Pamela Hulse Andrews, a promoter of arts, civic life and business in Bend, died Thursday. Born on March 21, 1946, she was 72.
Hulse Andrews was the founder of Cascade Publications Journals Inc., which published Cascade Business News, Cascade Arts & Entertainment and several other magazines and guidebooks in Central Oregon. She was running the business and active in other organizations when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in October, said Susie Stevens, a longtime friend of Hulse Andrews and her family.
“It’s going to be a huge loss, but she’s left us with several gifts,” Stevens said.
For BendFilm, Hulse Andrews started the “Independent WOMEN for Independent Film” award by recruiting 10 of her friends to donate $100. The list of donors grew over time, Stevens said. Hulse Andrews, who was passionate about arts and culture, supported several organizations, from the Tower Theatre to Caldera Arts, she said.
Hulse Andrews received a Governor’s Arts Award from Gov. Ted Kulongoski in 2003, according to The Bulletin’s archives.
Hulse Andrews was president of the City Club of Central Oregon last year but was unable to attend the October forum because of her illness, Bend attorney Bill Buchanan said. “I did a thank you (speech) for her and everybody stood up and faced the camera, assuming she might watch the forum, and gave her a big round of applause,” he said.
Hulse Andrews was a founding board member of the organization and regular forum attendee, Buchanan said. She had returned to serving on the board of directors in recent years, he said.
“She’s very strong in her opinions, was not afraid to speak her mind,” Buchanan said. “That’s what I thought made her endearing. I’ll really miss her.”
Buchanan added that Hulse Andrews’ outspokenness would have been overlooked in a man. “Women are held to a little different standard,” he said. “She didn’t believe in any separate standard.”
Buchanan said he’ll also miss Hulse Andrews’ annual Christmas party, where a favorite activity of guests was touring the walk-in closet that took up much of the first floor of her home. “People would come out dressed in outlandish outfits of hers,” he said. “She was totally cool with it.”
Stevens said she recently nominated Hulse Andrews for a Bend Chamber of Commerce lifetime achievement award. “To really look and think about everything she has done, it’s inspiring,” she said. “We all have a lot to be grateful to her for.”
Hulse Andrews’ son Jeff Martin will continue to run the publications. She is survived by two other sons, Jim Whitaker of Portland and Jesse Martin of Los Angeles, and eight grandchildren, Stevens said.
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