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Jim Wallace, 1929 - 2017 / Memorial Service, Sunday, December 3

Friends of Portland Rethinking Schools,

Some of us on this email listserv knew Jim well, some may have known him as an acquaintance, and many not at all. His passing is a chance to recognize the important part he played in helping establish and build the community of progressive teachers, other educators, and community members that we see around us today. 

First as director of the Reed MAT program in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and later in the Lewis and Clark Education Department, Jim attracted, supported and inspired others dedicated to the democratizing potential of public education. From early days as a Quaker service volunteer, public school teacher and counselor, Jim had a steadfast commitment to the public good, to social justice and public schools.

In Portland, hundreds of us have had the direct benefit, and example, of Jim’s teaching: skilled, humane, engaging, respectful, and in the service of a powerful social vision. He also leaves a more personal legacy: his dedication to family and friends, his decency, his loving and generous nature, his intelligence, his sense of humor and enthusiastic love of making music.

A memorial service will be held at Lewis & Clark College from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Smith Hall (formerly known as "Albany"). 
Jim's obituary in the Oregonian is HERE. You can view and contribute to a guest book there. 

An RSVP would be helpful for the planners, but please don’t let not RSVPing keep you away. RSVP to <shermand@teleport.com>.
Doug Sherman (Reed MAT 1971)

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.