In Memory


Eric Odom

Portland Oregonian, August 2, 2003
Eric Odom died Friday, July 25th of complications from heart surgery.
He was born March 13, 1947 in Corvallis to Clarence and Shirley Reeves Odom. Eric's brother, Bill was born seven years later. Eric was raised in Corvallis, Klamath Falls and in the Portland area by his mother and other relatives.
He expressed an early interest in the arts, theater and music. Mr. Odom attended Corvallis High School and Oregon State University with a focus in computer technology. Eric lived in the Willamette Valley for most of his life. He worked for Wacker Siltronics Corporation for many years.
In 1990, Eric and his partner of nearly 30 years, the artist Richard Davis, opened The Anomaly, Parlor of Eclectic Art. Selling Richard's paintings as well as representing other artists, both local and worldwide, Eric threw himself into the Sellwood Antique Dealer's community. He developed a rare sense of the worth and value of a variety of antiques and pieces of art. Eventually, however, Eric's love of cut glass won over.
With Richard's death two years ago (2001), Mr. Odom planned to specialize in cut glass. Eric's love of history, politics, Portland and his support for the arts was surpassed only by his love of his family, friends and fellow travelers.
Eric was always available for a cup of coffee, a meal, housing, employment or a late night ride when needed. A longstanding member of the Portland twelve step community,
Eric is perhaps best known for his ability to listen and provide support to those who were willing to receive it. Eric's intelligence, wit, compassion and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all of those who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be held Friday, August 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Bridgeport United Church of Christ, 621 NE 76th, Portland, OR (one block North of Glisan). Contributions can be made to The Live and Let Live Club, 2940 SE Belmont, Suite A, Portland OR 97214
Thanks to Rose Westwood Merrick for this information.

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06/23/15 10:20 AM #1    

Gwynn (Gwendolyn) Phipps (Hall)

I am so sorry to hear of Eric's death.  We were very close for a long time but I lost track of him many years ago.  He and I went to my first movie together.  i spent a lot of time with him and his mother.  I remember, foolishly, washing the paint off his cat's tail with turpentine one day.  I got in trouble for that one!  His mother was very nice to me.  Rest in peace Eric!

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