Florence Teresa (Hogan) Dolan
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Florence Teresa (Hogan) Dolan
Dec. 18, 1919 - Oct. 17, 2020
Florence Teresa (Hogan) Dolan, age 100, passed away Oct. 17, 2020 at home surrounded by her children.
She was born Dec. 18, 1919 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada to Arthur Edward Hogan and Annie May (Dorsey) Hogan. At the age of 8 she and her family immigrated to Portland where she spent the rest of her life. She was raised in Southeast Portland. She graduated from St. Stephen's High School and worked at Montgomery Ward department store, at what is now called Montgomery Park. Later she worked at Luxury Bread on S.E. Stark St. for her brother-in-law, Frank Bastasch.
In 1944 she married John T. Dolan and together they raised eight children. John started A-Boy Electric & Plumbing in 1960, and while they built the family business, Florence made raising their children her priority. All of her children attended Catholic schools and she was a member of the St. Ignatius Alter Society for many years.
Nationally she is known as the petitioner in the landmark 1994 U.S. Supreme Court case Florence Dolan v. City of Tigard. It was a property rights case that defined the boundaries of government "takings." Her husband John and son Dan started the case, and after John's death, Florence and Dan continued the appeal to the Supreme Court. She won by a 5-4 decision. The legal standard set by that case is still law today.
Florence always had a tremendous zest for life and made the most of it. She loved good food, family, and travel. The beach was one of her favorite places. She also enjoyed gardening and flowers of all kinds, especially roses. Beside her strong faith in God, she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews. She was the heart and soul of the family, loving and accepting of all, acting as a mother to so many beyond her own children.
In later years Florence enjoyed her frequent trips to the Oregon Coast with the family and with her nieces, Teresa Wikander and Ellen Moran Wood, where they shared many good times.
She was preceded in death by her parents; all of her siblings, Mary Dolan, Arthur Hogan, Frances Bastasch, Charles Hogan, Ella Hogan, Clara Stockton, Rita Moran and Noreen Hite. She was the eighth of the nine siblings. She is survived by all her children, Deanna (Alex Belyavski), Jean, Mary (Antoine Gedeon), Dolores (David Pense), Dan (Sue Ellen Trask), Patrick (Anne Vetto), Colleen (Walter Pastore), and Sarah (Bret Barnecut); as well as her 24 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A reception will be held at a future date. A scholarship fund in the name of Florence and John Dolan has been established at St. Mary's Academy and Central Catholic High School.
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Published in The Oregonian from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2020.
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October 26, 2020
She sounds like a feisty, wonderful woman who was full of life and love. I didn't know her but I know some of her family and the tradition goes on. She reminds me a lot of my grandmother who came from Nova Scotia, on her own, and traveled to Oregon, ending up living in Hillsboro and raising a family. Her daughter moved to Portland and raised a family in St. Stephen's Parish and became good friends with the Moran and Hogan families. Not even six degrees of separation here! And I'm not even going to bring up the fact that we have Morans, from County Waterford, on the other side of our family as well. God bless her and all her family (especially Mary and Antoine Gedeon; Teresa Wikander; Ellen Wood and all the Morans) and may peace in the midst of sorrow be with you; and may the sharing of memories bring you joy. Much Love, Mary Halvorson
Mary Halvorson
October 25, 2020
I had the great honor, along with my law partner Jill Gelineau, to represent her at trial of the case when it came back from the U S Supreme Court. After we had presented nearly all our evidence to a jury the City of Tigard for the first time made a settlement offer. After further negotiations it settled favorably for her.

No lawyer ever, anywhere, anytime could have had a more wonderful client. Every person in our wonderful country owes a deep debt of gratitude to her and her family for staying the course and making a rule of law which mandates fairness for all those who own property but need a permit from the government to develop it.

My deepest sympathy to Dan and Patrick and all her family.
Joe Willis
October 25, 2020
Another loss of a member of The Greatest Generation “. What a life well lived and loved by so many dear ones! Keeping you all in my prayers.
Colleen Keenan
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