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Richard Q. Quigley LLB’57
Feb. 7, 1929 – Dec. 19, 2021

Richard Que Quigley was born in Boulder, Colorado. After completing service in the US Coast Guard and Reserves, Richard moved to Salem in 1955 to attend Willamette University College of Law. In his final year of law school, he met Joyce Ohlsen, a high school teacher working in Salem. After a whirlwind romance, they married in Portland, Oregon in 1957 and moved back to Richland, Washington in 1958 where Richard opened his first law practice. Richard served as chief counsel for the Washington Public Power Supply System from 1965 to 1981, served as Benton County's first public defender, was an active member in the Democratic Party of Washington, and was a long-time member of the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club. Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce; and children, Mark, Colleen, and Sue.


Benton Flaxel LLB’58
Jul. 17, 1934 – Oct. 10, 2022

Benton was born July 17, 1934 in North Bend, Oregon to Ben and Agness Flaxel. Benton attended Willamette College of Law and shortly after graduating joined his father's law practice. During his 50-year law career, he specialized in workers’ compensation, appearing numerous times before the Oregon Supreme Court, influencing the landscape of workers’ compensation law in the state. Ben married Julie Newell White on August 20, 1966, in Lake Oswego. He was a lifelong Roman Catholic and member of several organizations, including the North Bend Lions Club, North Bend Planning Commission, Oregon State Bar Association, Coos County Bar Association, Small Woodlands Association of Coos and Curry Counties. He is survived by his son, Charles Stewart Flaxel and wife, Amy Flaxel; grandchildren, Jeremy, Trevor and Sydney; brother, John Flaxel; and sisters, Kay Grossman, Linda Handlos, and Geri Ferguson.


Peter John Brix
Jun. 17, 1936 - Sep. 3, 2022

Peter John Brix was born to John Asmus and Betsy Lee Brix in Portland, Ore., June 17, 1936. He graduated from Willamette University Law school in 1961. He then served in the military as First Lieutenant and Operations officer of the Military Police Corps in Fort Lewis, Washington from 1961-1963. Peter began his career in the tugboat and barge industry in 1960. Peter served as CEO of Knappton Towboat Company, which later became Brix Maritime Co., until the sale of the company in 1993. One of Peter's true passions was his involvement with the Columbia River Maritime Museum for over 40 years, where he served as a trustee and chairman of their board. Peter is survived by his wife of 64 years, Noydena; his sister, Mary Lee Brix Troy, Olympia, Wash.; his daughter, Sarah Brix Tennant (Joseph), Portland, Ore.; his son, Peter John Brix III; his grandchildren, Peter Tennant, Washington D.C., Amy Tennant, Portland, Ore., Christopher Tennant, Campbell, Calif., and Sean Tennant, Portland, Ore.


Edward J. Lewis
Apr. 29, 1939 - Jan. 13, 2023

Edward James Lewis, of Beaverton, Ore., passed away peacefully Jan. 13, 2023 in Portland, Ore., surrounded by his children. Edward was born in San Rafael, Calif., to Edith and Edward Lewis April 29, 1939. The family eventually made its way to Salem where he graduated from South Salem High school in 1957. Edward attended Oregon State University, joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he held the office of Vice President his Junior year and was a member of the Student Senate while also being a distinguished Military Graduate in Army ROTC. He met and married Joan Osko while at OSU in 1960 and their three children were born during their marriage which later ended in divorce. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Forestry in 1961.Edward went on to attend Willamette University College of Law where he graduated first rank in his class of 48 with a J.D. degree and Summa Cum Laude in 1964. He was a member and Exchequer of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. After Law school he had his military obligation to fulfill and was assigned to Fort Riley and within three months was transferred to Vietnam where he served for 11 months as Capt. JAGC USAR.


Jon David Kryger JD'65
Nov. 18, 1940 - Apr. 28, 2022

Jon Kryger was born in Boise, Idaho. After graduating from St. Martin's University, Kryger moved to Salem, Oregon, where he worked for a year at the local cannery before attending law school at Willamette University. He began his legal career in Salem working a short time for Floyd Stager and then as an Administrative Law Judge for the Workers' Compensation Board. Kryget and the family then moved to Albany and he began his lifelong career at Emmons, Kyle Law Firm. During his career, he was on the Governor's Task Force for workers compensation, served as Governor for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and was president of the Oregon State Trial Lawyers Association. Dave is survived by his wife of 58 years, DeEtta; daughters Kristen, Kelley, Erin; and son Kevin.

John L. Jacobson JD’65
Nov. 14, 1939 – Jun. 20, 2021

John Jacobson was born in Baker City, Oregon. He got his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in wildlife conservation from Oregon State University before being accepted to Willamette University College of Law. John practiced law for 39 years in Baker City, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his his wife, Marsha. Survivors include his sons John and Kirk.



John Lamp JD'68
Jan. 17, 1943 – May 25, 2022

John Lamp was born in Harrington, WA. John attended Willamette University College of Law and then served with distinction in the US Army, where he was assigned to the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He was deployed overseas and served in Vietnam before his honorable discharge. After his service in the US Army, he served in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Washington before being nominated by Senator Slade Gorton and appointed by President Reagan to be the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. He is survived by his brothers Don and Chris; his daughter Amanda and Victoria; and his granddaughter Avery.

Ben Graham JD'68
Sep. 17 1942 – Feb. 11, 2022

Ben Graham was born in Corvallis, OR. Ben attended Oregon State University and American University and as a Capitol Police Officer in Washington, D.C but returned to Oregon to attend Willamette University College of Law. Ben practiced law for eight years in Dallas, Oregon, during which time he was also President of the Board of Mentally Handicapped Adults but later became a prosecutor with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in NV. Ben’s proudest and most notable achievement was co-founding Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) program of the State Bar of Nevada. Ben is survived by his wife, Elana Turner Graham; and his seven children and their spouses.



Sigurd Borgersen JD’69
Dec. 9, 1942 – Jan. 20, 2021

Sigurd “Sig” Borgersen was born in Seattle. After attending the University of Washington, Sig graduated from Willamette University College of Law. He would go on to practice law in the Seattle area, as a partner at Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. Survivors include his wife, Judy; and daughters, Liv and Britt.


David A. Albrecht JD'71
Aug. 20, 1943 – Aug. 12, 2022

Rear Admiral, JAGC, USN (Ret.) David Arnold Albrecht passed away on August 12, 2022 from complications brought on by Lewy-Body and Parkinsonian dementia. David served thirty two years in the U.S. Navy, the majority of which were spent as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. (JAGC). He served with distinction throughout his career and retired as an Admiral in 1995. David then went on to be a professor at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, where he taught in the School of Management for 18 years. David also actively donated his time, acting as a founding member and treasurer of the Clackamas River Basin Council, as well as an avid supporter of the Future Business Leaders of America, and served St. Michael's Lutheran church for many years. He is survived by his wife Jan of fifty-five years, his son Christopher, and his daughter Suzanne. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Steve Gruber JD'71
Oct. 1944 – Apr. 2, 2022

Steve Gruber was born in Southern California. After high school, he attended Stanford University and majored in sociology and was a writer and editor of the Stanford Daily. During his college years he joined Navy Reserves in June 1964 and served until 1971. Gruber found a new career interest in law which drew him to Willamette University College of Law. He was admitted to the California bar but he returned to journalism as a reporter in the North County bureau of the San Jose Mercury. After his writing career, Gruber opened his Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Practice. He is survived by wife Alice and son Grant.



Walter B. Hogan JD’74
Jan. 17, 1949 – Apr. 17, 2021

Walter Hogan was born in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Before attending Willamette, he attended the University of Oregon, majoring in history, and met his wife, Carolyn. After graduating from Willamette College of Law with his juris doctorate, he worked for the District Court in Portland, before deciding to return to Coos County to practice law. Walter was active in the Myrtle Point Rotary, serving as president from 1987 to 1988. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; and sons, Kevin, Michael and Ryan.


Joe Michael "Mic" Alexander JD’75
Oct. 16, 1946 – Mar. 4, 2022

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Mic Alexander passed away peacefully at home on March 14th after a year-long battle with cancer. Mic was born in Beaumont, Texas to Alec and Lemmah Alexander. He lived in various locations before moving to California for college where he met his wife of 53 years, Anna, and discovered his love of Oregon during a rowing trip. After four years in the Air Force, Mic, Anna, and their two-year-old daughter, Dina, moved to Salem, Oregon where Mic attended Willamette University College of Law. Upon graduation, Mic joined the law firm of Brown, Burt, Swanson where he had the pleasure of working with some of his closest friends for 38 years.

Mic loved his family, his friends, and his work. He was a thoughtful man of humility and integrity who enjoyed life’s simple pleasures. Mic knew what was truly important: relationships, honesty, and kindness. He saw the beauty and wisdom of the natural world and understood the importance of our stewardship of it. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Mic is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Dina Alexander, husband Orrin Morris; daughter Jennifer Alexander, husband Colin Baskin; granddaughter, Anna Baskin; and brother, Larry Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Nature Conservancy in Mic’s honor would be greatly appreciated.

Charles Luukinen JD’75
Dec. 20, 1947 – Sep. 15, 2023

Longtime Salem-area judge and community volunteer Charles Luukinen died Friday at the age of 75. "Judge Luukinen’s professional life was dedicated to serving the people of Polk County and the citizens of Oregon," Polk County Circuit Court officials, now led by President Judge Normanscreen-shot-2023-09-28-at-10.40.21-am.png Hill, said in a statement. Fresh out of Willamette University in 1975 and interviewing for a prosecutor job, Charles Luukinen visited the Polk County Courthouse in Dallas.

He walked past the sandstone facade, through the front doors under the clock tower and took a tour. “That’s what a courtroom is supposed to look like,” he would later recall saying at the time to colleagues, according to Polk County Circuit Judge Norman Hill.From then on, Luukinen would spend nearly half a century in the courtroom – as a prosecutor, a private attorney and as a judge. He died on Friday, Sept. 15.Luukinen, 75, oversaw the Polk County Circuit Court for nearly 25 years as the presiding judge. “He loved being a judge,” Hill told Salem Reporter. “He used to say to me, ‘This is the greatest job in the world.’” After retiring, Luukinen spent over a decade helping settle some of Oregon’s most complex and costly trials before they reached a jury. Colleagues described him as a larger-than-life phenomenon in the mid-Willamette Valley. With an innate sense of fairness, they say he had a knack for distilling complicated matters down to common sense morals.

“He probably was a genius. I don’t know that he ever took a test,” said retired Judge Monte Campbell. “Had almost a photographic memory. He just never forgot anything, and that’s quite a big toolset for the job he did.”Luukinen was born and raised in Astoria. While attending Oregon State University and Willamette University College of Law, he worked as a commercial fisherman. “He often talked fondly about spending summers on Alaska’s Bristol Bay,” Hill wrote in a letter announcing Luukinen’s death. Luukinen was appointed as a judge in 1986 to the Polk County District Court, which no longer exists, and advanced a year later to the circuit court. “It didn’t matter which lawyer was on which side.”He will continue to be an inspiration to his community and a pillar of strength and guidance for his family. He will be lovingly remembered, and deeply missed.



Jeffrey Stier JD’76
Jan. 14, 1950 - Oct. 10, 2022

Jeffrey Daniel "Jeff "Stier left this world peacefully on October 10, 2022, at the age of 72. Jeff lived a vibrant life with the love of family rooted at its center. In addition to being a devoted husband, loving father, and dedicated friend, Jeff was also a passionate outdoorsman. Jeff was born in Portland, Oregon on January 14, 1950. He was the second of three children born to Robert "Bud" Stier and Jean Stier (née Inlow). After marrying the love of his life, Trish, in August 1972, he went on to earn a law degree (J.D.) from Willamette University in 1976. He began his career in private practice in Spokane and later relocated with his family to Olympia, where he joined the Washington State Office of the Attorney General and spent much of his career as legal counsel to the Department of Transportation. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Lee "Trish" Stier (née Hood) and his parents, Bud and Jean. He is survived by his daughter Katie Johnson (Rob) and grand-daughters Eileen (11), Margaret (11), and Hannah (9); his son Jim Stier (Jenny) and grandchildren Josephine (7) and Jeffrey (4); and his siblings Bob Stier (Ann) and Becky Seltmann (Wes).


Marc Jeffrey Winter JD’78
Jul. 4, 1953 - 2022

Marc was born on July 4, 1953, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Joe and Lucille Winter. He was the second of three children. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1978. He began his career as an attorney for District Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service in downtown Los Angeles. While commuting from Santa Monica to Los Angeles on a commuter bus, he met his future wife Janet in 1981. They were married in 1983 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia, and they bought their first home in San Gabriel. In 1986, he joined two former IRS District Counsel colleagues, Marshall Taylor and Karen Simonson, to form the downtown Claremont tax law firm Taylor, Simonson & Winter LLP. He was an active member of the Claremont Rotary Club for more than 20 years. He served as Rotary Club President from 2011 to 2012. He is survived by his wife of more than 39 years, Janet; daughter Amy Hercher (Jeremy) of Cypress; son Alex Winter of San Diego; mother Lucille Winter of Salem, Oregon; brother Bruce Winter (Lynn) of Winter Garden, Florida; and grandchildren Lucas and Lana Hercher. He was predeceased by his father Joe Winter and his sister Kim Higham.


John Winston JD’79
Sep. 25, 1948 – May 2, 2022

John Winston was born in Missouri. John left high school his senior year to enlist in the Navy. He volunteered to do the early out program and went to Vietnam for 4 years before receiving . an honorable discharge as a Rank E-4 Radioman 3rd Class United States Navy. After his service, he attended Metropolitan State College and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. He then continued his education and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from WU. After graduation, John served as the Chief District Attorney in Marion County for 3 years before starting John Fogerty Winston and Associates with 7 law offices throughout the Colorado-metro area. John is survived by his wife Martha Jo; daughters Julie, Sarah and son, Matthew; and granddaughters Mackenzie and Riley.



Jeffrey D. Herman JD’80
Sep. 4, 1954 – Apr. 3, 2021

Jeffery Del Herman was born in Salem. He graduated from the University of Oregon before attending Willamette’s College of Law. Jeff practiced law in Eugene, Oregon and Santa Barbara, California before purchasing Vandenberg Senior Residence in Santa Maria, California in 2000 to follow his calling of working with seniors. Outside of work, Jeff also had a passion travel, photography, golf, geology, the outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Lori; and their children, Julie, Jenifer, Adrienne and Joseph.


Paul G. Brown JD’85
Oct. 14, 1958 – Feb. 4, 2023

Paul Gregory Brown was born at Douglas Community Hospital in Roseburg, on Oct. 14, 1958, AD, and was called home by God on Feb. 4, 2023. Paul graduated from Roseburg High School in 1976, after which he attended Umpqua Community College, earning an Associate of Arts Degree in 1980. Paul then moved to Eugene and attended the University of Oregon, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history. Paul then attended Willamette University College of Law where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1985 and served as class president. Paul was a working man, beginning at an early age, working with his father Jacob (Jake), his mom, and two brothers at Rainbow Trailer Sales in Winchester, Oregon. Paul worked full-time during his time at UCC, first at Keller Lumber, and then at Roseburg Lumber. After law school, Paul returned to Douglas County where he worked for Basco Logging for 26 years. In 2012, he started his own business, Paul Brown’s Mow and Go. Paul loved his customers and was willing to go the extra mile for them, and he was particularly caring with his older customers. Paul had a love of God throughout his life which started at an early age when he attended Sunday School. He was a member of the Sutherlin Family Church where he was a greeter, along with his wife, Marsha. Paul would take his mom to square dancing at the Buckaroo Barn, and this is where he met Marsha, the love of his life. Paul and Marsha found happiness, in God’s time, enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

John Edward Storkel JD’85

John Edward Storkel went home to his Lord and Savior Aug. 6, 2023 following a 2 ½ year battle with esophageal cancer. John was born Sept. 13, 1953 to Gertrude Eleanor Schreiber and John E. Storkel in Rapid City, S.D John moved to Salem, Ore., when John enrolled at Western Baptist Bible College (later Corban University). He then earned a JD from Willamette University College of Law and joined the Oregon State Bar in 1985.


Jefferson Quist JD’12
Apr. 15, 1983 – Aug. 5, 2023

Jefferson Quist was a lawyer, musician, and entrepreneur who died unexpectedly on August 5, 2023, at 40. His death shocked his family, friends, and fans, who remembered him as a curious, kind, and clever person. Jefferson Jernigan Quist was born in 1983 in Oklahoma City to Jane Jerrigan Quist McMurtrey and an unknown father. He had six siblings: Elizabeth Quist, Edward B. Quist, and four others whose names are not public. He grew up mostly in Texas, where he explored, played baseball, and developed an interest in art and music. He was a talented singer and songwriter who collaborated with his friends and family to create songs. He attendedscreen-shot-2023-09-28-at-11.30.10-am.png Brigham Young University in Utah, where he met his future wife Abigail Quist. They fell in love and got married in 2007.

He graduated with a degree in English literature in 2008 and then pursued a law degree at Willamette University College of Law in Oregon. He graduated in 2012 and became a licensed attorney. Jefferson Quist worked as an immigration and criminal defense lawyer in McMinnville, Oregon. He was so passionate about helping people who faced legal challenges and injustice. He was also involved in various community projects and causes, such as supporting local businesses, promoting environmental awareness, and advocating for human rights.

He was also a musician who released several albums and singles under the name of Son of Jeff Twig. His music was influenced by folk, rock, indie, and pop genres. He wrote songs about love, life, faith, and social issues. Some of his songs include "The River", "The Light", and "The End". He often performed live at local venues and events, as well as online platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Quist was married to Abigail Quist for 16 years. They had three children: Zelda Magdalena Quist, Polonious Jernigan Quist, and an unnamed baby boy. They lived in a farmhouse in McMinnville with their dog Ollie. They were a happy and loving family who enjoyed spending time together. Quist was a friendly, generous, and humorous person who had many friends and admirers. He was known for his curiosity, kindness, and cleverness. He loved reading books, watching movies, playing games, traveling, hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, baking, and learning new things. He was always optimistic and grateful for his life.

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