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Former Emulex Chairman Paul Folino Dies

Prominent supporter of higher education, arts

Paul Folino, chairman emeritus of networking equipment maker Emulex and philanthropist, passed away on Saturday due to cancer. He was 75.

Folino has made significant local philanthropic contributions, including a $1 million donation to California State University, Fullerton for the College of Business and Economics and a $10 million donation to the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.

He was also active in politics and was close friends with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Paul was a force of good for CSUF … He has given to just about every college and area of the campus,” Greg Saks, CSUF vice president of university advancement, said in a statement.

Folino joined Emulex as CEO and president in 1993.

He began his career in sales at Xerox Corporation and went on to become COO and president at Thomas-Conrad Corporation.

For more information, read the Oct. 23 issue of the Business Journal.

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