The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Edward J. Kamholz graduated from the University of Oregon (B.S. in business management, 1968); from the University of Portland (MBA, 1974); and from Foothill College (AA graphic design, 2001). Following a sixteen-year career in telecommunications marketing for Western Electric, ITT, The Austin Company, Plantronics and Cushman Electronics, Kamholz was a marketing consultant before co-authoring The Oregon-American Lumber Company: Ain’t No More, an award-winning company history published by Stanford University Press in 2003. Kamholz is an institutional and corporate history author, graphic designer, and book producer. He currently serves on the Oregon State Forests Advisory Committee. An avid fly-fisher, he is a lifelong student of Northwest forest history and serves on the Northwest Association of Book Publishers’ board of directors.


Sherry Kaseberg served as Sherman County Historical Society trustee, museum director and editor of Sherman County: For The Record for 30 years. She grew up in Moro, attended Oregon State College from 1955-1958, and graduated with a B.A. in General Studies from Eastern Oregon State College in 1988. She is a retired family ranch partner and Sherman County commissioner. A genealogist, her county gravestone survey was published by Genealogical Forum of Oregon in Yesterday’s Roll Call. She self-published Kaseberg Cousins, 1975, and Sherman County Place Names, Streets & Roads, 2009, and provides a free electronic service, Sherman County eNews.


Cara Kaser is an architectural historian with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. She received her B.A. in History from Portland State University and M.A. in History from Washington State University. Kaser has worked on various historic preservation projects in Oregon, Washington, and California, including preparing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and conducting historic resource surveys.


George Katagiri, a Portland native, was a founding member of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, a community historian, and author of numerous articles and publications on Japanese American history. He was the coordinator of a state traveling exhibit on first-generation Japanese that prompted the collection of family artifacts and photographs throughout the state. Incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center during World War II, he eventually served with the U.S. occupation forces in Japan. A teacher and state science education specialist, Katagiri was named the “Oregon Employee of the Year” in 1969. He died in June 2009.


Ted Kaye came to Oregon in 1957.  A retired technology CFO and history enthusiast, he worked for the Oregon Historical Society 1993–2000, served as founding executive director of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon, and currently chairs the Centennial Committee of City Club of Portland.  He has published widely in the flag-studies field, editing the scholarly journal Raven 1996–2012 including four comprehensive books:  Flags of the Native Peoples of the United States (1996), American City Flags (2003), Russian Regional Flags (2009), and Canadian City Flags (2011).  He compiled the map-guide Lewis & Clark on the Columbia River (2001, rev. 2013).


James Kelly is a resident of Portland Oregon, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a Post Baccalaureate student at Portland State University.  He has served as a guest lecturer at  the Astoria Rotary Club, Astoria Bicentennial Committee, and been a guest on KAST radio's Adventures in History program in Warrenton Oregon.  He is currently researching a book on Russel Farnham.  


Susan R. Kephart, professor of biology at Willamette University, publishes on plant-pollinator interactions, species boundaries, and hybridization and on how scientists and reporters differ in their writing write wilderness, global climate change, and biodiversity. She has served on National Science Foundation panels, led Earthwatch Research Expeditions, and held offices for the Oregon Academy of Sciences and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. She works with diverse undergraduates and volunteers to restore native species to human-altered landscapes, with recent funding from the Oregon Community Foundation and M.J. Murdock Trust. She is an advocate for conservation, diversity, and local watersheds.


James D. Keyser is a Montana native who earned his Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1977. Keyser has conducted rock art research across western North America and in Europe. He has more than 100 rock art publications and is the author of seven books on the subject, including Indian Rock Art of the Columbia Plateau (1992). He was an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Tulsa before he retired from the U.S. Forest Service. He now conducts research for the Indigenous Cultures Preservation Society.


John Keyser received his PhD from the University of Colorado, served five years as the dean of students at Mt. Hood Community College, three years as the vice president of instruction at Linn Benton Community College, and sixteen years as the president of Clackamas Community College.


Eric A. Kimmel, a distinguished Oregon children's author, is professor emeritus of education at Portland State University. His books have won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor Medal, the Sydney Taylor Award, and the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award. In 2005, the Association of Jewish Libraries awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. Kimmel had the chance to meet and talk with Walt Morey at numerous conferences and literary events. 


Doris Kimmel was co-chair for the Beverly Cleary Fountain project. She is currently the booking agent for her husband, author Eric A. Kimmel.


Aurora King is a 2010 graduate of Southern Oregon University, located in Ashland, Oregon. An avid outdoor enthusiast, and aspiring writer, Aurora is a lover of life.


Helen Johnston Kintner (née McFetridge) studied music at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor of music degree. A member of Mu Phi Epsilon, she studied composition under Dr. Arnold Elston, music theory with Donald Allton, and piano with George Hopkins. At the University of Oregon, she was introduced to the music of composer Ernest Bloch, and she was an eyewitness to the lives of Ernest and Marguerite Bloch from 1946 to 1959. In February 2009, she completed The Ernest Bloch I Knew: The Agate Beach Years, which has not yet been released for publication.


Richard Kirk has lived in Sitkum, Oregon, for most of his life, where he writes, makes images, and runs nine (or is it ten?) head of cattle. His writing has appeared in Rogue River Echoes, and in 2007 he was awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship (The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers Literature). His photographs have been exhibited in Coos Bay, Bandon, and Portland. He serves on the Coos Library Board, as well as the board for the Dora-Sitkum Rural Fire Protection District.


Linda Kirk is retired from the Myrtle Point School District where she was a teacher and librarian.


Jody Klevit received a B.S. at Temple University and taught elementary school before moving to Oregon in 1964. She has been a docent at the Portland Art Museum, was a founder of PAM’s Native American Art Council, and has served on the boards of Chamber Music Northwest, Friends of Chamber Music, New Rose Theater, and the Oregon Jewish Museum. She is a member of Labor Arts Forum and a consultant for the Saward Art Collection and the Pittock Mansion Society. She is the author, with Ginny Allen, of Oregon Painters: The First Hundred Years (OHS Press).


David Kludas, who lives in Portland, is a history buff who writes in his spare time. He is chipping away on a novel that takes place in Portland and concludes at the Oregon Centennial.


Kaitlyn Kohlenberg is an undergraduate student at Oregon State University. Her article on Vernonia, Oregon, was part of a 10th grade history project. She chose to write on the topic of Vernonia because she has several friends and family members living there. She also volunteered and helped clean out flooded buildings after the flood of 2007. Her hobbies include writing, singing and traveling, and she is currently studying English in hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Library Science.


Sue Kopp is the director of the Otto F. Linn Library at Warner Pacific College.  She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in Fine Arts and a Masters of Science in Library Science from Columbia University in New York, N.Y.  A native Oregonian, Sue returned to Oregon in 1994 after a number of positions across the country.


Peter Kopp is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental history at the University of Nevada, Reno. His dissertation, "Hop Country: The Evolution of an Oregon Specialty Crop," examines the relationship between cultural practices and nature. He has recently published in Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy and The Nevada Society Historical Quarterly.


Jim Kopp (Feb. 13, 1952 - Aug. 5, 2010) was director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College. His scholarly interests included utopian and communal studies, and he was the author of Eden Within Eden: Oregon’s Utopian Heritage (OSU Press, 2009). Jim had an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, a master’s in history from the University of Portland, a master’s in library science from The Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in American Studies from George Washington University. He was a member of the board of directors of the Aurora Colony Historical Society.


Michiko Kornhauser, president of Ikebana International Portland Chapter 47 from 2007 to 2009, has also volunteered at the Japanese Garden Society, the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center since her move to Portland in 1986.  She is a fermentation chemistry graduate from Okayama University and did graduate work at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.  Recently she attained a professorship in Japanese calligraphy from the Genwa Japanese Calligraphy Association in Japan.


Jeffrey Kovac is Professor of Chemistry and Director of College Scholars at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was educated at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Reed College (B.A. 1970) and Yale University (Ph.D. 1974). An interdisciplinary scholar, he has published articles and book in chemistry and related sciences, science education, philosophy and history including Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of Civilian Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks (OSU Press, 2009)


Ronald Kramer worked in broadcasting at radio stations in Cleveland and Chicago and as a director for the ABC Radio Network, before settling into teaching radio and television, initially at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and later at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland. He has served as Executive Director of SOU’s 22-station public radio network, Jefferson Public Radio, since 1974, while also consulting for the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a variety of other organizations. He is the author of Pioneer Mikes: A History of Radio and Television in Oregon


George Kramer is the principal of Kramer & Company, a historic preservation consulting firm based in Ashland. He has written extensively on the historic significance of industrial, commercial, and transportation facilities in Oregon since 1989. Kramer is past chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission and serves as an advisor emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Preservation League of Oregon.


Susanna Kuo is a writer and researcher with an interest in industrial archaeology and traditional crafts. She led the seven-year effort to preserve the Oswego Iron Furnace and served as a consultant during three archaeological investigations of the site. She holds a Ph.D in English and folklore from Indiana University.  Her recent projects include interpretive panels for Lake Oswego's George Rogers Park and co-editing The Diary of Will Pomeroy: A Boy's Life in 1883 Oswego, Oregon (2009).


Paula Kuttner is a native Californian who relocated to Oregon in 1961.  She lived briefly in Talent and Medford and spent 5 years in Coos Bay before moving to The Dalles in 1970.  She has been active with the Wasco County Historical Society for many years, and in 1987 began work at Fort Dalles Museum where she now serves as Director.


Joan Kent Kvitka, who holds two master’s degrees, is education director of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. She has taken the Chinese Garden and culture into classrooms across Oregon’s rural and small-town communities and has developed an extensive multi-disciplinary K-12 curriculum on Chinese culture. Kvitka taught for twenty-eight years in the Portland Public Schools, during which time she developed an exchange program between Wilson High School and Suzhou High School. The Chinese Garden curriculum is found on the Portland Chinese Garden Web site.