Oregon City history group seeks new administrator
McLoughlin Memorial Association (MMA), a nonprofit organization located in Oregon City, is seeking a part-time administrator to replace Paul Solomon, 72, who died June 12.
Solomon was a West Linn resident who since August 2016 had been responsible for the management and overall operations of the association, tasks he shouldered despite numerous medical issues, including a longtime battle with leukemia.
In taking on additional duties, he elevated the position that had previously been called "association coordinator," according to MMA Board President Joan Williams. In advertising for his replacement, MMA is looking for someone who can provide some of the same skills that Solomon had.
In addition to his genuine empathy and concern for others, Williams said Solomon will be remembered for his extensive background in a variety of nonprofit and business endeavors and many contacts that were beneficial to MMA.
"He was truly interested in promoting and building our organization," she said.
MMA was formed in 1909 to preserve the legacy of former Oregon City Mayor and "Father of Oregon" Dr. John McLoughlin and to maintain and preserve the McLoughlin and Barclay houses in cooperation with the National Park Service. MMA owns and manages the Holmes House, opening the oldest American home in Oregon City to the public on a regular basis.
"He thought with all the responsibilities we gave him, he should be considered more a 'manager,' which would give him more respect and acknowledge his authority," Williams said. "In retrospect, we feel he was correct and his title should have been changed."
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