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After graduation, Rosalie (Calef) Willett ’45 moved to Hawaii to teach. She met her husband and together they raised three children. Now living in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Willett keeps on rooting for the UO despite having some LSU grads in the family.


Jack Borsting, MA ’52, PhD ’60, received the University of Southern California’s Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award. Borsting is professor and dean emeritus of USC’s Marshall School of Business. Previously, he served as assistant secretary of defense at the Department of Defense. 

On December 1, Robert S. Summers ’55 taught his last class of a five-decade career. Summers began his career as a UO law professor before moving to Cornell University in 1969, where he taught for the following forty-two years. Outside the classroom, Summers coauthored the Uniform Commercial Code (West Publishing Co., 1972).


Joe M. Fischer ’60, MFA ’63, recently completed a portrait of nine-year-old Luke Tomasik and received a commission for a portrait of Laszlo Ledenyi-Hanko to be dedicated in Hungary next year.

Richard S. Nystrom Sr. ’60 attended the UO from 1953 to 1960. He has written seven books, which he describes as “quirky fiction” and “neophilosophy.” Look for Nystrom on the road with his Oregon license plate “Rik Luv,” a tribute to one of his protagonists.

Photo: Watercolor landscape painting by Ruth Lotz. COURTESY RUTH LOTZ


Ruth Lotz ’48 is an accomplished painter who, at eighty-nine, considers low vision a part of her evolution as an artist. She was diagnosed seven years ago with age-related macular degeneration. Her paintings will be on display at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, until July 8. In May, the National Eye Institute held a reception to recognize Lotz for her accomplishments.

Alaby Blivet ’63 and Sara Lee Cake ’45 traveled to London for the recent royal wedding. In their luxurious Savoy Hotel suite overlooking the Thames, the couple watched Prince William and Kate Middleton wed on television. As the Archbishop of Canterbury intoned the solemn words of the ceremony, Blivet and Cake joyfully renewed their own vows.

Starting mid-June, Don Clark ’66 will be the new station manager of KERI-AM 1410 Christian Radio in Bakersfield, California. For the previous twenty years he worked as senior news anchor of the local CBS affiliate station. 

Jeffry Cook ’66, MBA ’68, works as a regional director for Koch Companies in Fairbanks, Alaska. He also serves on the community boards of Fairbanks Hospital, Providence Health Services, and Alaska Airlines.

Steve Moore ’67 sends a sunny greeting from Mexico to all fellow Ducks. Moore lives on the shores of Lake Chapala in Ajijic, a village of less than 10,000, which is also the part-time home of Professor Emeritus John Leahy (mathematics). The two gathered with forty-five other Duck fans and alumni to watch this year’s BCS title game.

After thirteen years of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in the Portland area, Terry Crawford ’67 received the Brauner Award, the organization’s highest distinction. Terry retired from Intel in 1999 and lives with his wife, Peggy, in Tigard.

Jonathan Stewart ’69, ’72 shares his story of four years spent trekking 2,650 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in Pilgrimage To the Edge (Xlibris, 2010).


Photo: Daniel Max McLean  in the mountain region of Jeti Oguz. COURTESY VALERIE CAMPBELL


After graduating with a degree in biology, Daniel Max McLean ’08 joined the Peace Corps as a health educator, serving in the Issyk Kul province of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia (in this shot he’s visiting the mountain region of Jeti Oguz). Returning to Oregon, he’s spent time working as a snowboard instructor at Mount Hood.

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Gregory Ahlijian ’71 wrote The Large Rock and the Little Yew, a children’s book inspired by a very old yew tree growing in Wakehurst, United Kingdom, and Ahlijian’s time as a volunteer at Jasper Mountain Center, an Oregon treatment center for emotionally disturbed children and their families. 

The Oregon State Bar awarded Albert Menashe ’71 the 2010 Edwin J. Peterson Award of Professionalism. A founding partner of one of Oregon’s largest family law firms, Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe PC, Menashe has also served as Oregon State Bar president.

Robert Sacks ’71, JD ’74, serves as principal of Portland’s A&R Development Company. Sacks has received national recognition for his work redeveloping buildings around the Rose City.

Michael E. Walsh ’72 lives in Eugene. His 1974 fiber installation, Attachment: Target, is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland.

Jim Stembridge, MA ’75, PhD ’75, published Fifty State Capitols: The Architecture of Representative Government. Stembridge lives in Oregon’s capital city with his wife Joan. He has worked as a policy analyst for the Oregon Legislative Assembly since 1995.

President Barack Obama nominated David Brewer, JD ’77, chief justice of the Oregon Court of Appeals, to serve on the board of the State Justice Institute. This privately operated nonprofit corporation was founded in 1984 to improve the quality of justice in state courts. 

With more than a decade of experience working with clients, Paula Backus ’79 joins the new executive coaching firm Insight Coaching Alliance with fellow Ducks Susan Muck ’84 and Meri Justis MHRIR ’98.


Charlene Carter ’82 ranked number seven in the state for financial advisers, and number one in Eugene. Carter is president of Carter & Carter Financial. 

James “Jim” Lund ’83 coauthored Danger Calling and Danger Calling, Youth Edition (Revell, 2010), which explore risk and faith through real-life adventure stories. Lund lives in central Oregon with his wife and three children.

The artwork of Annette Gurdjian ’84 was selected for an honorable mention for the 2011 Art Auction benefiting Cascade AIDS Project in Portland.

After more than twenty years in the field, Susan Muck ’84 joins Paula Backus ’79 and Meri Justis MHRIR ’98 to launch Insight Coaching Alliance, which provides personal life coaching for individuals.

Jerry Ross, MA ’84, spent three weeks in Rome at the American Academy as a visiting artist and scholar. His work has also been exhibited at the Eugene Jazz Station and published in the spring 2011 volume of Community College Moment.

Loretta “Lory” (Rogers) Jepsen ’88, MS ’91, has been traveling the country lecturing about Parkinson’s disease. She lives in Eugene.


A “very proud lifetime member” of the UO Alumni Association, Blaine T. Eckles ’93 completed his PhD in adult and organizational learning and leadership at the University of Idaho. Eckles works as the director of student rights and responsibilities at Boise State University.

Matthew Kennedy ’94 was selected to develop the Native American ceremonial garden for Autry National Center, a history center in Los Angeles that shares the stories of native tribes of the American West. Owner of Costello Kennedy Landscape Architecture, Kennedy lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife Teresa and their three children.

Environmental and water law professor Adell Amos ’95, JD ’98, has good reason to be temporarily absent from the UO School of Law. Amos is serving as deputy solicitor for land and water resources in the Obama administration. She lives with her husband and daughter in Washington, D.C. 

Meri Justis MHRIR ’98 launched a new executive coaching firm with Paula Backus ’79 and Susan Muck ’84. Insight Coaching Alliance provides personal coaching for individuals looking to “make positive shifts” in their lives.

Ryan Frank ’99 returns to the UO as the new Oregon Daily Emerald publisher. In 1998, Frank served as the Emerald’s editor in chief. He has since worked as an investigative reporter at The Oregonian and served as president of the Oregon-Southwest Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


Lyle Tavernier ’02, MEd ’03, is the new NASA Digital Learning Network coordinator at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Digital Learning Network connects students and teachers with NASA experts and education specialists through videoconferences and webcasts. 

Kate (Deeks) Summers ’03 and husband Mike welcomed their first child into the world on March 23, 2010. Kate has already claimed her daughter as a Duck, but with Mike being a Beaver, she admits their baby is more of a platypus.

Steve Gaube ’04 and Kim Gaube welcomed their son, James Alexander, on November 15, 2010. At twenty-one inches long, Jimmy arrived weighing eight-pounds and fourteen ounces.

Jessica Shoup ’04 appeared in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine as a 2010 Rising Star, a designation awarded to the top 2.5 percent of Oregon lawyers each year. Shoup is an associate at the Portland commercial law firm Greene & Markley.

A recent graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Jared Bellum ’05 passed the Washington State Bar exam in October. Bellum lives in Bellevue, where he operates the law practice, JD Bellum, Attorney at Law, PLLC. 

The Portland Business Journal named Eric Cook ’07 runner-up for the HR Leadership Award, which recognizes Oregon’s outstanding human resources management professionals. Cook works for the family law firm Stahancyk, Kent, and Hook. 

Elyse Fenton, MFA ’07, won the 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize, a $30,000 award given to a writer under thirty, for her book of poems Clamor (Cleveland State University Poetry Center New Poetry, 2010). Fenton began the book while attending graduate school at Oregon. 

Duck fans and newlyweds Ryan Keenan, MBA ’07, and Iyonna (St. Gerard) Keenan, MEd ’10, married in June 2009 before moving from Portland to Los Angeles. Ryan is an administrator at the nonprofit City of Angels International Christian Church, while Iyonna works for the real estate software company RealPage.

Dylan Leeds ’09 works in Portland as a freelance motion graphics artist. His clients have included Oregon Health and Science University, DirecTV, Microsoft, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and his alma mater.  

In Memoriam

Former president of the UO Foundation’s board of trustees C. Harold Weston Jr. ’39 died March 19, 2010, at the age of ninety-three. His time at the UO included serving as senior class president in 1938, where one of his duties was to greet the UO team as the first NCAA basketball champions. Weston was also president of Alpha Tau Omega, lettered in track, and met his future wife, the Pi Beta Phi sister Betty Anderson. The couple married just six days before Weston went on active duty for the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon returning home in 1946, he began a career in insurance and pursued a lifelong love of golf, which resulted in a number of championships.

Jeannette (Hafner) Hayner ’40, ’42, died on November 26, 2010, at the age of ninety-one. She served in the Washington State House from 1972 to 1976 and in the Washington State Senate from 1976 to 1992, working her way up to senate majority leader. Upon her retirement, Hayner was on the board of directors for TVW, a public affairs broadcasting network, and in 1993, she received the UO School of Law’s Meritorious Service Award for her “extraordinary contributions to legal education and the law.” 

On December 6, 2010, with his wife by his side, Donald C. Boyd ’50 died at home in Solvang, California. He was eighty-six years old. Boyd served in the Navy before enrolling at the UO, majoring in Asian studies. For thirty years, Boyd worked as a flight captain for Northwest Airlines, mainly flying 747s. His travels took him to a number of places including Taiwan and Hong Kong, where he exercised his knowledge of Chinese. 

Molly (Muntzel) Smith ’52 died peacefully on February 8 at the age of eighty. An active member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Smith was crowned Queen of Homecoming in 1951. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco, where she met her husband. The couple married in 1954 and eventually settled in Newport Beach to raise their family. 

Charles “Bud” Covey ’53 died on February 12, surrounded by his wife of fifty-eight years and five daughters. He was seventy-nine. While at the UO on a basketball scholarship, Covey joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the ROTC. He served in the Air Force for three years before returning to Portland, where he worked for fifty years as an investment broker for Atkinson and Company. He loved sports and for many years held season tickets for both UO basketball and football.

Barbara (Swanson) Lasater ’54 died of natural causes on September 11, 2010, at the age of seventy-eight. Lasater was a lifetime member of both the UO Alumni Association and the American Association of University Women. After graduating from the UO, she worked as assistant dean of women before marrying her husband, Vic. The couple moved to Lakeview, Oregon, where they ran a jewelry store.

Longtime Portland lawyer and Korean War veteran Fred Granata ’55, ’57 died July 1, 2010, after a brief struggle with cancer. He was seventy-nine. In 2007, the Oregon State Bar recognized Granata’s fifty years of legal service, thirty-two spent in private practice and eighteen as a senior counsel in Portland.

Mark Gorrell ’63 died surrounded by his family and friends on April 6. An architecture graduate, Gorrell focused on green and sustainable structures. He was an environmental and social justice activist and served on the board of the Berkeley Ecology Center. He also taught design and architecture courses at the College of Marin. 

Board game business owner Linda Rae (Willis) Kilgore, MA ’64, PhD ’73, died February 7 at the age of sixty-seven. Born in Boston, Kilgore grew up in Alaska before attending the UO. With her doctoral degree in English, Kilgore launched a board game business, End Games, which she managed until 1991. She later taught at Lane Community College and helped develop the school’s online curriculum. Kilgore enjoyed camping, river rafting, and, in her later years, online gaming including competitions on Facebook that she played with pals from around the world.

Kappa Kappa Gamma member Ann (Williams) Hendrickson ’67 died February 3 from ovarian cancer. Hendrickson lived with her family in Portland, where she worked for Xerox. Her two sons, Thomas Hugh Hendrickson Jr. ’05 and Charles Williams Hendrickson ’09, are also Ducks.

Monica Jean Burke ’75 died at home on November 27, 2010, after a two-year battle with bone cancer. Burke worked at a public accounting firm in Portland. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was chief financial officer of three publicly traded companies. She retired in 2006 and spent her final years with her husband of twenty-five years in Larkspur, California.  

Forty-three-year-old Eugene police officer John “Chris” Kilcullen ’95 died April 22 after being shot in the line of duty. Kilcullen served with the EPD for twelve years and earned more than eighty-five commendations. Outside of his work as a traffic officer, Kilcullen often volunteered in the community. He supported Relay for Life and, after learning how to scuba dive, cleaned tanks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Family, colleagues, and community members gathered at Matthew Knight Arena for a public memorial service.

Faculty and Staff In Memoriam

John Haislip died on March 13 at the age of eighty-five. Haislip was an English professor emeritus and an accomplished poet who taught creative writing and literature courses for many years. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

Robert “Bob” E. Kime died January 4, 2011, of heart failure. He was eighty-two. Before arriving at the UO, Kime studied at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Ohio State University. He taught health education at the UO for almost three decades, retiring in 1990. He served as the Oregon Track Club’s head long jump official and helped officiate the long-jump at the 1984 Olympic Games. Kime also served in the Marine Corps during World War II and in the Navy during the Korean War. 

Professor Emeritus Ken Metzler ’51 died at home on April 10. He was eighty-two. Metzler served as the editor of this publication for fifteen years, taking a sabbatical leave in 1966 to earn a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He then joined the UO School of Journalism and Communication faculty in 1971, where he worked until his retirement in 1990. Metzler, however, remained active in the SOJC community and in 2008 was inducted into the SOJC Hall of Achievement. Among his many publications was the book Confrontation: The Destruction of a College President, about former UO President Charles Johnson. 

On March 7, 2011, Perry John “Jack” Powers ’41, died of heart disease at the age of ninety-one. Survived by his partner of thirty-one years, Powers was one of the UO’s first openly gay faculty members. He taught Spanish literature and Romance languages. 

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Photo: “Sinbad the Sailor” Canoe Fete float sponsored by Susan Campbell Hall and Sigma Nu
Fabulous Forties “Sinbad the Sailor” Canoe Fete float sponsored by Susan Campbell Hall and Sigma Nu

1921 Women’s health adviser Dr. Bertha Stuart reports success in fighting the widespread campus problem of underweight women. Among the hundred girls given special diets last term gains ranged from two to thirty-five pounds.

1931 The School of Architecture and Allied Arts brings Frank Lloyd Wright to campus, where he speaks to an audience of 700 and shows a collection of his photographs, plans, and models.

1941 Junior Weekend is a big success—with this year’s theme Arabian Nights thick with “mystic atmosphere and Oriental color.” The Canoe Fete barges bob down the millrace to the strains of “Rimski-Korsakov and other melodies with an Oriental twang.”

1951 Four noted scholars come to campus for a weeklong symposium on nationalism, Russia, and the Far East. One warns that America is playing into communist hands by supporting Asiatic leaders whose policies are hated and outdated.

1961 Various plans are competing for the new 40,000-seat football stadium to be located on the north side of the Willamette. One plan calls for tiered parking lots rising above the end zones to allow “drive-in” viewing.

1971 A long-held campus tradition ends as the annual spring Canoe Fete, sponsored by the junior class and Greek organizations in conjunction with Mothers’ Weekend, is cancelled due to rising costs and diminished student interest.

1981 Paul Olum is named thirteenth president of the University of Oregon.

1991 The family legend says famed UO quarterback Norm Van Brocklin ’49 met his future wife Gloria Schiewe ’46, MA ’49, under a tree behind Deady Hall—where their children have just installed a bench and nearby plaque, which says “It is here we met and here we will always be.”

2001 Legends associated with the 2.5-mile network of steam tunnels underneath campus (cockroaches the size of lab rats, escaped lab rats the size of cocker spaniels) are debunked in the pages of Oregon Quarterly.

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