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Class Notes


Barbara R. White ’33 celebrated her 100th birthday on January 11. She lives in Portland.


Glenn E. Torrey '53, MA '57, PhD '60, authored The Romanian Battlefront in World War I (University Press of Kansas, 2012). Torrey taught history for thirty-seven years at Emporia State University in Kansas.

Richard Shaw '59, '62 was named chair of the spring 2012 National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants, a semiannual event of the American Bar Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Shaw works at the San Diego–based law firm Higgs, Fletcher and Mack.


Photo: Portlander John C. Ellis ’94 proudly stands atop Africa’s highest point, Uhuru Peak


Heart of Duckness Capping a six-day trek up the sloping flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro, Portlander John C. Ellis ’94 proudly stands atop Africa’s highest point, Uhuru Peak, at an altitude of more than 19,300 feet above sea level. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, on the eastern coast of subequatorial Africa.

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Joe M. Fischer '60, MFA '63, and his wife, Alona, made their annual contributions to their Lower Columbia College and University of Oregon scholarships. Joe has completed more than eighty paintings of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the Oregon Coast.

Alaby Blivet '63 writes: "My immortal beloved [Sara Lee Cake '45] and I are crestfallen that we will miss the Olympic track-and-field trials in Eugene—our warmest regards to all the Ducks who will attend and compete. We'll be in London for the Games, and in prep are resting up at the Villa Nellcôte on the Côte d'Azur, where we spent a very memorable early summer thirty-one years ago celebrating what was surely the ecstatic solstice of our lives together.

Richard U'Ren '60 published Social Perspective: The Missing Element in Mental Health Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2011). U'Ren is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University.

Judith Seely '61, MA '64, used the occasion of her seventy-third birthday to wed her high school sweetheart, Robert Carr. They live in Green Valley, Arizona, and are both avid Ducks fans.

Ed Thomas '61 volunteers with the Grass Valley, California, police department, assists as a hospice bereavement volunteer, and serves as a member of the civic engagement team in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Michael W. Kimball '63 and grandson Christopher Meixsell enjoyed this year's victorious Rose Bowl. It was Kimball's fourth trip to Pasadena; he first visited in 1957 alongside father Herbert G. Kimball '27.

Robert "Bruce" McCurtain '65 lives in New York City where he covers the stock market for Futures Magazine. He can be reached at

Karline (Topp) Bird '68 published her first book, Bending with the Wind: Memoir of a Cambodian Couple's Escape to America (McFarland, 2012).

Dean N. Osterman, MEd '68, PhD '75, recently retired from teaching. He lives in Camas, Washington, attends UO football games as a season ticket holder, and owns a boat named Daisy Duck. Osterman is spending retirement traveling through the United States and Canada alongside his two Jack Russell terriers.

John Schmitz, MS '68, published his first book, 716th Flour and Shower (AKW Books, 2011), a semiautobiographical and humorous account of a U.S. Army supply unit dealing with the start of the Vietnam War.

General manager Jim Williams '68 retires this June after more than forty years at the Duck Store. Williams began stocking shelves at the UO Bookstore, as it was then known, while still a student. He became general manager in 1976. In honor of his longtime contributions to the collegiate retailing industry, Williams received the Aspen Award from the National Association of College Stores in February.


Lt. Col. James W. Kelley Jr. ’70, MEd ’71, published his tenth novel, Desert 91 (CreateSpace, 2012).

Theresa Ripley, PhD ’71, works in the e-publishing industry. She has authored two books and recently e-published Uncle Jack among the English, a book written by Ripley’s husband and UO professor emeritus John Loughary ’52, who died in 2010.

Denis Huston, MS ’72, was elected to France’s Legion of Honor as a chevalier for his 1944 mine-removal work in Normandy. Huston lives in Ocean Shores, Washington.

Elizabeth “Beth” (Rehm) Nagy-Cochran, MS ’72, and her domestic partner have changed their last names to Nagy-Cochran. The couple lives in Beaverton and is enjoying retirement by traveling the coast with their new tent trailer.

Gail Hoffnagle ’73 published Oregon Ice Creams and the Inside Scoop on Fun Things to See and Do (CreateSpace, 2011).

John C. Gartland, JD ’77, received the 2011 Oregon State Bar Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award honoring an Oregon lawyer who demonstrates integrity, efficiency, and honesty.

Ralph E. Wiser, MA ’78, JD ’81, is president of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon; he presented a paper at this year’s Northwest Brain Injury Conference in Portland. He and his wife, Lisa Finch-Wiser ’78, live in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Steve Nelson ’79 was named a 2012 Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal. Nelson is a shareholder of the Milwaukee law firm von Briesen and Roper and in 2011 was honored by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates for his distinguished service.


James B. Angell ’81 was recently promoted to the rank of counselor in the top level Senior Foreign Service. He is director of the Bangkok Regional Diplomatic Courier Division, which is responsible for all classified material sent to more than eighty U.S. missions in Asia and Oceania.

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin ’81 produced We Grew Wings, a documentary about the UO women’s track-and-field program, which will premiere June 30 at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene. A five-minute trailer can be found at

This June, Arlyn Schaufler ’82 will succeed Jim Williams ’68 as general manager of the Duck Store. Schaufler has served in a number of roles at the Duck Store during the past three decades. He will be the fourth general manager the store has had in its ninety-two-year history.

Mark C. Childs, MArch ’83, published Urban Composition (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), a primer for designers on how individual projects such as gardens or public art can add to a community.

John A. Heldt ’85 has authored his first novel, The Mine (John A. Heldt, 2012). He and wife Cheryl Fellows Heldt ’86 live in Helena, Montana.

Ken Den Ouden ’88 designed and manages Oregon’s largest solar array. The Oregon Department of Transportation Baldock Solar Highway Project provides renewable energy to Portland-area residents.

Cody Yeager, MA ’88, has worked for Central Oregon Community College for the past fifteen years. Currently, Yeager is the director of education at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, where he oversees GED, creative writing, and welding programs.


Rachel Wallins Guberman ’91 is the new vice president of global leadership development at Wolters Kluwer, a Dutch information services company. She lives outside Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Paul Cooper ’93 joined Tom Eliot Fisch Architects in San Francisco as an associate principal.

Jeffrey Sagalewicz ’93, JD ’05, was promoted to partner at the Pacific Northwest law practice Miller Nash. He and his wife, Angela (Moore) Sagalewicz, JD ’05, live in Portland.


Photo: Detail portion of a map of the United States of America created by David Imus COURTESY IMUS GEOGRAPHICS


For two years, David Imus ’82 labored on a map of the United States that, once finished, beat out those produced by the likes of National Geographic to win the cartographer’s version of an Academy Award: Best of Show at the annual Cartography and Geographic Information Society competition. A rave review appeared on (“The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See”), followed by stories on National Public Radio and in other media. Sales boomed, surpassing $500,000. Imus and his wife, Paula Loftin ’91, live in Harrisburg. More at

Joe Powers ’00 will perform on harmonica alongside his tango quintet during this year’s Oregon Bach Festival, June 29–July 15.

Mary G. Thompson, JD ’02, published her first book in May. Titled Wuftoom (Clarion Books, 2012), this fantasy novel geared for ages ten and up is about a boy who finds himself turning into a worm-like creature. Thompson is slated to publish two more novels in 2013.

Ariel Talen-Keller ’03 will represent the state of Alaska in June in the United States All World Beauties National Pageant in Orlando, Florida. An avid flyer, Talen-Keller’s pageant platform encourages women to study aviation.

Louis Bubala, JD ’04, rejoined the board of trustees for the Northern Nevada Railway Foundation, where he was a trustee from 2006 to 2008. The organization raises money to restore the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad.

Amanda Bird, MA ’06, is proprietor of the Book Nest bookstore in Springfield, where she and her husband, Brian Bird, MA ’07, reside. A freelance editor, Bird deals in old and new books while also coordinating signings and readings.

McKenzie Strobach ’06 was one of twenty female students chosen to attend the 2012 Commission on the Status of Women held at United Nations headquarters in New York City. She is an MA candidate at Brandeis University.

Stephen Oliver ’09 worked as a production assistant on We Grew Wings, a documentary about the UO women’s track-and-field program, which will premiere June 30 at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene. A five-minute trailer can be found at

In Memoriam

Chi Psi brother George Hibbard ’34, ’36, died December 19, 2011, at age ninety-nine. After returning from World War II as an Army major, he and his wife, Anne (Powell) Hibbard ’33, settled in Oregon City. Hibbard practiced law for more than five decades. He was an active member in a number of associations including the University of Oregon School of Law Development Fund Board of Directors. He was a member of the UO Alumni Association for seventy-eight years.

Wilma “Billie” (Crawford) Kahn ’41 died January 6, 2012, at age ninety-two. She and Richard “Dick” Kahn ’41, a U.S. Army lieutenant, were married December 6, 1941; their honeymoon was cut short by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She spent most of her life in Marin County, California, where she was president of the Marin County AAUW branch and the local PTA, among other civic responsibilities. Her travels over the past thirty years took her around the world.

Phyllis Jeanne (Falk) Hart ’48, MEd ’75, died December 10, 2011, at age eighty-five. Hart taught in Eugene’s School District 4J for twenty-three years. She and her husband, Gordon Hart—married more than fifty years—owned 100 acres outside Junction City, where they practiced restoration forestry.

Phi Sigma Kappa brother Donald C. Nelson ’48 died November 21, 2009. Nelson retired from Pacific First Federal Savings and Loan. He and his wife, Dorothy (Larsen) Nelson, had two children, Steven ’80 and Kristine ’85.

Phi Gamma Delta brother and Coast Guard veteran Willett Ranney Lake Jr. ’50 died January 4. He was eighty-five. After graduation, Lake joined his father at Mail-Well Envelope Company, the start to his long career in the paper and packaging industry. A huge Ducks fan, Lake was a long-time contributor to the Oregon Duck Athletic Fund and supported an athletic scholarship established by his father. He was thrilled to see this year’s Rose Bowl win, which came just days before his death.

William Korpela ’53 died December 1, 2010, at age eighty. Korpela played freshman basketball at the University and was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and ROTC. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. Korpela worked as a medical clinic manager in Coos Bay and Medford; he was also a State of Oregon Senior Services Divison auditor. He and his wife, Shirley (Hillard) Korpela ’52, were married fifty-nine years.

Robert C. Jones ’57 died December 21, 2011. Jones was seventy-seven. He and his wife, Mary (Peterson) Jones ’65, celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary the previous March. After serving in the U.S. Army as a cook, Jones taught school in Cottage Grove and later was an office manager in Newman Lake, Washington.

Oregon cultural leader Brian Booth ’58 died March 7, 2012. He was seventy-five. Booth was a founding partner of the Portland law firm Tonkon Torp and long served as legal adviser to Phil Knight ’59 (the two met at the UO); Booth was Nike’s attorney when the company went public in 1980. He and his wife, Gwyneth (Gamble) Booth, created the Oregon Book Awards and Oregon Literary Fellowships; he also served on a number of cultural boards including those of the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Parks Commission.

Thomas Whitson ’58 died in late December 2011, at age eighty-one. He served as a first lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force before returning to the UO to complete his architecture degree. During his career, Whitson formed a private firm and worked on hundreds of projects throughout Sonoma County, California.

John Reid, MS ’64, PhD ’67, died February 5, 2012. He and his wife of forty-eight years, Kathleen (White) Reid ’74, met at the UO. Reid cofounded the Oregon Social Learning Center and researched the effects of parenting on both families and children during a forty-year career in psychology.

Track icon, U.S. Navy veteran, and Nike leader Geoff Hollister ’68 died February 6. The previous Friday he celebrated his sixty-sixth birthday. Hollister lettered as a steeplechaser in track under coach Bill Bowerman ’34, MEd ’53. He was Nike’s third employee after Phil Knight ’59 and Steve Prefontaine ’73. Many, including former UO assistant track-and-field coach John Gillespie, credit Hollister as a founding father of Eugene’s famous running culture.

Air Force veteran Norman Lamont Hoover, PhD ’69, died January 20. He was eighty-three. After Hoover and his wife, Patricia (Duerksen) Hoover, MMus ’69, DMA ’74, graduated from the UO, they moved to Minnesota, Illinois, and Arkansas, finally settling in North Carolina. In his free time, Hoover was a barbershop quartet singer and lover of Volkswagen cars.

Peter Jacquot ’70 died March 9, 2011, at age sixty-two. Jacquot managed two industrial metal fabrication companies in Los Angeles. One, Aljac Supply Company, was started by his father; the other, Associated Metal Products, Jacquot owned for thirty years.

James LaBarre ’70 died January 30 at age sixty-seven. LaBarre made his career in retail food management and property management. Later, he worked in the circulation department at the Register-Guard.

Charles Mundorff, JD ’94, died June 20, 2011. He was fifty-two. Mundorff practiced law in Eugene and Portland before moving to Tillamook, where he focused on workers compensation law. In 2009, he was appointed administrative law judge out of the Eugene Hearings Division and, starting this year, served as chairman of the Workers Compensation Section of the Oregon State Bar. Mundorff played lead guitar in a garage band and twice served, along with his wife, Deborah (Hallick) Mudorff ’93, as hosts to high school exchange students.

Spencer deMille ’95 died February 21 at age forty-two. An interior architect in Seattle, deMille taught design at Bellevue College. During his career, he worked for four of the nation’s ten largest architecture and interior design firms and served as president of the International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter.

Faculty and Staff
In Memoriam

Former associate professor Christopher R. Bolton died January 20. He was seventy. Bolton served in the U.S. Army as a member of the Army Band Corps before beginning a twenty-five-year career as a professor of gerontology. Bolton’s two children are also Ducks: daughter Angela (Bolton) Brown ’93 and son Christopher R. Bolton III, MEd ’00.

Dick Harter died March 12, 2012, at age eighty-one. Harter was the head UO basketball coach from 1971 to 1978, seven years that saw a game record of 113 wins and 81 losses. Highlights of his career included coaching the legendary “Kamikaze Kids” and breaking the eighty-eight-game winning streak of the Bill Walton–led UCLA Bruins. Later, he coached at Penn State and for many years in the NBA. Throughout it all Harter kept track of Oregon sports, often checking in with UO boosters and sports reporters.

Allan Price, former UO vice president for university advancement, died February 17 at age fifty-six while scuba diving in Mexico. From 2001 to 2008, Price led the largest philanthropic drive in state history, helping to raise $853 million for the UO. Most recently, Price served as senior vice president for advancement at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and as president of OHSU’s fundraising foundation.

Air Force veteran Edgar Bruce Ross ’63, a former member of the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts Board of Visitors, died May 15, 2009. He was seventy-three. Ross formerly served as mayor of Tiburon, California; he was selected as the community’s citizen of the year for 2000–2001. Ross also founded the architecture and planning firm Backen, Arrigoni and Ross with fellow UO graduates Howard Backen ’62 and Robert Arrigoni ’62.

Oregon baseball letterman and professor emeritus Warren E. Smith ’41 died February 13 at age ninety-two. He served in the Pacific during World War II and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. Smith joined the UO faculty in 1963 and retired in 1985 after nine years as head of the Department of Health Education.

Don Truax died March 24, 2012, at age eighty-four. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Truax began working at the UO in 1959; he retired as professor emeritus in 1992. During his career he edited Annals of Statistics from 1975 to 1980. In 2009, he received the Carver Medal of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics for his distinguished service.

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Reports from previous Spring issues of
Old Oregon and Oregon Quarterly

Photo: Man in front of distribution panel in what is now Pacific Hall, completed in 1952
It takes power to run a science building. This distribution panel provided AC and DC power to the laboratories in what is now Pacific Hall, completed in 1952.

1922 Following a dismal year for Oregon athletics (the track team won zero meets), writer John Dierdorff ’22 implores the UO community to help the cause by “persuading high school athletes to select the University of Oregon instead of some other institution.”

1932 Pauline Bondurant ’25 recounts highlights of her recent cross-country flight, from boarding a “mammoth eighteen-passenger Boeing trimotor” to riding in a two-passenger plane that detoured to buzz a burning farmhouse in an effort to wake the occupants. It then ran out of gas and was forced to land in a Wyoming field. The experience “gave me more confidence than ever in our pilots,” she says.

1942 Leonard Greenup ’37, a United Press reporter based in Buenos Aires, initially “didn’t think much of the Argentines,” until treated to a lavish lunch including “a quick cocktail” followed by “ham . . . Russian salad, turkey . . . beef roasted over an open fire … giant ravioles . . . and the piece de resistance, empanadas. . . . I had four.” Dessert, champagne, and Scotch and soda capped the meal.

1952 The new science building (now Pacific Hall) opens to high expectations: Oregon governor Douglas McKay describes it “as partial fulfillment of higher education’s debt to society, a means to obtain better citizens,” and State Board of Higher Education member R. E. Kleinsorge calls it “the most important single building ever added to the campus.”

1962 Old Oregon offers the following advice for attaining the ideal “college coed look”: “Umbrella (held by a fellow), short hair, long coat, sweatshirt, miscellaneous fraternity and sorority pins, books (mandatory), mammoth purse, cut-off jeans, white bobby-sox, white tennis shoes.”

1972 A May antiwar march of some 3,000 protesters moves peacefully from campus to downtown Eugene—a stark contrast to earlier protests involving “the roar of the pepper fogger and . . . exploding tear gas.”

1982 A lecture on Darwinism and creationism kicks off the “concentrated effort” to raise the $34,000 needed to avert a June 30 shutdown of the UO Museum of Natural History.

1992 A David Letterman–inspired T-shirt spotted on campus includes the following among its “Top Ten Biggest Lies at the UO”: “I’ve never been to a Dead show.” “We’re all Republicans.” “There are no drugs on campus.” “But seriously, OSU is a good school.”

2002 After much spirited debate, the University adopts the “Oregon O” as its primary visual-identity symbol. Designed by Nike, the O combines the shapes of Hayward Field’s track and Autzen Stadium.

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