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Barbara Roberts


Barbara Roberts, American former governor of Oregon. Recipient Civil Liberties award, 1980, Eagle award for community leadership, Mount Hood Community College, 1981, Founder's award, Oregon Graduate School Psychology, 1982, Distinguished Service award, Committee for the Handicapped, 1984, E.B. MacNaughton award, American Civil Liberties Union, 1988, Wall Schneider memorial award for humanitarian endeavors, 1989.


ROBERTS, Barbara was born on December 21, 1936 in Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America.


Student, Portland State University, 1961—1984. Student, Harvard University, John F Kennedy School Government, 1989. Student, Marylhurst College, 1989.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Willamette University, 1992.


Member Multnomah County Board Commissioners, Oregon, 1978. Chairman Multnomah County Juvenile Service Commission, 1979—1981. Member Oregon House of Representatives from 16th District, 1981-1985, majority leader, 1983—1984.

Secretary of state State of Oregon, Salem, 1985-1990, governor, 1991-1994. Director Harvard progressive for senior executives in state & local governments John F. Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, senior fellow to women & public policy progressive. Associate director, Leadership Development, Legacy Progressive, Mark O. Hatfield School Government Portland State University, since 1998.

Delaware Democratic National Convention, 1980—1984, 1988. Board trustees Population Action International, Washington. Member advisory council Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission.

Member Oregon Health Advisory Commission, since 2004.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Death Without Denial, Grief Without Apology: A Guide for Facing Death & Loss, 2002.


Member Parkrose School Board, 1973-1983, board member Mt Hood Community College, 1978-1982, board trustees Woodland Park Hospital 1982-1985. Member Oregon Women's Political Caucus, Women Executive in State Government, National Society Autistic Children. Fellow National Academy Public Administration.

  • National Society of Autistic Children


Married Frank Roberts, 1974 (deceased 1993). Children: Mark Sanders, Michael Sanders.

Frank Roberts

Mark Sanders Roberts

Michael Sanders Roberts