Distinguished Alumni Award
James Rose, of Portland, first began his career as a student at Eastern Oregon College in 1944. The 17-year-old took a leave of absence from his studies to serve in the U.S. Air Force, returning after a three-year tour to earn his teaching certificate in 1951 and a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education in 1953. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Oregon in 1967. Now a professor of education emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Rose got his start in teaching in the Milton-Freewater and Junction City school districts. He later moved to Lake Oswego where he served as a classroom teacher, school principal and assistant superintendent of schools for seven years. He has directed numerous education development projects and served on national boards. His expertise took him overseas as an education consultant working in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and China. Following his retirement in 1986, Rose continued to consult internationally on projects in The Gambia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Laos.