Ronald M. Paul


February 7, 1950 – December 21, 2015

Ron Paul, James Beard Public Market emeritus trustee, passed away from complications of cancer on the morning of December 21, 2015. Ron was founding executive director of the Market for nine years before transitioning to the emeritus trustee role in August due to health issues.

Ron’s time as executive director was marked by tremendous successes, unmatched passion, and an inspirational vision for a flagship public market to showcase the best of Oregon. In Ron’s words, the Market will “depave a parking lot and put up paradise.” He developed an active board of trustees and staff, as well as a partnership with Melvin Mark Development Company, the developer of the Morrison Bridgehead Project featuring the James Beard Public Market. He commissioned internationally celebrated Snøhetta, an integrated architecture, landscape, and interior design firm, to join the market’s design team, and he continually engaged all Oregonians in developing a true public market for all.

“Ron Paul was a dedicated leader, passionate businessman and the guiding hand for the James Beard Public Market from the first day. We will miss his insight, his heart and his humor,” said Richard Harris, president of the James Beard Public Market board of trustees. “We are forever grateful for the work that Paul did to create and foster the development of the market.”

Ron’s passion for the Public Market was surpassed only by his devotion to family.

The family of Ron Paul invites you to a public service celebrating the life of a cherished husband, father, friend, chef, cultural advocate, restaurateur, community leader, and citizen of Portland. Remembering Ron Paul, a gathering to remember and celebrate Ron’s life, will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Portland Art Museum from two to five p.m.  

Ron’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, tribute donations can be made to the Ron Paul Community Table Fund, a fund of the James Beard Public Market established to honor Ron’s legacy. If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Ron Paul, please do so by clicking the donate link at the top of this page and adding his name to any of the open fields in the donation form. We will notify Ron’s family of tribute gifts made in his name.

Ronald M. Paul

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