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  • Janet Hall Schempf BA ’75 lives with her husband in Fritz Cove, Alaska. She is a member of the Alumni Weekend/Class of 1975 reunion planning team. Schempf looks forward to seeing her classmates in June 2020.

  • Cathy Kirkland BA ’75, MAT ’83, JD ’87 writes that she’s “enjoying travel adventures in retirement following a career as an attorney.” She adds, “My greatest blessing is my four kids and five grandchildren.”

  • Neils Marquardt BA ’75 and his wife, Judi, now have two darling grandchildren, both born in Doha, Qatar, on Christmas Day 2017 and May 20, 2019, respectively.

  • Jeff Andersen BA ’75 retired in February 2018 after 41 years as founding director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Known as the “Home of American Impressionism,” the museum is an accredited art museum that features historic properties centered on its former role as an artist colony as well as modern galleries on 11 riverfront acres near the mouth of the Connecticut River (find out more at Still active professionally, Andersen is currently serving as chair of the executive committee for the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In this role, he helps to oversee the development of a thriving coalition of more than 40 museums all around the country that were the homes and working studios of American artists. The program is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the places where art was made in America. He and his wife, Maureen McCabe, the Joanne Toor Cummings ’50 Emeritus Professor of Studio Art at Connecticut College, have enjoyed immersive cultural travel to both Japan and Peru.

  • John A. Taylor BS ’75 retired from piloting the Airbus 330 in April 2018 (after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65). However, he says he is “still flying small private jets.”

  • Simon Murray BS ’75 was appointed chief medical officer at MJH Life Sciences. He has been recognized as a top American internist by U.S. News and World Report and a top New York metro area doctor by Castle Connolly. In addition to his role at MJH, he serves as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a senior attending physician at Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

  • Missy Dalgarn BA ’75, July 12, 2019, age 66. She, along with her twin sister, Mindy Dalgarn BS ’75, founded and operated the Mop Shop in Elizabeth, Illinois. Survivors include her two siblings.

  • Eric Olson BA ’75 has been named interim dean of the College of Business at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

  • Mindy Dalgarn BS ’75 recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Mop Shop, which she ran with her twin sister, Missy Dalgarn BA ’75, before her recent passing. The Mop Shop, based in Elizabeth, Illinois, provides cleaning supplies to those who self-identify as being in need in Jo Daviess County. To date, more than 1,000 clients and family members have registered. The ultimate goal is that mop shops will become as prevalent as food banks. The award-winning Mop Shop has been featured on television and radio and in multiple newspapers. As a nonprofit, the Mop Shop relies exclusively on donations. For more information, visit their website at

  • 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.

  • Sue Sampson BA ’75 has retired and returned to Portland following 40 years in the dialysis products industry, having worked in Portland, Germany, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Boston. She enjoys being back closer to family and reconnecting with Lewis & Clark alumni.

  • Neva C. Neff BA ’67, MAT ’75, April 16, 2018, age 89. After graduation, Neff taught in the Reedville and Newberg (Oregon) school districts for 24 years. She is remembered fondly by her many students. Survivors include husband Jack; sons Gregory, David, and Timothy; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  • Linda Lohbeck Miller BS ’75, March 7, 2018, age 65. Miller taught elementary school for more than 30 years in Stafford, Yamhill, and Carlton, Oregon. She earned her master’s degree in education from Linfield College in 1989. An accomplished musician and gardener, she also enjoyed traveling, reading, and entertaining. She is survived by husband Mark Miller BS ’75, daughter Celeste Miller Munden BA ’02, son Brett, grandson Wesley, and her devoted pug, Hoss.

  • Lynn Long BS ’75 retired from the Oregon State University Extension Service, where he specialized in studying the cherry industries of Italy, France, Spain, and Germany. In early 2018, he was crowned the 74th Cherry King at the Yakima (Washington) Convention Center. He received the honor for his work in helping the Pacific Northwest Cherry industry develop higher-density growing techniques.

  • Arthur R. Nanna MAT ’75, January 6, 2018, age 81. Nanna held a variety of jobs during his life, including lifeguard, teacher, and master electrician. For fun, he loved skiing and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Donna Nanna MAT ’76.

  • Hanke van de Putte ’75 (The Netherlands)

  • Hannah Hailu-Beyene ’75 (Ethiopia)

  • Ray Smythe MAT ’75 wrote and published A View From the Porch (CreateSpace, 2017), a collection of short compositions, observations, and reactions to the world today. The book is intended to instill positivity and help readers to find meaning and clarity in life.

  • Ray Matlock Smythe MAT ’75 compiled a book full of ideas for teachers at all grade levels. It includes successful strategies, hints, and tips to use in their classrooms all year long.

  • Was invited to join the board of directors for Edison High School, a private school in Portland dedicated to assisting students with learning challenges. Grenley has been on the Board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which trains and supports volunteers who assist foster children in the juvenile justice system, for eight years. He is also serving on the law school’s Board of Visitors. Grenley is an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer and has been a trial lawyer for over 40 years, concentrating in securities, real estate, corporate disputes, class actions, and other complex litigation in state and federal courts.

  • Primus St. John BS ’75, winner of the Western States Book Award for his poetry anthology Communion and an Oregon Book Award winner for poetry, was featured last summer on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat. During the feature, he read from his work and discussed his time at Lewis & Clark, including his friendship with Professor and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford.

  • Was named in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine for his work in real estate. Markley is a founding partner of the Greene & Markley law firm.

  • Thomas C. Bauer ’75, July 16, 2016, age 63. Survivors include his wife, Donna; children Alyssa, Chris, Stephanie, and Emily; and one grandchild.

  • John B. Lewis JD ’75 passed away June 7, 2016. He was 69 years old.

    John received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Portland State University. He became a sole practitioner shortly after earning his JD and was named a Hillsboro municipal court judge in 1980. John was a Washington County district and circuit court trial judge from 1993 to 2006, the last seven years of which he was the presiding family and juvenile court judge.

    Following his 2006 retirement, he started a mediation and reference judge practice with another retired judge, Al Bonebrake. John handled hundreds of cases in this capacity, ranging in type from civil and domestic relations to contracts, personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice.

    John is survived by his wife, Linda, and a daughter. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that gifts be made to a Lewis & Clark Law School scholarship in John’s name.

  • Harold B. Tate BS ’62, MAT ’75, June 2, 2016, age 76.

  • Hiroshi Numata BS welcomed his first grandson on January 10, 2015.

  • Joan Williams BA, after 32 years of working as a developmental and school psychologist, now devotes her full energies to Mundo Exchange, an NGO operating in northwest Guatemala and northeast Thailand. She lives most of the year in Thailand and visits Guatemala as often as she can. Williams partners with local NGOs, working on locally sustainable social service projects. She invites international volunteers to join her in making life a bit better for those who often lack basic resources: “Very sanook [fun] as we say here in Thailand.

  • John Dewitt BA ’75, February 26, 2015, age 60.

  • Missy Dalgarn BA retired in June 2010 after a 30-year career in human resources management within the consumer products industry (Pillsbury, Kraft Foods, and Daymon Worldwide). In 2014, Missy and twin sister Mindy created The Mop Shop, a nonprofit organization that provides cleaning supplies to those in need in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.

  • Was honored in the 2015 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. Markley, a founding partner of the law firm Greene & Markley, was recognized in the real estate category.



  • June 15
    John B. Lewis JD ’75
  • February 1
    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    The late Rudolph P. Byrd graduated as the first African American recipient of the Rena Ratte Award. He went on to graduate studies at Yale University before beginning a distinguished career as a prolific scholar and beloved teacher at Emory University.
  • Yamai Secka Jack ‘75, M.A.T. ’76
    February 1
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