CORVALLIS - A 68-foot-high campanile constructed at Oregon State University was dedicated Friday to the late H. Dean Papé, noted alumnus and successful Oregon businessman, at an afternoon ceremony on the OSU library quad.
The campanile, or bell tower, is a gift to the OSU community from the Papé family. Dean Papé graduated from the Oregon Agricultural College in 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and president of the OSU Foundation from 1983-85. He was named OSU Volunteer of the Year in 1985 and was a trustee from 1972 until his death in July of 1996.
The bell tower is located east of The Valley Library. It contains five bronze bells, ranging in weight from 273 to 1,919 pounds, which sound five different tones. The bells were cast in the Netherlands and will chime the hour and half-hour. A clock face is located on the west side of the tower, facing the library quad.
The steel skeleton was trucked to campus in July when two cranes lifted the 40,000-pound structure into place. Concrete was poured over the bolts to secure the base of the tower and it was faced with red brick similar to The Valley Library. The campanile is valued at $500,000.
"Dean Papé was not only a friend of Oregon State University, but a friend of the state of Oregon," said OSU President Paul Risser. "The campanile will remind students of the dedication Dean Papé had for both OSU and this state. We appreciate the generosity of the Papé family and thank them for this gift to the university community."
Dean's widow, Shirley Papé, said inspiration for the bell tower came from their grandson, Justin Papé, who studies engineering at OSU. "We wanted to provide the OSU community with something to remember Dean by and the bell tower seemed appropriate," she said.
Papé was founder of the Papé Group of companies, which includes Papé Brothers, Inc., a heavy equipment sales and service firm; Flightcraft Inc., a general aviation company; PBI Machinery, which sells and services mechanical timber harvesting equipment; and Hyster Sales Co., which sells a broad line of Hyster and other brands of material handling equipment.
Papé and his family supported many campus projects with volunteer energy and dollars. They include the renovation of Reser Stadium, construction of the CH2M-HILL Alumni Center and The Valley Library, and development of the Southern Oregon Experiment Station. They also contributed to the OSU Beaver Club (now the Beaver Athletic Scholarship Fund), Presidential Scholarships, and annual giving programs.
Participating in the ceremony were his widow, Shirley Papé and her sons Gary, Terry and Randy. Grandson and current OSU student Justin Papé was involved in planning for the campanile and also participated in the ceremony. Remarks were also offered by John Fenner, a former volunteer leader of the Foundation Board, and by Associated Students of Oregon State University President Justin Geddes.
Other guests included fellow trustees of the OSU Foundation who served with Dean Papé along with Rebecca S. Cole, foundation president and CEO. Hosts were President Risser and his wife Les.
The dedication included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a reception for the guests.