The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia

Jeff LaLande graduated from Georgetown University in 1969. For over thirty years, he was archaeologist and historian for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. With a master’s degree in archaeology from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in history from University of Oregon, Jeff has been an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University for twenty years. The author of numerous articles and several books, he enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of Northwest history topics and is an active board member of several statewide and community organizations.

Larry Landis has been university archivist at Oregon State University since 1996 and is a recent recipient of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. He was instrumental in establishing the Oregon Multicultural Archives at OSU and the Northwest Digital Archives. As a native of Indiana, he sees some similarities between the two states—both have a strong agriculture and beautiful summers (though a bit more hot and humid in Indiana) and the Oregon constitution was based in part on Indiana's.

Rebecca Landis is market director of Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets, a nonprofit association that operates two farmers’ markets in Corvallis and one in Albany. She has been involved with organizing Oregon farmers’ markets since 1991 and began managing her first farmers’ market in 1995 while continuing freelance writing and editing work. Before her escape from the windowless cubicle to the world of outdoor farmers’ markets, she had a varied career in print journalism, academia, and state and local government. She has a BA in Journalism from North Texas State University (1980) and an MA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin (1985).

J. Carl Laney is professor of biblical literature at Western Seminary (Portland, OR), where he has served since 1977. He grew up in Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1970. He earned an M.Div. and Th.M. degrees at Western Seminary and completed doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1978. Carl has served as visiting professor in seminaries in the Philippines and in The Netherlands and has served as interim pastor in numerous churches. He is the author of fifteen books and numerous articles and regularly takes students to Israel to study.

William L. Lang is professor of history at Portland State University and the founding director of the Center for Columbia River History. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest and is co-editor of The Oregon Encyclopedia. 

Frank A. Lang is emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University, where he taught systematic botany, plant ecology, conservation of natural resources, and biological illustration. He holds degrees from Oregon State College (B.S.), University of Washington (M.S.), and University of British Columbia (Ph.D.). He is associate editor of Kalmiopsis, the journal of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, and studies the vegetation and flora of the Klamath Ecoregion. He serves on the Jackson County Natural Resources Advisory Committee, the Medford District Bureau of Land Management Natural Resources Advisory Committee, and the Board of the Crater Lake Natural History Association.

Jewel Lansing, author of Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001 published in 2003, is the author of two books about women and politics (now out-of-print) and one about growing-up in Montana (My Montana: A History and Memoir, 1930 to 1950, published 2007).  She served twelve years as Portland's elected city and county auditor, where she pioneered performance auditing in Oregon local government.  Jewel is currently co-authoring a book tentatively titled Multnomah Milestones, The Tumultuos Story of Oregon's Most Populous County.  She holds a BA degree in journalism, University of Montana, and an MA degree in counseling and guidance, Stanford University.

Ronald B. Lansing, emeritus professor at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College (1966-2008), is the founding editor-in-chief of the Willamette Law Journal (1959-1960). He was law clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice William McAllister (1960-1061) and chair of the Torts Section of the American Association of Law Schools (1977). He is the author of Skylarks and Lecterns: A Law School Charter (1983), Juggernaut: The Whitman Massacre Trial (1993), and Nimrod: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier (2005). He is current writing the history of the Northwestern School of Law.

Zeb Larson is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College, where he majored in history. He is currently attending McGill University and attaining an MA in cold war history; he retains a strong interest in Oregon history. His senior thesis was written on the history of Silver Falls State Park.

Adair Law worked as an editor and later director of publications for the Oregon Historical Society for fifteen years. She currently writes and edits Northwest history-based projects. She is the author of The Spark and the Light: The Leo Adler Story and Abundantly Blessed, the John Elorriaga Story.

William C. Lawrence III was born in Portland in 1933 and attended Ainsworth Elementary, Lincoln High, and Stanford University. He returned to Portland in 1957 to work in the George Lawrence Company, the family leather goods manufacturing and wholesale business, founded in 1857. While attending one of the Old Church’s free Wednesday sack lunch concerts in the early 1970s, he noticed the grass was overgrown. They accepted his offer to cut it and immediately put him on the board of directors, where he served as a most dedicated and hard-working member until his retirement in 2007.

Kathleen F. Leary, also known as Kit, was born into a family of journalists and writers who traveled the world and wrote about it, but loved returning to the old home town. She learned early on about history in her native Wisconsin when her father stopped the car at every historical marker along the way. She has degrees in History, Library Science, and Media Technology, and has worked in Wisconsin, Algeria, Ohio and Oregon in educational institutions, historical societies, and public libraries. She is about to embark on her 25th season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has been living in Ashland since 1985.

Sarah LeCompte has been associated with the Bureau of Land Management since 1993, as a historian at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center for ten years, and since 2003, as Center Director. Her background includes assessment and preservation of historic structures, and she is a curator of 19th century American material culture.

Douglas W. Lee Sr. holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College (1967); an MA from University of Michigan (1969); a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1979); and a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School (1988). He is an adjunct faculty member in the Portland State University History Department (1999-2014) and for De Anza College, Cupertino, California (2000-2014). His field of specialization is Chinese American History, 1850-1950. He was the co-founder and served as president of the Chinese Historical Society of the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Washington) (1982-1984); and also served as the editor of The Annals of the Chinese Historical Society of the Pacific Northwest, and he is a member of the Chinese Historical Society of America (San Francisco).

Fred Leeson spent thirty-five years as a Portland newspaper reporter, first for the Oregon Journal, 1972-82, and then for the Oregonian, 1982-2007. He holds degrees from Stanford University, 1971, and the Lewis & Clark Law School, 1982. He has taught journalism at Concordia University in Portland and is president of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, a non-profit architectural preservation advocay and education organization.  

Jan Leininger is a sixth generation Oregonian and fourth generation Mosier, Oregon resident. In 2009, she and her family celebrated the 100th anniversary of the John E. and Matilda (Roos) Proctor family coming to Mosier from London, England. The Proctor family, guided by Harrison Porter Locke crossed the Oregon Trail in 1845, and homesteaded in Polk County. The Leiningers came later in 1886 to Wasco County. Jan is a retired educator.

David G. Lewis is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. David has engaged in research on the tribes of the Pacific Northwest while studying at the University of Oregon and working for the Grand Ronde tribe. He also served as the director of the Southwest Oregon Research Project Collection at the UO Knight Library Special Collections and University Archives. He has served in the culture programs at the Grand Ronde tribe, first on the Culture Committee, then as department manager, Cultural Liaison, Tribal Historian, and manager of the Exhibits and Archives program. He has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon and currently is a private contractor, conducting research, giving historical presentations and writing articles about the tribes of Oregon. David lives in Salem with his wife Donna, and sons Inatye and Saghaley.

Norman Leyden, associate conductor of the Oregon Symphony for twenty-nine seasons and music director for the symphony's Pops series for thirty-four, retired in 2004. A graduate of Yale University, he earned a doctoral degree at Columbia University. During World War II, he served with Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band, and after the war he arranged and conducted for many radio, television, and recording artists. He has guest conducted more than forty American orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies. In 1991, he was a recipient of the Oregon Governor's Arts Award.

Brian Libby is a Portland-based freelance writer, photographer and award-winning filmmaker. His reportage and criticism of design, film, art and culture has been published in The New York Times, Metropolis, The Christian Science Monitor, Dwell, The Oregonian, Premiere and Architectural Record, among others. He is also the author of Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline, a history of University of Oregon football published in 2007. He writes and edits the blog Portland Architecture, covering local design. A native Oregonian born in Eugene and raised in McMinnville, Libby is a 1995 graduate of New York University.

Dan Linscheid, a native of Yamhill County, began his career for the county in 1971, employed as a engineering technician and surveyor for the Road Department. He received his surveying license in 1979 and was elected county surveyor in 1994. He assisted a local historian, Ruth Stoller, on some of her publications and research, and became active in the Yamhill County Historical Society in 1995. He served on the YCHS board of directors between 1997 and 2007. Dan authored "Yamhill County Road Name Origins" in 1994, and numerous historical articles for YCHS newsletters on a variety of subjects.

Lawrence M. Lipin is professor of history at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He has published two books, Producers, Proletarians, and Politicians: Workers and Party Politics in Evansville and New Albany, Indiana, 1854-87 (University of Illinois Press, 1994) and Workers and the Wild: Conservation, Consumerism, and Labor in Oregon, 1910-30 (University of Illinois Press, 2007), and articles on manhood and class conflict, craft dilution and the anti-Chinese movement, and progressive era politics in Oregon. He is currently working on Henry George, the single tax, and the meaning of "nature" in New York City politics.

Meryl Lipman holds a Masters in writing from PSU. She works as community relations manager for Portland Community College and has written freelance for local and national publications. In her spare time she mentors young women with eating disorders and she loves to walk, hike, read and jump out of airplanes.

Caroline Litzenberger is both an historian and an Episcopal priest. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of Cambridge in England and became an historian of Christianity focusing on the English Reformation. Prior to graduate study in history, she received a B.S. in mathematics and spent 27 years as an information system professional. She was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in January 2004, after serving as a lay leader in her congregation and in the Episcopal Church in western Oregon for over 30 years. She has published widely on the history of the English Reformation.

Mitzi Loftus was born in Hood River of immigrant parents from Japan (father, 1904; mother, 1911). She graduated from Hood River High School and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Oregon. She taught for three years at Creswell High School before attending the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan to prepare for a Fulbright Teacher year in Japan in 1957-1958. Loftus lived for fourteen years in Eugene and in Germany for two years. After returning from Europe, she lived in Coos Bay for over thirty years, substitute teaching for all but one. She moved to Ashland in 2004.

David J. Loftus was born in Eugene, the oldest son of Donald and Mitzi Loftus. He graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, and from Harvard College with a bachelor’s in English. Loftus was a reporter for the Roseburg News-Review for three years, and is the author of three books. Currently he is an actor and free-lance writer in Portland, where he lives with his wife, Carole Barkley.

Jack E. Lorts has lived in Oregon small towns since the early 1970s. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, (1962) and an M.Ed. from the University of Oregon (1978). He was a teacher for 26 years at the elementary and secondary levels, and a school administrator for 16 years, finishing his career as Superintendent of Schools in Fossil, Oregon, from 1997-2004. After retirement, he served on the Fossil City council, and from 2009-2015 as the city's mayor. As an author and poet, he has published extensively in such magazines as Arizona Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Oregon English Journal, Oregon East and High Desert Journal, among other publications. He is the author of three chapbooks of his poetry.

James Louderman is a master’s student of Environmental History at Portland State University. His research has focused on the history of food distribution systems like public markets and farmers markets, and understanding the shifting cultural values that have been associated with those systems. James is originally from Chicago and has been fascinated with the West ever since his parents brought him on a camping trip to Estes Park when he was young.

Rhoda Love was one of the first botany instructors at Lane Community College. She taught biology and botany there from 1966-1975 and 1986-1995. The Rowe-Love Herbarium was named in her honor in 2004.

Glen A. Love is professor of English, emeritus, at the University of Oregon, where he taught from 1965 to 2000. He is the author of critical books and articles on American literature, emphasizing western, northwestern, and environmental topics. He is former president of the Western Literature Association and the Pacific Northwest American Studies Association and has twice been a Fulbright visiting professor in Europe. An early proponent of the study of literature and environment, he and his biologist wife, Rhoda, published the first anthology on modern environmental issues in 1970. His latest work is Practical Ecocriticism: Literature, Biology, and the Environment (2003).

Sharon Lovie is a graduate of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon, and attended many classes at Coos Bay’s Southwestern Oregon Community College, where she honed her writing skills. She is a member of the Spiritfish Nation Verbal Construction Company Writers Group, whose members write and publish anthologies about the region. She writes about her childhood experiences growing up on Oregon’s South Coast and the summers she spent with her father drilling pitch when she was nine and ten years old.

Edward Loy has been a resident of Albany, Oregon, since 1945. After graduating from Albany Union High School in 1959, he attended the University of Oregon where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history.  He is the author of the book Tim Burr! An Illustrated History of the World Championship Albany Timber Carnival, published in 2010.

David Lunde is the manager of the bookstore/gift shop at the Interpretive Center of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and a member of the board of directors of Friends of the South Slough. He is a poet and translator whose work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. He is the author of Blues for Port City (1995), Heart Transplants & Other Misappropriations (1996), Nightfishing in Great Sky River (1999), and Instead (2007) and is the translator of The Carving of Insects (with Mary M.Y. Fung, 2006), which won the 2007 PEN USA Translation Award, and Breaking the Willow (2008).

Gordon R. Lyford received a bachelor’s degree in engineering of agricultural systems in 1975 from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in irrigation and drainage in 1981 from the University of California at Davis. He is a registered agricultural engineer in Oregon and California and a certified water right examiner in Oregon. He retired in 2006 after working for the U.S. Department of the Interior for thirty-one years. Currently, he is an associate director of the Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District and Watershed Council. He lives in O'Brien.