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Glenn Otto ’53

Glenn Otto ’53, April 24, 1994, in Portland, of a heart attack. He was a construction electrician who entered local politics in 1964 and stayed in Oregon politics for nearly 30 years. He was elected to the Troutdale City Council in 1964 and became mayor of Troutdale in 1966. He served in the Oregon House from 1973 to 1984 and was elected to the Oregon Senate in 1984, serving until 1992. He became known for his ability to use his influence in the state legislature to help local governments. He also served on the board of Mt. Hood Community College from 1982 to 1991. In addition to his political achievements, he continued to work as an electrician. He was the recipient of the Robert P. Burns Life Award from the Oregon Columbia Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association in 1992, an award given to honor leadership and ethics within the electrical construction industry. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1994

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