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Jon Chrysler
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I graduated from Oregon State in Forestry in four years and postponed the draft by joining the Peace Corps and worked in forestry for two years in Morocco. Since the draft ended, I served for a third year teaching English as a second language.  Many of my students spoke Berber at home, Moroccan Arabic the official language, French learned at school, some Spanish and now I was instructing in English in the tiny cross road town of Souk El Arbaa.

I fed my wanderlust with a year in Fairbanks, AK and a year north of the Brooks Range working on the oil pipeline.  Off to Saudi Arabia with the same company.  Part of the deal was a two week vacation every four months with a ticket to London and back to the States at the end of the year.  A lot of fun globe trotting: Kenya & the Seychelles was my first vacation, followed by Greece, Italy, Thailand, Malta, Cyprus, Isreal/Bethlehem, Egypt and even London.   I finally returned to Eugene in 1980.

Moved to Bellevue, WA, and in 1985, married Verda, a Eugenean originally from Bend and got two really good children in the bargain.  Her daughter is Soriah, the Café’s namesake, who works in Portland and son Naseem works with his dad in Eugene.  I worked for Vacation Internationale, a timeshare company.

In 1998, Verda and I moved to Republic, WA to avoid the projected strife of Y2K and for a change.  Republic is the only incorporated city in Ferry County, population of 950 and deer wandering the streets.  I worked as Economic Development Specialist for the county for three years, during which the sawmill closed and the gold mine ran out of gold and moved on.  Oops.  Not good for my results or job.  I worked summers for a couple of years on call for the Forest Service doing administration in the base camps on forest fires.  I even went to Biloxi, MS on an assignment post Katrina.  I’ve been involved with several volunteer groups since I’ve been here.

In 2005, I got a job at Curlew Job Corps working with sixteen to twenty five year olds on improving their social skills so they can keep the trade jobs they train for and have been there since.  Verda passed five years ago.  I have been dating Chery, a wonderful woman who is getting me interested in fishing, tent trailer camping and other outdoor activities.  Fun stuff I can fill my retirement with in another year, or so.
 
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Lynda Shields (Aller)
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After graduating I married 2 months later and had 4 boys, later i had a active part in raising a grandson who is now 32. My oldest son was killed in 2003 he had 2 daughters that are all grown up. I have 11 grandchildren ( ages 14 to 32 ) and # 12, a granddaughter, is due in Sept. I also have 5 great grandchildren ages 5 to 20 months. I divorced my husband in 1997 and remarried in 1999 to a Super great man that i lost in 2011. I now have a great partner of 6 years, Charlie. We live in Tucson for the winter months and then in May we leave and come to Bend Or where all of my family lives. We have a 5th wheel toy hauler that we bring our RZR in. Our hobbies are Quadding, camping, fishing, traveling anad family time.  I love travelling and have been blessed to visit Paris, Ireland, England, Australia ,Panama, Costa Rica and other places. I love being retired which i was able to do at age 56.
This is my first reunion to attend and wondering who i will recognise.
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Margaret Allender (Brandson)
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My UO journalism degree took me to newspapers in eastern Oregon, Reno, and the Mother Lode area of California, along with some life side trips along the way.  By stumbling into California's Mother Lode/Gold Country, I crossed paths with a great guy who was similarly drifting through life. After 41 years we're "still havin' fun" as the song goes and in the same area. We opted to pamper several generations of pets in lieu of diapers, testy teenagers, and college tuition, and though I have the greatest respect for those who took on that challenge, our choice was perfect for us. My newspaper reporting background morphed into an interesting public relations practice that took me to remote places around the state and the west working with mining companies. I realized I enjoyed my staff training for those companies so returned to school to get the MA needed to teach part-time at community college. I have closed my small agency and just enjoying teaching a class or two, having time for hiking, some traveling, and feeling lucky for a good life! Many thanks to the hard-working committee members for making this reunion happen. It's going to be great to see so many of you. Send Margaret a MessageSend Margaret a Message
Marv Jameson
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So,after attending the reunion this weekend I've decided that I should probably add some information here.

After high school I attended LCC majoring in auto repair.  After 2 terms at LCC the selective service sent me notice to appear for a physical.  Rather than wait to be drafted I chose to enlist in the Marine Corps, I got one of the last 3 year enlistments given out.  The Marine Corps put methrough a bank of tests and determined that I should be trained in electronics.  After bookcamp in San Diego and Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton I returned home for leave and then returned to San Diego for Basic Electronics School.  After BES I transferred to Twenty-nine Palms to train on an air search Radar device.  All told I spent 1 and 1/2 years in California. I then transferred to MCAS Cherry Point, NC. Ispent most of the rest of my enlistment in North Carolina.  I did go on one operation that took me to Greece for 9 days.  We got 3 days liberty in Athens on the way over and then 3 days liberty in Valencia, Spain on the way home.   While stationed in NC I met my first wife, a woman from Pa.  After leaving the service I moved to Pa where I lived for about another 11/2 years. We moved back to Eugene so that I could attend LCC where I majored in Electronics Engineering Technology.  After graduation we moved to Corvallis so I could pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering from OSU.  Just before graduation from LCC my son was born.  The first term at OSU I obtained part time employment at Hewlett/Packard they'd just opened their plant in Corvallis. Working almost fulltime, taking 17 credit hours, and trying to raise an infant son took it's toll after 2 terms and the opportunity for full time employment came available.  I left school and started what was to become a 30 year career at HP.  During that 30 years my wife and I had a second child, a daughter, I got divorced,and married my current wife who had 2 sons.  I left HP in 2007 and have been semi-retired since.  I've had a few part time jobs.  For the past 8 years I've worked as a Softball Scorekeeper in the spring and summer for Corvallis Parks and Recreation Dept. My and I are avid OSU Beaver fans, we live walking distance from campus, we've been to every PAC-12 football stadium except Colorado, we attend as many Beaver games as we can with season tickets for Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, and Baseball.  We attended the final 2 games of the 2007 NCAA Baseball College World Series.
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Meredith Cowan (Smith)
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Meredith (Pinky Cowan) Smith.
I graduated in 1971 from the U of O with BBA in accounting.  I worked for CPA firms for a while then I decided that I didn’t like it because it wasn’t allowing me to consult with the clients and help them grow their businesses.  (I spend time today working with a mechanic teaching him what he need to do to grow his business.  I love this part of working).  I then moved into corporate accounting and worked in the trucking industry, a stock brokerage, a company that created & laid fiber optic cable from Japan to almost our coast line & a construction company building dams & bridges.  I did some temporary work also and found I liked it.  I worked with Nike, Avia shoes, Portland Distributing and went back to most of over & over many times.  The last 2 were always fighting over me, I guess they really liked me to work for them.  The part I liked was that even if I didn’t like the job or the boss I didn’t have to work for them 40 or more hours a week & I could pick which hours & days I wanted to work.  I decided I liked working that way so I created my own company and I am still working that way.   I became an Advanced Certified ProAdvisor many years ago for Intuit (QuickBooks) & I love it.  I have to say I enjoy it though.  What is exciting now is technology has almost caught to what I wanted when I was 30.  Right now I house many of my clients on a server somewhere in the US and they work on their books at the same time I am working on their books without us necessarily knowing each other is even on the computer.  I get my hours when I want them therefore I pretty much “work when I want and don’t when I don’t”.
As far as my personal life I moved to Baker in 1974 and then to Salem then to the Portland metro area.  I live in Beaverton in the middle of Murray Hill right now.  I have lived in the Portland about 45 years.  I have been married twice and I think my picker is broke.  The first was awful and the second even though I did loved him it wasn’t a whole heck of a lot better.  There were some great years though with the second one.  He is now deceased.  We took custody of my second husband’s children when the oldest was 12 & the youngest was 8.  I was a Cub Scout leader for several years and that was really fun.  That caused me to visit more of Oregon & Washington than I had ever done before.  I am proud to say that all my boys earned all their badges & sports awards.  They learned how to build a fire faster than the Boy Scouts they & they actually beat the Boy Scouts in a competition.  That was the last year that the Cubs were allowed to camp with the Boy Scout but I don’t think the fire incident created that separation.  At least one made it to Eagle and I went to his celebration many years later.  Life has tested me and I have tested life.  This summer I have had a bucket list I guess.  I started out in April contacting an old friend that I hadn’t seen in about 45 years.  Surprise he texted me back.  I also went to another client’s concert of hard rock & roll at a pub in Milwaukie OR.  Then I visited Eugene 3 times after not being back there for 10 years.  I came home one weekend and contacted a friend/client and told him if he was serious about the invite to ride his motorcycle it probably should be this summer because I might not be able to ride next year.  He said lets go for the ride and then go out on a jet ski.  I said heck yes.  Then I thought “you almost got killed the last time you were on a motorcycle”.  Oh well we went & I had a great time.   This about as crazy as me trying to ride my 10 speed down the slide when I was 16.  I also contacted one of my stepsons this summer after 26 years.  Oh yeah then there was the reunion which I had a great time at.  Thanks Roger, Rose Ann, Janice and Cheryl for making it all possible.  I don’t think I would have done any of the things I did this summer if the reunion hadn’t happened.  Thank you to all that attended also.     
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Monique Prevost (Lloyd)
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After earning my degree from the UofO, I married, moved out to the country, and had four sons.  Along with the boys, we raised milk goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and geese and put in a quarter acre garden.  I wrote a monthly column for a small, local newspaper and all of that kept me busy for the next 25 years.   When my youngest son left for university, my husband turned to me and asked "So, what are you going to do for the next 30 years?"   My answer was to get a master's degree in library science and archival studies.  I worked in special collections at the Oregon State Library and, then tired of the freeway commute, took a position at the Oregon State University Valley Library in archives.  I continue to work there part-time at the reference desk.  My "now" photo was taken a few weeks ago by library staff for their webpage.

My husband and I have five grandchildren, ages 4 years to 6 months.  I like knitting, hand-quilting,  raising old-fashioned flowers, and I love the little, wild birds. I also enjoy reading, visiting my sons and their families,  playing with my grandchildren, and hiking, and walking on the beach with my husband. I have nine hens who lay eggs for me and, when no one's listening, I sometimes sing to them.
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Myrna Jarding (Carroll)
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Post WCHS I spent two years at LCC, two years at UO where I got my degree in K-8.  Didn't like teaching so next stop was boyfriend’s uncle's dairy in rural SC where I learned to drive tractors, milked 260 cows and visited Jan Kersgaard while she was working in Kentucky.  Next came a couple textile mills--a spinning room and a weave room--as in the movie "Norma Rae".  Got married, moved back to OR but only got as far as Wallowa County where I sorted spuds before finding a job at the local Grain Growers.  Two kids later I moved to Spokane to study accounting at Gonzaga and never left.  Bought a farm north of Spokane which I now share with 12 head of cattle, 2 parrots, 2 cats and a dog.  Unlike some of you who changed jobs whenever you grew bored, I just went back to school which is how I became a BS(ing) CIA MOL(e) Ph.D (tuition waivers are great).  Son became a mechanical engineer, married, bought a farm further north, and blessed me with 3 grandkids who take his old school bus to my farm every other Friday for a weekend with grandma.  Daughter became a research physicist who moved to the Netherlands to teach at Delft TU, set up a fish lab and study the neurons in zebra fish.  Since I don’t travel I really lucked out on which kid decided to have kids!  Still working at Gonzaga (can only make so many quilts in retirement), celebrating the first decade in my life that I've not been a student (they call it a terminal degree for a reason) and texting my “new” family.  At 65 (via DNA) I found my birth mother and 3 maternal half-sisters (also an unmet paternal half-sister--maybe someday).  One never knows what surprises life holds in store for us. 
 
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Regina Coxen (Degner)
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I plan to attend our 50th H.S. reunion. It's been a long time since I have visited Eugene.
I have lived in Northern California for 40 years. Married to the same great guy I met at the U of O in 1967. We have two sons and two grandkids. We raised and showed Morgan horses for many years but after age 50 I decided it was time to give it up and start traveling. We are still traveling but staying a little closer to the USA.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next month.
Gina Coxen Degner
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Robert Engrav
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One of my favorite authors, Henry Miller, wrote: "If it was a mistake to finish school, it was an ever bigger mistake to go to work." I've made some mistakes in my life, but somehow it's all turned out to be ok! Flunked out of college after 2nd term at UofO, met some Beautiful People, hitchhiked to Santa Barbara. Returned to Eugene, entered computer programming school, which led to a job at Sacred Heart Hospital as a computer operator. Moved to Seattle in 1975, and became a rat trapped in the corporate maze for the next 30 years, spending 5 of those yrs in San Francisco. Learned to live and love the Good Life, fine wines and good food. Moved back to Seattle and was forced to retire, being too old, too expensive, and no college degree - it was a blessing in disguise!  I worked as a florist for the next 5 years. Then my 2nd retirement at age 62.
Currently enjoy travels to Mexico and western US, reading, nature walks, bike riding. A Reiki practitioner for the last 10 yrs, I am now focusing on treating horses and learning to ride again.
Rod Moorehead
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Hi everyone, can't believe its been 50 years! After graduation I attended LCC for a couple years. I had the good fortune of a very high draft lottery number so avoided the Vietnam experience. Thank you to all my classmates who served and sacrificed over there. Best thing to come out of my time at LCC was meeting my future wife, Carol. It took a few years but we married in 1976 and are still enjoying each other very much. We settled here in Sisters for the hiking and outdoor activities and have stayed for 41 years. Carol and I have one son, Dane who is an Afghanistan vet in the Oregon National Guard. He is now finishing up his degree at Western Oregon University.  I worked many jobs over the years but ended up doing custom cabinet work for the last 20 before retiring. Retirement is wonderful and I don't see how I ever had time to hold down a job!  We stay active with hiking and bicycling and Carol gets me out traveling the world every so often. 
 
I'll sign off with one of my favorite quotes:
 
 "I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different"- Kurt 
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