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Ilo Lehmann Bonyhadi ’51

Ilo Lehmann Bonyhadi ’51, of cancer, November 8, 2000, in Portland. She was known in Portland as a civic leader, businesswoman, and cultural activist. While still at Reed, she married Ernest Bonyhadi ’48. They lived in New York City in 1948–51 while he earned a law degree from Columbia University. Upon their return to Portland, Ilo managed her father’s companies, Northwest Packing and Oregon Trail Farms, becoming executive vice president and director after his death. She retired in 1974. Her volunteer activities were numerous and extensive. In the ’70s, she became the first woman to serve as a commissioner of the Port of Portland. She was an appointee of the Governor’s Economic Council in 1972 and served on the State Ethics Commission until 1998. She also served on many county and city committees and task forces, engaging in what she once referred to as political kibitzing. She was president of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and a member of the boards of the City Club of Portland, Planned Parenthood, Chamber Music Northwest, the Casey Family Program, and the Reed alumni association. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter; son Mark Bonyhadi ’82; sister Marianne Lehmann Feldman ’49; and five grandchildren. The family suggests remembrances to the Bonyhadi Scholarship Fund at Reed College.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2001

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