History Makers

The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Proceeds from the History Makers Dinner support every aspect of the Oregon Historical Society’s important work to collect, preserve, and interpret Oregon’s past. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Alexis Borges-Silva at 503.306.5266 or alexis.silva@ohs.org.

The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Stacy Allison

Adventurer, author, & businesswoman

On September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to summit the 29,028-foot Mt. Everest. Stacy has also reached the top of Mt. Denali, the highest point in North America, and was part of the first successful women’s ascent of Ama Dablam, the 22,495-foot peak known as Nepal’s Matterhorn. The author of Beyond the Limits: A Women’s Triumph on Everest and Many Mountains to Climb: Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment, Stacy is also a much sought-after motivational speaker. A dedicated volunteer to the American Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, and Medical Teams International, Stacy is also the owner and operator of Stacy Allison General Contracting.

Stacy Allison

Edward “Ed” Ray

Transformational higher education leader

President of Oregon State University since 2003, Edward “Ed” Ray is widely regarded as the most transformational leader in the school’s 150 year history. Under his guidance, OSU has received record levels of research awards and contracts; enrolled the highest number of students in the school’s history; launched a successful $1.14 billion fundraising campaign, which included nearly $189 million for scholarships and fellowships, 79 newly endowed faculty positions, and funding for key scientific and learning facilities; expanded dual-enrollment agreements to all seventeen of Oregon’s community colleges, and opened and grew the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

Edward “Ed” Ray

Bill Stoller

Visionary business leader & philanthropist

Raised on a family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon, Bill Stoller is perhaps best known as the founder and owner of the winery that bears his name. He also owns Chehalem Winery in Newberg; is the CEO and co-founder of Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately held staffing company in the world, with more than 800 offices in three countries; as well as the founder of Xenium, a human resources and employer services outsource company. As an ardent preservationist, Bill’s drive for sustainability earned Stoller Winery the first-ever LEED Gold certification in the world.

Bill Stoller

Bob’s Red Mill

Revolutionizing the food industry

Founded in 1978 by Bob and Charlee Moore, Bob’s Red Mill is known worldwide as the producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products. Bob celebrated his 81st birthday in 2010 by transferring ownership of his company to his employees through an employee stock ownership plan. Bob and Charlee’s passion for healthy foods and clean living led them to donate tens of millions of dollars to Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the National University of Natural Medicine to fund projects and research promoting healthy diets.

Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Visitors Center

Who are Oregon History Makers?

History Makers are contemporary individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact in their field of work or service during their lifetime. These individuals and organizations, 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.

History Makers 10th Anniversary

Past History Makers


Gert Boyle  visionary businesswoman
Dr. Brian Druker
  innovative oncologist
Michael Powell
  iconic bookseller 


David Adelsheim  father of the Oregon wine industry
Jean Auel 
best-selling author
Mercy Corps 
international charitable organization
Medical Teams International 
global human services organization


Ken & Joan Austin  innovative entrepreneurs
Allyn Ford 
timber industry leader
Dr. Albert Starr 
pioneering cardiovascular surgeon
Gus Van Sant 
award-winning film director


Gerry Frank  entrepreneur & public servant
Harry Glickman 
father of the Portland Trail Blazers
Kathryn Jones Harrison 
influential tribal leader
Norma Paulus
 ground-breaking legislator


Bernie & Bobbie Foster  trailblazing publishers
Melvin "Pete" Mark
  businessman, civic leader, & philanthropist
Pendleton Woolen Mills 
iconic Oregon business
Alberto Salazar
  legendary distance runner & coach



Thomas Lauderdale  Oregon's musical ambassador to the world
Gov. Barbara Roberts 
pioneering public servant
Walter J. Urba, M.D. Ph.D.
 cancer warrior
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort 
golf as it was meant to be


Ann Curry  broadcast journalist
Peggy Fowler 
glass ceiling breaker
George Puentes
 business executive & philanthropist
Les Schwab Tire Centers 
iconic Oregon business


David Hume Kennerly  photojournalist
Hoffman Construction
largest general contractor in the Pacific Northwest
Dr. Jane Lubchenco
 environmental scientist & marine ecologist
Phil Knight 
visionary business executive & philanthropist


Dr. Nathalie Johnson  surgical oncologist
Nicholas Kristof 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Bill Schonely
 voice of the Portland Trail Blazers
Reser's Fine Foods 
iconic Oregon business 

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