Major Providence supporter Earle M. Chiles passes away

June 24, 2016
Earle M. Chiles, second from left, stands with a portrait of himself in the Earle M. Chiles Board Room at Providence Cancer Center. Joining him are, from left, Bernard A. Fox, Ph.D., chief, laboratory of molecular and tumor immunology, Providence Cancer Center; Kevin Gordon, the artist who painted the portrait; and Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D., director of cancer research, Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center.
We mourn the passing of Earle M. Chiles, 83, a long-time champion and supporter of providing exceptional health care for Providence patients in Oregon.

His specific area of interest lay in the area of scientific research, where his support provided fertile ground for many important innovations in medical research – with a strong emphasis in finding new scientific discoveries and treatments for patients with cancer. He was instrumental in 1987 in creating the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center – named in honor of his late father.

Earle’s unwavering leadership and support of Providence research helped save or prolong the lives of thousands of Oregonians diagnosed with cancer during the past 30 years. His dedication helped Providence become an international leader in the field of immunotherapy cancer research and treatment.

In 1981 Earle became a charter member of the Providence Portland Medical Foundation and was a lifetime member of the foundation board until his death. We will honor his deep commitment to Providence and to health care by continuing to seek new scientific discoveries and treatments that will help create healthier communities.

Learn more

Read the Earle M. Chiles obituary posted in The Oregonian: Earle M. Chiles, Portland businessman and philanthropist, dies at age 83.


Learn about the Earle M. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Earle, please give here .