First Advisor

Cristine Paschild

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in History and University Honors




Gretchen Miller Kafoury -- Political activity, Gretchen Miller Kafoury -- Exhibitions




Gretchen Kafoury (June 23, 1942 – March 13, 2015) was a Portland politician whose personal ideals formed the backbone of her lengthy career in public service. While an avowed liberal and feminist, Kafoury recognized the need to work across political boundaries in order to get things done. She dedicated her time and voice to communities she saw as underserved, and helped build and protect a social safety net in all her elected positions.

The exhibit created from the Special Collections Archives housing her documents highlighted her political life and achievements, from her earliest days as a grassroots organizer for women’s rights to her own political career in the Oregon legislature, on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and her time at the Portland City Council. Her unwavering commitment to equal rights and her steadfast advocacy, even after her retirement from public life, for more affordable housing in Portland speak to how Gretchen Kafoury’s personal philosophies guided her civic work.


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