Leeanne “Leelee” <I>Gwynne</I> MacColl

Leeanne “Leelee” Gwynne MacColl

Birth
New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 7 Sep 2014 (aged 87)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Sec 03, Lot 122-B
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The Oregonian
September 12, 2014

MacColl, Leeanne Gwynne, 87
May 13, 1927-Sept. 07, 2014

Leeanne MacColl (affectionately known as "Leelee" to her family and friends) died peacefully September 7, 2014, of heart failure at Legacy Hospital in Portland. She was 87. During her 60 years in Portland, Mrs. MacColl's passion for piano and politics inspired her to assume positions of leadership in Portland's music scene, and to become a pivotal figure in the development of the League of Women Voters. Leeanne Gwynne MacColl was born May 13, 1927, in New York City, to W. Lee Gwynne and Anita Ingersoll Gwynne. Her father, a stockbroker in the early days of Wall Street, was also a talented jazz pianist and composer and he inspired her to become a pianist and piano teacher. After his death, Leeanne donated her father's extensive collection of sheet music to the Mt. Hood Community College jazz music department. After growing up in Hewlett, Long Island, N.Y., Leeanne's family moved to Bermuda for several years. Returning to the U.S. in 1939, she graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., in 1945, and then attended Barnard College in New York City. She married Eugene "Kim" Kimbark MacColl of Bronxville, N.Y., Feb. 7, 1948, in New York City, and the couple moved west for Kim's graduate education, first to Boulder, Colo., and then to Pasadena, Calif., in 1949, where he completed a Ph.D. in History and she earned a B.A. degree in Music at Occidental College. In 1953, Mrs. MacColl and her husband moved to Portland for Kim's new teaching position at Reed College. While raising four children, she gave private piano lessons and plunged into the Portland music scene, serving as the president of the board for Young Audiences from 1960 to 1962, and as a founding member of the board of Chamber Music Northwest in 1971. She was also a strong booster of the Community Music Center in Southeast Portland, Portland Junior Symphony and Friends of Chamber Music. After moving to Terwilliger Plaza in 2006, accompanied by her baby grand piano, she especially enjoyed playing and performing piano duets with her upstairs neighbor and was looking forward to an upcoming recital when she died. In addition to her love of classical music and jazz, Mrs. MacColl had a lifelong passion for politics and civic engagement. At Terwilliger, she enjoyed the many lecture series and was participating in a class on Greek philosophers at her death. Every day started with the news from CNN, NPR radio and the daily New York Times, and her family members always knew they would be kept up-to-date on current political and social issues whenever they got together. Throughout her 50-year involvement with the League of Women Voters, she was actively involved in a wide range of civic issues from affordable housing to solid waste removal, and participated in voter education outreach for many city and state ballot measures. She was the past-president of the Portland chapter of the League and she helped create and served as president of the Columbia River Regional League. Her colleagues at the League remember her as a one of the League's biggest cheerleaders and a tireless volunteer recruiter. Few people could say "no" to Leeanne when she approached them about taking a leadership position. Leeanne loved to be active outdoors, ski, hike, bike and play tennis and golf, and she participated in many golf tournaments in Portland and at the beach. She especially enjoyed weekly ping pong matches at Terwilliger, and she played her last rounds of golf in August. She was fluent in both French and Italian and over many years, participated with friends in French and Italian book and conversation groups, and enjoyed European travel. Mrs. MacColl was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Kim; and half-sister, Anita (Kimmie) Mestres of Princeton, N.J., and is survived by her children, Eugene "Kim" Kimbark MacColl Jr. (Melinda), Portland, Rev. Craig MacColl (Ann), Centennial, Colo., Gwynne MacColl Campbell (Douglas), Darien, Conn., and Alexandra MacColl Buckley (Geoffrey), At hens, Ohio.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in memory of Mrs. MacColl may be made to 1,000 Friends of Oregon, Chamber Music Northwest or the Portland League of Women Voters.


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