Longtime Nike lawyer, founder of lit awards, dies

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A longtime Nike attorney and one of Oregon's chief literary patrons has died.

The Oregonian reports Brian Booth died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 75.

Booth was a founding partner of Portland law firm Tonkon Torp, but will be remembered for his close relationship to Nike founder Phil Knight and presence in Oregon's literary scene.

Booth served on the boards of the Portland Art Museum, the OHSU Foundation and the University of Oregon Art Museum, as well as creating the Oregon Book Awards and Oregon Literary Fellowships.

Knight says the state has "lost a giant."

Booth grew up in Roseburg, graduating from the University of Oregon in 1958 and served in the Army. He obtained a law degree from Stanford in 1962.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com