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Clark College News and Events

February 13, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Nancy Simmons, Alumni Association Liaison
Telephone: 360-992-2705


The award will be presented at the college’s Alumni-Student
dinner on April 18

2007 Outstanding Alumni Award honoree Doris Groth TroxelVANCOUVER, WA – A woman who served Clark College students for over 30 years will receive one of the college’s highest honors.  Doris Groth Troxel has been named the recipient of the 2007 Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award.

The 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented at the Clark College Alumni-Student Dinner on April 18.  Tickets for the dinner are available through the college’s alumni office at 360- 992-2705.  The cost is $25 per person.

According to Clark College Foundation President Lisa Gibert, “Few Clark College graduates have exhibited as much dedication to their alma mater and their home community as Doris Troxel.”

After growing up in Clark County, Troxel became a member of the Clark College community as a student.  From 1940 to 1942, she attended Clark College classes when they were held at Vancouver High School and the Salvation Army Building at 7th and C Streets.  After earning her bachelor’s degree in business from Washington State University in Pullman, she returned to Clark at the request of Dean Lewis Cannell.  Troxel played a pivotal role in helping restart the college after a suspension of classes during World War II.  She worked with Dean Cannell in the college office and served as assistant registrar until her retirement in 1976.

Since her retirement, she has remained a strong supporter of the college through her involvement with college events and her financial support of college programs and scholarships, including an annual endowed scholarship for a student from the Clark College business division. She has also endowed two scholarships at Washington State University in her name and that of her sister, the late Alice Groth.  

Troxel, who resides in Battle Ground, is a member and has served in leadership positions for organizations including the American Association of University Women, the Association of Retired School Employees.   Her membership and volunteer activities also include Business and Professional Women, Prairie High School Library, AARP, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, YWCA, Habitat for Humanity and Oregon Public Broadcasting. 

Troxel has also been active in the Columbia Cascade Chapter of Friendship Force, which arranges travel experiences to promote international friendships and cultural exchanges. As a result, Troxel has visited every continent except Antarctica.   Her travels have taken to her to Kenya, Tanzania and the Galapagos Islands, which are home to the Clark College mascot, the Galapagos penguin.

Lisa Gibert noted, “Doris Groth Troxel is an important role model on many levels. She earned academic credentials at a time when fewer women than men pursued such goals, following in the footsteps of her mother Dora Baker Groth, who served as a teacher and principal at the first East County high school, Union High School, from 1915 to 1921.”  Gibert added, “She was a professional woman throughout her life pursuing a career and continuing to emphasize the value of lifelong learning even to this day, through programs like Mature Learning, professional organizations, and even international travel and study. As a philanthropist, she has demonstrated that any member of our community can, and should, help support those institutions and organizations that improve the quality of life for our neighbors, community and nation.”

An avid gardener, Troxel is a member of the Battle Ground Garden Club, the Vancouver Chapter of the Audubon Society and Columbia Land Trust, which works to protect natural habitat areas for future generations.  Troxel has also provided a gift of 28 acres – now known as the Groth Nature Preserve in north Clark County -- for public use as an educational resource.

Foundation President Lisa Gibert said, “While recipients of the Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award are unique in their own right, they also share common traits and accomplishments:  courage, creativity, perseverance, leadership, contributing to and promoting the advancement of higher education, improving the quality of life, and serving as a role model for others to follow.  We’re proud to add Doris Groth Troxel to the list of men and women who have been honored with the Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award.”


Past recipients of the Clark College Outstanding Alumni Award include:

Tony Bacon
Al Bauer, Jr.
Richard Blaisdell
Don Bonker
Roger Daniels
Steve Dearborn
Commander Harley Hall
Denis Hayes
Colonel Nancy Wessels Henderson, Ph.D
Gregg Herrington
Dennis Huston
Rodney Jeffrey
Tom Koenninger
Betty Mage
John Marshall
Dr. Daniel Morasch
Randy Myers
Larry Rakestraw
Robert Schaefer
Frances Storlie
Dr. Patricia Wirth

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