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Dr. Leon Charles Mulling

Wednesday, March 2nd, at Linda Vista

Nursing and Rehab Center. Dr. Mulling was

born on March 15, 1914 in Denver, Colorado.

His parents were Leon and Emma Mulling, and

two older brothers were Harry and Earl

Mulling. All have since died. Harry


39;s daughter, Mrs. Barbara Ann

Hassey, resides in Golden, Colorado.

— After obtaining his bachelor&

39;s degree in

English and Speech in 1936 from Colorado

State College in Greeley, Lee taught those

subjects, and directed plays for four years

at Eaton (Colorado) High School-- while

completing work on a master&

39;s degree in his

field in 1940 -- also at Greeley.

— In 1941, Lee was employed by the University

of Oregon and the Eugene Public Schools to

supervise student teachers of English,

continuing with that job until he entered

the navy in March of 1943. Lee was trained

as a Navy Service Classification

Specialist, and interviewed and supervised

work in that field for three years in

Southern California, until discharged from

the navy in April of 1946.

— Lee returned to his old job in Eugene,

Oregon, only to be recruited by Elmo

Stevenson to head up the English Department

at Southern Oregon College of Education. He

taught English, speech, drama and

journalism, and acted as advisor to the

College Newspaper. Over the years his

teaching became more focused on speech

courses; he sponsored yearly high school

speech tournaments that included debate.

Alumni fondly recall the "Faculty Follies"

that Lee wrote and directed to raise money

for the SOCE library.

— In addition to teaching courses in various

aspects of speaking. Lee became interested

in the physical, psychological and learning

problems associated with speech, and worked

with various specialists in diagnostic

clinics throughout Southern Oregon,

sponsored by the University of Oregon

Medical School. He established a Speech

Clinic on campus that provided services

(and internships) for college students and

for members of the public. This became the

research area of his Ph.D. studies with the

Stanford University Medical School and

Communication Department, which he

completed in 1960.

— Starting in the 50&

39;s, and extending over

the next 40 years, Lee made dozens of trips

overseas. Most were to Europe, where he led

tours for OSF patrons, but he used his two

assignments in Guam (teaching at the

university and setting up speech diagnostic

clinics) to make round-the-world trips to

much of the Far East. He used summers and

sabbaticals to teach at Stanford,

University of California, University of

Oregon, and University of Colorado, and do

research at the British Museum Library.

— Much of Lee&

39;s travel focused on theater and

music, and when the opportunity came at his

home university, he played a major role in

establishing strong Communication and

Theater departments. Lee had helped Angus

Bowmer establish the Oregon Shakespeare

Festival Association, and served as

Secretary to its Board of Directors in its

early years. At various times he served on

the boards of Jackson County Concerts

Association, and of the Rogue Valley

Symphony. He endowed musician chairs for

the latter, and narrated "Peter and the

Wolf" with the symphony, as well as doing

narrations with the Southern Oregon Concert


— Lee has been a major benefactor for the

School of Arts and Letters at SOU: leading

fund drives to purchase music equipment and

development of the Visual Arts Complex. He

funds 7 scholarships for the School of Arts

and Letters, and was a strong advocate for

maintaining a piano instruction capability

in the Music Department. He&

39;s endowed a

scholarship at Northern Colorado

University, his old Alma Mater. Lee chaired

the Faculty Senate for a period of time.

— On retiring in 1979, the Alumni Association

gave Lee their Outstanding Service Award.

He assumed the presidency of the Emeritus

Faculty, and was president of the SOU

Friends of the Library. In 1990, SOU

awarded Lee "The President&

39;s Medal" for his

long-term services to the institution. In

2002, he received "The Dean&

39;s Award" from

the School of Arts and Letters for his

support of those departments.

— Leon Charles Mulling, Ph.D. devoted his

life to education in the Arts. He has

requested that there be no funeral, but a

memorial service will be announced in the

near future. He asked that "Flowers should

be dispensed with, since they are for the

living." However friends wishing to

contribute to Lee&

39;s memory may send checks

to the SOU Foundation, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.,

noting in the memo space "for Mulling


Arlis Jack Hief

Arlis Jack Hief, 82, of Ashland, died

Thursday — (March 3, 2005) at home.

Arrangements: — Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral

Home, — Ashland.

Mathilda Klabunde Mathilda Klabunde, 102, of Ashland, died

Friday (March 4, 2005) at the Linda Vista

Care Center, Ashland. Arrangements:

Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.