RIP Donald Shiley '51

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Post by Stonehouse on Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:50 am

Not sure if people saw this or not, but Donald Shiley - a 1951 graduate who, together with his wife Darlene, is UP's single-largest donor, having given $12 million to renovate and expand the Engineering Building (now Shiley Hall) - died this past weekend at age 90.

He is credited with saving over half a million lives with his various medical devices, most famous of which is the Shiley-Bjork artificial heart valve.

His legacy of philanthropy is stunning... $12 million to UP, $20 million to the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, $15 million to UC-San Diego, $10 million to USD, plus countless other millions to all sorts of foundations varying from the arts to medical research.

Lots of good stuff to read about him... here's UP's official release:

And a link to Brian Doyle's profile of him from the spring 2006 issue of Portland Magazine:

And a video from his induction to the Pamplin School of Business Hall of Fame: