With great sadness we share the loss of Gwyneth Gamble Booth, founding chair of the PGE Foundation, who died Oct. 25, 2022. She was 86 years old.
A former television journalist for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Gwyneth was the first woman to be named to the Board of Directors of Portland General Electric in 1981 and then went on to chair the PGE Foundation when it was founded in 1997. She served as Chair for 23 years, becoming Chair Emeritus in 2021. Under her leadership, the PGE Foundation invested almost $28 million to improve the quality of life for Oregonians.
Gwyneth was smart, strong and determined, while being gracious, generous, and caring, making her one of Portland’s most celebrated civic icons and philanthropists with an amazing heart for the people in our community.
Her work helped PGE and the Foundation to win a Governor’s Arts Award in 2001. Together with her husband Brian Booth, Gwyneth received the Portland First Citizen Award which honors civic achievement and business leadership, as well as SOLVE’s Tom McCall Leadership Award. In addition, a “star” honoring Gwyneth for her passionate commitment to the community is embedded in the pavement outside of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
Among her many accomplishments, Gwyneth served as Chair of the board at Dougy Center for Grieving Children, and held board positions at Portland Art Museum, RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council) and Japanese Garden Society.
Thank you, Gwyneth for your leadership, friendship, mentorship and humanity. You will be missed!