sports Tasha Smith enjoys trading energy with her fans

Tasha Smith enjoys trading energy with her fans
By Kip Carlson
Clearly, many components of gymnastics success are aspects
of physical prowess, but it can be emotional chemistry that
completes the equation.
Some of the sport’s athletes are blessed with charisma that
reaches the top rows of an arena; their performance becomes an
emotional exchange with the crowd.
Tasha Smith, an Oregon State junior, is one of them; her
scores have helped the Beavers excel in women’s gymnastics.
Her signature floor routine won her 9.95 points and a
Pac-10 title March 29 at the Pac-10 Championships. Then, when
OSU hosted the NCAA Regional Championships April 12 in
Gill Coliseum, she and teammate Mandi Rodriguez tied for
first in the floor routine as OSU gymnasts won all events on the
way to the team title.
Smith became a favorite at Gill in her freshman season
when her floor routine done to hip-hop music captivated fans.
The star from Auburn, Wash., has gotten that reaction since she
started gymnastics at age 10.
“Ever since I was little, and I still don’t really know why, to
be honest, but people tend to come up to me and say, ‘I really
enjoy watching you,’” Smith said. “I’ve had the worst meets of
my life and just fell completely, in every event, and they’d say,
‘You’re so fun to watch — I love watching you!’ It’s a great feeling … I find myself … saying, ‘What am I doing that’s making
me stand out so much more than what others do?’”
And what has she come up with for an answer?
“I still haven’t found it,” Smith said. “I have one year left
in gymnastics, and I still don’t know. I see other people do routines … we’ll go to a meet and I’ll see another gymnast do a hiphop routine, with hip-hop music, and I’ll listen, and people clap
but no one really screams. Then I’ll go, and people completely
Star OSU gymnast Tasha Smith practices hard and gets the most out
freak out like it’s something they’ve never seen before.
of her talent by engaging crowds with hip-hop music and lively routines. Photo by Dennis Wolverton
“I think people really appreciate what I do because it’s not
traditional; it’s really me just being me.”
Smith scored OSU’s first 10.0 in five years on Feb. 22 when
Dick Foxal is in his 21st season as an assistant coach in the she nailed her floor exercise in a dual meet against Brigham
OSU program. He puts Smith’s rapport with the crowd in the Young in Corvallis. More than 4,000 fans were on hand. Smith
same category as those enjoyed by Beaver legends Joy Selig Pe- said a strong vibe with a crowd lifts her performance.
tersen, ’92, and Chari Knight Hunter, ’97, ’01.
“Oh, yeah — it definitely does,” Smith said. “I don’t think
“Joy was that little redhead out there that people really I could have ever got a 10.0 in club off a 100 crowd. It’s like, if
wanted to come and see,” Foxal said. “Chari was one that really I land my first tumbling pass and the crowd goes crazy, my
did that in a little different way; everyone was wanting to come adrenaline starts pumping. Most people in the gym, we get so
and see, ‘Is she going to make another 10? And what event is tired when we do a floor routine; but in a meet, the louder the
she going to do it in?’
crowd gets, the more my adrenaline pumps.”
“They’re special in a way where there’s just something
“It changes the whole atmosphere, it changes how you feel
different there that people connect with. They’re all different. … I get standing ovations from 3 or 4,000 people, and it really
Tasha has this explosive power, then has her own style in her makes those days that are hard in the gym a lot easier. Whendance performance that I think amazes people because they ever I get really upset or frustrated, I think about how much
just haven’t seen that before. And she does it so well and draws the crowd appreciates me, and it makes me appreciate the gift
people into her routine; you just can’t help but watch.”
that I have.”
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Field and Gill Coliseum, will open this
spring; it includes a 17,000-square-foot
weight room and a wrestling room. The
department plans to build a Student Success Center to provide academic help for
athletes and other students. (See story,
page 36.) Later would come a practice
gym for men’s and women’s basketball
in the Gill annex.
“Why that’s so important,” De Carolis said, “is because with so many teams
in Gill practicing, it’s sometimes hard to,
No. 1, shoehorn your practices around
the academic schedule; but more important, if someone wants to work on their
game individually, you can’t find gym
Price tag
The cost of sprucing up Gill and building the second phase of the Sports Performance Center would total around $10
million, De Carolis estimated. The athletic department is considering requiring a
separate BASF donation — perhaps $100
to $300 per seat — for basketball seating
priority beyond what donors currently
pay for football seating priority.
Given the past 18 years, might it be
the wrong time to be asking for money?
“No, I don’t think it’s a tough time
at all,” De Carolis said. “Here’s the deal:
We’ve had a lot of people talk about
they’d like to go back to the old days.
Well, that’s great, but it takes money
to have success. When you look at the
coaches in this league, I think Tony Bennett is probably the ninth-place coach
and he’s making $800,000; we were only
paying Jay $475,000. I think it paid off in
football by investing in Dennis Erickson,
Mike Riley, the stadium, and I think it’s
time to do that in basketball.
“While you don’t like raising ticket
prices or asking for more money, it’s just
a fact of life. If we’re going to move the
needle on this thing, we’re going to have
to invest in the basketball program.”
Does De Carolis get the sense that
alumni and other boosters are willing to
pony up?
“I hope so,” he said. “This program
has a long history of success and they’re
very proud of that history. The last 17
years, with the exception of one, hasn’t
held up the legacy we had up until that
point in time. So I still hear the stories
about how people used to camp out on
the ramps and how this can be an awesome and difficult place to play. Well, it’s
time to get back to that.
“But you need resources to do that,
and it’s just not going to happen because
we want it to happen; you have to help
make it happen. We’ll see.”
Those being asked to invest in rebuilding OSU basketball needn’t look far
to see what’s possible.
“Look at football, and criminy sakes,
look at baseball,” said Charlie Sitton, a
star on the OSU team ranked No. 1 in the
nation in 1981. “You’ve got 11,000 people
here in Portland to watch a baseball game
on a Sunday, and I think it’s just incredible. We all know people will support a
winner, but they’ll also support a program that works hard and the kids come
out and play hard. Win, lose or draw, if
you’re playing hard and leaving it all out
on the floor, there are a lot of boosters in
this valley that will support that.”
While a wide cross-section of Oregon State fans want to see the men’s basketball get better, players from the glory
years may seek it most keenly. Several
have met with De Carolis to offer suggestions, and part of the talk has been about
how they might help the new coach.
“I think he needs to be open-minded,”
Sitton said. “I hope he kind of reaches out
for some opinions or ideas or thoughts
from some of these alumni, and I think
he needs to go as far as the Mel Counts,
Jim Jarvis (era). Those guys need to be
heard …
“There are a lot of guys that care,
there are a lot of alumni that remember
how it used to be — not only basketball
players, but there are a lot of alumni out
there who are just dying for something
good to happen with that program." q
Kip Carlson, formerly assistant sports
information director at OSU and now an
extended learning assistant at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, is sports editor
of the Oregon Stater. During high school
he worked part-time to buy himself a season
ticket to watch the Orange Express.
Haruguchi makes OSU history with swimming title
Saori Haruguchi became the first swimmer in Oregon State history to win an
NCAA national title, capturing the
women’s 200-yard butterfly on March
22 at Ohio State. Haruguchi’s time of 1
minute, 52.39 seconds set an NCAA
Championships meet record.
“I had so much fun swimming the
200 fly today,” Haruguchi said. “Before my race all I thought was I can do
this if I have fun. I had fun and I won. I
appreciate all of the people who have
helped me get here. I just want to tell
them all thank you for everything.”
Haruguchi also earned All-America
honors by placing fifth in the 400 individual medley and eighth in the 200
individual medley; she had also earned
All-America status by placing sixth in
the 2007 fly in both 2006 and 2007 and
by swimming on OSU’s 16th-place 800
freestyle relay team in 2007.
Haruguchi’s victory makes it three
straight years that OSU has produced a
team or individual national champion,
as the Beavers won baseball titles in 2006
and 2007.
Haruguchi is Oregon State’s first
individual national champion in any
sport since Les Gutches won back-toback wrestling titles at 177 pounds in
She is OSU’s first female national
champion since Amy Durham won the
floor exercise in women’s gymnastics in
Beavers big hit in Portland
When Oregon State’s starters headed onto the field for the first game of their baseball series against Georgia on Feb. 29 at Portland’s PGE
Park, the public address announcer intoned, “Beaver Nation, your long wait is over.” That could be taken several ways. First, it meant the
conclusion of a nearly two-hour rain delay prior to the start of the game. There was also the fact that it meant the finish of a long winter of
waiting for the two-time national champions to return to a diamond in their home state. And finally, it meant that after nearly 10 years, Oregon
State was spotlighted in an athletic event in the state’s biggest city. The Papé Grand Slam — in which the Beavers took two of three games
from Georgia — drew nearly 30,000 fans for the series, which had been moved from the OSU campus because of construction at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. An Oregon State team with six returning starters and a highly regarded recruiting class attracted back-to-back Pac-10
regular season record crowds of 10,710 on March 1 and 11,166 on March 2. Photo by Dennis Wolverton
Former rowers hear big plans for crew program
Hundreds of Oregon State rowing
alumni gathered on March 1 to share
memories, dedicate three new rowing
shells and hear plans for a new $2.5
million boathouse aimed at keeping
the Beavers in the upper echelon of the
Pacific-10 in the sport.
Plans for the new boathouse include
a building with side-by-side men’s and
women’s locker rooms, a team room, a
main entryway with display cases for
trophies and a new workout facility with
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space for at least 60 rowing machines.
The Quonset hut that has served as a
small boat storage area would be demolished and a third bay would be added to
the main boathouse, built in 1985.
“The Barn,” the two-story riverside landmark built in 1907, will remain
standing but will get some much-needed
work. It serves as OSU’s main indoor
workout area at the crew docks but now
sways during workouts, has a damaged
roof and is missing several windows.
The cost of the new boathouse
will be fully supported by private donations to The Campaign for OSU, which
aims to raise $625 million, including
$130 million for athletics. Two former
OSU rowers, Bob Poole, ’67, and Robert
Zagunis ’77, head up fundraising efforts
for the boathouse project.
One of the new shells was dedicated to Charlie Owen, ’92, a former Beaver rower who coached Oregon State’s
women’s rowing team from 1991-2006.
Mary Carlin Yates, ’68, ’07 (honorary), is the
of the National Academy of Sciences and the
Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.
first senior government civilian who is not an
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and
George Orr, ’87, Burns, was named United
employee of the U.S. Defense Department to
is the Evan Pugh professor of mathematics
States Ranger of the Year by the Bureau
be named to a top-level job at a U.S. military
at the Penn State Eberly College of Science
of Land Management. He was honored for
regional command. The Pentagon has named
in University Park, Penn. Andrews is
his investigative work and management of
her deputy for civil-
collaborating on a multi-volume study of
wildfire evacuations and patrols over the
military activities
Srinivasa Ramanujan’s lost notebook, which
past two years. He is the only BLM law
at its new Africa
he discovered in the Trinity College Library at
enforcement officer in more than 10,000
Command, AFRICOM,
Cambridge in 1976.
square miles.
Vi Ruby Rexford, ’62, was inducted into the
Kent Connaughton, ’73, Arlington, Va., has
National 4-H Hall of Fame in Washington,
been appointed Eastern regional forester
D.C., in October. The retired University of
of the USDA Forest Service, headquartered
Idaho Extension agent lives in Emmet, Idaho
in Milwaukee, Wis. In this position, he will
with her husband, Wayne Rexford, ’62, ’72.
oversee 15 national forests in 20 eastern
commanded by
Gen. William E. “Kip”
Ward, which began
operations in October
at Stuttgart, Germany.
Mary Carlin Yates, ’68
Yates will supervise
coordination between
other U.S. government agencies and the
2007 Distinguished Achievement Award
Stanley B. Collins, ’66, is a co-recipient
military, to help African security forces tackle
in Horticultural Entomology from the
of the American Chemical Society’s Team
regional crises and terrorist threats. Yates
Entomological Society of America. He is a
Innovation Award for 2008. While working
was previously an ambassador to Ghana
research entomologist at the U.S. Pacific
at 3M in Saint Paul, Minn., his team of 25
and Burundi, and worked extensively on the
Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo,
researchers applied new technology to the
Burundi peace process.
creation of sandpaper, leading to thousands
She spoke and was honored at OSU’s
He is nationally and internationally
of new applications for specialized industrial
recognized for his research on tropical
abrasives while improving the environmental
invasive pests, pest risk management and
impact of the manufacturing process. Collins,
George Andrews, ’60, is president-elect of
high temperature and irradiation quarantine
who retired from 3M’s Optical Technology
the American Mathematical Society. He will
treatments. He is currently associate editor
Center in 2002, is an expert in small particle
serve as president in 2009. He is a member
for Journal of Economic Entomology and
and microreplication technologies.
commencement in 2007.
Mary Lewis Christlieb, ’47, ’65, and her husband,
Norm Christlieb, celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary on July, 4, 2007 at their home in
Peter A. Follett, ’85, has received the
Jack L. Kerrebrock, ’50, professor emeritus of
aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, has joined Aurora Flight
Sciences in Cambridge, Mass., as principal engineer
for propulsion. He taught at MIT from 1960 to 1996.
Paul See, ’50, is the author of a new book, The
Ornery Country Kid, which includes more than 45
stories about growing up on the Oregon Coast. It is
available at the Seaside Museum.
Ed Park, ’55, Prineville, has been a hunting and
fishing writer and photographer for nearly 50 years.
He is a regular contributor to Hunting the West and
Predator magazines.
R. Stevens Gilley, ’56, Honolulu, Hawaii, has
been appointed executive director of the Clarence
T.C. Ching Foundation, the third largest charitable
foundation in Hawaii. He also serves as a director
of the Coast Guard Foundation and on the OSU
College of Business advisory board.
Chuck Ades, ’57, Encinitas, Calif., was named
Horticulturist of the Year by the San Diego
Horticultural Society. He is owner of Ades & Gish
Nurseries in Encinitas and San Marcos where he
still works part-time, is an active member of the
American Begonia Society and sits on the board
of the Quail Botanical Gardens and the San Diego
County Farm Bureau.
Dick Tutt, ’57, and his wife, Sally Jenkins Tutt, ’57,
recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at
their home in Eugene.
Bob Adams, ’58, a retired pharmacist, was recently
honored when Samaritan Health Systems created
a $5,000 scholarship in his name. The Bob Adams
Scholarship is the largest single scholarship awarded
by the OSU College of Pharmacy. He is former
chairman of Samaritan Health Systems in Corvallis.
He and his wife, Betty Schackman Adams, ’54, live
in Lebanon.
Jerry Evans, ’61, is owner of the Jacksonville Inn and
has run marathons in several countries including an
Oct. 2007 race in Istanbul, Turkey and a week later in
Athens, Greece.
Ron Petrie, ’61, ’70, is a retired educator and a grief
counselor. He met his wife, Joanne, at a bereavement
class offered by an organization she founded called
One to Another. They now give seminars together.
Petrie is also the author of a book, Into the Cave: When
Men Grieve.
Norm Monroe, ’62, has joined the staff of Portland
Mayor Tom Potter as a policy advisor working with
the Human Relations Commission and on public
safety issues.
Janan M. Hayes, ’64, ’65, retired chemistry faculty
member and administrator at Merced College
(Calif.), has been elected to the board of directors of
the American Chemical Society.
David Ripley, ’65, has retired from the University of
Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was
made a Lifetime Fellow of the Human Resources
Institute of New Zealand, one of seven Lifetime
Fellows out of a membership of 3,400. He and his
wife, Julie, are now living in Florence, Ore.
Larry Crook, ’66, has retired after 41 years at the Ag
West Supply farmers’ co-op in Rickreall.
Bill Blake, ’68, Keizer, has retired from the family
nursery founded by his grandfather more than 100
years ago. His son, Joel, will manage the business,
Willow Lake Nursery and Log House Gardens.
Michael G. Heath, ’68, Las Vegas, Nev., has written
and self-published a book called Disappearance of
Innocence (AuthorHouse). It is a coming-of-age novel
set in the high desert of southeastern Oregon.
Greg Peters, ’69, San Diego, Calif., is president of the
aerostructures division at Goodrich Corp.
George Shackelford, ’70, is a counselor at Sisters
Elementary School and coaches varsity football at
Sisters High School.
Steve Eubanks, ’70, has retired after a 37-year
career with the U.S. Forest Service. He was forest
supervisor on the Tahoe National forest for the past
nine years. He and his wife, Nancy Weber Eubanks,
’71, live in Nevada City, Calif.
Mary Bors Kirchhofer, ’71, is a financial
representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial
Network in The Dalles. She recently qualified for
membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable.
Jim Reinhart, ’72, has opened a Chinese Herbal
Medicine pharmacy in Astoria.
Anna Mooney Bifano, ’73, is senior vice president,
talent resources manager at the Bank of the Cascades
in Bend.
Roger G. Jordan, ’73, has retired after 25 years as
city manager in Dallas. He was the longest-running
city manager in Oregon. He received the Wes
Kvarsten Professional Service Award from the MidWillamette Valley Council of Governments in 2007
and has served on the State of Oregon Safe Drinking
Water Commission since 1987.
William Lex, ’73, Mendocino, Calif., has just
returned from seven years in the United Arab
Emirates as director (equivalent to president) of
Fujairah Men’s and Women’s Colleges.
Phil Winters, ’75, Scottsdale, Ariz., has introduced
a healthy snack product with help from the OSU
Food Innovation Center in Portland. The center
helped him by determining the required nutritional
values of his product at a very low cost. He has been
marketing Grandma Winters’ Nuts and Bolts Mix for
the past year.
Rick Allen, ’75, is owner of Heater Allen Brewing in
McMinnville where he makes hand-crafted artisan
Verson Pandian, ’75, Bend, is a retired chemical
engineer and sport cyclist who recently completed
the Paris-Brest-Paris 1,200-kilometer randonneuring
(long-distance cycling) event.
Elisabeth Paeth Schafer, ’77, is a paralegal for the
Sitka, Alaska district attorney’s office. She was
recently named 2007 Victim-Witness Paralegal of the
Year by the State of Alaska’s district attorneys.
Gary Cooper, ’77, is the manager of the Coeur
D’Alene (Idaho) District of the Bureau of Land
John Shaver, ’77, is chief financial officer of the
East Oregonian Publishing Co. which is moving its
headquarters from Pendleton to Salem in 2008.
Ken Fish, ’77, is senior vice president, general
manager at Nautilus Inc., a global fitness company
headquartered in Vancouver, Wash.
Landis Kannberg, ’77, co-director of Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory for the past 30
years, is the new director of the Microproducts
Breakthrough Institute, a collaboration between the
PNNL and OSU in Corvallis.
Christine Erickson Williams, ’79, Alexandria, Va., is
executive vice president of the American Society of
Civil Engineers Foundation.
Jeff Harvey, ’79, Camas, Wash., is president and
CEO of The Holland Inc., the parent company of
Burgerville restaurants in Oregon and Washington.
Chuck Reppas, ’80, is a real estate developer in
Central Washington, with offices in Leavenworth.
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He is currently planning a retail and condominium
development in the old Leavenworth Fruit Company
warehouse that will follow the city’s Bavarian theme.
Mike Stowell, ’80, Mercer Island, Wash., is executive
vice president of Aviation Partners Boeing, a joint
venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing
Britt Thomas, ’81, ’87, is executive vice president
and chief credit officer at CenterPointe Community
Bank in Hood River.
John Wulf, ’81, is executive vice president, business
operations and chief business officer at Trellis
Bioscience, Inc. in San Francisco
Ellen Matsen Boyer, ’82, has been appointed to
the board of directors of Sterling Financial Corp.
in Spokane, Wash. She currently serves as COO/
CFO of Kibble & Prentice, a financial services firm
in Seattle.
Mark Christensen, ’82, is chairman of the board
of Celio Corp., a mobile computing technology
company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Teresa Gilmore Gustafson, ’82, is a certified arborist
and the city of La Grande’s tree care educator.
W. Tom Nelson, ’82, ’83, is economic development
manager for the city of Sherwood.
Lisa Bowman Steenson, ’83, Battle Ground, Wash.,
is co-creator of a board game called “Redneck Life”
which was named top game at the 2006 Toy and
Game Industry Conference.
Rick Sander, ’83, is president and chief operating
officer at ISE Corporation in San Diego, Calif.
Taymoor Arshi, ’83, is senior vice president and
chief technology officer at Arbitron, Inc., a media
and marketing research firm in New York City, N.Y.
Amber Simmons Russell, ’84, is the director of the
MBA Professional Track at George Fox University in
Dan Krein, ’84, juvenile director for Tillamook
County, has been named to the Oregon Commission
of Children and Families, by Oregon Gov. Ted
Kulongoski. He will represent the Oregon Juvenile
Department Directors Association on the committee.
He has worked in the juvenile justice system for 23
John Hartford, ’84, is principal of M. A. Lynch
Elementary School in Redmond.
Russ Reinhard, ’84, is president and CEO of
Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City.
Jeffery Fellows, ’85, is vice president of regulatory
affairs at Velcura Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology
company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Aaron Larsen, ’86, has been promoted to lieutenant
colonel in the U.S. Army. He also received the
Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his service
at the Pentagon and the Bronze Star Medal for his
recent service in Afghanistan. He and his wife,
Carlene, and their two sons are scheduled to be
posted in South America this summer.
Arwyn Coates Larson, ’87, ’93, is a biology
instructor at Treasure Valley Community College in
Dr. Robert Dammeyer, ’87, ’91, is medical director
of the Apple Tree Cove Animal Hospital in Kingston,
Juan Palma, ’87, is the Eastern States office director
of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices in
Springfield, Va.
Lori Richter Wolff, ’88, is owner of an interior
decorating business, One Horse Studios in Dundee.
Brad Lord-Leutwyler, ’88, is a philosophy professor
at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a
candidate for the President of the United States. His
independent presidential bid was offered via the
web, which put a $25 limit on any donations to his
James A. Moore, ’88, Aurora, has been named one
of Portland General Electric’s Outstanding PGE
Volunteers for 2007. He is a specialist in PGE’s
Realtime Marketing Operations.
Kurt Holland, ’88, is the managing editor of the
Itemizer-Observer in Dallas. He and his wife, Sandra
Louie Holland, ’87, live in Kings Valley.
Lisa J. Mason, ’88, was honored by the Auburn,
Wash., school district for her outstanding service
as physical education specialist at the Chinook
Elementary School.
Richard Gustafson, ’88, is executive vice president
of operations at Global Relief Technologies in
Portsmouth, N.H.
Scott J. Olson, ’88, Creswell, is publisher of the
Cottage Grove Sentinel.
Alain Brown, ’89, ’97, is teaching drama and history
at Sweet Home High School.
Bruce Koike, ’89, is director of the Aquarium Science
Program at Oregon Coast Community College
in Lincoln City. He is also an artist who creates
Gyotaku fish printings.
Rod Volbeda, ’89, and his wife, Melissa Meyers
Volbeda, ’89, are owners of Willamette Valley
Cheese Company in Salem. They recently won six
awards at the American Cheese Society competition
in Burlington, Vt. Their organic cheese is made from
animals that they raise and is marketed in Oregon
and Washington.
Jeff Fox, ’90, is chief financial officer of Willamette
Valley Vineyards in Salem.
Vince Dye, ’90, is a marketing teacher at Taft High
Al Skinner, ’91, baseball coach at Glide High School,
received the Class 3A Coach of the Year award by the
Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Association.
His 16 seasons at Glide has resulted in a 328-109
Chris Ellertson, ’91, Portland, is president of Health
Net Health Plans of Oregon.
Tim Porter, ’91, is principal of Condon High School.
Dr. Mike Rudisile, ’91, has returned to his medical
practice at Providence Medical Group in Central
Point, after six months as a Navy lieutenant
commander at the National Military Hospital in
Kabul, Afghanistan. Rudisile has also served a tour
in Iraq with the 5th Marine Division.
Renee Anderson Newman, ’91, is vice president
and director of the cash management office at First
Independent Bank in Portland.
Turner Waskom, ’91, is senior business relationship
manager with Wells Fargo Business Banking Group
in Bend. He is owner of Bend Bike ’N’ Sport and is
board president of the Cascade Cycling Classic.
William K. Bentley, ’91, Olathe, Kan., is a major
in the U.S. Marine Corps Active Reserve program.
He is currently attending the Army Command and
General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and
pursuing a doctor of business administration from
Northcentral University.
Amy Solomonson Miner, ’92, is the public
information manager for the city of Beaverton.
Gary Kilburg, ’92, has received George Fox
University’s 2007 Faculty Achievement Award for
Graduate Teaching. In 2000 he helped create The
Mentoring Institute, which assists public and private
schools in designing K-12 mentoring programs for
new teachers. Kilburg is a member of the board of
directors of the International Mentoring Association
and has been a professor in the master of arts in
teaching program at George Fox for the past 15
Lance Gatchell, ’92, ’97, is a hydrologist on the U.S.
Forest Service Sweet Home Ranger District. He and
his wife, Stefanie, live in Sweet Home where he is a
member of the city planning commission.
Jessica Cavatal Leitner, ’92, is executive director
of the Edwards Center, Inc., in Aloha. The non-forprofit agency provides residential and employment
services for adults with developmental disabilities.
Shannon Penney Riggs, ’92, recently won the
Eloise Jarvis McGraw Oregon Book Award for
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Art, math, medicine help him help kids
Dave Collins fits a brace for
Leslie Morse, 15, at Shriners
Hospital for Children —
Portland. Photo by Dennis
Dave Collins’ job is to help kids be kids. As
“I get instant gratification,” Collins said.
director of the prosthetics and orthotics lab
“Kids roll in in a wheelchair, and they walk
at Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland,
he can see the results of that work nearly
5,000 times a year.
Collins ran track at OSU — the last group
to run before the program was canceled, he
Shriners have provided this help for
children for more than 100 years. Portland’s
devices are adjusted and often remade.
To provide variety and a personal
touch, children can choose designs to be
hospital is the second oldest out of 22
impregnated into the plastic that forms
artificial limbs and other devices.
Mexico, and the Portland lab creates more
into the orthotics business, it was pro rodeo.
prosthetics than any of the others.
Children and their families come by bus,
degree, he headed to Arizona to work in the
air, train or car to be evaluated, fitted, and
dairy industry.
trained to use their new devices.
His pastime of steer wrestling led to a lot
as a child grows or needs change, the
spread across the United States, with one in
noted. But it wasn’t running that got him
After graduating in 1988 with an agriculture
All services — physician visits, therapy,
They might choose a cartoon character or
Dalmatian dog spots, or — soon — even the
orange and black athletic logo of a certain
university in Corvallis.
“Last spring,” Collins said, “as I watched
Beaver baseball fans arrive head to toe in
of injured body parts, which led to an interest
hospital stays and the devices are provided
Beaver attire, I began to wonder if I could
in orthotics — basically, making and applying
at no cost to the families, thanks to donors
secure the license to have a Beavers pattern
orthoses, devices that support or correct
to the Shriners’ organization. Several other
available for the children to choose.”
human function — and eventually to a career
groups help with transportation expenses.
Melody Oldfield, OSU’s director of
as a board-certified orthotist.
Years in private industry prepared him
for what he considers to be the ultimate job
— the one he has now. Having returned to
Oregon with his family, he directs a talented
crew of artful technicians who create artificial
constructed — in as little as 24 hours. And
“We are the best-kept secret,” Collins said
about the no-charge children’s hospital.
“And it’s a fantastic thing to be able to help
kids walk. Art, math and medicine — smash
it together and it helps kids.”
At the first visit, sometimes for children
limbs and supportive devices for children,
as young as a few days old, measurements
free of charge.
are taken, molds created and devices
marketing, was quick to cooperate with a
free license, and the design will soon be
available to children in Collins’ lab.
“The kids are really excited about it!” he
Will Duck fans get a similar offer?
“Eventually,” Collins said, “but I’m a Beaver,
so I wanted to start there.”
Children’s Literature for her book, Not in Room 204,
a picture book geared to young readers dealing with
childhood sexual abuse.
Harry Ahn, ’93, is owner of the Wild Wood Café in
Todd Pierce, ’93, is a creative writing professor at
Cal Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo,
Shue-Wing Chan, ’94, has been named president
and CEO of Chicken of the Sea International in San
Diego, Calif.
Sonya Baker King, ’95, is a massage therapist at
Zingti Massage in St. Helens.
Kevin Purnell, ’96, Prairie City, is principal at
Adrian High School in Eastern Oregon.
Sean Potter, ’96, is a science and math teacher at
Siuslaw High School in Florence.
Susan Boyanovsky, ’96, is program manager of
the Chemeketa Center of Business & Industry at
Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
Carma Michaels Mornarich, ’97, is executive
director of the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian
Foundation. She and her husband, Jeff Mornarich,
are co-owners of I-5 Auctions and live in Roseburg
with their three children.
Colleen Webb Ghasedi, ’97, is a child and family
therapist at Friends of the Family in Corvallis and
Leah McMahon, ’97, is owner of three coffee shops
in Gresham. Silk Espresso is open at two locations
while a third café is located inside the East Hill
Eleanor Jacobson Beatty, ’98, is a partner in the law
offices of Koho & Beatty, Attorneys at Law, LLC in
Lisa Mobley, ’98, ’07, teaches vocational agriculture
at Monroe High School.
Adrian Castro, ’99, ’00, is a teacher and coordinator
for the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equity in schools.
Mike Caudle, ’99, is head coach of the wrestling
program at Gladstone High School. He also serves
as an academic advisor and counselor at Clackamas
Community College.
Stacy Major, ’99, ’03, is a child development teacher
at Aloha High School and directs the Little Warriors
preschool program that she started eight years ago
at the school. She and her husband, York Major, ’96,
live in Beaverton with their two children.
Belton Lubas, ’00, is head volleyball coach at
Redmond High School in Redmond, Wash.
Dr. Kyle J. Shaver, ’00, is an emergency room
physician at the Willamette Valley Medical Center
in McMinnville, where he lives with his wife, Stacie
Omernik Shaver, ’99 and their 1-year-old daughter.
Jason Pittman, ’00, Placerville, Calif., is an assistant
professor of geographic information systems at
Folsom Lake College.
Anna-Marie Pimm Chamberlain, ’01, ’02, is the
Malheur County livestock and range specialist with
the OSU Extension Service in Ontario.
Michael Cruise, ’01, is a physician assistant at Bend
Memorial Clinic.
Aaron Tinkle, ’02, is a part-time professor at the
OHSU Dental School and has a dental practice in
Dawn M. Hofsted, ’02, teaches math at Forest Grove
High School.
Elizabeth Erwin Groves, ’02, is marketing manager
for the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.
Jessica L. Papell, ’02, is volleyball coach at The
Overlake School in Redmond, Wash.
Kyle Mason, ’02, ’07, is a social studies teacher at
Mapleton High School.
Matthew Johnson, ’02, is a captain in the U.S. Air
Force and is stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in
Florida where he lives with his wife, Kinetta and
daughter, Isabella.
Ron G. Johnson, ’02, is vice president of academic
services at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia,
Jon Welter, ’03, ’04, is athletic director at Central
Catholic High School in Portland.
Matt Kennedy, ’03, ’06, is the Malheur County 4-H
Extension agent in Ontario.
Robert Manske, ’03, is an attorney in the law firm of
Pridgeon Bjornsen & McCrum, LLC, in Newport and
Lincoln City.
Matt Olsen, ’03, is a State Farm Insurance agent in
Shawn Cleave, ’03, is the governmental affairs
specialist at the Oregon Farm Bureau in Salem.
Marci Hansell, ’04, is sales assistant and escrow
coordinator at Hoyt Realty Group in Portland.
Staci Palin, ’04, earned her doctor of jurisprudence
degree from the Willamette University College of
Law in 2007 and is a staff attorney for Legal Aid
Services in Klamath Falls.
Rebecka Hartkop, ’04, ’05, is a science teacher
at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas – and a
professional cyclist. A member of the Capitol Subaru
Cycling team, she usually places in the top three in
the most competitive women’s category in bicycle
road races throughout Oregon. She also competes
in cyclocross, criterion, mountain-bike racing and
Shannon Snow, ’05, is a fund development specialist
for the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council in Boise,
Jack Smith, ’05, is a second lieutenant and pilot in
the U.S. Air Force at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
Matthew Clark, ’05, is teaching vocal music at Sweet
Home’s junior high and high schools.
Sarah Holmen Shewell, ’05, is the Warrenton
Trails Coordinator on the Oregon Coast. She will
coordinate the development of a 25-to-30-mile trail
system connecting Fort Stevens State Park and Fort
Clatsop National Historic Park. She was assigned to
Warrenton through the Resource Assistance for Rural
Environments program.
Classes of 1958, 1953, 1948 and 1943 Reunions
June 5-8, 2008
Come home to Oregon State and celebrate your reunion!
Use our website and online community to register, chat
with classmates and more.
October 26-November 1, 2008 (Homecoming Week)
Return to campus for Homecoming! Activities include
reunions (classes of 1968 and 1963), parade, Classes
Without Quizzes, and Beaver football vs. Arizona State.
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Brooke Ekins, ’06, is the member and convention
services manager of the Salem Convention and
Visitors Association.
Christopher Gowgiel, ’06, is a second lieutenant in
the U.S. Marines.
Daniel Bolen, ’06, ’07, is a vocational agriculture and
shop teacher at Willamina High School.
Francisco Rodriguez, ’06, is president of Cosumnes
River College in Sacramento, Calif. He was recently
named Man of the Year by the Elk Grove Citizen for
his work in the community.
Griffin Zollner, ’06, is a personal banker at the St.
Helens branch of U.S. Bank.
Nichole Palumbo Gardner, ’06, ’07, is teaching
language arts at Sweet Home High School.
Rob Townsend, ’06, is general manager of
Construction Materials Exchange which recycles
dirt and rock at constructions sites. They recently
completed a light rail project in downtown Portland,
crushing 80,000 tons of street and sidewalk materials
into reusable road bedding on site.
Candace D. Hargrave, ’07, is a design associate at
Neil Kelly Co. in Portland.
Nathalie Weinstein, ’07, is editorial assistant at The
Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland.
Adam Neil, ’07, is a construction project engineer for
Skanska in Portland.
Alia Johnson, ’07, is serving as an AmeriCorps
volunteer at the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation
office this year working on resource management.
Dr. Dan VanderMay, ’07, is a veterinarian at Jobs
Peak Veterinary Hospital in Gardnerville, Nev.
Jacob LaCombe, ’07, is a choir and drama teacher at
Blanchet Catholic School in Salem.
Mary Horch, ’07, will represent Oregon at the April
2008 Miss USA pageant. Horch, who was crowned
Miss Oregon USA in November, was born and
raised in Corvallis and has a business and marketing
degree from OSU.
Matthew Peterson, ’07, is architectural panels inside
sales manager at Sapa Profiles Inc., in Portland.
Ryan Vaughan, ’07, is community service
coordinator for the Crook County Juvenile Center in
Silvia Navarro, ’07, is an English teacher at Culver
High School.
Jeffrey Barnes and Anne-Marie Fagnan, ’75,
Glen Metzler, ’91, and Laura Nelson, Lebanon.
Craig Freeman and Melissa Larson, ’96, Beaverton.
Alex Zarganes, ’98, and Jessica Johnson, Bend.
Scott Morris, ’99, and Stacey Stanley, Albany.
Christopher Folkestad, ’00, and Carolyn Denison,
Jas Carpenter, ’00, and Hallie Stubbs, McMinnville.
Jeremy Stewart, ’00, and Mari Lyn Petrick, Lake
Ben Harding, ’00, and Andrea Hellwege, ’02,
Yakima, Wash.
Brent Faught, ’00, and Fabiola Tapia, Arlington, Va.
Christopher Weinman and Amanda Christensen,
’01, Eugene.
Kevin Pine, ’02, and Dana Buchanan, ’03, Sulphur
Springs, Texas.
Keelan Rogers, ’03, and Annika Kessi, ’04, Corvallis.
Jeremy Knox, ’03, and Alicia Dennis, Richland,
Nicholas Hadley and Brittanie Haskins, ’03, Bend.
J. Adam Peterson and Lucinda Guerra, ’04, Medford.
Chad Alan Bennett, ’04, and Jennifer Haley, ’04,
Robert Lambert, ’04, and Leigh Brown, Seattle.
Zach Williams, ’04, and Marissa Allen, Canyon City.
Nathan Agalzoff, ’04, and Heidi Pearn, Forest Grove.
Ian Erickson and Nicole Keck, ’04, Portland.
Derek Adamire and Meghan Peacock, ’04, Port
Jeff Brubaker, ’04, and Jessica Ward, ’06, Stayton.
John Delplanche, ’04, and Vanessa Jackson, ’05,
Adam Sowa, ’04, and Kilee Buckmiller, ’05, ’06,
Kevin Thurman and McKenzie Everingham, ’05,
Craig Robins, ’05, and Jamie Siglin, Beaverton.
Bryan Heinrichs and Michelle Heidinger, ’05, Aloha.
Jim Rowenhorst, ’05, and Heather Fossen, ’05,
Darian White and Rachel Joyner, ’06, Albany.
Nhat Ha and Jessica Snider, ’06, Portland.
Kevin Riker, ’06, and Genevieve Dedek, Portland.
Jeremiah Provenzola and Kira Choate, ’06, Portland.
Jacoby Fox and Ashley Patrick, ’06, Beaverton.
Whitney Madsen and Kendra Ira, ’06, Havre, Mont.
Jason Springer, ’07, and Crystal Sullivan, ’04,
Scott Wilson, ’07, and Melissa Mills, ’07, Corvallis.
Christopher Gualtieri and Chrystal Castle, ’07,
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Tyler Tipton, ’07, and Stephanie Powers, Marysville,
Ben Yliniemi and Jena Ainsworth, ’07,
T.C. Queener, ’07, and Jodie Marie, Redmond, Wash.
Eric Sturzinger, ’07, and Christina Anderson, ’07,
Destin, Fla.
Maude Dawley Hartley, ’27, Vacaville, Calif. She
was 103 years old. Pi Beta Phi
Elsa Ringel Emigh, ’28, Walla Walla, Wash. She was
101 years old.
Elizabeth Edwards Youngstrom, ’29, Boise, Idaho.
She was 100 years old. Kappa Kappa Gamma
Ruth Nomura Tanbara, ’30, Afton, Minn. She was
100 years old.
Elsie Crail Richardson, ’31, Davis, Calif.
Lloyd T. Dunn, ’31, Seaside.
Audry Shirley Prindle, ’32, Boise, Idaho. Delta Zeta
Lloyd H. Griggs, ’32, Cottage Grove. Lambda Chi
Adolf F. Benscheidt, ’33, Long Beach, Calif.
John R. Godman, ’33, Huntsville, Ala.
Elizabeth Steel Genne Conover, ‘35, Claremont,
Calif. When she graduated from Oregon State in 1935
she was the third generation of women in her family
to receive a college degree. She was a member of the
National Board of the YWCA of the USA from 1958
to 1982, and served as vice-president and president
of the board from 1970 to 1979. She was a member of
the YWCA World Service Council until her death.
Robert A. Enke, ’35, Portland.
Isabel Van Waning Mayer, ’35, Lebanon. Kappa
Kappa Gamma
James L. Mershon, ’35, Shedd.
Warde H. Erwin, ’35, Portland. Beta Theta Pi
Jean Ross Graham, ’36, Corvallis. She was the
wife of C.H. “Scram” Graham, longtime director
of the OSU Alumni
Association, who died in
2001. Her countless hours
working as a volunteer
for the association was
recognized with the
creation of the Jean and
C.H. “Scram” Graham
Award, annually awarded
by the association to
an outstanding alumni
association volunteer.
She and her husband
were the first recipients
Jean Ross Graham, ’36 of the award, in 2000.
Remembrances may be
made to the OSU Foundation, 800-354-7281. Kappa
Alpha Theta
Rosemary Larsen Gregory, ’36, Fox Island, Wash.
Caroline Wagner Perrine, ’37, Tualatin. Chi Omega
Chung Kwai Lui Wei, ’37, ’41, East Orange, N.J.
Born in Guangzhou, China, she came to OSC as an
exchange student to receive her master’s in science
and then became the first woman to receive a
doctoral degree in science (physics) from OSC. She
was a nationally ranked research scientist in the field
of phosphors and florescent lamps. She worked on
many of the nation’s World War II top secret Army/
Navy research projects including The Manhattan
Project, which developed the atomic bomb.
On March 21, 1949, President Truman signed a
Congressional Bill granting her permanent residence
in the United States because of her important work.
Eleanor Roosevelt named her “Woman of the Day”
on May 30, 1949.
Edwin R. Collin, ’37, Carlsbad, Calif. Sigma Phi
Emil Johnson, ’37, Bellevue, Wash.
Raymond Bennett, ’37, Bend. Sigma Phi Epsilon
Clifton T. Clemens, ’38, Sisters.
Eliot R. Peck, ’38, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Harry F. MacKay, ’38, Corvallis. Delta Tau Delta
Howard W. Christenson, ’38, Indianapolis, Ind.
Marjorie Metzger Young, ’38, Eugene. Delta Zeta
Ralph S. Senders, ’38, Los Angeles, Calif. Phi Kappa
Murel A. Long, ’38, Theta Chi
T. Burke Hayes, ’38, Lake Oswego. He was one of
the founders the CH2M
HILL engineering
firm which made a
major donation toward
building of the CH2M
HILL Alumni Center,
home of the OSU Alumni
Association. He was a
fellow of the American
Society of Mechanical
Engineers and of the
Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers.
A longtime member of
T. Burke Hayes, ’38 the OSU Foundation
board, he received an
OSU Distinguished Service Award in 1986 and the
OSUAA E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award in
2004. Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Ralph A. Keiser, ’38, Cupertino, Calif.
Bertha Arnspiger Straus, ’39, Medford.
Martha McCully Miller, ’39, Chelan, Wash. Alpha
Delta Pi
Bonnie Bolton Johnston, ’39, Salem.
John C. Plankinton Jr., ’39, San Francisco, Calif.
Theta Chi
Roberta Heidrich Webb, ’39, Granada Hills. Chi
Walter H. Stastny, ’39, Malin. He died in January
and his wife, Mary, died in Nov. 2007. Theta Chi
Byron C. Scott, ’40, Tangent. Memorials may be
made to the Byron C. Scott Grass Seed Endowment
at the OSU Foundation, 800-354-7281.
Chester E. Otis, ’40, Santa Rosa, Calif. Alpha Gamma
Lois Zinser Kelley Rands, ’40, Lebanon.
Marian Frick Courtney, ’40, The Dalles.
Robert M. Hill, ’40, Hood River. Sigma Chi
Mary Burris Plankinton, ’40, Delta Delta Delta
Lewis H. Coplen, ’40, Mesa, Ariz.
Nina Asbahr Hassler, ’40, Salem.
Wayne Wiesner, ’40, Kent, Wash. He was a cofounder of the American Helicopter Society in 1943.
During his career, he worked for several firms noted
for their achievements in pioneering vertical flight,
including Kellet Autogyro Corp., Hiller Aircraft,
Boeing, and Vertol. His work spanned 15 helicopters,
three autogyros and three wind turbines. After his
retirement he consulted with NASA and various
government agencies. Kappa Sigma. Wayne died in
Dec. 2007 and his wife, Janet Richens Wiesner,
’41, died in Jan. 2008. Chi Omega. Contributions
may be made in Wayne’s name to the College
of Engineering or to the Janet Richens Wiesner
Scholarship for Undergraduate Women in Science,
OSU Foundation, 800-354-7281.
Barbara French Kirkbride, ’41, San Mateo, Calif.
Gamma Phi Beta
Dorothy Adamson Moran, ’41, Sublimity.
Oliver D. Olson, ’41, Portland.
Harry W. Fall, ’41, Santa Rosa, Calif. Kappa Sigma
Merle E. Johnson, ’41, Menlo Park, Calif.
Lowell P. Eddy, ’42, ’47, Bellingham, Wash. Delta
Sigma Phi
David H. Williams, ’42, ’49, Sutter Creek, Calif.
Henry Garnjobst Jr., ’42, Phi Delta Theta
Iva Putman Thompson, ’42, Harbor.
Agnes E. McConnell, ’42, Portland.
Joel F. Kahn Sr., ’42, Woodland Hills, Calif. Delta
Tau Delta
Merle L. Hentze, ’42, Junction City. Remembrances
may be made to the OSU Foundation, 800-354-7281.
Thomas W. Barber, ’42, Springfield. Alpha Sigma Phi
Paul B. Duruz, ’42, Manitowoc, Wis. Delta Tau Delta
Lauren F. Godard, ’42, ’52, McMinnville.
Ralph R. Moulton, ’42, Grants Pass.
Willard E. Goyette, ’42, Pittsfield, Mass.
Carlo A. Poutala, ’43, Sandy.
Dr. Robert W. Maris, ’43, Issaquah, Wash. He was
the nephew of Homer Maris, 1918 graduate and
faculty member who composed Oregon State’s alma
mater, Carry me Back. Phi Delta Theta
Edgar W. Hoover, ’43, Beaverton.
Helen Hannan Ralph, ’43, Modesto, Calif.
Nell Keeney Burleson, ’43, Houston, Texas. Pi Beta
Robert W. Wright, ’43, Vancouver, Wash. Sigma Nu
Wilbur E. Wieprecht, ’43, Carson City, Nev.
Betty Zumwalt Boak, ’44, Alpha Gamma Delta
Scott H. McMurdo, ’44, Corvallis. Sigma Phi Epsilon
Carolyn Allen Hary, ’44, Pi Beta Phi
Kathryn Larson Ash, ’44, Canby.
Louise Melvin Hansen, ’44, San Jose, Calif.
Shirley Tamson Paulson, ’44, Salem.
Carolyn Barnard Van Bokkelen, ’45, San Mateo,
Calif. Gamma Phi Beta
Dr. Samuel R. Orr, ’45, Forest Grove. Kappa Sigma
Elizabeth Burdon Bloomer, ’45, Mountain View,
Calif. Pi Beta Phi
Margaret Cooney Graham, ’45, Santa Paula, Calif.
Alpha Chi Omega
Roberta Bramwell Dalrymple, ’45, Stayton.
Alice Jones Rutter, ’46, Ashland. Alpha Gamma Delta
Dorothy Angerman Kilburg, ’46, Seattle, Wash. Pi
Beta Phi
James E. Hayden, ’46, Grass Valley, Calif. Delta
Sigma Phi
Patricia Sexton Bissell, ’46, Sacramento, Calif. Delta
Thomas A. Davis, ’46, Hillsdale, N.J. Phi Delta Theta
Richard P. Peat, ’46, Klamath Falls. Phi Kappa Psi
Roger W. Johnson, ’46, Chehalis, Wash.
Virginia Nelson Schutt, ’46, Bremerton, Wash.
Albert E. Garvin, ’47, Portland.
Carol Park Jeffrey, ’47, Corvallis.
Rev. Victor E. Gibson, ’47, Welches. Beta Theta Pi
Glenn L. Campbell, ’47, Scappoose. Chi Phi
Charles L. Jensen, ’47, Albany. Kappa Sigma
Ida Willard Barrows, ’47, Klamath Falls.
Preston H. Orem, ’47, Portland. Alpha Tau Omega
Bryce J. Brisbin, ’48, Las Cruces, N.M. Phi Gamma
Charles F. Street, ’48, Klamath Falls.
Dale A. Herigstad, ’48, Salem.
Jerome “Jay” LeMaster Jr., ’48, New York, N.Y.
Delta Upsilon
Doris Issak Seibert, ’48, Canby.
Edward B. Hart, ’48, Lake Oswego. Kappa Sigma
Lowell R. Brisbin, ’48, Hillsboro. Phi Gamma Delta
Robert W. Morris, ’48, Eugene.
Lulla Hansen Markman, ’48, Andover, Mass.
Thomas H. Deschner, ’48, Seattle, Wash.
Spring 2008
Clarence “Fred” Campen, ’49, Chesapeake, Va.
Elton “Ed” Salisbury, ’49, Salem.
Willard E. Hoffman, ’49, Oregon City.
Richard J. Gahlsdorf, ’49, Salem.
Virgil C. Simon, ’49, Portland. Delta Tau Delta
Arthur L. McKay, ’50, Palm Desert, Calif. Pi Kappa
Bruce A. Yeager, ’50, Coos Bay.
Dale A. Davis, ’50, Oregon City. Phi Sigma Kappa
Emanuel C. Zografos, ’50, Houston, Texas. Kappa
Delta Rho
Donald M. Gay, ’50, Anacortes, Wash. Alpha Sigma
John W. Maier, ’50, Santa Maria, Calif.
Edward F. Gottlieb, ’50, Tigard.
Henry J. Gratkowski, ’50, ’62, Alexandria, Va.
James L. Mitseff, ’50, Portland. Kappa Delta Rho
George W. Thiessen Jr., ’50, Portland.
Robert D. Conklin, ’50, Surprise, Ariz. Delta Tau
Glendon F. Wegner, ’50, Port Orford.
Robert R. Hawes, ’50, Pendleton. Sigma Nu
Harry W. Woodward, ’50, Keizer.
Herbert R. Elliott, ’50, Renton, Wash.
Jack R. Hagen, ’50, Springfield, Ohio. Sigma Chi
Robert D. Affolter, ’50, Hillsboro. Phi Kappa Tau
Al E. Lucas, ’51, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Jerome G. Smith, ’51, Grants Pass.
Dalton D. Johnson, ’51, Lebanon. Phi Gamma Delta
Robert M. Cole, ’51, Sequim, Wash.
Edward J. Venini, ’51, Portland.
Robert C. Payette, ’51, Sun City, Ariz.
James A. Mohr, ’51, Florence.
Oliver B. Larson Jr., ’51, Corte Madera, Calif. Beta
Theta Pi
Richard H. Eddy Jr., ’51, Klamath Falls.
William D. Tate, ’51, Meridian, Idaho
Charles F. Connelley, ’52, Phoenix, Ariz.
William G. Meneice, ’52, Salem.
Ralph W. Stearns, ’52, Merrill. Kappa Delta Rho
James P. Cradler, ’52, Gasquet, Calif.
Robert R. Wilson, ’52, Tillamook.
William G. Nautel, ’52, Portland.
Bruce E. Linkous, ’53, Vancouver, Wash.
Howard L. Myers, ’53, Long Beach, Calif. Sigma Phi
Robert D. Best, ’53, Beaverton.
Shirley Ann Berger, ’53, Sacramento, Calif.
Benjamin F. Jones, ’54, ’55, Bothell, Wash.
Dr. Richard D. Sloop, ’54, Salem. Theta Xi
Evelyn Claussen Anderson, ’54, Corbett. Alpha
Gamma Delta
Bruce R. Horton, ’54, Springfield. Alpha Gamma Rho
William V. Cook, ’54, ’57, Gresham. Pi Kappa Phi
Harry W. Oswald, ’54, Wellborn, Texas
Allen L. Steinhauer, ’55, ’58, Kappa Delta Rho
Carolyn Colby Timmins, ’55, Greenbrae, Calif.
Kappa Alpha Theta
David L. Massee, ’55, Salem. Sigma Phi
Robert F. Prickett, ’55, Hillsboro. Delta Tau Delta
Donald R. Rarey, ’55, Spanaway, Wash. Delta Tau
Robert W. Chambers, ’56, Coos Bay.
Thomas Colasuonno Jr., ’56, Mobile, Ala. Sigma Pi
Roderick H. Beale, ’56, Portland. Sigma Nu
Audrey E. Keicher, ’56, Alpha Gamma Delta
Ronald R. Lethin, ’56, Astoria. Theta Chi
Kerwin D. Kerr, ’56, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Ronald W. Johnson, ’56, Mesa, Ariz. Phi Delta Theta
Dale B. Haller, ’57, Portland.
Shirley K. Meyer, ’57, Salem.
Rev. O.D. Jay McKee, ’57, Boise, Idaho.
Lamar W. Coleman, ’58, ’63, Livermore, Calif.
Philip T. Newson, ’58, Williamsburg, Va. Delta
Sigma Phi
Louise Alfred Hogan Ferguson, ’58, McMinnville.
Myrna Helen Pinkerton, ’58, Seattle.
Sam D. Oberg, ’58, Dallas.
Vivian Norris Stephens, ’58, Springfield.
Stuart S. Beals, ’58, Sherwood. Remembrances may
be made to the OSU Foundation, 800-354-7281.
Jackson Wong, ’59, Annandale, Va.
Leo A. Skoubo, ’59, Auburn, Calif.
Jerry R. Long, ’59, Bakersfield, Calif. Delta Tau Delta
Dr. George M. Maskell, ’60, Portland.
Donald A. Boates, ’60, Portland.
Clark A. Fisher, ’60, Philmont, N.Y. Kappa Delta Rho
David P. Brittain, ’60, Fort Meyers, Fla.
Dewayne C. Parker, ’61, Salem.
Robert C. Brotherton, ’61, Oregon City.
Brian R. Busch, ’62, Nashville, Tenn. Sigma Chi
Jerry T. Matsunaga, ’62, Folsom, Calif.
Raymond A. Haskins, ’62, ’77, Eugene.
Vernon L. Gentry, ’62, Orangevale, Calif.
Richard B. Roberts, ’62, Auburn, Calif. Phi Kappa Psi
Walter J. Them, ’62, McCall, Idaho.
Roy E. Plyler, ’62, Grants Pass.
Thomas B. Laird, ’62, Menlo Park, Calif.
David L. Follett, ’63, Cornelius.
Firmin N. Falleur, ’63, Lyons.
G. “Wick” Wickberg Jr., ’63, McMinnville.
Ray S. Richmond, ’63, Maupin.
Tonya Roscoe Perner, ’63, Burlingame, Calif. Alpha
Omicron Pi
Robert M. Brown, ’63, Corvallis.
William H. Boughton, ’63, Sebring, Fla.
Charles D. Hedy, ’64, Albany.
Garth E. Davis, ’64, Hood River. Alpha Gamma Rho
Suresh S. Kerwar, ’64, Pacifica, Calif.
Truman W. Conn, ’64, ’68, Walla Walla, Wash.
Linda Lemon Hubbard, ’65, Playa Vista, Calif.
Alpha Chi Omega
Marjorie Maybury Kellogg, ’65, Gold Hill.
Richard W. Icenhower, ’65, Grants Pass.
C. H. “Bud” Jones, ’66, Independence.
Edward J. Swenson, ’66, Portland.
Carolyn Fields, ’66, ’67, La Jolla, Calif. Pi Beta Phi
Dr. Luther G. Baker, ’66, Sequim, Wash.
Ralph E. Clark, ’66, Walnut Grove, Calif. Sigma Phi
William E. Albright, ’66, Calistoga, Calif.
Marijo Sulek, ’68, Beaverton.
Robert Buford Johnson, ’68, Sisters.
Sharon Hansey Wood, ’68, McMinnville.
Donalee Spangle Blaine, ’69, New Castle, Del.
Susan Hamm Fritz, ’69, Lake Oswego.
Edgar A. Possehl, ’69, Clackamas.
Glenda McLain Green, ’69, Corvallis.
Saylor S. Milton, ’69, Ventura, Calif.
Leroy L. Burns, ’70, Vancouver, Wash.
Michael A. VonAhlefeld, ’70, Portland.
Richard A. Jones, ’70, Salem.
Byron D. Keller, ’71, Portland.
Janet Foster Simmons, ’71, Beaverton.
Barbara Wittmer Houston, ’71, Eugene.
Linda Revell Johnston, ’71, Bradenton, Fla.
Douglas R. McLane, ’72, Beaverton.
Elizabeth L. Edwards, ’72, Sheridan.
Merlin W. Baker, ’72 Santa Barbara, Calif.
Glenn C. Lovett, ’73, Portland. Remembrances may
be made to the Glenn Lovett Scholarship Fund, OSU
Foundation, 800-354-7281. Sigma Phi Epsilon
Mary E. Phillips, ’73, Seattle, Wash.
Orrin H. Potampa, ’73, Madras.
Shirley Shelley Sperr, ’73, Portland.
Ronald A. Weinkauf, ’74, Onalaska, Wis.
Phyllis L. Francis, ’74, Portland.
Robert L. Wirt, ’74, Redmond.
Carl D. Decker, ’75, Williamsburg, Va.
Howard W. Thornton, ’75, Albuquerque, N.M.
Gloria D. Nelson, ’76, Corvallis.
Rev. James Nibler, ’77, Newberg.
Neal F. Blassingame, ’77, Seattle, Wash.
Clare V. Smith, ’77, Sun Prairie, Wis. Sigma Nu
Mary Tuckerman McCoy, ’77, ’80, Salem.
Rebecca Kamelhar Landau, ’77, Portland.
Karl A. Magnuson, ’78, Salem.
Randy W. Hermens, ’79, Portland.
Timothy I. Voth, ’79, Newberg.
Reeta R. Sutton, ’79, Lake Stevens, Wash.
Robert E. Roughton, ’79, Folsom, Calif.
Dennis D. Autio, ’79, Portland.
Robin Small Ireland, ’79, Bellingham, Wash.
Diane C. Thompson, ’80, Clatskanie.
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Julie Weis Womack, ’80, Albany.
Mark W. Rohde, ’80, Fayetteville, Ariz.
Susan A. Morris, ’80, Lamy, N.M.
Kris D. Crowston, ’81, Hillsboro.
Brian D. Reynolds, ’83, Portland.
George C. Bird, ’83, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Kathleen King Brintnall, ’83, Corvallis.
Donald E. Gehring, ’84, Corvallis.
John S. Phillips, ’84, Reno, Nev.
La Verna M. Herbert, ’84, Florence.
Marva Dell Robinson, ’84, Albany.
Vicki Baker Beede, ’85, Eugene.
Leslie Cochran Derrick Strobel, ’86, Portland.
Pi Beta Phi
David M. Livings, ’88, St. George, Utah.
Frederick N. Weston, ’90, Medford.
Ronald W. Kitterman, ’90, Corvallis.
Jennifer L. Hoffman, ’95, Denton, Texas.
Peter C. Smith, ’95, Statesboro, Ga.
Susan Whitehill Haugh, ’95, Woodburn.
Jason K. Anderson, ’01, Halsey.
Jeffrey A. Scoggins, ’02, Seattle.
Karson L. Wessels, ’03, McMinnville.
Scott N. Hackett, ’06, Bend.
Zachary T. Haines, ’07, San Marcos, Texas.
Alexander J. Frassenei, Silverton. He was a
freshman at OSU. Chi Phi
Faculty & Friends
Trepha Hamm Baron, Hillsboro.
Harold O. Bjornstad, Shedd.
Floyd E. Bolton, ’84, Corvallis. He served as an
associate and assistant professor of agronomy in
the Crop and Soil Science Department at OSU and
was a principal advisor in OSU wheat investigation
and development projects in Tunisia and Turkey.
He retired in 1990 and was named a College of
Agricultural Sciences Diamond Pioneer in 2006.
Carl E. Bond, ’47, ’48, Corvallis. He began his
teaching and research career in OSC’s Fisheries and
Wildlife Dept. in 1949 as assistant aquatic biologist.
Specializing in the study of freshwater fish, Bond
became one of the world’s leading authorities on
Sculpin cottidae. He was also involved in research
internationally, working in Latin America and Africa,
as well as India and Iran in Peace Corps projects
from 1967 to 1971. In addition to his teaching post,
Bond was assistant dean of the Graduate School from
1969 to 1974. He received the American Fisheries
Society Award of Excellence in 1998 and the OSU
Distinguished Service Award in 2000. He became
professor emeritus in 1984. Remembrances may be
made to the Carl E. and Lenora J. Bond Scholarship
Fund, OSU Foundation, 800-354-7281.
Carl M. Brophy, Medford. Alpha Tau Omega
Jeunesse McQuiston Burson, East Wenatchee, Wash.
Delta Zeta
Jo Ann Austin Cereghino, Lucile, Idaho. Chi Omega
Aileen Fredrickson Donovan, Napa, Calif.
Myron ‘Doc’ Doty, Tacoma, Wash. Phi Gamma Delta
Ira S. DuPratt, Carmel, Calif. Alpha Tau Omega
Duane S. Fitzgerald, ’40, Florence. He was building
manager of the OSU Memorial Union and an
assistant professor for 24 years. Alpha Tau Omega
Fred W. Fox, Muncie, Ind. He was a professor of
science education at OSC from 1957 to 1982. The
Fred Fox Distinguished Service to Science Education
Award is given annually by the Oregon Science
Teachers Association to honor those individuals who
have made outstanding contributions to mentoring
and developing new teachers. The Fred W. Fox
Scholarship in the OSU Department of Science and
Mathematics Education was established in his name
by a former student. Remembrances may be made to
OSU Foundation, 800-354-7281.
William J. Fredericks, ’55, Ocala, Fla. He was a
professor in the OSU Department of Chemistry.
Virginia M. Fronk, Portland.
Carl J. Froude, Tigard. Sigma Pi
Robert J. Groce, Portland. Theta Chi
Norval T. Grubb, Portland. Theta Chi
Frances Cornes Hankins, Port Angeles, Wash.
Robert D. Herburger, Sonora, Calif. Alpha Gamma
Bob Houglum, Sun City West, Ariz. The longtime
Corvallis radio host served up “Toast and Coffee” on
KLOO-AM radio from 1964 to 1987.
Reese M. House, ’70, Washington D.C. He was a
professor of counseling and education at OSU.
Mildred Bonge Stutsman Jacobson, Seattle.
Albert A. Karpstein, Beaverton. Chi Phi
Robert B. Kerns, Klamath Falls. Sigma Nu
Vester C. Marrs, Corvallis. She worked at OSU from
1947 to 1952 and from 1965 to 1978.
Gail Burnett Schoel Labbe Martindale, Portland.
Pi Beta Phi
Georgia Mell Mikesell, Albany.
Marietta Debrez Morgan, Santa Cruz, Calif. Alpha
Gamma Delta
Alan A. Munro, Corvallis. He was an OSU art
professor from 1962 to 1995.
Olaf G. Paasche, Corvallis. He was a professor of
mechanical and metallurgical engineering at OSU
from 1946 to 1976.
Elaine Wilson Packard, ’76, Albany. She worked for
OSU Housing for 28 years, until 1998.
Eleanor Haley Pailthorp, Corbett. Chi Omega
Cliffton Parker, Corvallis. He worked at the OSU
Robert J. Raleigh, Baker City. He was a
superintendent at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural
Research Center and an emeritus professor in the
Dept. of Animal Nutrition. He was honored in
1980 with the Earl Price Award from the School of
Agriculture at OSU and was awarded the Western
Section Distinguished Service Award in 1980 by the
American Society of Animal Science.
Rhonda Rictor, Corvallis. She was a revenue agent
at OSU for 23 years.
John L. Ritchey, Alsea.
A. “Rosy” Rosenwald, ’42, Davis, Calif. He was an
assistant professor of veterinary science and assistant
veterinarian at OSC from 1937 to 1942 and became
the first poultry veterinarian for the University
of California Extension Service, serving at U.C.
Berkeley and U.C. Davis from 1950 to 1977. He was
founder of the Western Poultry Disease Conference
in 1951 and named Extension Veterinarian of the Year
in 1975 by the American Association of Extension
Veterinarians. In 1980, he received the Distinguished
Service Award from the American Association of
Aviation Pathologists and was honored in 2005 as
Poultry Scientist of the Year by the Pacific Egg and
Poultry Association.
Peter Senn, Chicago.
S. Jeanine Shelley, Portland. Kappa Alpha Theta
Louise Brommer Small, Reno, Nev. Alpha Chi Omega
Bonnie B. Smith, Lebanon. She was an
administrative assistant to the dean of the
Department of Health and Physical Education at
OSU for almost 30 years.
Lester A. Tehle, Portland. Phi Kappa Psi
Henry A. Ten Pas, ’49, Corvallis. He taught
agriculture at OSU from 1948 to 1981. Alpha Gamma
Ruth Stone Thomson, Sequim, Wash. Kappa Alpha
Geraldine Blakeslee Thune, University Place, Wash.
Heather J. Timms, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Charles J. Watt, Twin Falls, Idaho. Lambda
Chi Alpha
C. Fred Westersund, Pendleton. Lambda Chi Alpha
Lorena B. White, Corvallis.
H. Orlin Witcraft, Sacramento, Calif. Theta Xi
Carvel Wood, Corvallis. He was a professor of
education at OSU.
Joyce Gleeson Woodfield, Spokane, Wash.
Clifford D. Wyckoff, Grandview, Wash. Sigma Phi
Alan D. Zimmerman, Corvallis.
Pop Quiz answers
From page 13
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…but not least
Linus Pauling wrote
hundreds of love letters
to his wife Ava Helen
over the years. Photos
courtesy OSU Special
ighty-five years ago a new instruc- unshared Nobel Prizes, donated the items
tor faced an Oregon Agricultural to his alma mater in the 1990s.
While teaching the chemistry class —
College chemistry class for the
first time and nervously asked who could quite an honor for an undergraduate — he
“describe the nature of ammonium hy- was increasingly smitten with Ava Helen
but worried about the possible appeardroxide.”
With no takers, the instructor — a ance of favoritism toward her, said Clifdark-haired, charismatic young senior ford Mead, head of OSU Special Collecby the name of Linus Pauling — quickly tions and an expert on the life of Pauling.
“They wrote notes back and forth to
scanned the roster for an easily proeach other on assignments she turned in
nounceable name.
“Miss … Ava Helen Miller,” he called — it was obvious to others they had someout. The young woman answered correctly thing for each other,” said Mead. “Even
“and was very attractive” to boot, Pauling though she was the smartest student in
said decades later, recalling the birth of a the class, he gave her a B. She was angry,
romance that lasted nearly 60 years, pro- but they soon made up.”
Ava Helen died in 1981, and Linus
duced four children and was documented
was inconsolable for months afterward.
by a steady stream of love letters.
Those letters are among the more He died in 1994 at the age of 93.
Adapted from a story by Todd
than 500,000 items in the Ava Helen and
Linus Pauling Papers in OSU’s Valley Li- Simmons, OSU’s assistant vice president for
brary. Pauling, the only recipient of two university advancement.
Spring 2008
On the Web:
Hear Linus Pauling recall his
first meeting with his future wife:
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