On Thursday, September 27, 2012, four new history makers will join the ranks of other extraordinary Oregonians at the 4th annual History Makers Dinner.
Designated by gubernatorial proclamation as “Oregon’s Premier Citizen,” Gerry Frank has positively and uniquely impacted our state’s history for over half a century as a businessman, community leader, public servant, corporate and non-profit board member, philanthropist, newspaper columnist, and tireless advocate and cheerleader for all things Oregon. Amidst all these activities, he also somehow found time to write seventeen editions of the top selling guidebook to New York City.
Since 1970, Oregonians have been united in cheering for the Portland Trail Blazers, and there would be no National Basketball Association franchise in Oregon without the vision and leadership of Harry Glickman. As general manger, Harry oversaw all business and basketball operations for the Trail Blazers from the team’s inception until 1987, and later served as the Blazers’ president and president emeritus. As one of the founders of the Portland Buckaroos, he is also responsible for bringing professional hockey to Oregon.
Kathryn Jones Harrison overcame adversity to become one of Oregon’s most influential and respected tribal leaders. Orphaned at age 10, Kathryn persevered through abusive foster parents and years of poverty. After receiving a nursing degree, she helped lead the successful effort to achieve federal recognition and tribal status for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. She would serve in leadership roles on the Grand Ronde Tribal Council for two decades, and she remains a revered voice in matters of concern to Native Americans.
As one of the most successful women in public service, Norma Paulus inspired countless other Oregon women to play a role in history. Though financial hardship prevented her from attending college, her intelligence and work ethic eventually gained her admission to Willamette University College of Law. During her service as an Oregon State Representative, Oregon Secretary of State (the first woman to hold that position), and Superintendent of Public Instruction (the first woman to hold that position) Norma earned a bi-partisan reputation for intelligence, integrity, and for championing innovations like vote-by-mail.
The Portland Trail Blazers
WHO IS A HISTORY MAKER?
History Makers are contemporary individuals who have made a significant impact in their field of work or service during their lifetime. These individuals, with ties to Oregon, are making history through scientific discovery and exploration, innovation in business, communications, the arts, or service in their communities. Whether they were born here, lived here, or work here, Oregon History Makers represent the best of what the state has to offer.
Do you know a History Maker? We’re accepting nominations for the 2012 History Makers now. Nomination Form (pdf)
2009 History Makers
Mrs. Gert Boyle
Dr. Brian Druker
Mr. Mike Powell
2010 History Makers
Medical Teams International
2011 History Makers
Ken & Joan Austin
Gus Van Sant
Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact Sue Metzler at 503.306.5229 or Sue.Metzler@ohs.org.