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Cosgrave, Walter J. (Walter John), 1910-1999

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Walter John Cosgrave was born in Angels Camp, California, in 1910. He grew up in Calaveras County, where his father was sheriff, and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1922. He graduated from the University of California San Francisco in 1932. In 1935, he and Virginia B. Moriarty were married; they later had two children. He worked for an oil company, which transferred him to Oregon in 1940. He studied law in Oregon. He was an attorney with Maguire, Shields, Morrison, Bailey & Kester in Portland from 1958 to 1980. He was a partner with Cosgrave, Vergeer & Kester. He died in 1999.

Wyatt, Wendell William, 1917-2009

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Wendell William Wyatt was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1917. He and his family moved to Portland in the late 1920s. He studied journalism in the University of Oregon. In 1937, he had to take a year off for financial reasons. When he returned, he instead studied law, earning his law degree in 1941. After passing the Oregon Bar in 1941, he was a special agent for the FBI until 1942, when he enlisted in the Navy's aviation program. He served as a bombardier in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He and Anne Elizabeth Buchanan were married in the mid-1940s. They had three children and later divorced. After Wyatt's discharge in 1946, he returned to Oregon and practiced law in Astoria, where he began to get involved in Republican politics. He and Faye Hill were married in 1962. He represented Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1964 to 1975. After retiring from politics, he returned to Oregon to practice law in Portland with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He died in 2009.

Cross, Travis (William Travis), 1927-2004

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William Travis Cross was born in Salem, Oregon, in 1927. He attended Stanford University for a quarter in 1944, but left to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he continued his studies at Willamette University, where he met Beverly Jean Briggs. They were married in 1949 and later had four children. He returned to Stanford to complete his degree. While at Stanford, he became close with Mark Hatfield. After graduating in 1949, he worked in the chancellor's office at Willamette University, up until Hatfield became Oregon secretary of state in 1957. Cross joined Hatfield's staff and remained one of his closest advisors until Hatfield was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1967. After leaving Hatfield's staff, Cross worked in public relations for the University of California from 1969 to 1975, when he returned to Portland, Oregon, to continue public relations work for the Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation. He retired in 1992. He also served on the Meyer Memorial Trust from 1982 to 1997. He died in 2004.

Freeman, Olga Samuelson, 1903-1997

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  • 1903-1997

Olga Alfreda Samuelson Freeman was born in Osceola, Nebraska, in 1903. Her family moved to Colton, Oregon, in 1910. She majored in business at Oregon State University. After graduating, she taught mathematics and commercial subjects at high schools in Oregon and California. She attended the University of Washington during her summers and earned a master's degree. She then took a teaching job in Vancouver, Washington. Two years later, she and Neil Freeman were married. In 1937, the couple relocated to Eugene, Oregon, where Neil Freeman worked for the Farmers Home Administration. She worked as a substitute teacher in Eugene for about four years before being hired as a professor of mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1943. She taught there until 1949. She was elected Democratic precinct committee chair for many years before attempting a run for the Oregon Legislature in 1952. After her loss, she was elected Lane County treasurer. She then served as Lane County clerk from 1960 to 1964. She continued to be active in the Democratic Party, as well as working as a freelance writer. She died in 1997.

Fedde, G. Bernhard (Gabriel Bernhard), 1909-2007

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  • 1909-2007

Gabriel Bernhard Fedde was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1909. He studied history at Williams College in Massachusetts. He studied abroad in Munich, Germany, for a year. He also studied law while in Munich and then later at Columbia University. He finished his law studies at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1936. He passed the Oregon bar exam that same year, and began practicing law in Portland, Oregon. He was a conscientious objector during World War II. After the war, he went to Germany to lead the American section of the Quaker relief efforts. He returned to private practice in Portland in 1947. He and Johanna Borrevik were married in 1957. In 1964, he earned a master's degree from Oregon State University. Over the course of his law career, he specialized in draft, refugee, and immigration law. Along with his private practice in Portland, he served as legal counsel for the Lutheran World Federation in Palestine from 1949 to 1950, and for the Consulate-General for West Germany from 1978 to 1987.

In addition to practicing law, he specialized in Scandinavian history, which he taught as an adjunct professor at Portland State University from 1956 to 1983. From 1983 through 1990, he continued teaching Scandinavian history at Portland State without drawing a paycheck. He lectured around the country, as well as in Scandinavia, and authored a book in 1965, "The Norwegian-Swedish Crisis of 1905." In 1977, King Olav V of Norway awarded him the Saint Olav's Medal. He was active in several civic and social organizations and was a founding member of the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation. He died in 2007.

Spencer, Douglas R., 1923-2013

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  • 1923-2013

Douglas R. Spencer was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1923. He attended Harvard University from 1941 until his naval reserve unit was activated in 1944. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. In 1946, after the war, he returned to Harvard and earned both a bachelor of arts degree and a law degree in 1949. He returned to Eugene and became an assistant Lane County district attorney. He met Amy Lou Ware while there, and they married in 1950. They later had three children. In 1951, he left the district attorney's office and entered private law practice in Cottage Grove. Six months later, he returned to Eugene and became an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon for one term, then a research attorney for the League of Oregon Cities. He then practiced law with Bailey & Hoffman in Eugene from 1953 to 1967. He also served as the chair of the Lane County Housing Authority. He ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Lane County Circuit Court in 1960. However, Governor Tom McCall appointed him to that bench in 1967. He took senior status in 1989. Spencer died in 2013.

Wingard, George F., Jr. (George Frank), 1935-

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George Frank Wingard, Jr. was born in Amboy, Washington, in 1935. His family moved to Lakeview, Oregon, in the early 1940s. He attended the University of Oregon for a few years, then transferred to Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). He earned a degree in production technology in 1958. He and Rhea Henault were married in 1960; they later had three children. Wingard began his own construction business at age 25. He served on the Eugene City Council from 1967 to 1969. He was a Republican politician and represented Lane County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1969 to 1970. He then served in the Oregon Senate from 1971 to 1982. He ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 1980, and again in 1992.

McCoy, Gladys Sims, 1928-1993

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  • 1928-1993

Gladys Sims McCoy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1928. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which was then part of the segregated South. She majored in sociology, with a minor in economics, at Talladega University in Alabama. After her graduation in 1949, she took a job with the YWCA in Portland, Oregon. She met Bill McCoy, who was volunteering at the YWCA at the time, and they married in 1951. She stopped pursuing a career in social work and got involved in local volunteer activities while raising seven children. She later returned to social work, pursuing a master's degree in the subject at Portland State University. After graduating in 1967, she worked for Project Head Start in Vancouver, Washington. Funding for the program was cut a few years later, and her position was eliminated. She then taught sociology at Clark College and Pacific University. She became the first black person elected to public office in Oregon in 1970, when she began serving on the Portland Public Schools board. She served on that board until 1978. She was involved with Bob Straub's successful 1975 campaign for Oregon governor and subsequently served as an ombudsman for Straub. She resigned in 1977 and ran for Multnomah County commissioner, serving from 1979 to 1984. She then served as Multnomah County Chair from 1987 until her death in 1993.

Lewis, Jean Lagerquist, 1914-1991

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  • 1914-1991

Jean Lagerquist Lewis was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1914. At age 12, she decided that she wanted to become a lawyer. She earned a law degree from Northwestern College of Law in 1938 and passed the Oregon bar exam in 1939. She opened a private practice law firm in Portland later that year. In June 1940, she and Hank Lewis were married before he was deployed overseas during World War II. They later had one child. From 1943 to 1945, she worked on the staff of the U.S. Treasury General Counsel in Washington, D.C. She returned to Portland in 1946 and reopened her law office. She was a Democrat and served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1954 to 1956, and in the Oregon Senate from 1957 to 1961. She also managed Wayne Morse's 1956 campaign for the U.S. Senate. She became the first woman Circuit Court judge in Oregon when Governor Mark O. Hatfield appointed her to the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 1961. She served on the court until her retirement in 1978. She died in 1991.

Burns, James M., 1924-

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James Milton Burns was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1924. His father worked as a logger, and Burns grew up in lumber camps. His mother died in 1930, and his father remarried to his mother's sister. After his father died in 1935, Burns was raised by his aunt and other family members. He earned a scholarship to the University of Portland, but in 1943, he left to join the Army before graduating. He served in France during World War II. After the war, he returned to the University of Portland in 1945 and graduated in 1947. He then attended the Loyola Chicago University of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1950. That same year, he and Helen Hogan were married. The new family returned to Portland, where Burns was an attorney in private practice from 1950 to 1952. He then served as district attorney for Harney County, Oregon, from 1953 to 1955. He returned to private practice in Portland from 1956 to 1966 before being appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 1966. He served on that bench until 1972, when he was nominated by President Richard Nixon to the U.S. District Court of Oregon. He served as chief judge from 1979 to 1984, and took senior status in 1989, after which he lived in Wilsonville, Oregon, until his death in 2001.

Martin, Roger E. (Roger Edward), 1935-

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Roger Edward Martin was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1935. He attended Catholic schools in Portland, and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957. He met Janet Duffy while at the university, and they married in 1958; they later had three children. Martin served in the U.S. Army for six months in 1957, and continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1963. He worked for the family business, Martin Electronics. He was a Republican politician and represented Clackamas County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1967 to 1978, serving as minority leader from 1975 to 1978. He ran for Oregon governor in 1978, but lost the Republican primary to Vic Atiyeh. In 1979, he and Janet Duffy divorced. Soon afterward, he and Margaret Jane were married. (Margaret Jane's surname before marriage is unknown.) After leaving the Legislature, Martin was a lobbyist for multiple organizations, including the Oregon Transportation Association and the Oregon Library Association.

Denecke, Selma J. (Selma Jane), 1919-2009

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  • 1919-2009

Selma Jane Denecke, nee Rockey, was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1919. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California. After her graduation in 1941, she returned to Portland and worked at the Portland Art Museum until 1945, when she and Arno H. Denecke were married. They later had five children. She was a volunteer with the Albertina Kerr Center, the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society. She died in 2009.

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