In Memorium: Isabel Villar

Our friend and longtime PPS member, Isabel Villar passed away last evening after a long battle with cancer.

Isabel was a very unique person. She was born in Chile but lived here for many years. She participated in most of the field trips we offered and was always excited about learning more from our more experienced photographers. She was a bright inquisitive person who had a strong belief in herself. She was a happy, warm person with an incredible smile and unique way of seeing. She will be greatly missed.

Isabel Tapia Villar
May 21, 1943 – July 14, 2017
Born in Antofagasta, Chile
Resided and passed away in Portland, Oregon, USA

In Memoriam: Doris Doerfler

DorisToday we remember Doris Doerfler, who was a lifetime member of the Portland Photographic Society.  Lifetime memberships are granted to those people who make large positive contributions to the group over time.  Doris was a talented photographer who won numerous awards over many years.  She twice served as the president of Portland Photographic Society (1995-96 & 1998-00), as well as in many other leadership roles.

Doris’ obituary is presented below:

Doris Doerfler, 93, the historian for Sacred Heart Parish in Southeast Portland, died Oct. 27. There was a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart on Nov. 30.

Miss Doerfler was born in Turner, Oregon, on Sept. 28, 1922. She graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School and St. Stephens High School in Portland.  She was employed as a secretary and comptroller for Standard Oil Company and Publishers Paper Company.

Through the written word and through her extensive photographic record, she recorded the history of her family and her community.  Her photographic subjects range from close-up portraits of animals and flowers to sweeping vistas of the Northwest.  In 1991 she won a prestigious award from Eastman Kodak for her photograph of Monument Valley. Her picture was selected as one of the 100 winners from over 200,000 entries.  She served as President of the Portland Photographic Society from 1995-96 and again from 1998-2000.  She won the Slide of the Year competition from the Portland Photographic Society in 1989 and many other honors and awards.  She had over 200 slides accepted into international photographic exhibits.

Miss Doerfler was predeceased by her sister, Florence Schoessler of Portland. She is survived by her brothers, Raymond of Sun City Center, Fl., and John of Portland; 10 nieces and nephews, eight grandnieces and nephews, and three great-grandnieces and nephews.

In Memoriam: Roland E. Smith

Roland Smith in a portrait titled “My Jokes Just Slay Me”, taken by Mike Burgess

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of longtime PPS member Roland Smith, a past president of the PPS, and a two-time winner of the Ed Brandt Service Award for outstanding service.  Roland was a great benefit to all members, and remained an active photographer and explorer of the Pacific Northwest right up to his unexpected, but peaceful passing last month.

Below, we have included Jim Baker’s memorial to Roland:

Roland E. Smith Ph.D, APSA
Gresham, Oregon

Roland Smith died on August 4, 2014 at his home in Gresham, Oregon at the age of 90 years.  Roland was a skilled photographer and teacher who helped many in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest perfect their photographic skills.    He was a life long educator having taught at Enterprise, Oregon High School, Portland State University, the University of Oregon and retiring from Texas Tech University as a professor of Political Science.  He earned his masters in history and doctorate in Political Science from the University of Oregon.

He served in World War II with the United States Army in Europe and the Aleutian islands.

Roland Smith reviewing prints at the PPS Potluck in June, 2014 - Photo by Pat Fitzgerald

Roland Smith reviewing prints at the PPS Potluck in June, 2014 – Photo by Pat Fitzgerald

He was a passionate photographer with a particular skill in teaching his craft to others.  He was a founding member in 1989 of the Columbia Gorge Camera Club and was a long time member of the Portland Photographic Society.  He served in nearly every office in both groups. He was a fixture at the Multnomah County photo exhibition  which is sponsored by the Portland Photographic Society.  In  2011 he was made a life member of the Columbia Gorge Camera Club and in 2013 he was made a life member in the Portland Photographic Society for his many contributions to each club.

He joined PSA in January 1983 and was elected Associate in 1998.  He was a member of PSA Cascade Chapter and was a member of the founding committee of their Cascade Small Print Exhibition.  He was a regular exhibitor in his local clubs  and was in demand as an exhibition judge for both club and international exhibitions.  He was scheduled to judge at the Western Washington State Fair at the time of his death.

His greatest pleasure came with photo field trips.  He participated in and planned trips to all parts of the Pacific Northwest but was fondest of trips to the wheat growing areas of eastern Oregon and Washington.  He had just finished a trip to photograph the milky way and was planning a trip to the Palouse region of eastern Washington at his death.

James Baker, FPSA, EPSA


Here are some images from Roland’s gallery on the PPS web page:

In Memoriam: Pat Starr

Pat Starr

Pat Starr

On June 19, 2014 Pat Starr succumbed to lung cancer at age 79, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Patricia Rae Starr was born February 28, 1935, in Hood River, OR to parents Gladys and Clarence Starr. She grew up on a farm in Parkdale on the north side of Mt. Hood, along with her three sisters, her mother and her stepfather, Earl Peugh. She is survived by her spouse and partner of 34 years, Lorraine McIntyre, her sisters Oleta Jones (David Jones), and sister, Marleta Roth (Van Dyke Roth), both of the San Francisco Bay Area and her nieces and nephews scattered across the country. Her sister, Anita Wright (Norman Wright), from Coos Bay, preceded her in death.

Pat loved life on the farm, including the freedom to explore the outdoors as well as the responsibility for lots of chores. She developed a lifelong enjoyment of hard work, hiking, physical fitness, and the natural world. In her lifetime she would become a mountain climber, hiker, cross-country skier, birder and award-winning photographer.

She attended grade school through her junior year of high school at Parkdale High and went on to graduate from Wy’East High in Odell. She was active in sports, band, and joined the Civil Air Patrol, where she learned to identify planes from the ground. During her summers, she spent happy times in Albany with her dad and stepmom, Marguerite, who owned the popular Owl Café there.

Pat attended college at Oregon State University, starting as a physical educator but discovered a growing interest in science. Her BS was in General Science. She interrupted her education to work at several jobs, including for Dr. Albert Starr (no relation) as his surgical technician as he developed the artificial heart valve. Pat earned her MS degree at OSU in Microbiology with Dr. Leo Parks. She was privileged to be part of a NATO sponsored trip to Norway where she got to be with Nobel Prize winners and other international students to share information about molecular biology. She went on to earn her PhD in Microbial Physiology at OHSU in 1969.

Pat became a college educator. She taught as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in the department of Microbiology from 1971 to 1975. She developed a new science lab class, acquired the nickname PR and worked with two MS students but eventually realized she missed the Northwest and Mt. Hood too much to stay away. She returned to Portland to do research at Providence Medical Center with Dr. Gilbert in the Infectious Disease Research lab. She later moved on to teach Microbiology and Biological Sciences at Mt. Hood Community College and for two years served as head of the Science Division. In her 17 years there she taught many future health professionals, won a best teacher award and made many friends. At age 58 Pat decided to retire early so she could pursue her great love of photography, nature and the outdoors. Often she could be spotted creeping into a beautiful stand of flowers with her macro lens to capture the perfect shot of the smallest parts of a flower – always a microbiologist, even with a camera.

PR felt lucky to be healthy and active most of her life. She played piano and accordion and devoted much love and attention to her dogs. Pat and Lorraine were inseparable through the years. Pat loved to take birding trips with Lorraine (and her camera), enjoyed road trips through the U.S. with her sisters and her dear friend Jan Harris, and trips to Europe always with a camera in her hand.

After retirement Pat joined the Portland Photographic Society, which soon became a focus of her life. She made many new friends as she continually worked to improve her prints, slides and digital images. Eventually she joined several other photographic organizations becoming a founding member of the Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest. She served as a photo judge at the Oregon State Fair and several other competitions, participated in group shows and was proud to have a solo show of her work at the First Unitarian Church in Portland.

Pat was proud of reaching the summit of Mt. Hood three times, Mt. St Helens twice(before it erupted), and several other peaks in the Cascades. She was a scientist, an educator, an environmentalist and a fiercely dedicated and loving spouse, daughter, sister and aunt.

In lieu of flowers, Pat would have liked donations to go to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge or The Nature Conservancy.

Here are some images from Pat’s gallery on the PPS web page.