WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Whitman College Board of Trustees recently announced the establishment of the Ralph C. Rittenour Jr. Professorship in Economics, in memory of their colleague and longtime chair of the Whitman Investment Committee.

Rittenour, who died in an accident in the summer of 2006, first became involved with Whitman when his daughters, Kari Rittenour ’90 and Signe Eyre ’94 attended, but his interest extended long after they graduated. He was a member of the Board of Trustees at the time of his death, but he began his service to the college in 1994 when he joined the Whitman College Investment Committee as chair.

Under Rittenour’s leadership, the college’s endowment grew steadily and significantly. He also served as a member of Whitman’s Board of Overseers from 1997 until 2004, when he was elected to the Board of Trustees.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Rittenour taught as a part-time adjunct professor of business and finance at both Oregon State University and Lewis and Clark College. A career investment counselor, he also ran his own successful firm, CTC Consulting and served as managing director of US Trust, National Association.

The Ralph C. Rittenour, Jr. Professorship in Economics Endowment will provide funding to support a distinguished teacher/scholar in the economics department, who has expertise in the field of finance.

“The Rittenour position offers a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our offerings in finance and our general program,” said Jan Crouter, associate professor of economics and chair of Division I. Having two faculty members teaching finance courses will give the department and the college a competitive edge, she added. “We are profoundly grateful for the gifts that have made possible this position honoring Ralph Rittenour.”

“We are pleased to be able to honor Ralph Rittenour’s many substantial contributions to the College,” added Lori Bettison-Varga, provost and dean of the faculty. “With this opportunity we will enhance and broaden the curricular experience of economics majors and students in interdisciplinary programs.”

The board invites friends and colleagues of Rittenour and Whitman to help the college establish this professorship in his honor. For more information, contact John W. Bogley, vice president for development and college relations at (509) 527-5979, or bogleyjw@whitman.edu.

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156
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