Monday, February 20, 2017

Steve Teal, former long-time Linfield football team doctor, dies Feb. 17, 2017

Story below based on obituary from Macy and Son and information from other sources.

Dr. Stephen Teal, M.D.

Aug 17, 1943 - Feb 17, 2017

Stephen Wiley Teal was born in Champaign/Urbana, Ill., to Ray and Marion Teal.

In 1950, his parents moved with their young sons Steve and Dave to Corvallis from the Teal family farm in Illinois' DeWitt County.

It was an idyllic time growing up in Corvallis. Steve and friends roamed their neighborhood looking for after-school ball games. His interest in sports stayed with him through life as he eventually became an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician.

Steve graduated from Corvallis High School in 1961 and from Oregon State University in 1965.

In June 1968, he earned his doctor of medicine degree when he graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School (now the OHSU School of Medicine) in Portland.

His post-graduate work was (internship) July 1968-June 1969 at San Bernardino, Calif., County General Hospital, and (residencies) July 1969-December 1972 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan., and January 1973-June 1973 at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.

In Denver he was associate team physician of the Denver Broncos professional football team in 1973.
In 1973, Steve and his first wife, Judie, moved to McMinnville.

In 1974, his orthopedic surgery private medical practice in McMinnville opened.

In McMinnville, he served as volunteer physician for Linfield College football for 30-plus years before retiring in December 2005. Later he was Linfield home football game public address announcer at the college's Maxwell Field/Memorial Stadium/Catdome.

Steve and his wife Ann spent as much time as possible in Sunriver hiking, biking, and kayaking. Steve also golfed and skied at every opportunity. He enjoyed Michelbook Country Club and had an ongoing interest in the performing arts in McMinnville.

Learn more about Steve Teal’s background in a story posted Sept. 4, 2014, at Wildcatville:

He is survived by Ann, his wife of 25 years; brother David (Nancy); son Michael and daughter Hollie Teal; stepsons Collin Teal (Trisha) and Brad Lee; step-grandchildren Hannah, Trevin, Madeline, and Grace; nephew Brian (Christy) and niece Robin (Jim) Arnold.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 25, 2017, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 822 W. 2nd St. McMinnville. Remembrances may be made to St. Barnabas or a favorite charity.

A Linfield Sports Info news release of Nov. 22, 2014, said before the opening kickoff of the Chapman at Linfield football NCAA playoff game on the same day, a tribute to Linfield football player Parker Moore was "read by public address announcer Stephen Teal followed by a moment of silence. A similar tribune was afforded Moore at all 15 of the other NCAA Division III football playoffs" that day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

OSU Beavers women's basketball team serenades McMinnville's Lois Mills, Linfield grad

Text and photos below from Facebook posting Feb. 12, 2017, about Lois Christensen Mills, Linfield Class of 1948, by her daughter, Marianne Mills, Linfield Class of 1972. Both (show posing side-by-side in one of the photos) live in McMinnville. Lois’ 90th birthday is Feb. 19. They are big time OSU Beavers fans and were at the Feb. 12, 2012, afternoon women’s basketball game at Gill Coliseum. OSU won 68-61 over UCLA. Marianne’s posting said, “What a great start for my mom's 90th birthday OSU win over UCLA and a birthday serenade from the team! What terrific young women!”

Read about Lois and Marianne here:

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Ad Rutschman YouTube postings

Linfield College Oral History Interview With Coach Ad Rutschman 10/21/2015

Coach Ad Rutschman has had many roles at Linfield College. First as a Linfield graduate, then as a football and baseball coach, and later the athletic director. Under his coaching Linfield College went on to win three NAIA Division II national championships in football and one NAIA national championship in baseball. This interview takes place in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library's Austin Reading Room. Topics covered include Rutschman's path to becoming a college coach, his "Make a Plan" speech, and his thoughts on the evolution of athletics at the college level. Interview Oct. 21, 2015. Published  Oct 27, 2015.


The Art of Coach Ad Rutschman 10/2012

Ad Rutschman, Linfield College graduate and former student-athlete at the college, was head football coach of the Linfield Wildcats, 1968-1991. Linfield College of McMinnville, Oregon, is a member of the Northwest Conference. Wildcatville video created 10/1/2010. Final editing/posting 10/4/2012.


Ad Rutschman Motivational Address 6/17/2008

Part 1 of 2 parts

Coach Ad Rutschman motivational speech at Linfield 2008 Summer Football Camp. 6/17/2008.

Part 2 of 2 parts

Coach Ad Rutschman motivational speech at Linfield 2008 Summer Football Camp. 6/17/2008.

College Hall Of Fame member and Linfield Legend, Ad Rutschman, addresses the 2008 Linfield Football Summer Camp. Coach Rutschman retired after the 1991 season after leading Linfield to 32 straight winning seasons and winning 3 NAIA National Titles and another NAIA title as head baseball coach of the 'Cats in 1971.


Rutschman Reunion at Linfield College 6/4/2016

Annual summer reunion. This one held in Riley Hall on Linfield campus.


Ad Rutschman annual reunion at Golden Valley in McMinnville 6/1/2013


Ad Rutschman Hilhi 'Hall of Achievement' 10/1/2016


Ad Rutschman photos included in Linfield football practice video 9/4/2013


Ad Rutschman: Linfield wINS 1984 NAIA National Football TITLE

On Saturday, Dec. 8, 1984, Linfield defeated Northwestern (Iowa), 33-22, for the NAIA 1984 national football championship at McMinnville (Oregon) High School's Wortman Stadium. This video (appx 3:14 converted from silent Super 8 film) shows game action and after game celebrating.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Winter 2017 'Wildcat,' the magazine of Linfield College Athletics

Winter 2017 Wildcat, the magazine of Linfield College Athletics, just arrived in the mail! Kudos to Kelly Bird, Linfield Sports Information director, on another great issue. Go, Cats! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Obituary for journalist Howard Graves. He died Jan. 25, 2017

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Obituary for journalist Howard Graves

Journalist Howard Graves, who shaped journalistic coverage for the Associated Press for 40 years across three western states, has died.

Howard Graves shown in 1993 AP Photo.

He was chief of AP bureaus in Albuquerque, N.M. (1962-1977), Portland, Ore. (1977-1982) and Honolulu (1982-1993).
His sons Graham and Carson Graves said their father, age 90, died Jan. 25, 2017, of health issues related to age and Alzheimer's in his apartment in a Prescott, Ariz., assisted living community.

Graves and his wife, Audrey Gayle Parsnick Graves, moved to Prescott in April 1994 from Hawaii after he retired from the AP in 1993. She died in Prescott at age 82 in 2012. They were married 57 years.

Survivors include their sons Carson Graves, Edmonds, Wash., and Graham Graves, Little Rock, Ark. Also surviving is granddaughter, Kathryn Taylor Graves, and daughter-in-law Dana Graves. They live in Edmonds.

Born Nov. 11, 1926, in Robinson (Crawford Co.), Ill., Howard Graves was the son of Perry and Marvel Graves. He had three brothers and sister Julia Graves Roberson, Robinson, Ill., who survives.

His parents were owners/operators of Robinson Lumber and Coal Co., where he worked during and after graduating from Robinson Township High School May 23, 1944. Later, thanks to his family’s connection to the lumber trade, he worked for a summer at a Toledo, Ore., sawmill.

In high school he was student body president, played football and ran track and covered Robinson Township High athletics for the weekly Robinson Argus newspaper and as a stringer for the Chicago Daily News and the Champaign, Ill., News-Gazette.

In October 1944, he left the Robinson Argus and a job as sports editor to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served on the newly-launched U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier. World War II ended in August 1945 and he was discharged a year later.

He studied 1946-1947 and 1949-1950 at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and two semesters (fall 1947 and spring 1948) at Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.

As a reporter for the Linfield Review student newspaper, he covered the 1948 Republican presidential debate held in Portland, Ore., between candidates Gov. Thomas Dewey of New York and Harold Stassen, former Minnesota governor.

In the summer of 1948, he was among those who were drivers – nicknamed “gearjammers” -- of the iconic canvas topped red bus driving tourists through Glacier National Park in Montana.

Deciding not to continue in college, he worked as a reporter and editor on daily and weekly newspapers in Robinson and Centralia, Ill, and Shelby, Mont.

His reporting skills caught the attention of the Associated Press which he joined April 21, 1952. During his AP career, Graves was a news writer in Little Rock, Ark; Helena, Mont; and Denver, Colo. In May 1957, he became an AP administrator. Twice he was with the Portland, Ore., AP bureau, first 1957-1962 as regional membership executive for the Northwest and then as chief of the bureau, 1977-1982. For 14 years, he was AP bureau chief in Albuquerque, N.M., 1962-1977. For 11 years, starting in November 1982 until his retirement at the end of 1993, he was Honolulu AP bureau chief.

In summary, he spent 40 years-plus with the Associated Press, 31 of those years as a chief of bureau. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior chief of bureau in the domestic service.

Graves once wrote that he "never won an award for reporting or writing." His career, one of journalistic excellence and leadership, proved stellar, if not award-winning.

Upon Graves’ retirement, Louis D. Boccardi, Associated Press president/CEO said Graves “carried the flag high with honor.” Another AP executive said, Graves was "probably the most modest man I’ve ever known. And he would be the last guy to call attention to his own achievements." And, yet another executive of the AP said, “Howard’s objectivity, investigative abilities, tenacity and modesty won them all."

Graves was nominated by the AP for the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Best Regional Enterprise Reporting. His nomination was for more than 120 stories he wrote in 10 months – traveling more than 30,000 miles -- for AP out of the Albuquerque bureau. The stories were about the misappropriation and misspending of hundreds of millions of federal dollars by the Navajo tribal government on the 25,000-square-mile Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

In a 1976 letter, the editor of the Grants, N.M., Daily Beacon (now the Cibola County Beacon) newspaper said, "Howard Graves has done the honest, decent citizens of our country a great service through his investigative series on the Navajo tribal government."
An editorial in the Farmington, N.M, Daily Times praised Graves’ stories "all based on the facts as he was able to put them together, after hours, days, and months of interviewing people and studying documents."

While in New Mexico, Graves was active in freedom of information matters. He received the 1972 Dan Burrows Memorial Award for work in the field from the New Mexico Society of Professional Journalists chapter. He was cited for helping protect and promote freedom of the press and free flow of information to the public by the news media.

During Graves’ tenure as AP Portland bureau chief, he directed news coverage prior to and after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in southwestern Washington state and the 1978 crash in suburban Portland of United Airlines Flight 173 after it ran out of fuel. While based in Oregon, he traveled and spoke nationally while serving as 1980-1981 president of the Society of Professional Journalists.

As Honolulu AP bureau chief, Graves directed news and news photo coverage for an area more than three million square miles covering six time zones. He supervised coverage of Philippines’ president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda going into exile in Hawaii; hurricanes in Hawaii and the Central Pacific; Aloha Airlines Flight 243’s fuselage being ripped apart after an explosive decompression in flight and the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. He wrote of political status changes in the UN’s Trust Territory of the Pacific and the U.S. insular areas of Guam and American Samoa. He was the primary reporter on the Republic of Palau in Micronesia becoming an independent country in 1994.

As an AP bureau chief, Graves’ first priority was management. But, he always reported. For example, he was on a first name basis with Navajo leaders while working in the Albuquerque bureau. From the Honolulu bureau, he traveled throughout the Central Pacific and made contacts and gained insights which were reflected in what he wrote.

Following his retirement from the AP, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin columnist wrote, "No journalist knows the present and former U.S.-administered islands in the Pacific better than Howard Graves." Another columnist for the same newspaper called Graves, "Mr. Pacific."

During his career, he spoke on university campuses from Florida to Alaska.

After retiring to Prescott, Ariz., which Graves the journalist liked to refer to as “Press-kit,” he spoke at Linfield College, Washington State University and civic groups about "America’s Forgotten Colonies." His speech was about the U.S. territories in the Western Pacific, nuclear test bombing in the Pacific after World War II, and why the U.S. holds onto the possessions.

Also, in retirement, he served on the advisory board for the Northern Arizona University Lumberjack student newspaper and was writing and editing coach at the Gallup, N.M., Independent daily newspaper.

He helped assure Associated Press coverage after retiring from the AP in 1993:

--AP reported in 2003 about the Robinson, Ill., Argus printing its final edition. The newspaper had published since 1906.
--AP covered a 2010 reunion in Montana of former “gearjammers” who drove Glacier National Park’s iconic red buses. The reunion took place during the park’s centennial.

The Graves family suggests memorial donations to Good Samaritan Society, Marley House, 1063 Ruth St., Prescott, AZ 86301-1729, or a favorite charity.

These issues of Connecting newsletter include information about/tributes to/remembrances of  Howard Graves:

Connecting – Jan. 26, 2017

Connecting – Jan. 27, 2017

Connecting – Jan. 30, 2017


Howard Graves obituary in Prescott, Ariz., Daily Courier 1/26/2017