GRC Mel Lindbloom Student Center
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A Celebration of His Life

Join us on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. as we gather both online and in-person to remember and celebrate the unique life of our beloved colleague, friend, husband, father, and grandfather.


The in-person event will be held in the newly constructed  Mel Lindbloom Student Union Building.


How will you be attending the event?
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His Life


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Born in Mt. Vernon, WA

MAY 14th, 1925


Born to Carl and Anna Lindbloom, Mel graduated from Sedro Woolley High School in 1943. After high school he joined the US Navy during WW II and proudly served on a destroyer (USS Mertz) in the South Pacific.

After the war Mel attended Western Washington University where he earned his BA and master's degrees in education. While he attended Western, he was quarterback of the football team. He earned his Superintendent credentials at the University of Washington and his doctorate in Administrative Education at Washington State University. While at Western he met Roma Mae Still, and they were married August 28, 1948. They had been married 58 years when Roma passed away in 2006.

Mel started his career at Sultan High School where he taught several subjects and coached football, wrestling and baseball. He went on to be the Superintendent of Schools in Quincy, WA, the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in the Auburn School District and in 1964 he became the Founding President of Green River College where he remained until he retired in 1980. After retiring from Green River College, he was interim President of Tacoma Community College and served on the hiring committees for several other community colleges.

Mel was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Past President of the Washington Association of Community College Presidents, a member of the Council for Post-Secondary Education and a member of Rotary for 50 years. He served on the Board of Trustees for Harborview Medical Center for 10 years, UW Physicians Network Board and UW Medical Center Visiting Committee, the Green River Community College Foundation Board and was a member of the Auburn Valley Bank Board of Directors.

Mel loved people and was known for his leadership, intelligence, sense of humor and warmth. He was always in search of knowledge and forever a teacher - students always came first. He will be remembered as the best Dad and Grandpa ever!

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