Reed Community

Reunions ’16

Carnival of Reconnecting.

June 1, 2016

From far and wide, in their hundreds and thousands, the alumni descended on Reed for an epic Reunions in June. Highlights included:

Marketplace, which featured items written, published, cooked, brewed, or otherwise created by Reed alumni.

Carnival, where balloonsmiths and face-daubers delighted classmates’ progeny with feats of physiognomic calligraphy and inflatable shenanigans.

Talent Show, in which classmates revealed hitherto unsuspected hidden powers.

The Parade! Arguably the emotional high point of the entire event.

If that weren’t enough, the Foster-Scholz Club recognized Martha Darling ’66, James “Jas” Adams ’71, and Oregon State Sen. Diane Rosenbaum ’71 with the Distinguished Service Award for their continued commitment to communities within Reed and beyond.

A longtime environmental advocate, Jas recently retired as attorney-in-charge of the Natural Resources Section of the Oregon Department of Justice and remains an adjunct professor of law at Willamette University. He sang this year with the Reed chorus and was nominated jointly for this award along with Diane, his wife.

Described as having the “best part of the mind of a lawyer without ruining it by actually going to law school,” Diane has represented Southeast Portland in the Oregon Legislature for almost two decades. She serves currently as the Oregon Senate President pro tem., works with the Oregon Hunger Task Force and received the Planned Parenthood Pro-Choice Champion Award. She has given back to Reed by volunteering for the career network alongside Jas.

Martha Darling majored in American Studies at Reed, earned a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and has pursued a long and varied career of service, including stints at Boeing and as a consultant in Washington D.C. and Paris. Martha serves on boards throughout the country and earned the National Conservationist of the Year Award from the National Wildlife Federation. Martha has also served on the board of trustees and sponsors the Munk-Darling Lecture in honor of the late great Prof. Frank Munk [poli sci 1939–65].

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