Mann Tofflemire, Lynda
right after graduation...first time. 4 children - 3 boys born in
'61, 63 and 64. 1 daughter born '69. Eleven grandchildren..
Places outside of Springfield where I have lived
includes: currently in
Salem OR...others: Burns...Albany...Chiloquin...all adventures to
later. Also Wyoming..135 miles to nearest super market with bears in
town with the moose.. very interesting place.
Currently single after too many marriages.. dating a
super guy who lives in Boise Idaho.
I have owned 4 businesses, worked in food and beverage
(bartender -waitress) hotel/motel ( sales and marketing, banquet manager)
been an office manager and designed the temporary service division
for a national non profit. Moved to Salem for a GREAT JOB
OPPORTUNITY.. (telecommunication sales) Ha Ha..company closed in
January...currently broke and working a project for the State of Oregon
I am an orphan now what with both parents deceased. And the greatest
tragedy of my life was losing my oldest granddaughter in a car accident
Best accomplishment was losing 35 lbs and 14 inches
this year..puts me back to a size 10..great feeling.. and I haven't
had to start coloring my hair yet (what hair that is left anyway) Yippee!
I believe we are all here on this earth for special reasons,
I just haven't
figured out my reason yet. But life is too short to be unhappy, so I
each day, thankful for my friends, family and the fact that I woke up
breathing. Not sure I'll be at the reunion.. but will be
thinking of you all...God Bless!
Since the last reunion my family has grown, and I have remarried.
Dave Tofflemire and I were married December of 2004. He comes from a very
small family and was at first overwhelmed by our very large family. Between
us we have six adult children, fifteen grandchildren and now our ninth great
grand with two more on the way.
How fun it has been to
find out that I actually have a little artistic talent. Being recognized as
a Glass Artist has been awesome. And I truly enjoy creating new ways to
present traditional stained glass pieces.
This year, 2010, has been the year of business closure
and retirement to far Eastern Oregon. We have 37+ acres and a little cabin
with an orchard in Eagle Valley. Our mailing address is Richland, which is
about five miles away. We are reclaiming the orchard and clearing brush -
very physical but rewarding. Since the majority of the land is hillside,
and Dave doesn't do well on hills; I run the power saw a lot - what a sight
We enjoy the annual class camp out and look forward to
many years of just doing what we please.
"Kenneth Mart of Pleasant Hill died June 7 at the age of
61. His family chose not to list the cause of death.
Mart was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Eugene to Raymond
Raney and Olive Johansen Gibson. He married Sharon Halladay in Springfield in
1963; they later divorced. He lived for a time in Gilchrist and graduated from
Thurston High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years.
He worked in the timber industry and enjoyed camping, fishing and playing pool
in his leisure time.
Survivors include his mother; two sons, Gary and Dean,
both of Kelso, Wash.; a daughter, Michelle Mart of Oakridge; a brother, Guy
Gibson of Springfield; a sister, Kaylene Rolfe of Veneta; 10 grandchildren; and
two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Carla Mart, died previously
Martin Lessard, Sherry
ACTIVITIES: Travel: RV travel in our 40¹ Marathon RV. Trip in January
2001 was down Baja Peninsula (Mexico). Winter home in Mesa, AZ. Enjoy
winters in an ³over 55² community. Listen to classical/Baroque music,
play the oboe in community bands.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST 40 YEARS: Military service (WAC) 1963-66 and
1967-70. OR technician, Graduated in 1973 Magna Cum Laude with SS degree
in medical records administration, worked 30+ years and loved every
minute. Enjoyed sharing knowledge. Married 5/28/84 to Leslie Lessard. I
became a ³mother² and ³grandmother² the easy way--I married the
father/grandfather! Retired at age 52 and living quite comfortable.
Cruises to Alaska, Mexico, Mediterranean, Panama Canal. Tours to Hawaii,
Europe and Mexico.
We are on the family farm in Rickreall
Oregon with six of our nine grandchildren close by.
We are farming over 1500
acres. Looking forward to slowing down but never retiring.
Massey Larson, Elizabeth
Resided in Springfield, OR.
Massey Alward, Mary Beth
Coeur d'Alene, ID
After high school I went to OSU and studied math
for 2 years. After I married, had a child, and was divorced, I
began studying computer classes at LCC and the U of O. I began
my 35 years of programming at a lumber company in Eugene. I met
my husband, Lew, at a duplicate bridge club in Eugene. He was a
U of O student getting his PHD in math After his graduation, he
taught Math at Whitman College and the University of Pittsburgh
in Bradford. We later moved to Sunnyvale, California in 1981
where we lived for 24 years.
I worked in the computer
field in Sunnyvale for 20 years starting with Compiler and
Operating Systems QA, then Operating Systems Development, and
ended with Disk Diagnostics. My main adventure was representing
the Operating Systems group while our company (Motorola)
installed major computer systems at Goldman Sachs in NYC. We
stayed in NYC in the World Trade Center Vista Hotel for 5 weeks
in the late 80s before the first WTC bombing. The WTC was so
beautiful. I remember having dinner at Windows on the World on
the 107th floor. The view was incredibly beautiful and I will
always treasure having been there.
For many years I was
involved with Golden Retrievers. I bred and raised a Champion
golden who was accepted in the Westminster Kennel Club Show. I
flew her to NYC and turned her over to her handler. It was great
fun seeing the show. My very favorite dog experiences were with
the NORCAL Golden Retriever Rescue organization. I was involved
with them until we moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2005.
We are enjoying Northern
Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is a very interesting town and has a lot of
great events. I’m active in the art club and enjoy painting and
gardening. I have one daughter and 4 grandchildren who live in
McAnulty Carlson, Sally
January 10, 2015
Currently I am recuperating from a
very difficult year. I will tell you all about it at the reunion.
Brief history: 1960's wasted my youth with Elaine Winn Bails.
We both decided to be grown ups in the early 70's. I married in
1973. In 1976, I returned to school and eventually got an MSW from
the University of Washington. I have lived in the Seattle area for
the past 20 years. Since my husband has a good job, I don't
work. However, I keep very busy with volunteering, reading,
traveling, gardening and all the other things I like to do.
May 3, 2011
Bails writes about her friend Sally.
"I have been agonizing for several
months about writing this. Many of you knew Sally throughout grade
school, junior high, sophomore year of high school and her association
with her grandparents and parent's grocery store at 10th and E Street.
Sally is in the process of being devastated by Alzheimer's Disease.
I have lived with her and her husband since 2005 and have seen signs of
problems since I moved in. For the first few years it was just memory
issues but progressed to radical personality changes and now she is very
confused and has lost her love of seeing friends, traveling, sense of
humor and lots that made Sally who she was.
I was going to try to bring her to the reunion but I really think she
would be too confused to enjoy it. She has never admitted to me that
she knows she has a problem so there is always a huge elephant in the
room with us. Her husband is being very supportive and takes very good
care of her. Most days she appreciates him but when she doesn't, she
turns to me. She has quit reading, cooking, socializing and most of the
other activities that she enjoyed so much.
I thought about waiting until the reunion to tell you all this but
decided I didn't want to put a pall on the party and maybe it was best
to do it now."
Thank you Elaine for
writing. It must have been very difficult to do. The
class and I appreciate you informing us about her condition. -
Elaine writes again about Sally.
After thinking long and hard, I have decided I don't want to live
here anymore. It was wonderful when Sally was "here" but she isn't
anymore so there is really nothing left for me. I look around and see
the difficulties of aging here. No public transportation, no close
airport, very limited choices for shopping (oh for Trader Joe's) and
very few friends. So, I think I am moving back to Eugene/Springfield
area this summer.
Sally is now in a Memory care facility in LaGrande and I still go to see
her, but I really don't know if she knows who I am or not. I have sort
of said goodbye to her already. I am sure she won't miss me and my
grieving began long ago. At least I have a few old friends in
Springfield and many more options for making new ones. Don't know if I
am going to rent or buy yet. Renting sounds good until I look at all the
available apartments and a large percentage of them include a
playground. No, thanks.
January 10, 2015
Sally was diagnosed with lung cancer in October and died January 10,
Carlson of Wallowa, Oregon died Saturday January 10th
after a battle with lung cancer.
Sally was born in Enterprise September 30, 1943 to
Robert and Mildred McAnulty. Sally attended elementary
school and two years of high school in Springfield,
Oregon. The McAnulty family moved to Prineville in 1959
where Sally attended Crook County High School,
graduating in 1961. Sally attended the University of
Oregon for a year before moving to Roseburg to join her
"Vernon" family and work in the assessor's office. She
and her close friend Elaine Bails moved to Los Angeles
in 1966 where she worked for an insurance company. Sally
and Elaine moved to Seattle in 1968 where Sally worked
at the U of W. In 1969 Sally moved back to Springfield
where she worked for the Department of Human Resources
and met her husband-to-be Ken Carlson. Ken and Sally
were married December 24, 1973. After completing his
education at Oregon State University, Ken and Sally
moved to Los Angeles where Sally attended Long Beach
State University, majoring in Social Work. Sally
graduated with honors and was the top student in the
college of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1980 Ken
and Sally moved to Seattle Washington where Sally
obtained her Masters in Social Work at the University of
Sally loved school. But instead of her dream of becoming
a professional student she was forced to become a
professional social worker working for a number of
mental health organizations before forming her own
business offering employee assistance programs to public
and private institutions. After Ken retired, Ken and
Sally moved to Wallowa in 2003 to care for Sally's
mother. Sally volunteered at the Nez Perce Homeland
Project. Sally was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2010
and moved to Wildflower Lodge's memory care unit in
Sally had a gift. She could walk into a room full of
people, not knowing anyone, within 5 minutes she would
have a cluster of people glued to her every word. Within
10 minutes she would have one or more confiding their
innermost secrets. Sally loved people. She loved social
gatherings. Especially if it was a group of close
friends, of which she had many. Sally affected the lives
of people from Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC.
While in Seattle Sally spent many summer vacations
working on a cook crew for high mountain camps in the
Canadian Rockies. A social event Sally couldn't pass up
even if it meant working dawn 'til dusk. Sally
volunteered many hours to Senator Patty Murray's
re-election campaign. Sally had the better car so she
became the driver, driving the senator from event to
Christmas was a special time, having been married on
Christmas Eve. Sally would celebrate the holiday with a
party for her husband's department, a party for her
business associates and yet another for her nearest and
dearest. Sally loved to host, providing her guests with
delicious soups and homemade breads. She made her home a
Christmas fairyland with multiple Christmas trees and
unique Christmas decorations. Sally would shine.
A temporary 1992 assignment in North Carolina let Sally
explore the east coast. Sally would explore during the
week while her husband worked and would drag him to the
best discoveries on the weekends. A basket class let her
meet a new set of friends and resulted in a large
collection of handmade baskets.
Sally's second love was reading. She had read every book
in the Springfield Public Library before she entered
junior high. In her hay-day she could read a book a day.
When Sally tired of social work she got a job at a
bookstore. It was her ideal job. She became the Mystery
Book buyer. Sally used every paycheck to buy books with
her employee discount. She was in book heaven.
Sally had many "families" and was deeply loved by all.
Her stories and laughter will be missed. Sally is
survived by her husband Ken of 41 years, her brother
Mike McAnulty of Springfield, OR and one sister and five
brothers of the Vernon family into which Sally was
adopted. There will be a memorial for Sally sometime
this spring. Details will follow.
We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at
Wildflower Lodge in La Grande. Even though Sally could
no longer communicate and understood very little she
still became a favorite. Sally's smile and giggle won
over hearts. Everyone at Wildflower treated Sally with
love and the utmost respect. We thank them for their
care during Sally's last years.
McBee Hornish, Joyce
ACTIVITIES; Sunriver Christian Fellowship, Board of Directors, Chair of
Worship Committee, Music Committee, Choir, Flutist, Hand bell Choirs and
Sextet. Downhill skiing, biking, walking, knitting and needlepoint.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST 40 YEARS: Married 35 years to Alan, my best friend,
two wonderful daughters, great son-in-law and our first grandchild. Lived
10 1/2 years in England and traveled extensively. Lived 3 1/2 years in
Shanghai, China. Now retired and living in Sunriver --LOVE IT!
The last ten years have been great with lots of fun activities in
our "retirement" years. Our family has grown - our older daughter,
Kathy, and her family live in Baltimore. She and husband, Martin,
have our three grandchildren - Seth is 11 and excels on the piano,
Mark is 8 and is artistic and compassionate, and Rebecca is 5 and is
full of all things "girly". We usually go back to visit them twice
a year, and they come spend a couple of weeks in the summer with
us. Our younger daughter, Krista, lives in Portland, works for
Clackamas County as a Mediator in the Social Services area, and
helps keep us busy helping her with house projects.
Al's passion these last ten years has been Search and Rescue with
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office - he has kept extremely busy with
trainings, missions, and lots of organizational things. My main
interests still revolve around music. Al and I both sing in the
church choir, I still play my flute, play hand bells, and now also
direct our 16-ringer hand bell choir at church. It is great fun
- I've learned lots and have hopefully helped others learn new
skills and enjoy making beautiful music. We play in church a couple
of times a month as well as offer "fun" and free concerts about once
a year. I am also still active on our Worship and Music committees,
volunteer one day a week at our local resale shop which supports our
nature center and observatory, and help out monthly in a food
distribution program to local families in need. I bike as much as
weather permits, walk almost daily (usually with our dog), and try
to get to a local exercise class 2 or 3 days a week, and ski when
the weather cooperates.
Al and I have
participated in Cycle Oregon Weekend the last three years
and are signed up again for this July. We rode about 50-55
miles each of the two weekend days and this year it will be
a bit more (I'm hopefully getting a better bike) -more like
70-75 miles per day. I've also walked the half marathon
here in Sunriver with my sister, Betty, for the last 4 years
- we're planning on it again this June. Last September, Al
and our younger daughter, Krista, decided to cycle the
entire Oregon coast (mostly HWY 101 - 385 miles) and I got
to be the SAG wagon driver - it was great fun giving
support where needed, setting up camp, providing food
and "gear", and just being part of the team
Taken along the Oregon coast when Al
and our daughter were cycling the full
Oregon coast, and I got to go along as the SAG
wagon driver (along with two dogs!).
Besides traveling to see our Baltimore family, we try to get
the Oregon coast a couple of times a year, and we did get in
an Alaska cruise in 2009. I guess you'd say we are
and we like it that way - we love living in Sunriver - it
much to offer and we love having friends and family come
to visit and play.
McBee Roper, Myrne
Feb. 11, 2009
Gary E. McBride of Springfield, died Feb. 11 at age
65. The family chose not to list the cause of death.
He was born May 25, 1943, in
Marshfield to Ed and Mary Ellen Diehl McBride. He married Sherry
Isitt on Aug. 1, 1964, in Reno, Nev.
He graduated from
Thurston High School in 1961 and served in the U.S.
Navy aboard the USS Aludra from 1960 to 1964. He worked as a
flight instructor and was a logger and equipment operator for
Survivors include his mother; his wife; two sons, Danny and
Brian, both of Springfield; three grandchildren and one
Children/Grandchildren: Gina Rice (29) Supervisor at UPS-Corvallis;
Teneil McCreary (25), Whites Electronics-builds famous metal detectors;
Grandchildren (Gina's children) Hailey (7), Austin (5) and Alec John (3).
Pets - Dog- blue heeler named Harley.
CURRENT ACTIVITIES: Work!!! Would like to retire soon and ride
my new "Harley Davidson" (which has not been purchased yet)
HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST 40 YEARS: Currently working for West Coast Ind.,
Lebanon, OR as a sawmill construction millwright. Been in the same
trade for 30 years. I travel quite a bit. Worked in Maine,
Colorado, Tennessee, Washington and Oregon this last year. Enjoy
Colorado elk hunting, fishing and boating.
Marilyn & I are still hanging around somewhere or another, mainly close to
will be married for 42 years this month & have had a wonderful life
40+ years in mill construction my main job duties now are very domestic &
watching how fast the grass grows, when the weather prevents me from a
joyous ride on my Harley Davidson. Marilyn is still working full time but
is looking forward to retirement.
couple months ago we moved from our location of 33 yrs in Foster to a place
in Sweet Home, OR, which we are still unpacking & trying to organize. This
place has many raised garden beds plus blue berries, raspberries, grapes;
plums, apples etc. and all landscaped which will probably keep me busier
than I want to be. However, I still enjoy my hunting & fishing.
I guess some can consider it lucky to have both of
our girls & all the family within 4 miles of us, which is pretty special
to be able to see them anytime we want, and that is all the time.
Our oldest daughter, Gina Spencer, is a UPS
Manager for Springfield & Coos Bay.
Our youngest daughter,
Teneil Marcoccia, works at Sweet Home Choppers in web design etc.
Both girls have given us new wonderful son-in-laws
this past year, Justin & Gino.
I love attending our 3 grandkids (Hailey 17,
Austin 15 & Alec 13) sports activities & trying to keep up with their
busy lives is quite challenging.
Hailey, a 4.0 student & able to attend any college
of her choice, has decided that after graduation this next year she
wants to attend the U of O.
I guess the highlight’s in my
whole life has been watching everyone around me getting older!!
HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO ALL OF US!!
THE GRADUATION OF SPRINGFIELD/THURSTON “CLASS
CONGRATULATIONS and I’ll see you on August 13,
McElhany Harris, Connie
June 26, 2013
ACTIVITIES: Traveling, writing, walking, teaching, golfing, sharing,
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST 40 YEARS: 1962 -79 Hired by Georgia-Pacific
Corporation, Transferred to Eastern Canada and Maine (76-79), 1979 Moved
to Prineville, OR, Hired by Ochoco Lumber Company (79-83), 1983 Graduated
from Linfield College - Married Marvin Harris, 1984-99 Taught for Central
Oregon Community College (Part-time), 1996 Hired! textbook published by
Prentice-Hall, 2001 Hired! textbook, Second Edition published by Prentice
Hall, 1983 - present Traveling around world - over 100 countries.
Just a little news about my sister Connie: After many years of
traveling, teaching and writing books, Connie is now challenged by
progressive supranuclear palsy, a disease that over the past few years
has taken so much from her, including the ability to walk, talk and
read. She now has 24 hour nursing care in her own home and is tenderly
cared for by her husband of 28 years.
If she could, I’m sure she would wish you all the best as you
celebrate your 50th high school reunion.
Earl McElhany, Class of 1963
Connie Marie Harris, 70, passed away June 26, 2013,
in Prineville, Ore. At Connie’s request, there will be no public
Connie Marie Harris was born on Jan. 31, 1943,
in Watertown, S.D. She was born to Donald Preston and Emma Victoria
(Wattnem) McElhany. In 1946, her family moved to Redland Farm just
outside of South Shore, S.D.
She started grade school in 1950 at South
Shore. This school house had grades 1 through 4 in one room, 5
through 8 in another room, and high school was upstairs. In
February 1951, the family moved to Springfield, Ore., where Connie
entered the middle of the second year at Brattain Grade School. In
1961, Connie graduated from
School in the top 10 percent of her class. Connie went to Linfield
College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, liberal studies in
In 1961, Connie met and married Tommy R.
Anderson. They divorced in 1982.
Connie’s first job was with Georgia Pacific
Corporation in Springfield, Ore., in 1962. In 1976, she was
transferred to McAdam and New Brunswick, Canada. Connie worked
there and in Woodland, Maine until February of 1979. She moved to
Prineville, Ore., in April of 1979. She had a job as the Human
Resource Director for Ochoco Lumber Company. She was one of the
first females that broke into the Human Resource Department. She
was very well-respected for her work in this field. She left her
job at Ochotona Lumber Company to marry Marvin L. Harris on June 4,
Connie served in many leadership positions over
the years. She was a charter member of Prineville Toastmasters as
the Area Governor, President, and Sergeant of Arms; Crook County
Vocational Business Advisory Committee; guest speaker for schools,
community service clubs, government agencies, and private
industries; first President, Prineville Lioness; and Crook County
Woman’s Network. There are too many to list.
Marv and Connie enjoyed many of the same
things. Neither one of them had children, but they both loved to
travel, so they traveled the world together. They rarely went in
groups or planned tours, because they enjoyed each other’s company.
When it was just the two of them, they would rent a car in various
countries and be on another adventure. Marv and Connie traveled all
50 states and more than 50 countries.
Connie had another passion. She loved to write
books and teach what she knew through her studies. Her first books
were named, “Hired,” a life-planning/job-hunting text targeted for
high schools; “Personal Finances,” a financial-planning text for
community colleges; and “Hire Smart,” a personnel-management text
for community colleges. Connie had to take one year off traveling
to finish her writing projects.
She is survived by her loving husband, Marvin
Harris of Prineville, Ore. She is also survived by her sister, Judy
Williams of Beaverton, Ore.; and her five brothers, Del and Viva
McElhany from Portland, Ore., Harland and Marion McElhany from
Snohomish, Wash., Gary and Nancy McElhany from Boardman, Ore., Earl
and Christina McElhany from Springfield, Ore., and Roger McElhany
from Springfield, Ore. As Connie traveled at home and abroad, she
left friends in all of those places. To know Connie, is to love
was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Emma McElhany.
McElhany Schaffer, Sharon
October 29, 2015
2011 Anchorage, AK
I graduated from U of O Med school June 68. Internship
at UCI California. Two long years on the Rosebud Indian reservation as
a general medical officer. Orthopedic residency in San Francisco from
June !972 until June 76. Then to Anchorage, Alaska in private
practice and I have been here ever since. I do arthroscopic surgery only
since 1980. I remarried 20 yrs ago (Patti). Wonderful! Between us we
have 5 children.. Lesil is now a State Senator in Alaska, Jason suffered
a severe head injury at age 17. He does the best he can. Todd is General
manager for a hotel chain here in ANC. David is about to get his Ph.D in
nano molecular pharmacology. Cool stuff! Devon is finishing speech
therapy and will graduate in June. Four grandkids 12 yrs to 6 mos. All
I have 23 patents relating to knee surgery.
I have demonstrated these instruments on all continents except
Antarctica. I am currently working with autogenous stem cells to try to
grow new cartilage in knees.
airplanes (3 of them) Love it. Alaska has been wonderful. Fishing,
hunting, flying etc Many more stories to tell , BUT who has time to
listen to 50 years of adventure.
Dr. David A. McGuire, pioneering
physician, community activist, philanthropist, pilot and
most importantly, husband, father and grandfather, died in
the loving arms of his family on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at
his Anchorage, Alaska, home. Dr. McGuire made widespread and
sweeping contributions to the global medical community
through his practice, nonprofit activities and numerous
inventions and innovative solutions to medical issues with
an end towards improving the overall quality of health care.
He was 73 years old.
Dr. McGuire knew he wanted to move to
Alaska and practice medicine from the time he was 10 years
old. Born into a far-north Minnesota farming family in 1943,
he had first moved west with his parents and five siblings
to Springfield, Ore., in 1955.
Dr. David A. McGuire, pioneering physician, community
activist, philanthropist, pilot and most importantly,
husband, father and grandfather, died in the loving arms of
his family on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at his Anchorage,
Alaska, home. Dr. McGuire made widespread and sweeping
contributions to the global medical community through his
practice, nonprofit activities and numerous inventions and
innovative solutions to medical issues with an end towards
improving the overall quality of health care. He was 73
Dr. McGuire knew he wanted to move to Alaska and practice
medicine from the time he was 10 years old. Born into a
far-north Minnesota farming family in 1943, he had first
moved west with his parents and five siblings to
Springfield, Ore., in 1955. He graduated from high school
there before attending the University of Oregon and then the
University of Oregon Medical School. He dedicated the early
part of his medical career to service in the U.S. Public
Health Service, in Rosebud, S.D., before finally getting his
dream assignment and moving to Alaska in 1973. He quickly
fell in love with the state, started his own medical
practice and made it his home for the rest of his life.
Though Alaska was not considered a hub for the development
of medical technology, Dr. McGuire remained in Anchorage,
dedicated to his growing family, medical practice and
pioneering medical research. He was a prolific author of
numerous scientific papers and book chapters, and
contributed to more than 30 patents related to medical
devices, tools and methods. These inventions transformed
orthopedics, improving the quality of life for generations
of patients around the world.
Dr. McGuire was president of the Arthroscopy Association of
North America (AANA). As an intentionally recognized surgeon
and innovator, physicians and scientists from around the
world sought his advice and counsel. He often was asked why
he remained in Alaska. For David McGuire the answer was easy
and repeated often: because he loved Alaska and its quality
of life. An avid pilot and fisherman, he would often spend
his free time flying his Turbo Beaver or sneaking away to
Bristol Bay to fish with his friends and family.
In his 2008 presidential speech at the AANA annual meeting,
he told his fellow physicians he joined the organization
because it was, "the only one that had meetings that didn't
conflict with the salmon fishing season in Alaska,'' but the
truth was revealed later when he admitted the appeal of its
"meritocracy.'' For a self-described "poor geeky kid,'' the
chance to join a group that embraced ideas - not pedigree,
social standing or wealth - was a powerful attraction.
Dr. McGuire's commitment to improving health care in Alaska
is exemplified by the institutions he founded that survive
him. Dr. McGuire and his beloved wife of 23 years, Patti,
co-founded St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage to fill
the need for those requiring long-term, acute medical care.
The concept grew from a personal tragedy when his son,
Jason, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident
and required lengthy medical and rehabilitation care outside
of Alaska. Dr. McGuire believed that the sick or injured
should be cared for in Alaska near their families.
In 1991, Dr. McGuire also founded Life Alaska, Alaska's only
tissue bank, to help bring life-saving organs and tissues to
Alaskans. He remained on the board and continued to advocate
for life-saving opportunities, such as streamlining donor
registration through a partnership with the division of
motor vehicles resulting in the familiar "red heart"
displayed on Alaskans driver's license. Moreover, he served
on the board of the Blood Bank of Alaska, working tirelessly
on advancements in regenerative medicine to help prolong
both the duration and quality of Alaskans lives.
In addition to his medical career, Dr. McGuire donated
countess hours to numerous Alaska organizations and
charities including the Alaska Pacific University
and United Way, as well as to several
political causes. He also served on the Civil Advisory Board
of JBER. He was well known for his generosity of spirit and
As active as Dr. McGuire was professionally and in the
community, his greatest joy was spending time with family
and friends. He was frequently found flying the rivers of
bush Alaska, searching for secret salmon spots, with Patti –
a southern transplant – or his numerous friends, children
and grandchildren. He expected all his kids to fish, fly and
vote. He was a father, friend and mentor, and he inspired
many to pursue and ultimately achieve the loftiest of goals.
He was a true patriarch.
Dr. McGuire is survived by his wife, Patti; his two
children, Sen. Lesil McGuire (Jason Skala) and son, Jason of
Anchorage; his three stepchildren, Todd Nathanson (Mary) of
Anchorage, Dr. David Nathanson of Los Angeles, Calif., and
Devon Nathanson Goldberg (Richard) of Dallas, Texas; and
grandchildren, Grayson, Madison, Asher, Ryan, Isabelle
Goldberg, Nick and Jayson; his three brothers, James,
Patrick and Paul; his sisters, Janice Baimbridge and JoAn
Gunn; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. - See more
He graduated from high school there before
attending the University of Oregon and then the University of
Oregon Medical School. He dedicated the early part of his
medical career to service in the U.S. Public Health Service, in
Rosebud, S.D., before finally getting his dream assignment and
moving to Alaska in 1973. He quickly fell in love with the
state, started his own medical practice and made it his home for
the rest of his life.
Though Alaska was not considered a hub for the development of
medical technology, Dr. McGuire remained in Anchorage, dedicated
to his growing family, medical practice and pioneering medical
research. He was a prolific author of numerous scientific papers
and book chapters, and contributed to more than 30 patents
related to medical devices, tools and methods. These inventions
transformed orthopedics, improving the quality of life for
generations of patients around the world.
Dr. McGuire was president of the Arthroscopy Association of
North America (AANA). As an intentionally recognized surgeon and
innovator, physicians and scientists from around the world
sought his advice and counsel. He often was asked why he
remained in Alaska. For David McGuire the answer was easy and
repeated often: because he loved Alaska and its quality of life.
An avid pilot and fisherman, he would often spend his free time
flying his Turbo Beaver or sneaking away to Bristol Bay to fish
with his friends and family.
In his 2008 presidential speech at the AANA annual meeting, he
told his fellow physicians he joined the organization because it
was, "the only one that had meetings that didn't conflict with
the salmon fishing season in Alaska,'' but the truth was
revealed later when he admitted the appeal of its
"meritocracy.'' For a self-described "poor geeky kid,'' the
chance to join a group that embraced ideas - not pedigree,
social standing or wealth - was a powerful attraction.
Dr. McGuire's commitment to improving health care in Alaska is
exemplified by the institutions he founded that survive him. Dr.
McGuire and his beloved wife of 23 years, Patti, co-founded St.
Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage to fill the need for those
requiring long-term, acute medical care. The concept grew from a
personal tragedy when his son, Jason, suffered a traumatic brain
injury in a car accident and required lengthy medical and
rehabilitation care outside of Alaska. Dr. McGuire believed that
the sick or injured should be cared for in Alaska near their
In 1991, Dr. McGuire also founded Life Alaska, Alaska's only
tissue bank, to help bring life-saving organs and tissues to
Alaskans. He remained on the board and continued to advocate for
life-saving opportunities, such as streamlining donor
registration through a partnership with the division of motor
vehicles resulting in the familiar "red heart" displayed on
Alaskans driver's license. Moreover, he served on the board of
the Blood Bank of Alaska, working tirelessly on advancements in
regenerative medicine to help prolong both the duration and
quality of Alaskans lives.
In addition to his medical career, Dr. McGuire donated countess
hours to numerous Alaska organizations and charities including
the Alaska Pacific University Foundation,
and United Way, as well as to several political causes. He also
served on the Civil Advisory Board of JBER. He was well known
for his generosity of spirit and financial support.
As active as Dr. McGuire was professionally and in the
community, his greatest joy was spending time with family and
friends. He was frequently found flying the rivers of bush
Alaska, searching for secret salmon spots, with Patti – a
southern transplant – or his numerous friends, children and
grandchildren. He expected all his kids to fish, fly and vote.
He was a father, friend and mentor, and he inspired many to
pursue and ultimately achieve the loftiest of goals. He was a
Dr. McGuire is survived by his wife, Patti; his two children,
Sen. Lesil McGuire (Jason Skala) and son, Jason of Anchorage;
his three stepchildren, Todd Nathanson (Mary) of Anchorage, Dr.
David Nathanson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Devon Nathanson
Goldberg (Richard) of Dallas, Texas; and grandchildren, Grayson,
Madison, Asher, Ryan, Isabelle Goldberg, Nick and Jayson; his
three brothers, James, Patrick and Paul; his sisters, Janice
Baimbridge and JoAn Gunn; and numerous nieces, nephews and
Meakins Edwards, Janice
ACTIVITIES: Travel, cooking, reading, woodworking, gardening, enjoying our
children, their spouses and our grandchildren. Church: Stephen Ministry
(as leader and minister); Consultant for wedding receptions.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST 40 YEARS: Relationships and Travel: Growing into a
more personal relationship with God and coming to an understanding of how
perfect His timing really is. I¹ve been blessed to have been married to
an intelligent, interesting, caring and humorous man who has made my life
exciting. We¹ve raised four children who are beautiful beings, all
employed and on their own, but who place coming home to visit as one of
their priorities. I thoroughly enjoyed being a military wife and living in
different places both state side and overseas--the most enjoyable being
four years in a German community.
Life is good. What a gift to have
had ten years since last I wrote—years full of the joys of
grandchildren being born, travels to Europe and throughout the
United States, of faithful friendships, an enduring marriage of
forty-seven years to my best friend and soul mate, and the joy of
knowing that every new day is a day full of new opportunities.
We have lived in Lakewood, WA now for
thirty years, same house, same phone number. Travel as an Army wife
is to be cherished, although since retirement we have had
opportunities to travel as well in the U.S. and abroad. Much of our
travels take us frequently to Texas to visit our son and his
family. Usually in the fall we enjoy attending mini reunions with
Bill’s West Point classmates at different places in the U.S.
Every now and then in the course of
time since high school, the thought that I’d like to earn my BA
would enter my mind, but flee not long after. Life happened and the
timing never seemed to be right. I did not know whether or not I
wanted to put that much time and effort into it. All the necessary
pieces fell into place at the right time, however, and I knew it was
something I really wanted to do. I earned my BA in December of
2007, from the University of Washington. Attending college at this
juncture of my life was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable
times with which I’ve been blessed. It truly was an inspiring and
Living in the Pacific Northwest it
seems criminal not to be avid outdoorsmen, but we are not. My
retirement is enjoyed by more sedate undertakings. I’m just
beginning to engage in some genealogy research. Cooking, knitting,
and reading are still interests. Enjoying my grandchildren when I
get to see them is at the top of the list. I have been invited, but
have not yet accepted the invitation, to join my husband and a group
of British tower bell ringers in Seattle to learn the ropes. It is
There is always need to fulfill
volunteer opportunities some of which I fulfill within our church.
My other volunteer interests lie with FRS (a Family Renewal
Shelter), the USO, and the Red Cross. We stay busy and know how
truly blessed we are.
I remember when my mother was
preparing to attend her 50th high school reunion in
Eugene. I thought “WOW,” that’s pretty amazing. I think the term
“old” somehow entered my thoughts. Now here we are, and we are not
I look forward to seeing you in
Oregon City, OR
Mercer Bloom, Judy
OK a little
about what's been going on with me since the last reunion. On
July 9th 2000 I remarried after 23 years of being single. As I wrote in
synopsis for Jan my new Hubby is a very brave man to take on a woman
who has been independent for such a long time. Fortunately for me, or
maybe for him as well, he is a very patient man. Being married again after
such a long time of being the decision maker and having to be in control
all of the time has been a bit of a challenge for me, but it's all on
track and working very well.
We have been busy updating the house he has owned for 22 years. It
has been fun, and challenging as well. We unfortunately hired the
remodeler from "Hell", and had a disaster with our kitchen and
dining room floor, which we are stuck with for another year or so, but is
livable for the time being.
I am still working full time doing hair. Our clientele is mostly
ladies,( I'm beginning to relate to them more and more, and that scares
heck out of me), It has been a stable career and kept the home fires
I hope to go to part time in a couple of years.
My children are grown and live locally. Neither one is married yet
Grandkids of my own, but my hubby has 3 and a new one due in July, so I
get to be Grandma to them.
Judy Mercer Bloom
Since the last reunion we have added two new members to our
family, our Grandson Caden was born Feb. 22nd. 2008 and is a
happy very energetic almost 3 yr. old. He is such a joy and of
course the apple of Grandma's eye. We also have a new "grand
dog" Spike, who is also a very energetic 15 month old Dashound.
Two of our other four Grandchildren are in college ,and one is a
Sophomore at Thurston High School and our 9 yr. old lives in
After 48yrs. of working at the salon I am retiring the end of
March. My Mom passed away in Dec. so we are free to do some
traveling in our 5th. wheel trailer.
Midkiff Dalluge, Gwen
Bill & I are currently
living in Yuma, Arizona till March or April, then we will back in
Things are going great
for us. We have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grand
We both retired from the
U of O (GO DUCKS!)
We are now fulltime Eugene residence. Health issues are keeping us in
Oregon for the winters now.
Bought a place here in Eugene and trying to readjust ourselves to the
Oregon winters. Hoping to
be able to make the trip back to Yuma, AZ for a couple of weeks in the
early spring to visit friends.
It's nice to be here for functions with the grandkids and great
Bill, died July 21 of kidney failure. He was 71.
I’m now living and enjoying life at Sheldon Oaks Independent Retirement
Living. I found it too difficult to keep up my home with having COPD and
RA. This is the life, no cooking and deep cleaning for me anymore. My 3
daughters live close by, I have 5 grandchildren and 8 great
grandchildren (7 boys and 1 girl). Life is good. GO Ducks!
Minnick Simmons, Carleen
Mitchell Hansen, Connie
Iowa Park, TX
August 22, 2017
GEORGE PLAYING PIANO WITH "CLASS ACTION"
IN PALM SPRINGS BACK IN 1975.
74, born on March 15, 1943 in Oregon, passed away August 22, 2017.
resided in Palm Springs, California at the time of his passing.
The following comments are from friends' memories.
A true classic ! His mastery of the
piano and ability to make everyone who came in contact with him smile.
I will never forget the amazing
musical abilities George possessed.
You had talent above
the rest. You brought such joy, laughter, and fun to many. You also had
compassion for the less fortunate and elderly along with your loving
compassion towards animals. I remember when you played in the rock band
with 'Elvis', the parties that were held at my mothers home, and the fun
times with you around the piano at Palm Springs. You were loved by many
and will be missed. May you rest in peace.
So sad to hear of George's passing, he traveled with us
to northern, Calif to play in and with our Band. He really was a very
good and talented musician!
The word "unique" is used far too
often - but it definitely applied to George. Musician, humorist,
entertainer, and a great friend. A humanitarian, especially for the
local animal causes.
GEORGE MOMB, was an Oregon boy, but Oh Boy! he was "the
Man" in Palm Springs.
Piano player, entertainer, like no other. If you ever heard him - you
can still hear the music & the laughter.
He received his "Star" on the P.S. Walk of Stars on February 16, 2002.
The star presentation was followed by a gathering of entertainers &
friends at Banducci's Bit of Italy where he played - What A Party that
GEORGE, loved entertaining & having fun.
You never knew how many people you
touched through your music, golf playing and love of animals. You had a
gift with the piano very few could duplicate but was always willing to
play for us less than perfect singers. It was through you and your music
that brought complete strangers into a group that cared so much for you
and each other. We will always be grateful to you for many laughs, great
music, wonderful times together and even during the loss of others
Nov. 28, 2005
Battle Ground, Clark, Washington