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.