Remembering Eric

 

There are a multitude of ways to “rise to fame” in a group so large, diverse, and high profile as the Oregon Marching Band. Some members make an early mark by distinguishing themselves as an elite musician. Several climb the ladder by seeking out and obtaining various student leadership positions. Others find their way by volunteering for anything and everything, serving the group behind the scenes.In all honesty, any of these paths above could be used to describe Eric Humphrey. However, Eric didn’t make a place for himself with his trumpet, leadership skills, volunteerism, or popularity. Eric forged his legacy through his spirit, his heart, and his kindness.

When Eric joined the OMB as a freshman, people instantly gravitated towards his personality. He had a way of making everyone around him feel immediately at ease and welcome, even though it was he who was the new member. His friendships crossed throughout the entire band, regardless of age, instrument (code: cliques), or social status. It takes a truly special person to create a unique bond and genuinely care about each new person they meet.

When Eric was diagnosed with cancer, the band took action. T-shirts were made, blogs were written, heads were shaved, support was aired. If you ever want something done right, mobilize a marching band. Through all the spectacle, one constant remained: Eric cared for others. When members went to offer their support to Eric, hoping to give him a recharge, it was they who left rejuvenated. While we were the ones thought we were encouraging Eric, it was he who was inspiring us.

For the remaining years following Eric’s diagnosis, he became the soul of the band. When Eric was on the field, the band worked a little harder. When Eric was in pain, the band was resilient. When Eric was healthy, the band flourished. Now that Eric has passed, the band and its members have developed the emotional fortitude needed to move through any numberof difficult life circumstances. Most importantly, Eric taught us life’s most significant lesson: care. Care for anyone. Care for everyone. Show you care. Say you care. Make yourself available to a new friend or experience and the rewards will be plentiful.

Enter the gift amount and then skip down to “My Gift is a Tribute” and

enter in Eric Humphrey. If you would like to mail your gift, please make

checks payable to “UO Foundation” with “In Memory of Eric Humphrey”

in the memo line to:

University of Oregon Foundation

1720 E. 13th Avenue, Suite 410

Eugene, OR 97403-1950 An overwhelming amount of support has come in over the last couple of years that has met and exceeded our goal.

Thank you for your help in establishing an endowment that will allow us to honor Eric every year.

Edward Adams

Adobe Systems, Inc

Richard Allen

Joan Ambrose

Tiffany ’89 and Matthew Baker

Douglas Barrett

Bonita Beck

Susan Beck

Tyler Beck

Becker Family Trust DTD 6/12/84

Jennifer Becker

Virginia Becker

Heather and Randall Benson

Timothy Boudreau

Stacy and Mark Budzinski MBA’87

Julie ’85 and Christopher Butler

Shawn Byars

Ellyn Bye

Catherine and Joseph Calbreath

Debbie ’87 and Carey Caldwell ’87

Mary and Jeff Campbell

William Carter ’84

Casting for Recovery, Inc.

Kaden Christensen ’16

Duncan Clist

Daisy Ducks

Charlotte Dandridge

Carole and Jeffrey Dandridge

Daniel B. Rodriguez Trust

Lara Davis

Angelina Del Balzo

Mary and Carl Del Balzo

Chonna Delaney

Judy and Thomas deRegt

Melanie Dines

Kim and Randy Dossey

Rachel Drummond ’03, MEd ’05

Donna Mary Dulchich ’51

Duncan Clist Landscaping, Inc.

Kevin Dunder

Jill Dyche

Elaine and Henry Dykes

Sharon and Greg Elsey

Michele Esser

Michele ’88 and Gerald Farnell ’90

Fidelity Charitable Give Fund

Ann and Mark Foulger

Victoria and Jim Fowler

Andrea and David Friedlander

Kimberly and David Friedricks

Erin Riley and Robert Fujimoto

Laura Gallagher

Nancy and David Girton

Sheryl Goodman

Peggy and Robert Graham

Marcela and Christopher Groff

Chesley Haden

Stephen Hanleigh

Lynnette and Craig Hardy

Trish Harman

James Hendry

Mary Hewitt

Lawrence Heywood

Sandra Hillier

Debra Hodges

Cindy Hoff

Madge and Mark Hollinger

Xuye Huang

Humphrey Strategic Communications

Rebecca and Kurt Humphrey

Scott Humphrey

Tracy Humphrey

Jennifer and Paul Imai

Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

Erika Iqbal

Henry Jacobson MBA ’84

Allan Jacoby

Dawn and David Jenkins

Bonnie Jorgensen

Kappa Kappa Psi

Robyn Kelly

James Kleck

Penelope and Philip Knight ’59

Tessy and Bruce Knudsen

Laurel Koehn

John Kovatch

Cary Kreutzer

Howard Krivoy ’65, MS ’67

Kathleen Krushas

Letisha Lakey

Betty Larson

David Lauder

Rachel Lea

Evan Levy

Margret and David Linderman

Gaylyn Little

Sherri and Scott Lorch

Krista Luoto

Patricia MacQueen ’11

Scott Maitland ’93

Susan Benson-Marks and James Marks

James McCarty

Amy McConnel

Brenda and William McConnel

Ginger McDonald

Debra and Gregory Mettler ’79, JD ’84

R.J. Monaghan

Rebekah Moon

Barbara Morgan

Molly Morgan’73, MS ’78

William Morgan

Christina Mulkey

Gail Murphy

National Life Group

Kevin Nuno

ON2 Percussion LLC

Oracle Corporation

Oregon Club of Portland

Paul Santucci

General Engineering

Lucas Pfeifer ’14

Logan Poe

Prediction Software, Inc.

Marisa ’13, MM “14 and Steven Quin ’10

Glen Rabie

Kerry Rasmussen

Michael Richards ’66

Roaring Rapids Pizza Company

Kathy Robinson

Daniel Rodriguez ’84, MBA ’00

Patricia Rodgers

Kim and Richard Rohrich

Paul Roth MS ’92

Helen Rounds

Carol and Steven Rupnow

Andrea Russell

Paul Santos ’16

Micah Sardell ’03

Peggy Schecter

Nicole Laskowski MS ’03

Schwab Charitable Fund

Lara Shackelford

So. Oregon CFR Volunteers

Nadene Stone

Linda and Peter Stone

Amelia Tahaney

Shawn Taylor ’14

Mary Tetlow

The King Family Trust

Christine Ertl and Jon Walton ’82, JD ’92

Elizabeth and Colin White

Michael Whitehead

Teressa Whitney

 

 

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