Charles White was born in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in 1924. He attended Michigan State, Central Michigan University, and Columbia Midshipman's School before shipping out as a navigator in World War II. His ship earned three battle stars and weathered two typhoons. He returned to Michigan State after the war and earned a B.A. with honors and an M.A. with distinction, followed by a Ph.D at the University of Southern California. In 1952, he began teaching at Portland State Extension Center (Portland State University) and served as director of the Summer Session and director of International Education. He retired in 2006.
Stephen E. Epler (1909-1997)
Stephen E. Epler, the founder of the Vanport Extension Center—the beginning of today's Portland State University—was born in Brooklyn, Iowa, in 1909, the son of a Disciples of Christ pastor. Epler's life reflected the Disciples' ecumenism and tolerance. A graduate of Cotner College in Lincoln, Nebraska, Epler did not smoke, drink, …