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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.

Cross, W. Travis (William Travis), 1927-2004

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  • 1927-2004

William Travis Cross (1927-2004) was born in Salem, Oregon. He was childhood friends with Mark Hatfield, and served as his aide throughout Hatfield's political career. He was also the head of Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation and an advocate for patient's rights.

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.

Carlisle, Joseph W.

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Joseph W. Carlisle is a shareholder and attorney with Buckley Law PC in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is also a board member for the US District Court of Oregon Historical Society.

Reid, Kay

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Kay Reid was born in Mississippi. She came to Oregon in 1959. She is an author and an oral historian and has been affiliated with the Oregon Historical Society and the US District Court of Oregon Historical Society.

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.

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.

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.

Reyes, Karen A., 1950-

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  • 1950-

Karen A. Reyes, nee Stoner (1950- ) was an interviewer affiliated with the Oregon Historical Society in the 1980s.

Miner, Gregory J.

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Gregory "Greg" J. Miner is a founding shareholder of Bateman Seidel in Portland, Oregon.

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.

Dobbins, Jeffrey C., 1967-

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  • 1967-

Jeffrey C. Dobbins (1967- ) graduated from Duke Univeristy School of Law with a JD in 1994. He began his legal career clerking for Chief Judge Abner Mikva and Judge David S. Tatel for the US Court of Appeal for the DC Circuit Court, and then for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. He then worked as an attorney for the Environment & Natural Resources Division at the US Department of Justice, from 1996-2001, then as an attorney for Perkins Coie LLP in Portland, Oregon, from 2002-2006. He has since been Assistant Professor of Law at the Willamette University College of Law.

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