannie pursued a career on the Portland stage; most prominently with the Portland Civic Theater and the Lake Oswego Community Theater (now Lakewood Theater of Lake Oswego). In 1967 she created the Friends of The Old Church with local historical preservationists, and saved the carpenter gothic structure from demolition. For these efforts, she received numerous commendations, most notably, The Oregonian Journal's Woman of Accomplishment for 1969. She received her Master of Arts in library science at the University of Oregon, and started a new career in her 50s with the Multnomah County Library as a children's librarian. With her husband, Peter, Lannie visited numerous locales around the world including China, Vietnam, India, Russia, Europe, and countries in Latin America. Upon Peter's retirement from medicine, they lived for several years in American Samoa. Peter died in 1999. Her most recent address was at Terwilliger Plaza, where she leaves behind numerous dear friends. Over the years she strongly supported the Portland Opera, the Portland Symphony, and, especially, the Friends of the Multnomah County Library. She leaves behind her children, Dr. Keith Andrew Hurst of Spokane; Ralph Gregory Hurst of Vashon, Wash.; Hillary Hurst of Bend; and John Eric Hurst of Palo Alto, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating her life was held on Nov. 6, 2010, in The Old Church, 1244 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. The family suggests donations to the Friends of the Library. Click here to read more about this inspirational Wilson parent.