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The Legacy of Rob Ingram

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Rob Ingram was 38 when he died of a heart attack on Sunday. Among everyone who knew him well, there is consensus that he fit more into those few decades than most do in a lifetime. He fully embraced the “active” part of “activism,” never truly going off the clock, and ending every speech with the sentiment, “Let’s get to work.”

He served with a number of organizations and institutions, most recently as President of the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals and Director of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention. He is survived by his wife Dana, and his five children.

Today we speak with those he mentored over the years. If you knew Rob Ingram or his work, share your memories and stories about his effect on your life.

A public life celebration for Rob Ingram will be held at noon at The International Fellowship Family on Friday, December 2nd.


  • Jo Johnson: Barber in Portland
  • Chabre Vickers: Director of community relations and diversity programs at Big Brothers, Big Sisters Columbia
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