Dee Ann Bogue ’56 has recently published her first book, Tansy and the 2000 Earthquakes. This young adult historical fiction novel is set in 1811 New Madrid, Mississippi, when 2,000 earthquakes continued over a period of one year.
Tom and Pat Whitaker ’64 are celebrating 50 years of marriage on Dec. 16. The Whitakers are still traveling full-time in their motorhome and enjoying every minute as they see America and Canada while visiting family and friends along with some volunteering at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Randall Franke ’73, ’98, Alumni Award of Excellence recipient, was selected as executive director of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley serving Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties effective December 2012.
Valerie Tenney ’82 and her husband Michael, both retired, recently returned to the Monmouth/Independence area from The Dalles. They purchased, with their daughter Susan Maule, a farm home and 20 acres near Buena Vista. Sharing the home and land are Maule’s four daughters.
Angela Palmer ’01 and her husband Steve welcomed their second baby girl, Kiana Leigh on July 28.
Rebecca Rousculp ’07 has been working with children, youth and their teachers to establish a culture of reading and literacy in the Dominican Republic since 2011. While books are a rarity on the island--especially children's books--Rousculp is working to change that in her current community, San Francisco de Macoris. Named after her grandfather, a world-renowned otolaryngologist and inventor of the cochlear implant, Biblioteca Comunitaria Dr. William House (Dr. William House Community Library) opened in May 2013.
Andy A. High ’02 was recently elected to the Bend-LaPine school board.
Andrew C. Akerson ’07 recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he is an award-winning LGBT fundraiser.
Gwen Thompson ’30 on March 26, 2013 at age 102. Gwen grew up in Washington and taught in a one-room schoolhouse outside Heppner after graduating from college. As money was in short supply during the Depression, Gwen was paid in sheepskin script. She married Robert Stephen Thompson and they began farming and ranching in 1941. The couple had two daughters, Judy and Janet, and son, Terry.
Alfred F. Finnell ’34 on Aug. 3, 2013 at age 101. Alfred graduated from Beaverton High School and taught high school for two years after college. He then became a master saw filer in the Pacific Northwest. Alfred met and married Floretta Ruth Mundale in Vader, Wash. They were married for 65 years, and have three children, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
Erma K. Clark ’36 on March 13, 2013 at age 99. Erma graduated from high school in McMinnville. She married J. Wyly Clark on June 6, 1937, in Newberg. Erma taught school in Emmett, Idaho, while Wyly was in military service from 1943 to 1945, again in Conrad, Montana, and at St. James School in McMinnville. She was an avid gardener, flower arranger, flower show judge, and decorator.
Alice D. Kampfer ’36 on Dec. 16, 2012 at age 96. Alice graduated from Scappoose Union High School. Alice was very proud of her career as an educator, which she left after her marrying Edwin in 1945. Alice and Edwin dairy farmed on Sauvie Island until their move to Portland in 1952 to start their family business, Kampfer’s Sanitary Service and raise their family. They retired and sold the business in 1978. Her proudest accomplishment as a community leader was being appointed as the first female president of the Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge.
Delma C. Falk-Drinkard ’36 on July 27, 2013 at age 98. Delma graduated from Halsey High School. She taught in Wells School, her one-room grade school alma mater, Brandon. After her daughters were both in school, she began substitute teaching in the Harrisburg, Junction City and Wyatt school districts and did so until she retired at age 71. Delma married Dale in 1937.
Clara M. Dalbey ’39 on June 9, 2013 at age 93. Clara began teaching grade school at age 19, in eastern Oregon and eventually settled back in the Willamette Valley. In 1947, she married Roy Russell Dalbey in Oregon City and they had three children, Tom, Jim and Barbara. In 1959, the family re-located to Aberdeen, Wash. Once her children were grown, she and Roy moved to the Seattle area to be close to her grandchildren.
Melba N. Black ’40 on Jan. 5, 2013 at age 92. Melba graduated from Sheridan High School. In 1948 Melba married V. Carl Black and they had a daughter in 1952. She worked as a substitute teacher then became the first secretary for the elementary school in Dallas. Melba also worked for the Dallas Education Service District as a secretary and media coordinator. She loved to write and took great pride in the compositions that were published. The Itemizer Observer ran her "Flip Side" article for many years.
Esther I. Brush ’41 on Sept. 22, 2012 at age 94. Esther graduated from Silverton High School. She took her first teaching job at Marshland, Wash. She married Army Lieutenant Gerome "Gerry" Brush in 1944 and spent several years traveling and adventuring coast-to-coast on a variety of military assignments alongside her husband. Irene and Gerry eventually settled in Salem, Ore. In 1953 Irene joined what is now the Salem-Keizer School District as a substitute teacher in grades 1-6. She remained with the district until she both retired in 1976.
Rudy Rada ’42 on July 29, 2013 at age 95. Rudy taught at Hawthorne School in Pendleton for two years before returning to Monmouth to complete his bachelor’s degree. While completing his degree he was drafted into the Army and had to report for active duty the day after graduation. While stationed at Fort Logan, Colo., he asked the love of his life, Bonnie Greer, to come to Fort Logan so they could get married, which she did. Rudy returned to Pendleton in 1946 as principal of Hawthorne School and was promoted to assistant superintendent in 1948, a position he held until retiring in 1979.
Herbert W. Schlappi ’44 on May 13, 2013 at age 91. Herbert joined the military during his senior year of college. He spent much of his World War II service time as a telegraph operator in Greenland. Prior to leaving the states, he married Jean Pesheck at Scott Airfield Base in Illinois in 1944. He received his teaching degree upon returning from WWII. Herbert moved to Seaside in 1946, and served as both a teacher and principal.
Doris T. Paldanius ’45 on Aug. 13, 2013 at age 89. Doris graduated from Astoria High School and went on to teach at Auburn Grade School for 25 years. She married Ward Paldanius in 1946 and they were together for 67 years. She was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Beta Sigma Phi and Vasa Lodge (Swedish American Lodge).
Elsie I. Hinds ’45 on July 13, 2013 at age 88. Elsie met Herbert Hinds at a church function when he was home on leave during WW II. They married in 1947 and moved to Pasadena, Calif. In 1964 the family moved to a farm near Airlie, south of Monmouth. She began her teaching career in 1945 at Coos River, near Coos Bay Oregon. She taught third grade for 18 years at Oakdale Heights Elementary School in Dallas before her retirement in 1992.
Doris A. Mingle ’45 on Jan. 23, 2013 at age 88. Doris attended Estacada High School for three years before graduating from Grant High School in Portland in 1942. She was active in campus life during college, serving as student body president her senior year. While in college, she met the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Mingle and they married in 1946. Doris was a teacher in the Parkrose School District then left teaching in 1950 to become a devoted mother and homemaker.
Betsey A. Branigar ’48 on Aug. 17, 2013 at age 87. Betsey graduated from St. Helens High School in 1942 and married Harley W. Branigar after college in 1948. Betsey taught school in Philomath, Oregon from 1948 to 1952. In 1960 the family moved to Monmouth, where Betsey served as special education teacher in the Central School District from 1963 to 1976. She then moved to Alaska where she taught school in Shishmaref and Nome from 1976 to 1984. Upon her retirement she and Harley returned to Oregon and settled in Tualatin.
Nola R. Millhouser ’51 on Feb. 28, 2013 at age 83. Nola taught grade school in Dallas for nine years. She met and married the love of her life, Clare, in 1949, and they were together for more than 50 years. In those years they purchased ground south of Dallas that they cleared, cleaned and farmed together raising row crops and seed crops. Nola was active in the agricultural community. She served in every capacity in Women for Ag and served on numerous agriculture boards in Polk County as well as at the state level, receiving countless awards for her service and dedication.
Lois M. Anderson ’52 on April 12, 2013 at age 80. Lois graduated from Elmira High School. She was passionate about education and taught primary school for more than 30 years in Lane County. In 1962, Lois married the love of her life, A. O. "Bud" Anderson. Together they enjoyed traveling around the country, bowling, and spending time with their many friends. Although they never had children, Lois loved kids and doted on her nieces and nephews, and later on, her great nieces and nephews.
Louise T. Meiling ’52 on Feb. 4, 2013 at age 87. Louise graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1943. During her college summers she worked at Camp Adair serving World War II troops. Louise married Ralph August Meiling in 1947. Louise and Ralph were married almost 60 years when he passed away in May 2007. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. She taught elementary school most of her adult life before retiring from Sweet Home School District in 1984.
Donald W. Dinsmore ’52 on Sept. 17, 2013 at age 88. Donald graduated from Roosevelt High School. He was married to Marion Olson in 1947 in Portland and taught elementary education at the Brooklyn, Chief Joseph and Woodlawn Schools in Portland for many years. He later received his master’s in history from the University of Portland, where he was curator of the school’s museum. He retired in 2009.
Barbara L. Sackett ’53 on Sept. 21, 2012 at age 80. Barbara attended Salem High School. She started teaching sixth grade in the tiny coastal timber town of Bridge, Ore., where she met Harry Sackett, with whom she later married and raised eight children. She would later work for the local Arc organization, she served as president of Benton County and finally two terms at National Arc. She returned to WOU and received her master’s special education. then became services coordinator for the developmentally disabled in Benton County and then worked Mental Health Division of Oregon.
Douglas N. Nelson ’53 on Oct. 12, 2012 at age 86. Douglas attended Benson Tech High School and served in the Merchant Marines during and after the war. In college he was voted most valuable player in tennis, and met his life-long love, Karen Kaer. Karen and Doug married and began their teaching careers in Clackamas and Oak Grove. Their two children, Lori and Dan, were born thereafter. Doug middle school at William Walker and Cedar Park Junior Highs. He coached the tennis team, advised student council and was involved in curriculum development. Doug retired from teaching in 1984.
Marion F. True ’54 on Aug. 16, 2013 at age 86. Marion attended Conner Grade School and graduated from Albany High School in 1946. She taught locally for several years and then moved with friends to teach in Alaska. She married Stan True in 1958, Stan worked for the railroad and Marion taught school. In 1961 they returned to the family farm near Albany and started their own family.
Colleen Marsh ’55 on July 27, 2013 at age 83. Colleen graduated Tigard High in 1948. She initially taught primary school in Salem and then spent the next 25 years as a speech therapist for the Beaverton School District. After retiring in 1988, she spent countless hours working in her backyard and tending to her beautiful roses.
Dewey K. James ’57 on Nov. 4, 2012 at age 82. Dewey served in the Army as a sergeant and was deployed to Korea. Upon his return, he completed college and then held teaching positions in Grand Ronde and Roseburg, before finally settling in Knappa, Ore., as the principal of Hilda Lahti Elementary School in 1966. In 1973 he transferred to Clatskanie as the principal of Clatskanie Elementary School, where he remained until his retirement in 1990.
Arleen M. Hauser ’57 on Feb. 9, 2013 at age 90. Arleen graduated from Amity High School, Western Baptist Seminary, Lewis & Clark College and WOU. She taught Bible in public schools in Salem and grade school students in Drain, Springfield and Portland for 27 years. Arleen married Arthur Hauser in 1948 and they raised four children, and had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Willie C. Hardin ’59 on Oct. 8, 2012 at age 83. Willie’s schooling years were spent in Claremore, Okla., where she and her husband, Fred, grew up together. She and Fred had been together since fifth grade at Claremont Elementary School, married right out of high school in 1946, and were married for more than 65 years. After teaching elementary school in Dallas for four years, she became a counselor at Judson Junior High in Salem. After leaving education, she and her husband became involved in marketing real estate, land development and home construction from their office in West Salem.
Betty J. King ’59 on Feb. 19, 2013 at age 88. Betty graduated from Forest Grove High School. After graduation she married Vernon Dooley and had two children, Pat and Dinah. She taught a variety of grades and was also the choir teacher. She later remarried Jim King.
Orville J. Linn ’60 on July 14, 2013 at age 75. Orville graduated from Molalla High School. In college he met Ann Sylvia Flesher, whom he married. They had two sons, Kurtis Jon and Kyle Ryan. As a teacher, first at Willamina, then Lincoln, Beaverton, Westview and finally Southridge High Schools. As a coach of wrestling, track and most notably, football, John’s approach was intense, with impressive results. None more so than in 1980, when in his third season as head coach, John delivered Beaverton High its first AAA State Championship in football.
Rex Brown ’61 on May 3, 2013 at age 75. Rex graduated from Silverton High School in 1957. Rex taught with the Sheridan School District for 36 years. He was active in community events, serving on the Sheridan City Council and a volunteer firefighter with the Sheridan Fire Department.
Wayne B. Young Jr. ’62 on June 24, 2013 at age 77. Wayne graduated from Marshfield High School in 1954. Wayne married Carole Kay Nelson Aug. 17, 1958, at Coos Bay Presbyterian Church. He was a proud farmer, landlord and school principal for District No. 13 for 35 years.
Idel I. Cahill ’63 on Oct. 7, 2012 at age 81. Idel was the valedictorian and only girl in her graduating class of 13 students at Jewell High School. She furthered her education at Oregon College of Education, later becoming an elementary school teacher. She married James Cahill in 1950 and the couple moved to Portland where they raised three daughters. She enjoyed time with her family and hosted annual reunions at the family farm in Birkenfeld every July. Idel enjoyed hunting for wild mushrooms, bingo, and swimming.
Karlene R. Halstead ’64 on Aug. 25, 2013 at age 70. Karlene attended Salem Academy and received a B.S in Elementary Education from OCE. She taught elementary youngsters in Dallas Public Schools for six years and in Newberg district for 28 years. She coached youth soccer in Newberg utilizing clinics with the first Portland Timbers. Many people depended on her vast knowledge of herbs and healing arts, which she shared freely with anyone who showed the least interest or need. Her greenhouse teemed with treasures of plants that she shared with budding gardeners who promised to nurture her plants as she would. Musically talented, Karlene gave music lessons, and played piano, guitar, clarinet, and drums, participating in bands in school and with the “O Singers” in college. Her caring nature sought always some way to make life more fulfilling and healthful.
Clarence A. Reeser ’64 on April 24, 2013 at age 86. Clarence attended Beulah College and Goshen College before participating in alternate service at a Denver hospital from 1952 to 1954. On April 8, 1953, he married Ruth Frances Bixler in La Junta, Colo. They soon moved back to Albany, where he worked as a grass seed farmer. In 1962, he went back to school and earned a master’s degree in education at Western. After teaching fifth grade for seven years in the Albany area, the family moved near Royal City in eastern Washington in 1972, where Clarence went back to farming for another 23 years. Following three years of volunteer work in the United States, Clarence and Ruth moved to Mennonite Village in 1998.
Calla J. "CJ" Church ’67 on May 17th, 2013 at age 70. Calla graduated from McMinnville High School in 1961 and graduated from Oregon College of Education in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science. During this time, in 1965, on Sept. 11, she married Jim Church, a lifetime friend, in McMinnville; they were married for 48 years. In 1967, she began her 40-year career in education as teacher in the Parkrose School District. From 1993-97, she was a principal at Molalla River School District at Dickey Prairie, Rural Dell & Clarkes Elementary. In 1997, she became principal at Holcomb Elementary, Oregon City, until her retirement in 2007. After retirement, CJ enjoyed traveling, golfing and spending time with her family and friends.
Ernest Stroup ’67 on November 15th, 2012 at age 76. He joined the Navy at age 17 and served his country for four years. Upon his return, he graduated from Jefferson County High School then attended both the Montana School of Mines in Butte, Montana and OCE, where he earned his degree in education. Ernest moved to Salem in 1964 with his new bride, Joy. Here, Ernest worked at Hillcrest School of Oregon for 30 years, and he and Joy raised their two daughters. Ernest enjoyed working on his cars, playing the guitar, singing, playing pool, "dinkin’ around," and "shootin’ the bull."
Ruth D. Beach ’68 on March 29, 2013 at age 95. Ruth graduated from Independence High School in 1935. She then attended Oregon Normal School, graduating in 1938, and later received her bachelor’s degree in 1968. On Aug. 24, 1940, Ruth married Richard Domes in Independence, and they moved to the Domes Turkey Farm near McCoy, Ore. Ruth taught elementary school in Polk, Yamhill and Marion counties before retiring in 1978, and then continued to teach as a substitute teacher for several years. Richard preceded her in death in 1974. Ruth moved to McMinnville in 1976. In 1990, she married Ralph Beach in Hawaii and moved to Salem in 1992. Ralph preceded her in death in 2001. Ruth was a member of the Oregon State Educators Association. She loved dancing, knitting and sports.
Terrance O. Gray ’68 on Sept. 15, 2012 at age 69. Terry graduated from Western with a degree in education. He later went back and completed a master’s program. He was a professional, and well-respected educator in the Salem Public School system for his first five years, and finished his last 29 years as an educator and administrator in the Jefferson County school system.Terry will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, hunting, boating, water and snow skiing, horseback riding, camping, and his love for animals.
Kendall D. King ’69 on Feb. 12, 2013 at age 74. Kendall attended Grant High School in 1956 and then worked for the railroad and the Forest Service before joining the army on Sept. 27, 1961 in Mosier. Kendall served for two years in the 266th Cml Plat, until receiving his discharge in 1963 at the rank of SP5 (T) E-5 at Fort Riley, Kansas. He attended OCE and received a master’s degree in geography. Kendall was united in marriage to Kathleen Johnston on May 5, 1966 in Dallas. They celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in May, and lived in Hillsboro for 45 years, until moving to Forest Grove in 2010. He taught geography at J.B. Thomas Junior High from 1968 to 1997, when he retired. Among his special interests, Kendall enjoyed weather reporting, crosswords, gardening, geography, fly fishing and being with his grandson.
Bonnie L. Tufts ’70 on Sept. 26, 2013 at age 64. Bonnie attended North Salem High School and continued her studies at Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, OR, from 1967-1970. In 1971, Bonnie moved to Southern Oregon and was employed by a business forms manufacturing company, UARCO/Standard Register, for more than 25 years until the company closed there. She returned to the mid-Willamette Valley in 1998, employed for more than eleven years at Oregon State University, most recently as a procurement analyst.
Gertrude M. LeMond ’71 on Feb. 16., 2013 at age 94. Gertrude graduated from Long Creek High School, and attended Oregon Normal School, now Western Oregon University. In 1940, she married Robert LeMond, who preceded her in death in 2006. Gertrude taught school in Oregon and Alaska. Her first job was teaching all eight grades in the one-room Walluski School outside Astoria. After retiring in Astoria, she and her husband spent their 20 years together in Gunlock, Utah. Following her husband's death, she moved to Dammeron Valley to live with her daughter.
Patrick C. Thornton ’71 on Jan. 27, 2013 at age 64. After graduating from OCE in 1971, Patrick began his teaching career in Astoria, Ore. at Robert Gray Middle School. Over the following years, he would teach and serve as an elementary/middle school counselor and child development specialist in the Salem and Corvallis school districts. He received his master’s in education from OCE. On June 14th, 1970, Patrick married Berniece Matthews in Ione, Ore. They settled in Salem, where they raised their two children, Mike and Keely. After retiring from teaching, they spent the winters in Fernandina Beach, Florida where Patrick loved searching the beaches of Amelia Island for shark’s teeth and numerous types of shells. During the summers, they enjoyed visiting their children in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Burlington, Wisc., and traveling the eastern half of the United States visiting Civil War battle sites and doing genealogy.
Charlie Crawford ’71 on June 13, 2013 at age 85. Charlie graduated from Everett High School and took time off from college to work in the Alaskan gold mines. He was also in Navy ROTC and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He later earned a master’s in education from OCE. In 1951, Charlie married Yvonne Nederbo of Portland, who preceded him in death in 1971. He married Dolores Preuitt in 1974. Charlie was superintendent of the Donald E. Long Home in Portland for many years. He also worked in women’s corrections for Multnomah County. Charlie and Dolores retired to Shelter Bay, Wash., later moved to Mt. Vernon, Wash., and then to McMinnville. Charlie was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying cruising and fishing the San Juan and Canadian waters.
Marguerite M. Peery Chambers Bartruff ’71 on July 11, 2013 at age 91. Marie was from Scio, South Dakota and married Cyrus Peery in 1940. For the next 29 years, she and Cyrus raised their sons, Bob, Dave, Gene and Bruce, on the Peery family farm near Scio. In 1969, Marguerite and Cyrus were in a car accident that took Cyrus’s life. At the age of 47, Marguerite earned a teaching degree OCE, and returned to Scio to teach elementary school. In 1972, she married Charles Chambers and they lived in the Dever-Connor area until moving to the Mennonite Village in Albany in 1991. Sadly, Charles succumbed to Alzheimer’s in 1996. Marguerite continued to live at the Mennonite Village, where she married Bryce Bartruff in 2009. Later in life she studied geology and Oregon history, taking classes until she was 90 years old. She helped with the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program, and continued to help on the family farm as recently as two years ago. She loved to travel, and visited Egypt, Germany, Africa (twice), Hawaii and Alaska. After Charles passed away, Marguerite bought a small motor home and traveled Oregon. She was a photographer, winning ribbons at the Oregon State Fair.
Reginald Gardner ’73 on July 4, 2013 at age 65. Reginald graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1965 and served in the Army from 1966 to 1968. He went on to receive his teaching degree from OCE. He was a teacher for special needs from 1973 to 2007. He also coached football, baseball, basketball and wrestling throughout his whole teaching career.
Helen M. Hamilton ’75 on Oct. 17, 2012 at age 91. Helen graduated from high school and attended Oregon College of Education. She married Alvin Hamilton on June 29, 1940 in Vancouver, Wash. and they eventually settled in Dallas where Helen was an elementary teacher, spending most of her career at Lyle Elementary School. She retired in 1986, but continued as a substitute teacher in the mid-Willamette Valley for many years. She was also Sunday school superintendent for 53 years and helped raise funds every year through church garage sales for Camp Lutherwood. Helen and Alvin sponsored around 25 children each summer so they could go to camp. She will be remembered for her kind and caring spirit.
Elsie A. Peeler ’77 on Oct. 13, 2012 at age 93. Elsie graduated from Crook County High in 1938 and later attended Oregon College of Education where she received her B.S.Ed. Her first teaching job was at Belshaw School in Grant County where she taught first through eighth grades from 1941-1943. After taking time off to have three daughters, she resumed her teaching career in 1959 where she taught third and fourth grades in Dayville, Ore. In 1960 she taught fifth grade in John Day, Ore. Through 1961-81, she taught fifth grade at Crooked River Elementary in Prineville. Elsie married Al Peeler on Aug. 25, 1943. They lived on the Noble family ranch in Paulina until 1950 when they moved to a ranch in Mitchell. In 1961 they moved to Prineville, where she resided until her death. Elsie enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, crossword puzzles, and studying Oregon history.
Peter B. Roth ’79 on Feb. 20, 2013 at age 65. Peter graduated from Lake Oswego High School, earned his Bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and Master’s degree from Western Oregon University. Pete taught elementary and middle school music for the North Santiam School district for 32 years and founded The American Roots Music Festival to raise funds for the district’s music programs. After retiring he volunteered in the music programs in West Linn. He was an avid musician, fly-fisherman and friend.
Marie R. Kelnhofer ’80 on March 8, 2013 at age 88. Marie grew up in Arkansas and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State Teacher’s College and then her master’s degree from the Oregon College of Education. She was a school teacher most of her life and married Harold Kelnhofer in 1977. Marie volunteered at Warner Pacific College and was a member of Mt. Scott Church of God. She also was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization for educators. Marie loved reading, quilting, and traveling with her husband.
Stephen Baisch ’81 on Nov. 12, 2012 at age 56. Stephen graduated from North Salem High School and Western Oregon University. He was a member of United Church of Christ. He was a manager insurance adjuster for CNA and married Lisa Luehrs in 2010. Stephen enjoyed golfing, fishing, and scuba diving.
Christine Elisabeth Hanson ’87 on Oct. 11, 2012 at age 53. Christine graduated from North Alleghany High School in Pittsburgh, went on to receive her Bachelors in Speech Communication from Westchester University in Philadelphia, and then earn her Masters Degree in Speech Communication from Western Oregon University. Christine worked as a Speech Therapist the Bend School District for 15 years. She loved working with people and never missed the opportunity to make new friends and help those in need. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, skiing and traveling.
Colleen E. Greenwade ’87 on Oc. 24, 2012 at age 53. Colleen grew up in McMinnville and graduated from McMinnville High School and later attended Western Oregon State College in Monmouth, where she met Robert Greenwade, then of Monmouth. The couple wed on Feb. 14, 1985, in McMinnville and moved to Corvallis, where they would live out their lives. While in Corvallis, Colleen had several jobs, the most lengthy being with Benco and the most recent with the Benton County Health Department. Colleen’s love of family and friends was an integral part of her life.
William B. Inman ’89 on Dec. 2, 2012 at 78. William was a veteran of the US Army serving three years during the Korean War, including temporary duty touring Germany and entertaining our troops with his music. As a professional pianist, Bill played the Northwest Circuit until retirement in 1971. He then attended Portland State, Chemeketa Community College and received his Masters degree from Western Oregon State College in 1989. During Bill’s hard-earned 38 years of sobriety, he mentored, encouraged and served others through his personal and musical involvements in churches, AA, senior centers and care homes. Most important to him was learning to ’let go and let God’ one day at a time.
Amy A. McFarland ’94 on Nov. 17, 2012 at age 43. Amy attended Canby Union High, where she met her future husband, Dusty McFarland. They were married on Sept. 9, 2006. Dusty went into the military and Amy attended Western Oregon State College, graduating with a degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. She went on to become a positive force in the ASL and Deaf community. Amy danced through life with a smile, warmth and grace that few of us will ever experience again.
Emily S. Iott-Campbell ’05 on March 22, 2013 at age 33. Emily attended and graduated from Perrydale High School in 1998 and went on to receive her bachelor's from Western Oregon University in language arts in 2003 and a master's in science and humanities in 2005. Once graduated from WOU her passion was teaching at North Salem High School. She married the love of her life, Wesley A. Campbell, Jr., on Sept. 21, 2012 in Dallas, Ore. They were expecting their first child Isabella Ann Campbell on April 16, 2013.
Sarah A. Slegers ’05 on July 10, 2013 at age 31. Sarah received her bachelor's from Western Oregon University and her RN from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She worked as a maternity delivery nurse. Sarah was a loving mother and wife. She enjoyed art, music and spending time outdoors. She fought a valiant battle with cancer without complaint, always exhibiting grace and courage.
Faculty, staff, and students
Travis W. Dillingham on Dec. 28 at age 25. Travis was a student at Western Oregon University, where he studied music and writing. Travis had a lifelong love of music. He attended the Conservatory of Music Education from age four to 16. In recent years, he had given private music lessons to help support himself through college, through which he also discovered he was excited to teach music to others.
Carl B. Wagner on May 27 at age 88. Carl spent his career as a coach of track and cross country. He began at the high school level, then moved up to the college level. He then worked as executive director of Track and Field Association USA then was national coach coordinator for the Athletics Congress and volunteered his time to work with Special Olympics. After retiring in 1989, Carl volunteered his time as an assistant coach for WOU’s track teams and was inducted into WOU’s Hall of Fame in 2009.
Barbara A. Baxter on Aug. 13 at age 76. Barbara was a hard worker and had a wide variety of experiences during her 76 years -- everything from attending to helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon to retiring in 1994 from WOU, where she was the alumni association director. She had worked for the college since 1966. After retirement she served as a Monmouth City Council member until her health declined.
Doris M. Costello on July 2 at age 96. Doris retired from WOU in 1977, then enjoyed traveling alone or in a caravan on trips around Oregon, across the United States and to Mexico in her motor home. Doris had a love of books and research. She was able to recall and tell stories regarding her history, which included memories of the Great Depression, the plains of South Dakota and the Black Hills.
Edward B. Wright on Dec. 18 at age 71. Ed joined WOU in 1979, where he developed of the first computer science major and helped grow the department until his retirement in 1999. A new WOU computer science center was named in honor of Ed (see story here).