Richard Grant (1935 - 2013)

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Richard Hawley Grant

November 27, 1935 - March 27, 2013

SALEM - Richard Hawley Grant, 77, of Salem, Oregon, passed away on March 27, 2013, in Roatan, Honduras, while cruising the Western Caribbean.

Dick was born in Portland, Oregon to Russell Grant and Ruthellyn Hawley Grant on November 27, 1935. He graduated from Beaverton High School '53 and University of Oregon '57. He was a beloved Health and PE teacher and coach at The Dalles High School '57-'60 and Centennial High School '57-'66. At Centennial, he met Joanie Felbick, a fellow teacher; they were the talk of the halls and were married in 1962.

In 1967, Dick earned a Master of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley and earned a doctorate in Health Education from University of Oregon in 1969. He was a professor of Health at San Diego State from '68-'72. He moved his family to Portland to work for Oregon Regional Medical Programs at OHSU in 1972. Eastern Oregon Health System Agency was responsible for planning of health care services in the eighteen counties east of the Cascades, Dick was executive director from '76-'79. Governor Victor Atiyeh appointed Dick to serve on his cabinet to direct State Health Planning and Development Agency until 1987. He later returned to OHSU as deputy director of Area Health Education Centers and retired in 1996. Dick also served on the Willamette Valley Hospice Board from 1984-1991.

After retirement, Dick and Joanie became avid world travelers. His appreciation of the world's wonders, respect for cultural diversity, and love of all kinds of food made him an enthusiastic visitor wherever they travelled.

Dick's warm heart and comforting nature made him a treasured person to all family, friends, and anyone who needed a hand, an encouraging word, or a huge bear hug. Dick is survived by the love of his life of fifty years, Joanie; children Carolyn Elfstrom (Toby), Richard (Megan), James (Karen), and grandchildren, Katie, Hanna, Ian, Eliza, Kevin, and Emma; brother, Robert (Louise) and sister, Faye Holbert and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OPB, All Classical 89.9 or a local Food Bank. A Celebration of Dick's life will be held at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in Salem on April 28 1-3 p.m.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 14, 2013
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