Reed Commencement 2006
These were the honorary degree citations:
John D. Gray
“Gifted entrepreneur, visionary builder, devoted civic leader, enlightened philanthropist, John Gray, you embody the adventuresome ideals of this, your native state and this, your adopted college.
“After serving your nation with distinction in World War II and earning an M.B.A. from Harvard, you returned home to join a fledgling Portland chain saw manufacturer where your first chair was a nail keg. In five years you owned the company and a decade later your company had revolutionized the industry. Turning your hand to real estate development, you established a new standard for environmentally sensitive design in scenic areas such as the Oregon Coast, high desert, Columbia Gorge, and Willamette River.
“In partnership with your beloved wife, Betty, you became a passionate advocate for, and protector of, Reed College. You joined the board of trustees in 1961, later chairing the board for 15 years until 1982, when you led Reed’s first fundraising campaign. This spring you conclude 45 years as a trustee, a stewardship that has carried Reed from a time of instability to a period of unprecedented success. The Gray Fund is but one prominent example of your extraordinary generosity to Reed, inspiring the college in 1998 to name our campus center for you and Betty. Today, as a gesture of our appreciation and admiration, we extend to you Reed’s highest honor.”
Richard P. (Dick) Wollenberg
“Skilled engineer, adroit manager, involved citizen, versatile musician, Dick Wollenberg, you exemplify the qualities on which this college was built—discipline, intellect, stewardship, and humanity.
“Pioneering and engineering were in your blood. Born in Alaska, where the hydroelectric project your father designed still powers much of Juneau, you moved to Washington when your father co-founded the Longview Fibre Company. You studied engineering at UC Berkeley and business at Harvard, then rose to lieutenant colonel in World War II before returning to earn your stripes at Longview. As its president, you ushered in a long period of unprecedented expansion, innovation, and prosperity.
“Business acumen is but one facet of a life ennobled as well by devotion to family, support of education, and love of music. Reed College has been a proud beneficiary of those qualities. You recognized this college as an important resource on the intellectual landscape of your cherished Pacific Northwest and devoted more than 40 years to sustaining and strengthening Reed, including a crucial decade as chairman of its board of trustees. Today, we are honored to recognize your truly historic service to the college.”