Diana Pettit Berman grew up in the town of Chehalis, Washington and went to college at the University of Oregon by means of a Weyerhauser Scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1966 and went on to Naval Officer Candidate School. She served in the Navy and later obtained a Masters of Nursing from University California San Francisco with a specialty in psychiatric nursing in 1971. She enjoyed nursing careers in outreach nursing, nursing education(She taught at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA; St Martin’s College, Lacey Washington) as well as work as an inpatient psychiatric nurse and house nursing supervisor for her last 15 years of her career. She succumbed to breast cancer in 1997. She always gave great thanks for the Weyerhauser Scholarship giving her the means to an education, she may not have otherwise been able to obtain.
Michael passed September of 2019 and was a graduate of Humboldt State College (class of 1964 with a BS in industrial arts). He later obtained an MBA from Humboldt as well. In his last year of life, Mike had worked to lay the groundwork to facilitate a scholarship in his wife’s name. Mike felt strongly that anyone with a desire to obtain an education should have the opportunity. He always felt the scholarship should be awarded based on the ability to give back to the community and provide care to those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.