Longtime Sellwood resident Georges Angot passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii, on February 8, after a four-month battle with cancer. Georges is remembered by many in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood as a charismatic presence at Portofino restaurant, which he helped establish in the mid-1990s. Most days, Georges could be found drinking coffee with friends at the Ugly Mug coffee house, or greeting passersby in front of Portofino. Born in France and raised in Africa, Georges arrived in America in the late-1960s, during which time, his family reports, he partied with Jimi Hendrix, attended the Woodstock music festival, and served briefly with the U.S. Army. After 15 years in Portland, Georges, along with his son Christopher, moved to Hawaii in search of a warmer climate. The family adds, 'A longtime Buddhist, Georges passed away on the holiday that celebrates Buddha achieving enlightenment.' He was 60 years old. Georges' daughter, Chantal Angot, currently owns and runs Portofino with her husband. Georges is also survived by his parents, Madeleine and Jean Noel.
Austin Wyatt Pritchard
Austin Pritchard, who served for the past decade on the Board of SMILE, the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association, and also served on the Board of the Loaves and Fishes organization, died surrounded by his family, at peace and not in pain, after a long battle with prostate cancer, on the evening of Tuesday, March 18th. Austin was born on March 9, 1929, in San Bernardino, California, to Grace and Walter Pritchard. His father and grandfather were both prominent physicians in the Los Angeles area, both spoke fluent Spanish, and served the immigrant community there. Austin attended the Webb School in La Verne, California, 1943-46, and while there played high school football against inmates at San Quentin Federal Prison. He entered Stanford University in 1946 at age 16, and pursued early graduate work at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California. He went on to receive the first Ph.D. awarded by the University of Hawaii in 1953. He joined the staff of Oregon State University in 1953 as Professor in the Zoology Department; he had a lab at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport for many years, studying shrimp crayfish biology, and taught at OSU for forty years, retiring in 1993. Two years later he moved to Sellwood, where he lived on S.E. Marion Street. He was an accomplished pianist and Bridge player. Austin married Dolores Penney in 1952 and Dorothy Ingram in 1973. He is survived by five children: David, 1953; Pamela, 1955; Jeffrey, 1956; Colin, 1974; and Joel, 1977 - and by six grandchildren: Rose, Daniel, Maximilian, Augustus, Charlotta, and Rubin. An open, casual public memorial event was held 11 am till 2 pm on Sunday, March 30, at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue, in Sellwood, 97202. Remembrances in the form of contributions are encouraged, in Austin's name, to Portland Loaves and Fishes, and to SMILE.
Florence Amelia Marks
Florence Marks was the third of five children of the late Fred Meyer and Amelia Burger, and she died peacefully at the age of 102 on February 11, 2008. She was born in Sturgis, South Dakota, in 1905; her family moved to Portland in 1907, and settled in Sellwood. Florence attended Commerce High School (today's Cleveland High), and then worked as a bookkeeper for a wholesale ice cream company, and then at a shoe company - which is where she met her future husband, Howard Marks. They were married in October of 1930, and raised three children, all of whom predeceased her. The couple entered the automobile business in 1936 with Marks Motors, a Studebaker dealership in Northeast Portland, and later with a second location in Gladstone. They moved to Mt. Tabor in 1953; Howard died in 1960. Florence sold the business, and moved to American Plaza in 1972, where she lived for 36 years. She is survived by her sister, Freda, of Oakland, California; a daughter-in-law, Marcia Marks Strohecker; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two nieces. Remembrances are directed to the Boy Scouts of America, Cascade Pacific Council, 2145 Naito Parkway, Portland 97201-5197.