Roy OSU Award
Roy Gaussoin, an esteemed alumnus of Oregon State University and resident of The Stafford, was recently recognized with the prestigious Lifetime Trustee award. This accolade celebrates his remarkable contributions to the university and highlights his enduring commitment to serving the academic community. It is the highest recognition for volunteer leaders.

Roy’s dedication spans decades, during which he played a pivotal role in various projects and initiatives at OSU. Get to know Roy and his notable accomplishments, philanthropic endeavors, and his profound impact on the university.

A legacy of service

Roy graduated from OSU in 1956, but he’s been heavily involved ever since. He felt a deep sense of gratitude and a desire to give back. Thus, he embarked on a lifelong journey of volunteering and actively engaging with the university community.

“I enjoyed college so much that I wanted to do what I could when I had time to assist them in areas.”

Roy held significant leadership positions, including serving as the president of the Beaver Club, a booster group. Additionally, he became a trustee in the Honors College, contributing to the advancement of academic excellence within the university. Roy’s commitment to OSU’s growth and success was evident through his involvement in projects such as the library’s complete renovation, the construction of a new School of Business building, and the establishment of a football stadium.

Lifetime Trustee award

In recognition of his outstanding contributions and unwavering support, the university staff honored Roy with the Lifetime Trustee award during a special ceremony held as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the foundation. The event was attended by family, friends, and esteemed guests, including his two daughters, one of whom flew from South Carolina to attend.

In a letter to Roy announcing his award, President and CEO of the OSU Foundation Shawn Scoville wrote: “This award honors the many years of service you gave to the board, and the expertise, dedication, and generous support that make you stand out as an outstanding trustee. You were a relationship builder extraordinaire, and you encouraged us to be more aspirational.”

Roy’s love for his alma mater is evident in his lifetime of service, the way he speaks so highly of his university, and the collection of beavers and OSU awards he proudly displays throughout his apartment at The Stafford.

Adventuring with true love

Roy volunteered in student recruitment alongside his late wife Shirley. The happy couple were high school sweethearts and attended OSU together.

He proposed under the Trysting Tree, a popular romantic place where students exchange fraternity pins and propose. They were married for 47 years.

He remembers their incredible adventures together, traveling with friends around the world. They explored countries such as China and Russia. Their favorite was Italy, mainly due to its culinary delights.

Living the boutique retirement lifestyle

This love for food makes The Stafford boutique retirement community in Lake Oswego, Oregon a great place to call home. Roy says he loves the food in their in-house restaurant, The Mélange.

He has lived at The Stafford since 2013 and truly took his choice of senior living to heart. Touring around communities with a pros and cons list, some of the pros on his Stafford list were underground parking and beautiful walking areas.

He also enjoys the lively activities and regularly leads Bingo.

Family and legacy

Roy’s holds a deep love for his wife and family.

His father Julius Gaussoin launched a trucking business in 1919, and Roy and his brother successfully managed the business following his father’s retirement.

Julius dedicated his retirement to traveling across the United States to meet anyone with the last name Gaussoin to see if they were related, and even found some with varying pronunciations. Inspired by his father’s dedication to family history, Roy has continued this legacy, working on a comprehensive booklet documenting his father’s story, the family’s history, and their business.

More to give

Roy’s recognition with the Lifetime Trustee award from Oregon State University is a testament to his exceptional commitment to the institution. His extensive involvement in various aspects of university life, from athletics to academics, has left an indelible mark on the OSU community.

As Roy nears his 90th birthday, his passion for serving and preserving his family’s legacy continues to inspire those around him. And he still has more to give!

“It’s nice to know that people appreciate things that you’ve done,” he shared. “I’ll do it as long as I can.”

Watch a video highlighting Roy and his achievements here.

About The Stafford

The Stafford is a boutique retirement community in Lake Oswego, Oregon. This high-end senior living community was designed for the active senior, featuring an in-house restaurant, salon, rich activities and events program, customizable apartments, and much more. Managed by Arete Living, the team honors their mission “to enhance the life of every person they serve.” Discover more at