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South Coast Philanthropist Dies

A South Coast businesswoman well known for her philanthropy has died.

Siri Eliason moved from her native Sweden to the United States with her husband in the 1950’s.  The found a furniture manufacturing company, and she started a chain of stores focused on Scandinavian furniture.

Eliason was a regent at Cal Lutheran for nearly a decade, helping to steer a nearly $100 million dollar fundraising drive which led to a number of new facilities and programs for the Thousand Oaks based university.  She was also involved in a number of Swedish-American organizations, and was honored by the Swedish government for her efforts. 

Eliason died in Thousand Oaks, losing a battle with cancer.  She was 87 years old. 

Cal Lutheran is the parent of KCLU Radio.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.