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Foundation Board Members (pictured in 2005): Robert M. Graham, Secretary, General Counsel, and Treasurer; the late Alonzo W. Watson, Jr.; Spencer F. Eccles, Chairman & CEO; and Lisa Eccles, President

Board of Directors

Each member of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Board of Directors worked closely with George and Dolores "Lolie" Eccles during their lifetimes and brings a unique perspective to the board’s grant-making deliberations.

Spencer F. Eccles
Chairman & CEO, has been a board member since 1981. He was chairman and CEO of First Security Corporation from 1982 to 2000, a position formerly held by his uncle, George S. Eccles. He is now chairman emeritus of the Intermountain Region of Wells Fargo & Co.

“The foresight and generosity of Uncle George and Aunt Lolie have made our work possible. We work to ensure their goals remain at the forefront in our grant-making decisions, and that their legacy will continue to enrich the lives of the people of Utah today and for many generations to come.”

Robert M. Graham
Secretary, General Counsel, and Treasurer of the Foundation since 1988, worked with George Eccles for many years as a tax adviser. From 1970 to 1988, he provided services to the Foundation as a tax partner with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, formerly Haskins & Sells. Today he is an attorney with Ray, Quinney and Nebeker, and was named to the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2000.

“We are pleased to have made grants throughout the State of Utah, from Logan to St. George," he says. " It is satisfying and reassuring to hear many people comment that Utah is a much better place to live because of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation."

Lisa Eccles
President, has overseen the Foundation’s operations since 1989. She was named to the Board of Directors in 2000, bringing perspectives that encompass knowledge gained through service on many local, state, and national boards.

"The Foundation is George and Lolie’s legacy to Utah. They both loved this state and its people, and wanted to see it continue to develop as an outstanding center for culture, health care, and education."

Alonzo W. Watson, Jr.

Mr. Watson, a member of the Foundation board since 1981, passed away October 24, 2005.  An attorney with the Salt Lake City law firm of Ray, Quinney and Nebeker, he was an associate and personal legal adviser to George and Dolores Eccles during their lifetimes, and a valued member of the Foundation board for more than 25 years.  Mr. Watson was known for his integrity, thoughtful deliberations, and advocacy for those in greatest need.  His dedication to assisting others and bettering the lives of his fellow citizens, which he exhibited in both personal and professional lives, will continue to benefit the citizens of Utah throughout the future.