In Memory of Dr. John Hakanson

May 21, 1920 to March 3, 2017

Dr. John Hakanson

huck Scott was born to Louise and Bill Scott in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to Portland at age 4. - See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?pid=181050903#sthash.5BnmZ5Rk.dpuf
Chuck Scott was born to Louise and Bill Scott in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to Portland at age 4. - See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?pid=181050903#sthash.5BnmZ5Rk.dpuf
Chuck Scott was born to Louise and Bill Scott in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to Portland at age 4. - See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?pid=181050903#sthash.5BnmZ5Rk.dpuf

Dr. John Hakanson, former president of Clackamas Community College, peacefully passed away in March 2017 surrounded by his family.

As the first dean of instruction, Hakanson hired most of the first full-time faculty. He would become the third college president and served the college for 15 years in that role. Hakanson was responsible for the rapid development of the main campus in Oregon City. A consummate campaigner, Hakanson led annual election efforts to secure taxpayer support for college operations. In 1978, he gained legislative approval for a new funding approach that required local elections every second or third year. Hakanson received national recognition for his leadership in establishing a comprehensive program of community schools.

Though his interests ranged from history, politics and environmental studies, Dr. Hakanson and his wife shared a passion for music. Donations can be made to the Hakanson Music Fund in honor of Dr. Hakanson.

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