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It would’ve been hard to predict that Collins Hemingway, MA ’79, would publish a trilogy imagining what Jane Austen’s life would have been like if she had married. Hemingway chose the UO for graduate school and hoped to cover track and field for the Register-Guard. Instead, they drafted him to help lead the R-G’s transition from typewriters to computers.

Armed with a UO master’s degree in English, he went on to work for Microsoft, where his role morphed from writing user manuals to marketing Windows to the world. After writing a number of nonfiction books, his first novel in the Austen marriage trilogy came out in 2015, and the second, The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel by a Gentleman, was released in September. He expects the finale to be finished by the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death in 2017.

Now Hemingway and his wife, Wendy, are giving an estate gift that will be shared by the university’s Creative Writing Program and the Pine Mountain Observatory. “My instructors at the UO meant a lot to me personally and professionally,” he says. “I’m glad we’re in a position to do something for the university by supporting important areas in science and in literature, because both have been very important to my life and career.”


Marjorie (Tate) White, BS ’49, has a very active Ducks family. She enjoys her grown-up Ducks and four active Duck grandchildren. She and her Alpha Tau Omega husband, Robert White, BS ’50, are proud lifetime University of Oregon alumni. Marjorie was in the Tri Delta sorority.

At 88 years old, Fred Schneiter, BS ’52, keeps busy marketing his latest international book, The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Recipes and Memories
from 30 Years on the China Coast
(Blacksmith Books, Hong Kong). His other book, Getting along with the Chinese: For Fun and Profit, which has been
in print for 24 years, is now in its second edition after a year on the South China Morning Post bestseller list.

At age 80, Richard Pruitt, BS ’58, is grateful that former UO professor Max Wales turned him away from news and editorial to advertising. This opened the door to a very successful career. Sitting by his pool in Florida, at 80 years old, he thanks his lucky stars Professor Wales pushed him in the right direction.



An article in Oregon Quarterly highlights the recent trend of helicopter parenting. While some college students enjoy their parents’ willingness to be there on every whim, professors are not used to the bombardment of telephone calls from overly eager and worried parents. Student Life is running a few sessions for parents including “Holding On and Letting Go.”


T. Jeff Williams, BS ’60, who could never pass Olympian Jim Grelle, BBA ’61, or Nike founder Phil Knight, BBA ’59, in UO mile races, recently completed the grueling Dipsea Trail Race and topped all other runners in his age group, 75 and up. The oldest trail race in the US, the Dipsea stretches 7.5 miles from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach in California.

Diane Blakely Hulen, BA ’61, retired to Mazatlan, Mexico, 14 years ago, and is trying to do good deeds, especially by supporting university scholarships. She wonders why so few people from the ’60s post their stories and hopes to see more classmates send them in.

Don Essig, MEd ’64, PhD ’71, received the Bill Shonely Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, honoring his 50 years as the public address announcer for UO Ducks football and men’s basketball teams, and his many contributions to the humanitarian and community needs of the state of Oregon. Don is a past president of the Oregon Club of Eugene-Springfield. He and his wife, Janet, MEd ’75, are lifetime members of the UO Alumni Association.

Carolyn Wood, BA ’67, has published a memoir, Tough Girl: An Olympian’s Journey (White Pine Press, 2016), that recounts her training for, competing in, and winning gold in the 1960 Rome Olympics, as well as her thoughts while walking the Camino de Santiago almost 50 years later. Wood taught high school English in the Portland area for more than 35 years.

After 35 years with Albany, Oregon, law firm Weatherford Thompson, attorney Ed Schultz, BS ’68, JD ’72, a shareholder in the company, is retiring at the end of 2016. He joined the company in 1981, but has worked as a lawyer for 44 years.



According to the circulation librarian, Mrs. Mabel McClain, students are reading fewer books this year but the selection is more discriminating, with the sensational novel being less popular. Poetry and drama are also being read less, but there is a revival of books of a philosophical nature. Among the popular books are Tolerance, by Hendrik Van Loon, Decline of the West, by Oswald Spangler, The Silver Spoon, by John Galsworthy, and The Romantic Comedians, by Ellen Glasgow.


Greg W. Carlson, BA ’71, retired on New Year’s Day this year. He and his wife, Sally, who is transitioning toward retirement as well, are wholeheartedly living life to the fullest.

Stephen Kantor, BS ’71, was one of six lawyers from the Samuels Yoelin Kantor law firm honored in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Stephen has been included in every issue of the publication since its inception.

Equipped with his degree in political science, Mark A. Theisen, BS ’72, invested the next 40-plus years of his working career in public and private sector jobs.  These included service with a congressman and a US House of Representatives policy committee in Washington, DC, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, plaintiffs’ civil law firms, and 27 years lobbying in California’s state capitol in Sacramento. He is excited to attend more UO athletics events with his wife, Denise.

After publishing nine novels, Linda Welch Crew, BA ’73, has released a new memoir called Accidental Addict: A True Story of Pain and Healing . . . also Marriage, Real Estate, and Cowboy Dancing (BookBaby, 2016).

Natalie “Chris” Coleman, MS ’74, PhD ’77, retired from her position as clinical director for the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration in September 2014. She continues to be a licensed psychologist in Seattle and is a huge Ducks football fan.

In July, Gregory L. Hutzell, BS ’75, was named associate professor in the School of Management at Concordia University in Portland. This follows a 30-year career in financial services and consulting, and 10 years as an adjunct professor of business.

Christine Heinrichs, BS ’76, published her third book on heritage poultry in 2016, The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens. She was an invited speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon, the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California, and participated in various roles at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in Sacramento.


Admiral Richard E. Byrd is scheduled to visit January 27. The “conqueror of the Antarctic,” a revered scientist, explorer, and aviator, will be showing an astounding 9,000 feet of motion picture film, where “glimpses of he and his gallant crew as they swooped over polar seas in their huge Condor plane, or ploughed through clashing pack-ice in the barkentine, Bear of Oakland, will be seen.”

Design of the Times

Andy RossbackAndy Rossback, BS ’14, has landed a job as graphics and multimedia editor at the New York Times. As editor in chief of the Oregon Daily Emerald, Rossback was a part of an innovative team that orchestrated the paper’s movement to a primarily digital edition. After graduation, he was an editorial designer for the Marshall Project, where he worked on articles covering a variety of topics, including prisoner life, courtroom events, and criminal justice. “This is an interesting moment in media—where we try to strike a balance between tradition and invention,” he says. “I am excited to learn from and contribute to those efforts at the Times, where the subject matter is important, the quality is unparalleled, and the people are wise.” 



Janet Schroer, JD ’81, was honored in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, along with eight other lawyers from the Hart Wagner law firm.

Patrick Hayes, BArch ’83, principal at Stantec, was recently featured in Commercial Executive Magazine to discuss all aspects surrounding his career change.

Quenna Beasley, BS ’86, was recognized for her track-and-field accomplishments and inducted into the Oregon Hall of Fame in September. She ranks fourth all time in the Oregon record book for shot put and second for discus.

John Henrikson, BA ’88, is managing editor of MSN News at Microsoft. He lives in Tacoma with his wife, Judy, whom he met his first week at UO, and their teenage son Ben.


A new seven-story building called the College Inn can house up to 500 students, with men on the first three floors and women on the top four. The list of luxurious amenities in the modernistic steel and cement structure includes wall-to-wall carpeting, private baths, and maid service.


The owner and founder of Fundy Software Inc., Andrew Funderburg, BA ’92, was invited to speak at the Click Away photographer conference in Portland. His company’s newest photography design software enables professional auto album design for faster results.

Melina LaMorticella, BA ’92, has been elected chair of the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a member of Tonkon Torp’s Business Immigration practice group and represents regional and international companies in a variety of matters.

Helena attorney Bruce Spencer, JD ’92, was selected as president of the State Bar of Montana. He previously served as the bar’s secretary-treasurer.

Grant Yoshihara, MBA ’92, has been promoted to senior vice president of operations of Northwest Natural Gas Company. He joined the company in 1991, and has served several roles, including vice president of utility operations.

Charmaine Hilton Buehner, BS ’94, recently received the Holly Spevak Community Service Award from the Women Lawyers of Ventura County. She is president of the Ventura County Bar Association this year and a past president of Women Lawyers.

HealthSparq, a company cofounded by Trux Dole, MBA ’99, was ranked number 196 on the Inc. 5,000 list, and was one of the top five fastest-growing Oregon companies for the second year in a row.


The UO is planning a pioneering experiment in using Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to power the boilers that provide electricity and steam heat for campus. Lane County trash will be shredded into fragments, and then the lighter trash, mostly paper, will be separated from metal and glass by a powerful blower. Then the material will be mixed with hog fuel (sawmill waste wood), and a new smokestack scrubber will remove most objectionable emissions. “I think it will be great, says physical plant director Harold Babcock, “because we will be getting something useful out of our garbage.”


Sadie Dressekie, MBA ’00, has launched Real NW Group, a commercial and residential real estate brokerage and consulting firm, in downtown Eugene. She’s spent more than 20 years in marketing and PR, including six years as the marketing director for real estate development firm Arlie and Company.

Brian Malloy, BA ’01, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2017 and as a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2016. Malloy works at the Brandi Law Firm in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Aimee.

Along with his wife, Tanya, whom he met at the UO, Matt Powell, BS ’01, co-owns Windermere Real Estate/Lane County, which is based in Eugene and is the largest real estate company in the county.

The founder of Mascots for a Cure, Derek Zinser, BS ’02, has kicked off the nonprofit organization’s newest campaign, Twist Away Childhood Cancer Challenge. He’s collaborated with singer Chubby Checker to encourage people to donate money and submit a short dance video.

David Rosen, MBA ’02, was named vice president of product marketing at Gree International Entertainment—a San Francisco–based developer and publisher of video games for mobile devices.

Justin Keeland, BS ’05, has published an Oregon Ducks–inspired children’s book titled ’Twas the Night before Duckmas, an Oregon take on a classic story.

Philip Thoennes, BS ’09, graduated from law school and is now working as a law clerk for Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court. 


Loella Armstrong, a single mother of three, is working toward her BA in art education. After being left to raise her daughters alone, she tried housekeeping work but found it too strenuous. So she set off to the UO and is currently running a rooming house to support her family. She plans to teach art at the high school level after she graduates.


McKinney York Architects’ Courtney (Nunez) Tarr, AIA, MArch ’10, completed her architectural registration exams and received her registration as a licensed architect in the state of Texas.

Anthony Blake, BS ’13, joined Ball Janik LLP as an associate lawyer in its construction and litigation practice groups. Blake’s practice includes general litigation and representation of residential and commercial owners in construction defect claims of all types. In October, he will join the League of Oregon Cities as assistant general counsel.

Maura Turner, BA ’14, is working at Pixar Animation Studios as a production coordinator. She made connections with alumni Greg Snyder, BA ’92, during her freshman year in the Cinema Studies Program and now works alongside him.

The Greater Bandon Association has hired Dana Nichols, MA ’16, to serve as a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) AmeriCorps member. Her role will be program manager, and she’ll also work with Bandon’s planning department.


The Oregon Special Olympics (OSO) has named the James H. Warsaw Sports Marketing Center “Outstanding Sports Organization of the Year” for its help in promoting the 1996 OSO Summer Olympics. UO students coordinated the logistics and special events and signed up sponsors for the project, and a student marketing team has raised more than $27,000 worth of cash and in-kind donations. 


Charleen Roberta Purcell-Hanan, BA ’36, died on June 27 at age 103. She was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary for women educators. She was a teacher for many years and will be missed by family and her students who adored her.

Kathryn Werry Childress, class of ’43, died on June 16 at age 96. An active member of the Pi Beta Phi, she was married to Navy lieutenant John B. Childress for 69 years and had three boys.

Maj. Stephen A. Church Jr., BS ’51, died September 5 at the age of 87. He was a Theta Chi member, a member of the honor society of Friars, and senior class president. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and during his free time enjoyed skiing, philately, and playing jazz piano.

Barbara Jane (Jeremiah) Rodabaugh, BA ’51, died at age 86 on September 17. She was an enthusiastic traveler who visited Europe 10 times. Barbara was a strong supporter of the women’s movement, and lived life on her own terms. She loved reading mysteries, movies, good food, and her 5:00 p.m. martini.

Beverly Sorenson Coghill, class of ’53, died on September 27 at age 86. She volunteered at a local hospital, and was a member of the Orange Women’s Club and the Republican Women’s Club. She enjoyed many activities with her family including waterskiing and boating.

Dr. Robert W. Bruechert Sr., MD ’57, died at age 85 on September 23. He practiced family medicine in Oregon City and later joined the Oregon City Eye Clinic. He was a talented photographer and owned a Christmas tree farm. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie.

Annetta Kinnicutt, BS ’61, died June 2 at age 76. A Honolulu native, Annetta was passionate about her Hawaiian roots. She enjoyed a 50-year teaching career and was the lead horticultural teacher for the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle’s “Learning to Grow” Project at the Women’s Community Correctional Center.

Herbert H. “Herb” Baker, BA ’63, MA ’72, died October 4 at age 80. He served two years in Vietnam as a first lieutenant and captain and was an advisor in northeast Thailand. Baker received a Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal in Vietnam and was one of only two intercept-director officers serving in the Vietnam-Thailand theater (1965–67) to attain expert proficiency status.

Dr. Gerald Herrin, MD ’63, died October 1 at age 80. He served in the US Army, including one year as a combat surgeon in Vietnam. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a diplomat of the Academy of Orthopedics.

Karen Hope Clark, BA ’65, died August 17. Clark graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and had an extensive résumé that included working for the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of General Counsel, where her work focused on national regulation to protect the nation’s drinking water.

Robert E. “Rob” Smith Jr., MFA ’66, of West Lafayette, Indiana, died June 9. He is survived by his wife, Pauletta Verett Smith. Smith was an avid traveler who explored all 50 states and visited 16 countries, always coming back with many colorful stories to tell.

Neil William Macdonald, MS ’67, died at age 79. Macdonald covered UO sports for the Register-Guard in the early 1960s. He was a psychology instructor, sportswriter, author, and devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lea Macdonald, daughter Paige Larson, and sons Loch and Scot Macdonald.

Edward M. Geis, BA ’66, MFA ’68, died April 28 at age 72. His extensive career included being a filmmaker for Oregon Public Broadcasting and cofounding Ibex Productions. He left a legacy of art and writing, including America: What Do We Fear (Americans Answer Publishing). He is survived by his wife, Lynn Mascall Geis, BA ’66, three children, and five grandchildren.

Norman L. Nelson, MLS ’73, died on September 12 at the age of 89. He served three years in the US Army, and after returning he operated an auto repair shop and later worked as a real estate broker. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dora (Carpenter) Nelson.

David Olsen, BLA ’82, a longtime member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, died August 22. He led the landscape architecture group at Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, and recently served as chair of the Oregon chapter’s High Desert Section.

Ken O’Toole, BA ’70, MA ’83, died August 6 at age 69. He was a passionate journalist who worked as a newspaper editor in many different towns, receiving numerous first place awards for his work. He enjoyed spending time at his childhood cabin by the beach and with his fiancée, Linda Eden.


A rare piece of equipment has just been added to the UO medical school. Dr. Warren C. Hunget, MD ’24, has received a new scopicon, a multiple-vision machine for microscopic instruction and research. This flashy new tool allows the professor and up to eight students the ability to view slides at the same time.



Sandra Lynn Morgen, professor of anthropology, died September 27. She was the recipient of multiple professional awards including the Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Anthropology of the United States (from the Society for the Anthropology of North America) and the Research Faculty Excellence Award at the University of Oregon. A pioneer in feminist and North American anthropology, she wrote and published a variety of books on health, social welfare, and tax policy.

Larry Walter Standifer died August 9 at age 84. From 1968 to 1980, he served as the head athletics trainer of Oregon athletics. As a trainer and physical therapist, he worked with the 1980 Olympic team and various other associations. He was also an active member of the Eugene Bonsai Society.

Professor emeritus of elementary education Robert “Bob” Sylwester died August 5 at age 89. He was the author of numerous articles and 20 books. He and his wife, Ruth, traveled frequently and he was a diehard Ducks fan.

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