Roger Frank

Colleagues,

Last night, we learned from Dr. Pulliams that we had lost a colleague and friend with the passing of Dr. Roger Frank, a PCC Counselor for 27 years.  Like many of you, I was privileged to be one of Roger’s friends.  He and I met in our doctoral program at PSU in the early 1990's.  During those years, I learned what an exceptionally good man Roger was.

Those of us who have worked with Roger will remember him as a wise man, in the old fashioned sense of the word.   Deep in his core was a great love of people.  He withheld judgments and observed the world with a rare compassion and acceptance.  Roger saw clearly the fragility of his fellow beings who struggle to make meaning of the unpredictable and seemingly capricious world. His life work was supporting others, through his counseling and coaching, and helping them make sense of their own experiences in this world and build those experiences into a more fulfilling and happier life.  Countless PCC students benefited from Roger's compassion and expertise as a counselor. Many would not have been able to achieve their goals without his help.

Roger built a good life for himself; he was a dedicated and skilled professional, had a tremendous zest for life, and was a husband and father whose deep love for his family was immediately and constantly manifest.  Around all his accomplishments was wrapped Roger’s warm and intelligent sense of humor. 

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Linda Gerber, Ed.D.
President, Sylvania Campus
Portland Community College

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  1. Anonymous

    I had the pleasure of working with Roger on the Veterans Task Force. No matter how bad my day was, thinking oh boy another meeting, I always walked away from those meetings with a smile on my face, reflecting on just how good life can be. This really is something and I know that Roger's leadership influenced everyone on the Task Force. His calm positivity and patience will always be remembered. His smile and twinkle in his eye will be with me in the coming months and years. My heart goes to his family and close friends.  Mona Johnson, Psych Dept.

  2. Anonymous

    As a faculty member, I worked with Roger for over 18 years. He was one of the "old school" student service-types who over all these years worked with me/faculty for the benefit of students.  By "worked with" I mean, for example, he would take the time to call me up to talk about a specific student. Whether I felt like I handled the situation to his liking or even to my own liking, Roger was never judgmental of me as an instructor. This is a rare trait. Instead, he always greeted me with warmth and openness.

    I will miss him ... and can't allow myself to feel the level of sadness he deserves ... or the depth of sadness that grips me deep down.

    I will try to carry on his goals and his student-centered attitude. 

    bryan hull

  3. Anonymous

    I've been teaching at PCC Sylvania for 7 years but I met Roger only one time this past Spring. I had a student who was suffering from with drug addiction and I was concerned about his immediate safety. The student broke down just outside the classroom door during class one day. I didn't feel like I could even continue with my class that day until this student was getting help. I left my class and ran to counseling in a panic. It was Roger who intercepted this very troubled student. I know that student was at a threshold and that his life began to change that day-and I know that changing lives is what Roger did and what all of our counselors do every day, but what I can barely put into words is my gratitude that Roger was there. I had taken this student's crisis on very personally-it was my crisis-and Roger lifted it-all in a days work.

    V Wilson 

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