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Columbia Sportswear CEO gives $10 million to University of Oregon

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TIm Boyle, CEO Columbia Sportswear (Courtesy: KPTV) TIm Boyle, CEO Columbia Sportswear (Courtesy: KPTV)

Tim Boyle, the CEO of Columbia Sportswear, and his wife Mary have given $10 million to the University of Oregon to help fund their research programs.

Boyle, an alum of the class of ’71, has given the donation in an effort to increase funding for the university’s aquatic animal care facility.

The Boyles’ donation is the largest donation ever given to the aquatic animal care facility, according to U of O.    

University officials said the donation will fund the acquisition of state of the art instruments and the expansion of research facilities.

“Tim and Mary Boyle, through this generous gift, are supporting our scientists to do work that will change the world,” said University of Oregon president Michael Schill.

The university said Tim Boyle’s interest in U of O’s research stems from his aunt, Hildegard Lamfrom, who was involved in the university’s research teams while Boyle was attending school.

Lamfrom had been a member of Nobel Prize-winning teams directed by Linus Pauling of the California Institute of Technology and James Watson and Francis Crick of the University of Cambridge, according to university officials.   

The Boyles have supported the university in the past. U of O said they have given to the school’s journalism and communication program and the Lindquist College of Business’ New Venture Championship program.

The Boyles also established the Tim and Mary Boyle Chair in Materials Studies and Product Design in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

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