Hall of Achievement Inductees

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Class 3 (2019)

Shoshana ​Bean

Broadway veteran Shoshana Bean (’95) has appeared in popular productions like Hairspray, Wicked and Waitress and is also a successful solo artist, with her three independent albums topping the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK, and her most recent album debuting at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. Bean brought her talents back to her alma mater, where she was first inspired to pursue a career in the arts, putting on annual concerts which have raised more than $50,000 for Beaverton High’s theater arts program.

Gene Brown

After graduating from Beaverton High School, Gene Brown (’38) entered World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Infantry Major as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He participated in the D-day invasion at Normandy and received four Purple Hearts for his brave service. His unit was the inspiration for the classic movies The Dirty Dozen and A Bridge Too Far. After the war, he graduated from the University of Oregon Law School and was the founding partner of the firm Brown, Hughes, Bird, Lane and Rote in Grants Pass, OR. He then went on to serve as the youngest Oregon state senator. Brown passed away in 1999 at the age of 78 and will be inducted to the HOA posthumously for his many civic contributions.

​Ben Crane

Professional golfer Ben Crane (’94) was born and raised in Portland, where he was introduced to the sport by his grandfather as a child. He grew up playing at Portland Golf Club and eventually attended Baylor University, and went on to graduate from the University of Oregon in 1999. Crane turned professional that same year and has played on the PGA Tour since 2002, earning eight major tour wins. Crane formed the boy band “Golf Boys” with fellow PGA Tour members Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan. Ben and his wife Heather established the Ben & Heather Crane Foundation, which supports underprivileged, abused and abandoned children.

Homer Speer

Homer Speer (’49) has been an active contributor to the Beaverton community for many years. He had a successful career as an executive at Tektronix and dedicated time to civic duties as well. Speer served as the chairman of the Beaverton School Board, vice chair and charter member of the Beaverton Development Commission, member of the Washington County Planning Commission, and sat on the Beaverton City Council from 1977 to 1982. In addition to local politics, Speer is also dedicated to his fellow Oregonians. He was named Beaverton’s First Citizen in 1977 for his community involvement, and he was awarded the Good Neighbor award in 1986, after being nominated by his 10-year-old neighbor, for welcoming local children to his home to learn how to ride and care for his Shetland ponies and horses.

​Dr. Walter Stamm

Before becoming a brilliant scientist, Dr. Walter Stamm (’63) was Student Body President at Beaverton High School, where he excelled in sports and graduated at the top of his class. He went on to graduate with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. He married his college sweetheart, Peggy, and they settled in Seattle where Dr. Stamm began his groundbreaking 33-year career at the University of Washington. He was Chief of the University’s Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease, an expert in chlamydia and urinary tract infections, and changed the standard of care for numerous infectious diseases. Dr. Stamm was diagnosed with melanoma but remained involved in his work during aggressive cancer treatments, until passing away in 2009 at the age of 64.

Class 2 (2017)

Gene Biggi

Gene Biggi (‘46) was awarded 11 athletic letters while at BHS and was voted Male Athlete of the year in 1946. He went on to play football at UP on a football scholarship. After spending two years in the Air Force Gene returned home to help his mother Rose with her fledgling but growing horseradish company. That company became Beaverton Foods. Today Beaverton Foods products are sold in every state in the US and a dozen foreign countries. Gene was inducted into the Specialty Foods Hall of Fame in 2016 for his contributions to the industry. Notable achievements are the first shelf stable horseradish product, the first bottled Chinese mustard, first Honey mustard. In addition, instead of selling off the old 60 acre family horseradish farm, Gene developed the property during the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Today he owns over 300,000 SF of commercial, office, and industrial properties on over 30 acres on 13 sites in Beaverton. He has been an active citizen and business man in Politics, church and numerous civic organizations throughout his life.

Scott Burns

Scott Burns (‘65), a proud sixth generation Oregonian, is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University. He has been teaching for 48 years with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. Scott’s numerous areas of geologic expertise including landslides and land use, earthquake hazard mapping and the terroir of wine – just to name a few, in addition to outstanding teaching has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including Scientist of the Year for Oregon in 2014 and “Scott Burns Day” in the City of Portland on October 24th, 2013. He has authored over 100 publications and two books, and has had over 25 research grants. Scott actively helps local TV and radio stations and newspapers bring important geological news to the public.

James Erickson

James N. Erickson, or as his students referred to him, “Mr. E,” taught at Beaverton High School from 1970 to 2000. He was also a director, choreographer and designer who brought his endless energy, creativity and passion for theater arts to his BHS students and the greater community. James shared the magic of theater to thousands of students throughout his 30-year teaching career, providing a space for students to come together to create, express, learn and belong. In addition to BHS, James directed shows at multiple local venues and staged the Mrs. America and Mrs. World pageants. His theatrical career spanned 54 years, three continents and 310 productions. He also created 40 years of “Breakfast with Santa” for the Meier & Frank department store. James passed away in 2004.

Lavelle Flannery Stoinoff

Lavelle Flannery Stoinoff (‘51), Beaverton High School’s “one man swim team,” was a top swimmer whose career spanned decades. She began swimming in 1945 at the age of 12 and set many Oregon high school swimming records. Unfortunately for Lavelle, athletic opportunities for women athletes in the 1950’s were slim. College scholarships were awarded to male athletes and the Olympics had no long distance swimming events, Lavelle’s specialty. She retired from swimming in 1953. After taking some time away from competition, she joined the Master Swimming program at age 40. As a Master Swimmer, she competed until 2008 achieving 79 world and 53 national records. She was inducted into both the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Sports Hall of Fame. Deceased 2012.

Al Jubitz

Al Jubitz (‘62) retired Co-Chairman of Jubitz Corporation, has been active in non-profit organizations for many years. A native Oregonian, Al graduated from Beaverton High School, Yale University, and the University of Oregon School of Business. Al is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. He has served or is serving on the boards of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Pacific Crest Outward Bound, Portland Schools Foundation, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Peace Institute. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund and on the Leadership Council at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is Director Emeritus of Morrison Child and Family Services and an emeritus trustee of Outward Bound Wilderness School. He is also the past President of the Rotary Club of Portland. He is passionate about world peace, environmental stewardship and the needs of at-risk children.

Shin Sato

Shin Sato (‘37) was a popular, athletic student at Beaverton High School. After graduation, Shin attended Pacific University, but as WWII loomed, he left school to help out on his family’s farm in the Bethany area. When Executive Order 9066, authorizing the the deportation and incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry was issued in 1942, the Sato family was relocated to the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho. Despite the internment of his family and fellow Japanese-Americans, Shin and his brother Roy joined the 442nd Infantry Regiment (served by second generation Japanese-Americans) as proud Americans dedicated to serving their country. Shin’s unit was sent to Italy where they saw immediate and intense battle. Late in 1944, the 442nd was enlisted to rescue the “Texas Battalion” (later known as the “Lost Battalion”) which had been surrounded and trapped on the Vosges Mountains by German forces. Two other American units had already failed rescue attempts. Despite the hazardous terrain, and taking heavy losses along the way, Shin, a machine gunner, and his fellow soldiers persisted up the mountain and after 4 days of battle, overtook the German soldiers, rescuing the 211 surviving members of the “Texas Battalion.” In the process, Shin and more than 800 members of the 442nd were killed. It would be five years before Shin’s remains were returned to the United States and buried on the Sato family plot. Sato Elementary School in the Beaverton School District was named in honor of the Sato family.

Ari Shapiro

Ari Shapiro (‘96) is a journalist and host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the most listened-to radio news program in America. Before taking that role in 2015, he was an international correspondent based in London, a White House Correspondent, and Justice Correspondent. His investigative reporting has been recognized with journalism awards from The American Bar Association, the Columbia Journalism Review,and the American Judges Association, among others. Shapiro also frequently tours as a guest singer with the band Pink Martini. Since his debut with them at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009, Shapiro has performed live at many of the world’s most storied venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York and The Royal Albert Hall in London. He appears on several of Pink Martini’s albums, singing in multiple languages.

Class 1 (2016)

Amarette Barnes

Barnes taught at BHS for 41 years, from 1929 to 1970, during which she also served as the staff advisor to the school’s newspaper, The Hummer. In 1972 she won the J. Arthur Young award for community service for her work with various local and international service organizations. She was president of Community Concerts, the precursor to Concerts in the Park in the 1950s and served as a migrant farm worker activist. ​Deceased August 21, 2002.

Steve Biles

Biles (’60) has earned multiple World and National Championships with cattle, horses and dogs and has been featured on Animal Planet. Steve has instructed at three colleges and he and his wife have hosted 20 foreign exchange students. He has been a Registered Representative of the New York Stock Exchange for 49 years. Following college, Steve attended the New York Institute of Finance and worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In the Army he was a cultural researcher and general’s aide. Currently, Steve is a V.P. of UBS Financial Services and the senior member of The Heritage Wealth Management Group in Portland.

Michael Colley

​After graduating from the US Naval Academy with distinction in 1960, Colley (’56) earned a master’s degree in computer systems from Naval Postgraduate School. His 34-year Navy career was primarily served in the nuclear submarine force. His commands included the USS Narwhal and USS Proteus. During the first Gulf War, he was commander of submarine forces in the Pacific; he reached the rank of Vice Admiral when he retired in 1994. After his retirement he was active in national security policy and analysis intelligence evaluation in the public sector.
​Deceased 2013.

Merle Davies

​Davies was a career educator; she graduated from the 9th grade from the Beaverton School in 1908 (the highest grade level in the school at the time) and started teaching grade school in the Beaverton District in 1916. Davies became principal of Beaverton Grade School in 1923 and retired in 1957. Widely recognized as an effective and popular teacher and principal, Davies was honored by the District with a building named for her in 1948, which is now part of Beaverton High School.
​Deceased 1982.

Dr. Richard Drake

Dr. Drake (’51) was a pioneer in treating patients with chronic end stage kidney failure. He is co inventor of the Drake Willock dialysis machine which became the best selling machine used to treat patients with chronic end stage renal failure throughout the world in the early 1960-early 1970s. The machine revolutionized dialysis care, allowing patients to monitor and implement their own treatment schedule at home. He has received a number of awards including the Charles A. Preuss Distinguished Alumni Award by OHSU in 2012.

Deceased 2018

Ross Fogelquist

Fogelquist (’57) was a German teacher and foreign exchange student adviser in the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington. He received numerous awards locally and nationally for his contributions to Scandinavian culture. He is noted for being knighted by the Swedish King and for creating the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation. He served as acting Swedish Consul for Oregon in 1993 and again between 1999-2001.He then served as Honorary Vice Consul for the Swedish Consulate up to 2008. His home “Fogelbo” has become the center of Swedish and Scandinavian culture and activities.

Lucille Goyak Rogers

Lucy (’50) entered first grade at Cooper Mountain School speaking no English. With the encouragement of her English teachers, she became an elementary teacher beginning a long career teaching in Portland Public Schools and at International Schools in Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Afghanistan ending her career with 18 years in the Beaverton School District. In 1990 she was awarded a Kyotaru Fellowship to study culture and customs in Japan and develop a curriculum unit for the Oregon State Department of Education. She was also influential in developing a multicultural curriculum for teachers working with second language students in Portland and Beaverton along with teaching English Language Learners. Using her Croatian language skills, Lucy assisted the Bosnian community serving as an interpreter and helping Bosnian families new to the area.

Dr. Elisabeth Hampton-Gray

Dr. Hampton-Gray ​(’60) is an educator and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Psychology. She served as a prison chaplain and pastor in Oregon. She worked in ministry to children in crisis in The Philippines and was actively involved in rescuing young girls from sex trafficking. She is a Classical Pipe Organist and her musical career includes accompanying for and singing with several prominent choirs including Norman Luboff, and the MaryLee Singers and plays keyboard, banjo and mando-banjo. She is currently co-producer of two monthly television programs, Classic Senior Show and Oregon Quilting. Her Quilted Memory Quilts and reversible quilted clothes have been displayed in many states and foreign countries.

Rod Harman

​Harman spent 38 years coaching a variety of sports at Beaverton High School, and taught social studies there for more than 30 years. He had his greatest coaching success in swimming, including coaching three Olympians, 62 All-American high school swimmers and led Beaverton High School to two state girl’s water polo titles. He started the Tualatin Hills Swim Club and was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2012. The THPRD swim facility on Scholls Ferry Rd is named in his honor.

Mike Herzog

Herzog (’60) joined his father’s auto dealership in 1965, Herzog Motors (which later merged and became Herzog-Meier Autocenter). He helped form the Beaverton Arts Foundation, which funds artistic and cultural development in the area. In addition, since 1984, the Herzog-Meier Arts Scholarship program honors graduating seniors from the Beaverton-area high schools by assisting with their continuing education (nearly $100,000 to date).

Ralph Holland

​Holland (’53) grew up working in the family business, Holland Feed and Seed. He was senior class president at Beaverton High School and participated in football and wrestling. Ralph studied business at Oregon State College, served in the Army, and the Army reserves. He helped develop the Beaverton Farmers’ Market and served on the Washington County Fair Board. He was also active in the Jaycees. Ralph collects classic cars and is an avid gardener. Deceased 2020

Morten Lauridsen

​Lauridsen began teaching music at USC in 1967 and has been on the faculty there ever since. He chaired the composition department at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1990-2002 and founded the school’s Advanced Studies Program in Film Scoring. His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. In 2006 he was named an American Choral Master by the National Endowment of the Arts and in 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush. [Lauridsen finished his senior year (’61) at newly opened Sunset HS.]

Lillian Lehman Findley Bales

​Bales (’35) assumed responsibility for the family farm after the death of her husband. Strawberries were the main crop, and many local children picked berries from her fields. Lillian was a strong advocate for young people. Through the family business, many young people were employed, learning valuable life skills as well as a pay check. Lillian and her family were involved in the grocery business and were strong supporters of the community. She was active in the development of the Cedar Mill Community Library.
​Deceased 2012.

Ruth Lundgren Pasley

Lundgren Pasley (’30) was instrumental in establishing the tradition of the Golden Grads of Beaverton High School. What began as a potluck dinner in 1950 evolved, in large part due to her dedication, into an annual luncheon that averages more than 400 BHS graduates. The Golden Grads (BHS alumni of 50 years or more) also publish their own directory and are increasingly involved on a volunteer level with current students at their alma mater.
​Deceased 2012.

Dr. Herbert Mason

Dr. Mason (’32) was drafted into the army shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon Medical School. He served in North Africa before taking part in the Invasion of Sicily and the Invasion of Italy. His unit’s next assignment was the Normandy Invasion. After D-Day his unit advanced to the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning to the Beaverton area, he practiced medicine in our community for decades, often via house calls. He is estimated to have delivered more than one thousand babies during his long career. Dr. Mason served as the Washington County representative to Rural Health, a national health organization.​
​Deceased 2007.

Barbara McGee Glidewell

McGee-Glidewell (’61) was the director and ombudsman from 1976 to 2010 for the Department of Patient Relations at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), which oversaw and provided services related to patient advocacy, service recovery and grievance management, Spiritual Care, Social Work, and administrative director for Palliative and Comfort Care. From 2009 to today, she is a clinical associate professor for the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and an adjunct assistant professor for the School of Dentistry, both at OHSU. Barbara is an international speaker and serves as a senior faculty member in the OHSU Dept of Medicine teaching medical residents, and in the three schools of Medicine, Dental and Nursing. In 2014-15 she received the OHSU Dept. of Medicine Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award. She is also a Senior Scholar with the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, speaking to health care professionals and lay persons, and teaching and mentoring the next generation of clinical ethicists.

Col. Charles “Chuck” Meadows

Col. Meadows USMC (’57) devoted 30 years of service to the U.S. Marine Corps, in Vietnam, Beirut, Okinawa and the U.S,, retiring in 1987. He earned numerous awards for bravery and valor, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star with combat “V”, Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal with combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Citation and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. At BHS, Meadows was student body president, played varsity football and baseball, and was a member of the National Honor Society. His post military career took him back to Vietnam where he was a recognized international humanitarian for his work, as the Executive Director of a non-government organization, in strengthening ties between the United States and Vietnam by sponsoring the removal of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and the remnants of war and by providing mine survivors benefits, mine risk education for children, and planting trees in Quang Tri Province. He was honored by having a library and women’s shelter constructed and dedicated in his name.
​Deceased 2018.

IR “Mike” Metzler

Metzler began teaching at BHS in 1922 and was elected its principal in 1924. In 1926 he was elected superintendent of Beaverton Schools (grade school and high school). Greatly admired and revered by students and colleagues alike, he retired as principal from BHS in 1953. He was named by the Beaverton Valley Times as one of the 100 people who shaped the city of Beaverton.
​Deceased 1981.

Thomas Montag

Montag (’75), a three-sport star at BHS (football, basketball, baseball), is currently chief operating officer for Bank of America, based in New York City. His $1 million donation in the early 2000s allowed Beaverton to replace the football field with artificial turf and other improvements. The following year he donated nearly another million dollars to build new baseball and softball fields.

Clarence “Jack” Neff

Neff (’47) worked at Tektronix as a senior project engineer for nearly 33 years. He was instrumental in the development and advancement of the cathode ray tube electronic displays. He managed projects along with directing and guiding engineers. An accomplished saxophonist, Neff has played with several bands, including the Newberg Community Band. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of Community Connections for Providence Medical Center in Newberg.

John Polos

Polos (’60) was a member of the Navy air squadron and was an engineer at the Bonneville Power Administration. He’s spent much of his life helping others, serving as a volunteer pilot for the Young Eagles Program, which provides economically challenged children with the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying, and has been a mentor with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 40 years. Polos also participates in search-and-rescue operations, and has worked as a reserve deputy sheriff in Clark County.

Nick Robertson

Robertson led the Beavers to 10 Metro League titles and a 1998 state championship (and took two more teams to the finals) during his 22 years as boys’ basketball coach at BHS, He also co-founded the state’s most prestigious winter basketball tournament, the Les Schwab Classic. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Robertson is the co-founder of Camps For Kids, a foundation which has paid out more than $150K to help send 1000 underprivileged children to specialty camps for sports, arts and other interests.

Robert Sayre

​Sayre (’42), after landing a job as an intern at the State Department in 1949, worked his way through various roles including serving on the US Security Council from 1964-1965, deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs from 1965-1967 and then assistant secretary from 1967-1968. Between 1968 and 1981, he served as US Ambassador to Uruguay, Panama and Brazil. From 1982-1984 he was the US Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism. ​Deceased 2016.

Michael “Smitty” Smith

Smith (’60) was a member of the rock band “Paul Revere and the Raiders,” which generated several hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including ‘Kicks,’ ‘Hungry,’ Good Thing’ and ‘Just Like Me,’ which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included on its list of ‘Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.’ Smith was considered one of the most talented drummers of major rock bands of the 1960s. He played with the band from 1962 to 1967, then returned in 1971-1972 and performed on the Raiders’ only #1 hit, ‘Indian Reservation.
​Deceased 2001.

James Springer

Springer (’54) was a football star at BHS. In 1956 he graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He owned and operated Pegg, Paxson & Springer Chapel from 1966-1983. The Springer family business was a foundation of the Beaverton community for decades. His compassion for his work was widely appreciated by the families of Beaverton. Springer was active in the Beaverton Jaycees, serving in various official capacities and on many committees. He was also a member of Rotary and served on the boards of St. Mary’s of the Valley and Maryville Nursing Home.
​Deceased 2004.

Doug Stamm

​Stamm (’71) was an accomplished three-sport athlete at BHS and went on to play two-sports at Stanford. After receiving his law degree, Stamm served as a top executive at Nike for many years. Since 2002, Stamm has served as chief executive of the Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the Northwest’s largest private foundations, where he has overseen the distribution of $400 million to Oregon non-profits. A nationally recognized leader in philanthropy, Stamm also serves on the President’s Council on Impact Investing, the Governor’s ‘Oregon Solutions’ advisory committee and on the board of Philanthropy Northwest.

Ralph Stoffer

​Stoffer (’32) was a dedicated and popular science teacher at Beaverton High School and Sunset High School. He was fluent in Spanish and a Master Gardener. Ralph used his language and gardening skills working with young students in Mexico. ​Deceased 2014.

Elmer Stoller

Stoller (’47) and his brothers took over the family business raising turkeys. An active farmer for years, Stoller was willing to help anyone and he hired young people to help with the business. His family was the last of the independent turkey growers. Stoller Middle School in the Beaverton School District is named for the Stoller family. ​Deceased 2016.

Nancy Teufel Schmidt

Teufel Schmidt (’43), who was involved in the family holly business, supported the Beaverton community through charity work. She and her husband started Martin Schmidt and Sons in 1958. Nancy strongly supported the Cedar Mill community and hired many local citizens of the area. Nancy has had a lifelong dedication to Beaverton High School.

Deceased 2020

John Thompson

Thompson (’60) served in the Air Force, then worked for the Bonneville Power Administration. For the past 30 years, Thompson has been a volunteer at MetroEast Community Media, working in all areas of Media Production. Thompson has maintained the Golden Grad database, developing a valuable resource for Beaverton High School, and is also treasurer of that organization. Thompson had his own business, Grandpa’s Gourmet, and was awarded a teamwork recognition for his work with the Rose Festival Association.

Bert Waugh

Waugh (’61) and his wife, Susy, started Transitional Youth in 1991 as a means to support homeless and at risk youth. After many years of outreach, activities and donations, in January of 2005, the doors were opened to the first home for homeless youth in the Transitional Youth program. Today, Transitional Youth helps kids directly through an outreach center and two group homes, one in Portland and one in Vancouver, Washington. The organization also has the Ritz Family Ranch program in which youth from the outreach center spend time at a working ranch near Battleground, Washington. The program has helped thousands of youngsters and operates on private contributions. Waugh has spent hundreds of hours and donated thousands of dollars to help Transitional Youth, but his most valuable contribution may well be his success in recruiting volunteers. Waugh has also served as board chair of Medical Teams International which responds to disasters around the world. He now serves on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette.

Mac Wilkins

Wilkins (’69) was state champion in the discus throw during his senior year at Beaverton High School and went on to compete for the University of Oregon under coach Bill Bowerman. He earned the NCAA title in discus in 1973 and was an All American in 1972 and 1973. Olympic gold medalist in 1976 in discus at the Munich Games, silver medalist in the discus at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and qualified for 1980 Olympic team that did not compete in Moscow due to the US boycott. Inducted into Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He currently is throws coach for USA Track and Field’s Olympic training center in Chula Vista, CA.

Carolyn Wood

Wood (’63) is likely the only Beaverton HS graduate to earn her diploma AFTER winning an Olympic gold medal. She competed for the US team at age 14 in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. She swam the third leg of the 4x100m relay en route to the gold medal. Coached by Rod Harman, Wood won three state titles during her freshman year in 1959. She earned a degree at the University of Oregon and became an English teacher and swim coach in Portland, and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

Robert Woodell

Woodell (’62) was a member of Bill Bowerman’s dominant track and field teams in the 1960s at the University of Oregon when he was severely injured and lost the use of his legs. Despite this challenge, Woodell went on to become one of Nike’s first employees and served as the company’s president in 1983-84. From Nike, he became the director of the Port of Portland and then co-founder of Rogue Brewery and Distillery.