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Oral history interview with Don H. Marmaduke
- 2002-12-06 (Creation)
.1 cubic feet; 2 audiocassettes (1 hr., 46 min., 36 sec.)
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Don Hall Marmaduke was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1926. He attended Yale University and Harvard Law School, graduating with a law degree in 1951. While in law school, he and Mary Ellen Dandy were married; they later had three children. After a year working as a law clerk in Boston, Massachusetts, Marmaduke moved his family to Oregon in 1952, where he accepted a job at the Portland law firm now known as Stoel Rives. He left Stoel Rives in 1971 to form the firm Marmaduke, Aschenbrenner, Merten & Saltveit, and in 1974, he joined Tonkon Torp LLP. He also taught classes at Northwestern College of Law. Marmaduke and Mary Ellen Dandy divorced after 22 years of marriage, and he later married Carol Cordes, with whom he had one child. He died in 2019.
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This oral history interview with Don H. Marmaduke was conducted by Brian G. Booth in the offices of the Tonkon Torp law firm in Portland, Oregon, on December 6, 2002. In this interview, Marmaduke discusses his family background and early life in Portland. He talks about his college experiences at Yale University and Harvard Law School in the 1940s, and describes his social life, as well as some of his professors and fellow students. He talks about his marriage to Mary Ellen Dandy and about working as a law clerk in Boston, Massachusetts. He discusses his 1952 move back to Portland, and practicing law with the firm now known as Stoel Rives. He discusses some of the lawyers he worked with, clients he represented, and some of his pro bono work, including in Mississippi as a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s. He discusses leaving Stoel Rives in 1971 to form his own law firm, and joining Tonkon Torp in 1974. He talks about cases he handled, including cases regarding antitrust and intellectual property law. He closes the interview by talking about awards he's won and his plans for the future.
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Joint copyright is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/
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Gift of Stephen L. Brischetto, October 2003 (Lib. Acc. 25280).
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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Don H. Marmaduke, by Brian Booth, SR 1283, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Forms part of the United States District Court Oral History Project.
Incomplete transcript (43 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.
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- Booth, Brian (Contributor)