Ulrich, Roberta 1928-

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ULRICH, Roberta 1928-

PERSONAL: Born August 24, 1928, in Lewiston, ID; daughter of Robert D. (a creamery owner) and Artie-Lyn (a teacher; maiden name, Richards) Tucker; married John R. Ulrich, May 26, 1950 (died, April 11, 1982); companion of John R. Lynch (a chemist); children: Robert, Bill. Ethnicity: "British Isles." Education: Washington State College (now University), B.A., 1950; Portland State University, M.A., 1996. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, genealogy.

ADDRESSES: Home—13725 Southwest Bonnie Brae Ct., Beaverton, OR 97005. E-mail—[email protected] supersat2.net.

CAREER: United Press International, Spokane, WA, reporter, 1953-56, bureau manager, 1959-68; United Press International, Portland, OR, reporter, 1968-81; Oregon Journal, Portland, regional editor, 1981-82; Oregonian, Portland, reporter, 1982-96; freelance writer, 1996—. Member of Lands Council, Spokane, and Selkirk Conservation Alliance.

MEMBER: Sierra Club, Friends of History (Portland State University).

AWARDS, HONORS: Alumni Achievement Award, Washington State University Alumni Association, 1991.


Empty Nets: Indians, Dams, and the Columbia River, Oregon State University Press (Corvallis, OR), 1999.

Contributor to newspapers.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on the termination of Indian tribes and restoration, with a book expected to result.

SIDELIGHTS: Roberta Ulrich told CA: "Empty Nets: Indians, Dams, and the Columbia River grew out of my indignation about the government's failure to fulfill a promise to Indian fishing people along the Columbia River. I had covered aspects of the issue as a reporter, first for United Press International and later for the Oregonian. I took it as a subject for my thesis in obtaining a master's degree in history at Portland State University. From there, at the suggestion of my advisor, Gordon B. Dobbs, it grew into a book. It is an unfinished story. The Army Corps of Engineers, which made the promise in 1939, may finish fulfilling it by 2004."



Journal of American History, March, 2001, Michael J. Chiarappa, review of Empty Nets: Indians, Dams, and the Columbia River, p. 1574.

Pacific Historical Review, November, 2001, Kendrick A. Clements, review of Empty Nets, p. 661.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly, winter, 2000, Deward E. Walker, Jr. and Peter N. Jones, review of Empty Nets, p. 52.

Western Historical Quarterly, spring, 2001, Coll-Peter Thrush, review of Empty Nets, p. 102.