Lorry I. Lokey
Lorry I. Lokey
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Lorry I. Lokey (born March 27, 1927) is an American businessperson and philanthropist. A native of Portland, Oregon, he founded the company Business Wire in 1961 and has donated in excess of $700 million to charities, with the majority of the money given to schools. He resides in San Francisco, California.
Lorry Lokey was born on March 27, 1927, in Portland, Oregon and raised in a Jewish family in Portland, attending Alameda Elementary School. Growing up in Northeast Portland, he graduated from Grant High School before joining the United States Army and fighting in World War II. While in the service he worked on the Pacific Stars & Stripes as an editor after the war ended.
In 1949 he graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. While at Stanford he served as editor of the school newspaper, the Stanford Daily. Upon graduation Lokey began working for United Press, now United Press International, and then at newspapers and in the public relations field. One newspaper he worked for was the Longview Daily News in Longview, Washington.
In 1961, Lokey started Business Wire, a news release service. Founded in San Francisco, California, the company started with seven clients on the first day of business. The company expanded and became an international wire service with 30 offices around the world. By 2003, the company had grown to 450 employees with annual revenue of $110 million. In 2006, Lokey sold Business Wire for approximately $600 million to Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett's corporation.
Lokey began donating large sums of money to charities in 1990. By 2007 he had donated more than $400 million, of which 98 percent was given to secondary and post-secondary education. Some schools include the University of Oregon, Mills College, Stanford University, the Technion, Santa Clara University, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Portland State University. These efforts led to his listing as one of the ten highest donors in the United States by the Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2006. In 2018, he donated $10 million to the University of Haifa for the construction of a new building in Downtown Haifa, Israel.
As of June 2014, Lokey has donated a total of $139.9 million to the University of Oregon in Eugene. This includes a $74.5 million donation in 2007 that was the second most ever given to the school, and the largest donation designated for academics. The 2007 donation went towards the creation of the Lorry I. Lokey Science Advancement and Graduate Education Initiative.
- “Portland native pledges $5M for library”. Portland Business Journal, May 29, 2007.
- jweekly.com: "Local wealthy Jews pledge to give away half their fortunes" by Jacob Berkman August 12, 2010
- JTA: "Lorry Lokey on giving it all away" By Jacob Berkman Archived 2012-06-19 at the Wayback Machine August 9, 2010
- Public and Media Relations: Lorry I. Lokey: Biographical Information.[permanent dead link] University of Oregon. Retrieved on July 24, 2008.
- ”Lokey gives UO largest gift: $74.5M”. Portland Business Journal, October 15, 2007.
- McBride, Tess. “The man behind the money”. Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine Oregon Daily Emerald, February 9, 2007.
- “Lorry Lokey gives Stanford stem cell institute $33M”. San Jose Business Journal, February 27, 2007.
- Caldwell, Douglas E. “Profile: Spreading the word”. San Jose Business Journal, July 4, 2003.
- “Lorry Lokey donates $1.5M to Judaic Studies at PSU”. Portland Business Journal, August 28, 2007.
- Duxbury, Sarah. “Mills College goes to B-school”. San Francisco Business Times, April 4, 2008.
- "How a US philanthropist aims to revitalize Haifa". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. May 31, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
- "UO sciences benefit from latest gift from Lorry Lokey". University of Oregon. June 6, 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- Toews, Robert (October 9, 2008). "Stanford alum donates to medical school". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved 2008-10-09.[permanent dead link]