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Three Reed alumni have recently given gifts to Reed College to fund the creation of two new chairs, one in economics and one in humanities.

The Reginald F. Arragon Chair in the Humanities

James C. March ’77 has donated $1,900,000 to create an endowed chair in humanities, to be called the Reginald F. Arragon Chair in the Humanities. March contributed an additional $100,000 to encourage support from his Reed College class in honor of their 25th reunion.

March’s donation will honor the late Reginald F. Arragon, the Richard F. Scholz Professor of History emeritus. Arragon taught at Reed from 1923 to 1962 and is generally acknowledged as the founding father of the Reed humanities program. He wrote in the late 1940s: "Critical, open-minded, and sensitive analysis and appreciation of all sorts of human situations and activities and expressions, and readiness honestly to explore evidence and its implications for one’s self and along with other’s are humanistic ends of a liberal arts curriculum, valuable for intellectual and emotional integration of the individual and for responsible membership in a democratic society."

James C. March ’77 is a retired partner of WJM Technologies, a computer software company founded in 1988. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Petaluma, California.

Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz Chair in Economic History

Thormund ’41 and Hannah Miller have pledged $1 million and Walter ’50 and Sandy Mintz have donated $1 million to create an endowed chair in economics, to be called the Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz Chair in Economic History.

Thormund Miller ’41, a Reed trustee since 1976, is a retired vice president and director of general counsel for Southern Pacific Transportation Co. He and Hannah live in Atherton, California.

Walter Mintz ’50, who served as chairman of the Reed board of trustees for four years, ending in February 2002, is the retired founding partner of the investment firm Cumberland Associates in New York. A member of the board of trustees for more than 30 years, Mintz has also served as chairman of the Campaign for Reed College, which was launched in October of 1995. Mintz, a 1950 graduate of Reed College in economics, was the first Reed graduate to become chairman of the board of trustees. He and Sandy live in Manhattan.

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