Toulan Memorial Scholarship celebrates commitment to service, community & higher education
Author: College of Urban and Public Affairs
Posted: December 11, 2014

Portland State University lost two tireless supporters and urban planning pioneers when Dr. Nohad A. Toulan and his wife, Dirce Angelina Moroni Toulan, died in a traffic accident in October 2013 in Uruguay. Thanks to an outpouring of generosity in memory of the Toulans - including a generous gift from the University Club - the College of Urban and Public Affairs awarded the first two scholarships of $2,500 each in December 2014 to Urban Studies PhD students Amy Coplen and Stephen Marotta.

Dr. Toulan, who was 81, was Dean Emeritus of the College of Urban and Public Affairs and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Urban Studies and Planning—later named the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. He championed creation of the University District in downtown Portland and contributed extensively to the development of major urban and regional plans in the United States, Middle East, and North and West Africa. A native of Egypt, Dr. Toulan grew up in Cairo and Alexandria and had a long history of building relationships between the university, its faculty and the larger community, as well as between Muslims and other faith communities. 

Dirce Angelina Moroni Toulan, who was 78, was an urban planner, architect and Fulbright Scholar. She was a strong advocate for the College of Urban and Public Affairs and led the effort to support its library, later named the Dirce Moroni Toulan Library of Urban and Public Affairs.

For more information about remembering the Toulans with a gift to their scholarship fund, please contact Richard Jung, Development Officer, College of Urban and Public Affairs, 503-725-2997,, or visit the Nohad and Dirce Toulan Memorial Scholarship website.