The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Judith (Judy) Wagner and Richard (Dick) Wagner have lived in North Bend on Coos Bay since 1981. Jointly, they have authored two English pottery books, Adams Ceramics: Staffordshire Pots and Potters 1779-1998 (with David Furniss) and Frank Beardmore: A Potter’s Tale. They have produced two North Bend picture histories and two biographies of prominent bay area citizens, Louis Jerome Simpson and Lorenzo Dow Kinney.


Gay Walker is Special Collections Librarian and archivist at Reed's Hauser Library. She graduated from Reed College and has master's degrees from Simmons College and Wesleyan University. She previously worked at the Yale University Library.


Janet Walker is a native Oregonian born on Bull Mountain in Tigard. She lived in Mill Valley, California, for forty years, where she attended College of Marin and volunteered with many environmental organizations, including the Tamalpais Conservation Club's Trail Crew; she also edited Marin Audubon's newsletter The Redwood Log for thirteen years. Janet now lives in Selma and serves on the Illinois Valley Watershed Council and represents the council on the Rogue Basin Coordinating Council. In 2007 Janet and Max Bennet published their book Field Guide to Shrubs of SW Oregon.


James Walker is a retired physician, a thirty-one-year resident of Eugene, and a longtime collector of pre- and post-exploration maps of North America and the Pacific Northwest. He has contributed articles and book reviews to Mercator's World, The Portolan, Terrae Incognitae, Imago Mundi and the the Oregon Historical Quarterly. He is interested in both the traditional and the more recent literature on the ways of understanding maps.


Charles Wallace retired as Willamette University's Chaplain in May 2012, but continues to teach part time in the Religious Studies department. He studied at Bowdoin (B.A.), Yale Divinity School (B.D.), and Duke (Ph.D.) and his research has primarily focused on early English Methodism. Among other projects, he is working on aspects of Willamette University's early connections with American Methodism.


Greg Walter is a map historian associated with the Kerbyville Museum in Kerby, Oregon. He specializes in the history of public lands in Oregon, Washington, and California.


Rich Wandschneider moved to northeastern Oregon in 1971 as a community development agent with the OSU Extension Service. In 1976, he opened a bookstore in Enterprise; and in 1988, with help from historian and part-time Wallowa County resident Alvin Josephy and Kim Stafford at Lewis & Clark College, he founded Fishtrap Inc. to promote "clear thinking and good writing in and about the West." Rich writes a regular column for the Wallowa County Chieftain and has written for several magazines and newspapers, including the Oregonian, High Country News, Portland Magazine, and High Desert Journal.


Jean M. Ward is professor of communication, emerita, and cofounder of the Gender Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College, where she taught and held various administrative posts, 1964 to 2006. Born in Eugene, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Research interests include the rhetoric of Pacific Northwest women. With Elaine Maveety, she co-edited Pacific Northwest Women, 1815-1925: Lives, Memories, and Writingsand "Yours for Liberty": Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway’s Suffrage Newspaper. She provided a chapter on the life of Bethenia Owens-Adair for Eminent Astorians and is editing Dr. Mary Anna Cooke Thompson's 1877-78 journal. 


Matthew Warren is a lecturer at Portland State University, where he teaches writing courses through the English and Extended Studies Departments. In addition to teaching, Matthew operates The People’s Press, a design and editing company serving independent publishers, small presses, and nonprofits in Oregon and beyond. He currently designs publications for Chiasmus Press, a Portland-based publishing company, and the Oregon English Journal, the award-winning publication of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. Matthew received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portland State University.


Ann Weikel is a Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. Her focus is English history with specialty in the sixteenth century. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1957, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1966. She taught at Knox College from 1964 to 1967, and Portland State University from 1967 to 2002. She is currently the chair of the Trinity Cathedral History Guild. Her publications include, "The Marian Council Revisited" (Jennifer Loach and Robert Titler, eds), The Mid Tudor Polity (McMillan, 1980); ed and translated three volumes of "The Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield," Yorkshire Archeaological Society, 1537-9; 1550-2; 1583-5; "Mary I," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


Erika Weisensee teaches journalism and communication courses at the University of Portland. Her writing has appeared in numerous regional publications, including Portland Monthly, Livepdx (a Web publication), and Oregon Humanities Magazine. In 2003, she earned a master's degree in non-fiction writing from Portland State University. Erika lives in Milwaukie.


Gail Wells is the author of several books, including The Little Lucky: A Family Geography, The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age, and (with coauthor Dawn Anzinger) Lewis and Clark Meet Oregon's Forests: Lessons from Dynamic Nature. Her articles and essays have appeared in Family Circle, VIA, Etude, the Oregonian, Oregon Humanities, and other publications. She is an independent writer and editor specializing in natural-resource and historical topics. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.


Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, is a specialist in western social, environmental, and Native American history. He is author of several books, including The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (2009).


Geoffrey Wexler is the archivist of the Oregon Historical Society. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and master's degrees in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked as a professional archivist for over twenty years in a variety of repositories, including the Bancroft Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society. In recent years he has created a number of art installations using historical materials.


Charles White was born in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in 1924. He attended Michigan State, Central Michigan University, and Columbia Midshipman's School before shipping out as a navigator in World War II. His ship earned three battle stars and weathered two typhoons. He returned to Michigan State after the war and earned a B.A. with honors and an M.A. with distinction, followed by a Ph.D at the University of Southern California. In 1952, he began teaching at Portland State Extension Center (Portland State University) and served as director of the Summer Session and director of International Education. He retired in 2006.


W. Thomas White received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981. His dissertation focused on railroad workers in the Pacific Northwest from the completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883 to the New Deal. He served as curator of the James J. Hill and Louis W. Hill papers at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul from 1981 to 2007. He has published extensively on business and labor history in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Metropolitan State University-Minneapolis/St. Paul.


Gerald W. Williams was the national historian for the USDA Forest Service. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University, taught at Indiana State University, and was the recreation research director for the City of Eugene. He worked for the Forest Service on the Umpqua National Forest and the Willamette National Forest, and is an adjunct staff member with Grey Towers National Historic Landmark. He was chief historian for the Forest Service, led the national history program, and was editor of History Line. Jerry retired from the Forest Service in 2005, and is currently living in Portland, where he is a historical researcher and writer. 


Scott Williams is the Cultural Resources Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation in Olympia, WA, where he supervises staff archaeologists and historians who oversee agency compliance with federal and state laws and regulations related to cultural resources. He has twenty-five years of professional experience in archaeology and historic preservation, including planning, conducting, and reviewing multidisciplinary research in the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon), Oceania (Hawai`i, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands), and Australia.


William F. Willingham, Ph.D., has taught at the college level for eleven years, served as District and Division Historian for the Corps of Engineers for fifteen years, and spent twelve years as an independent consulting historian. He has written widely in the fields of Pacific Northwest history, historic preservation, historic architecture, and water resources development. Major publications include Waterpower in the Wilderness: A History of the Bonneville Lock and DamNorthwest Passages: A History of the Seattle District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Starting Over: Community Building on the Eastern Oregon Frontier (2005). He also has written numerous scholarly articles, reviews, consultant reports, and professional papers.


Martin Winch enjoys the stories that locate us in a context of landscape and ideas. A native Oregonian, he is the great-great-great grandson of Marguerite Wadin McKay and John McLoughlin and his grandfather was the nephew of Simeon G. Reed. He has lived on both sides of the Cascades. He has published Biography of a Place: Passages through a Central Oregon Meadow (Bend: Deschutes County Historical Society, 2006), “Tumalo: Thirsty Land” (Oregon Historical Quarterly 85: 341; 86: 47, 153, 269 and 371; 87: 21), and, with Thomas Vaughan, “Joseph Gervais: A Familiar Mystery Man” (Oregon Historical Quarterly 64: 331).


George Wisner is a retired newspaper reporter, archaeologist, industrial historian and free-lance writer living in Monroe, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University at Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (anthropology, archaeology and history) from Oregon State University. His major publications include Hull-Oakes Lumber Company’s Steam-Powered Sawmill: A Case Study in Industrial Archaeology (1998) and Trees to Lumber ~ McDonald-Dunn Forest: A Historic Look at Sawmilling (1992). For more than fifteen years he has worked as an archaeological technician for a variety of federal agencies and private firms.


John Witte is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Second Nature (University of Washington Press, 2008), and the editor of The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall (Oregon State University Press, 2000). He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Oregon, where he has edited Northwest Review for thirty years.


Vincent Wixon co-produced the video Lawson Fusao Inada: What It Means To Be Free. In 2010 he was assistant baseball coach and official scorekeeper for the Ashland High School Grizzlies.


Craig Wollner was the associate dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. He was the author, co-author, or editor of six books on the economic, business, and labor history of the Pacific Northwest, including Electrifying Eden: Portland General Electric, 1889-1965; The City Builders: One Hundred Years of Union Carpentry in Portland, Oregon, and, with Gordon B. Dodds, The Silicon Forest. Dr. Wollner passed away in November 2010.


Martha Works is retired Professor of Geography at Portland State University where she taught from 1985-2014. She has research and teaching interests in culture history and the cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Her publications include work on the Laurelhurst neighborhood and on agricultural and land use change in the greater Portland metropolitan area.


Jan Wright is the founder and director of Wright Research and Archives, the archivist for Harry and David in Medford, Oregon, and the former Director of the Talent Historical Society. She is the author of Images of America: Talent (Arcadia, 2009).