Patrick Ludwikoski, Jerry Owen, Gayle Atteberry and Chris Clements pose at St. John Bosco School event that honored Atteberry, longtime director of Oregon Right to Life.  (Courtesy St. John Bosco School)
Patrick Ludwikoski, Jerry Owen, Gayle Atteberry and Chris Clements pose at St. John Bosco School event that honored Atteberry, longtime director of Oregon Right to Life. (Courtesy St. John Bosco School)
SALEM — St. John Bosco School stepped up to recognize the longtime executive director of Oregon Right to Life. Gayle Atteberry has led the state’s pro-life lobbying group for more than two decades. The school hosted a dinner Dec. 2 to give her an honorary diploma.

“Here at Bosco, the teachers strive to nurture in us the strength to never compromise and to always choose right, even when it is most difficult, as Mrs. Atteberry has done for the past 22 years,” said Tess Owen, a St. John Bosco student. “Here, students are equipped to become the spiritual warriors the world needs, to stand up to the culture of death and to stand up for the culture of life.”

Jerry Owen, owner of Lady Hill Winery, introduced Atteberry, calling her a fighter against open abortion laws that make Oregon “the heart of darkness.”

Atteberry said she learned to fear God, not humans. “Saving lives is vitally important but not as important as serving God,” she told the crowd. “By this I mean that we must save lives in a manner that glorifies God. . . . You must be honorable and beyond reproach in all that you do.”