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Helen (Peterson) Minter
Aug. 23, 1916–July 20, 2018
Helen Frances Minter was born and raised in Oregon. She graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in French before becoming a teacher. She taught in St. Helens, Oregon and was a school administrator. Helen was preceded by her husband Ralph in 1976. Survivors include her daughter, Margaret, and son, Jim.
Bruce W. Williams LLB'48
Jan. 19, 1919–Dec. 23, 2018
Bruce Wade Williams was born in Grants Pass, Oregon. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Willamette and began studying at Willamette College of Law before joining the United States Navy in 1941. While serving, Bruce served as a naval aviator and saw combat as a fighter pilot in the South Pacific. He was honored with the Navy Cross and three Distinguished Flying Crosses. After his years of service, he returned to Willamette Law, graduated and went on to serve as a partner with late Hon. Otto R. Skopil ’41 for 21 years. In May 2018, Bruce received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in Washington, D.C. for his military service. Survivors include his wife, Carol (Svinth) Williams ’57; and children, Darby, Debora, Kathryn and Paul.
Maxine (Holt) Van Wyngarden
April 7, 1920–Nov. 21, 2019
Maxine Frances “Sunny” Van Wyngarden was born in Harrisburg, Oregon. At Willamette, Sunny met her husband, Bruce Van Wyngarden ’42, participated in the planting of the Star Trees and earned a bachelor’s degree in art. Whilst raising her three sons, Sunny founded her own dance ensemble and actively served as a Willamette alumni volunteer. She also spent many years driving for Meals on Wheels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce (1996); and her son, Larry (2005). Survivors include two sons, Rick and Stu; and granddaughter, Trieste Van Wyngarden ’97.
Elizabeth (Olson) Hill
May 27, 1926–June 20, 2018
Elizabeth 'Bettie' (Olson) Hill was born in Bangalore, India. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Willamette and a master's in English at California State University, Chico. Bettie worked at several newspapers in and around Portland, Oregon before moving Oakland, California to work for Kaiser Steel. She later settled with her family in Chico, California and taught at Chico State and Butte Community College. Survivors include her daughters, Marguerite (Hill) Roberson ’78 and Nora (Hill) Shigemoto ’80.
Dr. Leland W. Hall
Nov. 2, 1928–Aug. 19, 2019
Leland Wesley “Pete” Hall (last name formerly Hoar) was born in Forest Grove, Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon before transferring to Willamette, where he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Pete then received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Oregon, interned at Minneapolis General Hospital and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1958. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Minnesota in 1962 and went on to serve as a professor and staff-teaching surgeon at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for more than 35 years, until his retirement in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Maureen Manning Hall; and children, Susan, Matthew, Mitchell and Elizabeth; and 10 grandchildren.
Dr. Kenneth H. Horn
Feb. 15, 1926–Dec. 6, 2019
Kenneth “Doc” Horn was born in Cardin, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in 1945 and after World War II ended, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Willamette. He then graduated from the University of Oregon School of Dentistry in 1958 and started his own dental practice in Stayton, Oregon later that year. After selling the practice in 1993, he worked part-time and provided free dental work as a volunteer. Survivors include his three children, Rebecca, Priscilla and Kendall Horn ’79; and sister, Charlene.
Jacqueline (Chute) Aschenbrenner
March 20, 1929–Feb. 21, 2018
Jacqueline Marie Aschenbrenner was born in Bend, Oregon. At Willamette, she served in student government, was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and earned her bachelor’s degree in history. Jackie also wrote Sen. Mark O. Hatfield’s ’43 first campaign song. After graduation, she married Felix Calkins ’52 and taught at middle and high schools in Salem and Portland. Jackie later co-founded Barker and Calkins Property Consultants in Lake Oswego, Oregon and worked in administrative support at Christie School on the Marylhurst University campus. Jackie married Dr. Stan Aschenbrenner ’51 in 1982 and moved to Duluth, Minnesota before returning to Lake Oswego in 1993. Jackie was preceded in death by her first husband, Felix, in 2007. Her second husband, Stan, passed away in August of 2018. Survivors include her children, Mike, Molly and John.
Dr. Stanley E. Aschenbrenner Ph.D.
Feb. 25, 1929–Aug. 11, 2018
Stanley Earl Aschenbrenner was born in Spokane, Washington. He attended Willamette, where he first met his wife, Jacqueline (Chute) Aschenbrenner ’51. After graduating with a degree in philosophy, Stan attended graduate school at the University of Oregon before being drafted into the military and serving in the U.S. Air Force. After being being discharged, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to run the technical documentation department for Control Data. Later, he earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Minnesota and taught at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He authored several books and earned a National Geographic grant. Stan was predeceased by his wife, Jackie, in 2018. Survivors include his brother, Larry.
Shirley (Ambler) Beckett
March 4, 1929–Jan. 12, 2018
Shirley Jean Beckett was born in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s in psychology, and shortly after graduation, married Dave Beckett ’51. Shirley taught at schools in Portland and El Paso, Texas. She later earned a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University and worked at Family Services Agency of North Lake County, Illinois as a clinical social worker, focusing on women’s issues. Survivors include her children, Paul, Cindy, and Steve.
Patricia (Zahare) Elling MED'55
March 8, 1929–Jan. 16, 2019
Patricia Jane Elling was born in Salem. After earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, she married Kay Calvert Elling ’60 and went on to teach home economics, spanish, personal finance, and other subjects at Salem and surrounding public schools. She also taught adult spanish classes at Chemeketa Community College. Kay preceded her in death in 2018. Survivors include her brother, Andrew; and children, Cliff and Mimi.
Janet (Stark) Nicoll
Dec. 11, 1929–Sept. 16, 2019
Janet Isabelle Nicoll was born in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and earned her teaching credentials from Lewis & Clark College. Janet married G. Douglas Nicoll ’52 in 1953 and the couple later moved to Beloit, Wisconsin, where Douglas joined the faculty at Beloit College and Janet became active in both community and college affairs. Janet also volunteered as the president of the East End Club and served as a board member of the Volunteer Tutoring Service, the Beloit Historical Society and was a member of the Beloit Commission of Historic Preservation. Her husband, Douglas, passed away in December of 2019. Survivors include many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
George L. Wagner JD'58
May 27, 1929–June 15, 2018
George Lowell Wagner earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and his doctor of jurisprudence from Willamette, where he also met his wife, Patricia (Long) Wagner ’51. He went on to become a partner in the law firm of Lane, Powell, Spears, Lubersky. Survivors include his wife, Pat; and children, Mark, Craig, Karen, Scott, Brian.
Hon. James R. Ellis LLB'56
Aug. 21, 1930–Jan. 4, 2020
James Ridgway Ellis was born in The Dalles, Oregon. At Willamette, he was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. After marrying Patricia (Sundstrom) Ellis ’55, Jim graduated from Willamette College of Law and began working as a private practice attorney. In 1969, he was appointed by Gov. Tom McCall to the Multnomah County District Court, and three years later, was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. He remarried in 1987, to Elyse Clawson. Jim retired as a presiding judge in 2002. Survivors include his second wife, Elyse; and three children.
Dr. Jan Hajda
March 2, 1927–June 9, 2018
Jan Hajda was born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). He grew up in the small city of Kromeriz until the end of the German occupation and went on to attend college in Prague. Following the Communist coup in 1948, he escaped to Germany and later, a refugee camp in Naples, Italy. In 1950, he moved to the United States and earned a scholarship to attend Willamette, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He then went on to earn both his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Chicago and spent his professional career teaching sociology at institutions including the University of California, Riverside and Portland State University. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; and his brother, Alois.
Glenn E. Halliday
Sept. 29, 1927–Aug. 6, 2018
Glenn was born in Walla Walla, Washington. After high school, Glenn enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served at the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He later attended Willamette, where he met his wife, Barbara (Kemmerich) Halliday ’52, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear physics. Glenn enjoyed a long and successful career in nuclear physics, working as a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at UNISYS as a software designer. Glenn was preceded in death by his three brothers, Leslie, Terry and Roger Halliday ’52. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; and children, Karen and Mark Halliday ’74.
George D. Nicoll
June 10, 1930–Dec. 2, 2019
George Douglas “Doug” Nicoll grew up in Portland, Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Willamette, where he also met his wife, Janet (Stark) Nicoll ’51, whom he married in 1953. Doug then earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at Boston University in religious studies and Russian and Soviet history, respectively. From 1958 to 1995, he and Janet made their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, where Doug taught Russian history at Beloit College. Doug was a major contributor of articles on Russian history in The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History, as well as the author of published articles on higher education, Oregon history and Scottish history. In 1995, Doug retired as Emeritus Corlis Professor of History moved to McMinnville, Oregon with Janet. Doug was predeceased by his wife, Janet. Survivors include many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
George R. Duncan Jr. LLB'55
March, 27, 1928–Aug. 2, 2018
George Richard 'Rich' Duncan Jr. was born in Salem and lived all of his life in Stayton, Oregon. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Rich earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from Willamette. He then went on to start his own law practice in Stayton, which he owned and operated for more than 50 years. Rich was a past president of the Santiam Hospital Board and a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. Survivors include his wife, Mary; and daughters, Deborah and Teresa.
Daline (Montag) Gregory
Sept. 14, 1932–Feb. 3, 2020
Daline Sophia “Dolly” Gregory was born in Portland, Oregon. She attended Whitman College before transferring to Willamette, where she was fall senior class president and a sister in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She also participated in Glee (which she absolutely loved) and was a member of the four-time winning class of 1954. Dolly earned a bachelor’s degree in history, and, with a desire to see the world, moved to Washington, D.C., where she met and married career foreign service officer John M. Gregory, Jr. They raised five daughters in Japan and suburban Virginia, but Dolly always considered Oregon home. Dolly was predeceased by her husband, John; son, Kevin; and sister, Helen (Montag) Pickett ’49. Survivors include her daughters, Kristine, Karen, Kathleen, Maureen, and Marcia; her brother, Daniel E. Montag ’52; and six grandchildren.
MaryLou (Johnson) Harvey
Nov. 28, 1932–Dec. 11, 2018
MaryLou Harvey was born in Portland, Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Willamette and pursued her musical passions as a cursillo and youth leader in the episcopal church. She focused much of her life on raising her four children, Jeff Harvey ’83, Chris Harvey ’84, Marc Harvey and Jennifer (Drechsel) Harvey ’88. Survivors include her children; and grandson, Anthony Harvey ’11.
Mimi (Chi) Wu
Aug. 21, 1932–July 20, 2018
Mimi Nin-Hua Wu was born in Nanking, China. Mimi and her brother, John Chi ’57, traveled halfway around the world to pursue academic excellence and landed at Willamette, where Mimi studied history. After meeting and marrying Lawrence (Larry) Fu-Shan Wu, Mimi began graduate studies at Marquette University, but when their first child was born, became a devoted homemaker. Later, she enjoyed a successful career working at the Pentagon, the National War College, the National Catholic Education Association and the Better Business Bureau. Survivors include her husband, Larry; siblings, John and Donald Chi ’62; and children, Irene, Vivian, Larry Jr. and Duke.
Dixie J. Ruud
June 13, 1936–June 15, 2018
Dixie June Ruud was raised in Minnesota and Oregon. She graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in history before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as an investment advisor. She spent most of her career at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, becoming a principal and vice president in 1993. Dixie also served on the board and investment committee of Center for Domestic Peace and formed a scholarship at Willamette with her mother, Eva. She was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Citation from Willamette in 1998. Survivors include her brother, Dr. Charles Ruud ’55; sister-in-law, Marjorie (Leonard) Ruud ’54; and her longtime companion, Phyllis.
Peter J. Leveton
May 5, 1937–Oct. 2, 2018
Peter J. Leveton was born in McMinnville, Oregon. At Willamette, he served as president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Pete also received the 1959 Wall Street Journal award for the year’s outstanding economics student. After WU, he received his master’s in business administration from New York University and served in the U.S. Air Force before going on to work as a business executive for over 40 years. Pete acted as the CEO of both privately and publicly-owned companies in chemical manufacturing/mining, medical device manufacturing, and healthcare. He also served as an officer for two Fortune 500 companies and help guide start-ups. Survivors include his daughters, Denise and Deborah.
Dennis M. Mihm
Nov. 3, 1936–March 14, 2019
Dennis Martin Mihm was born in Camas, Washington. He graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in art before serving in the U.S. Army and working in the shipping department of Crown-Zellerbach for 17 years. He moved back to Salem in 1974 and spent 20 years working for South Town Glass. Survivors include his wife, Dewilde.
Leslie L. Edwards
Died June 7, 2018
Leslie Leonard Edwards was raised in Central Oregon. He studied mathematics at Eastern Oregon College, Willamette and the University of Oregon, where he worked as a teaching assistant. His spent much of his career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, providing important contributions to the simulation of nuclear waste management and the atmospheric physics of nuclear winter. For many years, Les was deeply involved with the Livermore Cultural Arts Council and its local Fall Arts Festival and Summerfest. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; and daughters, Donna and Julie.
Suzanne (Lusty) Jackson
Died July 21, 2018
Suzanne was born in Los Angeles. She attended Willamette for two years before transferring to San Jose State, where she majored in speech and hearing. She received one of the earliest special education credentials for grades K-12 and worked in that field for 25 years in California and later, Spokane, Washington, where she became the first teacher of the hearing impaired in the Mead School District. Suzanne retired from teaching in 2007. Survivors include her husband, Mike; and her children, Shannon, Jeff and Kimberly.
Pamela (Trenholm) Semmel
Dec. 19, 1938–Nov. 24, 2018
Pamela was born in Corvallis, Oregon. She attended Willamette for two years and later became a financial advisor at Promerica Financial Service. She was an active member of Melrose Community Church and enjoyed being a Sunday school volunteer and bible study leader. Survivors include her brother, Robert; and daughters, Cindy, Angela and Brenda.
Alice (Eastman) Simpson
Died June 2, 2018
Alice Simpson attended Willamette on a scholarship and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She later went on to teach for 20 years at the Oregon Episcopal School and was the executive director of the Metropolitan Youth Commission of Portland. In 1993, Alice received a Distinguished Alumni Citation award from Willamette. Survivors include her second husband, William.
Anne (Trueblood) Brodzky Williams
Aug. 4, 1932–Sept. 19, 2018
Anne Brodzky Williams was born in Roseburg, Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Willamette, where her father, Paul G. Trueblood, was an English professor. She then earned her master’s degree in literature and art history from the University of Oregon and served as curator of education at the London Regional Art Gallery in London, Ontario. Anne became the editor of artscanada magazine (now Canadian Art) in 1967 and produced more than 60 issues by 1982. During the same time, she served in the Canada Council’s Advisory Committee and the Department of Public Works Fine Arts Advisory Committee. She married Anthony Williams in 1982 and moved to California, where the couple established the Society for Arts Publications of the Americas and the Meridian Art Gallery. Survivors include her husband, Tony; her son, Michael; and her sister, Susan.
Anthony H. Good
Feb. 9, 1942–June 5, 2019
Anthony Howard Good was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in economics and went on to receive a master's in business administration from the University of Oregon. While at Willamette, he was a member of the singing group The Wanderers that won the Oregon amateur singing contest in 1961. Tony shared his passions through giving to others, working with organizations such as the YMCA of Honolulu-Camp H.C. Erdman and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughter, Kristen; and brother, David Good ’67.
Richard J. Carney
Jan. 22, 1941–Nov. 20, 2019
Richard James “Dick” Carney served in the United States Marine Corps before attending Willamette on a football scholarship and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Shortly thereafter, he began a career in the insurance industry and founded CFP, Inc., a financial and advisory service organization that served Salem and the Willamette Valley for 55 years. Throughout his life, he remained a dedicated volunteer and generous donor to Willamette, and was an avid supporter of the Star Trees. He was inducted into the Willamette University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, as a member of the 1960 football team. Survivors include his second wife, Linda; and eight children, Elizabeth, Shannon, Anna, Patrick, Erin, Daniel, Michael and Sarah.
James G. Leathers Jr.
Jan. 15, 1942–June 19, 2018
James George Leathers Jr. was in Woodland, California. He graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in economics and from Santa Clara University with a law degree before finishing his education at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned his advanced law certification. He practiced tax law in San Francisco at Chickering & Gregory and then at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. In 1991, he opened his own firm outside of Lafayette, California, which he successfully ran for over 15 years. Survivors include his wife, Carol; siblings, Timothy, Joan, Mike, Patrick and Scott; and three sons, James III, Cameron, and Mark.
David L. Foote
Jan. 8, 1943–June 2, 2018
David Louis Foote graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in political science before going on to graduate school at Penn State and pursuing a career in government. While helping shape the paths of congressmen and governors in both Oregon and Colorado, David learned that his true passion lay within economic, organizational, and community leadership and development. While his past included work within large metropolitan areas, he found his niche working with small communities and local governments in places such as Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and Redmond, Oregon. Survivors include his life companion, Eileen; and his son, Aaron.
Dr. Henderson M. McIntyre M.D.
Sept. 28, 1943–June 28, 2018
Henderson Michael McIntyre was born in Coos Bay, Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics and chemistry from Willamette and later completed his master’s in physical chemistry at Yale University and his doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of North Carolina. In 1977, he graduated with his doctorate in medicine from the University of Utah. Henderson went on to become a practicing pathologist in Coos Bay. He served many years on the Bay Area Hospital Board and was a member of the Oregon Medical Association. Survivors include his wife, Janice; brother, Charles; and children, Kathryn McIntyre ’94, MBA’97, JD’01 and Heather.
Charles P. Anderson
May 12, 1944–July 16, 2018
Charles Paul Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Willamette and attended Marylhurst University, where he later taught business ethics for 29 years. Chuck also served his country in the Vietnam War, worked for the American Red Cross and was a benefactor of SEED, an education organization in the slums of Madurai, South India Survivors include his wife, Ann; siblings, Arlene, Deborah and Bernard; and his daughters, Kirsten and Kelsey.
Carol (Schmidt) Huebner
July 18, 1946–May 19, 2018
Carol Justine Huebner was born in Portland, Oregon. Known to her Willamette friends as “Thumper,” she majored in English, was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and performed in several theater productions at Willamette. After graduating, Carol earned a master’s degree in English from Claremont Graduate College (now Claremont Graduate University). Despite being diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis, Carol went on to teach high school and college English for 31 years in the Los Angeles area before retiring from high school administration in 1998. Outside of work, Carol wrote a weekly newspaper column, served as a peer counselor with the Los Angeles chapter of the National MS Society and published three books. Later in life, she and her husband, Paul Huebner ’66, moved to China where she tutored students in English. Survivors include her husband and sons, Eric and David, all three of whom are professional musicians; her daughter-in-law, Carrie; and two grandsons.
Katherine (Jensen) Marambe
Aug. 13, 1949–March 30, 2019
Katherine Leilani Marambe was born in Hawaii. At Willamette, she served as chapter president of the Alpha Phi sorority and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She earned her master’s in social work from the University of Washington in 1973 and became a social worker, serving at Dammasch State Hospital, Clackamas County Mental Health Services and Legacy Health Systems throughout her career. Kathy was an active member of West Linn Lutheran Church, serving as a choir member, altar guild member, worship assistant and eucharistic minister. Survivors include her mother, Beatrice; and her sisters Karen, Elizabeth and Margaret (Jensen) Sackett ’70.
Jeffrey W. Taylor
Jan. 4, 1951–June 20, 2019
Jeffrey Taylor was a Salem area native and graduated from Willamette with a bachelor's degree in political science. Jeff spent much of his life working in college athletics. He filmed athletic events for Willamette, Boise State University, Portland State University and Oregon State University. After his retirement, Jeff founded Willamette Valley Treats and sold Ruby Jewel ice cream. Survivors include his wife, Madaline; and son, James.
William P. Breithaupt Jr. MBA'76
Aug. 18, 1947–June 7, 2018
William Paul Breithaupt Jr. was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany before being honorably discharged and going on to earn his bachelor’s and business degrees from Willamette. After earning his MBA at the then new Atkinson Graduate School of Management, he moved to Denver, Colorado and went to work for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as an auditor. During his time with GAO, he received his CPA from the State of Colorado and later worked for the Department of the Interior before retiring in 2009. Survivors include his wife, Deborah; step-son Harry; and siblings, Craig, Marlee and Ann.
Thorton E. Luttrell II MBA'76
Feb. 6, 1952–Sept. 2, 2019
Thornton Edward "Ed" Luttrell II was born at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. He attended Tacoma Community College for two years before transferring to Willamette, where he played basketball and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He then enrolled at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management and was a member of one of its first graduating classes. Following graduate school, Ed accepted a position with Peter Pan Seafoods in Alaska and quickly worked his way up to prominent executive positions in the fishing and marine industries. In 1995, Ed started his own company, Dalmoreproduct Vessel Management, Inc. (DVMI, Inc.), which managed super trawlers based in Russia. In 2004, Ed purchased Kinematics Marine Equipment Inc., which he grew into an internationally renowned marine vessel equipping company. For many years, Ed served on the Willamette Alumni Board of Directors and the Atkinson Graduate School of Administration Advisory Board. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thornton and Althea (La Raut) Luttrell ’41; and son, Thornton Edward Luttrell III, "Teddy". Survivors include his daughters, Erin, and Elizabeth.
Peggy (Taylor) Rudolph
July 14, 1924–June 12, 2018
Peggy Gene Rudolph was born in The Dalles, Oregon. She attended Oregon State College (University), where she worked at the school’s radio station and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After leaving college, she wrote radio advertisements, worked as an executive assistant for the Portland Junior Rose Festival and as a model. At age 50, Peggy returned to college, earning her bachelors' degree in social sciences from Willamette, where she was also a housemother at Delta Gamma sorority. She then earned her master’s degree in education and counseling and her doctorate in psychology at Lewis and Clark College. She finished her professional career working as counselor and consultant. Survivors include her children; Robin and Mark; and seven grandchildren, including Erin Dougherty Lynch ’00, Julie (Dougherty) Winger ’03.
Rod D. Peters JD'87
Nov. 25, 1960–April 28, 2019
Rod Douglas Peters was born in Seattle. He graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in political science and continued his education at Willamette University College of Law, where he received his doctor of jurisprudence. He went on to practice law in Oregon, and later in life, became a passionate advocate and volunteer for parks in the Pacific Northwest. Survivors include his siblings, Heather, Sally (Peters) Gray ’88, and Dan Peters ’91.
Rubén C. Herrera
Aug. 24, 1957–April 6, 2019
Rubén Castilla Herrera was born in Seguin, Texas and raised in Oregon. After graduating high school, he started a family and worked for Oregon’s highway department for several years, before earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish at Willamette. In 1987, Rubén moved his family to central Ohio, where he attended the Methodist Theological School. Over time, he became known locally as a political activist, particularly when it came to U.S. immigration issues and policies. As an activist, Rubén led the Columbus Sanctuary Collective, which helped support and advocate for immigrants and refugees. Survivors include his partner, Nicholas; children, Rita, Naomi, Marisa and Rubén Herrera Jr.
Gretchen (Daly) Berry MAT'91
June 9, 1968–June 16, 2018
Gretchen Jane Berry was born in Denver, Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Willamette and then completed her master’s in teaching at WU’s Graduate School of Education. She taught math and led math curriculum at several school districts in Colorado, including Aurora Public Schools, where she worked as a secondary math instructional coordinator. Survivors include her second husband, Bob; and children, Hannah and Lee.
Trisha (Yamada) Duman MAT'02
Aug. 15, 1978–Dec. 3, 2018
Trisha Mayumi Duman was born in Honolulu and moved to Salem in 1996 to attend Willamette. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and her master's in education at Willamette before going on to teach at St. Joseph's Elementary School in Salem for a decade. Before her passing, Trisha had spent the past four years teaching at Salem Academy. Survivors include her husband, Paul Duman ’01; children, Stella, Seth and Silas; and parents, Glen and Kazuko.
Erica D. Hayes
Aug. 3, 1992–Feb. 15, 2019
Erica Duba Hayes was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. At Willamette, she joined the Phi Beta Kappa sorority, participated in Take-a-Break and the Outdoor Program, and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Erica then moved to Seattle, where she served with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps for one year and worked with other non-profit organizations on community issues, such as homelessness, before returning to Fort Collins. Erica traveled extensively and always spent time truly exploring and seeing the places she visited, including New Zealand, Australia, the Canadian Rockies, New York City and the Pacific Coast. Survivors includes her parents, Susan and Jim; and sister, Erin.