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From 1950 to 1959

  • Anthony “Tony” L. Casciato JD ’50
    AC

    The Honorable Anthony “Tony” L. Casciato died of congestive heart failure September 7, 2015. He was 97 years old.

    Tony was born on November 1, 1917, in Portland. He and his twin brother, Alfredo (who died in infancy), were the fifth and sixth children of Giuseppe and Teresina Casciato. Tony graduated from Commerce (later Cleveland) High School. He attended Multnomah College and the University of Portland, graduating from the latter in 1941. Tony worked for the Bonneville Power Administration until he was drafted in 1942. Following his return from service during World War II, he studied law.

    In 1950, Tony married Dolores “Dede” Carlo. They had four children.

    Admitted to the bar in 1951, Tony practiced law until 1971, when he was appointed to the municipal bench (later the District/Circuit Court) for Multnomah County. He retired in 1993.

    Love of family, friends, the law, and sports characterized Tony’s life. A quintessential family man, he instilled in his children a sense of fair play, a love of learning, a ferocious work ethic, and an abiding loyalty to family and friends. His love for his old neighborhood of South Portland and its denizens never left him and to the very end, nothing made him happier than recounting stories from his youth. He considered the law a noble profession and saw it as a tool for helping others. Sports, particularly baseball, were both a passion and a solace. A gifted athlete, he played semi-pro baseball in his youth and never lost his love for the game or his favorite team, the New York Yankees. One of the greatest experiences of his life was attending the Yankees fantasy baseball camp at the age of 82 with his son Peter. He was a devoted member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, where he played squash for many years.

    Although he could be somewhat reserved, Tony enjoyed the company of others. He was particularly good with very young children, entering into their lives and interests with enthusiasm and gusto. To older children and young adults, he was an approachable father figure, someone who could offer thoughtful advice and sympathetic understanding. In his professional capacity he was a mentor and guide to legions of young lawyers, many of whom credit their subsequent success to his wise counsel. Those who were old or sick found in him a sympathetic presence and a ready listener.

    A voracious reader, Tony routinely read the newspaper—paying special attention to the sports coverage—and all the books he could get his hands on. He was particularly fond of history and biography. Art was another favorite activity.

    Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Dede, and his son Peter. He is survived by his son Tom; his daughters, Mary Jo Binker and Nancy Casciato; his daughters-in-law, Regina Casciato and Kathleen Hughes; his sons-in-law, Roland Binker and Kenn Walton; six grandchildren; and many devoted relatives and friends.

  • Robert “Bob” Ringo JD ’51
    RR

    Robert “Bob” Ringo JD ’51 passed away on April 5, 2017, at the age of 92.

    Born in Spokane, Washington, on August 18, 1924, Bob moved with his family to Portland as a young child. He joined the Army Air Corps as soon as he graduated high school, becoming a commissioned flight officer and fighting in World War II as a bombardier in the 95th Bomb Squadron, 17th Bomb Group. Bob received several medals and honors, and was named Veteran of the Year in 2010.

    Following his service, Bob attended the University of Oregon, where he also began his legal education. He transferred to Northwestern School of Law in order to assist his mother, who lived in Portland. Shortly after graduating, he began a law practice in Corvallis while also working part-time as a deputy assistant attorney. Bob had a long and distinguished career as a trial attorney, developing a respected law firm that grew to its current formation of Ringo, Stuber, Ensor, Hadlock & Smith PC. He also served as president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, was named Oregon Trial Lawyer of the Year, and served on many boards, including the Oregon State Board of Bar Governors and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

    An active philanthropist, Bob supported many causes. Closest to his heart was the Good Samaritan Hospital, for which he led the governing and foundation boards and which he helped to provide free mental health care to local veterans.

    Bob was a devoted family man and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by four of his five children: Molly, Charlie, Julie, and Mary Ellen. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert Irvin, who died in 2011; his first wife, Kathryn Reese, to whom he was married for 37 years, and who passed in 1989; and his second wife, Jane Crider, to whom he was married for 20 years, and who passed in 2013.

  • BC

    Betty Nadine Ingebritson Crofoot passed away April 26, 2016, in Beaverton, Oregon. She was 90 years old.

    Betty was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 21, 1925, to Idor Bernard Ingebritson and Ethel Sarah (McClintick) Ingebriston. She attended Portsmouth Grade School, Roosevelt High School, and the University of Oregon. She opened a private law practice in Multnomah County, Oregon, and later worked as house counsel for the Port of Portland.

    On February 11, 1954, she married Emory John Crofoot.

    Betty is survived by her daughter Mary Crofoot Olsen Douglas; daughter-in-law Barbra Usselman Crofoot; and grandchildren Ameila Crofoot, Tsaina Crofoot, Sarah M. Olsen, and Elizabeth A. Olsen. She was predeceased by her parents, spouse, and son Emory John Crofoot Jr.

  • Roy Madsen JD ’53
    RM
    • 09/01/2011

      Shared his life story with high school students in Sitka, Alaska, at the Color of Justice, an annual event designed to encourage diversity in the legal profession.

  • AA

    Alvin “Al” Lawrence Andrews passed away December 25, 2015, at his home. He was 88 years old.

    Al was born March 12, 1927, to Ellis and Leona Andrews. He was raised in Ontario, Oregon, where he lived until graduating from high school and joining the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. Following his discharge, Al attended Eastern Oregon State College and the University of Oregon until he was recalled to active duty at the onset of the Korean conflict to serve aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Boxer. After his military service he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon.

    Al worked as partner in the firm of Fitzwater, Fitzwater and Andrews before beginning a solo neighborhood practice in North Portland in the late 1960s. He closed his office in early 2000 to become a full-time caregiver for his beloved wife, Darlene (Devine), whose death preceded his.

    Al was a member of the Oregon State Bar, Bethel Baptist Church, and Peninsula Kiwanis Club for over 50 years. He was a longtime supporter of the Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp for children with special needs. He was also a member of the U.S.S. Boxer Association and had an interest in hunting, hiking, genealogy, stained glass, music, and the Oregon Ducks.

    Al is survived by his children, Connie Stahly, Kris Wilkinson, Steve Andrews, Dixon Andrews, and Tony Andrews; two sisters, Florence Conant and Margaret Diehl; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and close friend Betty Doble.

  • Donald B. Bowerman JD ’59
    DB
    • 02/10/2015

      Was named in the 19th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense, and personal injury litigation. Bowerman is with the Oregon City firm Bowerman & David.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense, and personal injury litigation.

  • WB
    • 09/01/2013

      Was honored by the Colorado Bar Association for his 50 years of outstanding service to the legal community. During his career Braucher was commerce counsel in the law department of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, as well as assistant attorney general for Colorado and counsel to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. In his private law practice, Braucher specialized in transportation law, representing carrier and shipper interests before state and federal agencies and federal court. He was appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to the position of trustee in the liquidation of a major Denver-based motor carrier before retiring in 2000.

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