- September 19, 1918 - March 21, 2015
- Corvallis, Oregon
of Hector's Passing
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“Rest in peace. You will always be fondly remembered.
1 of 6 | Posted by: Francis Ombwara - Nairobi, Kenya
“Rest in peace. You and Kitty were very helpful to Stella and Francis Ombwara of Kenya
2 of 6 | Posted by: Kathleen Ombwara - Nairobi Kenya
“To the MacPherson Family - I was very sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. MacPherson. The last time I seen him; I was working for the Albany Democrat...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: WANDA ( REED) WOOD
“A finest example of service to country and Oregon.
4 of 6 | Posted by: Edgar Numrich - Lake Oswego, OR
“Please accept my deepest sympathy for your great loss. Words don't always ease the pain when you are grieving the death of a loved one, but we hope...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Bill Conlon
“One of the last of the giants in Oregon politics. My condolences to Greg and other family members. May your example give us hope for a healthier...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Robert Repp - West Linn, OR
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Hector Macpherson Jr. passed away on March 21, 2015 in Corvallis, Oregon. He was born September 19, 1918, in Corvallis, to Hector and Margaret Macpherson. When he was six years old, the family moved to a dairy farm in the community of Oakville in Linn County, Oregon. He spent most of his life on that farm. Hector graduated from Corvallis High School in 1936, and from Oregon Agricultural College in 1940. His degree was in Agricultural Technology. Because war appeared imminent, Hector trained in ROTC and joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. On his way to service as an aerial photo officer in Panama, he visited his sister Miriam, who was teaching at a college in Delhi, New York. There he met Katharine Smith, always known as Kitty. Romance blossomed through letters exchanged while Hector was stationed in Panama and Kitty was teaching art in New Jersey. In 1943, Hector decided the war was passing him by, so he trained to be a navigator. Hector and Kitty were married May 29, 1943, in Delhi, before he was deployed to Europe. He spent the remainder of the war in Europe, first flying 50 missions on B-17s with the 99th and 2nd bomb groups out of Tunisia and southern Italy, and then as the Air Force "Mickey" (an expert in radar navigation) at the headquarters for the 15th Air Force. After World War II, Hector and Kitty moved to the Macpherson family farm in Oakville. They continued living on and running the farm for sixty years, raising their five children there. Hector became interested in land use planning in the 1960s. He helped initiate the first planning commission in Linn County, later serving on the commission and as its chairman. To broaden his sphere of influence, he ran for and was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1970. He was the second of three Macphersons to serve in the state legislature: Both his father, Hector Macpherson Sr., and his son, Greg Macpherson, served as state representatives. Although he served just one four-year term, his work there had lasting impact on the state. He was best known as the father of Senate Bill 100 which created the Land Conservation and Development Commission, and set up Oregon's current statewide system of land use planning. He also was proud of his work on SB101 (which preserved farm and forest land), the Bicycle Bill (which set aside transportation money for bike paths), the Bottle Bill (which placed a deposit on soft drink and beer bottles), and rewriting the Willamette Greenway law to protect the rights of farmers. Hector completed his public service on the Land Conservation and Development from 1990 to 2000. Hector was preceded in death by his son, Douglas. He is survived by his wife Kitty, and by his children, Janet Wershow of Corvallis, Greg Macpherson of Lake Oswego, Miriam Haugen of Monmouth/Independence, Bruce Macpherson of Portland, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. In his later years Hector planted many trees on the family farm to enhance its appearance and productivity. Those trees remain, along with his civic achievements, as a legacy of his long life. A memorial service will be at 11am Thursday, April 9th at the Oakville Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be made to 1000 Friends of Oregon or Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321.
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