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1620 Club - Rich in History and Tradition

"In 1961, I contacted a group of former student body officers and asked them to meet with me about forming a PSC booster organization.  I suggested we use the name 1620 Club because that was the street number (1620 SW Park) of the first building on the downtown campus. My interest was merely to capture (their) energy for the good of Portland State and its future.”

-Pete Grundfossen, BA (’58) MA (’66), 1620 Club Co-Founder

Founded in 1962, The 1620 Club is one of Portland State University’s longest-standing alumni-based organizations. Embedded in tradition and celebrating more than half a century, the 1620 Club continues to bring together a select group o individuals with a common bond: a strong interest in and commitment to the success and well-being of Portland State University. Currently it operates in cooperation with the PSU Alumni Association. the auspices of the PSU Alumni Association.

Club's original members were leaders of PSU student government, the Vanguard student newspaper, and major student events such as the PSU Winter Carnival. Today's membership and incoming members represent a much broader spectrum of men and women who have contributed to the University's success.

Over the years, 1620 Club members have played important roles both locally and globally. In business, government, education and transportation; finance, law, architecture and communications. Often the University has benefited directly during their careers.

Caption: 1620 Club Co-founder Peter Grundfossen (left) shares a moment with long-time member Roger Capps ('60 ) at the Simon Benson House. 1620 Club co-founder Edward Westerdahl II (deceased) went on to serve as key operative to Oregon’s iconic governor, Tom McCall.