A Special Thank You: Dr. Richard Woodcock

At the 2018 President’s Club Dinner in September, the Western Oregon University Foundation was honored to have Dr. Richard Woodcock in attendance.

Woodcock, who is now in his 90s and lives in San Diego, has been a longtime benefactor of the university. This year, he gifted $1 million that will support underserved, diverse students who are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM) or who want to become educators in those fields.

Although Dr. Woodcock only worked at the university for a few years­—from 1957 to 1961 as an assistant professor of psychology and the reading clinic director—he has always been a strong proponent of education. In fact, the Woodcock name can be found on campus on the home of the College of Education, a 2016 building that was In 1995, Dr. Woodcock endowed the annual David S. Brody Memorial Scholarship, which carries the largest dollar amount of all WOU scholarships. He has also supported the Student Enrichment Program with a $50,000 donation.

WOU President Rex Fuller was honored to welcome Woodcock at the dinner. “Dr. Woodcock means so much to this university. His ongoing support of quality higher education is an enduring legacy Western is thrilled to help carry out.”