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Honorary Degree Recipient: Lorry I. Lokey
Honorary Degree Recipient: Lorry I. Lokey

Honorary degree recipient Lorry I. Lokey is the founder of Business Wire, an international news wire service headquartered in San Francisco. Beginning with seven customers in 1961, Mr. Lokey expanded the company to more than 25,000 accounts, 25 offices worldwide, and 550 employees. In 2006, he sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and significantly increased his philanthropic commitments—making major gifts to higher education, the performing arts, and other organizations.

Mr. Lokey is a generous donor to Portland State University, funding many significant priorities including endowed scholarships, the Lorry I. Lokey Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies, and the Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies. The Stampfer professorship is the only designated Israel Studies professorship in the Pacific Northwest and makes it possible for PSU to offer a bachelor's degree in Judaic Studies whose rigor is on par with the best undergraduate programs in the field nationwide. Mr. Lokey is a strong supporter not only of PSU's Judaic Studies program, but also its annual Jewish history lecture series named in his honor and its Judaica collection housed in Millar Library.

Born and raised in Portland, Mr. Lokey graduated from Alameda Elementary School and Grant High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Stanford University where he was an editor of The Stanford Daily student newspaper. Before founding Business Wire, Mr. Lokey worked as a night wire editor for United Press in Portland, a reporter for The Daily News in Longview, Washington, and a feature editor for Pacific Stars & Stripes in Tokyo during his service in World War II. He moved permanently to San Francisco in 1952 and held several public relations and other corporate positions before establishing his own company.

Mr. Lokey will be awarded his honorary degree at the June 2014 commencement ceremony.