Carolyn Upchurch, Library Retiree. Aug. 25, 1931- June 07, 2013 Carolyn Upchurch passed away on June 7, 2013. She retired from P.C.C. Survived by brother, James Covell; daughters, Carol, Jennie and Christine; sons, Benjamin and Daniel; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A private service was held.
Nancy L. Dash. Born: Fri Dec 15, 1933. Died: Thu Jun 13, 2013 Nancy Dash, who worked for several years at Sylvania as an Assistant Secretary in the Math and Industrial Technology Division and before that at the Cascade campus, passed away the evening of June 13th, 2013. She was an activist who volunteered for peace and was well known for her thorough knowledge of history and current events. Myndel Rein, who worked alongside Nancy as an Administrative Assistant in the Division commented that Nancy was “always a pleasure to work with. She was a ready and willing worker with a good sense of humor, who always enjoyed everyone she worked with.” She was a talented pianist, and volunteered many hours playing music at old folks’ homes and loaning out books from her extensive library, to the inhabitants . Later in life she continued her own education by earning an Associates Degree at Portland Community College. Nancy is survived by brothers Charles Turbush, Gerry Turbush , stepbrother Jim Merritt, daughters Cynthia Omari, Kathy Kyles, Anthony Kyles, Karen Kyles, stepson William Dash, and husband John Dash. A service was held on June 23rd at Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes.
Herb French, a longtime adjunct faculty member in psychology at PCC, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 9. Herb had been at PCC since 1991. He had most recently been teaching psychology at the Rock Creek Campus. He also taught psychology and alcohol & drug counseling at the Cascade Campus and at Portland State University. I know Herb is missed by his many friends and colleagues at PCC. Herb had a long history of helping others in the Portland community. He had his own private practice as a family psychotherapist and consultant for years, and worked within the mental health field with both adults and youth, helping others overcome their addictions. Herb was also a lover of nature and spent much of his time in the outdoors with friends. As a true animal lover, his cats were his constant companions.