Provided by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts
Robert (Bob) W. Jacobson, Jake to his friends and colleagues, has been chosen the 2014 Community Legend by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA). Jacobson will be honored as the 14th recipient of the Award at a Dinner to be held at the Agate Beach Best Western Inn on March 15, 2014.
OCCA Community Legends are recognized for their importance in our community life through the contributions for twenty years or more, they have made of their time, energy and enthusiasm.
Bob Jacobson embodies all these characteristics. Born and raised on the Oregon Coast, and a graduate of Oregon State University (OSU), Bob began a career in commercial fishing that involved both the production side of the industry and a newly evolving education element. Bob has commercially fished for salmon, dungeness crab and albacore tuna locally, and participated in halibut and king crab fisheries in distant waters.
He began his education career in 1967 as a Marine Extension Agent with the Oregon State University Extension Service. He was the first Marine Extension Agent in the nation, and in that role significantly shaped the contributions of marine extension programs across the country. He relocated to Newport with the establishment of the Oregon Sea Grant Program and retired in 1995 after 28 years of service as a Professor Emeritus, Department of Fisheries, at OSU.
Bob’s contributions to the community are many and varied. He is always available to lend his leadership, expertise and efforts to a cause or project — often as the chair of the committee or project group. Among the many activities he has participated in and roles he has served are: Advisor for many years to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission; eight years as a Commissioner and one year as Chair on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission; Commissioner and Chair on the Port of Newport Board; member of the Lincoln County Budget Committee; helped with formation of the Newport Fisherman’s Wives organization; and Chair of Fishermen Involved in Natural Energy (FINE), a first of its kind advisory committee in Oregon addressing wave energy and ocean planning issues off our coast.
Additionally Bob started, along with John Brooks, the youth basketball program in Newport; was active with Boosters as a fundraiser and project coordinator to build a new running track at Newport High School and set up a Boosters Endowment Fund through Oregon Community Foundation; helped to demolish the old and rebuild a new NHS gymnasium; was a primary fundraiser and project coordinator to rebuild the City-owned basketball/tennis courts; helped the Boy Scouts develop a day camping area and the list goes on.
In 1970 Bob was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in Newport for his involvement in the local community.
Please join us in celebrating Bob’s contributions to our community. Anyone wishing to attend OCCA’s 2014 Community Legend Dinner and celebrate Bob Jacobson’s many years of community service can call the OCCA office at 541-265-2787, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm or stop by in person at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive, Newport OR in Historic Nye Beach. RSVPs will be accepted through March .