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Joel Cannon
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Professor Married 3 Edmond Brown, Jessie Hill, and John Tuck Yes No
Hi Folks,

I am really looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion. Every name I have encountered has brought back pleasant memories.

Since graduating I have lived in Oregon, Virginia, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and briefly in Alaska. Oregon has proved to be a hard state to get back to. Along the way, I collected graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and physics. I worked as a nuclear engineer in Idaho Falls, Idaho for 6 years before leaving to pursue a career in physics.

In 1979, I married Clair Fahnestock Cannon, who grew up in New Jersey and lived in Alexandria, Virginia prior to marrying me and moving to live with me in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I feel fortunate to still be married and to still be friends with her.

We were having a child each time we moved to a new state, but that was getting expensive and stressful so we stopped that habit! The children are now grown, out of the house, and make their dad look boring.  They are surprisingly friendly to their parents. We live in Washington, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh, where I participate a little bit in the local religion known as the Pittsburgh Steelers (these people are nuts!), and teach physics at Washington & Jefferson College.  I also occasionally testify as an expert witness in trials involving traffic accidents (the field is called accident reconstruction). Working in this field made me aware of the dangers of talking on cell phones while driving resulting in this
op/ed piecethat was published in the Pittsburgh newspaper.

Thanks to two hip resurfacing operations (alternatives to total hip replacement) 5 years ago, I can walk and even run. If anyone else has arthritic hips, I  recommend acting earlier rather than later.

One of the favorite things we have done over the years is to sponsor refugees (from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Ethiopia). It was a bit threatening when we agreed to do it, but what friends and what fun it turned out to be. Our children have gone farther, volunteering in a  Cambodian village and teaching at a school for orphans in Uganda.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, and to reading your stories and seeing your pictures whether you are able to attend or not. Please let your classmates hear what you have done since graduation.

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Redmond A. Panther
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Janet Phillips (Shaffer)
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Office Manager Married 2 Edwin Brown, Jessie Hill, John Tuck, RHS Yes US Army, 1970 - 1972
WOW, forty years time does fly when you are having fun.  After graduation I enlisted in the US Army and was stationed on the east coast at Fort Meyer, VA, my duty station the Pentagon.  After leaving the service I ended up in Arkansas and attended Arkansas State University.  I returned to Oregon in August of 1976, married Bill Shaffer (now for 34 years), we have 2 great sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law. 

One of our sons lives in Portland and the other in Keizer.  We have lived in Keizer, Oregon for 21 years now. 

I have had several jobs over the years in retail, grocery, EMT and in business management.  I had my own business for 7 - 8 years when my sons were younger which allowed me to work at home and be here for them.  I was (still am) a scout leader and involved with our scout district.  Currently I work in Salem for an Architectural firm as their Office Manager and have been there for twelve years now, and hopefully will be until I retire. 

My favorite job was being a mom and raising our sons, although I hear being a grandparent is the best.  Not having any experience in that field yet, I am told we will be finding out all about it in few years.

We are looking forward to doing some traveling in our vintage Airstream that Bill is restoring.  We own an older home so spend alot of time fixing it up, remodeling and working in the yard and garden.

Can't wait to see everyone that can make it in August and if you can't make it, be sure to leave a profile so we can see what you have been up to. 

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Paul Unger
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August 12, 1952 Attorney Divorced Brown, Hill, Tuck, RHS Yes No
Thanks for all your work in putting the reunion together.  

I went to college and law school at Notre Dame, returned to Redmond to practice law and then went to Washington to work for Cong. Bob Smith.  Other than returning to Oregon to work on Sen. Gordon Smith's Senate races, I have spent most of my time in Washington where I have worked for Cong. Bob Smith, Sen. Gordon Smith, Sen. Conrad Burns (MT) and Sen. George Allen (VA). I now am a dreaded lobbyist.

I get back to Redmond regularly to see my dad who still lives at home, my brother Alan who is a Deschutes County Commissioner, my brother Todd who is pastor at St. Thomas Catholic Church and my brother Craig who just retired from the Redmond Police Department.


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Arlene Beckwith (Putnam)
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June 21, 1952 dairy farmer, wife, grandma Married 2 Brown, Hill, Tuck,RHS no no

Steve and I got married in 1974 and lived on the dairy in Tumalo and later became partners with his parents.  We had two kids, Randy and Sarah.  We've been dairying now for 36 years and it's been a good life but hard work.  I'm now slowing down somewhat because I babysit my grandson, Chance, while my daughter does my chores.  It's a good trade off.  He's so precious and a great deal of fun.  He is our only grandchild, so far.  My son just got married this last month so maybe we'll be blessed with more grandchildren some day. 

It was a lot of fun seeing everyone at the reunion.  It had been so long, but everyone looked great,  Hope we do this again in 5 or 10 years.
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