Robert Boisseau Pamplin, son of John Robert
Pamplin and Pauline Beville, b. 25 Nov. 1911 at Sutherland, Dinwiddie Co., Va.; living at Portland, Ore.
(1984); m. 15 June 1940 at Augusta, Ga. to Mary Katherine Reese who was b. 15 Aug. 1917 at Augusta, Ga.
She was dau. of Dr. John Thomas Reese and Kate Coffin Robinson. (Family photograph on page 302.)
Robert Boisseau Pamplin graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg, Va. in 1933,
and did graduate work at Northwestern University, Evanson, Ill. He was recognized and honored as
an outstanding alumnus by both institutions: in 1969 the building in which the College of Business
is housed at Virginia Polytechnic Institute was named Pamplin Hall in recognition of Robert Boisseau
Pamplin's achievements in the business world, one who had brought "prestige to the University
through his national prominence as a business leader"; and in 1966 he received Northwestern
University's Merit Award. Also, Lewis and Clark College, of Portland Oregon, on whose Board of
Trustees he served as chairman 1963-68 and 1977-1979, honored Robert Boisseau Pamplin by naming
their indoor athletic facility the Pamplin Sports Center.
Robert Boisseau Pamplin joined the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1934 and worked
continuously for this company until his retirement in November 1976, a period of
forty-two years. Georgia-Pacific was a very small wholesale lumber company when he
joined it; at his retirement sales had reached a figure in the billions of dollars.
He successively worked as Accountant, Secretary and Treasurer, Financial Vice President,
up through several executive levels until he was elected President in 1957 and Chairman
of the Board in 1968.
In addition to his Georgia-Pacific affiliation, Robert Boisseau Pamplin served over
the years on the boards of several business and financial institutions. After his
retirement, he became chairman of the family-owned R. B. Pamplin Corporation of Portland Oregon.
(See Appendix B. page 339, for an extended account of Robert Boisseau Pamplin's
activities and honors.)
ISSUE OF ROBERT BOISSEAU PAMPLIN AND MARY KATHERINE
Robert Boisseau Pamplin, Jr., b. 3 Sept. 1941 at Augusta, Ga.; m. Marilyn Hooper of
Portland, Ore. Robert Boisseau Pamplin, Jr. earned three B.S. degrees--in Business
Administration, Accounting and Economics--at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore.
He also received two Masters degrees (in Business and Education) from the University
of Portland, Portland, Ore., as well as two other advanced degrees (M.C.L. and D.Min.)
from the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary at Salem, Ore. In 1969, Robert Boisseau
Pamplin, Jr. endowed a Chair Professorship at the University of Portland Business School.
He was a recipient of an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Portland in 1972,
and he was the Distinguished Alumnus for 1974 of Lewis and Clark College.
Robert Boisseau Pamplin, Jr. has been a member of the Board of Regents of the
University of Portland, acting as Chairman 1975-1979, then elected to Regent Emeritus.
From 1973-1976, Robert Boisseau Pamplin, Jr. was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in
the School of Business Administration at the University of Portland. He has served on
the National Advisory Council on Vocational Education as an appointee of President Ford.
Also, he was appointed by Governor McCall and Governor Straub to the Oregon State Scholarship
Commission, serving as Chairman in 1976-1979. He was recently appointed by Governor Atiyeh
to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Robert Boisseau Pamplin, Jr. received the Small Business Administration Award for outstanding
performance as a member of the Small Business Institute Consulting Team, both as a winner in
the district and regional competition, as well as a national runner-up. His public service
and his achievements as a business and cultural leader have been noted in such illustrious
biographical directories as Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Outstanding Young Men of America,
Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in the World.
Robert Boisseau Pamplin, Jr. is President and on the Board of R. B. Pamplin Corp.,
Portland, Ore.; Vice Chairman of the Board of Mt. Vernon Mills, Greenville, S. C.; and
Chairman of the Board of Columbia Empire Farms, Inc., Lake Oswego,Oregon.
Mailing address for R. B. Pamplin Corporation:
Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr.
The R. B. Pamplin Corp.
900 SW 5th Ave. Suite 1800
Portland, OR 97204