Alumni Notes 1950-1970
Mike Fahey ’67
Has been the CEO and president of Columbia Helicopters since 1999. When he joined the company in 1975 as an accountant, their focus was on hauling timber around the Northwest, but that shifted after the 2008 housing collapse. Currently, five of their 21 helicopters are hauling military supplies and food for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Their fleet also assists with firefighting and construction. Under Fahey's leadership the company has grown 30 percent in the last two years. He lives in Lake Oswego with his wife, Penny.
Ron Pederson ’59, MS ’69
Owns and operates Hazel Dell Rare Coins in Vancouver, Washington. Before starting his business, he was a teacher and coach in Portland-area schools.
Margaret Wallen ’56
Contacted the Alumni Office on the occasion of her 100th birthday in October. "I have many happy memories of PSU," she wrote. Wallen was a member of Portland State's first graduating class. She served in England and France during World War II, then entered college at age 40 to become a teacher. "I so enjoyed my association with the faculty and students—that was an education in itself." Wallen went on to teach second grade and special education for 20 years in the Centennial and Oregon Trail School Districts. After retiring in 1977, she volunteered in Gresham, including founding the Youth At Risk Committee of Gresham. She now lives in Grants Pass "on the beautiful Rogue River."
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