Sunday, January 22, 2012

Professor Harold C. Elkinton obituary from 1989

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1989, McMinnville, Ore., News-Register


Services for Harold Charles Elkinton, longtime McMinnville resident and chairman of the Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) department of business administration and economics, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday
in the First Baptist Church, McMinnville. The Rev. Bernard Turner will officiate.

Entombment will be in Riverview Abbey in Portland. Mary & Son Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Elkinton died Jan. 22, 1989, in Ukiah, Calif. He was 88.

He was born July 22, 1900, in Devon, Pa., the son of George Murray and Emily Ziegler Elkinton.

His family moved to Sunnyside, Wash., in 1912, then to Walla Walla, Wash., two years later. He attended Whitman College there and ws graduated cum laude in 1925.

Mr. Elkinton received his master's degree from the University of Oregon in 1927 and joined Linfield that fall to organize the department of business administration and economics. He chaired the department for 42 years, before he retired in 1969. He also taught courses and summer schools at Portland State University, Warner Pacific College and George Fox College.

He and Alice May Davis were married on July 13, 1930, in Portland. She preceded him in death in 1988.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years and was lieutenant governor in 1966 and 1973. He was organist for First Baptist Church for 35 years, a member of the American Guild of
Organists , an adviser for Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, president of the Community Concert Association for seven years and Bicentennial chairman in 1976.

He was selected McMinnville's outstanding citizen in 1976.

Mr. Elkinton was given a DCS degree by Linfield in 1960. In 1982, the Elkinton Endowed Professorship was established in his honor.

HE is survived by a daughter, Marguerite Keiffer of Ukiah; a son, Jack Elkinton of Vancouver, Wash.; two sisters, Madeline Hoovel of Lewiston, Idaho, and Virginia Morud of Portland; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fist Baptist Church, in case of Macy & Son Funeral Directors.