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Henry O. Pete

Henry Oscar Pete passed away December 19, 2015 in Wilsonville, Ore. He was born March 15,1920 in Glendale, Ore. to Andrew and Susan Pete.

After graduating from Glendale High School in 1936, he attended Albany College (now Lewis and Clark). Henry played basketball and baseball at Lewis and Clark for four years, graduating in 1940. He later completed a master's degree. He taught for a year in Umapine, Ore. before enlisting in the United States Army during World War II. Henry served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany before returning to Oregon in 1946.

Henry taught and coached in Forest Grove, and Sandy High School, where he met fellow teacher Jane Turnbull. Jane and Henry were married in 1949, and they had two children while living in Sandy. The family later moved to Philomath and then Phoenix, Ore. where Henry was superintendent of schools.

In 1971, Henry became the founding president of Rogue Community College in Grants Pass. He led RCC to become the dynamic, efficient, and innovative college that continues today.

Henry retired from RCC in 1980, and in 1984 moved with Jane to the Charbonneau community in Wilsonville. They enjoyed an active retirement there for many years. Jane preceded him in death in 2008.

He is survived by his son, Robert Pete; his daughter, Kathy Pete Newman; four grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Private family services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry and Jane Pete Memorial Fund, c/o Rogue Community College Foundation, 3345 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass, OR 97527.

Henry O. Pete