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Retired technology specialist Kirke Johnson killed in accident
Photos and Story by James Hill
Portland Community College lost one of its most longest serving staff members. The recently retired Kirke Johnson was killed on Thursday, Nov. 20 when a FedEx truck turned into the path of his recumbent bicycle in Northwest Portland. Johnson had retired in October after 28 years with PCC. His former supervisor, Associate Vice President of Technology Leslie Riester, released a statement on his untimely passing.
“Kirke was a gentle, peaceful, thoughtful, and intellectually curious man who be greatly missed,” she said. “He was a careful cyclist who had been commuting by bike to work for the past 10 years, and had been planning a cross-country bicycle trip with his wife this winter. Our thoughts are with his family and many PCC friends as we struggle through this difficult time.”
PCC’s Communications Office profiled Johnson in 2007, detailing his love of his recumbent cycle and the miles of biking he was logging for a commuter challenge.
College staff have established a Spaces page for those who knew Kirke Johnson to send condolences and post memories, and stories about him.
Update: Service planned for Dec. 6
A memorial service has been planned for 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W.Canyon Road. Attendees are encouraged to dress casual as Johnson didn’t believe in dressing fancy. In lieu of flowers, organizers request that you make a donation for bicycle safety in his name to the The Bicycle Transportation Alliance or to Kirke Johnson’s fund c/o Virginia Bruce at Sunset Credit Union.