Lewis & Clark College: Oral History Project

Since Spring 2014 students in History 300 (Historical Materials) have been interviewing alumni, faculty and staff for the Lewis & Clark College Oral History Project. The interviews document and celebrate the rich history of the college through the collection of spoken memories. This is a joint venture of the History Department, Alumni and Parent Programs, and Watzek Library's Special Collections and Archives.

(152 total)
Rivers, Rebecka (1991)

Having relocated to different cities in the state throughout her childhood, Rebecka Rivers is an Oregon native. She has lived in Portland since 1996. She attended Lewis & Clark to continue her Chinese studies and to take advantage of the smaller size of the student body. Rebecka was a member of the Photo Club, Yearbook, Newsletter Organization, IA Symposium, Ski Team. Her time spent working as a DJ for KLC, which allowed her to discover new genres of music without spending money on vinyl. Rivers was an International Affairs major and a History minor during her time spent at Lewis & Clark. Although she was interested in taking business classes at the start of her freshman year, all of these classes were full; as a result, Rebecca took some International Affairs classes and never looked back. Additionally, she took a 400 level history class her freshman year, which got her interested in studying history long term. Rebecka studied abroad on two separate occasions: in Victoria for a Canadian Government class and at the University of Edinburgh in Great Britain.


Viehe, Fred (1971)

Fred Viehe was born in Phoenix, Arizona to a mother who was a violinist and father who
was a self-taught electrical engineer who was never employed in that capacity. In Los
Angeles his father worked as an Inspector for the LA Department of Public Works. He
grew up in Los Angeles and volunteered for the Vietnam War in 1965, serving as a
paratrooper in the 82 nd Airborne Division, and applied to Lewis and Clark College in
1967 when he finished in the army. Upon his acceptance, he traveled to Portland with his
wife, Dianne, and began taking History and Religious Studies courses. While still
attending school, he became increasingly involved in campaigns for both presidential and
city council elections and participated in both the Lewis and Clark and Portland
Moratoriums for the Vietnam War. He graduated as a History major in 1971 and now
works as a professor of American Urban History at Youngstown State University.


Aas-Rouxparis, Nicole (Professor Emeritus of French, 1989-2011)

Nicole Aas-Rouxparis was born and raised in Algeria. She was an exchange student during her senior year of high school in Albany, Oregon, and when the Algerian War for Independence ended she moved to Portland to attend Portland State. There she got her undergraduate degree. In her final semester, she began working at Lewis and Clark as an adjunct French professor in 1989. She sees the creation of the Senegal study abroad program as her legacy at Lewis and Clark. She has two daughters and one son; two of her children attended LC while she was a professor. Although having officially retired three years ago in 2011, Nicole enjoys coming back to LC to teach one class a semester, attend basketball games, music and theatre performances, and to play tennis with other professors.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Nicole Aas-Rouxparis, conducted by Francesca Sparaco on October 21, 2014. History Department, Fall Semester, 2014.


Adams, Richard (Professor Emeritus in Sociology, 1976-2000)

Richard Adams was a professor at Lewis and Clark College from 1976 to 2000. He was born in Yakima, Washington, and moved all over the state until the age of twelve. When Adams turned twelve, he moved to India with his family and lived there until the age of seventeen, attending boarding school while also taking a year off to spend time with his family and truly experience India. He then moved back to McMinnville, Oregon, at seventeen for his senior year of high school. After graduating high school, Professor Adams attended Hillsdale College in Michigan. While at Hillsdale, Professor Adams majored in Sociology with a focus on South Asian studies. He then went to Duke for graduate school on a South Asian fellowship for sociology. His first teaching job was at Hollands College in Roanoke, Virginia. He then moved to a teaching position at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon. Then Adams applied for a teaching job at Lewis and Clark College and was hired. Adams taught at Lewis and Clark College for twenty-four years until 2000, when he decided to retire from teaching and take a bigger role in his non-profit organization called the Zimbabwe Art Project. He was Executive Director of Zimbabwe Art Project from 2000 to 2010 until he officially retired from everything. He spends the days reading up on conquered people in historical empires, what happens to them, and what becomes of them. He also gives back to a variety of charities such as Habitat for Humanity. He also builds balsa and tissue model airplanes, for himself and his grandchildren. Adams is happily married with two daughters from a previous marriage and two grandchildren.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Richard Adams, conducted by Blake Howell on October 22, 2014. History Department, Fall Semester, 2014.


Al-Hatlani, Alia (2014)

Soon after Alia Al-Hatlani was born in Houston, Texas, her and her family moved to Saudi
Arabia and lived there until she was six years old. They then moved to Bahrain, where Alia went
to elementary and middle school, and eventually emigrated back to Houston when Alia was
fourteen years old. Alia proceeded to attend high school in Houston and later decided to come to
Lewis & Clark College in 2010. She majored in Rhetoric and Media Studies and minored in
Studio Art, lived on campus for three and a half years and then commuted from her parents’
home in Portland for her second semester of senior year. While attending Lewis & Clark, Alia
was able to create lasting friendships as well as develop strong relationships with her professors,
such as Professor David Campion and Professor Bryan Sebok. She cites these connections as the
main reasons why she is extremely grateful for her experience at Lewis & Clark. After
graduating from Lewis & Clark in 2014, Alia spent another year in Portland concluding her
internship with Portlandia and then moved to Seattle, where she now works as a cake decorator
at a specialty cake shop and attends pastry school at the Seattle Culinary Academy.


Albertine, Alexander David (1973)

Dave Albertine spent his early years growing up in Gary, Indiana, which is a suburb of Chicago. His father’s name is Alexander Albertine. His mother’s name is Bernadette Cogozzo. In 1961 at the age of ten his family moved to Sherwood, Oregon. He graduated from Sherwood Union High School and was able to go to Lewis & Clark College with the support of his mother. He was an active member of Lambda Phi Epsilon and was an R.A. while attending Lewis & Clark. Lewis & Clark is also where he met his wife, Peggy. After graduating with his history degree, he became a teacher. He has recently retired and his kids have either graduated or are in college. He never moved from Portland and is still connected with the campus and other alumni living in the area.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Dave Albertine, conducted by Dean Rieniker on February 27, 2015. History Department, Spring Semester, 2015.


Avison, David (1968)

David Avison was born and raised in Salem, OR, among a family of lawyers. When he was a senior in high school he decided to attend Willamette University, since his father was terminally ill at the time and David didn’t want to be away from home. David switched from an engineering major to a history major in his sophomore year, and in 1965 he transferred to Lewis & Clark College after hearing about its esteemed history department. While at Lewis & Clark, David participated in student protests against the Vietnam War, and graduated as the student president of the class of 1968. After college, David enrolled in Officer Candidate School, and spent the next three years in active duty, where he held three commanding officer positions and was trained to be a military prosecutor. After spending one year of active duty in Vietnam, he attended law school and spent the next 21 years in the naval reserve. He currently practices estate-planning law in Portland, OR with his second wife and works with various nonprofits, including the United Church of Christ and the NW Baptist Foundation.


Balmer, Don (Professor Emeritus of Political Science, 1952-2000)

Don Balmer served in the United States Navy during World War II. Throughout his service he completed classes in civil engineering; however, after his release from the Navy following the conclusion of the war, his academic interests shifted to political science. After completing his PhD, Balmer joined the Political Science department at Lewis & Clark College, where he taught from 1952 to 2000. Along with two other professors, Balmer crafted the Education & Discovery program. Additionally, Balmer helped to establish the College’s early study abroad programs by facilitating class trips to Canada. Outside of the College, Balmer’s passion for academics led to his contributing to the Valley Migrant League and the Governor’s Committee on Migrant Children’s Education.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark Professor Don Balmer, conducted by Melissa Dean-Treseler on October 15, 2014. History Department, Fall Semester, 2014.


Barker, Paul (1971)

Paul Barker was born in Toledo, Oregon, and grew up on the Oregon Coast in a town called Newport. His father was a doctor, while his mother was heavily involved in volunteer work in their local community, which included being an active member of the county school board. Paul became interested in the Middle East as a young adult, and cultivated this interest during his time at Lewis & Clark when he took part in the college’s first overseas trip to Iran in 1968. After graduating from Lewis & Clark in 1971, Paul spent several decades in international aid organizations throughout the Middle East and Africa including: the Peace Corps Iran, Israel, the Westbank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. He also spent several years working with the organization CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) in Ethiopia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Palestine, establishing various programs aimed at the betterment of life for the populations the organization served. Although now retired, Paul remains an active participant in the Peace Corps Iran Association Advocacy Bulletin as its editor, in order to promote awareness amongst former volunteers about issues affecting the country.


Bolte, Matt (1989)

Matt Bolte was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He came to Lewis & Clark College to
play baseball and because it was a small, liberal arts college located in the city of
Portland. He majored in history and minored in Latin American Studies. Matt’s historical
research and senior thesis focused on the history of Native Americans in the Pacific
Northwest, on which he received guidance from his advisor and history professor Dr.
Stephen Dow Beckham, who is now retired. During Matt’s junior year, he studied abroad
for two trimesters in Écuador, which he described as an incredibly influential experience.
After working for various retail companies at locations in Denver, Boston, and New
York, Matt eventually took a job at Nike so his family could relocate to Portland. Matt
has worked as the Vice President of Global Merchandising for Nike since October, 2013.


Bookwalter, Margaret (1964) [Online Restriction]

Margaret Louis Bookwalter grew up in Portland, Oregon to a military family. She went to Lewis and Clark College in 1960, graduating in 1964. She majored in Languages with a focus on French and Latin, and a minor in Secondary Education. As a freshman, Ms. Bookwalter would eventually meet her future husband, a senior, Sumner Bookwalter. After a divorce, Ms. Bookwalter rekindled her relationship with Sumner, and they have been together ever since. At the age of 24 Ms. Bookwalter attended nursing school at Saint Luke’s in San Francisco. She graduated in the summer of 1970, where she was immediately sent to Vietnam. After spending a year in Vietnam, Ms. Bookwalter continued as a nurse in the army, serving at a variety of bases in the United States. After twenty years of service, Ms. Bookwalter retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. She currently lives with Sumner and her dog in San Diego.


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.


Brown, Jimmy (1974)

Jimmy Brown was born in Portland, Oregon. Since then, Jimmy has lived,
studied, and worked in many different communities throughout the Portland area.
He grew up in northeast Portland where—in 1970—approximately ninety percent
of Portland’s African American population lived. Jimmy began school at Lewis &
Clark college in 1970, and graduated from there in 1974 with a degree in
psychology. At Lewis & Clark he was one of very few African American students,
a fact that greatly impacted his experience on campus and in classes.
Throughout his time at Lewis & Clark Jimmy followed his passion for the social
services and participated in the University Year for Action program during his
junior and senior years. After college, Jimmy chose to stay in Portland and he
continued his work in the social services. He is married to Kathleen Brown who
was also a student at Lewis & Clark college.


Brown, Margaret "Margi" (1964)

Margaret “Margi” Brown was born in Portland, Oregon, and was raised in a Presbyterian family
in Lebanon, Oregon, until they moved to Laguna Beach, California, where she attended high
school. In Lebanon and Laguna, her father kept an optometry practice, and her mother was his
office manager, having gotten only a little bit of higher education before marrying. After
returning to Portland in 1960 to attend Lewis & Clark College as an undergraduate, Margi
graduated with the class of 1964 with a degree in elementary education. At Lewis & Clark,
Margi was active in her sorority and in the college’s theater department in her senior year, even
putting on a play in the city’s Rose Festival. She returned to Laguna immediately after
graduating, where she met her husband Don Brown, who was a parole officer for the California
Youth Authority. They had two daughters, born in 1968 and 1970. In 1971, their new family
picked up and moved back to Portland. There, Margi began to get involved in the desegregation
of Portland public schools through the Desegregation Monitoring Advising Committee (DMAC)
as her daughters were entering middle school in the early 1980s. She has since been extremely
active in the Presbyterian church for twenty-five years of her working life, and is also an active
member of the Democratic Party. Margi and Don now live in Northwest Portland. Their two
daughters are grown, and living in Portland and Florida respectively.


Burke, Kelly L. (1991)

Kelly L. Burke was born in Riverside, California but moved to the Sacramento area
when she was really young. She currently resides in Southeast, Portland with her wife, Dolores,
and her two kids Avery and Evan. During her time at Lewis & Clark, Kelly helped start the first
Queer Student Union, which at the time was called “Homophiles.” Since being at Lewis & Clark, Kelly participated in a lawsuit against the state of Oregon to help fight for herself and
other domestic partnerships to have the same rights as heterosexual couples.


Butler, Margaret (1980)

Margaret Butler was born, grew up and continues to reside in Portland, OR.
Margaret attended Franklin High School in Portland and entered Lewis & Clark in
the fall of 1975 with her twin sister Gillian. Margaret was a history major and graduated
with the class of 1980. She traveled to Kenya as part of LC’s overseas program in 1978
and returned to the United States wanting to help build African socialism. During a
year off from college after her sophomore year, Margaret started work as a switchboard
operator for the Multnomah County Library, where she joined the staff’s unionization
campaign. Her job at the library soon led to employment with Pacific Northwest Bell and
then the Communication Workers of America, as labor organizing grew into a career.
Margaret helped build Portland Jobs with Justice (JWJ), which has been influential in
struggles for workers’ justice, and served as JWJ’s executive director for sixteen years
before stepping down in 2012. In 2015 she was hired as executive director of the
American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Oregon. Margaret is currently
trying to figure out what’s next for herself and is involved with various projects
documenting the history of Portland Jobs with Justice.


Byrnes, Katie (1979)

Katie Byrnes was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1979 with a degree in Education. While attending Lewis & Clark, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Turkey, an experience that she cites as a defining moment in her life. She has many fond memories of her time at Lewis & Clark (even if the food wasn’t that great), which include attending events on campus and pulling pranks on her friends. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Katie worked for many years as a teacher in the Portland area. Katie and her husband Mike, who also graduated from Lewis & Clark, were high school sweethearts and are still together today! They have four children—three sons who attended Colorado College, and a daughter who attends Lewis & Clark—along with one granddaughter. Katie is very involved with alumni activities at Lewis & Clark and still keeps in touch with many of her friends from college

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Katie Byrnes, conducted by Allie Collins on March 3, 2015. History Department, Spring Semester, 2015.


Byrnes, Mike (1979)

Mike Byrnes is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and did not leave that town until he came to Portland, Oregon for college. Mike was part of the fencing team at Lewis & Clark, which was a top 24 program while he was here. Mike came to Lewis & Clark with his wife, Kate. They have been together since high school. They also both went to Turkey together to study abroad. Mike also had Materials as a history class and did the oral history project as well. They both came to Lewis & Clark in 1975 and graduated in 1979. After college, Mike worked in historic preservation, which included restoring old houses in the Willamette Valley. Mike is currently starting his own business in Portland, Oregon.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Mike Byrnes, conducted by Ben Sands on March 10, 2015. History Department, Spring Semester, 2015.


Campbell, Larry (1953)

Larry Campbell was born July 17, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa. His father worked for a telephone company, and the family moved to Oregon in order to take advantage of the job opportunities made available after the onset of WWII when he was nine. He attended Washington High School in Portland, and was the first member of his family to attend college. Larry started college immediately upon graduating from Washington High in 1949 and majored in Speech, with a “minor” in Political Science. He was President of the Young Republicans on campus, a member of the local fraternity Delta Tau Rho, and a participant on the school’s debate team. Larry’s favorite professors were Dr. Ulysses Grant Dubach and Dr. Neil Sabin. He lived at home his first two years, and the third in the chapter house of the fraternity, where he worked as a cook. After graduation in 1953, Larry went on to become Active Sergeant Major of the Military Police Battalion, a member of the Board of Trustees, and the Speaker of the Oregon House Legislature from 1991-1994. He founded his own lobbying company in Salem. He and his wife, Karlyn, have four sons and currently reside in Eugene, where they are both retired.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Larry Campbell, conducted by Gwen Matthews on March 17, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Campion, David (Associate Professor of History, 2002-)

David Campion was born in Madrid, Spain and moved to New York City when he was four years old. He attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and obtained a B.A. in History and English while maintaining his role in his university’s ROTC program. After he finished his undergraduate studies, he spent four years in the navy working as a managing engineer. During his time in the navy, Campion visited a variety of places ranging from Saudi Arabia to Nova Scotia. After completing his service, Campion attended the University of Virginia where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History with a focus on Indian and British studies. He is currently the department head of the Lewis & Clark College History department, where he has been teaching since 2002.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark faculty David Campion, conducted by Taylor Knudson on March 10, 2016. History Department, Spring Semester, 2016.


Carlson, Suzanne (1971)

Susanne Carlson was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She
lived in Lake Oswego until she left home for Willamette University where she entered a pre-med
program. Though it was not common during the 1960s, Susanne’s parents encouraged her to
pursue an education and a professional career. Though misogynistic conceptions of women’s
ability barred her from entering medical school, Susanne instead enrolled in Lewis and Clark
College where she earned a Master's degree in health, physical, education, and biology in 1971.
During her time at Lewis and Clark, Susanne participated in the women’s movement, fighting for
the right to abortion, birth control, and economic equality. Susanne also stood against the United
State’s war in Vietnam and even volunteered for the Red Cross at anti-war protests. Susanne is
currently a healthcare practitioner in Portland, Oregon and is married to Bruce Odekirk, an
applied physicist. Susanne and Bruce have five children together; two biological and three
adopted. To this day, Susanne remains passionate about her activism and considers it just as
relevant today as it was during the 1960s and 1970s.


Chao, Hong (1985)


Chao, Michelle (2000)

Michelle Chao was born in the mountains of Thailand and fled to a refugee camp in Laos
when she was one-year-old with her parents and two brothers. She immigrated to the United
States when she was three in 1981. Her and her family worked as laborers all throughout her
childhood while living in Portland. She went to Madison High School in Portland. She started
school at Lewis and Clark College in 1996 and graduated in 2000. She lived on campus for
her first year at school and after that moved in with her fiancées family. After school she
worked at US bank in the loans department for thirteen years, before going back to school at
Lewis and Clark Law School. She now works as a real estate agent with the goal giving back
to local communities because of all the people who helped her achieve her goals.


Charnquist, Chuck (1958)

Chuck Charnquist spent his formative years in northeast Portland. While neither of his parents attended high school, they were able to find work in Portland. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School. Due to the military draft in effect, he completed his studies in January of 1956 but graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree. He majored in journalism and minored in political science. While attending Lewis & Clark he edited the school’s newspaper and worked at the Oregonian. After returning from military service overseas he worked at the Oregonian, the Wall Street Journal, and Portland State before returning to work for Lewis & Clark.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Chuck Charnquist, conducted by Luke Carlson on March 9, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Chenoweth, Dolores Wiley (1962)

Dolores Wiley Chenoweth was born in Portland, Oregon in 1940. Her father was a union worker glazier, and her mother a stay at home mom. Dolores grew up in Portland and attended Multnomah Elementary School and Wilson High School before attending Lewis & Clark. She had an older brother who graduated from Lewis & Clark in 1958. When it came time for her to enter college, Dolores applied and was accepted to Oregon State and Pacific University but ultimately decided to attend Lewis & Clark after having seen what great experiences her brother had at the college. Dolores began her career at Lewis & Clark in the Fall of 1948 and graduated in 1962 with degrees in journalism and sociology. Though she lived at home with her parents during her time of attendance to the school, Dolores was greatly involved in the schools community. In addition to working on campus, Dolores was part of a sorority and eventually worked her way up to become the editor of The Pioneer Log her senior year. Following graduation, Dolores married and moved to Eugene, Oregon where she began her career. Initially she pursued a career in social work before working for Pacific Power and Light in Portland where she was one of only 3 women in a company of 3,000 who held a non-clerical position. Before her retirement Dolores ran her own consulting firm.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Dolores Wiley Chenoweth, conducted by Sophia Lee on March 20, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Chew, Bettina (1984)

Bettina Chew was born in Portland, Oregon in 1928. She began attending Lewis & Clark College in 1945 and attended for two years before dropping out to take a course in medical tech at a local hospital. During those two years, she worked to pay for her schooling and was part of a sophomore organization called Sacagawea, headed by Morgan Odell’s wife. She married Weldon Gedrose, a Lewis & Clark student himself, soon after becoming a medical tech. Upon his death, she married Norman Chew. During the course of these two marriages, she had four children, lived in Canada for a while, and then in Indianapolis, before coming back to Oregon. She returned to Lewis & Clark after the death of her second husband and completed her degree in international affairs, which allowed her to volunteer at the World Affairs Council after graduation.


Cole, Eloise (1954)

Raised in Stockton, California, Eloise Wood moved to Portland at the behest of her grandfather, a prominent physician, in order to attend Lewis & Clark College. Initially an education and counseling major, she later changed her course of study to sociology. A popular and active member of the Alpha Gamma sorority, she met her first husband Tom Hannah on-campus, where he was a member of the Sigma fraternity. After graduation, Eloise moved to Beaverton with her husband, where she later earned her education degree and worked as a schoolteacher until her retirement in 1991.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Eloise Cole, conducted by Josh Freeman on April 3, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Cole, Jim (1954)

Jim Cole graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1954, having enrolled following junior college in 1952. He was born in Portland into a middle-class family and attended Glenhill Grade School and Benson Polytechnic High School. After the Korean War broke out, Cole joined the Air Force National Guard so as to avoid being drafted into the military. During this time, he visited Lewis and Clark several times to borrow books from the library and play in the band. After leaving the Air Force, Cole got into Lewis & Clark thanks to special offers made by the college. He majored in business administration, while living at his parent’s house, and went on to work in realty and insurance.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Jim Cole, conducted by Deane Rynerson on April 3, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Cole, Jim R. (1954)

Jim Cole grew up and went to Benson High School in Portland, Oregon. He attended a junior college in 1948 before joining the army during the Korean War in 1950. He then joined the air force and occupied a desk job, keeping record of each war. He never experienced combat because his superior didn’t want to lose him and his good work ethic. Jim found out about Lewis & Clark College through his girlfriend who attended the school. When his tour of duty was done, Jim Cole enrolled in Lewis & Clark College in 1952. He majored in business and was very active on campus, becoming a member of a band and of a fraternity. He went on to get a Masters degree and work in insurance companies. He has two children and four grandchildren. Twenty years after his wife passed away, he remarried a Lewis & Clark alumni. He met her at the 50th Class of 1954 reunion. Jim Cole is now part of the Albany society, which is an active alumni group. In 2009, he was elected president of the Alumni Society and is now its treasurer.


Cormac, Janet (1976)

Originally from Camas, Washington, Janet earned her bachelor's degree in History from Lewis & Clark in 1976. Interestingly enough, she only applied to two places: Lewis and Clark and Western Washington University. She ultimately chose Lewis & Clark over the latter. She did her senior research project on the Japanese Internment Camp at the Expo Center during WWII and was subsequently published in a quarterly review. While a student at Lewis & Clark, Historical Materials was her favorite class. Janet graduated in three years with a sterling GPA. While a student at Lewis & Clark she read for leisure and took piano and organ lessons and, as an Akin resident, was able to practice quite frequently in the nearby chapel. Janet received a Masters in Librarianship at the University of Washington in 1978. After earning her master's degree, she went to the University of Oregon and earned a second bachelor's in Computer and Information Science. Gaining another master's in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon later in life, Janet remarked on her interest in managing information and information systems. As a 4th generation Oregonian, she is somewhat troubled by the rapid growth of Portland but still calls this place home.


Cox, Janice (1955)

Janice Cox grew up on a farm close to Mt. Angel, Oregon as an only child. She attended Lewis & Clark College for two years from the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1953. Mrs. Cox entered the college as a philosophy major until she changed her course focus to Business. In September 1951 she met Bill Cox, an Education major in the class of 1952, and the two of them married in September 1953. Mrs. Cox left Lewis & Clark when they married in order to make home for her family. Bill Cox went on to receive his Bachelor’s in Education, Bachelor’s in Business, and a Masters in Education from Lewis & Clark College. Mrs. Cox has been an active supporter of the college and has helped with the alumni fund.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Janice Cox, conducted by Haley Best on April 7, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Cummings, William "Bill" (1969)

William (Bill) Cummings was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska , living with his two working-class parents and one sister until his time at Lewis & Clark. He graduated from Lewis & Clark in 1969 with a degree in History, and was very active in the school’s band during his time here. He lived on campus all four years, and lived in Forest Hall his first year at the school. After graduating from Lewis & Clark, he moved back to Anchorage for work, and eventually found his way back to Lewis & Clark for law school. He worked in the Alaskan state government for many years until his retirement when he finally settled in Juneau, Alaska. He and a partner started a law firm where Bill now works as an attorney, working mainly in civil law. He currently still resides in Juneau with his wife.


Curtis, Ed (1973)

Ed Curtis is a Portland native and grew up in the Northeast section of the city. Neither of
his parents attended college. His mother was a secretary for a local school district, and his
father was a carpenter and later a weights and measures Inspector for the State of Oregon.
Ed attended Lewis & Clark starting in 1969 and graduated in 1973. He was involved in
forensic debate in his time there, as well as enjoying employment as an RA in Juniper. He
described his most significant courses as his Communications (now Rhetoric and Media
Studies) and German classes. In his senior year, he was encouraged by one of the German
faculty members, Angela Young, to participate in the inaugural Year in Munich program.
Around fifteen Lewis & Clark students, as well as students from other various
institutions, attended the program. It ran from August 1972 to July 1973. On January
25th, 1973, a protest organized by students at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat Munchen
against the Bavarian Higher Education Law took place in the main square of the
University, the Geschweister-Scholl-Platz. Ed and other Lewis & Clark students were
explicitly told not to participate, in fear that Lewis & Clark trustees would defund the
new study abroad program. After the protest, classes on the LMU campus were canceled
for a week. Ed had many insightful comments about the German education system, the
history that the protest drew on, and German militarization. After he graduated from
Lewis & Clark, Ed stayed in the Portland area, with his wife, who was also a Lewis &
Clark alumna. He was a high school teacher for 37 years.


Devereux, M.G. (1994)

MG Devereux attended Lewis & Clark College from 1990 to 1994. MG was a double major
in political science and history. The defining factor of his Lewis & Clark experience was
being a member of the Speech and Debate team. MG dedicated most of his time to
practicing and competing for the College’s Speech and Debate team and sculpted many
other realms of his life around the lessons he learned while a member of the team. MG went
on to pursue a master’s degree at Portland State University in Public Administration (MPA)
from 1997 to 1999. He now works as the Deputy Director at Oregon Parks and Recreation
Department. Before attending Lewis & Clark, MG had lived in Missouri, Idaho, Colorado,
and Connecticut. However, after coming to the Pacific Northwest, he quickly became fond
of Portland and is here to stay.


Dodds, Dinah (Professor Emeritus of German Studies 1972-2008)

Dinah Dodds spent her formative years in Oakland, California, and attended a high school for girls in Berkeley. Upon graduation she pursued a Zoology major at Pomona College, which led her to accept a position as a lab technician in a Zoology lab at the University of Göttingen in Germany. During her three years there, she discovered her great passion for German literature and decided to change her academic focus. When she returned to the United States, she began graduate school in German Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she got a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. Dinah Dodds came to Lewis & Clark College in 1972 upon completion of her Ph.D. program and taught German in the Foreign Languages department, later serving as Chair of the department for a number of years until her retirement in 2008. She returned for an additional two years as Chair of the Music department. Dodds remains deeply involved with the Lewis & Clark community, largely through the Dinah Dodds Endowment for International Studies created in her name.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark Professor Dinah Dodds, conducted by Kate Wackett on October 22, 2014. History Department, Fall Semester, 2014.


Dodson, Arleigh (Professor Emeritus of Chemistry 1960-1990)

Arleigh Dodson was born in 1932 in McMinnville, Oregon. He moved with his family to Michigan after his parents graduated from Linfield College. Dodson graduated from Redlands High School before attending Kalamazoo College. He received his Ph.D. from University of Michigan before joining the Lewis & Clark chemistry department as a professor from 1960 to 1990. He was highly involved within the school, becoming the Dean of the College, athletic director, national eligibility director for the NCAA, and the head of the chemistry department during his time at Lewis & Clark. He has continued to pursue his passion for education since his retirement, working with struggling students at high schools and in numerous volunteer positions. He currently lives with his family in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark Professor Arleigh Dodson, conducted by Nick Ellis on October 8, 2014. History Department, Fall Semester, 2014.


Downey, Rodney (1950)

Rod Downey was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to Downey, California for elementary school. As a sophomore in high school, he moved again to Sherwood, Oregon, where he graduated from Sherwood Union High School. After his time in the United States Navy, he attended University of Oregon on the G.I. Bill at age 20. He transferred to Lewis & Clark a year later in 1947. Mr. Downey was a commuter student, an Education major, and a member of Sigma Alpha Sigma at Lewis & Clark. He was a guard on the basketball team and brought Lewis & Clark to their first sports championship in 1949. After graduating in 1950, Mr. Downey was a teacher for third through eighth grades, a vice principal, and a basketball referee for 20 years. He has been married to his wife for 65 years, and has 2 children. Mr. Downey is currently active at Lewis & Clark in the Albany Society and the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Rodney Downey, conducted by julia Withers on April 5, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Downey, Rodney (1950)

Rodney Downey was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved around a few times with his family before settling in Sherwood, Oregon. He was in the Navy during World War II right out of high school, working as a signalman on a light cruiser. Afterwards, he attended University of Oregon for one year. He played on the basketball team at University of Oregon before he transferred to Lewis & Clark in 1947. Downey continued playing basketball at Lewis & Clark, where his team was the first athletic team at Lewis & Clark to win the Northwest Conference championship. Downey got married while still finishing up his undergraduate education and then graduated in 1950 with a health and physical education major. He currently resides in Sherwood with his wife Susie of 66 years.


Edwards, Peter (1988)

Peter Edwards was born in Seattle, Washington. His mother was a teacher and his father was a banker. He decided he wanted to go to a small liberal arts college, so he chose to go to Lewis and Clark College. He originallythought he was going to be a Business major, but quickly decided that he would rather be an International Affairs major. In his junior year he decided to be a History major as well. While at Lewis and Clark, Mr. Edwards was active in the rowing club, going on to coach the team after he graduated in 1988. He also wrote an opinion column for the Pioneer Log his senior year. After graduation, Peter decided he wanted to go to graduate school to become a professor. He worked for a couple of years before applying, and then decided to become a teacher instead. He currently teaches History and Social Studies at Beaverton High School. He has a wife and two children, and he still volunteers with local rowing clubs.


Elywin, Reed (1979)

Reed Elwyn was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, eventually leaving to attend Lewis & Clark College. Elwyn studied abroad in Egypt, running into various "adventures" including: hepatitis, a major bus crash on the Suez Canal, a trip to Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall in the height of Soviet Rule. Elwyn was a history major at L&C who took historical Materials. Post-grad, he taught mathematics at the middle and high school levels.


Engelhard, Klaus (Professor Emeritus of French and German, 1969-2002)

Klaus Engelhardt was born in Germany in 1936 and moved to Munich in 1945 at the age of nine years old. He attended the University of Munich for both undergraduate and graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in Romance Languages, specifically French. Aside from speaking his native German, he speaks Latin, English and French and has picked up bits of other languages over the years. He received a job offer from George Sinclair, the head of Lewis & Clark College’s Foreign Languages Department to teach French and German. Shortly afterwards, both he and his wife, Marie, moved to Portland in 1969. He has two children, a son and a daughter. His daughter was part of Lewis & Clark’s graduating class in 2000. Over his years at the school, Professor Engelhardt served as a program director for many of L&C’s overseas and abroad programs, as a faculty advisor for SAAB, and also as the Foreign Language Department Chair. He retired in 2002 and is now listed as a Professor Emeritus. He continues to teach German to children at a local community center.

Professor Engelhardt remains active on campus through his visits to the library and the gym, as well as through continued involvement with the Overseas Office and the Alumni Office.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark Professor Klaus Engelhardt, conducted by Heather Schadt on October 16, 2014. History Department, Fall Semester, 2014.


Fields-Nelson, Diana (1960)

Diana Fields-Nelson was born in Southeast Portland to Austin and Gladys Fields along with her two sisters Donna and Joyce and their older brother. Austin worked as an electrician for most of his life, while Gladys was a secretary and became a stay-at-home mother to take care of her children. Diana attended Franklin High School where she discovered her interests in biology, English literature, and math. In 1956, Diana and twin-sister Donna enrolled at Lewis & Clark where their older sister was attending school. Both top-notch students, Donna and Diana received full-ride scholarships for their first year of college. As a freshman, Diana became actively involved on-campus as the vice-president of her class and a member of the Alpha Gamma sorority. During her four years at Lewis & Clark, Diana was struck by the intelligence and enthusiasm of the faculty and staff, particularly President John Howard who took an interest in getting to know as many students as possible.

As a senior at LC, Diana met her future husband Richard Nelson, a junior at the time, who was also involved in a fraternity on campus. In 1960, Diana graduated from Lewis & Clark with a degree in Clinical Psychology. Upon graduating, Diana continued to live at home with her father after her mother passed away the year prior. Her first job was a low-paying position at Portland State University teaching one class a semester. Shortly after that, Diana found a job with the Portland school system as a psychologist for several years before choosing to become a stay-at-home mother. Once her kids were grown up, Diana worked for ten years until retirement as the program director at the Volunteer Center in downtown Portland.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Diana Fields-Nelson, conducted by Nina Manno on March 16, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Floren, Don (1953)

Don Floren is a local to Willamette Valley. Though he was born in Oregon City, his family moved shortly afterward to N. Portland. He arrived at Lewis & Clark in the fall of 1949, with aspirations of becoming a journalist. Don double majored in English literature and philosophy and worked for the Pioneer Log as a sports writer. He was a member of Kappa Phi Alpha for three years and speaks of the significant impact Greek life had on him. After graduating; Don did his military service in Fort Ord, California at clerk-typist school before earning a teaching degree and ultimately ending up as a technical writer and management specialist at Tektronix. Don met his wife of sixty years at Lewis and Clark and still feels that he is returning home when he visits the campus.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Don Floren, conducted by Dan Sizer on March 16, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Frank, Jim (1985)

Jim Frank is a financial advisor lviing in the Portland area with a buiness in Lake Oswego. He began his career as a financial advisor in 1997 with Smith Barney, and moved to his current employment in 2009. He attended Lewis & Clark College from 1981-1985 where he majored in history and 'minored' in business administration. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on campus, ran the school forum series, and studied abroad in Scotland for two quarters.


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.


Garrett, Lee (Professor Emeritus of Music, 1973-2002)

Lee Garrett was introduced to organ music in his family’s Episcopal church at age three. Animated by the grandeur of that sound, he dedicated his life to mastering and teaching the instrument. When he encountered Lewis & Clark’s Casavant, the world’s largest circular hanging organ, it struck him as confident and restrained, assertive and gentle. Garrett stayed at Lewis & Clark for twenty-nine years, teaching private organ lessons and courses in music theory and music history. He witnessed the presidencies of John R. Howard and Jim Gardner. In addition to teaching and chairing the music department, he offered consults on organ design to Portland churches and played the Casavant at Lewis & Clark’s special events. Garrett now serves as curator of the organ, maintaining the $1.5 million instrument.

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Lee Garrett, conducted by Caleb Diehl on October 27, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Getty, Barbara (1956)

Barbara Getty was born in Portland, Oregon in 1934. Her father was a cabinet-maker and her mother was a dressmaker. She attended Grant High School until she began her time at Lewis & Clark in 1952. She commuted for three years before winning a grant in aid so she could live on campus her senior year. She began her time at Lewis & Clark majoring in Business but changed to Music her junior year due to her love for the piano and the organ. During her time at Lewis & Clark, Barbara sang in the choir, which she considers to be her most rewarding and memorable college experience. She was also in a sorority, a music organization, and was the treasurer of the Associated Women of Lewis & Clark. After college, Barbara worked at a bank and taught elementary school. She eventually returned to Lewis & Clark where she taught calligraphy. Calligraphy and Handwriting have been a large part of Barbara’s life. Barbara has published a book about handwriting and traveled the country hosting workshops on handwriting for medical professionals. These workshops even took her to Florence, Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark, where she gave a presentation for the World Health Organization. Barbara has traveled extensively. She taught 3rd grade in Ankra, Turkey for a year and has also taken various trips around Europe with her friends and family. Barbara speaks very positively of her professors at Lewis & Clark and believes that Lewis & Clark “made her a human."

Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Barbara Getty, conducted by Marlena Williams on April 6, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.


Gillespie, David Ben (1972)

David grew up in Oregon City and attended Lewis & Clark College from fall of 1967 to spring of 1972. He was heavily involved in campus life, particularly with an on-campus fraternity and Resident Advisor duties. He graduated with a degree in accounting and went on to work in public and municipal accounting for the remainder of his career. He spent his first two years in municipal accounting for a local school district, which convinced him to stay in that type of work for the rest of his career. This was his term as a conscientious objector.


Goe, Ken (1976)

After growing up in Denver, Colorado, Ken Goe attended Lewis and Clark College from 1972 to
1976. He was involved with the Pioneer Log and Student Government on campus but cites his
study abroad experience in Europe during his sophomore year as his favorite time during his stay
at Lewis & Clark College. Ken recalls hitchhiking around the Scottish Highlands, avoiding
British food and meeting local folk all while developing a closer connection to the cites he
studied as a communications and history major. On campus, an array of interesting and, at times,
problematic professors, a heated intramural football game and time spent with friends allow Ken
to look fondly back to his time as a pioneer before he became a sports journalist for the


Goldsmith, Daena (1986)

Daena Goldsmith grew up in Redmond, OR. Her father was a lineman for the power
company and her mother worked with the school district. After being recruited to the Lewis &
Clark debate team in 1982, Daena graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in
Communication. She met her husband, Michael Alberty, through speech and debate, and Daena
got both her masters and doctorate at the University of Washington. Daena specializes in inter-
personal communication is currently a professor here at Lewis & Clark in the Rhetoric & Media
studies department. Her current research focuses on the mothering of autistic children, which
introduced her to the neurodiversity movement, for which she is now a proud advocate. She
currently lives in Tualatin with her husband, Michael, and their son Graehm.