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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.

Robinson, Roosevelt, 1941-2004

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  • 1941-2004

Roosevelt Robinson was born in Valdosta, Georgia, in 1941. He earned a theology degree from Southwestern Christian College in Texas before moving to Oregon in 1962. While working at the National Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco Inc.), he met Beverlee Foreman; they married in 1963 and later had two children. Robinson also served as minister at a north Portland church and earned a sociology degree from the University of Portland in 1970. After he and Beverlee Foreman divorced that same year, Robinson gave up his plans to become a minister and instead pursued a career in law. In 1976, he graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He spent a few years in private practice before joining the Multnomah County district attorney's office in 1978. In 1987, he was appointed to the Oregon Parole Board. In 1990, he was appointed as a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, later winning election to that seat. He died in 2004.

Siegmund, Lois D. (Lois Dejardin), 1910-1999

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  • 1910-1999

Lois Dejardin Siegmund, nee Lois Sarah Dejardin, was born in Gervais, Oregon, in 1910. She attended Northwestern Business College in Portland, but never finished her degree. Instead, she accepted a position in the corporation department for the state of Oregon in 1929. She moved to the highway department in 1932. In 1937, she and Jacob Laurence Siegmund were married; they later had one child. After they married, she left government work to run a meat market with Siegmund. In 1951, she returned to the Legislature to work as a secretary for Marion County Representative Roy Houck. When Houck declined to run for re-election, she began working for Representative Mark Hatfield instead. She continued to work as Hatfield's secretary while he served as a state senator, as Oregon secretary of state, and as Oregon governor. After Hatfield was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966, she remained in Oregon and worked for secretary of state Clay Myers from 1968 until her retirement in 1972. She died in 1999.

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