OHSU's $100 million anonymous donor is Columbia Sportswear's Boyle; donated to honor sister

Associated Press

The anonymous donor that gave $100 million to Oregon Health & Science University last month has been revealed to be Columbia Sportswear's chairwoman Gert Boyle, and the donation was made to honor her late sister.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1u3PZAc) that Boyle's $100 million brings the university $70 million closer to triggering Phil and Penny Knight's matching $500 million donation that the Nike cofounder promised a year ago. The Knight Cancer Challenge is intended to make the university's Knight Cancer Institute among the top cancer research facilities in the country.

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Knight Cancer Institute head Brian Druker says that when he was a grad student in California, he was mentored by Boyle's sister, Hildegard Lamfrom. Druker then met Boyle and told her about working with her sister.

Lamfrom had been a research scientist. She died in 1984 at the age of 62 from a brain tumor.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com