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Lumber magnate Giustina dead at 87.



Byline: Joe Mosley The Register-Guard

Natale B. "Nat" Giustina of Eugene, who left a bold mark on the wood products industry as well as Oregon State University Oregon State University, at Corvallis; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1858 as Corvallis College, opened 1865. In 1868 it was designated Oregon's land-grant agricultural college and was taken over completely by the state in 1885.  and the local golfing community, died Saturday of emphysema emphysema (ĕmfĭsē`mə), pathological or physiological enlargement or overdistention of the air sacs of the lungs. A major cause of pulmonary insufficiency in chronic cigarette smokers, emphysema is a progressive disease that commonly . He was 87.

Giustina was a retired, second-generation timber baron. He helped parlay a mill that was founded in 1934 by his father and three uncles into what is now a pair of family-owned companies with extensive timber holdings and a thick portfolio of real estate investments.

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, owner of Cottage Grove's Starfire Lumber Co., said Monday. "I would say he was a man of great integrity. His word was always his bond, and he was a real credit to the whole forest products industry.

"These are the very best things you can say about anybody, in my opinion, and he was all of them."

Giustina was born in Portland on April 7, 1918, to Erminio and Irene Onorato Giustina.

Erminio Giustina and three of his brothers had emigrated from the San Vita di Cadore Province in the Italian Dolomite dolomite (dō`ləmīt', dŏl`ə–).

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. planing mill in Eugene. The brothers eventually also operated a green veneer plant, plywood mill, sawmill sawmill, installation or facility in which cut logs are sawed into standard-sized boards and timbers. The saws used in such an installation are generally of three types: the circular saw, which consists of a disk with teeth around its edge; the band saw, which  and stud mill on their property off West Second Avenue.

Nat Giustina became logging manager for the operation in 1941 - the year he graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in mechanical engineering - and took over as president and general manager of Giustina Bros. Lumber Co. in 1948.

Along with his brother, Ehrman Giustina, he headed the companies until he stepped down in 1985 and passed control along to his family's next generation.

"Nat and Ehrman became the leaders," said Paul Ehinger, a Eugene-based wood products analyst with a long history in the industry. "Ehrman was more active in plywood and timber, and Nat was more active in lumber. That was just what they gravitated to."

Several years ago, the Giustinas' companies were divided into Gius- tina Land and Timber, now headed by Nat Giustina's son, Larry, and Giustina Resources, headed by Ehrman Giustina's son, Dan.

"Both of them (Nat and Ehrman) are highly respected," Ehinger said Monday. "They were not always seeking publicity, but they were always there to do the things that needed to be done."

Nat Giustina served on the boards of directors of numerous state and national wood products associations and organizations, from Associated Oregon Industries to the National Lumber Manufacturers Association, as well as the National Association of Manufacturers. And he was active in local charities, including the Lane County Community Chest, now the United Way of Lane County.

He also remained true to his school, serving on the boards of OSU's Alumni Association An alumni association is an association of graduates (alumni) or, more broadly, of former students. In the United Kingdom and the United States, alumni of universities, colleges, schools (especially independent schools), fraternities, and sororities often form groups with alumni , the OSU (Open Source UNIX) Refers to the Unix variants that are maintained as open source, which were primarily BSD Unix and Linux until Sun made its Solaris operating system open source in 2005.  Foundation, the Board of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Trysting Tree Origins of the name
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"For seven decades, Nat Giustina was involved in Oregon State University as a student, alumnus ALUMNUS, civil law. A child which one has nursed; a foster child. Dig. 40, 2, 14.  and supporter, and it would be hard to imagine our university having had a more faithful friend," OSU President Ed Ray said Monday.

Hal Salwasser, dean of the OSU College of Forestry, said that Giustina and his family have donated generously to the program, "requesting only that funds be used to provide the most possible help to the forest land owners of Oregon."

Giustina's donations and leadership were instrumental in OSU projects ranging from the LaSells Stewart Center, which features the Giustina Gallery, to the construction of Richardson Hall for the forestry program and the recent Reser Stadium History and use
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He also was the driving force behind construction of the Trysting Tree Golf Club, one of three renowned courses in which Giustina had a hand. He built Tokatee Golf Club on 380 acres of family-owned land in the McKenzie Valley east of Eugene beginning in 1964, and helped to spearhead the 1967 redesign of the Eugene Country Club course by famed designer Robert Trent Jones See: American TV writer Trent Jones

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Two years ago, Nat Giustina and his wife, Jacqueline, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together with Ehrman Giustina and his wife, Lee, who also were celebrating their 60th.

Nat Giustina is survived by his wife; daughters Natalie Newlove of Eugene and Irene Goldbeck of Kirkland, Wash.; his son, Laraway (Larry) of Eugene; and by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1062 Charnelton St. Private interment will follow.
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Date:Aug 16, 2005
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