LBCC Names Distinguished Alumni

Linn-Benton Community College has named John Dinges and Rachel Kittson-MaQatish as this year’s Distinguished Alumni.

They will be recognized at an honors reception Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the college. 

Dinges, owner of John Dinges Landscape in Lebanon, earned an associate of science degree in Turf Management in 1975. He started his business shortly after graduating.

Dinges is being recognized for his contributions to the community, including establishing the first privately-funded scholarship for COMP-NW medical students in Lebanon, and providing scholarship funding for LBCC students majoring in healthcare.

Dinges’ community service includes Build Lebanon Trails and Cheadle Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Lebanon Parks Committee and Tree Board, Lebanon’s Arbor Day celebration, Lebanon Strawberrians, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Board.

Kittson-MaQatish, a partner at Morley Thomas Law Firm in Lebanon, earned an associate of arts transfer degree in Business Administration in 1999. She transferred to OSU to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and earned a doctorate degree from Willamette University.

Kittson-MaQatish co-founded the Willamette Street Law Program, which helps teen parents navigate legal matters. She has also served on fundraisers to support veterans, at the Sweet Home Pregnancy Center, Lebanon School Board, Boys and Girls Club, Johnson Park rebuild project, Lebanon Optimist Club, Community Chapel, Sweet Home Economic Development group, and as a Lebanon Strawberrian.

LBCC’s Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2005 to recognize former students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their professions or through service to their communities. Dinges and Kittson-MaQatish join 32 others who have received the award.


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