Oregon philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer dies at 91


PORTLAND, Oregon (KOIN) – Arlene Schnitzer, one of Portland’s most distinguished protectors of the arts, passed away on Saturday, according to her son Jordan.

The well-known Oregon philanthropist was 91 years old. She died at home from natural causes, according to the Schnitzer family.

Arlene recently donated $ 10 million to Portland Art Museum in January, the largest personal donation to the museum in its history and one of the most significant to any art organization in Oregon.

History of giving

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Arlene and Harold Schnitzer inspired others to collect art, including their son, Jordan Schnitzer. It has three university museums named after him, in Portland, Eugene and Pullman, Washington, and is known to have the largest collections of American post-war prints in the world.

They have donated more than $ 100 million to more than 570 non-profit organizations.

Arlene and Harold Schnitzer also donated to Cedar Sinai Park, Congregation Beth Israel, Lewis & Clark College, Northwest Academy, Oregon Ballet Theater, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Jewish Museum, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Symphony , Oregon Zoo, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland State University and the University of Oregon.

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the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall is the jewel of Portland Performing Arts Complex. It’s a cultural landmark in the heart of the city with one of Portland’s most prominent families.

“When the symphony hall was named for my mom, on the one hand, we were a little embarrassed by the name,” Jordan Schnitzer told KOIN 6 News in an interview in 2015. “On the other hand, I was certainly proud of what my parents had accomplished. ”

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Jordan’s mother’s name concert hall houses Oregon Symphony as well as many other world-class performances that cross the city of roses.

When the former Paramount Theater underwent a $ 10 million renovation in 1983, the project was short of a few million dollars. But with Harold’s help, it would be over.

“He said,” I bet I will help, but I would like to have it named after my wife because she has done so much for the arts, “said Jordan.

This is a developing story.

This story was written with contributions from Media partner of KOIN 6 News the Portland Tribune.

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