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Robert Clark

A memorial service will be held July 20 for former University of Oregon president Robert Donald Clark of Eugene, who died June 28 of age-related causes. He was 95.

Clark was born March 30, 1910, in Frontier County, Neb., to Earl and Kathryn Jewel Clark. He married Opal Routh on Sept. 6, 1932, in Pasadena, Calif. She died Aug. 2, 1993.

He grew up in rural Nebraska and Colorado, where he graduated from high school with honors. He received a bachelor's degree at Pasadena College, and a master's degree and later a doctorate from the University of Southern California in speech.

He taught and coached the debate team at Pasadena College while taking night classes at USC. In 1934, his team won a debate contest with a team from Whittier College and its star debater, Richard Nixon.

He served on the faculty of College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., starting in 1939 and came to the UO as a speech professor in 1943. He served as assistant to the dean and dean in the College of Liberal Arts at the UO and later as dean of faculties before becoming president of San Jose State University in 1964.

Clark returned to the UO in 1969 to serve as its president. He led the campus through an era of student unrest and protests over the Vietnam War and financial challenges before retiring in 1975.

He was a member of numerous civic and social organizations, including the Natural History Society, Audubon Society and Oregon Historical Society. He belonged to First Congregational Church. He was a supporter of the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera and Oregon Bach Festival.

He had received numerous awards, including the UO Distinguished Service Award and the American Civil Liberties Union Award and was made an honorary member of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon upon retirement.

Survivors include two daughters, Suzanne Clark and Ginny Reich, both of Eugene; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A daughter, Laurie Guttormsen, died in December 2000.

Wednesday's service will be held at 3 p.m. at Beall Hall on the UO campus and will be followed by a reception at 4:15 p.m. at the UO's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Memorial donations can be made to the Robert Donald Clark Endowment through the UO Foundation, P.O. Box 3346, Eugene, OR 97403.

England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore Stern

A memorial service will be held July 22 for Theodore Stern of Los Angeles, formerly of Eugene, who died June 20 of heart failure. He was 87.

Stern was born July 27, 1917, in Ossining, N.Y., to Stan and Cathy Sessler Stern. He married Mary Capuzzi on Jan. 16, 1942, in North Carolina.

He lived in New Rochelle, N.Y., from 1917 to 1941. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bowdoin College in 1939. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. He lived in Philadelphia from 1945 to 1948 and received a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948. He moved to Eugene in 1948.

Stern was a professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon from 1948 to 1987, when he retired. During his career at the university, he focused on linguistics and social anthropology. He studied Southeast Asia and spent sabbatical years in Burma in 1954-55 and in Thailand in 1964-65.

He also studied Indians of Oregon and spent summers with the Klamath tribe and the Umatilla tribe. He published three books: "The Klamath Indians"; "Chiefs and Chief Traders," which was a finalist for the Literary Arts Oregon Book Award; and "Chiefs and Change." In 2004, Stern was honored in a celebration by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians for his work in preserving their heritage.

Stern had served on the board of the Eugene Symphony and volunteered with the Boy Scouts. He hiked with the Obsidians club and sang in the choir at First Congregational Church in Eugene. He enjoyed reading. His family will remember him as a scholarly person with a sense of fairness. He moved to Los Angeles in 1999.

Survivors include a son, Ted, of Los Angeles; a daughter, Holly Stern of Portland; three brothers, Roger Sheridan of Santa Rosa, Calif., Peter Stern of Huntington, N.Y., and John Stern of New York City; and one grandchild. His wife died Jan. 18, 2004.

Friday's service, which also will be a memorial for Mary Stern, will be held at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Eugene. Woods Scovern Mortuary in Glendale, Calif., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History or the Oregon Bach Festival.

Richard Wittwer

FLORENCE - A memorial service will be held July 17 for Richard Allen Wittwer of Florence, who died July 12 at age 71. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

Wittwer was born April 17, 1934, in Hayward, Wis., to Otto and Nora Sunday Wittwer. He married Irene Colwell on Dec. 6, 1958, in Florence.

He served in the Army, then worked in the timber industry. He worked for US Plywood until its plant closure in the late 1950s. He then attended barber school.

Wittwer owned and operated Dick's Barbershop in Florence. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Siuslaw High School Vikings football team. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting and camping.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Tammy Wittwer and Kelly Larson, both of Florence; two sons, Steven of Vancouver, Wash., and Michael of Florence; a brother, Jack of Noti; two sisters, Beverly Simington of Swisshome and Alice Barfknecht of Hayward, Wis.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sunday's service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Siuslaw High School football field. Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is in charge of arrangements.

Laura Rouse

A memorial service will be held Aug. 6 for Laura May Rouse of Eugene, who died July 9 of age-related causes. She was 80.

Rouse was born July 24, 1924, in Riverside, Calif., to Anthony and Mary Hemstreet Cambis. She married James "Jim" Rouse on June 13, 1942, in Yuma, Ariz.

She graduated from Citrus Union High School in Glendora, Calif. She had worked as a nurse and a secretary. She had lived in Eugene since 1973 and previously lived in Utah and Colorado. She enjoyed sewing, needlework, gardening, camping and fishing.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Ed of Meadow Vista, Calif., and Bill of La Quinta, Calif.; two brothers, Jim Cambis of Glendora, Calif., and Frank Cambis of Fort Mojave, Ariz.; a sister, Mary Jane Scott of Littlerock, Calif.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The Aug. 6 service will be at 3 p.m. at the Fall Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Foltz

The funeral will be held July 19 for Raymond Edwin Foltz of Eugene, who died July 15 of cancer. He was 93.

Foltz was born Jan. 8, 1912, in Arkansas City, Kan., to William and Lola Fulp Foltz. He married Ethel Wright on Aug. 20, 1934, in Arkansas City. She died Oct. 30, 1999.

He lived in Arkansas City until 1936, then lived in Barstow, Calif., until 1943. He next lived in Bakersfield, Calif., until moving to Albany in 1945. He had lived in Eugene since 1959.

Foltz worked as a railroad engineer from 1936 to 1948 and as a railroad yard clerk from 1949 to 1974. He received a letter of commendation from the Southern Pacific Railroad president for action that potentially prevented a chemical explosion in Eugene. He enjoyed railroads, crossword puzzles and poultry books.

He belonged to the Retired Railroaders Association, Senior Men's Breakfast Club and the Friendly Street Church of God in Eugene.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Green of Leaburg; a son, Melvyn Foltz of Eugene; a sister, Clarice Estill of Klamath Falls; four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.

Tuesday's service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at England's Eugene Memorial Chapel. Entombment will be in Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James Seitzinger

WESTLAKE - A memorial service will be held July 30 for James Willard Seitzinger of Westlake, who died July 11 of cancer. He was 58.

Seitzinger was born June 16, 1947, in Corvallis, to Pete and Audrey Luccas Seitzinger. He married Victoria Williams on Dec. 2, 1983, in Eugene.

He attended Kansas State University. He had lived in Westlake for the past seven years. He worked as a flatbed truck driver and, for the past four years, he worked for County Transportation and Recycling. He enjoyed riding horses and driving.

Survivors include his wife; a son, James of Philomath, currently serving in Iraq; two daughters, Cheryl Hanton of Philomath and Tracy Satterfield of Stigler, Okla.; a brother, Dave of Aloha; a sister, Jeannie Westberry of Junction City; and eight grandchildren.

The July 30 service will be held at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Florence. Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is in charge of arrangements.

Eilain Slater

SPRINGFIELD - Eilain M. Slater of Springfield died July 13 of kidney failure. She was 59.

Slater was born Aug. 21, 1945, in Pennsylvania. She married Michael Slater on March 23, 1985, in North Bend.

She attended Southwestern Oregon Community College in North Bend. Slater was a homemaker. She enjoyed church, spending time with her family, cooking and crafts, and belonged to Willamette Christian Center.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Peggy Heckman of Portland; two sons, Don of Las Vegas and Rick of Portland; a brother, Robert Maynard of Sacramento; three sisters, Tammy Lee and Daya Kraemer, both of Sacramento and Marlene Russell of Chester, Wyo.; and six grandchildren.

No service is planned. Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Ames

The funeral Mass will be celebrated July 18 for Nancy Carol Yager Ames of Eugene, who died July 13 of diabetes. She was 67.

Ames was born Jan. 14, 1938, in Tipton, Ind., to Margaret Pieczschala. She married Deverl Ames in 1956 in Indiana. They later divorced.

She attended high school in LaPorte, Ind. She also had lived in Peru, Ind., Ohio and Colorado. She was a homemaker and mother who enjoyed counseling young people and cooking. Her family will remember her wonderful sense of humor.

Survivors include a daughter, Wendy Ames of Cincinnati; a son, Wayne Ames of Peru, Ind.; two brothers and two sisters in Indiana and Florida; and two grandchildren.

Monday's service will be held at 12:15 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Florence Kolbeck

FLORENCE - A memorial service was held July 7 for Florence Kolbeck of Florence, who died June 29. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

Kolbeck was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Staten Island, N.Y. She married Fred Kolbeck on Jan. 11, 1953, in Staten Island, N.Y.

She worked as a lab technician for many years and also was a licensed vocational nurse for 20 years. She belonged to Peace Harbor Hospital Auxiliary. Kolbeck was a eucharistic minister for St. Mary's Catholic Church and also served as the secretary of the ladies auxiliary of VFW Post 3232.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Cecelia Kolbeck of Santa Ana, Calif., Patricia Kolbeck of Simi Valley, Calif., and Margaret Oakes of La Habra, Calif.; and a son, Joseph of Sedona, Ariz.

The service was held at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Dunes Catholic Church in Florence. Burns' Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Harbor Hospital Foundation.
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