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February 15, 2008, 8:00 A.M. PST
Harvard Business School to Honor Portland Luminaries During Centennial Celebration
John D. Gray and Edward Cooley, Harvard Business School alumni, honored for social
and business contributions to the state of Oregon
Portland, Ore. – February 15 2008 – The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon
(HBSAO) announced today it will honor two Portland luminaries as part of the Harvard
Business School’s (HBS) international centennial celebration. On February 20th, 2008, at
5:30 p.m. at The Governor Hotel in downtown Portland, HBSAO will recognize Harvard
MBAs John D. Gray and Edward H. Cooley for their social and business contributions to
the state of Oregon. This is one of more than 50 alumni events being held as part of
HBS’s Global Outreach Program occurring in 30 countries to mark the business school’s
John D. Gray has a lifetime of contributions in the state of Oregon to civic and charitable
organizations. He has served on the boards of Reed College and the Oregon Community
Foundation supporting local humanitarian, educational and cultural programs. Gray cofounded
Omark Industries, now known as Oregon Cutting Systems, a division of Blount
International (NYSE: BLT) and a major employer in Oregon for several decades.
Gray was also chairman of Grayco Resources, a developer of landmark resorts in Oregon
and Washington including Salishan Spa and Golf Resort, Sunriver Resort and Skamania
Lodge. His real estate developments in John’s Landing were pioneering and transformed
the entire area, creating the development opportunity in Portland’s South Waterfront and
along Macadam Avenue.
“None of the development you now see along the South Waterfront in Portland would
exist today if not for John Gray’s vision and commitment more than 40 years ago,” said
Verne Naito, vice president of Naito Corporation and fellow Harvard MBA.
Edward Cooley, now deceased, was the founder of Precision Castparts Corporation
(NYSE: PCP), the second largest market capitalization company in Oregon, which
currently employs more than 16,000 people in 22 states and 15 countries. Today the
company is a powerhouse in the aerospace industry and was recently featured in Forbes
“Ed enriched millions of lives during his career,” said Dick Keller, HBSAO award
committee chair and Harvard MBA. “You can’t fly on an airliner without the benefit of
his company’s expertise and precision. That’s how ubiquitous Ed’s company is today.”
“John and Edward are well-deserved individuals who have made legendary business and
social contributions to Oregon that should not go unnoticed by local residents,” said
Kelvin Ng, president of HBSAO.
About The Global Outreach Program
The Global Outreach Program includes HBS faculty, who will present their research and
celebrate the centennial with HBS alumni. Professor Romana Autrey, a member of the
first-year MBA faculty, will speak on the Oregon wine industry and give an update on
MBA. education in the United States and at HBS. Additionally, a feature video
presentation on HBS and its future plans will be shown at the dinner on February 20,
2008, at 5:30 p.m. at the Governor Hotel in downtown Portland.
About Harvard Business School
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a
40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading
to MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 70 Executive Education programs.
For almost a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in
working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders
who have shaped the practice of business around the globe.
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