The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Kevin Talbert, Ph.D., is Emeritus Chief Information Officer and Extended Campus Programs Director at Southern Oregon University. Along with serving on the Rogue Community College and Crater Lake Natural History Association Boards, he is a Master Gardener, Master Recycler, and Land Steward, reflecting his interest in Oregon's outdoors and his commitment to promoting sustainability.


Linda Tamura is one of three editors-in-chief of The Oregon Encyclopedia and is professor of education emerita at Willamette University. A third-generation Japanese American, she grew up on her parents’ apple and pear orchard in Hood River. Tamura is the author of The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley (University of Illinois Press, 1993) and Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River (University of Washington Press, 2011). Her most recent article received the John McClelland Award at the Washington State Historical Society. 


Janet Tapper, MLS, is University Librarian at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon and administrates the W.A. Budden Library. A graduate of the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, she is an officer of the Medical Library Association/Chiropractic Library Section, and has served on the board of directors for the Association of College and Research Libraries in Oregon. Prior to her position at Western States, Janet operated her own information services business. She is a frequent reviewer for Library Journal.


Oliver Tatom is an independent filmmaker and writer. He grew up in Bend, Oregon, playing among the sage and pine of the Deschutes National Forest. He studied film and American history at the University of Southern California and served an eight year sentence at a major studio in Los Angeles. He now lives with his wife in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is writing a book on the Oregon Land Fraud Trials.


Quintard Taylor Jr., the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, received his B.A. from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has spent more than thirty years teaching African American history in the American West. He is author of African American Women Confront the West and In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the West, editor of two anthologies, and the author of over fifty articles. He is on the board of History Link, the Idaho Black History Museum, and the Northwest African American Museum.


Joseph E. Taylor III is a professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in history and geography at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fishery Crisis.


Edward H. Teague is the head of the Architecture & Allied Arts Library, University of Oregon. A past president of the Art Libraries Society of North America, he also served as president of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. His publications include World Architecture Index: A Guide to Illustrations (Greenwood Press, 1991) and the award-winning "The Architecture of the University of Oregon" research guide. In 2008, he inaugurated "Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest," a digital collection that provides over 20,000 images and documentation about the Pacific Northwest's built environment.


Dr. Louis Gabriel Terkla was born in Anaconda, Montana. He served in World War II with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. He graduated from the University of Oregon Dental School in 1952 and joined the faculty; he became dean of the school in 1967. He held many positions in professional organizations including service as president of the American College of Dentists, the American Association of Dental Schools, and the Western Conference of Dental Examiners and Dental School Deans. He received many honorary awards and has published several books, manuals, book chapters, and 29 research and dental education papers.


John Terry was born in Berkeley, Calif., and came to Oregon in 1941. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1956 and Portland State College (University) in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army 1961-63, joined the Salem Capital Journal and rose to city editor in 1971. He won Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards for Best Local Column in 1969 and 1975, and Best Feature Story in 1968. He joined The Oregonian in 1976 and retired in December 2003. He began his Oregon's Trails column on Oregon history in 1996, He continues the column in retirement.


Marjorie Thelen writes novels, short stories, poems, essays, editorials and articles. The most recent publication was an essay in A Sense of Place, published by the Libraries of Eastern Oregon. She is a graduate of Penn State University (BA) and Temple University (MBA). She has a deep and abiding interest in Oregon history and all things Harney County. She lives on a ranch in the high desert near Burns, Oregon, with her husband and an assortment of barnyard friends.


Cindy Thomas was born and raised in Woodburn, Oregon, graduating from high school in 1972. She attended college in Monmouth, Oregon; Tokyo, Japan, and Corvallis, Oregon, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1977. Returning to Woodburn to live with her husband and children in 1983, she became interested in learning more about the historic Settlemier House and started volunteering to decorate for Christmas celebrations. By 1991, she was asked to be a Board Member. Today she serves as a tour guide and Vice President of the French Prairie Historical Society which owns and maintains the Historic Settlemier House.


Richard Thompson has worked as an archivist, historical museum director, librarian, and streetcar coordinator. His collection of photographs and memorabilia has served as a resource for four books in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Rail series: Portland’s Streetcars (2006), Willamette Valley Railways (2008), Portland’s Streetcar Lines (2010), and Portland’s Interurban Railway (Arcadia, 2012). He is a descendent of Willamette Valley millwrights and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Oregon. He has been writing about Oregon’s street railway history since 1979.


Wayne Thompson, now retired, is a free-lance writer and formerly an award-winning editorial writer for the Portland Oregonian. In his thirty-seven years at The Oregonian, twenty-two of which he served as a member of the newspaper's editorial board, Thompson was political editor, sports editor, science writer, and author of a nationally syndicated column on electronics. He also edited a jazz magazine for eighteen years and was Oregon's  correspondent for Time Magazine (1973-80). He is the author of the book, BlazerMania: This Is Our Story, published in 2010. Thompson lives in Portland with his wife, M'Lou, and four Belgian Tervuran sheepdogs.


Nohad A. Toulan is the founder and Dean Emeritus of Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs. His career at Portland State began in 1972, and he retired as Distinquished Professor in 2004. He holds an architecture degree from the University of Cairo, a master's in city planning from UC Berkeley, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and, since retirement, has advised the PSU administration. His research and publications involving city and regional planning, housing, and urban design.


Eckard Toy Jr. grew up in the Pacific Northwest and earned his Ph.D. in American history at the University of Oregon. Beginning with his M.A. thesis, "The Ku Klux Klan in Oregon: Its Character and Program" (1959), the Klan and related topics have been a primary focus of his research and writing. After teaching at several universities in the Middle West and on the Pacific Coast, he retired to the Hood River Valley.


Clifford E.Trafzer is professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, where he is also director of Graduate Studies. He holds the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs and is on the board of the California Center for Native Nations. He has published several books, including Death Stalks the Yakama, Native Universe, and Renegade Tribe. He recently edited Native Americans/American Presidents for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.


Gwen Trice, Executive Director, founded the Maxville Project, (MHIC) in 2007. The Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center (MHIC) filed for incorporation on 12/18/2008, after two years of planning and projects development.

In the seven years since our founding, Executive Director has envisioned phenomenal progress to restore the history of Maxville as well as provided support and substance for the OPB, Logger’s Daughter video.

Founded a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit cultural heritage center in Wallowa County. Created a national and regional governing board. Gwen has created and developed education, collections, and community outreach programs. Developed partnership with heritage loan exhibit in Elgin, OR.

Generated employment in Wallowa County as a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit cultural heritage center host organization for title five program.

Developed website support, developing community volunteer support, organizational development

Gwen serves as a Govenor appointed comissioner on Black Affairs, for the State of Oregon.


Morgaine Trine is a Junior at Riverdale High school. For sophomore history, her teacher assigned this entry for the encyclopedia as a project. In the course of writing, it turned into an adventure and sparked an interest in botany. 


John Trombold teaches at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, formerly part of the Oregon Territory. He graduated from Reed College, the University of Washington, and Columbia University, and co-edited the anthologies Reading Seattle: The City in Prose and Reading Portland: The City in Prose.


Kathy Tucker received her master’s degree in history from Portland State University in 2005, focusing on environmental history. She has worked on the Oregon Historical Society’s award-winning Oregon History Project and taught classes at Portland State University. She is venturing into the world of publishing with the White House Grocery Press, which recently published Eating It Up in Eden: The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Cookbook. Tucker is also a board member of the Northwest History Network.


Mark Tveskov is a Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University. He has directed the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) since 1998 and he conducts archaeological and ethnohistorical research primarily in southern Oregon and on the Oregon coast. Tveskov's research interests include colonialism, cultural ecology, maritime societies, zooarchaeology, and the use of archaeology in contemporary culture and media.