Broughton Bishop, 1927-2016

Broughton Hayward “Brot” Bishop died Aug. 7, 2016, at his Portland, Ore., home from Parkinson’s disease. He was born Feb. 17, 1927, to Clarence M. and Harriet Broughton Bishop.

He grew up in Portland with his brother Mort (C. M. Bishop, Jr.) where he spent happy times playing sports, attending the Hillside School and developing many lifelong friendships. The highlights of his summers were the times spent in the Blue Mountains outside Dayton, Wash.

Brot attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., graduating in 1945.  He joined the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday.  Following his discharge from the Marines, Brot enrolled at Yale University and graduated in 1950 with Tau Beta Phi honors in industrial administration. After attending Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (where he later received an honorary doctorate), Brot joined the family business, Pendleton Woolen Mills, full time in 1951. Brot was proud to continue the tradition established by his great grandfather Thomas Kay who came to Oregon in 1863 to pioneer the local woolen mill industry.

Brot took enormous pleasure from his work. He especially appreciated the many long-term employees who contributed so much to Pendleton’s success. While business was a major focus of Brot’s life, his family was of the most importance. He married Mary Voss on Feb. 8, 1956.

Brot is survived by Mary, his wife of 60 years, their children John (Suzanne), Charlie (Meg), Broughton Jr. (Kelley), Harriet Bakken (Jon) and Peter (Susan), and 14 grandchildren.

James Drummond, 1921-2016

James Drummond was born in Anaconda, Mont., on Feb. 9, 1921, to Scottish immigrants, Thomas and Jane Drummond, and died Aug. 3, 2016. He grew up on the Mount Haggin Livestock Ranch between Anaconda and Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School. His youth was full of stories of tending vast flocks of Hampshire sheep, putting up hay with horse drawn mowers, buck rakes and beaver slides, and daily ranch chores alongside his brothers, Dave and Tom.

In 1941, Jim enrolled at Montana State College. His college aspirations were interrupted when he was called to the service of his country in October 1943. After a short 40-hour pilot training, Jim, along with a crew of 12 other young men, began a journey across the ocean in a newly built B-24 Liberator to join with the 484th bomb group in Italy to battle Nazi Germany aggressions.   He received numerous commendations as a pilot, including the Air Medal with Oak leaf clusters.  

After the war, Jim returned to Montana State College to complete his degree. While at MSC, Jim became enamored with a young Kappa Delta, Betty Watson, who was the daughter of Irish homesteaders from the prairie of Eastern Montana. The two were married and formed a union that lasted 67 years. 

Jim earned a master’s degree in animal science at the University of Wyoming and returned to Bozeman to become a professor, Montana Extension Service Sheep Specialist and Director of the Montana Wool Laboratory. He held these positions until his retirement in 1980.

He died peacefully surrounded by his family.  Jim is survived by Betty; his brother, Tom (Ruth); sons, Jim (Leslie), Bill (Nora), Bob (Linda); and his grandchildren, Kris, Taylor, Brian, Rachael and Natalie; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Lawrence Yates, 1951-2016

Lawrence Yates died July 15, 2016, after a battle with cancer. He was born in Dallas on Dec. 11, 1951, to Dr. Charles D. and Elvina M. Yates.

Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1975, and a master’s degree in animal breeding in 1977 from Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. in meat and animal science in 1982 from University of Wisconsin-Madison. On March 25, 1983, he married Bernice Helen Yates in Beresford, S.D.

He served as a National Institute of Health Senior Research Fellow at the University of Washington; as an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University; as executive director of the Nebraska Beef Council; and as vice president at Red Oak Farms. In 2000, he was hired by the U S. Department of Agriculture in the Agricultural Marketing Service, where he served with distinction.

Lawrence was primarily involved in and responsible for major departmental initiatives in meat quality and carcass composition. Throughout his career, he was recognized by his peers through numerous awards and recognitions, including: twice by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Honor’s Award program; by AMS with a Distinguished Service Award in 2010, and the American Meat Science Associations’ Special Recognition Award in 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice, of Omaha; daughter, Maia Aman (Michael); daughter, Tina Moessner (John); step-mother Ouida Yates; sisters, Charlene Yates, Barbara Rassofsky and Solveig Gustafson; and numerous cousins.

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