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