Oregon Law to Recognize Sen. Ron Wyden ’74 with 2016 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service

Jan 27, 2016

The University of Oregon School of Law will bestow the 2016 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service upon United States Senator Ron Wyden ’74. The reception and award presentation for Senator Wyden will take place on April 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Ore.

The Frohnmayer Award for Public Service, given annually in Portland since 2002 by the University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association, was named in honor of the family of University of Oregon President Emeritus and Law Professor Dave Frohnmayer. The award recognizes a graduate, faculty member, or friend of Oregon Law whose public service brings honor to the school.

This year’s recipient, Senator Ron Wyden, has built his reputation on his bipartisan approach to problem solving, his effectiveness in getting things done, and his ability to find common sense solutions. He is known for listening to constituents and being an effective leader on issues that matter most. Senator Wyden was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 15 years, and holds the Senate seat once held by the late Wayne Morse.

Senator Wyden serves on the Committees on Finance, Budget, Intelligence, and Energy and Natural Resources. He is ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and a top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Senator Wyden earned his Bachelors degree with distinction from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. After law school, he taught gerontology and co-founded the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers, an advocacy group for the elderly. He also served as the director of Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly from 1977 to 1979 and was a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators during that same period. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his election to the U.S. Senate.

Senator Wyden’s home is in Portland, Ore.; he is married to Nancy Wyden, whom he wed in September 2005. He has five children: Adam, Lilly, Ava, William, and Scarlett.

Reservations for the 2016 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service currently are being accepted. Admission to the 2016 Frohnmayer Award reception is $55.00 per person.

The 2016 Oregon Law Review Symposium: Celebrating the Career of Dave Frohnmayer will also be held on April 1, 2016, in Portland. The symposium reflects on the life, accomplishments and impacts of one of Oregon's most prominent citizens. It also will include reflections from those who knew and worked with the late Dave Frohnmayer.

Frohnmayer Award for Public Service Past Recipients:
2014: Honorable David Schuman ‘84
2013: Honorable Martha Walters ’77 and John VanLandingham ‘77
2012: Michael Schrunk ‘67
2011: Duncan Campbell ‘73
2010: Ellen Rosenblum ’75 and Richard Meeker ‘74
2009: Barbara Adlave
2008: Edwin Peterson ‘57
2007: Hans Linde
2006: Clifford Freeman ‘76
2005: Lawrence “Lare” Aschenbrenner ‘57
2004: Alfred “Ted” Goodwin ‘51
2003: Hardy Myers ‘64
2002: Dave Frohnmayer