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    • 02/21/2019

      Virginia “Gin” Lauritsen JD ’75, February 14, 2019, age 78. 

      Gin moved in 1943 from Arkansas, after the mill where her father worked burned and his employer offered him a job in Oregon. The family lived in Finn Rock and the Vida area before moving to Springfield in 1948. Gin earned a bachelor’s degree in math and chemistry from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in mathematics from Arizona State University.

      Gin worked as in-house counsel for a number of companies in California, including Universal Television and BP, before retiring and moving back to Springfield in 1995. In 1998, a friend suggested she serve on the Lane Transit District’s budget committee. A short time later, the governor appointed Gin to the LTD board, on which she would serve for eight years. A year into that appointment, she ran for the Springfield Utility Board seat she would hold for two decades. Gin was recognized for her public service by the Lane Council of Governments and Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

      Over the years, Gin also volunteered as a nature guide at Dorris Ranch. “Springfield is home,” she said in an 2010 interview. “I measure where I am on this planet by how far I am from Springfield.”

      Gin is survived by one of her three sisters, Anne Ballew, as well as three nephews.

    • 07/10/2015

      Richard “Dick” John Whittemore JD ’92 passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2015, having suffered cardiac arrest following a weekend of racing his BMW 325 in Auburn, Washington. He was 59 years old.

      Dick was born January 19, 1956, in Portland to Dr. James P. and Mary Margaret Whittemore. He attended St. Thomas More Grade School and Jesuit High School, from which he graduated in 1974. He earned a BA cum laude in philosophy from Colorado College in 1978. While a law student, Dick worked nights at Abernethy’s Restaurant so he could serve a clerkship for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Charles Crookham. He remained close to Crookham and delivered a eulogy at the judge’s funeral service in 2004.

      Dick joined the firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in 1984 and was a senior shareholder. An expert in product liability defense, clergy malpractice, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation, he was a member of the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho bar associations and practiced law for more than 30 years. “Dick was the consummate professional and partner and a tremendous legal advocate equally respected by his clients, adversaries, and judges hearing his cases,” said Loren Podwill, president of Bullivant Houser Bailey. “He was a devoted teacher, spending endless hours working with newer lawyers, teaching them the tools of the trade and professionalism, and volunteering his time to judge local and national legal competitions. Dick carried himself through the world with confidence, grace, and dignity.” He had a reputation for speaking softly, listening intently, and thinking logically.

      Dick had a deep respect for the law, but his personal passion was motor racing. He traveled the Pacific Northwest participating in Sports Car Club of America races and collected numerous checkered flags throughout his racing career.

      In 1997, Dick was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and underwent six months of aggressive treatment. During this time, his dedication to his clients and his firm never wavered, and he continued to work at a high level. In 2008, Dick was diagnosed with a more aggressive form of NHL, but he succeeded in surviving both the formidable treatment and the disease with quiet strength.

      Dick was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, which he served as national board representative president-elect. He was a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and served as a regional judge for the 2015 National Trial Competition of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He was also a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and the University Club of Portland, which he served as president in 2006.

      Dick is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Carolyn; sisters Kathy Johnson and Susan Honeyman; brother James Whittemore; nieces Libby Rasmussen and Katherine Byrne; and nephews Blake Whittemore, Michael Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Andrew Honeyman, and Kevin Honeyman.

    • 08/17/2016

      Stuart “Stu” Sugarman JD ’91 passed away March 28, 2016, from diabetes-related causes. He was 52 years old.

      Stu was born May 16, 1963, in Jericho, New York. He attended Jericho Senior High School and earned a BS in marine science and biology from the University of Miami.

      A partner at the Portland law firm Warren & Sugarman, Stu was known for his devotion to providing every defendant with a robust representation. He assisted people in their darkest moments and was known to take even the smallest cases seriously. Stu took on numerous pro bono cases, particularly on behalf of activists. He most recently defended—for free—the seven Greenpeace protesters charged in connection with a 2015 incident during which activists suspended themselves from Portland’s St. Johns Bridge in an effort to halt oil drilling in the Arctic.

      Stu was respected and loved by all who knew him. He is remembered for his humor, wit, fairness, honesty, and selflessness. An avid cyclist, Stu was a frequent participator in Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride and Cycle Oregon. He was also a longtime volunteer at the Oregon Country Fair.

      Stu is survived by his son, Riley; his mother, Pearl Sugarman; and his siblings Steven and Lori Sugarman, among other relatives.

    • 01/21/2018

      Joseph L. Udall JD ’74, January 21, 2018.

    • 08/17/2016

      William “Sam” S. Simpson JD ’81 of Otsego, Michigan, passed away June 9, 2015. He was 68 years old.

      Sam was born February 7, 1947, to Florence and Ray Simpson. He graduated from Otsego High School with honors and attended Michigan State University, where he met his wife of 43 years, Elaine K. Sheehan.

      After returning to his hometown of Otsego, Sam was employed by Old Kent Bank as a commercial loan documentation officer. He later specialized in wills, trusts, and banking regulations. Sam also served on the Otsego City Commission and helped establish the Otsego Area Historical Society.

      Sam had a lifelong interest in amateur radio; his call sign was KC8OZG. His passions were cooking, the Upper Peninsula, and animal welfare.

    • 04/10/2017

      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.

    • 11/02/2015

      Brian Orazetti JD ’96 lost his valiant fight with brain cancer on October 11, 2015. He was 48 years old.

      Brian was born August 1967 in Portland. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1985 and the University of Oregon with a BA in biology and psychology in 1988. He was admitted to the California bar in 1998.

      Brian worked for several firms before creating his own practice in Morro Bay, California, in 2006. Specializing in medical malpractice and employment discrimination, he loved to fight for the underdog and defend those who could not otherwise protect themselves in court.

      Brian spent his last days at home in the loving embrace of his family and friends. He leaves behind his parents, Penny Harrington and Richard Orazetti; brother Ricardo Orazetti; aunt Roberta Webber; uncle Michael Ledyard; the mother of his child, Siobhan O’Toole, who is herself walking with cancer; and the light of his life, his beloved daughter Aine Eileen O’Toole, who is 12 years old.

    • 08/17/2016

      Gary Marlette died on February 16, 2016, at his home. He was 76 years old.

      Gary was born on March 26, 1939, in Redfield, South Dakota. He attended Redfield High School, where he was a football and track athlete, a member of the glee and chorus clubs, and active in many other student organizations.

      Soon after he graduated high school, Gary’s family moved to Longview, Washington, and he enrolled at St. Martin’s College in Lacey. In 1964, he began law school and married JoAnn Berks. The couple moved to Baker, Oregon, after Gary graduated and he practiced law there until he retired in 2007. He and his family enjoyed many summers on the Snake River while bird hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and skiing.

      Gary is survived by his wife, two daughters, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

    • 12/01/2017

      Norman David Malbin JD ’85 died of heart failure on October 1, 2017, at the age of 68.

      A Portland labor lawyer who served for more than two decades as general counsel for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48, Norman was an influential and highly respected figure in the Oregon labor movement. Hundreds of union activists were trained at the annual Oregon Labor Law Conference, which he founded in 1996 and directed until his retirement three years ago. He wrote a pamphlet while still in private practice, explaining wage and hour law in layperson’s language. It is still widely read by workers of all trades who deal with wage theft and other abuses of nonunion contractors.

      Norman inherited a passion for social justice from his parents, both of whom paid a price for their convictions during the McCarthy era. His father, Dr. Morris Malbin, treated workers in Portland’s shipyards during World War II and was instrumental in setting up Kaiser’s pioneering group health insurance plan for union members during and after the war. Dr. Malbin also passed along a passion for sailing to his son, who always joked that he wanted to be a tugboat captain when he grew up.

      Norman studied psychology at the University of Denver, planning to be a child psychologist. He took a series of jobs with nonprofits dealing with youth unemployment and delinquency, but a stint as director of research for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries sparked an interest in labor law, and he began taking night classes at Lewis & Clark Law School.

      Norman spent three years with two different firms before opening his own office. He served both unions and individual workers without union protection. At IBEW Local 48 Norman provided free legal services at the union hall, where union members could get advice on a wide variety of legal problems. Though he formally retired in 2014, he continued to do work for IBEW. Two of the last projects Norman worked on were union research on job discrimination against women electricians and a grant proposal for FASCETS, a pioneering nonprofit founded by his sister Diane Malbin to educate people about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and other neurobehavioral conditions.

      Behind Norm’s take-charge personality and booming voice was a caring and sensitive man with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was skilled at conflict resolution and generous in spirit and deed, extending himself time and again to people needing help. He loved a good argument, not just for the thrill of competition but out of genuine curiosity and confidence that his adversaries had something to teach him. He took pride in the fact that his children were both union members and politically active. He was most in his element sailing the Columbia River and the San Juan Islands, coaching his sons’ soccer teams during their respective middle school years, and gathering with family and friends on the Washougal River. If people were singing, he could be counted on to join in with his deep bass voice.

      Norman is survived by Wendy Temko, his wife of 38 years; sons Ben and Zak; daughter-in-law Nicole; grandchildren Remy and Tessa; two sisters; and a large family of close relationships and deep friendships.

    • 04/04/2018

      Paul Gordon Mackey JD ’68 passed away on December 19, 2017. He was 82 years old. Paul worked in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office from 1968 until 1972 and in the Multnomah County Counsel’s Office from 1972 until his retirement in 1990.

 

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