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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, The1620 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

1620 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

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
longtime 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.