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Robert Reynolds, professor of physics and a member of the Reed faculty since 1963, has been named the first David W. Brauer Professor of Physics. The chair was recently endowed by David Brauer, a 1983 graduate in physics. Brauer donated $604,000 to the Campaign for Reed College, an amount that was matched by the Gray Alumni Challenge.

Peter Steinberger, Reed’s dean of the faculty, said, "Bob Reynolds has been an important member of the Reed community for many years. As a teacher who has had a wonderful influence on countless physics students, and as a leader of the faculty whose judgment and good sense is widely esteemed by his colleagues, he richly deserves this honor."

A Texas native, Reynolds earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1961 and was in active service in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1963. He has served as acting dean of students at Reed, as software consultant and developer for Digital Vision, Inc., and as visiting professor of oceanography at Oregon State University. His areas of interest include astrophysics and computer models. Reynolds has published numerous articles in the American Journal of Physics.

David Brauer is co-founder of the Japan-based company Paltek. Brauer’s company imports and distributes semiconductors, which are typically used in large telecom and networking equipment. The firm, which employs about 200 people, went public in Japan in July of 1998.

Brauer identifies himself strongly as a Reed alumnus and attributes part of his success to his Reed experience. "I really felt I’d found my place when I arrived at Reed," Brauer said, "and I wouldn’t have been able to attend classes here without the financial assistance that the school provided. My success since coming to Japan has been due, in large part, to my passion and commitment, characteristics I would like to help foster in new Reedies."

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