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Harmon, Rick

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  • 1952-2004

Richard Charles Harmon was born in Jackson, Michigan, in 1952. When he was six years old, his family moved to the West Coast. In 1975, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, San Diego. He attended Columbia University in New York, then transferred back to UCSD. A few years later, he left graduate school and began working in publishing in Southern California. In the early 1980s, he began working in the UCLA oral history program. In 1984, he became an oral historian at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, and the next year, he also became the editor of Oregon Historical Quarterly, the historical society's journal. For a year, he held both positions, and he served as editor of OHQ until 1999.

Harmon was married twice. He and Candice Gaucher married in 1975, then divorced in 1985. He remarried, to Jane Malarkey, in 1990. Harmon died in 2004.

Sources: Information provided by Harmon in an oral history interview, SR 2531, held by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library; vital records on

Olson, Kristine

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  • Person
  • 1947-

Kristine Olson was born in New York City in 1947. She grew up in Queens, New York, and her family moved to Manhasset when she was 13 years old. As a teenager, she was active in the civil rights movement, participating in several marches. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969, and from Yale Law School in 1972. While at Yale, she lived in the Cosey Beach Commune until her marriage with Jeff Rogers in 1971. They later had two children. She was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Robert Zampano in Connecticut for a year. Then, in 1973, she and Rogers moved to Oregon, where she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge James Burns until 1974. From 1974 to 1984, she was an assistant U.S. attorney under Sid Lezak. She then taught law at Lewis and Clark College until 1994, when she was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. That same year, she and Jeff Rogers divorced. Sid Lezak introduced her to Les Swanson, and she and Swanson married in 1996. In 2001, early in the George W. Bush administration, she resigned from her position as a U.S. attorney. She then served as legal counsel for Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer until her retirement in 2003. In her retirement, she was active in numerous civic organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Trust for Public Land, and the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation. She also authored a biography, entitled "Standing Tall," of Grand Ronde Tribal Council member Kathryn Jones Harrison.

Solomon, Gus J. (Gus Jerome), 1906-1987

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Gus Jerome Solomon was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1906. He attended Reed College, then transferred to the University of Chicago his junior year. He graduated in 1926. He went on to study law at Columbia University, transferring to Stanford University in 1927. He earned his law degree in 1929. He returned to Portland to practice law. He met Elisabeth Willer through his involvement in the Democratic Party and they were married in 1939; they later had three children. Solomon served as a U.S. District Court judge in Portland from 1949 to 1971, when he took senior status. He served as chief judge from 1959 to 1971. He died in 1987.

Cumfer, Cynthia

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Cynthia Dee Cumfer was born in Ohio in 1949. She attended college in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in 1971. That same year, she moved to Portland, Oregon. In 1977, she earned a law degree, and began working as a lawyer for the Community Law Project in Portland. She was one of the first lawyers to take domestic relations cases for same-sex couples in Oregon, and was the first lawyer to represent a same-sex couple in an adoption case. She wrote several books, including "The Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples in Oregon" and "Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook." She earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and taught history at Reed College and at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. In 2013, she and Valerie M. Lyon were married. She retired in 2015.

Law, Adair

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  • 1959-

Adair M. Law (1959- ) is an historian in Portland, Oregon. She was the editor of the Oregon Historical Society Press 1986-1990, Assistant to the OHS Executive Director, 1991-1994, and Director of Publication at OHS 1994-2001.

Roberts, Betty, 1923-2011

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  • 1923-2011

Betty Lucille Roberts, nee Cantrell, was born in Kansas in 1923. She grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, where her family struggled greatly throughout the Depression. In 1942, she married Bill Rice, a drill instructor in the U.S. Army Air Forces, and after the end of World War II, they settled in Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a banker. Roberts continued her education while raising a family, and she graduated from Portland State College in 1958. Rice objected to her acceptance of a high school teaching position, and they divorced soon after. She soon got involved in local politics and was elected to the school board in the Lynch Elementary School District in East Portland, Oregon. In 1960, she married Oregon politician Frank L. Roberts. In 1961, she earned a Master of Science in political science from the University of Oregon, then took night classes at Northwestern College of Law in Portland. She graduated in 1965 and passed the bar in 1966. She was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives as a Democrat while still in law school. She represented Multnomah County in the Oregon House from 1965 to 1968. She and Frank L. Roberts divorced in 1966, and she married Oregon Representative Keith Skelton in 1968, the same year she won a seat in the Oregon Senate, where she served from 1969 to 1977. She ran unsuccessfully for Oregon governor in 1974, and was appointed by Governor Bob Straub to the Oregon Court of Appeals in 1977. She was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court in 1982 by Governor Vic Atiyeh, and she retired in 1986. After retiring, she focused her efforts on women's rights. She helped found Oregon Women Lawyers in 1989, and she presided over the state's first legal same-sex marriage ceremony in 2004. She died in 2011.

Dent, Frederick T. (Frederick Tracy), 1820-1892

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  • 1820-1892

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Frederick Tracy Dent (1820-1892) served as a career military officer for the United States Army, and was captain of the 9th United States Infantry at Fort Walla Walla from approximately 1859-1860. Dent participated in the Spokane and Yakima expeditions, and engaged in the battles of Four Lakes and Spokane Plains during the Yakima War. Dent was brother-in-law to Ulysses S. Grant and served as a military secretary for President Grant from 1869 to 1873.

Kelly, Lee, 1932-

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  • 1932-

Lee Kelly was born in McCall, Idaho, in 1932. In 1945, his family moved to Portland, Oregon. He studied art at Vanport College, which later became Portland State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and worked as a cartographer. After he returned to Portland in 1954, he continued studying art at the Museum School, which later became the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He became an artist and sculptor, and his works are on display in many cities in the Pacific Northwest.

Beatty, John Cabeen, 1919-

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  • 1919-2016

John "Jack" Cabeen Beatty, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., in 1919. His family moved to the Dunthorpe neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, in 1920. He attended Princeton University and graduated in 1941. He served as an artilleryman in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. In 1943, he and Clarissa Hagar were married; they later had two children. He earned a law degree from Columbia University Law School in 1948. He and his family then returned to Oregon, and he worked as a trial lawyer in Portland from 1948 to 1970. He was appointed as a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 1970 by Governor Tom McCall, and took senior status in 1984. He also served on the boards of Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Historical Society. Clarissa Beatty died in 1996, and he and Virginia Rupp were married the following year. In his later years, he was also an author and published several novels, including his autobiography. He died in 2016.

Teitsworth, Scott

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  • 1951-

Richard Scott Teitsworth was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1951. A few years later, his family relocated to New Jersey. He went to New Canaan High School, graduating in 1969. He attended Stanford University for one quarter in 1970. He joined the Portland Fire Bureau in 1972, and then the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue in 1974, retiring in 1998. In 1977, he and Deborah Buchanan were married; they later had two children.

He authored the books "The Path to the Guru: The Science of Self-Realization According to the Bhagavad Gita" and "Krishna in the Sky with Diamonds: The Bhagavad Gita as Psychedelic Guide." He also edited the following works of Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati: "That Alone: The Core of Wisdom, A Commentary on the One Hundred Verses of Self-Instruction of Narayana Guru" and "Love and Blessings: The Autobiography of Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati."

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