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L UNDQU I S T C OL L E GE OF BUS I NE S S 31 A L U M N I DUCKS SOAR NOVEMBER 21, 1951—FEBRUARY 14, 2017 Members of the UO Department of Accounting and Lundquist College are mourning the unexpected passing of instructor Bruce Darling at age 65. A celebration of life was held March 20 at the Lillis Business Complex that included remarks from students, faculty, alumni, and community members. An instructor of accounting at the UO since 2010, Darling touched countless students' lives, not only at the UO, but also through his roles at Lane Community College and Northwest Christian University. Darling's varied life defied stereotypes and categorization. He spent time with the likes of Tom Petty, David Copperfield, and Pelé—he even witnessed Meatloaf record the album Bat Out of Hell. Said Riley Terhar '15, "Bruce is a big part of why I ended up in the audit practice. I always enjoyed his stories of real-world auditing and forensic accounting. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge, especially when it came to the Cleveland Browns or anything accounting. He will be missed." REMEMBERING BRUCE DARLING ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS In 2016, SAM BLACKMAN, MBA '08, cofounder and CEO of AWS Elemental Technologies, won EY's regional Entrepreneur of the Year award in the technology category. AWS Elemental provides digital video processing solutions and was acquired by Amazon for $296 million. STEVE MCCLAIN '75 (CAS), MBA '77, joined the PowerParasol team as CEO of Strategic Solar Energy. PowerParasols are large, architectural solar shade structures for public and commercial spaces. ANDY STORMENT '84 was named to the Board of Directors of The Ford Family Foundation. ANTHONY BEEBE '85 is now superintendent-president of Santa Barbara City College. He previously served as president of San Diego City College. HADLEY S. ROBBINS, MBA '91, has been appointed interim CEO of Columbia Banking System and its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbia State Bank. GRANT YOSHIHARA, MBA '92, has been promoted to senior vice president of Northwest Natural Gas Company. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hired BRIAN SHIPMAN, MBA '96, as senior vice president and head of investor relations. JIM PAULSON, MBA '99, was named CEO of Healthco Information Systems. Resonant Inc., a designer of filters for radio frequency, named JEFF KILLIAN, MBA '01, as CFO. FREDRIC KROPP, PHD '01, is a professor of entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, and a Research Fellow in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialization, and Innovation Centre at the University of Adelaide, in Australia. He was named a Fulbright Scholar and studied social entrepreneurship in Ireland from February to May 2017. DAVID ROSEN, MBA '02, has been named vice president of product marketing at GREE International Inc., a mobile game developer and publisher based in San Francisco, California. DAVID THOMPSON, MBA '13, was promoted to COO of the Portland Business Alliance. DAN HEICHELBECH, MBA '14, is now president of TCM Corp, a mechanical contractor serving the Pacific Northwest. EMILEY OSTER '02 is vice president talent for Jet Reports, a provider of business intelligence reporting for Microsoft Dynamics users worldwide. MICHAEL O'REILLY '87 and DOUG JOHANSON '90 (political science) started Vista Capital Partners in 2001. In 2016, Vista surpassed $1 billion in assets under management. IN MEMORIAM HELEN (WRIGHT) BACKLUND, class of 1951, died July 7, 2016, at age 88. She had a passion for her family, church, and the Oregon Ducks. MARILYN EASTON '59 (CAS) died June 10, 2016, at age 79. She dedicated much of her life to children's welfare and education. CRAIG MAX GIBSON, MBA '78, died Nov. 14, 2016, at age 61. He was a pilot for the U.S. Air Force and United Parcel Service. He enjoyed flying, downhill skiing, and Oregon Ducks rugby. LUCILLE (BRYANT, NEEDHAM) REAGAN '45, MBA '48, died May 27, 2017, at age 95. Before retiring she taught business education, typing, and shorthand at Mt. Vernon Junior College, the University of Oregon, and Chemeketa Community College. JAMES SNOW '50 died April 27, 2017, at age 90. After the military and a career in publishing, he volunteered as a counselor for 28 years providing hope and insights to others facing prostate cancer. DON WAGGONER, MBA '90, died June 19, 2016, at age 81. He was a major force in pushing through Oregon's first-in-the-nation bottle bill. He also was instrumental in saving the Portland community center where he learned to swim as a kid. CARLTON WOODARD, class of 1945, died January 13, 2017, at age 92. He established several hotel developments, including the Valley River Inn in Eugene in 1973.

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