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PCC loses champion of community colleges, Doreen Margolin
Photos and Story by James Hill
Doreen Margolin, Portland Community College Board Chair, passed away following a brief illness. She was 59.
Margolin had been recently honored with the Howard Cherry Award by the Oregon Community College Association. The award, the association’s highest honor, is for outstanding accomplishment on behalf of community colleges. Appointed in 1999 and elected in 2001, Margolin represented Zone 5 in the PCC District, which encompasses southwest and southeast Portland. She was also an attorney in private practice in Portland, specializing in domestic relations.
“Doreen made significant and lasting contributions to the college,” said District President Preston Pulliams. “She worked tirelessly at the state and national levels for community colleges as well. Doreen gave her time and energy generously to the college and we will miss her very much.”
Margolin worked for Oregon community colleges at the state and national levels. Her efforts date back to at least 20 years since she was appointed in 1986 to the first board of the then newly formed PCC Foundation. She chaired the OCCA Board from 2000-2002 and served on the OCCA Legislative Committee in 2002 and 2003. On the national level, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees in 2003. She served on the ACCT Finance Committee, Governance Committee, and the Ad Hoc Board Services Audit and was a highly respected member of the ACCT leadership team.
PCC will miss her leadership and professionalism.