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Biographical Details


Born August 1, 1942, in Moscow, Idaho; raised in Pullman, Washington, second of five siblings. Father was a food science professor; mother was a homemaker and activist.
BA in music, Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington), 1965.
MA in music theory and composition, Washington State University (Pullman), 1967.
Married Melody James at Eastside Friends Meeting, Bellevue, Washington, October 29, 1967. Four adult children; four grandchildren.


Teaching assistant, music theory, Washington State University (Pullman), 1968-69
Composer, 1966-present
Author, 1970-present.
Reference librarian, Ashland (Oregon) Public Library, 1985-2002


Sierra Club, 1968-1996 (bylaws committee Inland Empire Group, 1969; vice chair, Rogue Group, 1973-1975; editor, Pacific Northwest Conifer, 1974-1978; vice chair, Oregon Chapter, 1978-1980; secretary, Oregon Chapter, 1980-1984, 1988-1990. Resigned from the club in 1996 to protest policy shift to advocating zero timber harvest on federal lands.)
Red Buttes Wilderness Council, 1972-1984 (chairman, 1972-1982)
Ashland (Oregon) International Folk Dancers, 1978-present (dancer, dance teacher, choreographer: teaching coordinator, 1986-1988)
Ashland (Oregon) Citizen's Planning Advisory Committee, 1984-1987 (chairman, 1986)
Kalmiopsis (an international folk dance band), 1990-1996
Rogue Institute for Ecology and Economy, board member, 1996-2001
Peter Street (an Irish folk band), band leader and arranger, 1996-2000
Authors Guild, 1986-present
National Association of Composers-USA, 2008-present (president of the Southern Oregon chapter, 2015-)
Society of Friends (Quakers) 1967-present (positions held include clerk of South Mountain Friends Meeting, ministry and oversight committee of North Pacific Yearly Meeting, steering committee recording clerk for North Pacific Yearly Meeting, and others too numerous to list.)