Stanley Earl Aschenbrenner
February 25, 1920 to August 11, 2018
Stan was born in Spokane, Washington to Reverend Edward and Lydia Aschenbrenner. As a child he lived in small towns across Oregon in towns where his father preached.
Graduating from Grants Pass High School in 1947, Stan was a rugged well-liked football player and played the lead in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. An outstanding scholar, receiving academic awards, Stan also worked multiple jobs from age 14 on the railroad, in sawmills, and as a foreman in the hops fields to help finance his college education.
Stan attended Willamette University, where he first met and, many years later, married his wife, Jackie. At Willamette, he majored in philosophy and became a Senior Scholar. Stan was elected Student Body President.
After Willamette, he attended graduate school at University of Oregon, until drafted. Stan served in the Air Force in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he worked on radar and acquired an interest in computers. Upon discharge in 1956 he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to run the technical documentation department for Control Data. Colleagues there remember him as a compassionate leader.
Despite his career success, his insatiable curiosity drew him back to academia. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and taught Anthropology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He authored several books and earned a National Geographic grant. Stan became fluent in Greek, specialized in Greek Archaeology, and led several archeological digs. He purchased a home in the village of Karpafora in 1973 where he spent his summers and developed life long friendships.
Stan was tireless in his commitment to the common good. Issues for which he was passionate included equity, affordable housing, and pursuing solutions to improve sustainability through policy, personal action, and land use design. After retiring and returning to Oregon in 1994, he helped complete more than 15 Habitat for Humanity homes, canvassed for progressive political issues and candidates, and promoted sustainability, including his service on the Lake Oswego Natural Resources Advisory Board.
He put his compassion into action as the Clackamas County representative to the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good, helped collect school supplies for Liberia, and served on the board of the Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry board. He also organized teams to glean food from local stores to donate those in need, despite the physical limitations age eventually imposed. Stan was a man of great integrity and took his commitments and convictions seriously.
Stan always had a to do list, wood working projects to complete, causes to support, books to study, and friends to keep in touch with. He was a loyal friend, tirelessly curious, and enduringly true to his convictions.
Stan is greatly missed by friends at the Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, his brother Larry and his family, his sister Ernestina's family, and his wife Jackie's children and grandchildren.
A service celebrating Stan's life will be held September 29th at 3:00 PM at the Lake Oswego Methodist Church., Remembrances may be made to the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good http://iafnw.org/macg/donate