Former George Fox board chair Bill Field dies at 79

November 22nd, 2010

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The 1952 graduate was the school’s 1993 Alumnus of the Year recipient

NEWBERG, Ore. – C.W. “Bill” Field, a former board chair at George Fox University and the school’s 1993 Alumnus of the Year, died Sunday, Nov. 21, after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

Field, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., began on the George Fox Board of Trustees in 1972, served as board chairman during the mid-1980s, and later chaired the board’s finance committee. He and his wife, Ruth, also worked as co-chairs of the university’s Centennial Campaign among alumni in the early 1990s, helping the school raise more than $2 million for campus improvements, long-range planning, ongoing operations, and the college endowment.

Field, a 1952 alumnus of George Fox, had stepped down from active service on the board but remained an honorary trustee. He played football and basketball as a student and remained an active supporter of Bruin athletics in the years that followed. He was most recently honored for his years of service to the school at the board’s fall meeting in October.

In 1993, George Fox honored Field for four decades of service, naming him Alumnus of the Year. At the time, then-president Ed Stevens commented that Field “was a source of inspiration – believing in God and those of us here at the college, even when we didn’t believe in ourselves.”

The Fields raised six daughters – Debbie, Deanne, Denise, Denelle, Delynn and Delissa – and five of them attended George Fox. “There is nothing more important in this world – after his family and his church – than this school,” his daughter Debbie said of Field upon his receiving the Alumnus of the Year honor.

Field worked for 15 years as a business manager with the Natural Gas Company and 32 years in various levels of management with the Carnation milk company. He is survived by Ruth and five daughters.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, 2901 S.E. Steele St.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

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