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Portland First Citizen Award

The Portland First Citizen Award was created in 1928 by the Portland Realty Board (now PMAR) to honor civic achievements and business leadership within the community. It is considered one of Portland’s most prestigious awards, and the individuals who have received it form an honor roll of the city’s most prominent leaders during the last eight decades.

In addition to the Portland First Citizen Award, two other awards will be presented at the banquet. The Portland Future First Citizen Award recognizes a high school student in the Portland metropolitan area who is a model of civic responsibility and provides a $5,000 scholarship toward the recipient’s higher education. And, the PMAR Good Neighbor Award recognizes a Realtor® for their extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in the community with a $1,000 contribution to the recipient’s charity of choice.

All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 25th, 2019.

Portland First Citizen Award 2019

  • Nominee Information

  • Career and Community Achievements

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    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Nominator Information

Past Portland First Citizens

1928 Ben Selling 1973 Howard Vollum
1929 J. C. Ainsworth 1974 William E. Roberts
1930 Aaron M. Frank 1975 Fred G. Meyer
1931 Henry B. Van Duzer 1976 Larry Hilaire
1932 Raymond B. Wilcox 1977 Louis B. Perry
1933 George L. Baker 1978 Edith Green
1934 Hopkin Jenkins 1979 David Edwin Abram
1935 Edward C. Sammons 1980 William Swindells, Sr.
1936 Arthur L. Fields 1981 Judge Harlow F. Lenon
1937 Richard B. Dillehunt, M.D. 1982 Samuel T. Naito & William S. Naito
1938 Franklin T. Griffith 1983 Carl M. Halvorson
1939 Charles H. Martin 1984 Bishop Paul D. Waldschmidt
1940 Ross McIntyre 1985 John Piacentini
1941 Mrs. Thomas D. Honeyman 1986 Dr. Albert Starr
1942 Edgar F. Kaiser 1987 Robert L. Ridgley
1943 Portland Service Men/Women 1988 Don C. Frisbee
1944 Mrs. C.S. Jackson 1989 Melvin ‘Pete’ Mark
1945 Theodore R. Gamble 1990 Harry L. Demorest
1946 Chester A. Moores 1991 Dr. Matthew W. Prophet, Jr.
1947 Sid Woodbury 1992 Harry Glickman
1948 Hillman Lueddemann 1993 John ‘Jack’ Faust
1949 Thomas Harry Banfield 1994 Maestro Jacob Avshalomov
1950 David B. Simpson 1995 Harold & Arlene Schnitzer
1951 Frank Erwin McCaslin 1996 Fred A. Stickel
1952 Edgar William Smith 1998 Brian & Gwyneth Booth
1953 C.B. Stephenson 1999 Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr.
1954 Ben H. Hazen 2000 Peter E. Jacobsen
1955 Dr. Morgan S. Odell 2002 Senator Mark O. Hatfield
1956 Harold Fox Wendell 2003 Tony L. Hopson, Sr.
1957 Rt. Rev. Benjamin Dagwell 2004 Dan Wieden
1958 William Bruce Boone 2005 Gert Boyle
1959 Paul Boole McKee 2006 Jack McGowan
1960 Dr. Leo Sherman Lucas 2007 Peggy Fowler
1961 Dr. Samuel Latta Diack 2008 Joe Weston
1962 Truman Wesley Collins 2009 Bill Schonely
1963 Judge Donald E. Long 2010 Brian J. Druker, MD
1964 Charles R. Holloway, Jr. 2011 Mercy Corps
1965 Aubrey R. Watzek 2012 Duncan Campbell
1966 Mrs. S. Mason Ehrman 2013 Jean DeMaster
1967 John M. Fulton 2014 George “Bing” Sheldon
1968 John D. Gray 2015  Mark and Ann Edlen
1969 Homer T. Shaver 2016  Karen Fishel and Barb Attridge
1970 Judge Gus J. Solomon 2017  Stephen Gomez
1971 Glenn Jackson 2018  William ‘Bill’ Russell
1972 Ira C. Keller