Gert Boyle passed away today at the age of 95.
Boyle's father started Columbia Sportswear, which has a headquarters in Portland, OR.
In 1964, Boyle's father passed away and her husband Neal became president of Columbia Sportswear.
Just a few years later in 1970, Neal Boyle passed away unexpectedly at the age of 47 and Gert would take over as president of Columbia and lead it to great success and a more diversified offering of products.
As of 2013, she began working as chairman of the company. Gert was know for her philanthropy with Special Olympics and the Knight Cancer Institute.
A press release from the company said:
"Boyle's pioneering role as a woman in what was then a male-dominated industry is a testament to her strength of character and ability to persevere through difficult situations,"
The industry and world has lost an important icon and contributor today.