BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- An accomplished businesswoman, philanthropist, musician and gardener, Miss Myrtle Woldson held a lifelong commitment to the arts and education. Doyle is honored to auction jewelry from the Estate of Myrtle Woldson to benefit Gonzaga University.
Miss Woldson was the daughter of Martin Woldson, a self-made industrialist and railroad contractor who helped build The Great Northern Railway. Martin Woldson came to Spokane from Norway in 1893. There he met his wife, Edwidge, and the couple raised their daughters, Myrtle and Frances. Miss Woldson grew up attending society events and gardening with her mother. She quietly carried on her family’s tradition of investing and industry by becoming a successful businesswoman in her own right.
Miss Woldson’s love for her parents inspired her generous philanthropy within the Spokane community. In honor of her father's love of music, Miss Woldson contributed to the restoration of the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. As a tribute to her mother's love of gardens, she donated to the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, creating the Edwidge Woldson Park.
Though she did not attend Gonzaga University as a student, Miss Woldson frequently attended University events. In particular, she loved to cheer on the students at basketball games. To commemorate her decades-long relationship with Gonzaga University, she gave generously to support student scholarships, the Jundt Museum Art Endowment, athletics and the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center,
which is dedicated to the memory of her parents.
Possessing a unique combination of independence, kindness, intelligence, poise and grace, Miss Woldson seized what the world had to offer on her own terms. Her quiet, private generosity is but one facet of her extraordinary legacy.
Auction October 21, 2021 at Noon
Palm Beach Preview: Oct 5-7, 208 Brazilian Ave, Palm Beach, FL, [email protected]
New York Exhibition: Oct 16-18
Property from The Estate of Miss Myrtle Woldson comprises lots 78, 79, 83, 172 and 181 in the sale.