The University of Portland took part in honoring a pioneer of Oregon's high-tech industry. Last month marked what would have been the 100th birthday of Howard Vollum, a Catholic who in 1946 co-founded Tektronix, which designed, manufactured, and marketed laboratory oscilloscopes. Tektronix helped lead a tech explosion in Oregon, where the business is still expanding. The industry came to be known as the Silicon Forest.
Vollum attended the University of Portland for two years in the 1930s before transferring to Reed College to major in physics. Vollum served in the Army before founding his firm with Jack Murdock. He served on the UP board of trustees from 1955 to 1986. When Vollum died in 1986, his funeral was at St. Pius X Church in Portland.
Commemorations took place May 31 at the university.