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Jenette E. Roberts

Part-time Latin Instructor at Willamette 1965-1974

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Magister similis candelae est. Consumitur ut lux eius aliis viam illuminet.
“A teacher is like a candle. It consumes itself to light the way for others” ~Author Unknown

Jenette Roberts (1907-2005) was born in Tacoma, Washington to Harry Edward and Nettie Clark Roberts. Jenette was the elder sister to H. Clark Roberts and Howard Roberts. Together they grew up on a farm in the Yakima Valley.

Jenette attended Whitman Grade School in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Outlook High School in 1925. She attended Normal School in Cheney, Washington prior to her entrance to Washington State University where she graduated with a B.A. degree in 1928. Upon her graduation, Jenette was presented the Washington State History Honorary Scholastic Cup Award. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and also received the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Gamma Nu honoraries. Jenette received her Master’s degree in 1939 from the University of Oregon with a thesis about one of Salem's early leading citizens, entitled "Asahel Bush, Pioneer, Editor, Politician, and Banker." She was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jenette began her teaching career in Latin, English, and Spanish at Auburn High School in Washington from 1929 to 1932. She taught at Parrish Junior High from 1933 to 1935, North Salem High School from 1935 to 1974, and Willamette University from 1965 to her retirement in 1974. Jenette’s quest for learning never ceased. Notes of gratitude from students followed Jenette throughout her life. (Donna Selby)

Magister docendo perenne movet. Dicere non potest quantum valeat.
“A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops.” - Henry Adams


  • B.A., Washington State University
  • M.A. in History, University of Oregon
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