Ezra Koch, local businessman and Linfield trustee, will receive the Walker Award, given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through long-standing, significant service to the college. The award is named in honor of Charles and Cherie Walker. Charles Walker served as president of Linfield from 1975 to 1992.
McMinnville attorney Dave Haugeberg will receive the Community Award, given in recognition of members of the greater Linfield community for their contributions to and support of the college. Haugeberg has been a Linfield trustee since 1982, serves as the secretary of the board and currently chairs the presidential search committee.
Koch has been an active force in McMinnville and at Linfield, as well as serving in positions at the local, state and national levels. He spent 50 years keeping score for the Linfield football team and has been involved in the Partners-in-Progress fund drive since its inception. Linfield presented him an honorary bachelor’s degree in 2000 and he is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame for meritorious service to the athletic program. He has served in the Rotary Club, helped out in several religious organizations, served for 10 years on the National Small Business Commission and headed national waste-disposal committees. Locally, he has helped raise funds for a skate park and Young Life camp, and been active in Campus Crusade for Christ at Linfield, the United Way, Boy Scouts and the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the chair of the Oregon State Fair Board and Oregon Republican Central Committee.
Koch has received numerous honors for his service including the 1980 Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Medal, was named McMinnville Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year in 1995, was elected to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the National Solid Waste Management Association’s Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sanitary Service Institute’s Hall of Fame.
Haugeberg is active in Partners-in-Progress, has served on numerous Linfield trustee committees and attends many college events and activities. He has also been active in the McMinnville Teen Center, Swim Center, Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts of America, and served on the Yamhill County Economic Development Committee. He is currently a member of the Yamhill County Parkway Committee and is a key proponent of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, chairing the Citizens Advisory Committee from 1990-91 and currently serving as a member of the Project Oversite Steering Team for the Newberg-Dundee Transportation Improvement Project. He is also a director and president of Mid-Valley Rehabilitation, Inc. and the McMinnville Charitable Fund, and a director of the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation.
Haugeberg’s service has been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America and McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. He was named McMinnville First Citizen in 1993 and received this year’s Yamhill County Bar Association Bob Payne Service Award.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and his J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School. He and his wife, Cathryn, have lived in McMinnville since 1965. They have two daughters, Dianne and Karen.
Lorie Fridell of Washington, D.C., a 1980 alumna of Linfield, will receive the Alumna of the Year award, given to alumni who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to their professions.
Fridell is the director of research at the Police Executive Research Forum, a non-profit agency dedicated to the improvement of law enforcement in the United States.
During her 20 years of experience conducting research and publishing on various aspects of law enforcement, Fridell has worked with the U.S. State Department on assessing law enforcement personnel in Southeast Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central and South America. She is also a nationally recognized expert and speaker on racial profiling and is the author of several books on the subject.
She helped create the Florida Law Enforcement Research Coalition, which developed collaborations between law enforcement agencies and university researchers to improve law enforcement in Florida.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Linfield College, Fridell went on to receive her master’s and Ph.D. in social ecology from the University of California at Irvine.