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No alumni have sent in entries for this page yet, but two obituaries have turned up. The 1936 annual is a mystery. This is the only annual nobody seems to have. Since the pictures in the 1937 annual were all glued on the pages by hand and the pages of the annual we DO have appear to have been individually typed, and the 1935 annual has really poor quality reproduction of the few pictures, I am surmising that there was NO 1936 annual. The poverty of The Depression may just have been too much to produce an annual, the only year since 1926 it has been omitted. Our only entries at this point is for the famous Mr. Nat Giustina, whose family has helped the school district, Lane County, Oregon State University, and the entire state of Oregon greatly over the years, and Pearl Tilton Chase. I am in contact with her granddaughter and an annual may yet turn up. I finally found a senior class picture, thanks to Richard Miller, the source of so many of the group pictures on the alumni CD.
Nat as senior in 1936
Nat Giustina as junior in 1935
N.B. "Nat" Giustina
A memorial mass was celebrated August 19, 2005, for Natale B. "Nat" Giustina of Eugene, who died August 13, 2005 of emphysema. He was 87.
Giustina was born April 7, 1918, in Porland, to Erminio and Irene Onorato Giustina. He married Jacqueline Laraway on April 25, 1943, in Eugene.
He moved to Eugene in 1923 and attended Zion Grade School in Lost Creek. He later graduated from Pleasant Hill High Schol and, in 1941, graduated from Oregon State College with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He was a partner in Giustina Bros., Giustina Land & Timber Co., and Tokatee Golf Club. He was a charter member of the Town Club and also belonged to the Downtown Rotary Club, Eugene Country Coub, several golf clubs and various professional organizations. He enjoyed golf, photography, horticulture, genealogy, and music.
Giustina was selected as Eugene First Citizen in 1988. He received the Oregon State University Foundation's Heart of Gold award in 2000.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Natalie Newlove of Eugene and Irene Goldbeck of Kirkland, Washington; a son, Larry of Eugene; two brothers, Ehrman and Gregory, both of Eugene; a sister, Delores Fruiht [article ends at this point, due to copying error].
[From an Oregon State University site:] He was a member of numerous community and state committees including the Oregon Department of Transportation Commission. He was also president of the Associated Forest Industries of Oregon and the National Lumber Manufacturing Association. Mr. Giustina had been an exceptionally active supporter of higher education, especially at Oregon State University. He played a key role in the construction of the LaSells Stewart Center in the 1970s, and he personally spearheaded the development and construction of OSU' s Trysting Tree Golf Club. Nat Giustina received the Alumni Association' s E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1981 and OSU' s Distinguished Service Award in 1990.
A longer article in The Register Guard:
Lumber magnate Giustina dead at 87
Natale B. "Nat" Giustina of Eugene, who left a bold mark on the wood products industry as well as Oregon State University and the local golfing community, died Saturday of emphysema. He was 87.
Giustina was a retired, second-generation timber baron. He helped parlay a mill that was founded in 1934 by his father and three uncles into what is now a pair of family-owned companies with extensive timber holdings and a thick portfolio of real estate investments.
"I've known him for probably 40 years," timber man Robbie Robinson, owner of Cottage Grove's Starfire Lumber Co., said Monday. "I would say he was a man of great integrity. His word was always his bond, and he was a real credit to the whole forest products industry. advertisement
"These are the very best things you can say about anybody, in my opinion, and he was all of them."
Giustina was born in Portland on April 7, 1918, to Erminio and Irene Onorato Giustina.
Erminio Giustina and three of his brothers had emigrated from the San Vita di Cadore Province in the Italian Dolomite Alps during the early 1900s, and in 1934 founded the Giustina Bros. planing mill in Eugene. The brothers eventually also operated a green veneer plant, plywood mill, sawmill and stud mill on their property off West Second Avenue.
Nat Giustina became logging manager for the operation in 1941 - the year he graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in mechanical engineering - and took over as president and general manager of Giustina Bros. Lumber Co. in 1948.
Along with his brother, Ehrman Giustina, he headed the companies until he stepped down in 1985 and passed control along to his family's next generation.
"Nat and Ehrman became the leaders," said Paul Ehinger, a Eugene-based wood products analyst with a long history in the industry. "Ehrman was more active in plywood and timber, and Nat was more active in lumber. That was just what they gravitated to."
Several years ago, the Giustinas' companies were divided into Gius- tina Land and Timber, now headed by Nat Giustina's son, Larry, and Giustina Resources, headed by Ehrman Giustina's son, Dan.
"Both of them (Nat and Ehrman) are highly respected," Ehinger said Monday. "They were not always seeking publicity, but they were always there to do the things that needed to be done."
Nat Giustina served on the boards of directors of numerous state and national wood products associations and organizations, from Associated Oregon Industries to the National Lumber Manufacturers Association, as well as the National Association of Manufacturers. And he was active in local charities, including the Lane County Community Chest, now the United Way of Lane County.
He also remained true to his school, serving on the boards of OSU's Alumni Association, the OSU Foundation, the Board of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Trysting Tree Golf Club.
"For seven decades, Nat Giustina was involved in Oregon State University as a student, alumnus and supporter, and it would be hard to imagine our university having had a more faithful friend," OSU President Ed Ray said Monday.
Hal Salwasser, dean of the OSU College of Forestry, said that Giustina and his family have donated generously to the program, "requesting only that funds be used to provide the most possible help to the forest land owners of Oregon." advertisement
Giustina's donations and leadership were instrumental in OSU projects ranging from the LaSells Stewart Center, which features the Giustina Gallery, to the construction of Richardson Hall for the forestry program and the recent Reser Stadium expansion project.
He also was the driving force behind construction of the Trysting Tree Golf Club, one of three renowned courses in which Giustina had a hand. He built Tokatee Golf Club on 380 acres of family-owned land in the McKenzie Valley east of Eugene beginning in 1964, and helped to spearhead the 1967 redesign of the Eugene Country Club course by famed designer Robert Trent Jones.
Two years ago, Nat Giustina and his wife, Jacqueline, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together with Ehrman Giustina and his wife, Lee, who also were celebrating their 60th.
Nat Giustina is survived by his wife; daughters Natalie Newlove of Eugene and Irene Goldbeck of Kirkland, Wash.; his son, Laraway (Larry) of Eugene; and by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial Mass was held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1062 Charnelton St. Private interment followed.
Pearl as senior in 1936
Pearl Tilton as junior in 1935
[January 26, 2008]
Pearl (Tilton) Chase
COTTAGE GROVE — A celebration of life was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove for Pearl E. Tilton Chase of Cottage Grove, who died Jan. 23 of cardiac arrhythmia. She was 91. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial was at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Sears Cemetery in Cottage Grove.
Chase was born Dec. 4, 1916, in Goshen to Asa and Stella Cruzan Tilton. She married Dorman Chase on June 6, 1936, in Springfield.
She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1936. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include a daughter, Connie Cox of Northridge, Calif.; two sons, Henry of Alpharetta, GA., and Tom of Eugene; a sister, Julia Martin of Springfield; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband died March 24, 1997.
Using the listing of the Junior Class from the 1935 annual, which we do have, here are the students who could have expected to graduate in 1936. But the senior picture does not show all of these and adds more.
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