Oakland, Sam Adolph 80 Mar. 17, 1934 Mar. 27, 2014 Ten days after his 80th birthday, Sam Oakland died at his home in Portland following a recurrence of pancreatic cancer. He had a lifelong enthusiasm for travel and adventure, and had recently been accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer to Albania. During the Korean conflict, Sam quit school at 16 and joined the U.S. Navy. Following his service, he entered Michigan State University, receiving a B.A. in Humanities and an M.A. in Comparative Literature. He taught in the English Department at Eastern Washington University before moving to Portland State University. As a roving academic, he was awarded four Fulbright grants to Finland, Italy, Belarus and Moldova. He also taught and studied in Norway, England, Spain, Macedonia, China, Australia and Siberia. In 1967, he founded the Bicycle Lobby, which successfully promoted bicycle trails throughout Oregon. Following his retirement from Portland State, Sam earned a J.D. from the CUNY Law School. Most recently he was a park ranger with both the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. Sam is survived by his wife, Sara; son, Steven Anders Oakland (Patricia) of Arlington, Mass.; daughter, Sasha Kari Tinning (Michael) of Scappoose; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Saunders of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. The family may be reached at: email@example.com.
Published in The Oregonian from Mar. 28 to Mar. 30, 2014.