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Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy

Earle M. Chiles

Earle M. Chiles is dedicated to the city where he was born. At Portland State University, he has funded endowed scholarships and endowed professorships. He also has made significant gifts to the University of Portland and Providence Portland Medical Center. As president of the Chiles Foundation, he has assisted thousands of Oregonians through grants to non-profit organizations and has transformed lives through gifts to higher education and medical research.

Earle holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, is the chief executive officer of Chiles and Affiliated Companies and served on the board of directors of the company his grandfather founded, Fred Meyer, Inc. 


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