Thursday, June 23, 2016

Death of Lloyd Swenson, former Linfield prof and administrator

Lloyd Swenson, a former Linfield College faculty member and administrator, died at age 91 in his Palm Springs, Calif., home on Jan 21, 2016.

Born Lloyd Richard Swenson on Nov. 21, 1924, in Turlock Calif., he grew up in San Jose, Calif. where he attended and graduated in 1943 from San Jose High School.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp Private Pilot Program and, later flew 61 missions in the 557th Bomb Squadron of the 387th group in World War II as a second lieutenant. He was a B-26 Marauder  bomber pilot.

The 1970-1971 Linfield College Catalog shows him as assistant professor of business and economics and director of financial aid.

In 1948, he graduated from what is now San Jose State University.

He earned a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
He was a pastor for eight years  at North Peninsula Presbyterian (now Bethany Presbyterian) Church in San Bruno (San Mateo County), Calif.

After earning a Masters of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University he came to Linfield.

According to the Sept. 7, 1967, Linfield Review, Swenson was appointed as an assistant professor of business administration and economics…(He) “has had business experience in the areas of sales, public relations, estimating, office management and chief accounting,” the Review said.

In 1971, he co-founded Field Electron and Ion Co., later called FEI Company. It supplied electron and ion beam sources for field emission research and electron microscopy. He also co-founded Nano Technology Corp.

He is survived by wife, Hansi Hughes; sister, Evelyn Templeton; son, Charlie Swenson; and daughters, Debbie Watkins, Elizabeth Creencia and Zetta Newell.

A funeral service was held Jan. 29, 2016, in the Ramon Chapel at Forest Lawn Cathedral City, Calif. Intermnet was in the Sacred Palms section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Wounded Warriors Foundation.



=For several years, the Swensons, Lloyd and Hansi, were hosts of Linfield alumni, parents and friends lunches in their Palm Springs home.

=The Oct. 2, 2015, McMinnville N-R/News-Register says Lloyd Swenson, Lyn Swanson and Noel Martin founded Field Electron and Ion. FEI became a major supplier of electron and ion sources for the tech and semiconductor industry in the 1980s, and created a focused ion beam for Intel to use in microelectronics.

=The Nov. 4, 2000, N-R reported in a story headlined “Partners strike gold with tungsten wire” that “one of Aptech's biggest clients is FEI, founded in 1972 by Linfield professors Noel Martin, Lynwood Swanson and Lloyd Swenson.”

=“Field Emissions research finds a home in Mac” is the headline of a story in the Nov. 4, 2000, N-R. It says, “FEI was started in 1971 by three Linfield professors and LRI colleagues - Noel Martin, Lynwood Swanson and Lloyd Swenson. The small company responded to numerous requests to provide single-crystal materials to field emissions researchers.”

= According to a story in the May 14, 2005, N-R, Linfield students followed Lyn Swanson to the Oregon Graduate Institute, “where Swanson researched surface physics and advised students from 1973 to 1987. They also joined him in Field Electron and Ion, a little company he started on the side with partners Noel Martin and Lloyd Swenson.”

=A March 21, 2014, an N-R editorial says Linfield Research Institute “spun off Field Emissions Corp., known as FEMCOR, in 1958. Dyke was joined in the venture by Linfield physics profs Lyn Swanson and Francis Charbonnier, among others. Hewlett-Packard swallowed FEMCOR in 1971 to create a Diagnostic Cardiology Division based on field emissions applications, evolving into other H-P product lines. Ironically, the complex it developed around the original FEMCOR site reverted to Linfield when the H-P division closed in 1996, becoming the college’s Keck Campus. Several Linfield scientists, including Charbonnier, remained with H-P. Others, led by Lyn Swanson, Noel Martin and Lloyd Swenson, launched a new field emissions spinoff — Field Electron and Ion, known as FEI.”

=The Oct. 2, 2015, N-R says Swenson, Lyn Swanson and Noel Martin founded Field Electron and Ion. FEI became a major supplier of electron and ion sources for the tech and semiconductor industry in the 1980s, and created a focused ion beam for Intel to use in microelectronics.

=A 2001 San Jose State University publication includes a class notes item for Lloyd Swenson, Class of 1948, Business. It says he was a “U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and B-26 bomber pilot” who “co-founded FEI in Hillsboro, Ore., a firm that specializes in electron microscopy technologies and applications. These days, he reports, he spends half the year in Palm Desert, the other half in Washington State, enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

=A story, “Remembering the Battle of the Bulge on 70th anniversary” in the Dec. 15, 2014, Desert Sun newspaper of Palm Springs, Calif., includes:

A month after celebrating his 20th birthday, on November 21, 1944, Lloyd Swenson, a B-26 bomber pilot, said his B-26 bomb group flew into some of the fiercest fighting conditions it would face during the war.

"The period of combat that I especially think about during the Christmas season was participation in the Battle of the Bulge," Swenson, of Palm Desert, told The Desert Sun in a December, 2010 interview.

When the German Army broke through the Allied front lines, the ground troops fought exhaustively, suffering heavy losses while battling in the brutal cold of winter — without air support.

The weather was terrible, and the skies, thick with clouds, made effective aerial attacks impossible. The grounded airmen waited for more than a week when finally, on Dec. 23, the weather cleared enough for the Army Air Corps to take to the skies.

Just the day before, the group was getting ready to abandon its base in Clastres, France.

"We were preparing to evacuate because the Germans were getting so close," Swenson said. "We couldn't take anything with us. You could have your uniform and a toothbrush."

"Then on the 23rd, it was a bright, clear day, the fog lifted we were all very excited about the fact we were going to fly this mission."

That morning, Swenson was awakened at 5.

"The first mission that day for the 387th Bomb Group was to take out a 344-foot bridge over the Nette River at Mayen, Germany," Swenson said. "Thirty-six of our aircraft set out to destroy the bridge. A few miles off Bastogne, about 25 ME-109s (German fighter planes) hurtled into the Marauder formation. Normally we flew with fighter escort, but that day all of our fighters were involved in ground support."

Five B-26s were shot down during the mission; heavy flak knocked out the lead plane.

"I was flying wingman off the B-26 just behind it (the lead plane)," Swenson said. "All of the aircraft but one in the flight behind me were shot down, and the plane behind me had one engine destroyed."




  =Lloyd Swenson biography posted at his Facebook page:

“I was born in Turlock, CA and raised in San Jose, CA. During WWII, I was a B-26 Marauder Pilot, serving in the ETO with the 557th Bomb Squadron, 387th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. By the end of the war, I completed 61 combat missions. After the war, I attended San Jose State University where in 1948 I received my Bachelor's Degree. After college, I worked in my father's construction company, Carl N. Swenson Co., Inc. In 1954 I entered Princeton Theological Seminary to prepare to become a Presbyterian Minister. In 1957, I was awarded the Master of Divinity degree. I served as a Presbyterian Minister for 8 years. In 1965, I entered the Santa Clara University Business School in 1975 and was awarded the MBA in 1977. After graduation, I became and Asst. Professor at Linfield College. I retired from Linfield College in 1985 as Assoc. Professor of Economics and Business Administration as well as Director of Financial Aid. I one of 3 co-founders of FEI Company (FEIC) and retired as a Director in 1988. In 2007 I married Hansi Hughes.”

=He was a member of the Arizona-based B-26 Marauder Historical Society. The Martin B-26 Marauder was a World War II twin-engine medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe.

Links to Lloyd Swenson info:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Death of Joe Ban, was Linfield Chaplin, history and religion prof

Linfield Magazine Summer 2016 issue mentions passing, of Joe Ban.

According to his obituary …

… Joseph Daniel Ban died at age 90 on Sept. 17, 2015, at Amica Retirement Centre in Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 

He served as chaplain and professor of history at Linfield before moving to Canada. The magazine also says he was professor of religious studies. He came to Linfield from Penn State University, where he was chaplain.

An Oregonian story in 1967 indicates Ban started at Linfield in the 1967-1968 academic year. 

According to the Sept. 7, 1967, Linfield Review, Ban joined Linfield as “new chaplain and an associate professor of religion. Dr. Gordon Frazee, last year’s chaplain, will return to full-time teaching in the religion department of which he is chairman.

He apparently left Linfield in 1978, moving to McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Serving as professor of Christian Education at McMaster, he taught there for  13 years, 1978-1991, before retiring. 

Some Linfielders remember Joe Ban for involvement in the college’s honor convocation controversy in the spring semester 1969. It was reported in a story headlined, *“Naughty, naughty, shame on you, you, you, …” on the front page of the Feb. 13, 1969, issue of Linews, Linfield student newspaper. A reproduction of story is below. Click on it for an easier to read version.


Info about Joe Ban at these links:

Photo with this posting from Linfield Archives shows Linfield Prof. Joe Ban lecturing in Melrose Hall in the 1970s.

Naughty, naughty, shame on you, you, you…” was a popular South Forty chant in Riley Gym during basketball games. South Forty members chanted it, while pointing to a Linfield opponent basketball player, after a foul was called on the player.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Beaverton High School first Hall of Achievement inductees includes Linfielder Amarette Barnes

Based on a story in Oregonian 6/8/2016
Linfield 1929 grad Amarette Barnes, who died in 2002, is among the first inductees of the Beaverton High School “Hall of Achievement.”
She was one of 34 Beaverton High School inducted who graduated from, coached, taught or served as principal during the Beaverton High School’s first 100 years. The school opened its doors in 1902.
The inductee list contains three Olympic gold medalists, two former high-level Nike executives, several local business owners, doctors, inventors, multiple teachers and coaches, high-ranking military leaders, global corporate executives, philanthropists and a rock-and-roll drummer.
Originally from McMinnville, Mary Amarette Barnes taught at Beaverton High for 41 years (1929-1970), during which she also served as the staff advisor to the school's newspaper, The Hummer.
In 1972 she won the J. Arthur Young award for community service for her work with various local and international service organizations.
She was president of Community Concerts, the precursor to Concerts in the Park in the 1950s and served as a migrant farm worker activist.
Born in 1905, she died Aug. 21, 2002.
Linfield’s endowed and special scholarships include the “Amarette Barnes Endowed Scholarship Fund.” She created the scholarship through a life income agreement. It is awarded annually to worthy and deserving students with financial need.

Her service to Linfield after graduating included being a member of the Linfield College Alumni Association board of directors. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Two Linfielders with Linfield Athletics connections will be honored during Linfield Homecoming 2016

(Scroll to bottom of this posting for bio info from Linfield Alumni Office about Floyd McKay and Pete Dengenis. Click on each bio for a larger, easier to read, version.)

Two Linfielders with connections to Linfield Athletics will be honored during Linfield Homecoming 2016

=FLOYD McKAY, Class of 1957, served as a Linfield sports information director for Linfield Athletics as a student and also covered Linfield, including Wildcat athletics, as a newspaper reporter.

McKay will receive a Linfield DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS Award.

A McMinnville High grad, his parents were both Linfield employees. A former Linfield adjunct faculty member (communications), he will deliver a speech in T.J. Day Hall at 4 p.m. on Homecoming Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
=PETE DENGENIS, Class of 1964. He played football for Linfield and also served as an assistant football coach for the Wildcats.

And, he was head resident of The Waldorf (a.k.a. Laurel Hall), the last remaining Linfield G.I. dormitory which was adjacent to Catdome/legendary Maxwell Field at Memorial Stadium.

Dengenis will receive a Linfield ALUMNI SERVICE Award.
Both McKay and Dengenis will be feted during “Linfield’s Finest,” at 5:30 p.m. Linfield Homecoming Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in downtown McMinnville in the Grand Ballroom upstairs at 325 NE 3rd St.

On Homecoming starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, the BWC-Linfield Alumni Homecoming BBQ takes place in the big white tent in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center parking lot.
On that day, Linfield plays (1:30 p.m. kickoff) Lewis & Clark College in football at the Catdome/legendary Maxwell Field at Memorial Stadium.

For more information about McKay, Dengenis and Linfield Homecoming 2016 go to:
--Homecoming also includes the BWC Golf Tourney starting at 11 a.m. Homecoming Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at McMinnville’s Michelbook Country Club:
 --And, it includes the BWC Tailgater starting at 10 a.m. on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 2, 2016, in the big white tent. This event is also known as the BWC-Linfield Alumni Homecoming BBQ, which starts at 11 a.m.:
--In the big white tent, after the football game, enjoy BWC Casino:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Linfield Coach Paul Durham nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

Once again, Linfield Coach Paul Durham has been nominated and is on the ballot to be voted into in the College Football Hall of Fame.

A Linfield grad and star athlete for Linfield, he ccoached Linfield Wildcat football for 20 seasons (1948-1967). Coach Durham died at age 93 in 2007.

His nomination is thanks Bob Gill, a retired dentist and noted sports historian, who lives in Milwaukie, Ore.

(It was because of Dr. Gill that Coach Ad Rutschman was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.)


IRVING, Texas (June 1, 2016) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names on the 2017 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 95 players and 29 coaches from the divisional ranks.

2017 Divisional Coach Candidate Capsule Bios include
Paul Durham-Linfield (Ore.) (1948-67)-His teams won seven conference championships…Named 1962 NAIA Coach of the Year…Was the athletics director at Linfield while coaching… Member of the Oregon Sports, Helms Athletic and NAIA Football Coaches Halls of Fame.

Not about Linfield, but Bob Gill has known Mel Renfro (Jefferson High in Portland, UO, Dallas Cowboys) for more than 50 years. He's researched and written a great book, "Mel Renfro: Forever a Cowboy."

Buy the book at or order a signed copy by Dr. Gill copy for $30 by contacting him at or by US Mail: Bob Gill, 13115 SE Pennywood Ct., Milwaukie OR 97222

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Linfielder Floyd McKay at Oregon Historical Society 6/7/2016

Linfielder Floyd McKay read from his book Reporting the Oregon Story (OSU Press) 6/7/2016 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. 

He's a McMinnville High (1954), Linfield College (1957), Maryland (master's) and UW (Ph.D.) grad. 

A former Linfield adjunct faculty member (communications), he is a professor emeritus (journalism) of Western Washington U. McKay's career includes reporting and writing a columnist for the (Salem) Oregon Statesman daily newspaper and news analyst/commentator for Portland's KGW-TV. 

He read from the book in Linfield's Nichols Library in McMinnville on 5/18/2016. 

McKay and his wife, Dixie (Johnson) McKay (Linfield 1957), live in Bellingham, Wash. 

Mac News production in cooperation with Wildcatville.

(Note: In the 1955-1956 Linfield academic year, students Floyd McKay, Gil Stewart and Jerry Dennon are credited with handling the college athletic department sport information director duties.)


Article about Floyd McKay from page 27 of Linfield Magazine summer 2016 edition, “McKay’s book reports on the Oregon Story.” Too small to read? If so, click on image below for a larger rendition.