Dr. Roben John Maaske was born in October 1903 in Bertrand,
Nebraska. Dr. Maaske’s teaching career began in 1922, when he founded
a one room school house in Urbana, Nebraska. Dr. Maaske’s love of
education took him to the University of Nebraska where he received his
Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1927.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Dr. Maaske traveled
west to Oregon where he was hired as Irrigon Superintendent of Schools
in 1927. Dr. Maaske was a supervisor in the Portland public schools from
1929 to 1931 when he became Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction
for Oregon, a position he held until 1936. Maaske completed the requirements
for a Masters in School Administration from the University of Oregon in
1936 and a Doctorate from the University of Minnesota two years later.
Dr. Maaske returned to Oregon in 1939 to become president of Eastern Oregon
College of Education (EOCE) in La Grande. He served at EOCE until his
1950 appointment as president of the Oregon College of Education (OCE).
Dr.Maaske’s tenure at OCE (1950 to 1955) was a time of change
and growth for the school. Dr. Maaske finished the construction of the
new library (now known as APS), built Wolverton Swimming Pool in Old PE,
remolded many campus buildings, started construction of the first men’s
dorm (now known as Maaske Hall), and acquired land for future school expansion.
Dr. Maaske was a dedicated and tireless worker, and he expected the same
from those around him. He authored more than 130 booklets, brochures,
and articles during his lifetime. Dr. Maaske was a member of many professional
and non-professional groups, and an active member in the Presbyterian
Church. Dr. Maaske was found dead of a heart attack at his OCE
desk on February 19, 1955.