Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music

Dec. 31, 2013

Patricia Valian Reser headshotIn 2013 Patricia Valian Reser established an endowed professorship of music to help advance the arts at Oregon State. She, her late husband, Al, and their family have contributed to many transformational projects at Oregon State, including Reser Stadium, the Linus Pauling Science Center, and Austin Hall in the College of Business. She previously created an endowed faculty position in the chemistry department.

One of the university's most dedicated volunteers and impactful philanthropists, Reser was co-chair of the $1 billion Campaign for OSU. Among other volunteer leadership roles, she served extensively on the university’s Board of Trustees as well as the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee.

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

Steven M. Zielke headshot
Steven M. Zielke