Portland Community College Mourns the Passing of Counselor

By Jesse Day|October 24, 2012News|

Sylvania – Longtime Sylvania Counselor, Roger Frank, was found dead in his vehicle yesterday afternoon.

Frank was last seen alive on Saturday after visiting the Blitz sports bar and grill.

Police responded after another counselor found Frank’s car in a parking lot along Southeast Powell in the Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood around 2:00 p.m yesterday.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results but report no foul play seems to be involved.

No word yet on memorial services.

Frank was a much beloved colleague at Portland Community College- We invite you to share your memories of him in our comments section.

PCC President Preston Pulliams sent an e-mail Tuesday night with the news of the death of PCC Counselor Roger Frank.  Pulliams wrote:

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that we learned from Roger Frank’s family that
the police found Roger this evening, passed away in his van. At this
point, the police believe Roger’s death appears to be medically
related, but they have not completed their investigation.

It is tragic when a member of our college community leaves us —
especially someone like Roger. A counselor at PCC for 25 years, Roger
has been a fixture in our lives and those of the many students he has
helped to guide and support at PCC. The last few days has been very
challenging and many of us are struggling to process this news. In
part, because managing these situations is just what we would have
relied on Roger to help us with.

As shared earlier today, the Student Services Retreat previously
scheduled for tomorrow morning (October 24) has been cancelled. In
lieu of the retreat, a counselor from our Employee Assistance Program
will be available tomorrow at the Rock Creek Event Center, Building 9
from 9:00 – 12:00 to provide information regarding EAP services as
well as group support.

As we learn more from Roger’s family about the supports they need and
appreciate from the PCC community we will share those with you. I know
all our thoughts are with them tonight and during the difficult days
ahead.

Sincerely,

Preston Pulliams
College President
Portland Community College

Sylvania Campus will have an Employee Assistance Program grief counselor available today, Wednesday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m. in CC204, the former Student Success Center.

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Former Managing Editor (2012), Jesse Day is a current Portland Community College student and multimedia coordinator for the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC). Jesse offers The Bridge nearly a decade of journalism experience in his position of Fall Managing Editor. He has returned to school to learn marketing and has an ultimate goal of being a filmmaker. Jesse's interests include: news, politics, and photography. He loves the great outdoors and meeting new people. Jesse lives in Tigard with his wife and three children.