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Remembering Sue Cooley

March 06, 2017

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    In addition to serving as the president’s home, the Cooley House provides a venue for hosting a variety of Lewis & Clark functions.

Sue D. Cooley, who donated her family’s home in Portland’s Dunthorpe neighborhood to Lewis & Clark in 2002, died February 18, 2017. She was 93 years old.

“The Cooley name is synonymous with extraordinary philanthropy and visionary leadership throughout our region,” said Interim President David Ellis. “Sue’s personal generosity has long enhanced the academic, cultural, and social life of our campus, and strengthened our interactions with the larger community. All of us at Lewis & Clark remain grateful for her friendship and support, and extend our condolences to her family and many friends.”

Sue and her late husband, Edward, the founder of Precision Castparts Corporation, were longtime civic and cultural leaders and benefactors in Portland and beyond. After Ed died in 2000, she donated the Dunthorpe property to the college for use as a presidential residence and venue for community gatherings.

Lewis & Clark named the residence Cooley House in honor of the family.