Jeffrey Kovac

Jeffrey Kovac is Professor of Chemistry and Director of College Scholars, Emeritus, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was educated at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Reed College (B.A. 1970), and Yale University (Ph.D. 1974). An interdisciplinary scholar, he has published articles and books in chemistry and related sciences, science education, philosophy, and history, including Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of Civilian Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks (Oregon State University Press, 2009) and The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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  • Allan Hart Jr. (1909–2002)

    Allan Hart was a Portland attorney who was a leading specialist in energy law, particularly electrical power. As an early general counsel for the Bonneville Power Administration, he was influential in developing its policies and procedures. He also was known for his commitment to civil liberties and public service …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Ancer L. Haggerty (1944–)

    Ancer L. Haggerty was the first African American to become a partner in a major Portland law firm and the first to serve as a judge on the federal court in Oregon. Previous to his appointment to the U.S. District Court, he was a judge of the Multnomah County District …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Arthur F. Scott (1898–1982)

    Arthur Frederick Scott, known as Scotty, was a distinguished member of the Reed College faculty. He served as chair of the Chemistry Department from 1937 until his retirement in 1965 and served as interim president of the college in 1942–1945. A teacher and researcher in the field of radiochemistry, Scott …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Carol Hewitt (1945–1993)

    Carol Hewitt was one of a small number of women who transformed the Oregon legal community during the 1970s and 1980s. Beginning her career as the first woman law clerk for Judge Gus Solomon on the U.S. District Court, she was the first woman lawyer hired as an associate by …

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  • Charles Davis (1919-2002)

    Charles Davis was a distinguished Oregon businessman, public servant, and public citizen. A conscientious objector in World War II, he was an important figure in the development of the Oregon affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Davis was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 7, 1919. It …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Civilian Public Service Camp #21

    Civilian Public Service Camp #21 opened in November 1941 at Wyeth, a few miles east of Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge. It was the best known of the 150 camps in the Civilian Public Service system, which the Selective Service established to provide “alternative service under civilian direction” …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Douglas Campbell Strain (1919–2008)

    Doug Strain was president and CEO of Electro Scientific Industries (ESI), one of the first two companies in the Silicon Forest, west of Portland. Strain was a talented electrical engineer who was largely responsible for developing ESI’s precision impedance measuring instruments, which measure the electrical resistance of complex …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Electro Scientific Industries

    Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) was one of the first two electronics manufacturing companies in what is now termed the Silicon Forest in Oregon’s Washington County. Originally, ESI designed and built precision impedance measuring instruments and related products. The instruments, or bridges, measure the electrical resistance of complex circuits and are …

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  • Ernest Boyd "E. B." MacNaughton (1880–1960)

    E. B. MacNaughton was one of Portland’s most prominent citizens during the first half of the twentieth century. During his long career, he applied his considerable management talents in several different areas. He worked as an architect, engineer, and builder before moving into resource planning and asset management and becoming …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Hans Arthur Linde (1924–2020)

    Oregon jurist Hans Linde was one of the premier state supreme court justices of the twentieth century. As a justice and a law professor, he advanced the theory that fundamental civil liberties could be grounded in state constitutions as well as in the federal constitution, a concept sometimes referred to …

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  • Howard Vollum (1913–1986)

    Howard Vollum was a founding partner of Tektronix, an innovative electronics company in Beaverton, Oregon. In 1947, he developed the Type 511 oscilloscope, which revolutionized oscilloscope design. Under Vollum’s leadership as president and chief engineer from 1946 to 1971, Tektronix became the dominant company in the field of …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • John Jaqua (1920–2009)

    John Jaqua, a Eugene-Springfield attorney who specialized in insurance defense, was instrumental in founding the company Nike and served on its board of directors for forty years. An active public citizen and philanthropist, Jaqua was a major supporter of the University of Oregon and many other organizations and causes in …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Paul Richard Meyer (1925–2020)

    Paul Meyer was a prominent Portland attorney with a lifelong passion for civil liberties. He was a founder of the Oregon Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and for twenty-three years served on the ACLU’s national board of directors and on the executive committee for eighteen years. He was …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • William Trufant Foster (1879–1950)

    William Trufant Foster was the first president of Reed College, which was founded in Portland in 1908. Under his leadership, Reed instituted policies and practices that became the foundation of the liberal arts college, including an emphasis on academic excellence; not releasing grades to students; a required senior thesis and …

    Oregon Encyclopedia