E. Roy Bashaw ’49 of Ashland, Oregon, died March 20, 2011 of an acute cerebral hemorrhage. Bashaw practiced law for more than 57 years, both in private practice and in municipal law. Bashaw earned his bachelor’s degree in 1946 from UCLA before enrolling at Oregon Law. Bashaw served as a city attorney for numerous Oregon municipalities, as well as serving five years as counsel for Jackson County. Additionally, Bashaw served for several years as a judge on the District Court for Jackson County. He served as a presiding member of the Oregon State Bar’s Disciplinary Board Trial Panel for four years, and he served on the Medford and Ashland Charter Review Committees. In 2000, Bashaw received the award for "Legal Aide Volunteer of the Decade.”
Hon. Helen Frye ’66 died April 21, 2011 of age-related causes. She was 80. Frye has left an incredible legacy as a trailblazing woman in the field of law. Judge Frye was Oregon first female circuit court judge in 1971 and, in 1980, was confirmed by the United States Senate as Oregon’s first female federal judge. Judge Frye was born in Klamath Falls in 1930. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees all from the University of Oregon. During her time as a judge, Frye presided over many memorable cases including one in 1985 that voided the incorporation of the community of Rajneeshpuram in Central Oregon. In 1992, she acted as the trial court judge for Kyllo vs. United States, an unlawful search case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001. In 1995, she assumed senior status on the court. She was honored with Oregon Law’s Meritorious Service Award in 2000.
Paul John Speck ’71 died May 16, 2011, from complications related to ALS. Speck resided in Bend, Oregon. Speck’s early law career included practicing law in the District Attorney’s office in North Bend/Coos Bay, eventually settling in Bend in 1975. In Bend, Speck continued with the District Attorney’s Office and later went into private practice with different partners over the years, with the last several years as a sole practitioner in general law. Speck started writing a novel incorporating his life journey through a narrative of a steelhead on his journey starting from the Deschutes River out to the Pacific Ocean, and his return back. The Sign of Solomon Steelhead will be finished by his family and friends.
Marilyn Bradetich, former Oregon Law director of admissions, died April 2 of complications from kidney failure. She was 78. She received her bachelor’s degree in history in 1984, and worked at the UO for 30 years as director of admissions for the School of Law and the School of Music before her retirement. A celebration of life was held April 7 at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. She is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.