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Knight Arena hosts celebration of Frohnmayer's life

A celebration of Dave Frohnmayer’s life is scheduled at the University of Oregon, where he was president for 15 years.

The celebration is set at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Matthew Knight Arena, which opened on the Eugene campus in January 2011, 18 months after Frohnmayer retired as president. A reception will follow.

Doors will open at 1 p.m.

Frohnmayer, a former Oregon attorney general and state representative, died Monday night after a long bout with prostate cancer. He was 74.

He is a native of Medford.

He taught at the University of Oregon law school from 1971 to 1980, when he was elected for the first of three terms as attorney general. From 1975 to 1981, he was a state representative from Eugene.

He was the Republican nominee for governor in 1990, but lost to Democrat Barbara Roberts.

At the end of 1991, he resigned as attorney general to return to the law school, this time as its dean. He became the 15th president of the University of Oregon in mid-1994, and retired in 2009, having served the second-longest tenure.

He then joined the law firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, which has offices in Portland, Eugene and Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 1801 Willamette, Suite 200, Eugene 97401. The fund was founded in 1989 by Frohnmayer and his wife, Lynn, to advance research into the rare disease that claimed the lives of daughters Katie and Kirsten.

In addition to his wife, Frohnmayer is survived by two sons, Mark and Jonathan; a daughter, Amy; a brother, John, and a sister, Mira. Preceding him in death were his parents, Otto and MarAbel, and a brother, Philip.

Musgrove Mortuaries and Cemeteries is helping with arrangements.


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