In Memoriam: Earle M. Chiles ’56, Portland Businessman and Philanthropist

In Memoriam: Earle M. Chiles ’56, Portland businessman and philanthropist

Menlo College mourns the loss of Earle M. Chiles ’56, a past Trustee, a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College, and a lifetime member of the Menlo College President’s Club. Mr. Chiles passed away on June 23, 2016.

Mr. Chiles was president of Earle Chiles and Affiliated Companies, a Portland-based property investment, management, and development firm with holdings throughout Oregon and in other parts of the country. He was also president of the Chiles Foundation.

Mr. Chiles received his undergraduate degree from Menlo College, and held a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. His father established the Chiles Foundation in 1949, and the younger Chiles was executive director from 1968 until 1983, when he became president.

Higher Education, Medicine, and the Arts

The Chiles name is recognized in the higher education and medical communities for the foundation’s support of building projects, research, scholarships, and athletes.

Mr. Chiles was a recipient of numerous honors and awards from educational and health-related institutions. In addition to his philanthropic ties with Menlo College, University of Portland, Boston University, University of Oregon, Lewis and Clark College, and Portland State University, he was also an honorary member of the advisory board of the Institute of International Education in San Francisco, a past advisory board member of the Graduate Schools of Business at Stanford University and Harvard University.

Over the years, Chiles was a strong supporter of Menlo College students. An example of his involvement with students was in 2011, when he was the guest of honor at a reception for international students at Menlo College. The occasion was recalled by Philippos Tsangrides ’12 in the fall 2011 issue of the Menlo College Advantage magazine. Mr. Chiles, discovering that Pascal Niggli ’12 was interested in graduate work, spontaneously invited him to a Stanford reception to meet the dean of the MBA program. “Earle Chiles was one of the most generous and kind guys I ever met,” said Niggli. “He did so much for me without even really knowing me, just because he loved to help and support young students as myself. I will never forget that he helped me.”

Mr. Chiles will be remembered at Menlo College for his kindness and generosity. The College extends heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.