Class of 1960

Class of 1960

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nancy Fortuna and Steve McAvoy

After graduation 1960, Steve had back surgery which took a year to recover. Therefore we had to wait to get married until April 8th, 1961 at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Grove. After we married we lived in Lake Oswego and then we moved into government housing in Oregon City. We lived there until 1972 when we were able to buy some property on the Tualatin River. Our first child Marc Steve was born 1962, then came Callie Lyn 1963 and Last Daniel Wick 1967.

Steve worked as a Longshoreman on the Portland waterfront. Nancy did odd jobs like ironing and baby sitting. In building a home on the river we lived in the basement and worked on the upstairs. We lived there until……

During this period of our married lives we had the usual and unusual stresses and strains. In the midst of all this Nancy heard the gospel from a teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship, in 1968. She came to faith and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior going forward at a Billy Graham Crusade held in Portland at that time.

(Article from Decision Magazine)

Where are they now?

The Story of Nancy L. McAvoy

About twenty years ago in West Linn, Oregon, I married directly of high school to get away from a bad home situation. Then within the next tow years two children came along. I felt trapped, hopelessly depressed and discouraged. There I was—21 years old, married, with two babies, and nothing to live for. I had thought it would be adventure and excitement; instead I saw our marriage being torn apart by selfishness and immaturity. Then my mother died in a car accident, and the question of life and death really hit me. I had always believed in God, but he seemed so very far away. With the death of my mother I began searching and the love of God began drawing.

I started my search in a nearby church. A dear woman saw my spiritual hunger and took me to a Bible study. By this time I had three children under the age of five years. Then this woman whose name was Joy, told me about the coming Billy Graham Crusade at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, and that one of the Crusade staff was arriving in town before the actual Crusade was held.

One morning Joy picked me up and took me to hear one of the most powerful women speakers I have ever heard, Millie Dienert. I was impressed and deeply touched.

When the Crusade began in May, 1968, I was eager to attend. I left my children at home with my husband’s mother, and on one of the wettest, most miserable days in Oregon history, I picked up my great-grandmother and we went off to hear Billy Graham.

I was overwhelmed and awestruck by the crowd of people. Before I knew it, the choir had started singing “Just As I Am.” I struggled to get my shoes back on (I had slipped them off for comfort) and walked down the steps toward the platform. I saw many others joining me. I was warm, I felt I belonged, and I believed what Billy Graham said. I saw myself for what I really was, a sinner. It wasn’t my husband’s fault because of his drinking, it wasn’t my parent’s fault, and it wasn’t the community’s fault that I was a sinner. I knew I must publicly accept Jesus and what he had done for me on the cross.

My conversion was just one of the many in a long line. A year later my son, Marc, age eight, and my daughter, Callie, age seven, came to know Christ as their personal Savior while I was have nightly devotions with them. Then a miracle happened, which will always hold its glow—my husband, an alcoholic, accepted Christ in a home Bible Study.

Shortly after that my husband’s family gave their lives to Christ, and later my own brother and his wife and children joined them. Then my husband’s brother, who was in prison, also came to faith, and our youngest son, Danny, age 5, came to know the Lord as I shared the “Wordless Book” with him. What a chain reaction it was!

My husband, Steve, attended Multnomah School of the Bible for three years and then was accepted at Dallas Theological Seminary. We are in our last year of working toward a doctorate, as Steve feels called to teach. Our desire especially leans toward teaching in a Bible college or seminary. We have also been pasturing a small church in Arlington, Texas.

Our two oldest children have started their first year at Multnomah School of the Bible, and our youngest son continues to grow spiritually. As for me, God placed me in a Christian bookshop in Dallas, Texas, so that I could help my husband get through seminary. In this position I have been able to encourage many other wives to continue in their faith.

I stand amazed at God’s goodness, his patience and his unconditional love. One pebble dropped into a pool became a widening circle of love taking in more and more people.
(1981 Nancy L. McAvoy)

Steve went on to finish his doctorate from Dallas Theology Seminary.

We moved back to Oregon and located a place to rent in NE Portland while the children finished up at Multnomah Bible College and Warner Pacific.

Our oldest son Marc was sent to France to play pro ball with a small church mission. He was there 3 years. He came home and married Susie Milliken and has 3 children. Marc is now the head of the French Department in Kaiser, Oregon. He also coaches ball.

Dan married Patti Oster and became a fire man in Coos Bay, Oregon and the have 3 children.

Callie married and had two girls.

While children finished college and got married Steve continued to work on the Portland waterfront as a longshoreman…..driving crane.

We moved to from NE Portland and began building a home in SW Portland and have lived there for the last 20 years.

After we became involved in a local church we began, The Institute for Biblical Studies, using this church as a home base to teach people in the evening. This Institute continued for 7 years and sent out a pair of missionaries. Also during this time Steve began his writing career.

Steve continues to write and Nancy is involved in Bible Study Fellowship.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Karen Campbell - Parra

I married Denny in June of 1962. We had 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. We have 6 granddaughters and one grand son. We have always lived in the Oregon City, Gladstone, Milwaukie area. I had various jobs since graduating, but the longest was with a health insurance company for 19 years. I retired from the insurance company in June of 2007.

Denny passed away in December of 2007 and later that year I sold my house and bought one with my daughter. I now live with my daughter and her 17 year old son, plus we have taken in a 16 year old girl who cannot live with her mother.

My life is not what I had planned for retirement age, but what the Lord had planned for me. If I had not helped my daughter get into a house, we would not be able to help this young girl. Two more years of one of them being in high school and hopefully the house and my life will quite down a bit. It is really a big change in my life because since I am the one that does not work and am home, I find myself handling the teenagers the most. I thought once mine were raised that I would be through, but got a gentle surprise.

Life is good and hopefully will continue to be for many years.

Thanks to the Reunion Committee for all their hard work. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion.

Karen (Campbell) Parra

Monday, June 7, 2010

Linda Daugherty-Boyd

After graduation, I attended University of Oregon, and graduated from Portland State. I taught first grade in two different schools in Oregon City. I lived in Portland for several years, and now am living in Lake Oswego. I have four children, and five grandchildren, ranging in age from 2 to 17. I get to baby sit the three younger ones two days a week. I am involved with my church, but with summers off, I get to work in my garden, and also try get to the beach as often as I can. I have been fortunate to be able to travel, and am always looking forward to the next adventure.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ralph Groener

I look forward to the class of 60 get together. I wish that I could have been of assistance to the committee, but I work in Salem, & am constantly on the road, visiting my locals from Medford to Pendleton, including evenings & weekends. I hope to retire in about three years.
I currently serve as the political coordinator for Oregon AFSCME (American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees). My union represents most city, county, & special district employees in Oregon. We also represent most correction officers in the state. OHSU is my largest local, with over five thousand members, & Multnomah County is my second largest local. I am currently extremely busy because I staff the interviews of all legislative candidates by my members throughout Oregon.
After high school I went into the Air Force, stationed for four years in Denver, Colorado. I then used the wonderful GI Bill to graduate from the University of Oregon,& completed my graduate work at Portland State. I worked for several years as a community organizer for the Office of the war on poverty. I then ran for the Oregon Legislature , winning, & served for four years. I then ran for County Commissioner for Clackamas County & won. I served as commissioner for eight years. I then went into business for myself for six years.. I was also on the original Clackamas Community College board of directors for fourteen years. I was offered the job of political coordinator for Oregon Afscme over twenty years ago,& I am still here. I am one of those fortunate individuals who loves their work, & see no reason to retire. My wife, Sharon & I have been married for forty-five years. We reside in our home in Oregon City, Have a son & a daughter & one beautiful granddaughter. I still love sports & have always helped raise funds for various programs. I usually am an auctioneer for these groups. Thank you, & the committee for all your efforts! Looking forward to seeing you & our classmates this summer. Your friend & classmate, Ralph

Dennis Lathan

In 1964 I got married to Carol from Lake Oswego. We have lived their to this day. The same year I went to work in the telephone industry for Western Electric and retired 32 years later. Carol and I have two great daughters, the both live right by and they each have two children.

After retirement we built a log cabin by Sunriver, Oregon and spend a lot of time there. I keep very busy these days with grandkids, activities and my own interest in sking, motorcycles, fishing and camping.

This last February I spent the whole month as a volunteer at the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia. I worked every day on the men's Alpine Park course. West Linn was well represented as there were 5 West Linn Alumni working the games at Whistler, Myself, Jack Bean (class of 58), his sister Janice and her husband Don Eisele, and our own classmate Steve Immer.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Patsy Brookshire-Port

Hi, all of you fellow 50's W.L. friends! Since graduation I've lived in many places, married twice, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Pretty ordinary! Oh, not the children or grands, they are extraordinary. Worked at M&F in Portland for 4 years, married in 1961 to Bob. We have 2 children, Greg & Jennifer. We both went to school, he more profitably than I, he graduating with Phd in 1970. We packed our kids into a old car and drove to London, Ontario, Canada. 2 years there. Then drove to Los Angeles where he worked for 2 years (big city insanity). Then to Scottsdale, Az. Baked for 6 years there, often quite nice but I missed dew on spiderwebs. Wrote a novel, Threads. We divorced, I spent some crazy time then moved in late 1980 to Newport, Oregon and have been here ever since. Different jobs, then became State Certified A&D counselor for 17 or so years. Single approx. 20 years. May 1, 1999 married John Port. He's a writer and ex-lawyer. We moved to South Beach 3 years ago (just across the Yaquina Bridge), on a wetland. I garden. Worked 7 years for Curves For Women (exercise joint), just closed so jobless, so I garden more. Write all the time. Published Threads 4 years ago, selling that & writing sequel, among other books, etc. Traveled to England 5 times, a little nuts ... have travelogues. Grandkids all grown, last one to graduate high school from Newport, this June! No greats, ok by me! John good now but a stroke just one year ago has us grateful for every day! Looking forward to seeing you all!