Robert Lothian died May 19. He was 64.
Mr. Lothian was born March 18, 1949, in Eugene. He attended Harvey Scott Elementary in Northeast Portland and graduated from Rex Putnam High School. He attended University of Oregon 1967-70. He received a bachelor's degree from Reed College in 1982 and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1992. As a young man, he worked as a welder, mechanic and U.S. Forest Service firefighter and wilderness ranger. Transitioning into journalism, he freelanced in the 1980s for the Oregonian, Portland Observer and Catholic Sentinel. He then worked as reporter and photographer for the Bandon Western World, Ashland Daily Tidings and Ashland Democrat Herald. In the last years of his career, he worked 18 years for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services as case manager and hearings representative.
He is survived by brothers, James Gilbert, Molalla, John and Thomas Lothian, Portland; and son, Aaron Smith, Spokane, Wash.