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Wayne Lyman Morse was born in Verona, Wisconsin, in 1900. He attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in speech and economics in 1923 and his master of arts degree in speech in 1924. He and Mildred "Midge" Downie were married that same year. He then taught speech at the University of Minnesota while studying law. After earning a law degree in 1928, he taught law at the University of Oregon Law School beginning in 1929. He was named dean of the university in 1931. He was later tapped by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration for a number of jobs, including as a board member for the National War Labor Board. He entered politics in 1944 when he ran for the United States Senate, serving from 1945 to 1968. He was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War, casting one of only two votes against the 1964 Tonkin Gulf resolution. He died in 1974.
Ron Abell (1932-2012) was born in Los Angeles, California. He was a journalist, author, teacher and activist.
James Keith Kennedy was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1948. He attended Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in history. He continued at Duke for his graduate work. He was an intern for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield from 1972 to 1973. He returned to Duke to finish his master's degree in divinity in 1973, then rejoined Hatfield's staff in 1974 as a legislative assistant. He served in that role until 1977, when he became a staff member on the Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He was staff director of the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1981 to 2006, and served briefly as the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms from 2003 to 2005. In 1988, he and Patricia Creagan were married. He became a senior public policy advisor for Baker, Donelson et al. in 2006.
Ben Padrow was born in 1927 and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He studied speech at Lewis and Clark College, and began teaching high school in Hermiston after his graduation in 1949. He left a year later to continue his education at the University of Oregon. After graduating, he taught at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. In 1954, he and Delores Esther Mintz were married; they later had two children. In 1955, Padrow returned to Portland to teach at Portland State University. He served on the Multnomah County Commission from 1971 to 1974. He wrote speeches for several Oregon politicians, including Betty Roberts and Bob Straub, and served on Multnomah County Commissioner Don Clark's staff. He died in 1986.
Joel Palmer, pioneer leader and author, was born October 4, 1810 in Ontario, Canada. The son of Quaker parents who moved to New York at the start of the War of 1812, Palmer moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania at the age of sixteen. In 1830 he married Catherine Coffee and following her death married again to Sarah Ann Derbyshire (1836). Shortly after marrying Sarah, he moved to Indiana and worked on the canals. In 1843 and 1845, he served as a representative in the Indiana legislature.
During the spring of 1845, Palmer started overland to Oregon. During his journey he kept a diary of his experiences, which was published in 1847 as Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains.This publication served as a guidebook to immigrants for information on equipment and route details. The next year he returned to Indiana and made a second trip back to Oregon.
Palmer served as commissary-general of volunteer forces in the Cayuse War, and as peace emissary to persuade neigboring tribes not to join the Cayuse Indians. After the war, Palmer left for California and upon his return laid out the town of Dayton, Oregon, in Yamhill County, where he filed his donation land claim and built a sawmill. In 1853, he became superintendent of Indian affairs for the Oregon Territory. Serving with distinction, Palmer had the difficult task of securing Oregon lands from warring Indian tribes while preventing the outbreak of hostilities. During his tenure, he negotiated 9 treaties of cessation. He was removed as superintendent in 1857 for pursuing too lenient an Indian policy.
Palmer served as speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives in 1862 and state senator, 1864-1868. In 1870 he was defeated as the Republican candidate for governor. He died June 9, 1881 in Dayton, Oregon.
Holt was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1904. She founded the adoption organization Holt International Children's Services with her husband, Harry.
Helen Josephine Rees, nee Guyton, was born in Kent, Oregon, in 1910. She grew up on the family farm in Sherman County, Oregon. Most of her education took place in Wilcox. She attended Behnke-Walker Business College, graduating in 1928. From August to December of that year, she worked as a secretary at Kerr Gifford Company in Portland. In 1929, she and William Adelbert Rees were married; they later had four children. She also worked as a postal clerk. She died in 2008.
Howard Andrew "Hobby" Hobson was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1903. He was a basketball player and a coach of college football, basketball, and baseball. He attended the University of Oregon with the intent to study law. After being told by the dean of the law school that he would have to choose only one sport to play, he switched his major to economics with a minor in education. Just before his graduation in 1926, he and Jenny Christin Noren were married; they later had two children. In 1949, he earned a master's degree from Columbia University. Hobson was head basketball coach at Southern Oregon University from 1932 to 1935, at the University of Oregon from 1935 to 1947, and at Yale University from 1947 to 1956. He was also head football coach at Southern Oregon University from 1932 to 1934, and head baseball coach at the University of Oregon from 1936 to 1947. In 1945, he earned a doctorate from Columbia University. He was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1948, spent 12 years on the U.S. Olympic Committee, including four years as chairman, and in 1952, managed the U.S. Olympic basketball team at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. He died in 1991.
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, nee Wesley Michaelson, was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1945. Through his involvement with the Young Republicans, he met Oregon Governor Mark Hatfield as a teenager at the 1960 Republican National Convention. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, graduating in 1967. He continued his studies at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1968, he attended the National Prayer Breakfast, where he once again met Hatfield. Soon after, he joined the senator's staff as an intern, and was made a full-time foreign policy advisor in 1969. In the late 1970s, he and Karen Granberg were married, and both changed their surnames to Granberg-Michaelson. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson left Hatfield's staff in 1976 to become managing editor of the social justice magazine Sojourners, a position he held until 1980. He was also general secretary for the Reformed Church in America.
Clyde Harvey Rice (1903-1997) was an author from Portland, Oregon. He published his first book, A Heaven in the Eye, when he was 81 years old.
Marion Dean Ross (1913-1991) was born in Pennsylvania. He got a Masters in Architecture from Harvard Universtiy and was a professor of architecture at University of Oregon. He served as the Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at UO until his retirement in 1978.