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H. John “Jack” Bergman

18th WWU president dies at age 92

Jack Bergman was president of Walla Walla University from 1985 to 1990.

Jack Bergman was president of Walla Walla University from 1985 to 1990.

Former Walla Walla University President Jack Bergman passed away Friday morning, Oct. 26, after a fall. Bergman was president from 1985 to 1990. He graduated from WWU in 1948 with a major in history.

Prior to accepting the presidency of WWU, Bergman taught history at the University of Puget Sound and Willamette University. He was also a professor of history and chair of the history department at Western Oregon University, and was dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Western. Under his leadership at WWU, departments were established for recruitment, retention, and development; the student missionary program flourished; and the programs of engineering, business, biology, nursing, and social work experienced growth.

He is survived by wife Evelyn of College Place, Wash.; daughters Kathleen Fost of Sisters, Ore., Marsha Large of Wilsonville, Ore., and Kristin Fry of Milton-Freewater, Ore.; and sons Stephen of Portland, Ore., and Robert of College Place.

A memorial service is scheduled for Sabbath, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. in the University Church sanctuary. Messages of condolence may be sent to WWU Alumni and Advancement Services, 204 S. College Ave., College Place, WA 99324 or via email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.

Posted Oct. 26, 2018

Last update on October 1, 2018