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Class Notes


Bill Wheatley ’56, JD ’59, received the fifth annual John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies the standards of the University of Oregon School of Law. Wheatley and his wife, Cherie ’61, live in Eugene.


Photo: Nick Armstrong celebrating with his students in Ikh-Uul, Mongolia


Smelling Roses in MongoliaKelsey Hubbard ’07 sent OQ this photo of her friend, die-hard Ducks fan Nick Armstrong celebrating with his students just hours after Oregon’s Rose Bowl victory. A native Oregonian, Armstrong is in the Peace Corps, teaching English in Ikh-Uul, a remote town of 3,000 in the mountains of northern Mongolia. After returning to Oregon in July 2013, he hopes to attend graduate school in journalism at the UO.

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In November 2011, Joe M. Fischer ’60, MFA ’63, completed six fine art portrait commissions. Fischer is currently painting a portrait of famed orchestra conductor Eugene Ormandy.

Walter Grebe ’60, ’64, shareholder of Oregon law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, received the 2011 Leadership in Law recognition from the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Albert Drake ’62, MFA ’66, has published his twenty-eighth book, Overtures to Motion (Stone Press, 2011). Three earlier books are now available as e-books.

In robust health, ninety-two-year-old Ann Helen Winsor, MEd ’62, lives in a retirement community in Arizona, where she works out daily, takes classes, and attends the local Unitarian Universalist church.

At their vast Utah compound, Alaby Blivet ’63 and wife Sara Lee Cake ’45 will host the upcoming once-per-decade Cake family reunion. “Untold legions of Cakes will be converging from around the planet,” reports Blivet. Cake adds, “We’ve delegated a lot of the organizing to my sisters, Ginger, Pavlova, and Madeleine,” though she remains concerned about arrangements for Baba, the bedridden 106-year-old family matriarch. “Fortunately, we’re leaving that to our endlessly optimistic cousin, Pisa.”

Evelyn Searle Hess ’66, MS ’86, received the Willa Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction for her book To the Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home (Oregon State University Press, 2010).

South Dakota’s former secretary of education and cultural affairs Ronald M. Reed, PhD ’66, received the 2011 George Award from the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in the community.

Multnomah County district attorney Michael Schrunk, JD ’67, received the Multnomah Bar Association Professionalism Award. Schrunk was recognized for his work improving the legal system and, as his nominators described, for setting a strong example of “doing the right thing.”

On November 29, 2011, J. Dan Rothwell, MA ’69, PhD ’77, received the 2011 National Communication Association’s Outstanding Educator Award. Rothwell is chair of the communication studies department at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.


Jud ’70, ’76, and Lynn (Frost) Guitteau ’77 launched Gravelly Art, a Portland-based company specializing in gifts and paper products featuring Jud’s illustrations. Jud has also designed for clients including Microsoft, AT&T, and Adobe, while Lynn’s work as an art director earned her the prestigious Clio Award.

Alan Mitchell, JD ’71, recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of his term as mayor of Birchwood, Minnesota.

Keith Mobley, JD ’71, received the Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award for his contribution to the field of telecommunications. Most recently, Mobley spearheaded the creation of a free downtown WiFi system in The Dalles.

The Chamber of Commerce in Silverdale, Washington, named John Emery ’72 its 2011 Citizen of the Year. Emery recently retired as a vice president at Bank of America; previously he served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve. Emery and his wife, Janet ’72, are still trying to figure out how two Ducks made a Husky (daughter Jannel, a captain in the United States Air Force, graduated from the University of Washington).

Since 2000, Carole (Tanzer) Miller ’74 and her husband, Joe, MS ’78, have lived in Raleigh, North Carolina. Carole is an editor at The News and Observer daily newspaper. Joe is retired after many years of self-employment. They and their son are big fans of UO football and travel to several games a year. Go, Ducks!

In November 2011, former Alaska state senator Dave Donley ’76 was promoted to lieutenant colonel, serving as staff judge advocate for the Alaska State Defense Force. He and his wife, Jamie, recently celebrated the fourth birthday of their twins, a boy and a girl.

Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center staff attorney John Van Landingham, JD ’77, received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the Lane County Bar Association. He and his wife, Martha, JD ’77, live in Eugene.

John Henderson ’78 published a freelance travel story in the Chicago Tribune about his sixteen days in Mongolia living in a traditional ger, or yurt. The piece is titled “No wonder Genghis Khan sought comfort elsewhere.”


Professor and chair of sociology at the University of Kansas William G. Staples ’80 received one of four annual Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners appointed Alan Rappleyea ’83, JD ’89, county counsel. In this position, Rappleyea will lead the staff of attorneys who provide legal advice to the Washington County government.

In October 2011, public relations professional Katlin Smith, MS ’83, received the Vocational Service Award from the Rotary Club of Vancouver, Washington. The award recognizes an individual who shows outstanding commitment to her profession, community, and Rotary Club values.

Garth Brandaw ’84 designed Salem’s WaterPlace building along with Kirk Sund ’04 and Matthew Stoffregen ’04 of CB|Two Architects, LLC. The building received the LEED Platinum award from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it one of only two privately financed commercial developments in Salem to earn the national distinction.

August 2011 found Annette Gurdjian ’84 judging the Southern Oregon Art Show in Grants Pass. Gurdjian’s own artwork was on display at the Eugene City Bakery in late 2011.

After twenty-five years as a neurologist, David Margolin, PhD ’87, entered a five-year JD program at San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California. He graduated with distinction in May 2011; two months later he passed the California State Bar Exam.

A recent issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine featured Michael Arnold ’88 running the thirty-foot Big Brother Waterfall along White Salmon River. Footage from the trip will appear in an upcoming documentary on white-water rafting. Arnold and his wife, Susan ’01, live in Puyallup, Washington.

Working with former students, high school history teacher Paul Kim ’88 has published several books with the nonprofit Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books. The revenue from Kim’s books supports communities around the world.

Guy Kudlemyer ’89 coauthored All-American Truck Stops (Iconografix, 2011). The book chronicles the history of truck stops across the United States.


The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Amanda Marshall ’92 as Oregon’s new U.S. attorney. She lives in McMinnville with her husband, Ladd Wiles ’92, who is Yamhill County’s deputy district attorney. The couple met as students on the UO’s debate team.

Becky Kamitsuka, JD ’93, was this year’s guest speaker at the annual NALS (National Association of Legal Secretaries) of Lane County meeting of legal professionals. Kamitsuka discussed her work as an attorney for the United States Trustee Program. Her husband, Charles D. Carlson, JD ’79, works as a Lane County circuit judge.

Jason Andrew Bond ’95 published his first novel, Hammerhead (Jason Andrew Bond, 2011). The book made a number of best-seller lists on Amazon.

Jason E. Grinnell, JD ’95, is the new senior counsel in the real estate division of national law firm Dykema Gossett, PLLC.

Matt Thomas, PhD ’97, survived his first semester as an assistant professor at State College of Florida. Previously he worked at a small biotechnology company, experience he’s using to help develop a new biotech degree program at the college.

Bradley C. Hermanson, MBA ’99, joined international engineering firm GEI Consultants, Inc. Hermanson and wife Carole E. Scabery, MArch ’92, live in Portland.


Photo: Krystyn “Kricket” Servis in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado between Grays Peak and Torreys Peak. KEN GRAHAM PHOTOGRAPHY–INTERIOR DESIGN BY MARGARET MAZURKIEWICZ


Flying High In 2009, Bettisworth North Architects and Planners renovated the terminal of Fairbanks International Airport. Charles Bettisworth ’67, founder of the firm and principal architect on the project, was pleased to learn in December that The Atlantic magazine’s online Cities publication included his work in its photo essay of “Nine Beautiful New Airport Terminals.”

Valerie Sasaki, JD ’01, was recognized as mentor of the year by the Taxation Section of the Oregon State Bar. Sasaki is a tax attorney at Northwest-based law firm Miller Nash.

Tina Boscha, MFA ’02, self-published a novel, River in the Sea (CreateSpace, 2011), about one girl’s path to adulthood in World War II–era Netherlands. Boscha works as a composition instructor in the UO’s English department.

Nick Bradshaw ’02 was promoted to assignment manager at KATU–TV, Portland’s ABC affiliate.

Jon Carras ’02 won a 2010 Emmy Award for producing Paving the Way, which profiled the failing steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The story originally appeared on CBS Sunday Morning. He was also a finalist for a 2010 James Beard Award for his story on Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma.

On January 6, 2011, Reid Seino ’02 welcomed a future Duck, son Nicholas Hiroki Seino. Nicholas loves UO sports and, according to Dad, is practicing to someday take on the role of the Duck.

Kimberley Mangum ’03, PhD ’05, received the Willa Literary Award for Scholarly Nonfiction for A Force for Change: Beatrice Morrow Cannady and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Oregon, 1912–1936 (Oregon State University Press, 2010).

A building designed by CB|Two Architects Kirk Sund ’04, Matthew Stoffregen ’04, and Garth Brandaw ’84 recently received the LEED Platinum award from the U.S. Green Building Council. The WaterPlace building is a 42,000 square foot commercial space across from city hall in Salem.

Tyler Mack ’05 has returned to Eugene to join the staff of The Register-Guard as director of the digital media department. In 2008, the Newspaper Association of America listed Mack as one of the “top twenty under forty” industry professionals.

Nolan Stolz, MMus ’07, released a new CD, Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra, including the work of UO graduate student Daniel Cathey. Stolz also appears on the CD Zafra Ct. by indie rock band Halloween Town. When not in the studio, Stolz is an assistant professor of music at the University of South Dakota.

In November 2011, Gavin Bruce ’08 joined Portland-based law firm Lindsay, Hart, Neil and Weigler to work in the areas of medical malpractice defense and maritime law. 


Sculptor John Paul Gardner, MFA ’10, exhibited his work at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in Vermont. He also appeared in the publications Split Rail, 491 Magazine, and ArtHash. In February 2012, Gardner will host a solo exhibition at Wyatt Art Studios in Rochester, New Hampshire.

After a nationwide search Danielle Knapp, MA ’10, was chosen as the David and Anne McCosh Fellow Curator at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. She curated her first show this summer, The Making of David McCosh: Early Paintings, Drawings, and Prints.

Recent Clark Honors College graduate Cara Kuhlman ’11 spent fall 2011 touring America. Kuhlman tracked her 8,000-mile journey on the website The Girl Who Drove Around the Country (

In Memoriam

Kappa brother Alfred S. Tyson ’37, MA ’39, died December 14, 2011, at age ninety-six. A devoted organist, Tyson was ordained an Episcopal priest after attending seminary in Berkeley, California. For almost thirty years, he served as rector of Saint George’s in Roseburg. Upon his retirement from Saint George’s, Tyson and his wife of fifty-seven years, Caroline, moved to Elkton, where he served as mayor for eleven terms, until the age of ninety-one.

Vinton Harold Snyder ’39 died October 25, 2011, at age ninety-four. During World War II, Snyder served in the U.S. Navy. Having studied music at the UO, he played trombone in a band on his Navy troop carrier. He also played in the 1945 funeral procession for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Snyder made his living teaching music in his hometown of Lebanon, Oregon. He later opened a piano-tuning business and continued to play trombone with community bands.

Pi Kappa Phi brother Warren Woodruff ’50, ’52, died July 21, 2011, at age eighty-nine. Woodruff served in the National Guard before joining the U.S. Navy in January 1940. While stationed at Pearl Harbor, he contracted tuberculosis and was released from the Navy in January 1941 to battle the disease. Upon recovery, he returned to Oregon. His legal career included service as a deputy district attorney, district judge, and municipal judge. He also maintained a private law practice until his retirement in 1982.

Eleanor (Johns) Lowry ’51 died November 11, 2011, at the age of eighty-one. She was a sister of Delta Gamma sorority. Lowry worked as an administrative assistant at Portland’s Linfield–Good Samaritan School of Nursing. In her free time, she loved exploring the outdoors; a member of the Mazamas, Lowry climbed both Middle and South Sister.

Merchant Marine and U.S. Army veteran Charles “Jerry” Saeger ’53 died August 1, 2011. He was eighty-six. Along with his career in the insurance industry, Saeger served on a number of community boards and spent two decades as company chairman for the Riverview Hose Company No. 3 of volunteer firemen. He was also a Mason for forty-six years.

Richard “Rick” Thacker Jr. ’53 died September 24, 2011, at the age of eighty. Thacker was a brother of Phi Delta Theta. After graduation, he served for two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army before beginning a career in television. His work took him from Houston to Hollywood. Throughout it all, he remained a loyal follower of Ducks athletics.

Howard Patrick Egger ’57 died October 18, 2011, at age seventy-eight. Egger served in the Korean War, eventually achieving the rank of second lieutenant. During his service, Egger assisted the company’s dentist, work that sparked an interest in the field. Once back home, he enrolled at the UO dental school (now OHSU School of Dentistry). He worked as a dentist in Eugene for forty years.

At age 101, Lee Sharman ’57, MEd ’61, died November 22, 2011. He and his wife, Ruby, were married sixty-seven years. Sharman worked as a teacher in Reedsport. With a background in the restaurant business, he encouraged students to raise their grades by baking a pie for any straight-A student. Sharman loved the Oregon Ducks and watched UO games until his last weeks of life.

Retired biochemistry educator and toxicologist Ralph Russell Wilkinson, MA ’57, PhD ’62, died May 10, 2011, at age eighty-one. During his career, Wilkinson worked as a research chemist at the Kansas City VA Medical Center and as a professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College. During his retirement, Wilkinson occasionally worked as a tour guide at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. He and his wife, Evelyn ’55, celebrated their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary last August.

Delta Delta Delta sister Nancy (Draper) Taylor ’58 died June 21, 2011. She was seventy-five. After graduating from the UO, Taylor married D. R. Taylor, her husband for more than fifty years. The couple moved to Prineville in 1972 where they ran a farm. For many years, Taylor was involved in the horseracing and sheep industries. She long served as the open class livestock superintendent at the Crook County Fair.

Ray L. Wilson Jr. ’59 died October 10, 2011, at age seventy-four. After graduating, Wilson followed a fellow classmate, Mary Wilson ’59, to Hawaii. They married and had two children—son Brian ’97 attended the UO. A former president of Dillingham Land Corporation, Wilson also founded and served as president and CEO of CB Commercial Real Estate Group of Hawaii. He was a Ducks season ticket holder for ten years.

Retired Superior Court judge Loren Miller Jr. ’60 died December 5, 2011. He was seventy-four. Miller was the second of three generations in his family to serve on the California bench.

All-American Roscoe Cook Jr. ’61, one of the UO’s great sprinters, died in December 2011 at age seventy-two. Cook, who was inducted into the UO Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, held world and American records in the 100-yard outdoor and sixty-yard indoor sprints. He later earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts.

Michael D. Wonser ’63, MFA ’65, died November 10, 2011, at age seventy-one. Wonser was a professor of fine arts at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. After twenty-five years at Adams State, Wonser returned to his hometown of Bend, where he taught art history at Central Oregon Community College until relocating to Oregon City in 2007. Wonser remained active in the art community throughout his life, spearheading many local art events.

Alpha Phi sister Jane Benidt-Gleason ’65 died September 25, 2011. She was seventy. Benidt-Gleason raised four daughters and was active in both the PTA and Lutheran church. After living in Seattle, Santa Rosa, and Hawaii, she and her family moved to the Monterey Peninsula, where she worked with Youth Music Monterey, Carmel Valley Ranch, and the Santa Lucia Preserve. Benidt-Gleason spent her retirement in San Diego.

Army veteran Star Fuji, JD ’84, died August 22, 2011, at age sixty-one. Fuji worked for the U.S. Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration, and, upon arriving back in Oregon in 1986, the Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. In his free time, he volunteered at the Tigard Tualatin Swim Club.

Faculty and Staff
In Memoriam

Professor emerita of Japanese language and literature Yoko (Matsuka) McClain ’56, MA ’67, died November 2, 2011. She was eighty-seven. The granddaughter of Natsume Soseki, described as the “Mark Twain of Japan,” McClain was born in Tokyo. A Fulbright brought her to the UO, where she began a lifelong relationship with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Her work was recognized in August 2011 when McClain received the museum’s Gertrude Bass Warner Award. McClain’s time as a UO academic was similarly honored in 2003 with the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow Award.

Russian language and literature professor James “Jim” Rice died September 23, 2011, at age seventy-three. Rice began teaching at the UO in 1967. During his career in Eugene, he served as committee chair and director of the Russian and East European Studies Center and was honored as an emeritus professor in 2001. His published work included Dostoevsky and the Healing Art (Ardis, 1985) and Freud’s Russia: National Identity in the Evolution of Psychoanalysis (Transaction Publishers, 1993). Rice and his wife, Laura Anderson ’85, JD ’88, were married twenty-eight years.

Former superintendent of the UO printing department Walter Parsons died October 23, 2011, ten days after celebrating his ninety-third birthday. Parsons served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, earning bars for his service in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He began working for the UO in 1964 and was promoted to superintendent in 1974. He retired in 1983.

Margaret Jean Wiese died October 24, 2011, at age ninety-two. Wiese moved to Eugene in 1947 to join the faculty of the University’s home economics department. She retired thirty-four years later as an associate professor of health education. She was granted professor emerita status in 1981.

Harper Bates, MArch ’04, died December 6, 2011, after living two-and-a-half years with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was forty. After graduation, he joined Holst Architects in Portland. He also taught a digital media course for the UO in Portland.

Susan Guion Anderson died December 24, 2011, four days short of her forty-fifth birthday. Since 1999, Anderson taught linguistics at the UO; she was promoted to full professor weeks prior to her death. She headed the UO second language acquisition and teaching certification program and helped form the UO World Languages Academy.

Internationally renowned environmental lawyer, scholar, and advocate for citizens’ rights Svitlana Kravchenko died February 10. She was sixty-two. Kravchenko was director of the University of Oregon’s LL.M. (master of laws) Program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She authored twelve books, taught for more than thirty-five years, and recently received the Senior Scholarship Prize from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law.

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Photo: Ken Kesey officiating at the Further Festival at his Pleasant Hill farm in 1992
Ever the Prankster Ken Kesey officiating at the Further Festival at his Pleasant Hill farm in 1992

1922 Recounting some unusual early fundraising strategies, Lillian Auld ’22 tells of two young boys who presented UO supporter Mrs. Ben Dorris with a gift of thirty-five cents. Coincidentally, the Dorris henhouse was short two chickens, which the local butcher confirmed having purchased earlier in the day from the young “philanthropists” for fifty cents.

1932 Prince Gary “Prink” Callison is named head football coach at Oregon, he replaces Clarence W. Spears, who surprised many Oregon-ians by breaking his contract to become coach at . . . the University of Wisconsin.

1942 Hundreds of students, faculty members, and administrators of draft age file through McArthur Court to add their names to wartime selective service lists. Among them is UO President Donald M. Erb, who, at age forty-two, is one of the youngest university presidents in the nation.

1952 Known around campus as “a quiet art student,” Isabell Stanley ’44 turns heads in New York’s couture showrooms as the first fashion model chosen by Parisian newcomer Christian Dior to showcase his collections in America.

1962 Junior Mary Ann Dean ’63 helpfully attempts to “break the lingo barrier” between generations by translating such of-the-moment terms as “mickey” (easy) courses, “geets” (unpleasant individuals), and “groveling and lippy-do” (kissing).

1972 After respected UO football coach Jerry Frei resigns under pressure from some influential Duck Club members, Old Oregon notes, “Suddenly a lot of people realize that aspects of big business and professionalism in intercollegiate athletics may be getting out of hand. But can anything be done about it?”

1982 Avoiding the “dull, dry historical tradition” of typical Oregon history books, Patricia Hoy Hainline ’56 and Margaret Carey establish Calapooia Publications to publish books that will “get down to the history of the people!” In every town, Hainline notes, “We always find at least one murder . . . and a major fire, too.”

1992 The UO Student Health Center experiences a dramatic increase in students seeking HIV tests in the wake of NBA star Magic Johnson’s announcement of his retirement from professional basketball, prompted by his diagnosis with AIDS.

2002 Marking the death of local celebrity Ken Kesey ’57, four former students recall in an Oregon Quarterly story the UO writing course Kesey taught that produced the 1990 novel Caverns. Requiring the nascent novelists to check their egos at the door, Kesey led them to craft a truly collaborative tale, the manuscript of which was delivered to the Springfield post office (after being sped down I-5 in a roaring ’67 Mercury) at exactly 5:00 p.m. on deadline day.

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