“People attending the recent Clatsop Community College’s dedication of Patriot Hall were excited to see the first official lap around the indoor track in the new building run by Bob Swenson and his grandchildren,” Bob’s wife, Gerry wrote. Pictured, from left, Audrey May Swenson, Ben Swenson, Bob Swenson and Aaron Kennedy. Other family members were also there to cheer them along.
“I purchased this wonderful opportunity for him at the Clatsop Community College Foundation’s auction this past May,” Gerry explained. “The funds raised at the auction are designated for scholarships for CCC students.”
“Bob has a history with Patriot Hall. As a student at Astoria High School from 1944 to 1946, he ran the track in the ‘old’ Patriot Hall, and now here he is running it again, over 70 years later, in the ‘new’ Patriot Hall!”
Naturally,” she added, “Grandpa was the first to cross the finish line. What a thrill!”