January 02, 2019

Roger Paget Memorial Bench Installed on Graduate Campus

In honor of Institutional Professor Emeritus Roger Paget, an anonymous donor has designed and donated a bench for the college. Located just outside the entrance to the York Graduate Center on the graduate campus, the bench pictures a map of the world and is inscribed with these words: “In Memory of Roger K. Paget, Dean of the Graduate School and Institutional Professor, 1985-2018.”

About Roger Paget

Roger Paget, institutional professor emeritus of political economy and Asian studies, arrived at Lewis & Clark in 1985 as dean of the Graduate School of Professional Studies (now Graduate School of Education and Counseling). Emphasizing “critical perspective and balance” in the classroom, he taught in departments across the college, graduate school, and law school. From the 1950s, he made Indonesia the focus of his scholarly career. He led the college’s overseas study program there in 1995, and was so immersed in its culture, history, and politics that former student Felix Ramli BA ’03 said, “I learned more about my home country of Indonesia from Professor Paget’s class than I did living there all of my life. A lot of information in Indonesia was censored, and his class awakened me to that fact.”

Roger retired in 2002 and remained active as a scholar and ambassador for the college as well as in supporting—and recruiting others to support—Lewis & Clark’s many international initiatives.

Paget died on April 1, 2018. A gathering of remembrance was held on June 22 in Agnes Flanagan Chapel. Following his death, President Wim Wiewel announced a gift of $500,000 from philanthropist Shelby DavisRead more about Roger Paget in the fall 2018 issue of The Chronicle.