Aug. 12, 1929 — June 9, 2012

Former Corvallis resident Jeanne Ebbert Dost of Freeland, Wash., a scholar and a tireless advocate for women, passed from among us on June 9, 2012, at home.

She was the daughter of Margie and William Ebbert, and was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Walla Walla, Wash. Jeanne was a student in economics at Washington State University when she met Frank Dost, who was studying veterinary medicine, in 1948. They ultimately discovered that they were destined for each other and married in September 1950, just before their senior year at WSU.

When they graduated, Jeanne was accepted into the doctoral program in economics at Harvard University and Frank entered clinical veterinary practice in the Boston area. They both later took faculty positions at Kansas State University while Jeanne completed her dissertation, receiving her doctorate in 1959.

In 1962 they came to Oregon State University. Jeanne founded the Women Studies program at OSU 40 years ago, at a time when such an idea was not easily accepted, and it is still growing and thriving. Jeanne and Frank retired, more or less, in 1991 and moved to Sidney, British Columbia, for four years, then came to Freeland, on Whidbey Island.

Jeanne succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease and leukemia. She is survived by Frank, daughter Karen and son Frederick. She was a warrior. Her pain has ended.

There will be a memorial for Jeanne during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Women Studies Program, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Loge Level of Reser Stadium.

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