Gert Boyle was an Oregon icon and a national treasure. Although known to millions for her “one tough mother” persona, we at OHSU knew her better as a one-of-a-kind woman endowed with an indomitable spirit, unlimited energy, quick wit and an exceptionally warm heart. Her generosity to OHSU, and to many other worthy causes, was boundless.
Her steadfast support of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute – including a transformative gift at a critical time in its growth – has left a lasting legacy that will improve the lives of cancer patients in Oregon and beyond for generations to come. Gert Boyle forever will be one of the driving forces behind our efforts to end cancer as we know it.
Oregon has lost one of its most inspiring and extraordinary citizens. Our hearts go out to Gert’s extended family during this profound time of loss.