It is with great sadness that I report to you that our Associate Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs Craig Wollner died early Saturday morning, November 20. As many of you know, Craig had been ill with liver problems. His condition worsened unexpectedly and the strain on his other organs was overwhelming. The funeral was held on Sunday November 21 at the Chapel at Shaarie Torah Cemetery. It was a wonderful service and the chapel was overflowing with people including a substantial contingent from PSU. The rabbi said he had never seen the place so filled. This is a great loss, and Craig will be missed by the many people whose lives he has touched here at PSU and throughout our community. He was just a truly wonderful person who dearly loved his work, PSU, and contributing to the community. A campus memorial will be held at a later date to be announced.
CUPA is working with Craig’s wife Pat to fund an annual award in Craig's name for junior faculty. One of his great joys was mentoring others and his work with CUPA junior faculty was very dear to his heart. Donations to the fund should be made out to PSU Foundation and sent to CUPA in care of Trish Hamilton, P. O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751.
Dr. Wollner was associate dean since 2004 but had a long and distinguished history with PSU where he received a B.S. in History, with a minor in Literature and Political Science in 1966 and an M.A. in Modern European History in 1969. He received his Ph.D. in European and American Intellectual and Social History from the University of New Mexico in 1975.
He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Metroscape®, a periodical of CUPA's Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. His main teaching responsibilities included courses such as Foundations of American Medicine, American Medicine in the Twentieth Century, American Technology and Engineering, American Intellectual History, American Political History, and American Labor History. He also taught in the Transnational Program of the OUS-Waseda University Partnership on globalization and comparative Japanese-American issues. His research reflected an interest in regional history encompassing those topics. He was a productive and noted scholar authoring, co-authoring or editing seven books.
Craig also served two terms as president of the PSU-AAUP chapter and participated in many campus and inter-campus committees. He was especially proud of his service as President of the Board of the Oregon Jewish Museum.
Larry Wallack, Dean, College of Urban and Public Affairs