Evind, Deborah 57 Aug. 05, 1953 May 03, 2011 Deborah was born in San Francisco to Norman Evind and Geraldine Brennan, the sixth of 10 children. She died at home in Portland surrounded by her loving family. Her indomitable spirit, strength of purpose and generosity to others blazed magnificently while living with breast cancer. Deborah was a mother, partner, sister, friend, mentor and educator. Her greatest passion was her family and friends for whom she provided boundless love and brought her great joy. She is survived by her loving partner, Mark W. Fry; their brilliant and beautiful sons, Brennan and Whitfield Evind-Fry; her beloved siblings, Diane of Phoenix, Ariz.; Carol Morais (Roger) of Portland; Carmel Ahrens (Ed) of San Jose, Calif.; Norma of Portland; Martin (Susan) of Santa Rosa, Calif.; JoAnne (Gordon Bell) of San Francisco; Karen of San Rafael, Calif.; Judith of San Francisco; and Norman (Donna) of Cloverdale, Calif.; brothers-in-law, John Fry (Laura Stuart) of Chicago; Paul Fry of Sacramento, Calif.; and Andrew Fry (Liz Coleman) of Eugene; and 24 precious nieces and nephews. Working with a committed group of students, staff and faculty, Deborah founded the Portland Community College Sylvania Women's Resource Center in 1995 and served as its coordinator for 16 years helping to advance women's educational equity and developing programs that value reflection, healing, compassion, awareness and action at Portland Community College. She was committed to walk with the women she served as they discovered their strengths and experienced themselves as capable leaders. She had a dry and sometimes irreverent sense of humor that could be a reminder to not take oneself too seriously. Deborah actively labored in the movement to end violence against women for over 30 years. In the mid-1970s in Ukiah, Calif., she worked with a group of women answering the call to provide support to women escaping domestic violence by helping to open one of the first shelters in rural Northern California. Deborah served Project Sanctuary from 1976 to 1982 as Board President, Fundraising Chairwoman and Shelter Advocate. Deborah worked with Sonoma County Women against Rape, a grassroots organization in Santa Rosa, providing comprehensive services to sexual assault survivors from 1982 to 1989. In her role as Co-Executive Director she helped develop the Teen Assault Prevention Project and anti-violence curriculum for teens dealing with issues of incest, family violence, date rape and relationship violence. Recognized as a leader in her field, she was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the 2010 National Women's Studies Association Women's Center Committee Founder's Award, the 2004 American Association of Women in Community College Excellence Award and the 2002 Portland Community College Foundation/Washington Mutual Faculty and Staff Excellence Award. A memorial service will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Performing Arts Center at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus. Memorial contributions to the Deborah Evind Women's Leadership Award Scholarship are welcome at the Portland Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 19000, Portland, OR 97280 or online at www.pcc.edu/evind .
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