Holly A. Cornell, 83, Dies; Co-Founded Engineering Firm
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Holly A. Cornell, one of four founding partners of the worldwide engineering firm CH2M Hill, has died.
Mr. Cornell, who suffered from Parkinson's disease and pancreatic cancer, died July 1 at his home in Wilsonville. He was 83.
He was remembered at a memorial service Monday as a hard-working, focused and even-tempered man who brought out the best in company employees.
Mr. Cornell, born in Boise, Idaho, graduated from Grant High School in Portland in 1932. He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Oregon State College and his master's degree from Yale.
Mr. Cornell managed CH2M Hill's Seattle office from 1970 to 1980. He served as president and chief executive officer of CH2M Hill before retiring in 1979.
Mr. Cornell is survived by his son, Steve, of Seattle; daughter Cynthia of Castle Rock, Colo.; and three grandchildren. His wife, Cleo, died in 1988.
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