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Robert R. Halverson

Robert Randle Halverson died at home in Lake Oswego on Dec. 17, 2008 following a long battle with Shy-Drager Syndrome, a form of Parkinson's disease. He was 67.

He was born March 25, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., and was the second of three children of Morris and Julia Halverson.

He attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Halvorson worked at Westinghouse from 1956 until his retirement in l989 at the age of 58. In 1981, he was named Vice President of Sales for Westinghouse's International Division and traveled with his career to Europe, South America, the Middle East and China.

In l953, he married his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Van Kempema, and they had two daughters, Jeannie and Lynn. Bobbie died in l981.

In l990, Mr. Halvorson married Mary Lynn O'Brien and moved to join her in Lake Oswego.

His hobbies included bike riding trips, piano lessons, and volunteering with the Lake Oswego Land Trust. He studied history at Portland Community College and was accomplished at crossword puzzles, Scrabble and Jeopardy.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn O'Brien and his daughters Jeannie Lea of Wilsonville and Lynn Kosanovich of Alexandria, Va.; his three stepdaughters, Laura Gould of Raleigh, N.C., Maureen Baxter of Portland and Erin Wagner of Lake Oswego; and ten grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at The First Unitarian Church, 1011 S.W. 12th Ave. in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation of Oregon, or to the Illinois Institute Katherine Harper

Katherine (Katie) Harper

Katherine Harper, an elementary school teacher for 30 years in the Portland Public School System, died Thursday, December 11, 2008, at St. Vincent's Hospital from a fast-acting bacterial pneumonia. She was 61 and a Portland native. She resided in Lake Oswego at the time of her illness.

A celebration of her life was held at Chapman Elementary School auditorium, in Portland, on Saturday, December 20.

Katie insisted on enjoying life. She lived for having fun, she provided fun for others and she made fun of anything that stood in the way of the amusement she could find in life. Katie laughed whenever she could and nurtured this glee in her family, friends and all she touched.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents Helen Ross Heaney and William Heaney. She is survived by her husband James Harper and daughter Elizabeth Harper of Lake Oswego, her son Matthew Harper of Portland, her sisters Diane Heaney of Eagle Point and Georgia Gettman of Beaverton and her brother Michael Heaney of Beaverton.

Katie graduated from Grant High School in 1965 and from Oregon State University in 1969. Go Beavs!

She began her teaching career at Vestal Elementary School in 1969 and taught at Abernathy Elementary and Chapman Elementary. She retired from teaching full-time in 2001 and continued substitute teaching up to the time of her death.

Katie is remembered by students, parents and colleagues as nurturing, demanding and funny. Students who misbehaved in her classroom had to sit in a designated area called "Australia", so bad students had to go to Australia. Katie would require that everyone see things in a positive way and no one was exempt from criticism if they couldn't "lighten up". Katie would find ironic delight in these misspelled comments written by students last year: "I will mis the "Harper challenges". thank you for being a grate teacher" and "You wear the best teacher. You have ben the best Teacher to me."

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Planned Parenthood of Oregon or a charity of your choice.

of Technology, Robert Halverson Scholarship Fund.