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10/23/2003 Mahaffey memorialized by Linfield tournament, building

McMINNVILLE – When generations of Linfield College students think of forensics, one man comes readily to mind.

Roy "Hap" Mahaffey, a beloved professor who taught at Linfield from 1928-1970, touched the lives of countless students during his tenure. An annual forensics tournament, scholarship and now the name of a building, honor his achievements.

Collegiate speakers from across the Northwest will compete in the 73rd annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 14-16 at Linfield College. The tournament, sponsored by Linfield, is one of the oldest intercollegiate tournaments in the Northwest and honors Mahaffey for his pioneering efforts with forensics in the Northwest and the nation.

In addition to the tournament, Linfield recently acknowledged Mahaffey's significant contributions to the college by renaming a residence hall in his honor. Mahaffey Hall, formerly South Hall, was dedicated Oct. 18 during the homecoming weekend.

In the forensics world, the name Linfield is synonymous with Hap Mahaffey, according to Brenda DeVore Marshall, assistant director of forensics who led the program for 14 years.

"Often as forensics coaches meet to determine the direction of the regional forensics tournaments or national policies, we are reminded of Hap's humor and of his commitment to avoiding the easy way out, to try new things, to not take ourselves or our activity too seriously and most importantly, to put our students first," Marshall noted.

"Without a doubt, Roy 'Hap' Mahaffey continues to touch the lives of many of us," she added. "I do hope that he looks down upon our continued work with students with a smile upon his face."

The Mahaffey tournament is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts and the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta honorary. It is a National Parliamentary Debate Association sanctioned tournament for 2003-2004.

The tournament will offer novice, junior and open division parliamentary debate and individual events. Individual categories will include informative speaking, extemporaneous speaking, after-dinner speaking, prose interpretation, dramatic duo interpretation, persuasive speaking, impromptu speaking, communication analysis, program oral interpretation, dramatic interpretation and poetry interpretation. One special event, "In Honor of Women," will also be offered.

Judges are needed for the tournament. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a judge, contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics at Linfield, at 503-883-2625 or