A beloved author, a glamorous stripper, a ‘hot gospeler’: Notable Oregonians we lost in 2021

2021 has been another difficult, eventful year, and we’ve lost far too many people along the way. Here we remember many of the impactful Oregonians (and a few others from the Pacific Northwest) who died in the past 12 months.

Edwin “Ted” Baker, 97

Publisher of the Eugene Register-Guard in the 1980s, Baker later served as board chairman of the newspaper’s parent company. One of five children of Alton Baker, who merged Eugene’s Daily Guard and Morning Register in 1930, Ted saw sustained combat during World War II, and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He went on to become an important Lane County philanthropist, supporting the United Way, Eugene Public Library, the University of Oregon and various other civic institutions. In 1982, he was honored as Eugene First Citizen. The Rev. Jonathan Morgan of Eugene’s First Congregational Church told the Register-Guard: “He cared so deeply about the people around him, both at the paper and the community and certainly the church. … He enjoyed bringing light into someone else’s life.”

Paul BragdonOregonian file photo, 1987

Paul Bragdon, 94

The Maine native, a Marine Corps veteran, lawyer and former press secretary for New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr., headed west in the early 1970s, where he quickly established himself as arguably the most respected higher education leader in the Pacific Northwest. He served as president of Reed College for 17 years, a tenure the school calls “the longest and among the most pivotal in the college’s history.” Bragdon later presided over Lewis and Clark College as well as the Oregon Graduate Institute, which ultimately merged with Oregon Health & Science University. After retiring, he was founding chair of Portland’s Library Foundation and received honorary degrees from a swath of institutions, including OHSU.

J.D. Chandler (Photo by J.B. Fisher)

J.D. Chandler, 60

The self-taught historian, known for his large personality, created a database of documented Portland homicides that spanned more than 150 years. “He thought murder provided a window into the culture and society that you couldn’t see through other topics,” fellow local historian J.B. Fisher recalled. Chandler’s small-press books about the Rose City included “Murder & Scandal in Prohibition Portland” and, with Fisher, “Portland on the Take: Mid-Century Crime Bosses, Civic Corruption & Forgotten Murders.” The Eugene native, an Evergreen State College graduate, served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army at the height of the Cold War, spending much of his time in uniform in Germany. After moving to Portland, where he led history bus tours, he became obsessed with an unidentified murder victim, found in the Willamette River in 1946, whose case echoed Cleveland’s infamous “Torso Murders” during the 1930s. Chandler died of a heart attack.

Chuck Charnquist (Photo: Randy L. Rasmussen/Portland Trail Blazers)Randy L. Rasmussen / Trail Blazers

Chuck Charnquist, 89

Long before “Moneyball” theories made data analysis key to building professional sports teams, Charnquist believed that facts and figures could explain any game. “Numbers tell a story — it’s like looking at a painting,” the longtime Portland Trail Blazers statistician said. A Benson High School graduate, Charnquist worked for The Oregon Journal before moving into sports publicity, first for Portland State and then Lewis & Clark College, his alma mater. He started compiling stats for the Blazers on a game-by-game basis right from the franchise’s launch in 1970. The team later hired him fulltime, and he took on the role of Blazers historian. Always amiable and approachable, he served as a mentor and guiding light to generations of local PR pros, statisticians and sports reporters.

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Beverly Cleary, 104

The McMinnville native wrote some of the most beloved novels in the juvenile canon, creating iconic characters such as Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins. Cleary “gets very close to satire, which I think is why adults like her, but she’s still deeply respectful of her characters — nobody gets a laugh at the expense of another,” children’s-literature scholar Roger Sutton said in 2011. Born Beverly Bunn, Cleary graduated from Grant High School in Portland and went on to the University of California and the University of Washington before marrying accountant Clarence Cleary. She worked as a librarian and raised two children before her writing launched her into celebritydom. Her goal as an author, she said: “I wanted to read funny stories about the sort of children I knew.” The Library of Congress declared her a “Living Legend” in 2000.

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Debi Coleman, 69

A Rhode Island native, Coleman worked on the original Macintosh team at Apple and rose to chief financial officer. She also helped build the Pacific Northwest’s Silicon Forest, serving as an executive at Tektronix and spearheading an angel-investing fund to jumpstart Oregon tech companies. The high-tech industry was very much a men’s club as Coleman moved up the ranks in the 1980s and ‘90s. “Most of my opportunities came when the guy in front of me failed,” she said in 2019. She later transitioned to an entirely new career: Broadway producer.


Norm Daniels, 72

He started out as a teenaged stock boy at the Portland army-surplus store G.I. Joe’s. He ended up as its chief executive officer, using an instinctive talent for marketing to help transform the company into a sporting-goods and automotive-parts retail behemoth in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. “He just loved the company,” said his wife Rickie. “It was his baby because he grew up there.” A Roosevelt High School graduate, Daniels became known for his work ethic and his dedication to various local causes, such as the Children’s Cancer Association. In 1998, after six years as CEO, Daniels took over as G.I. Joe’s majority owner. A decade later, the chain tumbled into bankruptcy as the Great Recession swamped the business. Seeing his life’s work swept away, he said: “It’s a huge disappointment that it had to go down like that, for the loss of jobs, the great customers and vendors that supported the company. I don’t know if ‘disappointment’ is a strong enough word.”

Willliam “Bud” Davis

William “Bud” Davis, 92

The Kansas native served as a Marine Corps platoon leader before moving into a career in education. He started out as a high-school teacher and coach, winning a Colorado state football championship. In 1962, while working as alumni director at the University of Colorado, he stepped in as interim head football coach, ultimately ending up with a 2-8 record. Three years later he became Idaho State University’s president. He was 36 years old and had received his Ph.D. in education just two years before. After a decade in Pocatello, he took over at the University of New Mexico and later served as Oregon’s chancellor for higher education. “Davis had a wonderful sense of humor and often told and laughed at his own experiences with deep humility,” the University of New Mexico wrote in a remembrance. In 1977, Davis received the University of Colorado Alumnus of the Century Award.

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Myron Dewey, 49

The Native American activist and filmmaker focused attention on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to stop construction of an oil pipeline on tribal land in the Dakotas. A former wildland firefighter who taught filmmaking at Duke University and Northwest Indian College, Dewey co-directed the documentary “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock.” He also participated in and documented protests of a proposed lithium mine near the Nevada-Oregon border. He died in a car accident in Nevada.

Guss and Sally Dussin, in Greece during the early 1970s, where they sourced their Mizithra cheese.Photo courtesy of The Old Spaghetti Factory

Sally Dussin, 92

In 1969, Sally and her late husband Gus opened The Old Spaghetti Factory at Southwest Second Avenue and Pine Street in Portland. The restaurant offered a unique combination of meaty spaghetti, crystal light fixtures, spumoni ice cream, booths made of recycled iron bed frames — and an adjacent restored trolley car where a handful of lucky diners could eat. The restaurant quickly became a beloved local institution, and it grew into a franchise with more than 40 locations across the country. You could say the division of labor proved decisive in the business’ success. “Mom and dad had a deal,” Chris Dussin said in 2019. “He took care of the food and kitchen side of the restaurant, and she handled the design.” The company remains family-owned.

Samantha Fox (Photo: Courtesy of Fox family)

Samantha Fox, 46

When she died in May, the unvaccinated motorcycle enthusiast was the first Oregon teacher publicly known to have succumbed to COVID-19. Fox taught sixth- and seventh-grade language arts at Estacada Middle School. She was well-known — and widely loved — in her community. “You can’t go anywhere in Estacada without someone coming up to talk to her,” said her ex-husband, Roger Cloud. Added her mother, Mary Beck: “She took care of everyone.”

Bob Fronk

Bob Fronk, 62

Fronk led Sunset High School to state basketball and football championships in the 1970s. The high-profile prep star wanted to continue playing both sports at the University of Washington, but he ended up focusing on basketball. “He was an athlete, there was no question about it,” friend and former UW football player Vince Coby said. “He went out there and made things happen.” After college, Fronk tried to make the leap to the NBA, but he couldn’t stick with a team. He ended up playing basketball professionally in Europe for a couple of years before returning to the Pacific Northwest to launch a career as a high-school teacher and coach. He died of complications from lung cancer.

Elizabeth Furse (Photo by Michael Lloyd / The Oregonian)

Elizabeth Furse, 84

The dedicated activist grew up in South Africa before moving to the U.S. and eventually running for Congress. Furse served in the U.S. House of Representatives for only three terms, starting in 1993, but she spent decades fighting for political causes such as environmental regulation and nuclear disarmament, and she helped five Oregon tribes regain federal recognition. Furse became the founding director of Portland State University’s Institute for Tribal Government. Said the institute’s current director, Direlle Calica: “The legacy of her work on tribal governance, restoration legislation and self-determination has been profound.”

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Dave Frishberg, 88

The Minnesota native moved to Portland in the 1980s and played piano at the Heathman Hotel, but, by then, his career’s impact already reached far beyond the Rose City. The witty, playful songwriter penned the iconic “I’m Just a Bill,” among other “Schoolhouse Rock!” classics, that tunefully taught a generation of American kids about the country’s government and democracy. He played with a long list of jazz stars over the years, including Anita O’Day and Gene Krupa. The New York Times called Frishberg “an accomplished, unregenerate jazz pianist who managed to outrun the eras of rock, soul, disco, punk and hip-hop by writing hyper-literate songs that harked back to Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer by way of Stephen Sondheim.”

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Julie Green, 60

The painter and longtime Oregon State University art professor captured the humanity of death-row prisoners through the heralded series “The Last Supper.” Born in Japan — her father was in the U.S. Navy at the time — Green studied design at the University of Kansas and worked at Time Life in New York before moving into academia. Green, who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, died by medically assisted suicide under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.

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Penny Harrington, 79

The Michigan State University graduate broke barriers throughout her career at the Portland Police Bureau, becoming its first female detective and sergeant and lieutenant and captain and, in 1985, chief. She didn’t stay in the top job for long, resigning after less than two years amid heavy criticism of her reform efforts and the questionable actions of her then-husband, a bureau officer, regarding a drug investigation. Harrington went on to serve as an investigator for the California State Bar Association and as director of the National Center for Women in Policing. After retiring to a small seaside California town, she opened a shop that sold crystals and jewelry.

Alex Harvill, 28

The daredevil and motocross racer, who lived in Ephrata, Wash., set a world record in 2012 with a 425-foot ramp-to-dirt jump, and he set another one the following year with a 297.5-foot dirt-to-dirt jump. Inspired by the exploits of the late 1970s legend Evel Knievel, Harvill recognized the inherent danger of motorcycle jumping, and he embraced it. “If you’re not ready to die, you’re not ready to live,” he said. He died in a crash while practicing for a scheduled attempt to break the record for longest ramp-to-ramp jump on a motorcycle.

Barney Holland (right) and UO teammate Bob Hawes

Barney Holland, 89

The Marshall High School graduate and two-sport star at UO became one of the most successful high-school basketball coaches in Oregon history. He coached Danny Ainge’s North Eugene state championship teams in the 1970s, and he won Oregon coach of the year honors four times. “He had a lot of success coaching. He earned a lot of wins,” Wilsonville boys basketball coach Chris Roche said. “But it was more than that. He was truly a maker of men, and the impact he had on people was profound.” Ainge, for his part, said he was “forever grateful” for Holland’s influence on his life. Along with coaching, Holland taught high-school social studies and served as a counselor, retiring in 1989. “Underneath his gruff and demanding exterior was a huge heart,” former Aloha High School principal Ken Yarnell said. “He really cared about the kids.”

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Anne Hughes, 76

The Washington, D.C., native had a talent for bringing people together, creating community. She celebrated art throughout her life and fought for various political causes. Hughes opened a Portland art gallery in the 1970s, hosted a salon that attracted the likes of author Ursula Le Guin and Mayor Bud Clark, and launched the first coffee house inside Powell’s City of Books. She once walked, alone, from San Francisco to Portland: “It was just a little something she’d been wanting to do,” journalist Susan Stanley wrote in 1997. Late in life, Hughes volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving in the Middle East. “She had just a uniquely brilliant mind,” her son Joe Hughes said. She died shortly before Portland’s inaugural annual Anne Hughes Day.

Art Jones

Art Jones, 86

The Saskatchewan native became an ice-hockey legend in Portland, earning the sobriquet the Red Baron for his scorching style of play. Coming of age at a time when the National Hockey League had only six teams, he landed with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Buckaroos in 1960. Over the next dozen years, he led the league in scoring six times and took the Buckaroos to the Lester Patrick Cup championship three times. Along the way he scored two league MVP awards. “His vision of the game and his hockey IQ were off the charts,” former teammate Roger Bellerive said. Added Canada’s Global News: “Art Jones may lack the name recognition of Saskatchewan NHL greats like Gordie Howe and Hayley Wickenheiser, but those who knew him say he was among the best of his generation.” In 1984, Jones was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

David Kennedy

David Kennedy, 82

The Marine Corps Reserve marksman with a University of Colorado fine-arts degree in sculpture started his advertising career in the 1960s — just as a new youth culture was deciding to reject consumerism. Advertising icon David Ogilvy could write a bestselling book about the ad biz, but Kennedy’s artsy social crowd wasn’t buying the notion that “Mad Men” were artists. This tension led Kennedy from Chicago to little Portland, Oregon, in 1979. Three years later, he and Dan Wieden founded Wieden + Kennedy. Their work for local sneaker upstart Nike launched the boutique advertising firm into the stratosphere, and memorable spots for many other brands followed. The duo proved, The Wall Street Journal noted, that “making ads could be kind of hip after all.” With W+K’s place in the cultural and business firmament secure by the mid-1990s, Kennedy moved into an early semi-retirement, allowing him to return to his first love: making sculpture.

Fred Cheong Lee, 96

The Congressional Gold Medal recipient left his studies at Oregon State University to join the Army when the U.S. entered World War II. Born in Portland’s Chinatown, he became part of a small group of soldiers who created battlefield maps for Gen. George S. Patton. After the war, Lee returned to OSU, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, and later studied at a local bible college. An avid amateur photographer, he worked at the Bonneville Dam and the City of Portland, and he was a dedicated volunteer at Portland Rescue Mission.

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Gary Leif, 64

The Republican state representative earned friends and admirers from both parties during his short time in politics. “Gary’s sense of humor, his commitment to bipartisanship and his love of family and community marked his service in the Oregon Legislature,” House Republican leader Christine Drazan said. Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek called him “a champion for his district and a lovely man.” Before joining the Legislature, Leif served as a Douglas County commissioner. He owned a Roseburg portrait photography studio for 40 years. He died of cancer.

Bud Lewis, 100

The World War II veteran, amateur athlete and longtime Portland police officer worked tirelessly for the Sunshine Division — including raising $125,000 last year, at age 99, by walking more than 53 miles. In the 1960s and ‘70s, Lewis served as commander of the charity, which is associated with the police bureau. Throughout his retirement, he continued to volunteer at the Sunshine Division, packing food boxes and serving on the board of directors. Said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell: “Bud Lewis was a giant of a man who emulated kindness, generosity and humility every day.”

Muriel Lezak and her husband Sidney LezakOregonian

Muriel Lezak, 94

The Chicago-born clinical psychologist pioneered best practices for evaluating and rehabilitating brain injury while working at Portland’s Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1976, Lezak published “Neuropsychological Assessment,” which remains a standard text in the discipline. “Muriel was fearless,” clinical psychologists Diane Howieson and Kathy Haaland wrote for the International Neuropsychological Society. “She had strong opinions and always loved sharing those opinions.” Thanks to the advent of high-tech tools like CT scans, Lezak’s field advanced dramatically during her career. “We’re in a much happier place now in the sense that we can really, truly relate what we see behaviorally to brain function,” she said recently. She was married for more than 50 years to the late Sidney Lezak, who was Oregon’s U.S. attorney in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Jemare Manns

Jemare Manns, 21

The young fashion entrepreneur played football for Southern Oregon University before launching the clothing line Winners Island. The Portlander with the “goofy” personality liked to make people laugh, but he also was driven to succeed — and he wanted to help others do the same. “Jemare would always put everyone before himself,” longtime friend Daezha Fisher said. “Didn’t really matter the situation. He just wanted everybody around him to pursue what they actually wanted to do.” Mann was shot to death at a party in Southeast Portland.

Mike Mitchell (right)David Greenwald/Staff

Mike Mitchell, 77

The Portland guitarist’s “ultra-primitive riff” on “Louie Louie” helped make the Kingsmen’s 1963 version of the song a rock ‘n’ roll classic. (And singer Jack Ely’s slurry rendition of the song’s lyrics earned an FBI obscenity investigation.) The Kingsmen didn’t spend much time at the top of the charts, but Mitchell’s influence on the music scene was undeniable. “I learned to play the guitar because of Mike Mitchell,” legendary rocker Joe Walsh said. “I know every one of his solos, mistakes and all. We’re losing the good guys.” The big-hearted Mitchell stayed in the game long after the Kingsmen’s heyday, touring with a rotating cast of musicians on classic-rock nostalgia tours. He never tired of playing his band’s signature song. “When I hear ‘Louie Louie’ on the radio, I always smile,” his sister Viva Redding said. “That’s my brother.”

Lee Moore Sr.

Lee Moore Sr., 74

The Roosevelt High School and Marylhurst University graduate combined detail-oriented business acumen with deep community involvement. Starting out as a Portland police officer, he served as director of the Oregon Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Division and then headed the Oregon Liquor Control Board. He ultimately became a reorganization expert, making a profound impact in both the public and private spheres. “It’s the ability to make the complex simple,” he said of his unique skill set. “Getting people to come together and work for a common goal, to set their egos aside.” Moore did this as a manager at Tektronix and Precision Castparts, as the CEO at water-service provider Clackamas River Water and as board chair at the Housing Authority of Portland. “He was a tremendous person,” The Scanner News publisher Bernie Foster said. “And he will be sorely missed.”

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Charles Moose, 68

The New York City native was a Portland police officer for 24 years, the last six — from 1993 to 1999 — as the bureau’s leader. He earned a doctorate in criminology and urban studies from Portland State University the same year he became the city’s first Black police chief. Moose later led the 1,000-officer Montgomery County Police, becoming a national figure during the department’s efforts to track down the gunmen responsible for the Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks in 2002. He wrote a book about the investigation, “Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper,” leading to criticism that he put the prosecution of the case at risk and used his position for profit. He ended his law-enforcement career as a patrolman in Honolulu. He died of a heart attack.

Michael Munk (Photo: Ooligan Press)

Michael Munk, 87

The political scientist was fascinated by Portland’s early-20th-century labor upheavals and leftist political firebrands, publishing in 2007 “The Portland Red Guide: Sites & Stories of Our Radical Past.” The work helped establish Stumptown’s revolutionary bona fides as the city became a progressive darling in the 2000s. Munk’s interest in local radicalism initially came from charismatic Marxist professor Stanley Moore, who Munk met while attending Reed College in the 1950s. “He woke me up,” Munk said. “I thought, ‘My God, people are arguing about something important.’” Munk served in the U.S. Army, earned a Ph.D. from New York University and taught at Rutgers University before returning to Portland in the mid-1990s. In retirement, he worked with the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission to honor important Portland dissidents he believed had been lost in the folds of history, and he kept an extensive email list of locals interested in hearing what he cheerfully called his “rants.”

Joyce Nelson (Photo from YouTube/Hands On Greater Portland)

Joyce Nelson, 86

The Spirit of Portland Award honoree helped found or lead a range of Oregon Native American service organizations, including the Native American Rehabilitation Association and the Portland American Indian Elders. In 1957, Nelson, a Lincoln High School graduate and a Sioux, married John “Buzz” Nelson, a great-grandson of Chief Red Cloud. They settled in Portland and became activists for Native American rights. “There was a lot of discrimination in the ‘50s,” Joyce said in 2004. “We still face that today. It’s important that our young people feel like they belong somewhere.”

Luis Palau (Photo by Ake Lundberg)

Luis Palau, 86

The Argentina native received Jesus at age 10 and eventually decided to devote his life to serving God. He made his way to the U.S., where he studied at Multnomah Bible College and met fellow student Patricia Scofield. He and Pat married, started a family, and embarked on joyful missionary work. “The evangelist is the bridge between the world and the church, between the lost person and bringing them into the position of salvation,” he once said. In the 1970s and ‘80s, at the height of his influence, Palau reached millions of people through radio sermons and worldwide tours. Even in the famously unchurched Portland area, where Palau’s ministry is based, the popularity of the “hot gospeler” was mammoth; his faith festivals in the city brought out tens of thousands of people.

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Eddie Payne, 69

The Wake Forest graduate coached men’s basketball at Oregon State from 1995 to 2000. The Beavers struggled throughout his five-year tenure with the program; his record at the school was 52-88. Payne went on to coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where in 2013 he earned the Hugh Durham Award as the top mid-major coach in college basketball. He died from complications of a stroke.

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Jane Powell, 92

Born Suzanne Burce in Portland, the actress and singer made her movie debut in 1944′s “Song of the Open Road,” whose cast also included ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (and his partner Charlie McCarthy) and legendary vaudevillian W.C. Fields. Powell went on to become a breakout star the following decade when Hollywood put out dozens of cheery, energetic musicals. Her best-known role came in 1954′s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” “Blonde and small and pretty, Jane Powell had the required amount of grit and spunk that was needed to play the woman who could tame seven backwoodsmen,” the late film historian John Kobal wrote. Powell fell off Hollywood’s A-list in the 1960s, but she kept working, touring in stage productions, and occasionally appearing on TV.

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Stu Rasmussen, 73

The engineer and Silverton native became the U.S.’ first openly transgender mayor when his hometown’s voters put him into office in 2008. Before that, Rasmussen worked at Tektronix and, wrote Salem’s Statesman Journal, “brought cable television to Silverton and Mt. Angel in the 1970s, constructing a 35-mile coaxial television plant to provide entertainment services.” His interests proved varied and quirky. He invented a bar game called Bogus Trivia and bought Silverton’s Palace Theatre. Rasmussen, who identified as a woman but usually used masculine pronouns, was a natural politician, in the best sense of the word. Silverton’s current mayor, Kyle Palmer, said he didn’t believe many people knew Rasmussen “deeply, but everybody would say they knew him. He had some way of connecting to people that made everybody feel like they knew him.”

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Henry Richmond, 78

The lawyer, raised on a hazelnut farm in Yamhill County, founded the land-use watchdog group 1000 Friends of Oregon and led the National Growth Management Leadership Project. “Henry’s work,” 1000 Friends of Oregon said in a memorial statement, “has protected some of the best farm and forest lands in the world for growing food and trees, preserved iconic natural areas like the Oregon coast, and cultivated towns and cities with urban growth boundaries that have created walkable, more affordable and climate-friendly places.”

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Joe Schaffeld, 85

The former University of Oregon offensive lineman built an impressive coaching career at his alma mater, serving under three head coaches (Don Reed, Rich Brooks and Mike Bellotti) over 24 years. A native of Vale, Schaffeld pursued wrestling and boxing as well as football in high school. “He was down-and-dirty tough, but you never felt like he was unapproachable, and you knew that no matter what happened, the guy was going to be in your corner,” former UO quarterback Joey Harrington said. Added Bellotti: “Not only one of the all-time great coaches but a better person.”

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Tempest Storm, 93

The self-proclaimed “Last Superstar of Burlesque” packed theaters across the country in the 1950s and ‘60s. “I did a class act,” she said. “Beautiful wardrobe. Big band. Opening act. It was sexy, teasing, but nothing vulgar.” Storm was born Annie Blanche Banks in rural Georgia, started her stripping career in Los Angeles, where she had hoped to become a movie star, and lived out her later years in Las Vegas. But one of the most-memorable periods of her life came in Portland, after she and her then-husband bought downtown’s Capitol Theater in 1953. They billed Storm, who famously had a 40-inch bust, as the “5 Dimension Girl.” One rival responded by threatening to throw acid in Storm’s face. Following more threats (and a court fight), Storm had had enough and left town. “I had a Cadillac convertible — Portland didn’t agree with it,” she said, referring to the city’s reputation for rainy weather. In 2016, a documentary about Storm’s life introduced her to a new generation of fans.

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William Walker, 90

The Missouri native served in the Air Force before joining Tektronix as an engineer. He spent almost four decades at the pioneering Oregon tech company. “In my mind, at that time, Tektronix was a Camelot,” he said in 2007. “Camelots don’t last forever. They have their natural lifespans. But we should remember that it existed, and it was in Portland.” Along with his long tenure at Tektronix, where he rose to chief operating officer, Walker led Electro Scientific Industries and Tektronix spinoff company Planar Systems.

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Julius “J.J.” Young, 49

The Oregon State running back gained more than 2,000 yards during his college-football career in the early 1990s. Though a star at South Pasadena High School, the undersized player wasn’t heavily recruited in his backyard, and that was OK with him. “I never really wanted to go to USC or UCLA,” Young said. “I just wanted to beat them.” OSU coach Jerry Pettibone recognized his “explosiveness” and switched him from defensive back to halfback. Young would rush for at least 100 yards in nine games, and he was team captain. Earning a degree in economics, Young went on to become a senior vice president and region head at Wells Fargo in Houston. He served on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston.

— Douglas Perry



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