Jack Andrew Pennington, a 2007 graduate of Lakeridge High School, died Sunday in his residence hall at the University of Oregon.
Pennington, 18, was a freshman at UO with an undeclared major who intended to study journalism or law.
According to a UO press release, the medical examiner in Eugene characterized his death as a non-suspicious event that did not put other students in harm's way.
'Our thoughts are with Jack's family, friends, classmates and faculty in this difficult time as the University of Oregon community reflects on this tragedy,' said UO President Dave Frohnmayer.
At Lakeridge, Pennington was involved in the drama department both onstage in one-act plays and behind the scenes as a stagehand.
'He was real friendly with students and staff … definitely a nice positive presence around Lakeridge,' said drama teacher Andrew Stoltenberg.
Pennington also took Advanced Placement courses, wrote a column 'Ask Jack' for the school newspaper and worked part-time at Papa Murphy's Pizza in Lake Grove. A Life Scout, he was a member of Scout Troop 146.
'He was a kid that had pretty strong and positive connections with student, staff and administrators,' said Principal Mike Lehman.
Lehman said many of Pennington's friends still attend Lakeridge. The counseling department was available for support throughout this week as students took their finals.
'I also know students at UO are former Lakeridge students and that it's a tragedy for the Lakeridge and UO communities,' Lehman said. 'We're very sad it happened and our thoughts are going out to Jack's family and all of his friends.'
Pennington, an only child, was born in England and lived there with his parents Andy and Anita Pennington until he was 7 years old. The family moved to San Jose, Calif., before relocating to Lake Oswego in 1998.
He attended River Grove Elementary and Waluga Junior High School before going to Lakeridge.
'He enjoyed high school and he was a popular person who could always make people laugh,' Anita Pennington said. 'He was very gregarious, outgoing.'
During his first semester of college, Pennington settled in quickly and seemed to love being on campus, Anita said. He lived in the Living-Learning Center dorm with a roommate from Hawaii and they 'got along great.'
Still, when it came to college-level academics, Pennington struggled. Although he was very bright, he needed to work a bit harder and apply himself, Anita said.
Pennington came home for a month over winter break and spent a quiet holiday with his parents and girlfriend, a student at Lakeridge.
He hoped to finish the school year and move to England - where he has many relatives - to work this summer.
Pennington's death came as a shock to those who knew him best.
'We're all perplexed why this has happened,' Anita said. 'It's so out of character for him. Anyone who knew him knew he was an upbeat person.'
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Adams Chapel at Riverview Cemetery, 8421 Macadam Ave. in Portland.
Julia Hedwig Berg Nelson died Jan. 19, 2008. She was 96.
Mrs. Nelson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Hosea Berg of Norway and Hedwig Schaar of Germany. She spent much of her childhood on the family farm in Springfield, Idaho with siblings Hartense, Harold and Victor. She graduated from Blackfoot High School and obtained a teaching certificate from the University of Idaho, later teaching in small schoolhouses in Irwin and Springfield, Idaho.
She married Lyman 'Del' Nelson and the couple had a daughter Jean Eileen. They later divorced and Mrs. Nelson returned to Idaho with her daughter.
Mrs. Nelson later moved to Salt Lake City where she worked as a secretary in the investment and insurance industries. After she retired, she became a substitute teacher. Her activities included golf, bowling, and serving in her church. She moved to the Portland area seven years ago to be close to family.
Survivors include her daughter Jean Davis of Lake Oswego, four grandsons and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Portland.