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Giving to the College

Steve Crow B.A. ’62

April 12, 2010

Coming to Lewis & Clark in 1962 from the eastern Oregon farm community of Lostine, Steve Crow no sooner set foot on campus than he set sail on the college’s first overseas study program to Japan. Alternating between excitement and apprehension, he resolved, “If I can succeed now, nothing can get in my way.”

And nothing has. A life dedicated to higher education has taken him to Chile, Ireland, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Kosovo, Spain, and Costa Rica—with more journeys still to come.

Inspired by faculty such as Rena Ratte, Robert Cruden, and Stanley Glarum, he graduated summa cum laude in 1966. After earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin and teaching for almost a decade, he began a career that has included leadership positions in higher education professional associations and global consulting.

For all his travels, he remains rooted to Lewis & Clark and dedicated to advancing our students, faculty, and programs. He has served on the Board of Alumni and endowed a scholarship, awarded this year to Zachary Holz, class of 2012, and Alice Bourke, class of 2013.

He has also established a trust that will pay him income over his lifetime, with the remainder going to the current Steven D. Crow Scholarship Fund, ensuring that students still to come will benefit as he has from Lewis & Clark’s distinctive education and experiences.

Why? “I appreciate being challenged to do more,” Steve says. “I learned from my parents that one of the ways you acknowledge that you are doing well is in how you give.”