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Shirley Diamondstein Gold MAT ’62

Shirley Diamondstein Gold MAT ’62, February 27, 1998, of pancreatic cancer in Portland, Oregon. She served in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature, beginning in 1980 when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat in the House in 1980. She was House majority leader in 1985, and in 1988 she was elected state senator; she helped to write the education reform plan that requires Oregon students to meet statewide standards. She graduated from Hunter College in 1945 and worked as a publicist for CBS before moving to Oregon. She began teaching in 1954. In 1965, she became president of the Portland Federation of Teachers and then was president of the Oregon Federation of Teachers for five years. Her honors include induction into the Oregon Labor Hall of Fame and Hunter College Hall of Fame, the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus Mary Rieke Woman of Achievement Award, and the Oregon Environmental Council Award. She served as national vice chair of the Education Commission of the States. She is survived by two sons, Andrew Gold ’70 and Dana Gold.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1998

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