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Student benefactor Harold Wyatt dies

Harold Wyatt, a longtime Forest Grove resident and namesake of the Harold Alfred Wyatt Fund — a trust that provides scholarship money to Forest Grove High School seniors each year — died Monday at the age of 101.

Over the years the Oregon native, 1938 Reed College graduate and founder of Flavorland Foods hired hundreds of teenagers at the Forest Grove-based food processing company, giving their work experience a boost. Wyatt’s children, Linda and Douglas, attended FGHS and in 1998 the longtime education advocate established a $400,000 scholarship fund — administered by the Oregon Community Foundation — for graduates of high schools in western Washington County. Wyatt

In 2008, Wyatt upped the ante by more than 100 percent, committing $1 million that has provided $45,000 or more to first-generation college-bound FGHS grads annually over the last five years. Wyatt’s is thought to be the largest single monetary donation in the Forest Grove School District’s history.

“[Education] was something he believed in deeply,” Douglas Wyatt said of his father. “His own parents didn’t have a lot of money, so when he got the chance, he wanted to help people have that opportunity.”

An Army veteran and amateur genealogist, Harold Wyatt had a dozen self-published books to his credit. His obituary appears on page A8. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Forest Grove.

— Nancy Townsley

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