Patricia Baker was bold like her sister, Joyce. After graduating from Clark College, she went to Arizona State University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering. She passed away in 1993, six months after her sister, Joyce. Though Joyce and Patricia Baker died long ago, Knutson recently contacted Clark College Foundation and asked that her sisters be recognized.
Charles “Chuck” Wezenski
Duane Milton Koski, 78, a long-time resident of Clark County, WA, passed away July 28, 2019.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Rupel
Charles ‘Chuck’ Rupel
George Fullerton served the campus for 30 years as a track and wrestling coach and instructor. He was also a major donor to Clark. The Fullerton Athletic Scholarship Team (FAST) is an endowment in which 20 athletic scholarships are distributed annually in perpetuity through Clark College Foundation.
January – September 2018
Betty Dial – Dial was the managing editor of Clark’s student newspaper the “Penguin’s Progress” in the 1950s. She receive a certificate in journalism while at Clark.
Grace Roesler – During WWII, she worked at Kaiser Shipyards as a welder. Later, Roesler earned her associate degree from Clark when she was 50 years old and got a job as a caseworker for Washington State Department of Social Services.
Ruth Beatty – A career as a nurse followed her graduation from Clark College. Beatty worked for Kaiser Permanente and remained there for the 32 years. Nursing wasn’t a job, it was her calling. (The Columbian)
Marjorie Ellertson – The love of her life was Ken Ellertson whom she married in 2003 at the ripe young age of 79. The family remarked on many occasions the reason for both Ken’s (90) and Marjorie’s (93) long lifespan was due to their remarkable happiness together.
Donna Mae Wineberg Jensen – The Clark College alumna operated Portland Meadows Race Track and Golf Course where she played a key part in the horse racing industry. Jensen was a supporter of Oregon 4-H, The Salvation Army, Camp Fire, Girl Scouts and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Jack Shaffer – He studied photography at Clark College and went on to serve in the United States Navy during WW II while stationed in the Hawaiian islands. After the war, Shaffer worked in construction, primarily as a home builder and contractor. He had a passion for building early American style furniture, crafting hundreds of wood carvings and practiced his artistic skills making beautiful wooden birds, doll houses and other pieces of art. (The Columbian)
Nancy Abel – a supervisor in the production printing department, worked at Clark College for 30 years. She believed in providing outstanding customer service and was well-known in the Clark community for exceeding customers’ expectations.
Fred Olsen – Fred loved the outdoors and in particular, backpacking trips. He hiked Goat Rocks, North Cascades, The Ptarmigan Traverse, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens among others. Fred was an avid runner, rarely missing his three-day a week regime. He also ran The Portland Marathon, Cascade Run Off, Columbia River Run, Hood to Coast relay race, Harvest Day Milk Run and was a member of the Clark County Track Club.
Robert Theisen – Theisen, 39, studied drug and alcohol counseling at Clark. He helped others as a counselor of young, troubled youth. Theisen also studied weather, a fascination that began very early in life. He was a member of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, a worldwide organization that tracks local precipitation conditions.
Jeff Myers – He earned certifications in the auto painting and worked at several auto body shops in the Vancouver area, including many years at Todd’s Auto Body. In 2014, Myers moved back to Idaho and started his own auto body and paint shop, called Diamond Collison, where he worked until his untimely death.
Edward “Ed” Ross Geiger – A dear friend and devoted Clark College Foundation board member passed away on June 22, 2016. Ed first joined the board in July 1987, served as board chair in 1995 and on several committees, most notably the investment committee. He was, and his wife Edri continues to be, an avid supporter of education.
R. Zane Miller
Ronald Bishop – A chief deputy with 29 years of service with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office. Bishop received his administration of justice degree at Clark and then joined the Multnomah force. He was an excellent chef and had a penchant for history.
Paul Clare – Former brewmaster, founder of three Vancouver outdoor groups, life-long learner in gardening and other subjects, co-founder of Recovery North West alcohol and drug treatment and long-time volunteer.
Donald Mackie, former Clark adjunct faculty
“Gene” Rutcher Sedell
Florence St. Pierre