LESLIE WEBB WYKOFF
May 22, 1947 ˜ September 14, 2020
Leslie Webb Wykoff died Sept. 14, 2020, following a brief battle with stage four cancer.
Leslie was born in Portland, OR, the first of two daughters to Robert D. and Linne Webb, both deceased. She graduated from Franklin High School, Portland State University and the University of Pittsburgh Library School (masters in library science).
Prior to retirement, Leslie was director of library services for Washington State University, Vancouver. Earlier she was head of reference at OHSU Medical School. She also held library-related positions at Kaiser Center for Health Research and Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, where she became an early specialist in computer database information searching.
Leslie was also co-director of The Portland Book Project, for the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Center for Urban Education. During her career, she was instrumental in training Northwest librarians to search health and medical information as the databases and the Internet were being developed and was known as a mentor for entry level librarians. She wrote the cover document for the WSU Vancouver Oral History Project and co-directed the Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive. Over her career, she also authored and co-authored numerous papers.
Leslie begin her library career during high school at the library of the Portland Daily Reporter, a newspaper which grew out of the 1959 newspaper strike against the Oregonian and Oregon Journal. It was there that she met her husband of 53 years, Jolyon (Jolly) Wykoff, who worked there as a copy boy. ”It was love at first sight.” Leslie’s father was the paper’s publisher. Her future father-in-law was its managing editor.
She was a deacon and elder at Westminister Presbyterian Church in northeast Portland and a Stephen Minister, trained to help people talk through difficult times.
Leslie is survived by her husband; daughter, Josie Wykoff (Wolf); grandchildren, Tyler, Paige and Jaden; and sister, Barbara Henerie (Bob).
The family asks that remembrances be made in the form of donations to a library.
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