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5/5/2005 Linfield College commencement scheduled May 29

McMINNVILLE - A local businessman will be recognized for his work here and abroad during commencement exercises at Linfield College Sunday, May 29, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove.

Doug Tunnell, owner of Brick House Vineyards and Wine Company and a former award-winning journalist with CBS News, will be honored with an honorary degree for his contributions in journalism, to the wine industry and to the community. He will also deliver the commencement address to Linfield's 480 candidates for commencement. There are 305 candidates for degrees from the McMinnville Campus, 94 from the Portland Campus and 81 from the Adult Degree Program. Linfield President Vivian A. Bull will preside over the ceremony.

Closing convocation for the Portland Campus, when nursing students receive their pins, will be held Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Portland.

Baccalaureate services will be held Saturday, May 28, at 6 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Roula Akhouri, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bend, will deliver the baccalaureate address. She is originally from Damascus, Syria, and is the first Syrian woman to be ordained as clergy.

Tunnell is the son of two Linfield alumni and remembers playing in the Oak Grove when he was a child. From 1975 to 1992 he was a correspondent for CBS News, covering the world from Beirut, London, Bonn, Paris, and the Latin America Desk in Miami, Fla. He won or shared Emmy Awards for his coverage of the aborted U.S. mission to rescue the hostages in Iran in 1980, the Middle East Peace Initiative in 1978 to 1982, and the 1988 destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb. He also covered the first Gulf War from Baghdad and Amman, the Islamic revolution in Iran, the Israeli invasions of Lebanon in 1978 and 1982, the civil war in Chad, unrest and martial law in Poland in the final years of communism, unrest in South Africa, and the drug wars in Columbia, Bolivia and Ecuador.

He returned to Oregon 1992 and settled in Yamhill County, where two years before he had established Brick House Vineyards and Wine Company, one of Oregon's first certified organic vineyards and wineries. He has been named as a “Founder of a New Northwest” by the Council for Sustainable Development.

Tunnell recently inspired a group of vintners in a joint project to help a fellow winemaker who had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Each of the 38 vintners contributed wine for a blend the group named Saint Bartholomew's, after the patron saint of both vine growers and people with neurological diseases. All proceeds from sales of the label go toward their colleague's medical expenses.

He holds a bachleor's degree from Lewis and Clark College and a master's in journalism from Columbia University.