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Johansen, Dorothy O. (1904–) - Pacific Northwest History

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Dorothy O. Johansen was born on May 19, 1904, to John H. Johansen of Germany and Sophie (Binder) Johansen in Seaside, Oregon. She attended Reed College and received her B.A. in 1933, an M.A. from the University of Washington in 1935, and a Ph.D. in 1941. Before that, she taught school from 1922 to 1927 in Oregon and from 1927 to 1930 in Yakima, Washington. After receiving her M.A., Johansen was an instructor in history at Reed College from 1938 to 1943, assistant professor of history from 1943 to 1949, and professor of history and humanities from 1958 until her retirement in 1969. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Washington, the University of Montana, and the University of Oregon in the summers.

Johansen was a director of the Oregon Historical Society and a member of the advisory boards of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly and America: History and Life . In 1941 she received an award for Pacific history from the Pacific Coast branch of the American Historical Association. She also received a Ford Fellowship in 1954 and the Oregon Historical Society Award in 1958. In 1957 she wrote Empire of the Columbia: A History of The Pacific Northwest , with Charles M. Gates. Two years later Johansen wrote Robert Newell’s Memoranda and Voyage of the Columbia: Around the World with John Boit, 1790–1793 . The latter was part of the Beaver Book series, of which Johansen was general editor. In 1966 she was president of the Pacific Coast branch of the American Historical Association. Dorothy Johansen lives in a rest home in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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