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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications
503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


REED'S FIRST ANNUAL DOUGLAS WILLIAMS FENCING TOURNAMENT SET FOR NOVEMBER 7

Reed's first annual Douglas Williams Fencing Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 7, beginning at 11 a.m. in the sports center on the Reed campus. Doug Williams, a 1963 Reed graduate, recently established a need-based scholarship that will award the top three fencing tournament placers who are currently receiving a Reed grant from the college. The financial aid awards are $5,000 to the first-place winner, $3,500 to the second-place winner, and $1,500 to the third-place winner. Gold, silver, and bronze pins in the shape of fencing foils will also be given out as tournament trophies.

Fencing master Len Carnighan will be president of the jury, and U.S. Fencing Association rules will be used.

If you wish to send photographers, news crews, or reporters to the tournament, please call Nadine Fiedler at 503/777-7590.

Doug Williams '63 learned to fence at Reed, and his fondest memories of his days as a Reed student center around fencing. Williams wanted to fund a scholarship at Reed and decided to do that while at the same time supporting fencing at the college. He came up with the idea of a fencing tournament that awards scholarships to the tournament winners who have financial need. He feels that this will stimulate interest in fencing while also filling a critical need for financial aid at the college. "I decided to fund a scholarship program that awards student fencers because fencing was so important to me when I was at Reed," he said.

Williams has worked around airplanes and flight his entire career. He and his wife, Carol, run a business that tests pilots and their ability to absorb new flight technology. He and Carol, both pilots themselves, own an airplane, a sea plane, and a helicopter. They live in Woodside, California.