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I was known for my sense of humor, rapier wit, and erudition. People smiled when they saw me, knowing I was sure to make them laugh..

On June 10, 1928, I was born into a sea-faring family in Great Britain when Britain still had an empire. By the time I was nine I had crossed the Atlantic five times. My family permanently immigrated to the United States in 1937.1joined the Air Force in 1948 and spent four years as an aerial photographer in a B-29/B-50 reconnaissance squadron. At the University of Oregon I married a Swedish exchange student; there were no children from this marriage. I graduated with a degree in English Literature and spent ten years in the aerospace industry as a writer/editor. Driving British sports cars was the cause of my meeting my second wife, a model and secretary with whom I had three children.

When I married, I informed my bride that whatever else, it wouldn't be dull. I said that my family would be my vocation, and providing for them my avocation. I did not want to be a father who seldom saw his children; I wanted to be part of their growing up. I more than accomplished it. We saw each other almost daily up to the day I died.

Our family moved to Goldendale in 1975 for its bucolic environment. I taught a class for the CANDLE program (talented-and-gifted) in the middle school where I introduced them to English grammar and composition, French, Trachtenberg mathematics, chess, and classical music. With another parent purchased and installed the first computer in the school. Designed, built, and operated Three Creeks Lodge, which was opened and dedicated by Governor Spellman in 1984. The Lodge specialized in fine cuisine, wines, and classical music. The Lodge was inducted into the Chaine des Rotisseurs gourmet food society in 1988.

During my lifetime I lived in five western states and traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.

I never forgot my Scottish heritage and had a full-kilted and bagpipe wedding for my second son. I truly lived in the Renaissance concept of the "homo universitates": the universal man.

Nearing the end of a long and productive life, I was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal illness. I died the way I lived, with dignity.

I am survived by my wife of 57 years, Judith; sons Stuart and Alec; daughter Deirdre; and three grandchildren.

-Obituary written by Colin Chisholm.

We lost not only a husband and father but a friend also. At his request there will be no memorial service.


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