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a l u m n i n o t e s McKay’s book reports on the Oregon Story Summer 2016 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 7 Oregon journalist Floyd McKay ’57 had a front-row seat for one of the most critical periods in Oregon’s history. Now, McKay is telling that story in a new book, Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State. McKay’s book covers the period from 1964 to 1986, often referred to as The Oregon Story because it was a time of great change. From clean rivers and open beaches to mass transit and the Columbia Gorge, those two decades shaped the future of Oregon. As a reporter at the Oregon Statesman (now the Statesman Journal) in Salem and a news analyst at KGW-TV for 17 years in Portland, McKay knew all the major players and rising newcomers that defined this era. His book describes and analyzes the time, linking the state’s leadership with an emerging corps of activists, many of them women who were on the cusp of taking leadership roles in Oregon politics. It also discusses changes in the Oregon media and is the first to link the environmental gains of the time with the emergence of a Portland renaissance that included MAX, Pioneer Square and the demise of urban freeways. “More important is my goal of alerting young readers and new Oregonians to what can be done working together for goals that protect and improve Oregon’s quality of life and the earth’s sustainability,” McKay said. As a student, McKay studied journalism, which was a very small Linfield department in the 1950s. “Linfield’s greatest strength has always been its liberal arts focus and the ability of students to connect with professors in all fields,” said McKay. “My career never called into play the Shakespeare class from Dr. Horace Terrell or the Ethics and Life of Jesus classes with Dr. James Pollard, but the values and thinking of both men influenced me in many ways.” McKay left full-time journalism in 1986 and spent two years as an assistant to Gov. Neil Goldschmidt. From 1990 to 2004 he taught journalism at Western Washington University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington along the way, specializing in media history, later writing two books and many academic journal articles on that topic. His vast background in journalism and history equip McKay to transcribe the Oregon story and connect it to modern day, according to Bill Lunch, Oregon political scientist and regular commentator for OPB. “Floyd McKay has burnished his reputation as one of the most thoughtful and insightful observers (while a participant himself) in the era of historic change in the Northwest and the nation, the significance of which we are only now beginning to fully appreciate,” Lunch said. – Natalie Kelley ’18 Abby (Andrew) Standar ’10 of McCall, Idaho, and her husband, Joseph, had a daughter, Charlotte, in November. Victoria Treadaway ’10 of Saunderstown, R.I., completed a master’s degree in oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Cameron DuBois ’11 of Cypress, Texas, married Madeline O’Donnell March 12. Benjamin Edmonds ’11 graduated from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and will begin his medical residency in pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh this summer. Chaia Schupack ’11 of Sammamish, Wash., launched LUVAcakes, a chocolate lava cakes business in Seattle. Julianne Upton ’11 of Albany has a new job as a wildland firefighter. Robin Cavaco ’12 of Honolulu, Hawaii, is working on a master’s degree in library science at the University of Hawaii. Jordan and Brynna (Fuller) Harlow ’13 and ’12 live in McMinnville where she is a teacher and athletic trainer at McMinnville High School. Daniel Harmon ’12 of Tualatin is an operations analyst at Erickson Inc. Molly Smith ’12 of Portland had a daughter, Everly, April 10, 2015. Jordan (Johnson) Stray ’12 of Tumwater, Wash., received a master’s in counseling from the University of Puget Sound and will work as a school counselor at Tumwater High School this fall. Karen Filaroski ’13 of Eagle Creek works at Kaiser Permanente serving homebound patients and their families. Danica (Andresen) Galindo ’13 of Salem and her husband, Jahaziel, had a son, Daniel Eric, Dec. 18. Danica is a title assistant at AmeriTitle, Inc. Kelsey Hatley ’13 of Littleton, Colo., is teaching English at Wells Central Middle School. Cinda Schimanski ’13 of Hillsboro is a nurse at Kaiser Permanente. Rhianna Wallace ’13 of Seattle, Wash., is in a graduate program at Dominican University. She was recently featured in a blog post on the Huffington Post, writing about her master’s research that examines sleep patterns among young adults. Michael Maierhofer ’14 of McMinnville was recently hired as a McMinnville police officer. Caren Siegel ’14 of Fort Worth, Texas, is working on a graduate degree in creative writing at Regis University. Ashli Johnsen ’15 of Roseburg has been accepted into a master’s program in occupational therapy. Hailey Loughran ’15 of Astoria is a kindergarten teacher at Hilda Lahti Elementary School. Amanda Potter ’15 of Salem had a son, Caleb Potter, in February. Ellie Schmidt ’15 of Hood River is girls varsity tennis coach at Hood River Valley High School. Floyd McKay ’57


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