In memory of Lloyd Anderson

This week, friends and board members of Oregon Environmental Council will gather to remember former board member Lloyd Anderson, (1925 – 2017)

OEC Board President Rick Gustafson, Board Member Doris Penwell and former Executive Director Jeff Allen took a moment to share a few memories of Lloyd. Here’s what they had to say…

Lloyd was a GREAT Oregonian.  He dedicated much of his life to public service and continued to do so long after his retirement.

Lloyd served on the Portland City Council through 1976 when he was appointed Executive Director of the Port of Portland.

“His counsel to others helped all of us do better with our lives,” said Doris. “He wasn’t afraid to tackle difficult issues.”

At the City, Lloyd provided the leadership in establishing the Portland Transit Mall which was the first major transit initiative in Portland.

“I had the luxury of working with him in 1974 to plan the Mall that opened in 1978,” shared Rick. “He voted to stop the Mt. Hood Freeway and exchange the federal funds to support transit.  He strongly supported the Downtown Plan which became the hallmark for Portland development.”

At the Port of Portland, Lloyd led the organization for more than 10 years, establishing a very successful operation.  In 1986, he participated in the Convention Trade and Spectator Facilities Task Force that recommended the siting of the Oregon Convention Center at its current location and a bonding measure to fund it.  Lloyd chaired the campaign for the bond that passed in 1986.

In 1991, after retirement, Lloyd joined the boards of Oregon Environmental Council and Oaks Park Association. Rick worked with him on the Oaks Park board for 26 years.

“As a new Oregonian in the 90s, I didn’t know much about Lloyd’s history or previous accomplishments. I just knew he was wicked smart, cared a lot, and had a great sense of humor,” said Jeff. “He was a generous and kind mentor to me. If I could be half as engaged and a quarter as entertaining I would be more than satisfied.”

“Lloyd’s humor and commitment to the community and the environment will be greatly missed,” said Rick.

All remember the ways he contributed so much to his community with his volunteer efforts, blending service with work and play seamlessly.

“He grew from humble beginnings but his experiences must have been what made him love our Oregon so much,” said Doris. “We will all miss him in our lives.”

Thanks for the memories, Lloyd.

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