Bon Voyage, Fred

 

As a freshman at Pacific in 1964, one of the people I first came in contact with was Dr. Fred Scheller. I took a course in Radio Drama from him and learned more than "just" radio...

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As a freshman at Pacific in 1964, one of the people I first came in contact with was Dr. Fred Scheller. I took a course in Radio Drama from him and learned more than “just” radio. I learned the importance of communication, of questioning, of listening to the answers and, most of all, understanding (or trying to understand) what kind of people we can and should be. In the course of my career at Pacific, I took a number of courses from Dr. Fred, and benefited from all of them.

After my graduation and military service, I returned to Forest Grove and Pacific in the mid 1970s to pursue a teaching certificate in speech and English. In the course of that work, I had a unique opportunity to work as an assistant coach for the Speech Team and become a quasi-member of the Speech Department. Because of that, I was able to work with Fred, Hap Hingston, Art Wilcox, Roberta Perry and Louise Feldman. You had to have a thick skin and somewhat rapier wit to hold your own in that group, and I felt fortunate that I knew these people on such a professional, and personal, basis. Fred Scheller was a integral part of that.

In later years, Fred kept track of what I was doing, appreciated that which he thought was good, and criticized that which he thought needed improvement. Regardless of the good or bad, the idea that he cared about some freshman from 46 years ago always impressed me and is part of why Pacific is so special to me.

Fred Scheller’s legacy to Pacific may always begin with his recruitment of students from the Aloha State, as well it should, but he leaves behind more than one student who, like me, got more than he/she gave in our friendships with Fred. We’ll miss him.

Pete Truax '69
Forest Grove, Ore.

Pete Truax is the mayor of Forest Grove. For more on Fred Scheller, please see page 30 of the print edition or the Community section on the web.