In memory of
Samuel Cairnes Galbreath Jr.
In memory of
Samuel Cairnes Galbreath Jr.
Samuel Cairnes Galbreath, Jr. July 18, 1944 - June 17, 2020 Sam Galbreath died peacefully, surrounded by his wife and his two daughters June 17, 2020. Sam had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in late May of this year. Sam was a community builder. As a young man, his love for building things led him to the University of Virginia, where he served as the President of the School of Architecture before graduating in 1968. After school, he moved to Philadelphia, where he was an Architect/Planner for four years, during which time he received a City of Philadelphia Citation for Architectural Achievement. From Philadelphia, Sam moved to Portland where he began his long career in housing and urban development. Hired by the Portland Development Commission in 1973, he served as project coordinator for the Downtown Waterfront Urban Renewal plan, and the creation of Tom McCall Waterfront Park (that's right - thanks, Sam, for our beautiful waterfront!). He went on to serve as PDC's Director Of Housing for nine years, where he developed housing policy and programs, and ultimate administration of city-wide housing efforts. From PDC, Sam started Sam Galbreath Associates, and raised more than $100M towards the development of housing for homeless veterans and individuals with special needs, throughout Oregon, Washington, the Southwest, Northeast and beyond. He served his country through his appointment to the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Committee to End Veteran Homelessness, for six years, and received an honorary membership to NAHRO for his many years of dedication to housing redevelopment throughout the country. In both his professional and personal life, Sam promoted community wherever he went. Whether it was serving as the treasurer at Macadam Bay, where he lived for almost 30 years, to being President of the Board of Friendly House, or making connections with a clerk behind a counter; Sam brought people together and made life a little better with his quick wit and hearty laugh. He loved good food, hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, the occasional game of squash, skiing, pilates, music, travel, and his fine friends and family. Communities large and small will deeply miss his kindness, profound knowledge and love for life. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel Samuel C. Galbreath and Mary Frances Galbreath. Sam is survived by his wife, Kathy Galbreath; his two daughters, Elizabeth Galbreath (Andy Johnson) and Hannah Galbreath (Nathan Siegal); his two granddaughters, Lillian and Samantha Siegal; and his pup, Brewster. Due to COVID-19, no service has been planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sam's name to the Oregon Community Foundation, Downtown Community Trust. https://oregoncf.org/downtown-housing Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Samuel Cairnes Galbreath Jr.
Samuel Cairnes Galbreath, Jr. July 18, 1944 - June 17, 2020 Sam Galbreath died peacefully, surrounded by his wife and his two daughters June 17, 2020. Sam had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in late May of this year. Sam was a community builder. As a young man, his love for building things led him to the University of Virginia, where he served as the President of the School of Architecture before graduating in 1968. After school, he moved to Philadelphia, where he was an Architect/Planner for four years, during which time he received a City of Philadelphia Citation for Architectural Achievement. From Philadelphia, Sam moved to Portland where he began his long career in housing and urban development. Hired by the Portland Development Commission in 1973, he served as project coordinator for the Downtown Waterfront Urban Renewal plan, and the creation of Tom McCall Waterfront Park (that's right - thanks, Sam, for our beautiful waterfront!). He went on to serve as PDC's Director Of Housing for nine years, where he developed housing policy and programs, and ultimate administration of city-wide housing efforts. From PDC, Sam started Sam Galbreath Associates, and raised more than $100M towards the development of housing for homeless veterans and individuals with special needs, throughout Oregon, Washington, the Southwest, Northeast and beyond. He served his country through his appointment to the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Committee to End Veteran Homelessness, for six years, and received an honorary membership to NAHRO for his many years of dedication to housing redevelopment throughout the country. In both his professional and personal life, Sam promoted community wherever he went. Whether it was serving as the treasurer at Macadam Bay, where he lived for almost 30 years, to being President of the Board of Friendly House, or making connections with a clerk behind a counter; Sam brought people together and made life a little better with his quick wit and hearty laugh. He loved good food, hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, the occasional game of squash, skiing, pilates, music, travel, and his fine friends and family. Communities large and small will deeply miss his kindness, profound knowledge and love for life. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel Samuel C. Galbreath and Mary Frances Galbreath. Sam is survived by his wife, Kathy Galbreath; his two daughters, Elizabeth Galbreath (Andy Johnson) and Hannah Galbreath (Nathan Siegal); his two granddaughters, Lillian and Samantha Siegal; and his pup, Brewster. Due to COVID-19, no service has been planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sam's name to the Oregon Community Foundation, Downtown Community Trust. https://oregoncf.org/downtown-housing Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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