Mary Savage had one big break in her longtime career in radiology. That break came when she was a 9-year-old at St. Ignatius Parish School in Southeast Portland when she broke her arm. She was so amazed that doctors could take pictures of a person's bone; she instantly decided to study radiology. After graduating from St. Mary's Academy, she headed straight to Portland Community College because the Radiologic Technology program was the best around. She graduated with an applied science degree.
"I picked berries every summer since I was a kid and it was that berry money that helped pay for college," Mary recalls. She reconnected with PCC about 15 years ago when she was asked to serve on the Foundation board. She's also currently chair of the Alumni Committee. "Portland Community College touches the lives of such a vast population and helps so many people advance," she said. "Everywhere you go you see the contribution that the community college makes to the lives of the citizens."