August 21, 1940 to November 15, 2019
Richard A Sorenson died peacefully on Nov. 15 surrounded by family. He was born Aug. 21,1940 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Portland to Ray and Ramona Yates Sorenson.
He attended Ainsworth Grade School until 1947, when his father was transferred to Medford with US National Bank. He graduated from Medford High School as a proud Black Tornado and member of the football team. In the fall of 1958, he enrolled at the University of Oregon and received a letter for football. The letter said, "turn in your uniform."
Dick was president of his fraternity, SAE and president of the InterFraternity Council, graduating in 1962 with a degree in History and countless friends. His love for his school, his classmates and Duck football was unceasing. Immediately after graduation he entered the Oregon National Guard, completing his basic training and returning to Portland to marry and begin work at US National Bank.
He would return to Eugene and the University to become an Assistant Dean of Men in June of 1965.
In July of 1967 Dick accepted a position as Assistant Dean of Students at MIT. He and his wife Virginia moved to Winchester, Mass., with their daughter Sydney. Sons Matthew and Mitchell were born in Massachusetts soon after.
While at MIT he received his MBA as a Sloan Fellow. When he left MIT in 1976, he was the Assistant to the President.
Dick returned to Portland with his children in 1976, when he accepted the position of Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Lewis and Clark College.
There he met Jill Austin who would become his wife in 1979. They would spend the next eight years mentoring, encouraging and supporting untold numbers of students and Dick's children. To be in their presence when laughter erupted was to witness sheer joy.
In 1987, Dick left academia for the investment world joining Paine Webber, a move that culminated in his retirement as Complex Manager in 2006 having helped many brokers new and old, achieve success. He returned to his love of managing and developing successful brokers in 2009 when RBC Wealth Management asked him to direct their Oregon, Eastern Washington and Idaho operations.
All of this history and timeline tracking cannot do justice to the man so loved by so many including his grandchildren Tapley, Hunter, Henry and Elliot. Friends and colleagues have accumulated throughout his life and never left his warm embrace and capacity for sharing time, enthusiasm, laughter, and rich memories.
Dick would tell you that his greatest satisfaction came from the achievements and success of the people he led. It was by those successes that he measured his own contribution to a school, to an investment firm, to a client and to the many organizations to which he generously gave of his time.
Dick is survived by his children, grandchildren and brother David and his wife Julie, and nephew Andrew.
His wife Jill died in 2015 the year that she and Dick joined the Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Lake, in Lake Oswego, their home.
There are so many people who have supported Dick and his family especially Gigi Bevins, Erin Sorenson and the OHSU and Providence professionals in their respective Cancer Centers.
In lieu of flowers Dick asks you to consider a gift to the Jill Austin Cancer Pain Management Fund at the OHSU Foundation, or St Mary's Home for Boys in Beaverton, Oregon.