Arlene Schnitzer, philanthropist and arts lover, dies at 91

Her son, Jordan Schnitzer, said she died on Saturday after having intestinal issues.

Posted: Apr 5, 2020 4:23 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2020 4:27 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Arlene Schnitzer, a philanthropist who gave away more than $150 million to thousands of civic projects in Portland and helped bring arts in the city to another level, has died. She was 91.

Her son, Jordan Schnitzer, said she died on Saturday after having intestinal issues.

Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is named after her.

She and her husband, Harold Schnitzer, who died in 2011 at age 87, helped establish the Center for Northwest Art, and a curatorial and awards program.

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer met in 1949 and were married five weeks later after Arlene proposed.

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