Member Profiles - Irene Nevil

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Irene Nevil joined the Legacy Society to support SCPR's service into the future


Irene Nevil was a long-time Leadership Circle member who passed away in 2014 after a brave battle with cancer. Irene was born in Berlin in 1930 and immigrated to Los Angeles with her family at the age of 10. After graduating from Pomona College and doing graduate work at Columbia University, Irene enjoyed a successful career in international trade. Though traveling was part of her job, it was also her passion. Irene spoke five languages and frequently hosted foreign visitors in her home. Instead of bringing back souvenirs from her travels, Irene collected friends from all over the world. Her three sons describe her as “one of the most frighteningly intelligent people they ever knew”, and observe that she had an amazing sense of humor.

Irene’s generous and outgoing nature was evident in her philanthropy, both during and after her life. Irene was a board member for Learning Ally and spent countless hours volunteering and providing financial support to numerous charities. She was a huge supporter of public radio in general, and SCPR specifically, because she was a firm believer that we never stop learning. From Take Two to BBC Newshour to Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, Irene tuned in everyday (and when she couldn’t sleep, many nights as well) to find out what was happening in the world. Irene got her sons listening to SCPR, and now they’re big fans as well.

When she passed in January 2014 Irene left instructions for her family that her memorial should be filled with laughter, not tears. And her family and friends followed her rules.

SCPR’s public news service benefited for years from Irene’s membership in the Leadership Circle, and will flourish into the future thanks to her foresight and generous estate gift.