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Reed College Announces New Additions to Board

Jerome Debs, Roger Perlmutter, Harriett Taggart, and Michele Funk join the college's board of trustees  

PORTLAND, OR (April 22, 2004) - Four new trustees were recently elected to the board of Reed College, one of the nation's pre-eminent institutions of the liberal arts and sciences . At the February meeting of the board, Harriett "Tee" Taggart was elected to serve a five-year renewable term. At the April meeting, Robert M. Perlmutter '73 and Jerome H. Debs, II were named to serve five-year renewable terms, and Michele Funk '94 was named an alumni trustee and will serve one four-year term.

In addition, the board also formally recognized the contributions of outgoing members Carlos de la Huerga '73 and Dudley H. Ladd.

Jerome H. "John" Debs, II is founder and former president of Bodri Capital Management in Palo Alto, CA. Bodri Foundation is a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Marin and Sonoma Counties. He earned his B.A. in 1966, and his M.B.A. in 1968 from Stanford University. He has served on the Athletic Board at Stanford, and on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. John has successfully managed a portion of Reed's endowment in the past. John's wife, Catherine Wells Debs, is former assistant chief of protocol for San Francisco.

Roger M. Perlmutter '73 is executive vice president for research and development at Amgen, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University (St. Louis) in 1979. In 1997 he left the University of Washington to join Merck and Co., ultimately rising to the rank of executive vice president, Worldwide Basic and Preclinical Research. He left Merck in 2001 to join Amgen, overseeing the company's worldwide research and development operations. He is also a director of Stem Cells, Inc., and chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Systems Biology, a not-for-profit research institute based in Seattle. He was previously president of the American Association of Immunologists, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Roger's wife, Joan Kreiss '73, is professor of medicine and epidemiology, University of Washington.

Harriett "Tee" Taggart is a partner, senior vice president, global industry analyst, and sector portfolio manager at Wellington Management, Boston. She earned her B.A. from Smith College, magna cum laude (1970); her M.A. from Harvard University (1973); and her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981). At Wellington, she launched a fundamental research effort for higher-risk, fixed-income, and convertible securities. In 1992 she moved into equity research, taking over the firm's global chemicals and environmental coverage. Tee travels extensively, culling firsthand research on the companies she covers, getting to know management personally,and studying balance sheets and cash flow statements, as well as the history and cultures of their countries to understand the context in which they operate. Tee was raised in the Netherlands and is fluent in Dutch and French. She is studying Mandarin Chinese. Tee's husband, Jack Turner, is associate director, Technology Licensing Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jack and Tee are members of the Reed Parent Council. Their son Lincoln graduated from Reed in December 2003 as religion major.

Michele Jonsson Funk '94 is a research instructor in the department of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Reed in 1994. She went on to earn a M.S. in Public Health (2000) and her Ph.D. (2003) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   While at Reed, she served as student body president in 1993. She has volunteered for the Reed admission office since 1999, served on the Seattle alumni chapter steering committee for three years, and was an active member of the Reed alumni board for six years, including serving as president. Michele lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Carlos de la Huerga '73 served as a Reed alumni trustee from 2000 to 2004. He also served with great dedication as a member of the Reed alumni board of management and the Technology Advisory Council, and established an endowed scholarship in 1994 for those studying mathematics.

Dudley H. Ladd served as a Reed trustee from 1994 to 2004. His engagement with the college and experience as the father of alumnus Ethan Ladd '94 led him to become an articulate champion of the college's values. Thanks to his leadership, the Reed Parent Council was established and a sustained effort launched to welcome parents into the Reed community. He served on the board's executive committee from 1999 to 2002, has been a generous donor and has given freely of his time and hospitality in hosting events for Reed.

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With an enrollment today of about 1,340 students, Reed has produced the second highest number of Rhodes scholars (31) for any liberal arts college, as well as over 50 Fulbright Scholars, over 60 Watson Fellows, and two MacArthur ("Genius") Award winners. Reed ranks third in the nation among institutions of higher learning in the production of PhDs in all disciplines. Reed is first in this percentage in biological sciences, and second in chemistry and humanities. Visit for further information.

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