Lewis & Clark College: Oral History Project

(152 total)
Brian Street (2001)

Brian Street works as a Foreign Service Officer in Belgium as the refugee liaison for the United States, specifically, he works in communications and public policy. Growing up, his father was also a Foreign Service Officer, so Brian moved around the United States and abroad many times before coming to college. When he first came to Lewis & Clark, he struggled to fit in with the popular culture because he had been abroad for so long but also did not feel at home with the international students. After time though he joined the track team, met his future wife, decided to major in International Affairs, and felt more at home in Oregon. After graduating in 2001, Brian got his law degree and worked on many two-to-three year Foreign Service Officer jobs.

Bradley, Maureen (1981)

Maureen Bradley took part in the Lewis and Clark college study abroad program in the fall of 1980, when she lived and studied in Poland for a semester. She graduated that spring from Lewis and Clark with a bachelor's in English Literature. She then worked for several years as a consultant and campaign manager for the Oregon Health and Sciences University Foundation and moved to Scripps Health in San Diego in 2006. In 2010 she then worked at Legacy Health as the Senior Vice President and was promoted to President in 2015. Legacy Health is a non-profit health care system in Portland Oregon.

Holtzclaw, Michael (1988)

Dr Michael Holtzclaw (Lewis & Clark BA ‘88, The Ohio State University MA ‘93 &
PHD ‘97) was born in Grants Pass, Oregon and began at Lewis & Clark in 1984. Dr Holtzclaw
spent much of his time at Lewis and Clark overseas going on four trips for a total of six
trimesters overseas. These trips included Costa Rica, Hungary, The USSR and Indonesia. After
his graduation Dr. Holtzclaw went to The Ohio State University to pursue a Masters and PHd in
Geography. He has worked in higher education for over 27 years including time as the assistant
dean of admissions at Lewis and Clark. He worked as a professor at Central Oregon Community
College then spent time in leadership and administration in California community colleges. He
has also spent time on the Lewis & Clark board of Alumni and now serves as the Chancellor of
University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

Jackson, Noël (1989)

Noël Jackson grew up in Geneva, Illinois, and graduated from Lewis and Clark College
with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs in 1989. Jackson was on the swim team all four
years at Lewis and Clark, and worked at the Rusty Nail cafe, as an RA, and as the wedding
coordinator at the chapel. In 1987, during her sophomore year, Jackson went on a Spring
semester overseas trip to the USSR, which is the topic of this interview. The trip was a cultural
exchange program and saw Jackson’s group take language courses, interact with Russian
students, and visit museums, monuments, and other heritage sites. The trip greatly affected
Jackson’s worldview and spurred a continuing interest in Russian culture, politics, and history;
this will be elaborated further in the interview. Today, Jackson lives in Portland with her
husband–who is also an alum of Lewis and Clark College–and works as a realtor.

James, William (1974)

William “Bill” James enrolled in Lewis & Clark College in 1970, as a biology major. As
his spring semester of his sophomore year approached, he was offered the opportunity to join the
school’s study abroad trip to Afghanistan. The program lasted from that spring to the summer
leading up to his junior year, in 1972. After Bill concluded his time at Lewis & Clark College, he
went on to study at Oregon State University. It was there that he studied genetics, and received
his masters degree, which led him to work for various poultry operations across the Western
United States. In 2010, Bill retired, and now resides in California’s Bay Area.

Jensen, Erik (1981)

Erik Jensen is a graduate of Political Science from Lewis
and Clark. In 1979, he traveled to the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics (USSR). The following interview contains Mr. Jensen’s
memory of that trip to the USSR, including his visits to Kiev,
Odessa (Ukraine), St. Petersburg, Moscow (Russian Federation),
and Tbilisi (Georgia). After Lewis and Clark Jensen started Jensen
Strategies, a company that charges itself with helping organize
policy and development strategies for private and public
companies. Below is a transcript of the first twenty minutes of the

O'Connor, A.J. (1987)

A.J. O'Connor graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1987. He double majored in Political
Science and History. After working in an organization for some time, he returned to Lewis and
Clark to earn his Master’s degree in Public Administration. He was in the last class of Public
Administration. Mr. O’Connor is currently working as a Director Intelligent Transportation
Systems in Trimet, Portland, OR.

Futerman, Andrew (2018)

Andrew Futerman was born and raised in New Jersey with a brother and a sister. He was involved in music and theater growing up. He spent some time at a school on the East Coast, but nearly failed out. He then decided to join the U.S. Army and after training in Georgia and Colorado, shipped out to Iraq in late 2007. On his first tour, he was stationed near Baghdad, and fought in the Battle of Sadr City. An injury cut his first tour short, but he recovered and returned for a second tour. This time he worked as a sniper in Basra, southern Iraq. After returning to civilian life in 2011, he studied forestry and ecology at Oregon State University, and is now studying environmental law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Mears, Dwight (2017) [online restricted]

Dwight Mears is 38 years old, and grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. He studied at West Point from 1997 to 2001, where he earned his B.A., and went on to become an attack helicopter pilot with the 25th Infantry Division. He deployed to Iraq in 2004, where he was seriously injured in a helicopter crash near Baghdad. After being transferred to military hospitals in Germany and Illinois, he returned to Corvallis to recover with his parents’ assistance while still on active duty. It was there that he began to have difficulties with the military healthcare system, which due to a filing error, initially refused to pay for his care and rehabilitation in Oregon. He later earned his M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina, taught at West Point, and returned to complete his doctorate. He is currently a student at Lewis & Clark’s Law School.

Huettemeyer, Christian (2017)

Christian Huettemeyer was born in Mission Viejo, California, and grew up in the Los Angeles area. Both of his parents are German immigrants and Christian is a first-generation American. His father worked as an engineer and his mother was a nurse. Christian joined the military at eighteen and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After graduating from West Point, Christian became a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. He completed tours in South Korea, at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Kosovo, and Iraq. Christian’s duties as a helicopter pilot included everything from troop transport to flying soldiers on missions. During his military service, Christian became interested in the law; he recognized that lawyers were involved in nearly every military decision. After serving for 20 years in the United States Army, Christian left military service and moved to Portland with his wife and daughter to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. Christian is currently in his second year of law school, having started in 2014. He is involved in moot court, a mock courtroom extracurricular activity, as well as the Food and Wine Law Society and a conservation group on campus. Christian and his family live in Lake Oswego, Oregon.