Dr. Art Schulte, arrived in 1958, appointed Instructor in Business Administration; retired 1996, appointed Executive Vice President Emeritus and Special Assistant to the President. A good and faithful servant.
Dr. Arthur A. Schulte, Jr., died September 24, 2018 at age ninety in his sixtieth year as a Pilot. Which is not to say that his priorities were strange, though there is a hint of madness topping the list when asked in 1998 how he would choose to be remembered and Dr. Schulte confessed:
“Well, I’d like to be remembered as a man who loved the University and the people he worked with, as a man who worked and prayed each day for the University’s success. As a man who worked hard to keep the University’s progress as a whole in mind, and bent all his efforts to making it secure so it could grow safely and responsibly. As a good steward of the Church I loved. As a father who loved his daughters deeply. And as a husband – a good one, I hope, but there you’ll have to ask Ruth. God blessed me with Ruthie. Or that I used the tools God gave me to make the University better than it was when I started. I helped the place change for the better, I hope.” (Portland Magazine, Spring 1998)
In truth, that hope was full and realized. Dr. Schulte’s work earned him the University’s highest faculty honors and national recognition for his scholarship. And also the University’s trust, twice steering the University in crisis times, appointed Acting President following the resignation of Brother Raphael Wilson, C.S.C., and once more after the tragic death of Rev. Thomas C. Oddo, C.S.C. in 1989. In fact, he served as Executive Vice President for 25 years in total, from 1971-1996.
Therefore, very much a good-steward as in the quotation above, but remember those words were delivered in the Alumni magazine, and large heart is able to answer more than one duty. Dr. Schulte’s family also earned the full devotion of a full heart. And after their children were grown two Schulte scholarship funds were established at the University assisting a new and expanding generation of the Pilot family learning, living, and growing at UP. From 1996 to date, the Dr. Arthur A. Schulte, Jr. Endowed Scholarship and the Tessa Ruth Schulte Endowed Scholarship funds have provided a helping-hand for nearly eighty students attending UP.
Gallery of photos from the University Archives
Brian Doyle was recruited to come to the University of Portland and edit Portland Magazine, our alumni newsletter, in 1991. In his twenty-five years of service, the magazine became an award winning literary journal through essays and profiles highlighting University Events, Accomplishments, Alumni , and all the stories of why the University of Portland is a home and community for students, faculty, and all who belong to the Bluff.
Brian died on May 27, 2017. He was an award winning editor, a widely published and award winning author, and, for the students who worked at publications and journalism on campus, Brian was a spark, friend, inspiration, and mentor.
He was a pied-piper, who wrote an annual public-service announcement for The Beacon calling students to the vocation of writer, life-participant:
(from January 24, 2013)
Question: you like telling stories, don’t you? I mean, that’s why you have friends, and that’s why people enjoy your company, and that’s why you enjoy their company, largely because you share stories that make you laugh and think and sometimes even move you to the bottom of your soul.
So why not work for The Beacon?
(answering objections, in January 23, 2014)
I don’t have the time …
Yes, you do. Look at yourself right now, in those ratty pajamas, watching the “Burn Notice” episode for the ninth time. Good Lord, man, get out of your room. And pick up that towel off the floor before you go.
I have no experience…
Yes, you do. You collect stories. You share stories. You trade stories. You remember stories. You are stories. Your family, friends, pursuits, thrills, adventures, ambitions, dreams — all stories. Why not put that curiosity and hunger for stories to work, on, say, the yearbook staff? Wouldn’t it be cool to try and catch the joys and shivers for a year on The Bluff in stories and photographs and paintings for the Log?
We remember his service at the university primarily through his work as a writer. Brian Doyle was also a great audience.
One of Brian’s essays in a Museum blog post, July 16, 2014:
Rev. Charles David Sherrer, C.S.C., died at the age of 81 on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017 at home at Notre Dame surrounded by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Fr. Sherrer studied at Notre Dame as a seminarian, taking his BA in 1958. He set foot in a UP English classroom for the first time in 1962. In 2005, he retired from UP, Professor of English and distinguished administrator. Between these beginnings and ends, Fr. Sherrer did a lot of stuff along the way, but always and first, understood himself as Holy Cross religious, priest, and teacher.
At UP he occupied multiple lecterns. In classrooms, at many faculty functions, and serving as master of ceremonies for many, many Commencement exercises during the years when Fr. Sherrer carried the duties of Graduate School Dean and, later, Academic Vice President (1987-1995). A full-professor from 1991 until his retirement.
Brian Doyle, the editor of Portland Magazine, caught and highlighted the following words in which Fr. Sherrer describes the dynamic and rewards and humility of the teacher’s art:
“Of all the hours in my day the most rewarding are those in class, and it is my conclusion after forty years that it is never a bad day in class as long as I learn something, which I do every class, so there you are.” (Portland Magazine, Spring 2005, p. 13)
(Photos from the University Archives, click on image to enlarge)
Rev. Ronald J. Wasowski, C.S.C., associate professor of Environmental Science, passed away unexpectedly the evening of December 5, 2016 at the age of 70; in phased retirement and his last year of classroom teaching. At UP since 1998, offering general and upper division science courses, and contributing to student life as Mehling Hall Pastoral Resident, Voice for Life Chaplain, and more.
Which sounds sort of ordinary, maybe even dull. How about this? For the past three years, Fr. Wasowski was part of the University of Portland archaeological team, the Pollentia expedition, spending part of each summer in Mallorca, Spain. The excavation is uncovering a Roman-era city. Fr. Wasowski’s contribution to the team was the use of drones in Archaeology (tracing the outlines of city-walls, building foundations, and streets from the air), and nick-named “Father Drone” by expedition colleagues. He flew drones and taught classes where students spend class-time and homework FLYING camera-drones. Helicopter camera-drones, all too cool for the catalogue, where the course title is listed as ENV 384 / BIO 384 / CE 458 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, listed within the academic degree concentration Quantitative and Spatial Methods, which also requires course-work in Vector Calculus and Ordinary Differential Equations (bring on the drone lab).
He also knew far too much about rocks, minerals, meteor showers, and regular weather. Sharing enthusiasm and abiding inquiry with students and friends both.
Fr. Wasowski taught at the University of Notre Dame, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and the University of Portland, earning tenure twice (he departed Notre Dame when their Earth Sciences/Geology program folded).
Clark Library Digital Collection about the 2015 Pollentia Expedition
Fr. Ron Wasowski’s Aerial Photography – 2015 Pollentia Expedition
Photo gallery, click to enlarge images
Fr. Joseph P. Browne, C.S.C., died Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Notre Dame at the age of 87. He gave many years of faithful service at the University of Portland, most notably as director of the Clark Library.
Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1955, Fr. Browne’s academic career began as an instructor in moral theology at Holy Cross College (Washington, DC). He was, however, the newest and latest hire, and so, as he reports with a continuing sense of question and whimsy, “it fell to me to take classes at nearby Catholic University where they had a School of Library Science”. His superiors having read in his character and talents the future of a professionally-trained librarian. As a newly minted librarian he was sent on his way to UP and the University’s library science program. Two years later he was named University Librarian upon the retirement of Br. David Martin, C.S.C.; a position Fr. Browne was to hold twice — 1966 to 1970, and from 1976 until his retirement in 1994. (During the pause between his stints as library director he was lent out as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1970-73.)
During Fr. Browne’s years as director the Clark Library doubled in size, expanded and remodeled in 1979. At the same time automated systems were introduced and the library ventured into early interlibrary cooperatives for the purpose of collection and resource sharing with Portland area libraries (PORTALS) and other colleges and universities throughout the Northwest (NAPCU), leading directly to today’s membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit).
Upon retiring from UP, Fr. Browne became pastor of St. Birgitta Parish (Portland) from 1994-2004. In 2009, he moved to Holy Cross House at Notre Dame where he resided until his death.
Among Fr. Browne’s awards and achievements: President of the Catholic Library Association, 1971-73; The Culligan Faculty Award in 1979; and the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface distinguished service award in 2008. He was also State Chaplain for the Oregon Knights of Columbus and an expert in parliamentary procedure. His jacket-lapel sometimes sporting the keys of St. Peter, other times, crossed gavels. A Religious, a Priest, a Librarian, a Parliamentarian: obedient and admiring and a servant of good order.
(Photo gallery from the University Archives and Log Yearbooks, click on images to enlarge)
Professor Emeritus, Historian, and Pride of the Bluff, Dr. James T. Covert, passed away October 13, 2016 following complications from a stroke suffered earlier in the summer. Aged 84, Dr. Covert was a UP alumnus as well as a professional and institutional pillar of the modern University of Portland.
Infused with Pilot Purple since his arrival on campus in 1955, but living off-campus as a married freshman and graduating on-schedule B.A. ’59, the young history major was a man in a hurry, soon returning to the Bluff in 1961 as a member of the history faculty while pursuing a doctorate at the University of Oregon. A popular teacher of European history, Dr. Covert’s former students credit him as an inspiring teacher who fueled their love of history. Dr. Covert spent his entire academic career at UP, retiring with emeriti rank in 1997. His service to UP includes time as department chair and on numerous faculty committees. His service to students extended from the classroom to acting as Faculty Representative for Athletics for twenty-three years (nineteen years as member of the executive committee of the West Coast Athletic Conference). He received the Culligan Award in 1967, Alumnus of the Year Award in 1976, and the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1986. Together with his wife, Sally, the family created the James T. Covert Family Endowed Scholarship, providing direct support to UP student life. Eighteen students have received the scholarship since 1996.
Dr. Covert also founded “The Order of the Blue Carbuncle” (Sherlock Holmes Society) in 1971, mentioned because, naturally, his Holmes pipe and deerstalker cap are on display in the University of Portland Museum.
Commissioned to write the University of Portland history for the University’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary in 1976, Dr. Covert brought his experience as a UP student and as a faculty member to his task. The finished product “A Point of Pride: The University of Portland Story” has graced the bookshelves of many UP alumni and friends since. After writing of “A Point of Pride“, Covert began saving pieces and treasures of University history from alumni and friends and he became – by default? – the founder and first director of the University of Portland Museum (October 15, 1992). Still carrying on Dr. Covert’s vision to preserve UP’s past for future generations to come, the Heritage Room in 14 Shipstad Hall is open (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. to noon; 1:00-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to noon; 1:00-2:00 p.m.; or by appointment) to students, alumni, staff, and friends of the University.
As a side note, Dr. Covert designed the University Maces used in academic processions.
Covert photo gallery (from the University Archives and Log Yearbooks)
(Click on images to enlarge)
Too often, institutions are mistaken and judged by exteriors, as measured in bricks and mortar, in buildings, monument, edifice. But the life of a University is made of people – persons who give themselves body and soul, blood and tears – who define the character and life to the University of Portland by their lives and commitments.
One of our pillars – bearing up as student, later professor and mentor and benefactor – Dr. Manuel “Manny” Jato Macias, returned to the earth on March 19, 2016, age 86 (never fully recovered from a debilitating stroke suffered on Christmas Eve in 1998).
His testimony and affection is on record from this interview published in Portland Magazine (Autumn, 2000)
“the University is home to me, I love it. I always thought I was building something useful there. I met marvelous people there who inspired me. The University is changing now, and that’s good and a little painful – there’s a part of everyone that wishes things always stayed the same. Yet we must progress, or we fail; and my heart stays there, always the same, always in love.”
Dr. Macias abided with UP life-long. Arriving on the Bluff in 1947, a freshman committed to the pedagogy of the priests and brothers of Holy Cross, he graduated cum laude in 1951, and in 1958 returned as colleague and professor. While a student at UP, the future Professor of Spanish was a member of the Spanish Club, but listed there with the Anglo-name ‘Mike’ in the yearbook photo. Dr. Manuel Macias, PhD., Professor of Spanish from 1958-1995, served as department chair for 12 years; assisted and directed the University of Portland Program in Spain from 1969-1972; received the Culligan Award in 1963, Outstanding Teacher Award in 1993, and in 1994 the Alexander Christie Award. He served faithfully and colorfully as Grand Marshal at University commencements from 1976-1995.
Manny’s benefactions to the University were many, some of which were monetary. Among his donations: he established multiple student scholarships; contributed to Chapel of Christ the Teacher building-fund; commissioned the campus landmark “O Cruceiro” (in memory of his parents and brother) located beside the Clark Library; donated a collection of books to the University library; and honored the University Museum with some of his prized belongings, (including his “blue lampshade” hexagonal birrete — biretta or academic cap). All of these gifts — and the inspiration Manny shared with generations of students — will long be part of the University’s foundation, history, and legacy.
Photo gallery: click on image to enlarge:
Former archivist assistant and long-time University employee, Martha Wachsmuth, passed away on the morning of May 4, 2015 at 94 years of age. The University Archives and Museum mourn her passing while remembering Martha for her faithful service to the University for 41 years, retiring in September 2012 at the age of 91!
Martha came to the University in 1971 to serve as administrative and research assistant to history professor Rev. Barry Hagan, C.S.C. who suffered from diminishing eyesight. Martha patiently handled Fr. Hagan’s correspondence, typed his class assignments and tests, and delivered his research papers at history conferences. After 23 years in the History department, Martha moved with Fr. Hagan to the University Archives and began the mammoth task of organizing and recording University history. Upon Fr. Hagan’s retirement in 1999, Rev. Robert Antonelli, C.S.C. took over the helm of the Archives. Together, Fr. Bob and Martha worked through the piles of boxes and stacks continuing the work begun by Fr. Hagan. With only enough room to move a few steps here and there, Fr. Bob and Martha slowly transformed the Archives into an organized system using recent technology. Many of the subject or category lists used by archives staff and researchers were compiled by Martha. She spent hours and hours poring over old photographs with no identification while using yearbooks, Beacons, and other University publications to assign dates and names, much like a detective trying to a solve a mystery. Martha’s long tenure at the University proved to be a valuable resource on more than one occasion because having been on the scene she was able to recall events and names.
People have described Martha as a “wonderful person and devoted beyond expectations”; “a woman of grace and pith and wit … prompt and smart, too”; “one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known”; “she had a wonderfully resonant voice when she answered the Archives telephone”. Martha was a poet, sketch artist, avid mystery reader, and served as president of the UP Secretaries Association in 1976.
The Archives owe Martha a huge debt of thanks for everything she has done. It has made our own work and that of those who use the Archives much easier.
Fr. Tom Oddo, CSC served as the 17th president of the University of Portland until his death in a traffic accident, twenty-five years ago on October 29, 1989. He was forty-five at the time of his death; a dynamic leader and in love with the University. Four years previous, at the end of the fall semester sending the students home for Christmas vacation, he wrote of himself and the University.