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5/13/2008 Dolan to present Linfield Commencement address

McMINNVILLE – At 99, Winthrop Dolan may be the oldest commencement speaker in the country this year.

He will present the keynote address Sunday, June 1, at 10 a.m. to nearly 500 Linfield College graduates during the college's sesquicentennial year.

Dolan was born just 51 years after Linfield's predecessor institution was chartered by the territorial legislature in 1858. He has been associated with Linfield College for 60 years, joining the mathematics faculty in 1948. He taught mathematics and astronomy for 26 years, but his service was not limited to the faculty. He served as interim president twice and also had a stint as dean of faculty. After retiring, he served for more than 15 years on the Board of Trustees and holds the rank of professor emeritus and trustee emeritus. He has a B.A. from Denison University, a A.M. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. His lifelong fascination with the sun and stars led to the publication of his book "A Choice of Sundials." A sundial designed in his honor by Art Professor Nils Lou hangs on Murdock Hall.

Dolan remains active in the First Baptist Church in McMinnville and sang in the choir until just a few years ago. He participated in all of Linfield's sesquicentennial events this year, including riding in a mule-drawn buggy for one celebration.

Dolan will address 493 candidates for commencement including 292 from the McMinnville Campus, 114 from the Portland Campus and 87 from the Adult Degree Program.

Other commencement weekend activities include a closing convocation for the Portland Campus when nursing students receive their pins on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Portland. Baccalaureate services will be held Saturday, May 31, at 6 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium featuring David Leslie, executive director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, giving the address.

For more information, call 503-883-2202.