News of the College NovemberNovember2005

Long-serving trustee retires

Richard P. Wollenberg has retired as an active trustee after 43 years. Wollenberg chaired the board from 1982 to 1991, and the budget policy committee from 1992 to 2004. He was honored in 1998 by the establishment of a professorship in his name, the R.P. Wollenberg Chair in Music, a recognition reflecting his life-long love for music.

“Dick always took his responsibilities seriously, missing hardly a meeting during his entire tenure, even while serving as CEO and chairman of Longview Fibre,” the board said in a resolution electing him trustee emeritus at its October meeting. “In describing his first board meeting as trustee, Dick wrote: ‘I came down a day early for the trustee meeting because I wanted to get a feel for the place. I went to a class in economics, one in science, and another in math — areas I knew something about. It was an interesting experience, one I think every new trustee ought to have.’

“It is difficult to overstate the importance of Dick’s role in Reed’s accomplishments over the last four decades,” the resolution continued. “Certainly, the college’s current financial stability grew from his fiscal leadership and his and his wife Lee’s magnanimous philanthropy. Equally, Dick was a visionary and cautious leader, always careful to give good advice while eschewing ‘micro-management,’ one of his frequent cautions to the board.”

Dick Wollenberg’s son, Richard H. (Rick) Wollenberg ’75, is currently vice chair of the board as well as president, CEO, and chairman of the board of the Longview Fibre Company.