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Janet Hill Pitts

Janet (Campbell) Hill Pitts died May 27, 2008 in Fowler, Calif., of lung cancer. She was 65.

Mrs. Pitts was born June 28, 1942 in Pendleton to Wilhelmina and John Thomas Campbell. She grew up on the family wheat farm near Helix, Ore.

Mrs. Pitts left Eastern Oregon in 1960 to attend Oregon State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. During the summer of 1964, she met Dr. Allan J. Hill III, and the couple was married Dec. 19, 1965. They eventually settled in Lake Oswego and raised their daughters, Christy and Julie. During this time, Mrs. Pitts taught at Lake Grove Elementary School. Dr. Hill died in 1993, and Mrs. Pitts moved to Danville, Calif., to be close to her daughters and their families.

In the spring of 2001, she was introduced to Gary Pitts, and, following a long courtship, the two were married on July 28, 2007.

Mrs. Pitts was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2008.

Survivors include her husband Gary Pitts, sister Bonnie Beauvais of Bend, brothers Tom Campbell of Pendleton and Ken Campbell of Helix, her daughter and son-in-law Christy and Brett Paloutzian of Walnut Creek, Calif., and daughter Julie Punishill of Stamford, Conn., and five grandchildren.

A public service will be held 11 a.m. on June 28 at Riverview Cemetery and Funeral Home, 300 Taylors Ferry Road in Portland, with interment following at noon.

Remembrances may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org) or to the Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org) .

Donald Hudson

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Donald Rae Hudson died June 14. 2008. He was 85.

Mr. Hudson was born April 1, 1923, to Jacob and Arlena Hudson in Redmond. The family eventually moved to Northeast Portland where his parents ran a neighborhood grocery store. Mr. Hudson graduated from Grant High School in 1941, and was accepted to Oregon State University in 1942, but deferred his education to join the U.S. Navy.

During World War II he served from 1943 through 1946. His service included completion of the Navy College Training Program in Seattle in 1944, which led to an eight-month tour in the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S.S. Gloucester. He was a navigator, in charge of searching the night sky for stars to keep the aircraft carrier on course.

After the war, Mr. Hudson enrolled at Oregon State and graduated with an engineering degree in 1948. He was a member of ATO fraternity and remained a dedicated Beaver sports fan. He went on to obtain his master's degree in naval architecture from Michigan University in 1949, and then returned to Oregon to start his own business, initially designing tugboats in The Dalles. He later moved his business to Swan Island where he designed many naval projects including the car ferry in Canby.

Mr. Hudson married Edythe Davis in Salem on June 8, 1957. Both were avid skiers and served as ski instructors on Mount Hood. The couple had two children Tomm, born in 1959 and Kristi, born in 1961. The family moved to Lake Oswego in 1964.

Survivors include his wife Edythe, son and daughter-in-law Tomm and Lupe Hudson and daughter and son-in-law Kristi and Joe Morrison, and four grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, another of Mr. Hudson's designs. Boarding begins at 1:30 p.m. from Marine Park in Cascade Locks. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Remembrances may be made by donating money or time to a local animal shelter.