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Bromleigh S. Lamb

December 22, 1929 - May 16, 2019

Bromleigh S. Lamb passed away on May 16, 2019 in Portland Oregon.  He was born in Wichita Kansas on December 22, 1929 to W. Oscar and Mae Smithson Lamb.  He was an only child, having no siblings.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Mary Louise (Boyer), his five children, Roberta (Judy Springer), Sherril (Don Reinhardt), Hollis Lamb-Beird, Cathy Lamb-Mullin (Loran), Ted (Pam Fairchild), seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mr. Lamb graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Political Science.  He worked for the State of Kansas researching issues for legislators and for the State of Oregon in administration, in addition to other public service agencies.  He returned to university at age 41 to earn a J.D. in Law from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland.  He was admitted as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of the United States, March 27, 1985 in Washington, DC.  He was an Oregon Administrative Law Judge at his retirement in 1987.

In 1962, he had a choice of moving East or to the West Coast.  He chose Oregon.  Bromleigh enjoyed the ocean beaches, the mountains, and the milder climate.  He loved fly fishing, and often took his two grandsons, Erik and Colin, to the Metolius River to fish.  The rose garden became his long-time hobby.  He tended 42 rose bushes and cared for the neighbor’s hedge rose.  Theater was another interest.  In Salem he participated in Pentacle Theater productions and directed drama activities at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Bromleigh appreciated music greatly.  He had an immense CD collection ranging from jazz to medieval to experimental to all forms of classical music.  Attending live performances with Mary Louise was an important past time.  He was also an excellent and adventurous cook.  He regularly prepared delicious meals for family and friends.

In retirement, Bromleigh and Mary Louise continued their strong interest in genealogy.  Over the next decade they researched their family lines, travelling to Kansas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, the East Coast, and Ontario, Canada.  Among the many discoveries, they learned they both had ancestors who arrived in the U.S. colonies in the early 1700s.

Bromleigh and Mary Louise raised their five children to have strong ethics and never judged their children’s decisions (even when obvious mistakes were made on the part of the children).  Mr. Lamb was particularly proud to see the children become responsible adults and parents in their own right.

As part of downsizing and with a goal of being closer to immediate family members, Bromleigh and Mary Louise moved from Salem to Portland in 2005.

He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to William Temple House or Planned Parenthood .

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (147 NW 19th Ave, Portland), 1pm on June 1, 2019.

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