Former headmaster and noted historian Kim MacColl has died

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E. Kimbark (Kim) MacColl, PhD, died on August 31 from complications following a series of strokes. He was 86.

Kim MacColl was Catlin Gabel's headmaster from 1958 to 1966. He taught at Occidental College and Reed College before leading Catlin Gabel. Dr. MacColl worked with intelligence and integrity on establishing the newly merged school, meeting the challenges of raising public awareness and recognition, creating a school campus, increasing enrollment, and raising funds for financial aid. After his tenure as head he stayed on as Upper School history teacher, then taught Portland history at Portland State University and focused on historical research and writing the definitive texts on Portland history.

 “The key element of the Catlin Gabel experience has been its value system where academic life has real value to it and a respect for learning among faculty. I think this is an element of the school going back to Miss Catlin’s day. I think our kids, regardless of how well they were prepared in every subject, develop respect for learning.” – E. Kimbark MacColl

Kim's family has a long and loyal relationship with Catlin Gabel. His children are Kim MacColl ’68, Craig MacColl ’70, Gwynne MacColl Campbell ’73, and Alexandra MacColl Buckley ’85. His daughters-in-law are Melinda Bishop MacColl ’68 and Ann Hiestand MacColl ’70. His grandchildren who went to school in Portland are E.K. MacColl ’94, Gretchen MacColl Cook ’96, Alec MacColl ’05, and Megan MacColl ’08. Gretchen MacColl Cook '96 is married to Chris Cook '95.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 22, in the Terwilliger Plaza auditorium, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Catlin Gabel School, 8825 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225; the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205; or a charity of your choice.

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