Monford Orloff dies

Monford Orloff, Reed trustee emeritus, died in February at age 85. Orloff retired from the board of trustees in 1991 and was then elected as trustee emeritus in recognition of his "unflagging energy and enthusiasm." He was president and chairman of Evans Products, one of Oregon's largest publicly held corporations, from 1962 to 1985. After leaving Evans Products, Orloff became the chairman of FEI Corporation in Beaverton, Oregon.

Orloff joined the Reed board of trustees in 1966. He held the position of vice chair of the board from 1970 until 1990 and served on the executive committee from 1968 to 1990. Orloff was appointed Reed's 1979 distinguished lay scholar by the Reed Women's Committee.

"Mon served effectively as vice chairman of the board for many years, and exuded optimism with respect to the prospect of gaining financial support for Reed when there seemed little in the history of the college to warrant it. That optimism accompanied him on aggressive efforts to obtain generous corporate support in the region and nationally," said Reed president emeritus Paul Bragdon.

Orloff had a long history of philanthropic work in Oregon. A supporter of the arts, he was commissioner for Oregon Public Broadcasting and also served on the board of the OPB Foundation, the Oregon Symphony Association, the Portland Art Association, and the Oregon Art Institute. Serving on the Oregon Graduate Institute board, Orloff was also the chairman of OGI's science park. As the head of the Oregon Community Foundation, he helped support the foundation's program to fund undergraduate and community college scholarships for Oregon and Clark County high school graduates.

In 1982 Orloff was honored with the Torch of Liberty Award for his "contributions to human relations and the pursuit of excellence in the community" by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. His other honors include the National Conference of Christians and Jews' Oregon Brotherhood Award, the 1982 Oregon Governor's Arts Award, and the 1981 National Business Community Award for the Arts.

Orloff attended Western Washington University for three years in the 1930s, then graduated from Stanford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to get a J.D. from Harvard Law school in 1940.

After serving in the army during World War II, Orloff practiced law until 1951, when he became the general manager of Mt. Baker Plywood Company. In 1958 he became the president of Aberdeen Plywood and Veneers. When the company was acquired by Evans Products in 1961, he became vice president.

During a discussion with Reed students, Orloff said, "Get the best education that you can right now-a liberal arts education. You'll never have the time again to read, discuss, cover the ground that you can right now."

Orloff is survived by his wife, Janice, and his three children, Jonathan, Carole, and Chet, the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society.

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