Douglas R. Legg

Born on July 1, 1930, in Portland, Ore., to Lloyd E. and Gertrude M. (Kuckenberg) Legg, Douglas Reid Legg passed away June 8, 2011, in Ashland, Ore. Educated in Catholic grade schools in Portland, Ore.; Columbus, Ga.; and Leavenworth, Kan.; Doug graduated from Portland's Central Catholic High School in 1948. He attended the University of Notre Dame on a four-year NROTC scholarship, graduated and received his commission in the U.S. Navy on June 1, 1952. Thereafter, he served two combat tours in Korea, and then returned to Notre Dame to complete a master's degree in history. In 1957, he entered the University of Oregon, and worked on a history doctorate until joining the faculty at what is now Southern Oregon University in 1962. He served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions until retiring in 1990.

A much admired member of the history department, his primary activity was teaching the year-long course in Western civilization to incoming students. Thousands took that course from him over the years. His specialty was upper division work in English history, and often both European and Russian/Soviet history. On occasion he offered coursework in the SOC/SOU honors program, where his teaching became a fixture. He was particularly interested in the long career of Winston Churchill.

Doug served as an officer in the Naval Reserve, from which he retired as a commander in 1990. Additionally, he was involved in a number of ministries and committees at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland, from 1962 until the time of his death.

In August 1963, he married his beloved wife, Joan Marie Reiff, who survives. They traveled overseas together on many occasions. Additional survivors include his brother, Ronald L. Legg; and nephew, Richard D. Legg; both of Vancouver, Wash.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 28, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, 987 Hillview Drive, Ashland, Ore., with a reception in the Parish Hall following the Mass. Inurnment with military honors will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery, at 3:00 p.m., following the reception.

Arrangements are by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore.

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