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Whitbeck estate leaves $83,000 to Beaverton City Library

Wayne Whitbeck served on the library board from 2004 to 2011


The Beaverton City Library recently received more than $83,000 from the estate of Wayne Whitbeck, who served on the Library Advisory Board from 2004 to 2011 and passed away in March 2012.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Wayne and Marjory Whitbeck were well known around Beaverton for their support of libraries and reading programs. Wayne's estate donated more than $83,000 to the Beaverton City Library.

The Library Trust Fund, to which the donation is directed, supports core library operations and activities such as books, ebooks and computers as well as covers expenses for children’s programs such as the library’s summer reading program.

“This donation is going to ensure the continued excellence of our already outstanding library system,” said library Director Abigail Elder. “The trust fund is vital to our operations, and Mr. Whitbeck’s generosity will go a long way towards keeping our libraries vibrant far into the future.”

Known by many as a proudly eccentric man, he was known for his energetic personality and outlandish outfits, pairing lime green slacks with multi-colored checkered hats. Friends remember how his amiability spilled over to other aspects of his life.

“Anybody who knew Wayne knew about his quirks — at times he was generous to a fault,” wrote close friend Barb Osborne as she described his pastime of collecting littered cans to benefit local charity. “[He] had a great sense of humor and adventure. He was infinitely patient.”

Whitbeck was born in Portland in 1921 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. When an aptitude test after the war revealed his strengths in communication and an extroverted disposition, he decided to become an insurance salesman. 

Whitbeck married Marjory “Marjie” Irene Siedow in 1942, a marriage that lasted 64 years until Marjory’s death in February 2006.

Throughout his life he was active with the Reedville Presbyterian Church and the American Legion and enjoyed playing golf.

During his service at the library, Wayne was especially focused on youth services, promoting the importance of reading as the means to a good education.

The Beaverton City Library is located at 12375 S.W. Fifth St. For more information, visit: www.beavertonlibrary.org.