Alumni Stories

Abby Tibbs

The OHSU Vice President of Public Affairs reflects on the humanitarian crisis of Covid-19, setting up vaccination sites, and her role in the Catlin Gabel Contingency Planning Team.

Miranda Johnson ’09

The Economist writer on the unglamorous life of a foreign correspondent, avoiding insurgents and sea snakes, and how Catlin Gabel inspired her mantra, “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”

CG Barbecue Society images from Catlin Gabel yearbook

The Catlin Barbecue Society, although only lasting two years (2003-2004), even had its own signature sauce – raspberry chipotle. Founding member, Erik Granum ’03, recalls the days of grilling in the Fir Grove…

Eric Mandel in Taiwan Catlin Gabel Alumni Stories

Soccer ruled Eric Mandel’s experience at Catlin Gabel (attended from 8-12th grade). Read how his work ethic, pursuit of passions, and leaving everything on the field has fueled his professional career and personal life.

Nkenge Harmon Johnson ’93

The head of the Urban League of Portland talks about keeping her perspective in Washington, D.C., returning to Catlin Gabel as a Trustee, and why it’s best to stop when the President is walking by

Gus Van Sant ’71

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker reminisces about art under the tennis court, and the making of his very first film—on the Catlin Gabel campus

Christopher Keyes ’92

The Outside editor on Type Two Fun at Catlin Gabel, and why he still wants to name every plant he sees

kevin esvelt alumni stories

The pioneering evolutionary engineer reflects on Pongi’s sludge experiment, Corkran’s “Relevant” stamp, the importance of confessing your ignorance