Les Weatherhead 1956-2016


Les Weatherhead, BA '77 1956-2016

Les Weatherhead and Shannon Rose at a UOAA board meeting

Les Weatherhead and UOAA Associate Director of International Engagement Shannon Rose at a UOAA Board of Directors meeting.

University of Oregon Alumni Association Board of Directors member and loyal Duck Leslie “Les” Weatherhead, BA ’77, passed away in Spokane, Washington on May 9 after a five-month battle with cancer.

Les, the son of UO professors A. Kingsley and Ingrid Weatherhead, was a Clark Honors College graduate who earned a degree in history from the UO before receiving his juris doctor from the University of Washington.

A Duck from birth, Les was a lifetime member of the UOAA and a founder of the Inland NW Ducks chapter. He had served on the UOAA’s Board of Directors since 2014, and in 2015 chaired the board’s equity and inclusion committee. The Weatherheads were football season ticket holders and regulars at Autzen Stadium, and attendees at his funeral were asked to ensure they knew the words to Mighty Oregon. His obituary in the Spokane Spokesman-Review noted that “his spirit lives on in… his dear friends, especially those whose love of the Oregon Ducks defied reason.”

Les was a member of the bar associations of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii, and was a partner at Lee & Hayes, an intellectual property law firm. Consistently recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, Les Weatherhead was a member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, a former Chair of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Following his diagnosis in December, he “…fought the disease with the same tireless conviction he held for his clients, and with the abundant love and support of his family, friends, doctors, and medical staff (Spokesman-Review).”

Les Weatherhead is survived by wife Anali, son Spencer, daughters Madeleine and Audrey, sisters Lyn-Kristin and Andrea, and mother Ingrid, and will be missed by the Duck family worldwide.