Patricia Valian Reser Faculty Scholar
In 2011 Patricia Valian Reser established an endowment to support a faculty member in OSU's chemistry department. She and her late husband, Al, previously made a $10.65 million gift for the construction of the Linus Pauling Science Center. Their family has made many other transformational gifts to Oregon State, particularly in support of athletics.
One of the university's most dedicated volunteers and impactful philanthropists, Reser served as co-chair of the OSU Foundation Campaign Steering Committee, helping to guide the $1+ billion Campaign for OSU. Along with other leadership roles, she has served on the foundation's Board of Trustees Executive Committee and the College of Science Board of Visitors, and is chair of the university's Board of Trustees.
Reser graduated from OSU in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education; she later earned a master's in special education at Portland State. She taught in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, Oregon, before retiring from the Beaverton School District in 1995. Together she and her husband grew Reser's Fine Foods — a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company based in Beaverton — into an international business with 18 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. She now serves as the company's board chair.
Current Faculty Holder