WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2005 shall be recognized as a historic day in Oregon, marking the retirement of a great man and friend to many, our beloved professor of political science, Russell A. Dondero.
In tribute to Dondero, a festive gathering of students (current and former), university colleagues, and state politicos was organized by Dan James ('87). Drawing together a lively audience, the "R.A.D. Roast" took place at the Arlington Club in downtown Portland, and included such notables as Gerry Frank and Elizabeth Furse. Acting as the event's emcee, Pacific Trustee and RAD advisee, Paul Phillips ('78), read aloud a gracious letter from Governor Kulongoski, acknowledging Professor Dondero for his significant accomplishments and contributions to academia and local government. The Governor writes:
"Based on your instruction, many of your former students have reached our Capitol's steps, inspired in the pursuit of politics and leadership. You have enriched Oregon's political debate and discussion with the creation and annual success of the Tom McCall Forum. This is a tradition that both Pacific University and the State of Oregon is proud of."Indeed. Praise that is well-deserved. Unfortunately, these words still cannot sum up all the positive impact you've had on the many lives you've touched throughout your career. For that, your legacy will live on.
But as I indicated in my remarks on Wednesday, instinct tells me it's not over for il professore. No sir, not this old boy. I expect you'll continue your passion for politics, online as well as off. In fact, we're all counting on it.
Therefore, as my gift to you, I present the official RussDondero.com blog.
Consider it an outlet for continued expression, on matters great and small. Right or left, you'll always have admirers from the bleachers. The game might just get rowdier.
So post prosperously, and may we look forward to your future rants from the free world called retirement.
With love from Baghdad by the Bay,
Your Republican Son