Many of us at OHSU are mourning the passing of Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, Oregon’s longtime senator who was a champion of medical research and a staunch believer in the good work that is done at OHSU. President Joe Robertson released this statement to the media last night after hearing of Sen. Hatfield’s death. The senator’s contributions to Oregon and to the nation have been featured in a number of news accounts and editorials. Sen. Hatfield’s story is chronicled in the ninth floor lobby of OHSU Hospital; now is a good time to read again about his commitment to peace and life-sustaining work. Get a glimpse into Sen. Hatfield’s connection to OHSU by reading the notes for a speech he delivered to the 1887 Society Gala on May 22, 2004.