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Born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Koerner and his brothers, Otto, Leon and Theodor fled in 1938 to England, and then to Canada. Coming from a family of foresters, they bought a sawmill in New Westminster and named their company Alaska Pine and Cellulose. They sold the company to Rayonier in 1954, and Walter became chair of Rayonier Canada (BC) until 1972. Soon after arriving in B.C., around 1941, he and his wife Marianne began collecting Northwest Coast art. Koerner travelled to many areas of the province including the Nimpkish River, Alert Bay, Fort Rupert, Nootka Sound, Quatsino Sound and the Queen Charlotte Islands. He also bought NWC objects from galleries in Europe in order to bring them back to their 'homeland'. For several decades, Walter Koerner donated art objects as well as purchasing funds to the UBC Museum of Anthropology. In 1972 the Federal Government granted funds to build the present Museum building, to house in part "... that collection generally know[n] as the 'Koerner Collection' which the University shall acquire." Gallery 3 showcased part of the Koerner Northwest Coast collection from 1976 to 1997. Walter Koerner was Chair of the Board of Governors at UBC from 1968 to 1972.

Born in Moravia, Koerner and his brothers, Otto, Leon and Theodor fled in 1938 to England, and then to Canada. Coming from a family of foresters, they bought a sawmill in New Westminster and named their company Alaska Pine and Cellulose. They sold the company to Rayonier in 1954, and Walter became chair of Rayonier Canada (BC) until 1972. Soon after arriving in B.C., around 1941, he and his wife Marianne began collecting Northwest Coast art. Koerner travelled to many areas of the province including the Nimpkish River, Alert Bay, Fort Rupert, Nootka Sound, Quatsino Sound and the Queen Charlotte Islands. He also bought NWC objects from galleries in Europe in order to bring them back to their 'homeland'. For several decades, Walter Koerner donated art objects as well as purchasing funds to the UBC Museum of Anthropology. In 1972 the Federal Government granted funds to build the present Museum building, to house in part "... that collection generally know[n] as the 'Koerner Collection' which the University shall acquire." The MOA Masterpiece Gallery showcased part of the Koerner Northwest Coast collection from 1976 to 1997. In addition, a new wing was built at MOA in 1988 in order to house his extensive European ceramics collection. Walter Koerner was Chair of the Board of Governors at UBC from 1968 to 1972, and among his many honours, he was a recipient of the Order of Canada, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from U.B.C.

Born: 1898
Died: 1995-07-21