Oregon 25

From the Archives: Remembering Emerson Hoogstraat

October 22, 2019

As part of our ongoing series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, we share a remembrance of Emerson Hoogstraat, who volunteered his time and efforts to the campaign to pass the law as he was dying of a terminal illness.


In Memoriam: John Duncan (1949-2015)

November 18, 2015

For the third time in a month we mourn the death of a dear friend and colleague. Our former executive director John Duncan died at home in Wilsonville, Oregon, on November 13. He was surrounded by his wife Susie Stevens,…


In Memoriam: Dr. Peter Rasmussen, MD (1945-2015)

November 4, 2015

By George Eighmey, President of Death with Dignity National Center. * It was with a heavy heart that I learned yesterday of the death of another staunch advocate for Death with Dignity and friend of our organization, Dr.


In Memoriam: Dick Walters (1925-2015)

October 17, 2015

Our dear friend, Dick Walters used the Vermont Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act to die peacefully on October 16th. Dick’s tireless advocacy and dedication to personal freedom were instrumental in getting the law passed in 2013.

In Memoriam: Barbara Coffin

August 15, 2014

In 2008, we worked with our local partners Compassion & Choices of Washington to pass Washington’s Death with Dignity Act through a ballot initiative. With over 58 percent of voters approving I-1000, Washington became…