In memory of
Anne Buland Koerner
Anne Buland Koerner
Aug. 13, 1926 - Nov. 1, 2019
Anne "Nan" was born in Portland Aug. 13, 1926, to George and Anne (Shea) Buland. In 1930, her family moved to New York where she attended Mamaroneck High School in Larchmont, N.Y., and the Abbott Academy in Andover, Mass.
Nan graduated from Smith College and, in 1950, received her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During the 1950's, Nan worked as a securities analyst and started the Portfolio Analysis Department for the brokerage firm Dean Witter in San Francisco. She was a founding member of the Financial Women's Club of San Francisco.
Nan married Peter Koerner in Palo Alto, Calif., and in 1963, they moved to the house in Portland where they raised four children and which would be her home until the last few days of her life. Nan joined the Episcopal Church after moving to Portland. She was a member of both Ascension Episcopal Parish and Trinity Episcopal Church. Most notably, she appraised the oriental rugs at Ascension Chapel's annual rummage sale.
Returning to the workforce in 1975, Nan became a stockbroker at Dean Witter's Portland office. She remained with the company as it underwent several mergers and name-changes to eventually become Morgan Stanley. She retired at 79.
In addition to her children's school and other activities, Nan volunteered for a number of non-profit, civic-related organizations. At the Portland Art Museum, she started as a docent in the mid-sixties, served on many committees and eventually went on to serve on the Board of Directors for The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Friends of The Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, and The Museum of Contemporary Crafts. She was active in the Southwest Hills Residential League, and the Reed College Women's Committee.
Before Alzheimer's began to take its toll, Nan lived a full, varied life. As a child she watched Babe Ruth play for the Yankees and as a young adult she attended the Army-McCarthy hearings. She was an avid antiquer and a regular at water aerobics at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
She enjoyed spending time with her family at their beach house in Neahkahnie, Ore. Her younger self liked crabbing and clamming, hiking up Neahkahnie Mountain and spending time on the Nehalem River. Her civic involvement extended to the coast where she was instrumental in saving the Swamp (aka the Beaver Pond). She read compulsively especially enjoying crime fiction by Agatha Christie and lesser-known mid-century mystery writers. She also liked The New Yorker, always turning to the cartoons first.
Her husband Peter died in 2012. She is survived by her children, Mark (Amy), Matthew (Amali), Martha (Bill Dieter) and Michael (Cathy). She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Sarah, Leah, John, Lydia, Cleo, Shea, Thea, Griffin, Luke, Claire and Isabel.
The family wishes to thank Nan's caregivers, especially Kristin Jung, for their kindness and professionalism over the past nine years. A celebration of her life will be held after the new year.
Remembrances may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund ( www.curealz.org ), the Pacific N.W. College of Art, or the Community Transitional School.
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