Jean Crenshaw Cory
Jean Crenshaw Cory, an energetic Portland community leader, died Friday, September 6, 2019of natural causes at Trwilliger Plaza, her residence for the last 20 years, ten days shy of her 96th birthday.
She was born in Birmingham, Alabama to Alberta Thomas Crenshaw and Fred Crenshaw, MD. After graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia in 1944 with a degree in chemistry, her adventurous spirit led her to the New York City area where she lived with her college roommate Ginny Theis and worked for Colgate Palmolive.
She married Cleveland C. Cory of Englewood, NJ, a lawyer, in May, 1948 and they soon moved to Portland, Oregon where he practiced for many years with the firm now known as Stoel Rives. She soon began a string of community service activities which culminated in service as President of the Board of Directors of Catlin Gabel School, Board Chair of the Albertina Kerr Center for Children, and Board Chair of Terwilliger Plaza. There she took part in the full range of its offerings, from swimming and computer classes to weekly meetings with the tightly- knit 9th floor community.
"Any organization that was lucky enough to have Jean in its midst benefited from her practical, inclusive no-nonsense approach," a friend said recently. She was known as a dependable friend and lover of travel, bridge, chamber music, cats and orchids.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and two of her six children, Charles and Robert. She is survived by Peter, Michael, and David Cory; and a daughter, Camilla Streeter; and by eight grandchildren, Wendell, Julia, Lily, Zack, Austin, and Brandon Cory, and Kate and David Gallo; and by one great- granddaughter, Madeleine Gallo.
A celebration of her life will take place Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Terwilliger Plaza, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97201. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to The Terwilliger Plaza Foundation c/o Terwilliger Plaza.