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Outstanding Alumni Hailed by Foster-Scholz Club

By Laura Dallago ’18 on June 16, 2016 06:05 PM

SERVICE WITH A SMILE. Foster-Scholz chair Jim Kahan ’64 bestows the coveted Distinguished Service Award upon Diane Rosenbaum ’71 and her husband Jas Adams ’71.

The Foster-Scholz Club recognized Martha A. Darling ’66, James "Jas" Adams ’71, and Oregon State Sen. Diane Rosenbaum ’71 with the Distinguished Service Award for their continued commitment to communities within Reed and beyond.

Jim Kahan ’64, chair of the club’s steering committee, delivered the awards during the Reunions 2016 Foster-Scholz lunch. Dazzling the audience with a selection of Brahms, the Musicum Collegium performed in honor of keynote speaker Prof. Virginia Oglesby Hancock ’62 [music], who retired this spring and earned the same award in 2011.  

A career-long environmental advocate, Jas recently retired as attorney-in-charge of the Natural Resources Section of the Oregon Department of Justice and remains an adjunct professor of wildlife and administrative law at Willamette University. In 2011, Jas was hailed by the Oregon Invasive Species Council for his contributions to invasive species control. Jas sings with the Reed chorus and was nominated jointly for this award along with Diane, his wife.

Described in a letter of recommendation as having the “best part of the mind of a lawyer without ruining it by actually going to law school,” Diane has represented Southeast Portland in the Oregon Legislature for almost two decades. She serves currently as the Oregon Senate President Pro Tempore and served previously as the Senate Majority Leader. In addition to working with the Oregon Hunger Task Force and receiving the Planned Parenthood Pro-Choice Champion Award, she works as the chair of the Senate Committee on Rules and Executive Appointments. She has given back to Reed by volunteering for the career network alongside Jas.

Martha Darling majored in American Studies at Reed, earned a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and has pursued a long and varied career of service within the public and private sector, including stints at Boeing and as a consultant in Washington D.C. and Paris. Martha serves on public service boards throughout the country and earned the National Conservationist of the Year Award from the National Wildlife Federation. At Reed, Martha is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees and sponsors the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations in honor of the late great Prof. Frank Munk [poli sci].

The Foster-Scholz Club is the not-so-secret society of Reed alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago. Get in touch with the steering committee through Jim Kahan ‘64.