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The Search Continues

Blaine Gibson

Seattle lawyer, world traveler, and amateur Indiana Jones Blaine Gibson, BA ’79, has spent much of the past year traveling around the Indian Ocean, searching for traces of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which went missing on March 8, 2014. He recently recovered what could be a piece of the plane’s tail section. According to CNN, Gibson’s hunt has taken him from Mozambique to the Maldives to Mauritius and Myanmar where he has interviewed witnesses who believe they saw the plane flying low. Blaine also spent time on remote islands, searching for additional evidence of the missing plane. He is keeping a blog about his search at www.thehuntformh370.info.


Ray Abst, BS ’49, BArch ’50, and his wife, Shirley, recently moved to Sonoma, California, to join their daughter, Carolyn Abst, MArch ’80, and her husband, Ron, who are both enjoying recent retirement from their San Francisco architecture firm.


The University of Oregon Medical School’s new teaching hospital is dedicated in March. The 14-story building, on the campus in Portland, has been under construction for three years. The building houses about 275 patient beds, spacious classrooms with the latest in audio and visual aids, and research laboratories “with their bubbling test tubes and colored gases.” 


Before becoming an  entrepreneur, Carl Finwall, BA ’65, was an adventurer. His memoir, titled My Ten-Year Journey: Witty, Wise, and Utterly Fascinating Stories: A Decade of Adventures and Healing (Amazon, 2016), takes readers through his student years during the 1960s to his time living with Navajo Indians and throughout Europe, North Africa, and Japan.

After 40 years in the architecture industry, Charles Bettisworth, BArch ’67, flunked out of the retirement game and has returned to mentor employees at the firm he established in 1976. He is also an enthusiastic American Institute of Architects fellow.

Ted Taylor, BS ’67, has retired after nearly 18 years as editor of Eugene Weekly. Previously, he was a reporter, news editor, and managing editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings. He has two book projects in the works, and plans to continue his writing and photography.


The University of Oregon prepares to host the eight-day US Olympic Track and Field Trials for both men and women. More than 150,000 visitors are expected to witness the high-caliber competition. Eugene is the first city to hold back-to-back track and field trials, and combining the men’s and women’s competitions is another first.


Delmar Hood, MA ’70, wrote History in the Headlines: Half a Century of the Most Notable Events in El Cajon Valley and Surrounding Areas, 1950–2000 (Sunbelt, 2016), chronicling more than 1,700 headline stories from local papers.

After serving as CEO of Albertina Kerr for 26 years, Christopher Krenk, BS ’71, will retire in June. He is proud to have helped launch the campaign that will build a 10-acre campus dedicated to children’s mental health, capable of serving more than 1,000 families every year.

Donald Joe Willis, BS ’69, JD ’71, was honored by the Owners Counsel of America with the 2016 Crystal Eagle Award for more than 40 years spent providing counsel to property owners in land use, condemnation, and regulatory takings litigation in Oregon and throughout the US.

Attorney Frank Langfitt, JD ’73, joined the litigation team of the Portland law firm Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn as a senior counsel.

Schmitt Industries Inc. announced in January that David M. Hudson, BS ’74, will serve as the company’s interim president and CEO.

Patty Dann, BA ’75, has a new book coming out in August, The Butterfly Hours: Transforming Memories into Memoir (Shambhala, 2016).

After 20 years working as a technical writer for companies including Wall Delta, NetManage, and Microsoft, Joel Davis, MLS ’76, has “retired,” but continues to enjoy freelancing. He is currently finishing an article for Astronomy magazine.


The Student Council decrees that the “Oregon Pledge Song,” composed in 1919 by assistant dean of music John Stark Evans, is now the UO’s official alma mater song. “Mighty Oregon,” first performed in 1916, will become the university’s marching song, and “Fight, Fight for Oregon” is designated as the official football song.


Bruce Campbell, BS ’80, a partner of the law firm Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn, was selected as an American Academy of Appellate Lawyers fellow in March.

Joseph Wahl, BA ’80, assistant director for Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights and vice chair of Partners in Diversity, is married to Lora Osaki. They are the proud parents of two more Ducks, Ryan, BS ’07, and Kelsey, BS ’12.

Emmy Award–winning filmmaker Kevin McCarey, MA ’80, published his second book, Oceans Apart: The Wanderings of a Young Mariner (Glencannon Press, 2016), which National Geographic praised as “festive adventures, soulful and sincere.”

A long-time resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, Marci Taylor, BA ’80, has served nine years as a principal system analyst with Liberty Mutual Insurance. She and her husband, Jack, are excited to soon see their son off to college.

Will Badrick, BArch ’83, published the e-novel Epic [Life] (Smashwords, 2016), a tale set in the  Big Apple that explores multiple dimensions of time and space.

Edward Lee Lamoureux, PhD ’85, published two books last year, the second edition of Intellectual Property Law and Interactive Media: Free for a Fee (Peter Lang Publishers, 2015) and Case Analyses for Intellectual Property Law and New Media (Peter Lang Publishers, 2015).

Cupertino, California’s first poet laureate David Denny, MFA ’86, recently published a book of short stories titled The Gill Man in Purgatory (Shanti Arts, 2015).

Matthew Katzer, MBA ’89, recently earned recognition as coauthor of Under Attack: How to Protect Your Business and Bank Account from Fast-Growing, Ultramotivated, and Highly Dangerous Cybercrime Rings (Celebrity Press, 2016), which topped five Amazon bestseller lists on the first day of its release.

Kum Thong Mok,  BS ’89, was promoted to managing director, the highest corporate rank at DBS Bank in Singapore.

Sean (Smith) McGowan, BA ’89, is a life member of the Professional Golfers Association of America, and recently relocated to Sarasota, Florida, where he works in sales for GPS Industries, a company that delivers global positioning system products to the golf industry.


Old Oregon reports on a resurgence of interest in Greek Life after a long spell of decline. Sorority pledges are up by 55 percent from two years earlier, and fraternities by 44 percent. According to a recent poll, nearly 40 percent of students see themselves as conservative, as compared with only a quarter who term themselves liberal. Students’ conservatism, traditionalism, and job worries are all feeding the Greek system. The Old Oregon headline: “Why go Greek? Fun, friendship, tradition, a good resume, and  a high-status mate.”


Roderick de Greef, MBA ’93, will step in as interim CFO and secretary for BioLife Solutions Inc.

Brian Cavanaugh, BArch ’95, became president-elect of the American Institute of Architecture’s Portland chapter and is president of Portland’s Center for Architecture Board of Directors.

The current dean of Southern Methodist University’s School of Education, David J. Chard, PhD ’95, will officially become the 14th president of Wheelock College in July.

Brian Steinburg, BArch ’96, was promoted to principal at the Seattle architecture firm Weber Thompson. He specializes in high-rise design, and has focused his efforts on reshaping Seattle’s waterfront for more than a decade. He is currently working on 970 Denny, a high-rise tower in South Lake Union.

Winemaker Clay Mauritson, BA ’98, was featured as a wine-of-the-week-winner by the Press Democrat for his 2014 Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, which features crisply layered flavors of passion fruit, pink grapefruit, and apricot. 


The UO accepts Yale University’s challenge to debate the question “Resolved: That it is More Fun to be a Man than a Woman.” A trio of male orators will be selected to uphold the negative side of the question for the university, as Oregon’s request to use coed speakers has thus far been vetoed by Yale. The debate will be broadcast over the NBC radio chain with each team receiving five minutes on the air.


After a one-year stint as interim principal of Ashland High School, the job grew on Erika Bare,  BS ’00, MEd ’01, so much that she agreed to take on the position permanently.

Named one of America’s 37 innovators under 36 by Smithsonian magazine, former executive director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Geneva Wiki, BA ’00, is the new program manager for the California Endowment serving Del Norte County, California, and adjacent tribal lands.

Navid Moshtael, BA ’01, made partner at Stabile & Moshtael, an Orange, California, firm specializing in family law.

Ruby McConnell,  BS ’01, received a 2016 Oregon Liberty Arts Fellowship in creative nonfiction just prior to the release of her first book, A Woman’s Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Handbook (Sasquatch Books, 2016).

Michelle Johannes, BA ’02, has launched MJ Communication, a new marketing and public relations business operating out of Medford, Oregon.

Portland attorney Colin Andries, BA ’02, JD ’05, received the UO School of Law’s 2015 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes recent graduates who demonstrate success, leadership, and altruism in the legal profession. 

Oscar Arana, BA ’04, MBA ’12, was named president of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber. The organization provides resources and support to Oregon and Washington’s Latino business community.

Jessica McConnell, BS ’04, made partner at the Portland law firm Greene & Markley. She specializes in federal, state, and local tax controversies.

Chiloquin artist Natalie Ball, BA ’05, received the honorary Joan Shipley Award from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Roger Dunfield, MBA ’05, was named chief financial officer of SMTC Corporation, a global electronics manufacturing services provider.

A cappella YouTube star Peter Hollens, BMus ’05, released his second album, Misty Mountains: Songs Inspired by The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (Portrait Records).

Bard College psychology professor Justin C. Hulbert, MA ’06, coauthored a study identifying the mechanisms that suppress unwanted memories, offering further insight on patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder or other acute trauma.

Following success in the fields of public relations, journalism, and marketing, Elizabeth Chapman Terhaar, BA ’07, was promoted to communications director of Columbia Riverkeeping, a nonprofit dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Columbia River.

Erin Hatch, BArch ’08, was promoted to associate at the Seattle architecture firm Weber Thompson, where she works in promotional initiatives, community outreach, and special event planning. Her photographs of the firm’s projects have appeared in the Daily Journal of Commerce, Inhabitat, and Interior Design magazine.

Anna Osgoodby, BS ’09, started out as a spring intern during the School of Journalism and Communication Portland Senior Experience, and wound up helping to establish her firm’s New York office, where she led the social media department. Now, she is launching her own social media, public relations, and branding collective called Bold & Pop.

Natalie Winkler, BA ’09, was named assistant winemaker at Westwood Estate Wines in Sonoma, California, where she continues to cultivate sustainable winegrowing practices.


Old Oregon reports that some UO coeds are adorning the walls of their dorms with Playboy pinups, using them as inspiration to strive for the ideal. “I always look at the pinup before going down to dinner,” one girl explains. “It strengthens my resolve not to have dessert. You have no idea what an inspiration the Playmates are to us.”


Charley Gee, JD ’11, has opened his own law practice, Charley Gee PC in Portland, Oregon. He will exclusively represent individuals in personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases against insurance companies and corporations.

S. M. Hulse, MFA ’12, is one of two finalists for the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, for her novel Black River (Houghton Mifflin Court, 2016).

Waianae Elementary schoolteacher Alexis Sayuri Okihara, BS ’13, was crowned the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen at the annual festival held in Hawaii, which offers an entire month of classes on Japanese business etiquette, tea ceremony, and public speaking.

Francis P. King, BS ’43, died in New York City on March 3 at the age of 93. He was a brother of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, and served as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He later received his master’s degree and doctorate from Stanford University, and held several positions at the insurance firm Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association–College Retirement Equities Fund in NYC before retiring as senior research officer. He is survived by his loving spouse, Kelly Karavites.

Janette Williams Bryant, BA ’47, died at age 90 on January 28 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a member of the UO’s Glee Club and the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She and her husband, Robert, settled in Louisville, Kentucky, where they raised three children and she earned her master’s degree in library science. She remained passionate about books, music, and traveling throughout her life.

Nadya Rogers, BS ’47, died March 2 at the age of 92. She and her husband Buck raised four children in Oregon, and she became a social worker for the state. A lifelong member of the League of Women Voters, she also remained an active member of the Oregon Democratic Party.

Chan Clarkson, BA ’48, died January 20 at the age of 94. A member of Chi Psi fraternity, he also served in WWII during school. He enjoyed a successful advertising career in Portland, and was known for his wit, optimism, and Duck fan enthusiasm. He raised one daughter, Martha Clarkson, BArch ’83, and spent the last 20 years happily married to his wife, Mary Ellen.

Sarah “Sally” Johnson-Torres, BA ’49, died March 21 in Mill  Valley, California, at the age of 87. Following graduation, she traveled Europe while working for NATO in France, and then returned to San Francisco where she taught elementary school and met her husband, Victor. They raised three children and enjoyed traveling, gardening, and adventuring in the California mountains.

Alan Latourette Hollowell, BBA ’50, died at age 88 on January 7. After World War II broke out, he attempted to enlist in the Canadian army as a 16-year-old, but was turned away. At 18, he joined the US Navy. While at the UO, he joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and also met his wife, Carol. They worked in banking, moving throughout Oregon while raising their three children. Alan ended his career as an executive at US Bank in Portland.

Gene F. Gould, BS ’51, died March 17 in Leesburg, Virginia, at the age of 89. He was put to rest at the Pioneer Cemetery in Gresham, Oregon.

Herb Nill, BBA ’52, died March 12 in Eugene, Oregon at age 87. A legendary fixture of the Oregon RV industry, he became well-known for his local television advertisements. He and his son Shannon, an OSU grad, would go head-to-head during Civil War season with TV spots featuring the loser—usually Beaver-loving Shannon—suffering the humorous consequences of a lost bet.

Barbara Rubin Slate, BA ’54, died March 23 at the age of 83. A member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, she pursued a career in advertising before becoming a TWA flight attendant. She and her husband, Harvey, later settled in Menlo Park with their two young daughters, where Barbara became actively involved in the local school district and children’s hospital.

William B. Loch, BS ’55, died March 12 in Salem, Oregon, at age 82. After serving in the US Army as a second lieutenant, he built one small business into Capital Warehouse Company, Capital City Companies, and Oregon Petroleum Transport Company. A dedicated supporter of the university, he was also on the UO Foundation Board of Trustees for almost a decade.

Melvin Markley Clarke, BS ’59, MFA ’65, died at age 80 on January 11. He started out at OSU, but after feeling discouraged by his professors, he continued to pursue art at the UO. He was drafted into the US Army and served as a clerk in Kentucky before returning for Graduate School, where he met his wife, Margaret Coe. He painted daily and worked as a curator at the UO art museum for 20 years, receiving recognition as a major Oregon artist by the 1960s.

William M. Campbell, BS ’61, died at age 77 on January 13. After obtaining two master’s degrees from George Washington University, he joined the Foreign Service and served as a US diplomat in countries around the world for 30 years. He and his wife retired in Sunriver, Oregon, where they entertained a gaggle of grandchildren with kindness and humor.

Margery Moore, BA ’66, JD ’83, died March 6 in Bend, Oregon, at the age of 71. She moved to Bend after college and worked at the law office of Philip Garrow for many years.

Margaret Louise Miller Bath, BS ’68, died March 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 70. She earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Florida and became the owner and face of Economy Drug in Ely, Nevada. A compassionate leader, she loved going on adventures with her family and serving the needs of her community.

Tim Jerhoff, MBA ’69, died at the age of 75 on December 26 in Nevada City, California. Born in Fargo, he played football at University of Montana and served in the Marine Reserves until 1963. He later owned his own retail outlet, served in various sales positions, and dabbled in high school substitute teaching. He and his wife, Diane, raised five boys together and went on many adventures.

John Boylan, BS ’78, died February 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Boylan.

Andrea Grace (Lorenz) Call, BA ’85, died on February 21 in Kalispell, Montana at age 52. She met her husband Gregory during post-baccalaureate studies, and pursued a career in advertising before entering fulltime motherhood. Her second career in real estate was cut short by a cancer diagnosis. She is remembered for her intelligence, humor, and outgoing personality.

Marilyn Pheasant, PhD ’89, died at age 83 on January 20 in Kirkland, Washington. A teen rodeo queen, she went on to pursue a career in education administration, serving as a superintendent in schools throughout Oregon. After retiring, she cruised all over the world. Her favorite pastime included feeding the birds—so, in her memory, please toss a crow a french fry.

Charles Oliver, BArch ’93, died November 14 at the age of 47, following a massive brain hemorrhage. For more than a decade, he worked as an associate at the Portland firm Tiland-Schmidt Architects. He was also a great Monty Python fan. 

Marvin G. Girardeau, professor emeritus of physics, died January 13, 2015. He was a UO faculty member from 1963 to 1995. An expert on the behavior of ultracold atomic vapors, Girardeau was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1979 and earned the Humboldt Research Award for US Senior Scientists in 1984. From 2000 until his death, he was a research professor at the University of Arizona. Outside of work, he enjoyed choral singing and winemaking. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Susan Brown Girardeau, three daughters, and their families.

Frances Browning Cogan, BA ’69, MA ’70, PhD ’81, died March 8 at the age of 68. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she joined the US Navy and met her husband, Daniel. They returned to Oregon and she began a lifelong career teaching English at the UO. She received the prestigious Ersted and Burlington-Northern Awards, and penned two books that explored often-overlooked episodes in American history.

Deirdre D. Malarkey, former manager of the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, died November 12 at the age of 80. She and her husband, Stoddard, a professor of English, moved to Eugene in the 1960s and raised three boys while working at the university.

Jack T. Sanders, professor emeritus of religious studies and longtime department head, died January 21 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the age of 80. He earned his doctorate from Claremont Graduate University and worked at the UO for more than 30 years before moving to Pendleton, Oregon, with his wife, Susan. He had high ethical standards, loved fly-fishing, and was an avid follower of politics.

What can tunes and the tasty treats tell us about making good experiences better?

Thousands of Velella velella, jellyfish relatives, washed ashore on Oregon beaches in April, and now are littering beaches in New Zealand.

Alumnus Edgardo Simone is a successful composer and orchestrator of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises


1976 A marching band friend shields majorette Jamie Smith from the rain and cold at Autzen Stadium.