History Makers

The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The Oregon History Makers Medal was presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 8, 2017, starting at 5:00 pm.

Proceeds from the History Makers Dinner support every aspect of the Oregon Historical Society's important work to collect, preserve, and interpret Oregon's past. For more information, please contact Sue Metzler, Director of Development, at 503.306.5229 or sue.metzler@ohs.org.

The 2017 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Nathalie Johnson, M.D., FACS

Medical Director of Legacy Cancer Institute

As Medical Director of the Legacy Cancer Institute and Breast Health Center, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, and a board certified surgeon, Dr. Johnson is a national leader in the field of breast cancer research and awareness. A breast cancer survivor herself, Dr. Johnson is a prolific speaker and author on breast cancer prevention and treatment.

Nathalie Johnson, M.D., FACS

Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Raised in Yamhill County and a graduate of Yamhill-Carlton High School, Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and is regarded as one of the most influential journalists of our time. He has traveled the world reporting on human rights and giving voice to the voiceless. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, are also the co-authors of four best-selling books. In commenting on Kristof’s work, President Bill Clinton said, “There is no one in journalism, anywhere in the United States at least, who has done anything like the work he has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world, and what their potential is.”

Nicholas Kristof

Bill Schonely

The voice of the Portland Trail Blazers

As the play-by-play announcer of the Portland Trail Blazers for nearly three decades, Bill Schonely is regarded as the most popular and revered sports broadcaster in Oregon history. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012 as the recipient of the “Curt Gowdy Media Award,” Schonely continues to work as an ambassador for the Trail Blazers and has served as a master of ceremonies for countless charities. His signature term “Rip City” has become synonymous with Portland.

Bill Schonely

Reser’s Fine Foods

Iconic Oregon Business

Reser’s products have been a staple of Oregon dinner tables and picnics ever since Earl and Mildred Reser started the company in their farmhouse kitchen in 1950. The Beaverton based company now boasts more than 3,000 employees at 17 facilities in the United States and Mexico and over $1 billion in annual sales. Oregon State University is just one of many Oregon institutions and non-profit organizations that have benefitted from the generous philanthropic giving of the Reser Family.

Reser’s Fine Foods

Who are Oregon History Makers?

History Makers are contemporary individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact in their field of work or service during their lifetime. These individuals and organizations, with ties to Oregon, are making history through scientific discovery and exploration, innovation in business, communications, the arts, or service in their communities. Whether they were born here, lived here, or work here, Oregon History Makers represent the best of what the state has to offer.

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