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Kathy Ishiara

Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Event


The Kathy Ishiara Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 at the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) Annual Conference in Coos Bay to honor Medford City Recorder Kathy Ishiara, who passed away from breast cancer in August, 1998, at the age of 52. Kathy was an active member and supporter of OAMR and International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). Education was very important to Kathy, so a scholarship was created awarding $1,000 for an OAMR member to attend the IIMC Annual Conference. 

Kathy was the City Recorder for the City of Medford from 1987 until 1998, when her illness forced her to give up her job. She battled breast cancer for many years, having undergone a radical mastectomy in her 20’s, another in her 40’s, and a stem cell transplant at Oregon Health Science University, before her death in 1998. She was not only an incredible City Recorder, but also an incredible person.

The first Kathy Walk was held during the Annual Conference in 2000 and was always a popular part of the Annual Conference. The Kathy Walk is a wonderful event that helps raise funds for this scholarship, and honors Kathy Ishiara, and her courageous fight with cancer.  

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