Robert Garness Crumpton, a “pivotal leader” of the Oregon Education Association, died on Oct. 6, 2015. He served as OEA executive director from 1973 to 1998 and will be remembered for leading the way in the passage of the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act and the teacher tenure and layoff laws.
“He helped establish the OEA as the most powerful voice for educators and all workers in the state, as well as one of the strongest NEA affiliates in the nation,” said the OEA web site. “This loss is especially poignant [because of] what he did for our union.”
Calling Crumpton “one of the OEA’s most pivotal leaders,” the OEA site noted that he helped the OEA grow as a union and he “facilitated the creation of the Collective Bargaining Fund – which supports our political organizing – and the OEA Relief Fund.”
Retired OEA staff member Bob Dahlman posted this additional comment: Robert “led the organization through a time of great change. Robert understood advocacy and made sure that the OEA became a strong presence both at local collective bargaining tables and in the state legislature.” He was “a long-time advocate for children and public school employees and continued to be a lifelong advocate for social justice and political progressiveness long after retirement.”
See the full OEA obituary at www.oregoned.org/foundation . See Bob Dahlman’s obituary at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Robert-Crumpton&lc=2433&pid=176056854&mid=6627238 .