I’m so sorry to be writing today with tragic news.
Bob Ozretich, a co-founder and active leader of the Corvallis Area Move To Amend affiliate in central western Oregon, was killed by an impaired driver while volunteering for highway litter cleanup with a group from his local Unitarian Universalist congregation this week. Bob was a chemical oceanographer for 40 years at the Environmental Protection Agency before retiring in 2014.
Together with his wife Rachel, Bob not only played a critical role in Corvallis Area Move to Amend but also in laying the groundwork for a future statewide network of Oregon Move To Amend groups. He helped pass a 2012 advisory vote in the Corvallis City Council to urge state and federal representatives to support a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and money as speech. Most recently in 2015, Bob testified in support of a city resolution prohibiting Corvallis from investing in fossil fuel companies, which ultimately passed.
Through his organizing work in Move To Amend and other groups including the NAACP, his personal values of democracy and social justice were unwavering, as was his tireless commitment to making his community and the world a more just and equal place for everyone.