Portland, January 24th. The First Congregational Church was packed with political heavyweights celebrating the life of Senator Mark O. Hatfield. The event organized by the Oregon Historical Society was a special retrospective and the kick-off of the 2012 Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum.
Panelists spoke of their affection for the late Senator and recounted aspects of his political life. Born in 1922, Hatfield died August 7, 2011. A Republican, he served for 30 years as a United States Senator from Oregon, and also as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A native Oregonian, he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II after graduating from Willamette University.
“In the 152 years since our statehood, perhaps no Oregonian impacted history more than Mark Hatfield. Throughout his remarkable public service career, Mark Hatfield earned a reputation for intelligence, integrity, courage, and character. His Washington, D.C. office was a training ground for countless Oregonians who, inspired by Senator Hatfield’s example, returned to Oregon to make a positive difference for their community and our state. He was a very proud supporter of the Oregon Historical Society, and the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum will live on as a fitting tribute to this true giant of Oregon history.” – Kerry Tymchuk, OHS Interim Executive Director
There are four more lectures in the series. The Oregon Historical Society website has more information on the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forums.