In Memoriam...


To our Electrologist Colleagues from OALE

We are sad to tell you that Virginia McDonald (former LE and CPE) has passed away at age 91. Most Electrologists now practicing in Oregon did not know Virginia, but owe so much to her for what our profession is today.

Virginia was born on Dec. 20, 1927 to Leota and John Roppel. She attended 2 years at Marylhurst, was a Red Cross swim instructor and life guard and worked in retail at a drug store in Molalla before attending the California College of Electrology and Thermology in Modesto. She opened her practice at 80th and Division in Portland and named it Green Pine for the tree in the front yard. Working from home let her see clients getting off work at odd shift times as well as regular office hours. Before she retired, she briefly practiced in Gladstone seated on her motorized scooter.

Virginia became the first President of the newly formed Oregon Assoc. of Registered Electrologists in 1974. The association was later re-named the Oregon Assoc of Licensed Electrologists. She was its Vice President in 1978 and Newsletter Editor from 1978-82. After Electrologists lost licensing for 10 years and several attempts to regain it failed, Virginia was able to gather a large group of association members and non-members into the Oregon Coalition for Electrolysis Licensing in 1986 and licensing was regained the last day of the legislative session in 1987. Virginia stood tall at the front of the gallery as those votes were taken. After the coalition had "beat feet" around the capitol to regain licensing, Virginia was appointed to the first Advisory Council and as an exam proctor. Even before the statute and rules were developed Virginia was among the first to get an autoclave and to take the CPE board certification exam.

Many an hour was spent around her big dining room table with the glass top over the family pictures while we collated thick newsletters and then legislative packets. If ever there was a roadblock or some new challenge you just knew she would say "Well, someone should do something about that". She took her own advice to heart in so many ways including caring for her brother-in-law, her ex-husband, and her cherished husband George in their last days at her house.

Virginia was fun, and such a good friend. Lots of down home dry humor, canning recipes, and advice that should have been made into a book. She wrote a terrific pamphlet for electrolysis clients that many electrologists used and still use in their practice.

She did not want a funeral service, no gathering is yet planned. If you wish to send your condolences to her daughter Carla, grandchildren Jacob and Brieanne and her great-grandchildren Wesley, Everly, and Ahnika, please write to:

Carla Potts LE, 15927 SE Ruby Dr., Milwaukie, OR 97267 or

Donations in Virginia's name would be appreciated by the Pongo Pet Fund, PO Box 9000, Portland, OR 97207.