A 10,000-mile journey that began in Vietnam for Pacific University alumni Tim ’74 and Cathy Tran ’74 culminated at the university’s Forest Grove Campus on Oct. 6 with the naming of the library in their honor.
The naming came at the recommendation of the Pacific Board of Trustees earlier this year, in recognition of the establishment of the Khiem “Tim” ’74 and Thuy “Cathy“ Tran ’74 Library Endowment, which will provide operational support to fund teaching, learning and the scholarly environment the university’s library system promotes.
The Trans came to Pacific as students in the 1970s, before returning to their home in South Vietnam to launch their careers. They later were forced to flee that home amid the chaos and war of the Communist rule. A harrowing journey eventually brought them back to the United States, where they found support and welcome from friends at Pacific. They each went on to establish successful careers and to prioritize giving back in support of education. “To me personally, coming here today and attending this dedication is the completion of a long journey of almost 38 years and more than 10,000 miles,” Tim Tran said. “I’m glad it ended right here.”
The Khiem “Tim” ’74 and Thuy “Cathy“ Tran ’74 Library Endowment is among the tremendous donor support Pacific University has received as part of its $80 million fundraising campaign, Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University.