Pat Reser will get honorary degree from Oregon State
Pat Reser, a former Forest Grove and Hillsboro teacher and the chairwoman of the Resers Fine Foods board of directors, is being honored by her alma mater, Oregon State University.
Reser will be awarded an honorary doctorate June 15 during OSU's commencement ceremony, the university announced this month.
Reser earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Oregon State University in 1960. Along with her husband of 52 years, Al, who died in 2010, and other family members, she has been a major donor to projects and programs at the university. She was also the first chair of the OSU Board of Trustees from 2014 until she stepped down in 2017.
"Pat Reser's thoughtful leadership, volunteer engagement and many contributions to Oregon State University span decades, along with her service as a champion for human wellness, education and the arts," said OSU President Ed Ray. "The transformative impact of her work on behalf of our university's students and faculty will serve generations to come."
Among the OSU projects and programs she and her family have contributed to: Renovation of Reser Stadium, construction of the Linus Pauling Science Center and Austin Hall, home to the College of Business, and endowed professorships in music and chemistry.
She also was a co-chair of the $1.142 billion Campaign for OSU, which concluded in 2014, and sat on the OSU Foundation board for 10 years.
She is board chair of Reser's Fine Foods of Beaverton, which she and Al Reser grew into a company employing 6,000 people at 18 locations in the United States and Mexico.
She is the major donor, at $13 million, to the arts center in Beaverton that will bear her name. The project is within $5 million of its fundraising target of $46 million, and ground is scheduled to be broken later this year.
Reser supports several Oregon-based organizations where she is active as a volunteer. In addition to her work with the Beaverton Arts Foundation and the Washington County Historical Museum, she is vice chair of the board for Medical Teams International. Her involvement with Medical Teams International has taken Reser to Bangladesh, Uganda, Lebanon, Cambodia, Myanmar and Guatemala.
Reser obtained a master's degree in special education later from Portland State University. She taught elementary education in Forest Grove and Hillsboro before she retired from the Beaverton School District in 1995.