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Gaining a Foothold

It was Stephen Epler who proposed to establish a higher education extension center at Vanport, a city built for wartime shipyard workers, which, with the war's end, had a ready supply of housing.

Birthday Cake for Vanport Center College

Director Stephen Epler and student Don Newman approve of Irwin McFadden's birthday cake design for Vanport's first anniversary in 1947. (Oregon Historical Society, #694464.)

Epler's creativity, tenacity, and vision allowed the Vanport Extension Center to thrive-and then survive-to become Portland State University.