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Giving through the Generations: The Helzer Family

Giving through the Generations: The Helzer Family

Richard (Dick) Helzer took on many roles during his 37-year career with Portland Community College. He taught ceramics at Sylvania, opened the art department at Rock Creek, oversaw the gallery, served as a mentor to young faculty members and guided thousands of students through sculpture, drawing and painting classes. His sculptures appear across the Rock Creek Campus, the Portland area and nationwide. The PCC community mourned the loss of a great faculty member and friend when he passed away suddenly during the summer of 2006. Colleagues recount the many hats he wore during his long service to the college, but more often speak of his friendship, humor and optimism during challenging times and his approachable style that always welcomed students and staff. During the fall of 2006, the Rock Creek gallery was renamed the Helzer Art Gallery in his honor.

Dick and his wife Sharon's wish to continue helping students resulted one of the largest donations ever from an individual to the college. Shortly before her death in November 2006, Sharon Helzer gave the PCC Foundation $105,000. Her gift established two scholarship funds - the Richard Helzer Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which will pay for tuition, books and art supplies for a second-year art student, and the Sharon L. Helzer Endowed Memorial Scholarship, which will provide support for a second-year nursing student, honoring Sharon's own nursing career. At the second anniversary of Sharon's passing in 2008, the Helzer's children, Kirk Helzer and Kim Galloway, both made significant gifts to build the scholarship endowment. The Helzers' generosity and thoughtful planning will enable many PCC students to achieve their educational dreams in the years to come - just one more legacy the Helzer family has left to the college.

You also may want to make it easy and convenient to have a bequest included in your will. For bequest language, please click here. The language shows how a bequest can very easily be included in your will. Feel free to give this page to your attorney. If he or she has any questions, please have him or her contact Kim Kono at phone number 503-977-4387 or email us at Kim.Kono@pcc.edu.


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