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Mary Lois Dana Gilbert ’41

Mary Lois Dana Gilbert ’41, April 15, 1994, in Portland. She attended Stanford University before transferring to Reed in 1939 and later earned a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. After earning her degree, she worked as a secretary at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and the Oregon Journal library. In the early 1960s, she worked for the Portland Reporter newspaper. In 1942, she married Paul Luckey Gilbert, who died two years later. In 1947, she married Hudson Lothian. Survivors include four sons, a brother, and six grandchildren.

William H. Dickey ’51

William H. Dickey ’51, May 3, 1994, in San Francisco. He was a well-known poet who published 15 books and received many awards and prizes during his career. After graduating from Reed, he received a Woodrow Wilson fellowship to study at Harvard, where he earned his master's degree in literature. He later earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Iowa and also studied at Oxford University, England, on a Fulbright scholarship. Dickey began his teaching career at Cornell and Denison Universities before joining the creative writing department at San Francisco State University in 1962. He taught there for nearly 30 years and became head of the department, retiring in 1991. He received early recognition for his poetry when, in 1958, his work was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Of the Festivity, a selection of his works, was compiled for the series by W.H. Auden. Later awards included the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press for The Rainbow Grocery, the California Silver Medal for Poetry, and the teaching excellence award from the California Association of Teachers of English. His most recent book, In the Dreaming, was published in January 1994 by the University of Arkansas Press. Survivors include his brother and his companion, Leonard Sanazaro.

Jane Ada Dredger Brant ’40

Jane Ada Dredger Brant ’40, March 22, 1995, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She attended Reed for three years. She married Charles Sanford Brant ’41, in 1946 in Portland, and the couple had two sons. in 1961, the family moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jane and Charles divorced in 1968. For much of her life she was a homemaker, but she later was employed as a newspaper editor. She was an active volunteer, and was a member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Edmontonians for a Non-Nuclear Future, and the Council of Canadians. She also volunteered for the Edmonton Learning Centre. She is survived by her two sons, a brother, and two grandchildren.

Shirley Diamondstein Gold MAT ’62

Shirley Diamondstein Gold MAT ’62, February 27, 1998, of pancreatic cancer in Portland, Oregon. She served in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature, beginning in 1980 when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat in the House in 1980. She was House majority leader in 1985, and in 1988 she was elected state senator; she helped to write the education reform plan that requires Oregon students to meet statewide standards. She graduated from Hunter College in 1945 and worked as a publicist for CBS before moving to Oregon. She began teaching in 1954. In 1965, she became president of the Portland Federation of Teachers and then was president of the Oregon Federation of Teachers for five years. Her honors include induction into the Oregon Labor Hall of Fame and Hunter College Hall of Fame, the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus Mary Rieke Woman of Achievement Award, and the Oregon Environmental Council Award. She served as national vice chair of the Education Commission of the States. She is survived by two sons, Andrew Gold ’70 and Dana Gold.

Glenn P. Davis ’78

Glenn Davis ’78, May 3, 1999, when his private plane crashed during a thunderstorm near Cedar City, Utah. He was a resident of Boulder, Colorado. After attending Reed, he studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in mathematics in 1986. He had a varied career in a number of different arenas until 1987, when he joined the Unidata Program in 1987 as a software engineer. He was instrumental in creating Unidata’s flagship software products: the netCDF and LDM packages. His personal interests were many, and included trapeze artistry, dance, and piloting.

Josephine Grannatt Davis ’41

Josephine Grannatt Davis ’41, April 29, 1999, in Portland. She attended Reed for several years and then attended the University of California, Berkeley, and the Portland Art Museum School. She married in 1941 and began raising a family; that marriage ended in divorce. In 1953, she returned to Reed to work for Ann Shepard ’23, dean of students [1926–68]. She was assistant dean of students for 10 years. In 1959, she married again, and she retired from Reed in 1964 to raise a family. In later years, she worked as a freelance writer and editor, and worked in public relations. In 1976, she was asked to write a book about Dean Shepard, focusing on her witty, wise, and honorable advice in correspondences with Reed students. That book, Yours Sincerely, was published by Reed College in 1978. She was also involved in many volunteer activities, including the Foster-Scholtz Club, the Portland Art Museum, and the Boys and Girls Aid Society. Her husband died in 1979. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, and a number of grandchildren.

Roncisco W. Davis ’47

Ron W. Davis ’47, August 13, 1998, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He entered Reed in 1937 but his studies were interrupted during World War II, when he served in the U.S. Army. After graduating in 1947, he attended Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in 1948 and EdD in education in 1951. His early years in education included working as a junior high school principal in Pennsylvania and as assistant superintendent for elementary education for Euclid Public Schools, Euclid, Ohio. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the School of Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was associate professor of education. He moved into a career in health education in 1970, when he accepted a position as director of continuing education for the North Carolina Regional Medical Program. In 1976, he became the coordinator of health manpower planning for the State of North Carolina Department of Human Resources. At the time of his retirement in 1986, he was chief of the program services section, North Carolina Division of Aging and consultant to the North Carolina State Department of public Instruction. In retirement, he became active in the development of a new senior center in Chapel Hill, serving as vice president and chairman of the fundraising committee. He also volunteered as junior warden for his church. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, two daughters, a son, and several grandchildren.

Huck R. Done ’41

Huck Done ’41, January 25, 1999, in Manchester, Missouri. He earned a DDS from St. Louis Dental School in 1944 and practiced dentistry in Missouri for many years. Survivors include his wife, six children, and nine grandchildren.

James Albert Dykstra ’42

James A. Dykstra ’42, January 20, 1999, in Gresham. He attended Reed for three years and then transferred to Oregon State University, where he earned a BS in 1942. He was a district representative for the Washington–Alaska Division of Nalco Chemical Company, until his retirement in 1981. He lived in Walla Walla and Tacoma, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, before moving to Gresham in 1988. Survivors include his second wife; three daughters; a son; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. his first wife, whom he married in the 1940s, died in 1987.

Margaret Rand Dafoe ’42

Margaret Rand Dafoe ’42, April 8, 2000, in Palo Alto, California. She attended Reed for two years and was an administrative assistant for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland and later for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; she retired in 1982. She was a member of First Unitarian Church and also served on the Reed alumni association board in the ’60s. She and Carmie Defoe Jr. were married in 1943, and later divorced. In 1989, she moved to Palo Alto to be nearer to her grandchildren. Survivors include a daughter, a son, a sister, and three grandchildren.

Estelle Director Sholkoff ’31

Estelle Director Sholkoff ’31, March 4, 2000, in Portland. She attended Reed for one year and then transferred to the University of Washington, where she earned her undergraduate degree. In 1937, she earned a master’s in education from the University of Oregon. She and her husband owned and operated the Portland Outdoor Store from the early 1930s until the 1980s. She taught school in Portland from 1951-61, and was a religious school teacher for Temple Beth Israel in 1947–76. In 1961–66, she was director of religious education at the temple. She served on the board of the Jewish Community Center in 1953–57, and was on the boards of Hadassah and the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. She was the author of a 75th anniversary yearbook for Portland’s Council of Jewish Women and edited two cookbooks. Her other interests included flower arranging, swimming, dancing, and handicrafts. Survivors include a son, two sisters, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1986, and her daughter in 1998.

Audrey Ineson Davison ’49

Audrey Mae Ineson Davison ’49, September 6, 2002, in Seattle. Audrey began her undergraduate work at Reed, and completed a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Washington in 1950, followed by a BS in chemistry from Seattle University. She worked for the Ampex Corporation in 1958. In 1963, she received her master’s degree in biological science from Stanford, and taught briefly at the University of California, Santa Clara, before taking a position as head of the clinical chemistry department at the Permanente Medical Foundation in Santa Clara 1965. Beginning in 1967, she worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital and Stanford University in Palo Alto as a research associate in Factor VIII research, protein purification techniques, immunoassay, and electophoresis. In 1974, Audrey became an instructor in biochemistry for DeAnza College, Cupertino; and in 1988, she was the senior clinical laboratory scientist for the San Jose Medical Group. She organized citizen participation, Preservation of Foothills, in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz in the early ’70s. Her work in land use and park development in the Almaden Valley and South Santa Clara County Hills earned her a nomination as Woman of Achievement in Santa Clara in 1973. Audrey earned a JD from San Francisco Law School in 1992, and began working on a second master’s degree. In the ’90s, she was a self-employed environmental law consultant, and served as a board member for the Association for Women in Science. She married John Roats; they had one son and later divorced. She then married Kenneth B. Davison, who predeceased her, and they had one son. A woman of great energy for research and academics, Audrey attributed her motivation for learning new things to her Reed experience.

George S. Durham ’35

George S. Durham ’35, April 14, 2003, in Astoria, Oregon. George received a BA in chemistry from Reed, and continued his education at New York University, earning a PhD in chemistry in 1939. From 1943 to 1977 he taught physical chemistry at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; was appointed professor of chemistry in 1959; and was chair of the department for 11 years. Following retirement he moved to Arch Cape, Oregon. Interests outside of his profession included baseball, classical and opera music, home repairs, and crossword puzzles. George is survived by his two sons and three granddaughters.

Margaret Montgomery Doane Hendrickson ’42

Margaret Montgomery Doane Hendrickson ’42, March 31, 2003, following a long illness, in Frederick, Maryland. Margaret received a BA in biology from Reed. After teaching and working in Berkeley, California, for two years, she returned to Portland and married Carroll H. Hendrickson Jr. ’42. The couple moved to Frederick and raised three children. Her community involvement included volunteer work for Record Street Home, Episcopal Orphan House Scholarship Fund, Frederick Arts Council, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick Memorial Hospital, and the Historical Society of Frederick County. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, where she taught Sunday school, and was a member of Casual Gardeners. Margaret is survived by Carroll, her son and daughters, and three grandchildren.

John Lorning McFarland Dalton ’69

John Lorning McFarland Dalton ’69, February 6, 2004, in San Rafael, California. John earned a BA from Reed in philosophy and an MA from San Francisco State University in 1997. He and his wife, Linda, enjoyed a marriage of 19 years. John owned and operated a sailboat charter service in the Mediterranean, and was skilled at designing and building homes.

Marie Davis Testerman ’32

Marie Davis Testerman ’32, February 4, 2004, in Hoquiam, Washington. Marie attended Reed for a year, transferred to Ellensburg Normal School, and then to Bellingham Normal (Western Washington University) from which she received a BA in education. She taught elementary school in the Hoquiam area for 35 years, retiring in 1975. She married Vernon S. Testerman, and they had a son and daughter. Marie's interests included travel, volunteer work, gardening, and clam digging. She is survived by her children, a granddaughter and great-granddaughter, and two sisters. Her husband predeceased her.

Dell Albert Dassow ’42

Dell Albert Dassow ’42, July 29, 2004, in Portland. Dell attended Reed for several years but did not graduate. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and he had a career as a warehouseman for Blake, Moffit & Towne. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Dassow MAT ’67; a daughter; and two sons.

Deborah Johnson Deering ’46

Deborah Johnson Deering ’46, August 5, 2002, in California. Deborah graduated from Reed with a BA in political science.

Linda K. Dickens ’76

Linda K. Dickens ’76, May 30, 2002. Linda received a BA from Reed in political science.

Kathleen Frances Cahill Dougall ’37

Kathleen Frances Cahill Dougall ’37, March 23, 2005, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathleen received a bachelor's degree in political science from Reed, and worked for a year after graduation as an executive secretary for an international relations organization in Portland. She then earned a master's degree in political science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1939, and was a resident scholar at Columbia University (1940–41), completing all but her dissertation for a PhD in international relations and law, before accepting an internship with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. In 1943, she married George M.R. Dougall; they had two children. For four years, she served as an economic analyst, before moving to the State Department, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, specializing in China. She was with the department for 25 years—interrupting her career only to care for her children. During her years with the State Department, she facilitated the release of downed U.S. pilots from Chinese prisons during the Vietnam War, and helped to open diplomatic relations with China during the Nixon Administration. She lived for 22 years in Portland in retirement before moving to Minneapolis in 2001. Dougall was an active volunteer in her community, including as a member of Reedis alumni association board. Survivors include her daughter and son, two grandchildren, and her sister, Ruth M. Cahill ’43. Her sister, Doris J. Cahill Litchford ’40, died a few weeks earlier, and George died in 2002.

Dorothy Luella Dalton Edi-Ale ’51

Dorothy Luella Dalton Edi-Ale ’51, August 1, 2004, at home in Benin City, Nigeria, from cancer. Edi-Ale attended Reed for two years, receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whitman College in 1951. In 1954, she earned a master’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. She married Patt Momo Edi-Ale and they had two sons and one daughter. Edi-Ale worked for the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration in Geneva, Switzerland, for five years. From 1960 to 1965, she was secretary to Dr. Robert K. Morton, department of sociology at Columbia University. She moved to Nigeria in 1965, and helped with the administration of her husband’s small private hospital, Edi International, in Benin City. She was also a director of a travel agency.

Kenneth Edward Davis, Faculty

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Kenneth Edward Davis, emeritus professor of physics, died February 23, 2009, from heart failure. A member of the Reed physics department for 32 years (1948–80), Davis witnessed dramatic changes both in physics and in physics education during his career. He earned his academic degrees at Kalamazoo College, Syracuse University, and the University of Rochester, where he taught physics for three years; he also worked on the Manhattan Project.

Davis was intrigued by the so-called “close pair effect” in nuclear physics and obtained a large quantity of photographic plates that has been carried aloft by balloons to a high altitude and thus exposed to cosmic rays. In the ’50s, he had teams of Reed students working with these nuclear emulsions in an effort to document the phenomenon. He also taught the second-year physics class for many years, which featured some experiments involving mercury. Former students still recall his oft-repeated caution, “Mercury is a cumulative poison.” Each summer he diligently got on his hands and knees and varnished the floor of his lab in Eliot Hall to seal in any errant droplets (which may explain certain peculiarities about Eliot Hall).

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David J. Davis ’32

David J. Davis ’32, December 1, 1994, in California. David Davis received a BA from Reed in physics. He was a senior engineer for Science Applications in La Jolla. He had one daughter, and his sister, Marie Davis Burch '36, also attended Reed.

Marjorie Krause Diachishin ’45

Marjorie Krause Diachishin ’45, July 10, 1997, in New York. Marjorie attended Reed, but did not graduate. Her father, Edward Krause ’16, and her daughter, Christine Diachishin Gordon ’72, graduated from Reed.

Margaret Elizabeth Douhan MALS ’68

Margaret Elizabeth Douhan MALS ’68, June 2, 2007, in Port Townsend, Washington, from age-related causes. Micky received a BS from Oregon State College (University) in zoology and botany in 1940. She earned a second bachelor's degree in education from Portland State University in 1970. Douhan lived in Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon, before retiring in Washington in 1974. She taught in public schools, and at Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls, where she was assistant professor in humanities. She also volunteered at the Portland Zoo Research Center, traveled, and enjoyed painting and working in fiber arts. Responding to an alumni survey in 1989, Micky noted that a course in comparative drama, given by Reed professor Seth Ulman [theatre 1959–73], was one of the greatest educational experiences of her life. “It enormously widened my appreciation of history, art, ethics, literature. It changed my life in many ways. All of the courses and their professors added richness. My only regret is that there was no time or opportunity for more of Reed.” In 1941, she married Wendell H. Stout; they had three sons, and later divorced. Survivors include a son. Two sons predeceased her.

David McDonald Dibrell ’41

David McDonald Dibrell ’41, July 13, 2010, at home in Punahou, Hawaii. David grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska, and attended high school in Seattle. He spent five years at Reed, earning a BA in chemistry, and went to work for Longview Fibre Company in Washington. In 1943, he joined the navy, serving aboard the troop carrier USS General T.H. Bliss during WWII. He was stationed on the oiler USS Sabine while he earned an MS in meteorology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, then was promoted to navigator of the heavy cruisers Quincy and St. Paul. David was an instructor and committee chairman for navigation at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 1959, he became executive officer on the attack transport Montrose and later served as commanding officer of the destroyer Twining. In 1964, he assumed the rather vague title of “Director of Pacific Oceanography”; in fact, this was military cover for his real job of hunting Russian submarines. He received the Navy Commendation Medal for his “resourcefulness and organizational ability” in this role. After retiring from the navy, he took up a second career teaching mathematics and science at Punahou School. David enjoyed music, theatre, and travel. He was married to the late Helene White; they had one son. In gratitude for the academic foundation he received at Reed, David was a longtime generous (and anonymous) supporter of the college. He established the Walter Crockett Dibrell Scholarship in honor of his father.

Ian Malcolm Dunbar ’58

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Ian Malcolm Dunbar ’58, May 21, 2010, in Somerset, England, from an undiagnosed degenerative disease.

A penal reformer who rose through the ranks of Britain's prison service to become on of its most prominent leaders—and critics, Ian was the first exchange student to Reed from Keele University (University College of North Staffordshire, Keele) in England. He came to Reed for his junior year, and arrived in Portland on a Greyhound bus, overcome by the spectacular beauty he had witnessed in the journey through the Columbia Gorge. Memories from that year were strengthened by the friendships he made at the college. “He was an instant celebrity on campus,” wrote Caroline Miller ’59, MAT ’65. “Everyone loved him. He was ebullient, full of good humor, and the best representative for England anyone could have wished for. Also, he was handsome and much admired by the ladies on campus.”

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Cordelia Dodson Hood ’36, MA ’41

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Cordelia Dodson Hood ’36, MA ’41, July 14, 2011, in Damariscotta, Maine.

Cordelia grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, and transferred to Reed from the University of Oregon. “The professors at Reed were more immediate. They were human beings; you could talk to them. And they were interesting people. They forced you into thinking and not just coasting along.” Cordelia’s memories of Reed included the influence of the Spanish Civil War on campus life and time spent skiing with Austrian exchange student Otto Urbach, who taught ski classes on Mount Hood.

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May A. Director Georges ’37

May A. Director Georges ’37, May 20, 2011, in Portland. May followed sister Estelle Director Sholkoff ’31 to Reed and earned a BA in psychology. During a 28-year marriage to Norman Berenson, who died in 1965, the couple operated Berenson Hardware and raised a daughter and four sons. In 1970, May and Thomas T. Georges Jr. ’40, co-owner of Oregon Linen Rental in Portland, were married. May served as a volunteer for United Way, the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Emanuel Hospital Foundation board. She was board president of the Oregon College of Art & Craft, president of Jewish Family and Child Services, and was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and the Reed College Women’s Committee. In 1984, she received the Maurice Sussman Memorial Award for her outstanding contributions to Jewish and civic communities; she also served on Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh’s commission on education. May and Tom enjoyed time with grandchildren, traveling, golfing. Tom died in 2004.

Effie Melissa Vankleek Dorland ’25

Effie Melissa Vankleek Dorland ’25, September 24, 1993, in Hillsboro, at the age of 90. Dorland attended Reed from 1923 to 1925, earning a teaching degree. She taught high school in Lebanon, Oregon and also worked as a telephone operator in Tigard. She married Clay Dorland in 1931. Survivors include her husband, a son, a daughter, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Dallas Dusenbery ’34

Dallas Dusenbery ’34, October 28, 1993, in Hood River, Oregon. He attended Reed in 1930 and completed his undergraduate work at Whitman College, in Washington, where he received a BA in political science. Dallas married Helen Bess Fifer ’37 in 1941. He was employed in the sand and gravel business in Oregon for a number of years, then became port manager for the Port of Hood River, where he remained until his retirement in the late ’80s. Dallas was a member of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce and the Hood River Port Commission, and he served on the boards of the United Way and the Red Cross. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Harris Dusenbery ’36, a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Mary Engie Dann ’36

Mary Engie Dann ’36, November 22, 1994, in Portland. She attended Reed in 1932–33 and then attended Cornish School of Art in Seattle. She married Maurice Barnhart in 1938 and was a homemaker until 1959, during which time she was a board member and secretary of the Creative Arts Community Workshop, in Portland. From 1959 to 1978, Mary was a personnel assistant with the U.S. Postal Service. Mary and Maurice divorced in 1974. She is survived by two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Edwin F. Danielsen ’51

Edwin F. Danielsen ’51, November 10, 1994, in Sisters, Oregon, where he had lived since his retirement. He attended Reed for three years and then transferred to the University of Washington, where he received a BA and then went on to earn his master's and doctorate degrees in astrogeophysics. Edwin became professor of meteorology at the University of Washington, and he later taught at Penn State, the University of Hawaii, and Oregon State University. His research also led him to positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Ames Research Lab of NASA. There, he headed the theoretical studies branch of the space sciences department. After his retirement in 1988, he moved to Sisters, Oregon, and continued to pursue his other lifelong passion of painting. He is survived by a sister, two brothers, four children, and two grandchildren.

Helen Fifer Dusenbery ’37

Helen Fifer Dusenbery ’37, September 5, 1995, at her home in Hood River, Oregon. She attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1938 in home economics and child development. She did graduate work at OSU and was an intern teacher with Portland School District until marrying Dallas Dusenbery ’34 in 1942. The couple moved to Umatilla, Oregon in 1952, where Helen raised two children, was a member of the Umatilla School Board, and was active in a variety of community and church groups. She was the librarian for the Umatilla Public Library in 1962–72. In 1972, the couple moved to Hood River, where Helen served as the first children’s librarian of the Hood River Library, retiring in 1980. She was active in the Red Cross and was a regular volunteer with the Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was also an active member of the Riverside Community Church. Survivors include a daughter; a son; a sister; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a nephew, David Dusenbery ’64; and a niece, Diane Dusenbery Waggoner ’68. Dallas died in 1993.

Howard R. Dewey ’48

Howard R. Dewey ’48, of cancer, December 14, 1996, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. After attending Reed, he completed his undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College. He earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver and was a psychologist in private practice for more than 35 years in the Portland area. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Heisley Dewey; a daughter; two sons; and two sisters.

Mary E. H. Hawkins Davis MAT ’61

Mary Hawkins Davis MAT ’61, June 16, 1998, in San Francisco. She was an English instructor at West Valley College, Saratoga, California.

Germaine Dew Page ’22

Germaine Dew Page ’22, September 11, 1998, in Portland. A native of France, she attended Reed for two years while teaching French at St. Helen’s Hall. She transferred to the University of Oregon, where she earned a BA in 1922 and a master’s degree in 1924. She returned to Portland and taught high school French and Spanish. In 1926, she married Thomas Page, a naval physician. During World War II, she began working for the U.S. Army Map Service, serving in China, Panama, and Washington, D.C., and retired in 1958. She and her husband returned to live in the Portland area in 1969; he died in 1995. She is survived by a cousin.

Dorothy Doscher McCormick ’47

Dorothy Doscher McCormick ’47, July 17, 1999, in Seattle, Washington. She entered Reed in 1941, leaving in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery instructor for aircraft tail- and sidegunners. She returned to Reed after two years to complete her degree. She married Granville McCormick ’49 in 1947, and in 1953 they moved to Seattle, where she worked as an editor for a Seattle printing office. After leaving that job to raise the couple’s daughter, she took a position as an assistant in community and parks services in the Seattle mayor’s office from 1978 to 1984. She became known as a mover and shaker in local affairs, dedicated to community service and social causes. She served as president of the View Ridge Community Club and was co-chair of the Sand Point Community Liaison Committee, and she was instrumental in establishing several new parks and trails in the Seattle area. She was also active in the civil rights movement. Her other interests included gardening, ballet, and theatre. She is survived by her daughter; her husband died in 1997.

Georgia Dean Kneeland ’33

Georgia Dean Kneeland ’33, February 27, 2001, in Portland. She married Paul Kneeland in 1933 and was a homemaker for the next 25 years, raising three children. After her last child left for college, she embarked on an elementary school teaching career with the Portland School District. She earned a master’s in education from Portland State University in 1964 and retired from teaching in 1974. She and her husband owned several rental houses, adding property gradually over time, and in 1973, they started their own property management company. They enjoyed sailing on the Columbia River and participating in family activities. Survivors include her husband; a son; two daughters; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

G. Kenneth Davidson ’28

G. Kenneth Davidson ’28, July 9, 2002, in Kirkland, Washington. Kenneth spent a year studying at Reed, eventually graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse School for Theatre Arts in 1940. He served with the American Infantry Division for four years in World War II, including two in the Philippine Islands. In 1949 he earned a CLU degree; he was an insurance agent with Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Billings from 1959 to 1981. He then moved with his wife to Kirkland, Washington. Theatre was said to have been his lifelong passion and he acted in and directed many productions in his hometown of Great Falls and in Billings. In retirement he performed in a variety of roles in Seattle theatre productions and in several movies. His ability to recount stories of his Scottish grandparents in dialect was one demonstration of his broad humor and wit. Kenneth was said to be a loving and caring family man, gracious, kind, and full of joy. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, and a brother.

Mary Durham McDonald ’38

Mary Durham McDonald ’38, August 16, 2002, in St. Helens, Oregon. Mary graduated from Reed with a degree in general literature. She married Walter McDonald in 1938. and his work as a professional horse trainer took the couple all over the United States, finally settling them on the Grand Oak Farm in Lafayette, Oregon. Mary retired from her work as caretaker of the Grand Oak Farm stables in 1993 and moved to St. Helens, where she was an active volunteer for the Oregon department of human resources until 2000. Survivors include three daughters, a son, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1986.

Richard M. Dempsey ’59

Richard M. Dempsey ’59, May 28, 2002, in Bellevue, Washington. A native of Los Angeles, Richard began his education at Stanford and UCLA, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, working in Germany for military intelligence. Following the war, he continued his education at Reed. In 1959 he married Nadine Gilbertsen, and they had a daughter. Richard moved to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, in 1973, living there until 1990. He was active in the boating industry, obtained a pilot license, and worked as harbor master for the Lahaina Harbor and in construction. He relocated to Bellevue, Washington, in 1994. He is survived by his companion, his daughter, and three grandchildren.

Chris Demopoulos AMP ’44

Chris Demopoulos (AKA Demopolis) AMP ’44, October 5, 2004, in Seattle, Washington, following a heart attack and stroke. Chris attended the University of Washington prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Corps during WW II. His exceptional test scores placed him in the premeteorology program at Reed, as well as in additional programs at MIT, Yale, and Harvard. Following the war, he traveled extensively in Europe and in Africa; the latter for hunting, a lifelong passion. Chris was a real estate investor in Washington, primarily in the greater Seattle area. He championed small business owners and other individuals through his efforts to establish fair legal treatment. His landmark effort produced the "Lemon Law," protecting purchasers from the burden of defective automobiles. Survivors include his sister and brother and his extended family.

Winifred Dorian Earickson ’35

Winifred Dorian Earickson ’35, April 17, 2004, in Kelseyville, California, following a short illness. Winifred attended Reed for four years in a combined program with the Portland Art Museum, finishing her fifth year and earning a BA at San Diego State University. She taught art and special education to elementary and intermediate students in seven different school districts. She was also a freelance artist and writer. She wrote that the classroom experience at Reed provided her a "great standard of human potential" with which to measure others, and with a model for her own teaching. She lived for a time in Corvallis, Oregon, taught courses in the experimental college at Oregon State University, and was engaged in compiling a book advocating "a generic Sabbath" for the whole world, "starting any day, just a rhythm of seven for right brain activities." She was also working on a collection of ceramic masks, whose images came from "dipping into [my] intuitive generic feelings for facial, racial types." She married Robert R. Earickson in 1941, and they had four daughters and one son. Later in life, she changed her name to Marina Verde. Survivors include her children. Her brother, Richard C. Green ’35, also attended Reed.

George W. Dana, Staff

George W. Dana, medical director of the Reed health center, August 24, 2006, in Portland. George graduated from Harvard College in 1940 and Harvard Medical School in 1943. He served two years in the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1951, he married Elizabeth S. Rathbun; they moved to Oregon, and George entered into medical practice at the Portland Clinic. He taught pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University, with a special focus in hematology and hemophilia, and worked for Reed from 1970 to 1987. His community interests centered on conservation and humanitarian issues; he was a member of a variety of organizations, including the Great Books Club, the World Without War Council, and the Oregon Chapter of the Hemophilia Foundation, for which he created a summer camp. Family vacations for the couple and their four children included canoeing and rock-hounding adventures in Oregon, Wyoming, and Alaska. Says Reed vice president and treasurer Ed McFarlane [1973–]: "I remember him as a man who always had the students first in his thoughts and actions. He was a gentle and caring person who devoted many years to the college and to the students that attended Reed." Survivors include his children, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his sister.

David Dretzin ’51

David Dretzin ’51, June 26, 2006, in New York, from an accident stemming from a stroke. Duff received a BA from Reed in philosophy. He earned an LLB from Yale University in 1959, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and went into the practice of labor and employment law in New York City. In 1964, he married Joanna Merlin, an actress, casting director, and teacher; they shared a passion for theatre. David was director of Theatreworks U.S.A. and a producer. He served as the nation's labor lawyer for more than a decade. Survivors include his wife and two daughters.

Donald Dyer Dissly ’43

Donald Dyer Dissly ’43, July 17, 2007, in Louisville, Kentucky. Donald attended Reed for three years in a 3/2 program, earning a BA from Reed in physics and a BS from MIT in business and engineering administration. In June 1942, he married Elizabeth Tator ’43. Donald served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a cryptographic specialist during World War II. He worked for Douglas Aircraft in Pasadena, California, and Boss Manufacturing in Kewanee, Illinois, and was director of research and development at the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times. He directed the American Newspaper Publisher's Association in Easton, Pennsylvania, and created Dissly Systems, a subsidiary of the Courier-Journal. The business moved to Louisville, later becoming Dissly Research Corporation, for which he served as president and chairman; he retired in 1982. In retirement, Donald volunteered as a tutor for adults in English and mathematics. Survivors include Betty, two daughters, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Roderic Maurice Kauai Dale ’70

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Roderic Maurice Kauai Dale ’70, November 4, 2008, in Portland, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Rod was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He met Gay Walker ’69 at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. They were engaged in summer 1965, and married in summer 1968 in the Eliot Hall chapel with a reception in the Faculty Office Building lounge. While at Reed, Rod and Bobby Zurer ’69 edited and published the first and only issue of the Reed College Science Journal. Rod received a BA from Reed in chemistry, and was accepted for graduate study at Yale University. The couple moved to New Haven, Connecticut, and subsequently lived in Madison and then Guilford, where they stayed for 21 years. Rod earned a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale in 1975, and Gay worked at the Yale University Library. After completing a research assistantship at Yale, he taught biology for two years at the University of Minnesota while Gay remained in Connecticut. Rod served as vice president for research and lab operations at International Biotechnologies, before starting a DNA-synthesizer firm, Biotix, and a company to sell DNA chemicals. In 1989, Rod and Gay founded Oligos Etc. This contract manufacturer of oligonucleotides, DNA and RNA, sold to research facilities, academic and government institutions, forensic labs, and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Dedicated to developing therapeutic products to address a wide range of diseases, Rod carried out extensive research with RNA chemistry, developing many sequence-specific anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial products that are being taken forward by others. Survivors include Gay, now special collections librarian at Reed; two daughters; and two brothers.

Fellice Lauterstein Driesen ’40

Felice Lauterstein Driesen ’40, July 22, 2009, in Portland, where she lived her entire life. Felice attended Reed for two years. In 1943, she married Ralph Driesen, a New Yorker who opened a men's clothing store in Portland. Felice was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth Israel, and was honored in 2003 for 55 years of service as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Survivors include a son and daughter, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Alan Loren Dean ’41

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Alan Loren Dean ’41, emeritus trustee, December 2, 2010, from a stroke, in Arlington, Virginia. Alan grew up in a Swedish community in Portland's Kenton neighborhood. He was fascinated with inorganic chemistry and thought he would become a chemical engineer; he entered Reed with that intention. In an oral history interview in 2004, he reported: “After taking a year of chemistry at Reed, and getting into a fair amount of organic chemistry, I said, 'I'm not going to spend my life brooding over these complicated carbon rings.'” Instead, he switched to political science; he was particularly captivated by a course in psychometrics-the field of mathematics dealing with chiefly biological statistics. “I got so I could figure out not only simple things like standard deviations with pen and pencil-no computer or anything-but I could also work out a Parsonian product coefficient correlation, and that is not easy.” Mentor Charles McKinley [political science, 1918-60] arranged for Alan to get into civil service testing, and he was special examiner for the city of Portland in 1939-41. Alan's thesis, "Personnel Administration in the Government of Portland, Oregon," completed requirements for a BA in political science. During his years at the college, he organized the first Reed Union, a debating group, the Day-Dodgers Union, and rifle and track clubs. After graduating, he worked for the War Department as a civilian personnel director, an inspector of civilian personnel programs, and as a director of the department's School of Public Personnel Administration; the work took him to Hermiston, Oregon; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. For the next 27 years, he held senior positions with departments such as the Federal Aviation Agency; the Department of Transportation; the Office of Management and Budget; the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; and the U.S. Railway Association. He also completed an MA in public administration at American University. Alan was principal architect in organizing public agencies such as NASA and the Federal Aviation Agency, and President Lyndon Johnson honored him as top civil servant in 1965. Alan joined Reed's board of trustees in 1969, serving first as an alumni trustee, and became an emeritus trustee in 1998. He was married to Vera Sisson for 67 years; they had three daughters and nine grandchildren. Cherished of his many, many honors was his selection as the winner of the 1955 Washington Post “Ideal Father” contest based on the recommendation of his daughters, who touted his humor and his qualities as a civic leader, bricklayer, fruit grower, song leader, storyteller, and camp counselor. “I've had a very spectacular career,” Alan said, “including the highest rank a career civil servant can reach, assistant secretary. There's a saying that I adopted a long time ago about a good liberal arts education. 'Liberal arts education prepares you for nothing while preparing you for everything.' I have a graduate degree, of course, but when I left Reed, except for some occult science, there was almost no direction I couldn't move if I wanted to.”

Marilois Ditto Kierman ’43

Marilois Ditto Kierman ’43, October 27, 2009, in Houston, Texas, from pulmonary complications. Marilois' passion for piano led to her the Juilliard School before she enrolled at Reed, where she earned a BA in English literature. In 1941, she married Frank A. Kierman Jr. MA ’43, whose work for the State Department led to assignments in Nanking, Hong Kong, Karachi, Nairobi, Khartoum, and Washington, D.C. In 1965, she earned an MA in music from American University. After Frank retired, the couple moved to New Jersey, and Marilois became organist and piano instructor at the Lawrenceville School (1967–92). Following Frank's death in 1992, she moved to Houston, where she worked with the Houston Ballet Academy and as organist at Grace United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son and daughter, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. We thank Marilois' son-in-law, Norman Fischer, for supplying the details for this in memoriam.

Joshua B. Diamond ’65

Joshua B. Diamond ’65, July 11, 2009, in Albany, New York. Joshua attended Reed and UC Berkeley, and earned a PhD in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught physics for nearly 30 years, completing his career as an associate professor at Siena College. His colleagues established the Joshua B. Diamond Scholarship in his honor, to be awarded annually to an outstanding senior physics major. Joshua was an active member of Congregation Agudat Achim, Niskayuna, serving on its school board and singing in its choral group, Hava Nashira. Survivors include his wife of 40 “joyful” years, Celia; two sons; five grandchildren; and his sister and brother.

Melissa Barrett Dobbs ’91

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Melissa Barrett Dobbs ’91, June 30, 2010, in hospice in Washington, D.C., from cancer. Melissa earned a BA in English at Reed and went on to earn a master's in public administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, with an emphasis in Arabic. She spent two years in Cairo after graduate studies and was a Fulbright scholar in Damascus, Syria, in 1996. She remained professionally engaged with the region, working most recently at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a media analyst. After settling in Washington, Melissa renewed an early interest in horseback riding and became an avid competitor in regional dressage and jumping events, with her beloved horses Izzie and Athena. She was committed to animal rights and environmental issues. After her initial diagnosis of breast cancer in 2005, she traveled widely, despite sometimes draining medical treatment. She treated friends and family to a running travelogue, penning vivid dispatches from many of her trips, often with a wry eye to humanity's relationship to the natural world. She returned to the Middle East and traveled to France and Portugal earlier this year. She remained an active equestrian competitor before her illness became more severe. She is survived by her mother, sister, stepfather, stepsister, and stepbrother. Reed friends at her memorial service included Neilson Abeel ’91, Susan Abramson ’91, Burton Callicott ’91, Matthew Robb ’91, and Will Swarts ’92.

Frederick Charles Dunbar ’66

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Frederick Charles Dunbar ’66, February 1, in New York, from brain cancer. Born in Seattle and raised in the Portland area, Fred majored in mathematics and economics at Reed—an experience that positively affected every aspect of his life. He earned a PhD in economics at Tufts University, and taught there and at Northeastern University before moving on to be program manager in urban development studies with the Charles River Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Feeling a need for his work to have “more immediacy,” he specialized in law and economics and took a position in 1979 with the National Economics Research Associates (NERA), where he worked in environmental economics, deregulation, and financial risk management for utilities. He founded the firm’s securities practice in the late ’80s. During his career at NERA, Fred was considered a leading economic expert, particularly in the field of securities, and provided influential testimony in U.S. federal and state courts and in arbitrations. “He was retained to provide economic analysis and testimony in hundreds of cases by many of the top law firms and corporations in the U.S. and around the world.” In 2009, he was appointed economic fellow in the economic analysis office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Fred wanted to gain the perspective that he felt being at the SEC would provide—“to get this experience and the satisfaction of public service.” In addition, he taught at Fordham University School of Law and Columbia University Law School, served as president of the Transportation Research Forum, and coauthored the book Estimating Future Claims: Case Studies from Mass Torts and Product Liability. Fred relaxed by running and listening to jazz, and he was a passionate art collector. He is remembered for a sharp intellect and keen sense of humor, and his deep humanity and soft-spoken nature. Survivors include his wife, Helen Mangano, and two daughters.

Levi Goodrich Duclos ’15

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Levi Goodrich Duclos ’15, January 9, 2012, while hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Freshman at Reed. Lively rugger running back. Outreach science teacher—“Do your best,” they said he always said. Budding banjoist. Skier. Hiker. Proud owner of flimsy bike. Thrift store shopper. Intrepid traveler. Found his tribe on the first floor of Scholz Hall. Humorous, hilarious, uproarious. Kind, casual, confident. Stubborn. Easily intrigued. Easily engaged. Easy smile. Red curly hair you could spot in a crowd. Baggy shorts, dusty flip-flops. Beautiful hands seeking music from his Fender guitar. Best brother to his only brother. Beloved son of his father, deceased, and his mother, living in Vermont. Journal keeper. Letter writer. Enjoyer of yelling. Couch-on-the-roof sitter. Saltine-cracker collector. Loved people. Loved possibilities. Loved life. Ashes scattered in Reed’s canyon, the place which first won him over, 3,000 miles from home. Donations in Levi’s memory to the Biology Outreach Program at Reed.

Elizabeth Tator Dissly ’43

Elizabeth Tator Dissly ’43, January 8, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Betty grew up in Portland. Her sister and brother, Marjorie Tator McDonald ’34 and Kenneth Tator ’28, were graduates of Reed. Betty attended Reed for a year and there met Donald D. Dissly ’43, whom she married in 1942. She later graduated from Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a BS from [State] University of New York. She worked at California Technical Institute, the Southeastern Indiana Rehabilitation Center, and United Cerebral Palsy in Pennsylvania. She volunteered at Bridgehaven Crisis Center and did tutoring at Seven Counties in Oldham County, Kentucky. Betty kept journals about her travels and took pleasure in doing needlework, reading, studying birds, growing flowers, and playing cards. Known to family and friends as “Lady Elizabeth,” she was treasured for her diverse interests and her sense of humor. Survivors include two daughters, three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Donald died in 2007.

Rose Director Friedman ’32

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Rose Director Friedman ’32, August 18, 2009, in Davis, California, from heart failure. Born in a Ukraine village, Rose arrived in Portland as a toddler, emigrating with her family from Russia before World War I. Her father ran a small general store. Rose attended Reed for two years, then transferred to the University of Chicago, where she earned a BA in philosophy. In a graduate classroom in 1932, she found herself seated next to a bright fellow named Milton Friedman. They married six years later. Their collaboration in the field of economics gained them international recognition-including a Nobel Prize for Milton in 1976. Milton was a free market champion and leading thinker in the Chicago School of economics. The couple also founded the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice in 1996, to promote greater latitude in school choice through vouchers and other programs. Rose studied consumer purchases at the Bureau of Home Economics. She also was on the staff of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research on consumer spending was included in Milton's book A Theory of the Consumption Function (1957). The couple began their collaborative writing with the book Capitalism and Freedom (1962). They followed up with Free to Choose (1980), which became a best seller and the basis of a television series that was broadcast worldwide. Rose and Milton also wrote Tyranny of the Status Quo (1984) and a dual memoir, Two Lucky People (1998). Independently, Rose published a pamphlet, Poverty—Definition and Perspective, and a series of articles, Milton Friedman—Husband and Colleague, for the Oriental Economist (1976-77). Rose's cousins Regina Tarlow Kriss ’47 and Pauline Tarlow Mosley ’36 also attended Reed. Survivors include a daughter and son, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Milton died in 2006.

Kristina Maria Detmer ’75

Kristina Maria Detmer ’75, January 17, 2009, in Georgia, from injuries sustained in a car accident on the Monroe interstate. Kristina received her BA from Reed in chemistry, and a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of Michigan (1984). An NIH postdoctoral fellow and California Cancer Research Council fellow, she did research at Martinez VA Medical Center, in Martinez, California, before accepting positions as tenured professor and biomedical researcher at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Kristina's interests outside of work were in early classical music and singing in choirs. She also had a passion for quilting, and sharing her creations with family members, friends, and charities. Thanks to Jennifer Craven ’74 for notifying the college of Kristina's death and for providing information for this memorial. Thanks also to Joe Ried ’74, who wrote to us about Kristina's death, adding: “Kris was hard-working, fun-loving, and positive. Kris and her work will be dearly missed.” Survivors include her brother and his family.

Elbert Dannen ’76

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Elbert Dannen ’76, September 10, 2009, in Portland. El received a BA from Reed in biology and the Class of '21 prize for a creative thesis, "Slug Guts: Peroxisomes in a Pulmonate Gastropod." He did graduate studies in cell and molecular biology at the University of Michigan and also was a research assistant in the cardiology group at Washington University Medical School, before joining the Kobos Company in Portland—a company founded by David Kobos MAT ’66. El was with the company for 16 years; seven as retail operations manager. He later worked for the Clackamas County Department of Transportation, and volunteered at his children's school in Oregon City, where he established the Odyssey of the Mind program. “I have never felt that Reed specifically prepared me for a job,” El wrote. “I do know that my liberal arts education at Reed prepared me for life; it structured my thinking processes, taught me to search for information, and carefully weigh options. It opened my eyes to a panorama of possibilities I otherwise would have never known.” Survivors include his wife, Judy, and a son and daughter.

Hugh Bradley Dornan ’94

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Hugh Bradley Dornan ’94, June 18, 2010, in Darwin, California. Hugh, who died at 39, had a great passion for life and saw himself as a jack-of-all-trades and a Renaissance man. When notifying the college of Hugh's death, Ben Salzberg ’94 wrote, “He had long dreads and cowboy boots when he first came to Reed, and was totally straightedge. He had a radio show on KRRC, when it was in the Doyle basement, and played only roots reggae from a whole milk crate of CDs he brought in. He was also the guy who got me started brewing beer.” Michele Jonsson Funk ’94 wrote: “Hugh and I went to Reed together. My most vivid memory of Hugh is from there. One day when the cherry trees were blooming, he climbed one and hung from an upper branch shouting 'Beauty! Truth! Joy! Love!' in reference to a scene from A Room with a View.” Hugh studied classics at Reed and earned a BA in classics from University of California, Irvine. Professor Walter Englert [classics, 1981–] said, “I remember Hugh as an incredibly bright, generous, and kind person, and an enthusiastic student of Greek and Latin.” Anna Billstrom ’94 recalled Hugh in his role as a dorm dad at Reed: “I remember Hugh telling us freshmen/women at Reed: bring something from home; despite how cool you think college is, you will get homesick. Aw. He wrote a sweet letter as a prospy, and he was equally sweet as a dorm dad.” Hugh began work on a PhD at the University of Virginia in classics and considered teaching writing. From there, he recounted to Michele, he had a miserable experience in legal publishing—"not that legal publishing was bad, but the cubicle life could not have made me unhappier." For three years, he worked as a cabinetmaker, a skill he maintained in later years on behalf of his friends. Three years ago, he was still in a period of transition, but happily reevaluating his priorities, he told Michele. “I've never really been successful by society's standards, and at least I have reached some sort of peace with that. I have fantastic friends here in Charlottesville, and great people from my past whom I long to reestablish contact with.” Friends gathered in Charlottesville to remember him on the occasion of his 40th birthday in September 2010. Hugh's Facebook page carries many pictures and remembrances, including one from friend Winston Barham, who shared this stanza from the Roman poet Catullus commemorating the death of his brother: Accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu, atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale. “Accept these offerings flowing with a brother's tears, and forever, brother, hail and farewell.” [Translation by Walter Englert.]

William R. Dugan AMP ’44

William R. Dugan AMP ’44, September 9, 2011, in Eugene, Oregon, from respiratory failure. Bill attended Reed in the premeteorology program while serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces. From his friend Harry Bernat AMP ’44, we learned that Bill attended many of the Reed premeteorology reunion gatherings. Bill also studied at Harvard and received a BS in architecture from the University of Oregon. He later earned a master’s degree in education. He was a teacher and a principal of Bailey Hill, Gilham, and Edgewood elementary schools in Eugene. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Alice; three sons; and two grandchildren.

Frank Curtis Douglas ’57

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Frank Curtis Douglas ’57, November 14, 2011, in Bailey, Colorado, of complications from a heart condition. Frank earned a BA from Reed, an MS from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from the University of Connecticut in physics. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the American Physics Society, and had a career as a materials scientist with United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut. Frank and his wife, Diane Mesmer Douglas, moved to Colorado after Frank’s retirement in 1992. They skied in the Colorado Rockies, ran a team of Siberian huskies, and grew orchids. “What Reed actually did for me,” Frank wrote 30 years after graduating, “was to provide a broad and solid platform in the humanities and peripheral fields, which I believe to be indispensable to the proper formation of a balanced view of the world and of life in general. Without this, one cannot adapt to the changes constantly occurring, nor can one distinguish the good from the bad. For this, Reed will always have my support.” Survivors include his wife and his brother, George C. Douglas ’60.

Lu Ann Williams Darling ’42

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Lu Ann Williams Darling ’42, October 11, 2012, in Los Angeles, California, from a series of strokes. Lu Ann was the first in her family to attend college. “It was my mother’s dream to have more education,” she later wrote. “She pushed that value onto me and it took!” Growing up in a working-class family, Lu Ann demonstrated early on a determination to succeed. She earned top grades at Lincoln High School and received a grant and work-study package that enabled her to attend Reed. Her adviser, Spencer Albright [political science 1940–42], encouraged her to do an interdivisional major between psychology and political science. To earn money, she worked for Ann Shepard ’23 [dean of women, 1926–68] and served as a telephone operator and receptionist in the president’s office. On Saturdays and during holidays, she did stockroom work at Charles F. Berg department store, including pressing new dresses. (One of her college papers was titled “The Seamy Side of Life.”) At Berg’s, she also operated the elevator and worked in the shoe department. “The financial picture was always front and center in my mind, as it was for many of the day dodgers like me who commuted to Reed,” she noted. Encouraged by Albright, Lu Ann accepted an internship with the Portland Civil Service Board in her junior year and was promoted to part-time personnel technician there during her senior year. Fellow technician Richard Darling was smitten by her. “So here I was,” she wrote, “balancing my Reed schedule, my work schedule, and my thesis writing with my personal life. Ouch! It was hard and conflicting. But also very exciting!” Dick went to war, and they married a year later in the Eliot Hall chapel. After graduation, Lu Ann earned a master’s in education at the University of Michigan and an EdD from UCLA. “As it did for many of us, Reed taught me how to think. That plus my pattern of hard work and perseverance have paid off—I have had a long and successful professional career.” She worked in personnel with the Corps of Engineers and UCLA; served as a consultant in leadership and organization development at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; did organizational consulting in health care; and wrote two books, Strategic Thinking for the New Health Care and Discovering Your Mentoring Mosaic: A Guide to Enhanced Mentoring. An illness contracted during World War II put Dick on disability early in life, and he died in 1985. Lu Ann worked full time while raising their children, Martha Darling ’66 and Steve. “Extraordinary wife, mother, mentor, and friend, her caring heart and twinkling eye will be missed by the many people she so positively influenced. She was a treasure to her family and her multitude of friends and colleagues.” Survivors include Martha and her husband, Gil Omenn; Steve and his wife, Linda; and three grandsons, David, Michael, and Ricky. Donations in Lu Ann’s memory may be made to the Lu Ann Williams Darling Class of 1942 Centennial Scholarship Fund.

Roland A. Dexter AMP ’44

Roland A. Dexter AMP ’44, April 12, 2009, in Sarasota, Florida. Roland attended Reed in 1944 in the premeteorology program and again as a transfer student in 1946–47. He earned a BA in science from Washington State University. “The two years I spent at Reed exposed me to extraordinary teachers,” he wrote. During World War II, he was an officer in radar technology in the Army Air Corps. Roland had a lifetime passion for law. He earned a JD from Northeastern University and was an accomplished patent attorney, practicing in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas, and Florida. His extensive overseas travels inspired him to work as an international patent attorney well into his 80s. Survivors include two daughters and four grandchildren.

Barbara Davis ’50

Barbara Davis ’50, August 1, 2012, in Portland. Barbara was born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, to American academics. She lived in various cities in the U.S. and also spent a year in Brazil. At Reed, she studied Russian literature and she met Robert Crowley ’49, whom she married. The couple moved to Berkeley, where Barbara completed a BA in Slavic languages; they had two daughters and a son. Barbara later returned to Portland, where she drove a cab and worked for the TriMet bus system. She was interested in peace and justice issues throughout her life. Survivors include her children, three grandchildren, and her sisters and brother.

Eleanor Arline Danielson Westling ’51

Eleanor Arline Danielson Westling ’51, June 30, 2012, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Eleanor earned a BA from Reed in biology and an EdM, with a minor in biological sciences, from Oregon State University. She taught high school biology and chemistry for a few years and then devoted her time and energy to her family and to volunteer work. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Norman E. Westling; two daughters; one son; and four grandchildren.

Susan Helen White Dimitroff ’61

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Susan Helen White Dimitroff ’61, September 28, 2012, in Tumwater, Washington. At Reed, Susan studied general literature and calligraphy, and met George E. Dimitroff ’60, whom she married. After college, Susan and George moved to Galesburg, Illinois, where she raised their daughter and first son and helped establish the Quaker Meeting. With George’s appointment to The Evergreen State College, the family moved to Olympia, Washington, where Susan attended the Olympic Monthly (Quaker) Meeting and served on meeting committees. In addition, she volunteered as president of the PTA and as a member of the City of Tumwater Planning Commission (for 18 years). Susan studied Japanese and traveled with George to Japan; a love of Japanese postage stamps led to her joining the Olympia Stamp Club. She also made and sold little stuffed bears that she named metchkas, an activity her mother had begun and which benefited the Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Susan was honest and saw the good in everyone. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.” Survivors include George, two sons, one daughter, and one grandson.

Marguerite Drake Converse ’25, MA ’39

Marguerite Drake Converse ’25, MA ’39, July 6, 1997, in Yuma, Arizona. She was a retired U.S. Realty Specialist.

Frederick DeWolfe MAT ’63

Fred DeWolfe MAT ’63, of cardiac arrest following brain tumor surgery, December 8, 1997, in Portland. He was a prolific author and photographer who published numerous articles and lectured on local history and architecture. His undergraduate degree was from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, and he also held a master’s degree from the University of Portland. After earning the master’s at Reed, he joined the faculty of Portland Community College as a history professor, then moved to Clackamas Community College in Oregon City in 1967. He retired from teaching in 1990. He was the author or illustrator of five books about Portland history, one of the most notable being Heritage Lost: Two Grand Portland Houses through the Lens of Minor White, published in 1995 by the Oregon Historical Society and designed by John Laursen ’67. His most recent work, John Reed: Collected Stories and Sketches, was released in 1997, and he was honored by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Foundation for his research on Reed. Survivors include his wife; two sons; two half-brothers; and a grandson.

Doris Downs Dwyer ’35

Doris Downs Dwyer ’35, December 30, 1998, in Tigard, Oregon. She was a homemaker who lived most of her life in Portland and was a past volunteer with the Portland Art Museum. Survivors include a son, a stepdaughter, and a sister. Her husband died in 1979. The family suggests memorial contributions to Reed College.

Wesley V. Dix ’54

Wesley Dix ’54, of leukemia, December 12, 2000, in Largo, Florida.

William K. Dailey ’61

William Dailey ’61, of Pick’s Disease, November 24, 2001, in Portland. He earned a master’s degree from Harvard Business School in 1963. He was managing director of Viti Timber Mill in Fiji and president of Hawaii Vision in Hawaii before moving back to Portland, where he was president of Western Photo Mount from 1987 until 1999, when his illness forced him to retire. His disease, a neurological disorder, slowly erased his language abilities, and he became adept as using a talking laptop computer, which he used to present speeches about the illness. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. The family suggests remembrances to Reed College.

James Dron ’44

James B. Dron ’44, March 10, 2002, in Orange, California. James attended Reed in the army premeteorology program and graduated with a BS from Whittier College in 1953. His career focused on the field of aerospace engineering. He married and raised a daughter and son. Survivors include his wife, Betty, and his daughter.

Philip Louis Dreyer ’48

Philip Louis Dreyer ’48, November 8, 2003, in Portland, Oregon. After serving in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II, Phillip enrolled at Reed, and graduated with a BA in economics. Following that he was hired as a speechwriter for President Truman, and wrote "whistle-stop" speeches on natural resources, agriculture, and housing. In November 1948, he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, where he utilized "the best research staff a state representative could have," his former Reed professors. In 1950 he was hired as research director for the Democratic National Committee and wrote various campaign documents. He continued his interest in politics while living in California from 1953 to 1972, where he worked as a building contractor. He married Rosemary Loder in 1949; they raised four children and later divorced. Phillip returned to Oregon in 1972, and joined Common Cause, the No Sales Tax League, and the Democratic Central Committee; and worked in building remodeling. He was active in initiative campaign advocacy and watchdog groups for health care, fair taxes, campaign finance reform, and against Willamette River pollution. His arguments were voiced in public forums and hearings and through numerous newspaper articles. Interests also included board games and sports. For his 50-year reunion, Phillip said, "One of my greatest and fondest activities was the Reed experience." Survivors include two daughters and two sons, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three sisters and a brother.

Nan Elizabeth Townsend Degelman ’38

Nan Elizabeth Townsend Degelman ’38, January 19, 2003, in California. Nan attended Reed and the University of California, eventually earning a master’s degree in social work. Following graduation she moved to New York to live in Greenwich Village, where she was a social worker and explored an interest in photography. In Manhattan she met and married John Degelman, a ship’s radio operator and organizer for the National Maritime Union. Attracted by the promise of socialism, the couple joined the Communist Party. They moved to Boston in 1941, where they began raising a family, then moved in 1947 to Littleton, Massachusetts, where her husband began a career in medical-based electronics. In 1964, following the death of her husband, Nan moved with her three children to Manhattan, and earned a master’s degree in English as a second language from New York University. She taught ESL in San Francisco and attended to her interest in poetry and writing essays and memoirs. After retirement, she moved to Sierra County, where she lived with her companion, Merle Simmons, until his death. She then moved to Davis, participating in and advocating for the community’s social and political issues. She also worked to promote agricultural pollution control in the Sacramento basin, before ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, overcame her ability to live independently and required that she return to San Francisco. Observations from her youth of those left homeless by the Depression and oppressed by the General Strike of 1934 inspired her life’s work for peace and social justice—causes she supported with enthusiasm and grace. Survivors include her daughter, sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and sister.

Helen Cox Dickinson MA ’62

Helen Cox Dickinson MA ’62, December 22, 2004, in Gladstone, Oregon. Helen received her bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, and her master’s from Reed. She taught English at David Douglas High School, and was department chair and professor of English and writing at Portland Community College, in Gresham. Her poetry appeared in a 1983 edition, A Blanket Pardon, published by Doris Felde Avshalomov ’43 and illustrated by Nancy Gay Conrath MAT ’65. Survivors include her daughter, two sons, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister.

Constantine Dussin ’46

Constantine Dussin ’46, August 8, 2004, in Portland. Guss attended Reed briefly, receiving his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, remaining in the naval reserves until 1965. Leaving active duty after the war, Guss returned to Portland and to his family’s restaurant interests. He developed several of his own in the years that followed, including the highly successful Old Spaghetti Factory, which evolved into a chain of nearly 40 franchises stateside and overseas. In 1983 he was awarded restaurateur of the year by the Oregon Restaurant and Hospitality Association. He received the association’s hall of fame award in 1993. Guss maintained a personal and family-oriented focus in his ventures, with a concern for his customers and employees, and he sought success, without making excessive gain his objective. He is survived by his wife, Sally, his son and daughter, six grandchildren, and two sisters.

Jane Louise Hansen Dabney ’54

Jane Louise Hansen Dabney ’54, January 15, 2007, in San Carlos, California, from cancer. Jane earned a BA from Reed in psychology. She taught drafting to engineers at the Boeing Company in Seattle, and left that employment after being told that women could not advance in the company. She earned an MSW from the University of Washington (1960), did foster care in Snohomish County, and spent four months “bumming around the Orient” with a knapsack and friends—“The first of the hippies,” she remarked in 2004. Jane worked at the Veterans Hospital in Menlo Park, California, and was chief of medical social services for Peninsula Hospital for 13 years. She earned an AA certificate in computer programming from the College of San Mateo, and programmed and designed software systems until her retirement in 2001. Among her many interests was travel, music, dancing, reading, and entertaining. For 15 years, she struggled with the affects from recurrent cancer. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, John P. Dabney.

Karl Alan Dehn ’45

Karl Alan Dehn ’45, November 9, 2004, in Washington. Alan attended Reed for two years, earning a BA in economics from the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, married, and worked for Marine Foods Packing Company and Ocean Pride Seafoods in Seattle.

Daniel L. Drew ’49

Daniel L. Drew ’49, May 6, 2005, in California. Daniel received a BA from Reed in mathematics, and then spent a year at the University of Geneva, with an intention to study at the Sorbonne. Fulbright funding for his study did not come through, and he then went to Lobito, Angola, to oversee the building of a sawmill. This and other holdings failed in 1959, after which he returned to the U.S., and took a job at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in research and development, programming computers (the IBM 709). In 1963, he earned an MS in statistics at Stanford, and taught mathematics part time at several campuses, including at San Jose State College. In 1982, he became senior staff scientist at Lockheed Palo Alto Research Labs, and was a founding member of the Lockheed Artificial Intelligence Center. He described his research interest in 1989 as being a "somewhat heretical approach" to knowledge-based systems, a model-based reasoning, in which logic plays a secondary role. Daniel married and had one daughter.

Paul George Derkevorkian ’71

Paul George Derkevorkian ’71, December 18, 2005, in Newport, Rhode Island. Paul received a BA from Reed in biology. He was a volunteer for the Newport Preservation Society, a local history buff, an avid reader, a gardener, and a bird watcher. He also volunteered at the Newport Hospital, and in recreational therapy and horticulture at Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include his nephew and sister-in-law.

Lois Evelyn Dobbie Sigeti ’46

Lois Evelyn Dobbie Sigeti ’46, March 27, 2004, in San Diego. Lois attended Reed for two years, later earning an MA in social service administration (1948) from the University of Chicago. She married Emery Sigeti, and they had two sons. Her career in social work involved serving as an instructor at Bellevue Community College in Washington. Survivors include her husband and sons, including David E. Sigeti ’77; and four grandchildren.

Walter Albert Durham Jr. ’32

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Walter Albert Durham Jr. ’32, December 28, 2008, at his home in Portland. Walt was the great-grandson of Lake Oswego founder Albert Durham and a member of the first graduating class of Grant High School in Portland. He received a BA from Reed in economics, an MA in economics from Clark University, and an MS in management from the University of Denver. In 1934, he married childhood friend and Reed alumna Elizabeth B. Cram ’35. Walt's career included positions with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and as research director for the Lumberman's Industrial Relations Committee. He was chairman of the Portland Council of Social Agencies; he also was active in real estate development and as an investment adviser in Portland and Lake Oswego, and was a longtime member of the Lake Oswego Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. Other associations included the Oswego Heritage Council and the Oregon Historical Society. In 1981, Walt received the First Citizen Award from the Lake Oswego Review and Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, and, in 1994, the Paul Harris Award—the highest honor a Rotarian can receive. Presenting the Harris award, C. Herald Campbell ’33 cited, among other things, Walt's successful endeavor to preserve the Tryon Creek watershed-now Tryon Creek State Park. Walt is survived by Betty; their daughter, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; and his brother. His cousins, George S. Durham ’35 and Samuel H. Pierce ’43, also attended Reed.

Marjorie Jean Dimm McLean ’44

Marjorie Jean Dimm McLean ’44, December 19, 2007, in Reedsport, Oregon, from age-related causes. Marjorie received a BA from Reed in psychology. In 1947, she married Richard McLean; they had two children, including Mark T. McLean '70. Marjorie worked in social services at Oregon Health & Science University, and as an office manager for her husband's medical practice in Reedsport from 1951 to 1985. Survivors include her husband, her daughter and son, and three grandchildren.

Melvin E. Davis ’48, MA ’51

Melvin E. Davis ’48, MA ’51, December 4, 2008, in Anacortes, Washington. Mel spent his early years in Nebraska and Idaho before moving to Oregon. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an aircraft armament specialist, and participated in the Normandy Invasion and the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. He received a BA in general literature and an MA in education, and taught briefly in Eastern Oregon before moving to Anacortes. At Anacortes High School, he taught Latin, French, and Spanish, and was heavily involved in the school's drama program. Mel was a founding member of the Anacortes Community Theatre and taught Great Books classes at the Anacortes Library for 10 years. He enjoyed sailing and fishing in Puget Sound. Survivors include his wife, Jill; and two sons and three daughters.

Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch ’52

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Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch and her daughter record their arrival at the North Pole in 2004.

Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch ’52, December 6, 2007, in Portland, from congestive heart failure. Dorothy moved to Portland in the 1940s and served in the U.S. Women's Army Corps during World War II. She married Robert M. Hirsch in 1947. Utilizing the G.I. Bill, she attended Reed, graduating with a BA in history. Her thesis was on the wheat trade and its effect on the growth of the Port of Portland. Dorothy's rich and interesting life included a major investment of her years in volunteer work. While in Portland with her three young daughters, she became active with the Junior Symphony Board, United Way, and Campfire Girls. In 1963, the family traveled by freighter to spend a year and a half in Italy. They returned to Portland in 1965, and Dorothy began volunteering for the P.T.A.; she was active in the organization for 10 years. For six years, she also served on the board of a community service center in Northwest Portland, Friendly House. In 1975, she was asked to join Friends of the Multnomah County Library, where she served as director and treasurer, and also joined the board of trustees of the Library Foundation. She supported Friends of History, was on the board of the Oregon Holocaust Research Center, and was co-chair of the campaign committee that helped raise funds for the refurbishment of the Central Library and to endow the library's future endeavors. Dorothy served in many capacities for the Reed alumni association and was president of the alumni board in 1979. In 2002, she received the Foster-Scholz Distinguished Service Award. In 1980, Dorothy, along with her husband and daughters, began extensive world travels. In August 2004, she reached the North Pole, and at 89, was designated the oldest person to reach the North Pole, by the Guinness Book of World Records. Survivors include three daughters, including Margaret D. Hirsch '79. Her husband died in 1995.

James Hamlin Day ’49

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James Hamlin Day ’49, October 26, 2008, at the Visiting Nurse and Homecare Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida. Hamlin came to Oregon from Honolulu, Hawaii, and received a BA from Reed in education. He also earned an MA from Columbia University in psychology and music. He sang professionally in New York City, had a writing career in public relations, and was president of Day Communications, a publisher of medical and scientific materials. Additionally, he was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Vero Beach, a Master Mason and member of New York Publicity Lodge, and a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Virginia Baxter Day, who attended Reed in 1948; a son and daughter; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and his sister.

Marjorie Katherine Kennard Dassow MAT ’67

Marjorie Katherine Kennard Dassow MAT ’67, November 15, 2008, in Portland. Marjorie received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1947 from Marylhurst College (University). She married Dell A. Dassow ’42 in 1953; the couple lived in southeast Portland and raised three children. Following receipt of a master's in teaching from Reed, Marjorie worked for Portland Public Schools, teaching at a number of grade schools in the area; she retired in 1980. In retirement, Marjorie and Dell traveled extensively in Europe. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, and speed-reading, and she enjoyed playing the slot machines in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, and her brother. Dell died in 2004.

Joseph Drapkin ’76

Joseph Drapkin ’76, December 28, 2008, in Bladensburg, Maryland, from complications following a stroke. After studying at Reed, Joe completed a BS and an MS in mathematics at Portland State University. He was a consultant for a number of utility companies in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. At the time of his death, he was a self-employed consultant. Survivors include his sister. Thanks to Lorraine Evanco Lang ’75 for providing the details of this memorial.

Edward Devecka ’49

Edward Devecka ’49, September 9, 1994, in Portland. He entered Reed in 1942, but left to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, returning to continue his studies in 1946. For most of his career, he was an advertising salesman, primarily for the Oregonian newspaper. He married Carol Kernahan in 1949 and they had four children, whom he raised after his wife's death in 1963. He was active in civic affairs and served as a vice president and a director of the Reed aumni association from 1963 to 1965. Survivors include two daughters and two sons.

Robert C. Dawkins ’79

Robert C. Dawkins ’79, of lymphoma, July 19, 1995, in Portland. He was an artist whose paintings were shown in galleries in Portland and in Oregon. In 1983–84, he completed a minister's training program at the Washington Psychic Institute. He worked at the HIV Day Center as an administrative assistant until shortly before his death. He is survived by his parents and his life partner.

Thomas W. Dench ’37

Thomas Dench ’37, July 8, 1997, in Salem, Oregon, where he had lived for 49 years. Between 1939 and 1948, he worked for the California Public Utilities Commission in Los Angeles as an assistant transportation rate expert. He married Catherine Hermann ’39 in 1940, and they had one child. In 1948, they moved to Salem, Oregon, where he joined the staff of the Oregon State Public Utility Commission as a rate regulator. He retired in 1979, and his wife died in 1980. In 1983, he married Betty Doucette. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling, gardening, hiking, and swimming. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a stepson, two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Edwina Olsen Duncan ’38

Edwina Olsen Duncan ’38, May 29, 1997, in La Habra, California. After graduation from Reed, she attended the University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work and pursued a career in social work for about 10 years. She married Robert Duncan ’38 in 1941. For most of her life, she was a homemaker. In later years, she was active with the Fullerton, California YWCA, took adult education classes, and traveled in the U.S. and abroad. Her known survivors include a son; a daughter; a sister, D. Valentine Olsen Erickson ’43; a brother, Theodore Olsen ’39; and a grandchild. Her husband died in 1979.

Robin A. Drews ’35

Robin A. Drews ’35, July 2, 1997, in Portland. He was a retired professor of anthropology. After attending Reed for one year, he transferred to the University of Oregon, earning a BA in anthropology in 1938. He and his wife, Elizabeth, taught school in Peking, China from 1940 to 1941, leaving the country on the last Japanese ship to carry Americans prior to the war. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy. He continued his studies after the war at the University of Michigan, where he earned a master’s degree in Far Eastern studies in 1947 and a PhD in 1952. He taught social sciences at Michigan State University until 1965, when he returned to Portland to take a position as professor and chair of the anthropology department. He retired as professor emeritus in 1978. He was a member of many professional organizations, published extensively on anthropological subjects, and traveled to China and Japan frequently. In retirement, he was active in Portland civic affairs, including service on the board of the Friends of Washington Park Zoo. Survivors include his second wife; a daughter, Karen Drews White ’64; and a grandson.

Bunny Hammond Doar ’37

Bunny Doar ’37, on June 1, 1998, in Gearhart, Oregon. She worked briefly for radio station KWJJ in Portland and for the Farm Security Administration in Washington, D.C. She also spent four years at an advertising agency there. In 1951, she began work with the Seaside Signal, a newspaper in Seaside, Oregon, retiring in 1977. In 1960, she taught English and journalism at Seaside High School. She served on the Clatsop Community College Board, the Children’s Services Board, and the Clatsop County budget committee and as secretary to the North Coast Women’s Political Caucus and the Democratic County Committee. She is survived by stepdaughter Jane Rondthaler ’55, a stepson, niece, cousin, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wilbur A. Davis ’49

Wilbur A. Davis ’49, July 27, 1999, at his home in Albany, Oregon. Prior to attending Reed, Buck was employed in the lumber industry and served with the marine corps during World War II. He earned a master’s degree in anthropology in 1956 and a PhD in 1962 from the University of Oregon. He was an archaeologist and anthropologist at the Museum of Natural History in Santa Barbara, California, and at the State Museum in Carson City, Nevada. He taught anthropology at the University of Oregon and the University of Nevada. In 1966, he joined the faculty of Oregon State University, where he set up the department of anthropology and served as its chairman until retiring in 1977. He conducted archaeological digs in Alaska, California, and Nevada every summer from 1950 to 1977. In addition to numerous scientific publications, he published articles on Western folklore, including “Logger and Splinter-Picker Talk,” a treatise comparing the lives of old-time loggers to those of the ’50s. His hobbies included furniture design and crafting, building guitars, and hunting. Survivors include his wife, two nephews, and three grand-nephews.

Bonnie Haack Doerfler ’27

Bonnie Haack Doerfler ’27, June 18, 2000, in Albany, Oregon. After graduating from Reed, she earned her teaching credentials for primary and secondary schools in Oregon, and obtained a lifetime superintendent certificate from Oregon Normal School in Monmouth, now Western Oregon University. She taught school in Mill City, Tangent, and a one-room school in Hulbert, Oregon. In 1933 she married Orville Doerfler, who died in 1964. She enjoyed reading and staying current on politics, and she was a member of the American Association of University Women and Western Star Grange. Survivors include two sons, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Robert L. Dillon ’43

Robert Dillon ’43, July 9, 2001, in Richland, Washington. During World War II, Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. After the war, he earned a master’s in chemistry in 1947 and a PhD in 1951, both at Northwestern University. He was a corrosion chemist and manager in Richland, Washington, for General Electric and Battelle Northwest, retiring in 1984. He continued to do scientific consulting work after his retirement. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren. His wife of 54 years died in March of this year.

Karl S. Detzer ’58

Karl S Detzer ’58, October 17, 2001, of cancer-related problems, in Washington. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Reed, and was living with a sister on Vashon Island at the time of his death.

Marian L. Simonds Dukehart ’33

Marian L. Simonds Dukehart ’33, July 6, 2003, in Sherwood, Oregon. Marian attended Reed for a year and also attended Northwestern University. In 1939, she married John K. Dukehart, who died in 1968; they raised two sons and three daughters. Marian was an avid skier at Mt. Hood, and a member of a group of skiing enthusiasts, the Nile River Yacht Club, who maintained a cabin near Timberline Lodge. Excluded initially from participation in the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol because of her gender, Marian nevertheless assisted with the patrol’s first aid efforts. Her community service included serving as president of the Junior League of Portland and of the Women’s Architectural League. She volunteered with the Boys and Girls Aid Society and Portland schools PTA. She served as secretary of the Reed alumni association, and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1962, she worked at Markham Grade School and later at Jackson High School in Southwest Portland. She was president of the Portland Federation of Teachers and Classified Employees. In 1977, she married Frank Kristner Jr., who died in 1980. The couple moved to Sherwood where she was active in the Friends of the Sherwood Library and the library board, and was a member of the Sherwood Garden Club. Marian also enjoyed painting and took classes at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. She is survived by her children and nine grandchildren.

Peter S. Damm ’73

Peter Stephen Damm ’73, May 4, 2004, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Peter received a BA in mathematics at Reed, after which he earned a degree in nuclear engineering while serving in the U.S. Navy. He worked in quality assurance for Westinghouse at their Hanford (Washington) site for 11 years, and at the WIPP site in Carlsbad for 15 years. Peter had a superb intellect and sense of humor and was a gifted poet and pianist. Family, friends, and animals were recipients of his devotion and kindness. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, and a sister and nephew.

William J. Dreyer ’52

William Jakob Dreyer ’52, April 23, 2004, in Pasadena, California, after a long illness. William received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in mathematics, and a doctorate in biochemistry in 1956 from the University of Washington. He was a research biochemist for six years at the National Heart Institute and National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease, leaving in 1963 to join the Caltech faculty as professor of biology. His innovative research as a molecular immunologist, and his support of technology, were instrumental in the rise of the biotech industry. Of his 21 patents, that of an automated protein sequencer was most critical to co-founding Applied Biosystems with his graduate student, Lee Hood. He married Mary Schrick in 1952, and they had three daughters. Survivors include his wife, Janet, his daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Robert K. Dubroff ’42

Robert Kusiel Dubroff ’42, June 10, 2004, in Waterbury, Connecticut. Robert attended Reed for one year, then spent a year working on dairy farms in New York and Connecticut before enrolling at New York University. After two years he took a position as a production planner with Wright Aeronautical, which manufactured engines for World War II bombers. He received a BA in economics at Brooklyn College in 1946, an MA in education in 1948, and PhD in psychology in 1965 from New York University. His marriage, with two children, ended in divorced. Robert worked as a teacher in public and private schools, as a psychologist in a Massachusetts mental health clinic, and as a school psychologist in Connecticut. For 21 years he was a member of the graduate faculty for the Fairfield University School of Education in Fairfield. "In the course of these years, I was continuously influenced by my single year at Reed in my appreciation of personal relationships in learning settings, a standard of intellectual effort, and effort in small groups." During the Vietnam War, Robert was active in the peace movement, and maintained a strong volunteer effort for social justice and issues dealing with the environment. He enjoyed retirement with hobbies such as photography and gardening, noting: "I say to my friends that daily I arise to help pull the sun over the mountain. Some look at me strangely, but others understand." Survivors include his wife, Ruth Pepper, to whom he was married for nine years; his son and daughter; three grandchildren; and his brother.

Jean Bruere Dougherty ’33

Jean Bruere Dougherty ’33, January 1992, in Eugene, Oregon. Jean received a BA in French from Reed, and then attended Columbia University, earning an MA in French in 1935. She married Melvin R. Jones in 1934; they had two sons, and later divorced. From 1948 to 1964, Jean taught French at Chapman School in Portland, and served as coordinator of the gifted child program. In 1964, she married David M. Dougherty, a professor at the University of Oregon, and moved to Eugene. She was assistant director of the University of Oregon NDEA Institute for American secondary school French teachers, in Tours, France, for several years. In 1965, she was decorated by the French government for her contribution to French-American cultural relations, and received the Chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes Academiques. She was active in the Episcopal parish of St. Mary in Eugene, and with her husband, she traveled in Europe, Canada, and in the U.S. Her husband died in 1985.

Lucille Catherine Lemmon Doyle ’36

Lucille Catherine Lemmon Doyle ’36, December 31, 2006, in Portland. Lucy received a BA from Reed in psychology. She entered graduate school in psychology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, earned an MA in 1938, and continued her studies at the school an additional year before returning to Portland. Her first position was as a caseworker with the Multnomah County Public Welfare Commission. She married James A. Doyle in 1942. During World War II, she worked for the First National Bank, leaving the position to raise a son and daughter. She returned to bank work in 1955, and retired in 1958, following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. When possible, she engaged in volunteer work. “My husband deserves an incredible amount of credit for helping me to do what I can, and for giving me support in all my efforts,” she wrote to the college in 1986. “Perhaps most important, he has helped to make my disability tolerable.”

Ejner Dinesen, Staff

Ejner Dinesen, former building maintenance staff member, August 21, 2007, in Portland. Born in Denmark, Ejner moved to Portland in 1953. He began his career at Reed in 1968. Towny Angell, director of facilities operations [1989–], recalls that Ejner did plumbing, electrical, and mechanical repairs all over campus, as the quintessential jack-of-all-trades. Ejner had a knack for extending the college's resources through innovative repairs, utilizing an odd assortment of parts to keep machines or equipment running. Notes Towny, “Long after he retired [1992], we would discover some piece of equipment that finally gave up the ghost, and it would be evident that it had been 'Ejnerized' at some point in the past.” Unable to find a part in the physical plant, Ejner found it in “the well”—his personal vehicle, which was filled to excess with “one spare of everything.” Towny says Ejner was soft-spoken, thoughtful, sensitive, independent, and capable and willing to take on any task that his job at Reed required. His mission was industry, activity, hard work, and repair, with strong connections to friends and family. In January, Ejner married his companion of 51 years, Martha Jasprica, who died in June. “Ejner,” says Towny, “was the kind of person the world could use a lot more of.” Survivors include his sister, and extended family members.

Evelyn Rosella Shields Dusenbery ’37

Evelyn Rosella Shields Dusenbery ’37, May 24, 2008, in the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Washington. Evelyn entered Reed along with her twin sister, Adelyn Shields Dudley ’37. Evelyn attended Reed for two years before transferring to the University of Oregon, where she completed a bachelor's degree. She then attended business school. In an oral history interview with Morton T. Rosenblum ’49 in 2004, Evelyn and her husband, Harris Dusenbery ’36, discussed their meeting through Reed's Outing Club, on a Mount Hood climb. Said Harris, “I remember Evelyn up on about the 9,000-foot level, and talking to her for the first time.” Evelyn recounted: “Actually, when we got up to the 9,000-foot level, that's where the sun would hit you. So you wanted to prevent any sunburn and the only thing was that awful zinc oxide. And Harris was the only person that put it on his ears. And I thought, 'What a show off!' However, I later changed my mind and married him in 1940.” During World War II, Evelyn worked as a bookkeeper. The couple moved to Vancouver in 1951, and she was employed as an accountant at Clark College during the ’60s. She was dedicated to her community, and demonstrated it in a number of capacities, including as a volunteer for the First Presbyterian Church, the Columbia Arts Center, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Columbia River, the County Health Department, and Planned Parenthood. In 1996, she received the YWCA Woman of Achievement award. She also was a 50-year Honorary Life Member of the American Association of University Women. In retirement, Evelyn and Harris traveled to many countries on all continents. For her 50th-class reunion in 1987, she wrote: “We have been as far north as North Cape, as far south as Cape Horn, and as high as Lake Titcaca in Peru and Leh in the Ladakh Valley in India.” Survivors include Harris; her son and daughter, David B. Dusenbery '64 and Diane Dusenbery Waggoner '68; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

John Almon Dudman ’42

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John Almon Dudman ’42, July 23, 2008, in Portland, after a brief illness.

Jack played many roles at Reed. Student leader, proud graduate, inspiring teacher, trusted confidante. But he is probably best remembered as the beloved dean of students who helped thousands of students through the ups and downs of college life—including a penniless dropout named Steve Jobs.

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Dorothy Charlotte Hurt Dehn ’61, MALS ’70

Dorothy Charlotte Hurt Dehn ’61, MALS ’70, June 18, 2008, in Portland. Dorothy received a BA from Reed in philosophy. She made the decision to enroll at Reed while in junior high school, after seeing the italic handwriting of her teacher, a student of Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69]. In her testimonial for the 2003 Reed Calligraphy Reunion, she credited Reynolds as an influence not only in her work as a calligrapher but also in her choice to study philosophy. Dorothy taught graphic and letter design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State University, and Portland Community College. She also conducted letter forms workshops. She operated her business, Dehn Graphics, with her husband and partner, Peter R. Dehn. Her work is included in the Lloyd J. Reynolds Memorial Collection at the Portland Art Museum. The Dehns had two daughters, Diana and Natasha E. Dehn ’85.

Richard John DeWolf MAT ’64

Richard John DeWolf MAT ’64, July 2, 2008, in Modesto, California. Dick attended University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State, and received a master's degree from Reed in mathematics. He taught high school mathematics for 31 years in Modesto, and also taught in Downey and Davis, California. Dick was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. From 1966 to 2003, he served as scoutmaster for troop 76, guiding over 80 members to the rank of Eagle Scout. He also founded the troop's High Sierra Wilderness camp at Lake Utica. In 1984, he received the Silver Beaver, the scouts' highest honor for distinguished volunteer service. Survivors include his wife, Haldon Fowler, to whom he was married for 57 years; two sons; and three grandchildren. His daughter predeceased him.

Rosamond E. Stricker Day ’33

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Rosamond E. Stricker Day ’33, January 14, 2006, in San Rafael, California. Rosamond was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, and moved frequently during her first eight years, while her father worked as an army physician. The family settled in Portland's Eastmoreland neighborhood, and Rosamond grew up playing on the Reed campus. At age 9, she decided that her career would be in art. To achieve that goal, she attended the Portland Museum Art School for three years and then completed a BA in art at Reed. For a few years following graduation, she remained in Portland and painted, took business courses, and worked as a secretary. Art remained her passion, and after traveling to San Francisco to view two exhibitions, she decided to move to the city, and there she studied design and textile printing, taught classes, worked at World's Fair on Treasure Island, and did independent designing on table linens and draperies. In 1941, she married artist and teacher Edward C. Day and moved to San Rafael. With her husband in military service during World War II, she continued her teaching in San Francisco and at Dominican College in San Rafael. She did freelance designing and printing and worked for the innovative American textile designer and weaver Dorothy Liebes, at her design studio in San Francisco. “It was a stimulating period for craftsmen at that time, and finely designed products were made,” she noted. Rosamond and Edward had one son, Donald J. Day ’68. Following her husband's first heart attack, Rosamond determined that she should earn a teaching credential, which she did at Dominican; Edward died prematurely. Rosamond volunteered in scouting, PTA, and at Boyd Natural Science Museum, where she conducted tide pool studies. Eventually her work at the museum inspired her to study marine biology, marine algae, land plants, botany, natural history, and conservation. She went birding with the Audubon Society, did annual bird counts, and later focused on work with the California Native Plant Society. She tended her acres of native oak and grassland, joined the Sierra Club, explored Yosemite, and traveled abroad to Europe and Asia. A study of Pre-Columbian art prompted travel to ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatan. She expanded on that experience with other trips to Costa Rica, Kenya, and the Hawaiian Islands. Prior to her 50th-class year reunion at Reed, she scheduled an extensive trip to Alaska. And for that reunion, she recounted a few of the details of her life after Reed. “My house is full of collections of many kinds, from herbariums, family heirlooms, cookbooks, unfinished projects, drawers of sketches, and just plain junk.” Pursuit of knowledge, supported by experience, drew her steadily onward.

Floyd Whitney Dotson ’42

Floyd Whitney Dotson ’42, April 10, 2009, in Mansfield, Connecticut. Floyd received a BA from Reed in sociology and anticipated attending Yale in fall 1942 on a graduate scholarship. He took a post as a fire lookout with the forest service that summer, and was drafted into the U.S. Army three weeks later. Floyd was sent to the Southwest Pacific with a special unit, the army amphibian engineers. “I had occasion to see the elephant, if I may revert to a common Civil War phrase,” he wrote of his time at sea. “But never more than the beast's tail from a beach.” Floyd met his wife, Lillian Y. Ota, at Yale in 1946. “For me, it was love at first sight, and I have never changed my mind.” They married in 1947 and had one daughter. Floyd earned his PhD from Yale in sociology, and was professor of sociology at University of Connecticut-Storrs for 33 years.

Shane Wyatt Davis ’94

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Shane Wyatt Davis ’94, April 16, 2009, at his residence in Chicago, Illinois, from suicide, following a history of depression. Shane came to Reed from Smithville, Tennessee, and received a BA in philosophy, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, he worked as an office manager for a law firm in Portland, and then enrolled in a master's program in philosophy at the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching and tutoring analytic philosophy, Ancient Greek philosophy, formal logic, and English composition, he worked as an editor, writer, and researcher for authors and publishers of scholarly and trade-nonfiction. He completed his MA in 2000, and also earned a JD from the University of Chicago, where he served as articles editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum, was a research assistant in constitutional law and in international trade law and policy, and a law clerk for the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship. He passed the Illinois State Bar in 2007, the District of Columbia Bar this year, and worked as a contract attorney for a Chicago law firm. While at Reed, Shane worked for admission and also as an intern for Nadine Fiedler ’89 in news & publications, writing press releases and pieces for Reed magazine. Says Nadine, “I adored him! I loved his gentleness and humor and his amazing depth of understanding and intelligence. We kept in touch through email all these years, but I didn't hear from him after late last fall. He would send me his amazing photos and talk about his theremin and all sorts of things. I really wanted him to have a long, good life.” Christopher Ellis ’93, who provided the photo of Shane for this memorial, wrote: “I'm speechless at the loss of a remarkable human being and friend. Shane was my muse.” Survivors include his mother and grandmother.

Bessie Ramona Johnson Day ’40

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Bessie Ramona Johnson Day ’40, February 4, 2010, in Portland. Bessie was a day-dodger at Reed when she met Jesse H. Day ’42; they married in 1938. She worked for the Navy Department in the Family Allowance Division while Jesse earned advanced degrees in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. “When I stopped with the Navy Department, my husband was editing a magazine called the SPE Journal, the Society of Plastics Engineers Journal, and I sort of half took over his work on that. And then they asked me to be the executive secretary, to run the national office,” she told Gay Walker ’69 in an oral history interview in 2003. Bessie was executive secretary for the society for five years, after which she volunteered with the Red Cross and the Sigma Kappa sorority. Jesse taught at Ohio University, and after his death in 1989, Bessie returned to Portland. She greatly valued the year she spent at Reed.

Mary Jane Davidson Evers ’39

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Mary Davidson Evers ’39 (far left, front row) on Campus Day, October 10, 1935; professors Marcus O’Day [physics 1926–45] and A.A. Knowlton [physics 1915–48] stand far right (Knowlton in boots) in the second row. Professor Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69] stands cross-armed second row center, with college nurse Evelyn Cathey to his left. Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.

Mary Jane Davidson Evers ’39, February 21, 2010, in Neptune, New Jersey. The oldest of three children whose father was an army colonel, Mary grew up on army bases around the U.S. and in Panama. She attended Reed for one year, leaving the college when her father was reassigned to duty in New Jersey. She enrolled in Douglas College for Women, now part of Rutgers University, and completed a bachelor's degree in economics in 1939; she later earned an MEd from Rutgers. In 1940, she married James Evers; they settled at the Jersey Shore and raised five daughters, Sally, Barbara, Helen, Susan, and Nancy, and a son, William. News of Mary's death came from William. “She always had a warm spot for her time there,” he wrote. Daughter Helen remarked: “I remember her telling me that in a very happy life, her time at Reed was among her happiest memories. She loved the relative freedom she enjoyed there, and the long talks and sharing ideas with intelligent male and female friends. She also mentioned having a class with a professor she greatly admired, Barry Cerf [English 1921–48]. And she was always so proud of the reputation for intellectual rigor that Reed has been associated with.” After raising her children, Mary taught for 20 years in the Neptune Township public school system. She was a community volunteer, who was active in many organizations, including the PTA and the MediCenter, and she also served on the altar guild of Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park. “Positive and down-to-earth, intelligent and always caring, Mary Jane has been our closest friend, our anchor, our balance, and our delight. She will be greatly missed and impossible to forget.” Survivors include four children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Nancy, predeceased her.

Barbara Reid Dudman ’60

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Barbara Reid Dudman ’60, April 4, 2011, in Portland. Barbara came to Reed from Huntington High School in California, where she had graduated with honors. At Reed, majoring in mathematics, she met Jack Dudman ’42 [mathematics and dean of students 1953-85]; they married in 1958 and were together until his death in 2008. She spent a year in southern Mexico on a Russell Sage Foundation Grant in 1961, and earned an MA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1962. Their only child, a son, Joseph, was born two years later. In 1966–69, Barbara was an instructor in mathematics at Reed, and she taught mathematics at Catlin Gabel School, Parkrose Middle School, and Clackamas High School. The family hiked and camped and greatly enjoyed travels throughout western U.S. and in Europe. Survivors include Joseph, and Barbara's brother and sister.

Dorothy Marion Dewey Greer ’41

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Dorothy Marion Dewey Greer ’41, March 24, 2012, in Evanston, Illinois. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Dodie earned a BA from Reed and an MFA in printmaking from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was a sculptress and ceramicist, “the dear friend of many” at the Evanston Art Center, and beloved as a mother.

Anna Lou Melson Dehavenon ’48

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Anna Lou Melson Dehavenon ’48, February 28, 2012, in Greenport, New York. A national authority on poverty, hunger, and homelessness, Anna Lou was born in Bellingham, Washington, and demonstrated a gift for piano early in life. After studying at Reed for two years, she transferred to the school of music at DePaul University, where she worked with Sergei Turnovsky. In Chicago, she met William Kapell, a brilliant pianist; they married in 1948. His career became her focus, along with raising their two children, and she was devastated when William was killed in a plane crash in 1953. (For the remainder of her life, she was attentive to his memory, publishing new recordings and even his diaries.) The loss was tremendous both emotionally and financially; William’s friends came to her aid, providing stability for her and the children. Without this generosity, she noted later, she and her children might have been homeless. In 1955, she married Gaston de Havenon, who had a perfume manufacturing business in New York. They had two children, and she also became mother to two sons from his previous marriage. “I told myself, here I am, a woman who supposedly has everything: a comfortable home, wonderful children, a difficult but interesting husband, but still I was bored,” she said in an interview. Seeking an intellectual challenge, she enrolled at Columbia University at the age of 40, where she earned successive degrees in anthropology with honors.

It was in a physics class, she said, that she learned the scientific method, which “opened up a whole new way of looking at the world, a whole new way of getting at the truth.” While conducting research for her dissertation, she became critically aware of the plight of homeless families in New York City. She developed a systematic and comprehensive method of documenting families in poverty—research that became the basis of annual reports documenting hunger and homelessness. In 1973, she cofounded the East Harlem Interfaith Welfare Committee, a coalition of religious voluntary agencies that did welfare advocacy, and the New York Coalition Against Hunger. She looked at New York, she said, “as a vision of the future of our wider country if we don’t address housing, income, and health care issues.” In a yearlong survey done for the East Harlem Interfaith Welfare Committee in 1985, she documented the worsening of hunger conditions in New York City. The report created a sensation and led to stories in the New York Times, the Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New Yorker. From her data on the number of children forced to sleep on chairs in offices came a court order that homeless families be offered decent emergency shelter nightly. Anna Lou was project director for the Action Research Project on Hunger, Homelessness, and Family Health. She was an adjunct professor of anthropology in community medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, visiting assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, research associate in the department of anthropology at City College (CUNY), and visiting professor of anthropology at the Center for the Study of the Administration of Relief in New Delhi, India. She cofounded the Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness of the American Anthropological Association and was a project director for United Neighborhood Houses. Among many honors, she received the first Reverend Jenny Clark Award of the East Harlem Interfaith Welfare Council, the Josephine Shaw Lowell Award of the Community Service Society, and the Foster-Scholz Distinguished Service Award. Reed’s graduating class of 1994 also selected her to speak at commencement. “If you directly observe and speak to people, you begin to know what their experiences really are,” she said in her address. “The class and racial segregation in our culture separates most of us from the experiences of poor people. I would like many more of us to contemplate what it is like to sleep three or more to a bedroom or on the floor and what it would be like to raise one’s own children in these circumstances, in the world’s wealthiest, most advanced nation.” Survivors include two sons, two daughters, one stepson, 10 grandchildren, and her sister, Posie Melson Conklin ’51. Notifying the college of her death, Ernie Bonyhadi ’48 wrote, “Anna Lou was a beautiful human being, a dear friend to us and to many more.”

Roslyn Dupler Fitch ’79

Roslyn Dupler Fitch ’79, April 9, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roslyn studied at Scripps College before coming to Reed, where she earned a BA in English literature. In 1982, she married Edward Fitch. Roslyn was a gifted tutor in English and mathematics and a financial adviser. She was a docent for the Hogle Zoo and had many family pets. Most recently, she traveled with Ed to Costa Rica to fulfill a dream of seeing monkeys in the rain forest. She enjoyed many other travels throughout the world, as well as scuba diving, reading, playing mahjong, and performing on the flute. Survivors include her husband, son, sister, and brother.

Eleanor Thurston Dyke ’34

Eleanor Thurston Dyke ’34, March 5, 2013, in Salem, Oregon. Eleanor came to Reed from the University of Oregon in the fall of her junior year and earned a BA in biology. She devoted many years to raising a family and also made a significant contribution to wilderness recreation trail development and conservation. In addition, she did graduate studies and taught high school. Eleanor was widowed twice. She and her first husband had two daughters and a son, Eric T. Schoenfeld ’66. She later married dentist John A. Dyke and retired in Salem, Oregon. Eleanor volunteered with the Girl Scouts for a decade and for decades more was a member of the Mazamas and Chemeketans. “To give many hours of hard work in situations where I could make use of abilities to analyze, administrate, and persuade has been very satisfying. Reed gave me the confidence to speak out.” In 1978, Robert Bergland, U.S. agriculture secretary, named Eleanor to the national advisory committee for the Pacific Crest Trail. Her cousin, Arlien G. Johnson ’17, also graduated from Reed.

Barbara Alison Brownell D'Angelo ’66

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Barbara Alison Brownell D’Angelo ’66, August 9, 2012, after two and a half years of living with cancer. The oldest of seven children, Barbara lived her early years in Milwaukie and Carver and graduated from Clackamas High School before joining a proud family tradition of going to Reed, as did her parents Gloria Mierow Misar ’45 and Barry C. Brownell ’43, her grandparents, Ambrose Brownell ’17 and Helen Phillips Brownell ’19, and 12 other relatives, including aunt and uncle Patricia Brownell Lee ’43 and Robert P. Brownell ’46. She graduated in psychology and earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Washington State University in 1970. That same year, while traveling in Italy, she met her husband of 40 years, Severino D’Angelo, who composed this memorial piece. Barbara’s career included teaching psychology at San Jose State University and at Fullerton State University. Later she opened a private clinical practice in Orange County. Her students and patients remember her as inspiring, young, beautiful, and energetic. Most recently she finished a novel she started 20 years ago. She lived long enough to see Bitter Vendetta in print. She also played piano from her heart. “Barbara was brilliant, fun, and always open to new ideas. She spoke several languages and read extensively. She had true empathy for people and animals and was one of the most selfless, generous people in existence,” Severino wrote. Barbara is survived by her loving husband; her daughters Sandra and Danielle; grandchildren Sophia, Carter, Liam, and Calia; and siblings Charles, Janice, Marilyn, Curtis, Roger, and Marcia. “Barbara will be greatly missed for her incredible sense of humor, her generous and loving spirit, her love of life and people, her appreciation of the world and the environment. The world will never be the same.”

Susan Deery ’69

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Susan with Larry Frisch ’67 in the late ’60s on top of Mount Ruth in the North Cascades

Susan Deery ’69 of Longview, Washington, was buried in an avalanche that occurred on August 11, 1971, near the Alaska-Yukon border. She was climbing with four others, including John H. Hall ’68, Lucille Borgen Adamson ’65, and her husband, Stanley Adamson. The party had completed the assault on Mount Logan and was attempting to scale Mount St. Elias from the Newton Glacier via Russell Col. Survivor Leslie Wheeler returned to the group's base camp, where he notified officials of the disaster and was rescued. Susan's classmate and friend, Dick Burkhart ’69, who assisted greatly in this memorial for her, was teaching in Laos when the climbers were killed, and was hit hard by the news when he learned of it months later. He reports that the Reed Climbers’ Reunion in August 2007 was held at the Deery family home in Longview in memory of Susan. "Most of these Reedies, and Susan, had been with me on our 1967 expedition to climb White Princess in the Alaskan Range, which, thankfully was without tragedy, but after Susan’s death I never went back." Susan's family had been very supportive of her and her adventures, says Dick, and climbers heading north often stopped at the Deery home to pack and plan for the trip ahead. Susan's mother, Ruth, whom Dick knew to be a vibrant individual, died in 2008. Susan graduated from Reed with a BA in chemistry, and found a mentor in pioneering mountaineer Arlene Blum ’66, her Reed roommate, who was also a chemistry major. 

Barbara June Donnell Stockley ’55

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Barbara June Donnell Stockley ’55, December 5, 2013, in Elgin, Texas. Barbara and her family moved from Washington to Hawaii when she was 8 years old. She graduated from high school in 1943 and worked for the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor until she left to attend Reed, making her way to Oregon on a navy transport ship in summer 1945. After two years at the college, she went back to Honolulu but returned to Reed in 1953 to finish her studies and write her thesis, “The Face and Symmetry of Truth: A Study of the Imagery of Sir Thomas Browne.” Barbara earned a BA in general literature with honors, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn an MA in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and moved to Austin to teach freshman composition at the University of Texas. Barbara then became a book editor for the University of Texas Press. She subsequently served as an editor for publications of the Texas State Historical Association, including Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the encyclopedic reference volume The Handbook of Texas: A Supplement (Vol. 3, 1976). In 1959 she married cattle rancher Franklin C. Stockley; they lived in a rustic, 19th-century, wooden ranch house north of Elgin until his death in 1993. In the late ’90s, she did some of the grant writing that led to the Elgin Historical Association’s obtaining the funds necessary to rehabilitate the then-derelict former railroad depot into the local history museum it has become, the Elgin Depot Museum. One of the permanent exhibits in the museum presents an enlargement of a photograph of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which marked the opening of the museum in 2002, in which Barbara appears alongside other members and officers of the historical association. At that time, she was still living out on the ranch, albeit in a modern manufactured home, until she moved into town in 2006. She served as a volunteer docent at the museum, working principally behind the counter on the historical newspaper archiving project, from its opening until 2011, when her declining health made her participation no longer feasible. Survivors include her brother, Alan Donnell; nephew Howard Donnell, who provided this memorial; nephew John Goode; niece Helen Donnell; and cousin Gordon Gray.

Antonette Elmer Duncan ’60

Antonette Elmer Duncan ’60, May 6, 2013. Toni attended Reed for two years and completed a BA in psychology at San Francisco State and later a certification for counseling at Oregon Health & Science University. She worked as a counselor and as a bookkeeper. She had a daughter and grandson and lived in Lake Oswego.

Virginia Elizabeth Davis ’65

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Virginia Elizabeth Davis ’65, October 22, 2013, in Portland. Ginny earned a degree in history at Reed, completing the thesis “Henry Adams: A Political Biography of an American Intellectual.” After graduation, she worked at Harvard Business School, intending to enter the doctoral program in communications. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20s, Ginny spent two decades in and out of psychiatric institutions. Prof. Jack Dudman ’42 [mathematics and dean of students 1953–85] and Barbara Reid Dudman ’60 [mathematics 1966–69] were instrumental in Ginny’s care during the difficulties she encountered while she was at Reed and when she returned to Portland in the late ’70s. Ginny completed an MA in English and creative writing and poetry from San Francisco State in 1978, and then traveled to Ireland, where she spent a summer writing and studying Gaelic. In Portland in later years, she became involved in the local literary community and gave poetry readings and occasional workshops. She also completed and published several poetry collections, including Rivers in the Left Quadrant, Anima Speaking, and Civilization of the Heart. Supported by the insight of a compassionate director and mentor, Ginny was employed for a number of years as a secretary in the Oregon Health Division. His accidental death forced her to deal with management less understanding and with the loss of her job as well as the opportunity to be meaningfully employed for the rest of her life. She volunteered with Oregon Consumers Network, the World Federation for Mental Health, Oregon Advocacy Center, and Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, and received an outstanding service award from the Mental Health Association of Oregon. She maintained a connection to Reed, and donated a bookplate collection done by her aunt, artist Donna Davis. She had one daughter and one sister and lived alone. Says Caroline Miller ’59, MAT ’65: “She was a published poet with a keen eye for life’s injustices. Having once been homeless, Virginia had a soft spot for the downtrodden. More than once, she opened her home to those desperate for shelter. Beyond that, she collected art to the extent that money and paying in installments made it possible. She harmed no one and helped as many as she could. She struggled with her inner demons every moment of her life, and I admired her for the grace with which she carried her burden. She was a brilliant woman, a poet with a tender heart, but so troubled with mental illness that her life was shattered.”

Jo Etta Eaton Drake ’64

JoEtta Eaton Drake ’64, May 1969, from hepatitis. Through the efforts of Chuck Chermside ’62 and a committee of young Bay Area alumni, contributions to a scholarship fund in her memory were solicited; that scholarship continues to this day. She was survived by her husband, Dan Drake ’64, and her family.

B. Gale Dick ’50

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Gale rapells in Washington’s Tatoosh Mountains in 1949

Bertram Gale Dick ’50, July 18, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah. A physicist and conservationist who played a key role in saving Utah’s Wasatch Mountains from development, Gale grew up in north Portland, an hour away from Reed by trolley. His grandparents had homesteaded in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, and his mother and his father met on a stagecoach. Gale graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, including a spell in the jungle interior of Guam. “I’d often thought, if I’d been born a year earlier, I might not have survived the war,” he told Cricket Parmalee ’67 in an interview in 2007. At 19, on a naval transport bound for Hawaii, Gale decided that he would become a physicist. After the war, Reed offered him a scholarship and he enrolled as a day-dodger for his first year. “Portland has a wonderful, wonderful library, and I remember spending a lot of time there when I was in high school. I got all interested in astronomy, and I looked at all these books. Some of them, some of the better ones, were full of mathematical symbols, and I thought, ‘Ooh, this is magical! There must be something profoundly and mystically right about anything that’s expressed in such beautiful symbols.’ I wanted to know how to read those books, and that was what I learned how to do.”

Gale was also interested in music. His first violin teacher was an itinerant music salesman. He progressed rapidly in his studies and became a member of Portland’s Junior Symphony. “This was the love affair of my life, to get involved in that kind of music, which I didn’t even know existed.” Prof. Herb Gladstone [music 1946–80] taught him to play the piano, and he performed in Sound Experiments and in Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Gale and his classmates often sang after dinner in commons. While mopping and sweeping the floors of Eliot Hall on Herr Robert Brunner’s weekend janitor crew, Gale and other students sang—“especially in the lavatories, because they have wonderful acoustics.” This experience carried over to the 50th class reunion, when the classmates gathered and old songs resurfaced, one after another. (Years later, Gale played violin in various chamber music groups and helped found the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City.)

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Charles Kenneth Deeks ’43

Charles Kenneth Deeks ’43, June 21, 2014, in Eugene, Oregon. A Portland native, and graduate of Grant High School, Charlie lived near Marshall Cronyn ’40 [chemistry 1952–89] and followed him to Reed in 1939. He studied at the college for three years, completing a BA in biology. In 1942, he enlisted in the naval hospital corps and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He returned to the United States in 1946 and that same year enrolled in medical school at UC Berkeley. He graduated in 1949 and did a medical internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and residency in urology at Multnomah County Hospital, where he met nurse Mary Jane Boozier; they married in 1952. Charlie returned to Reed in 1952–53 to study atomic energy with Prof. Arthur Scott [chemistry 1923–79]. He also did further studies in biological and chemical defense and set up a urology department aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Haven. In 1958 he resigned from the navy and opened a urological medical practice in Fullerton, California. In 1979 Charlie and Mary Jane moved to Bend, where he opened a urological medical practice from which he retired in 1995. He enjoyed fishing, crossword puzzles, and family vacations. “With his keen memory, he became the family historian and keeper and teller of family stories.” Survivors include sons Rick, Don, Bruce, and Darryl; daughter Cherie; and four grandchildren. Mary died two days before Charlie did.

Prof. Jean Frederic Delord

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Jean Frederic Delord, an emeritus professor of physics who inspired generations of Reed students, died in October 2002 at age 82, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He came to Reed in 1950, was named the first A.A. Knowlton Chair in physics in 1981, and retired in 1988, 38 years after his first class. The faculty resolution in memoriam states: “He contributed enormously to the character and development of the Reed College physics department throughout the second half of the 20th century. Above all he was a good and decent person—a mentor and a cherished friend of everyone lucky enough to know him.”

Delord approached teaching with personal warmth and humor, staying vigilant to student needs while also pushing them to achieve more. He created a natural science course when students wanted an environmental science class, and one of his first Reed endeavors was to create a fourth-year course, which, as the resolution states, “was ambitious beyond all precedent, either at Reed or . . . at any liberal arts institution.” His teaching focused on solid state, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics; at one time or another he taught each of the department’s major courses. He developed a lab to conduct research on semi-conductor surfaces and was always able to quickly recognize why any physics laboratory was not working as expected. He was honored by serving as a Fulbright lecturer at the College de France in Paris and a visiting scholar at the University of Washington. After retiring, Delord remained highly dedicated to the college and interested in scientific endeavors, attending his last Reed physics seminar just two weeks before his death. The faculty resolution noted that, “When, upon returning home, he was asked how it went, he—his exceptional critical instinct still unimpaired—responded: ‘Not a very good talk.’”

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Evelyn Louise Boese Dostal ’50

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Evelyn Louise Boese Dostal ’50, March 8, 2015, in David City, Nebraska. Evelyn served with the U.S. Marines during World War II, and during an army-marine dance event, met Louis Q. Dostal, a Nebraska grain farmer. They corresponded for 10 years before marrying in the Eliot Hall chapel in 1954. Evelyn earned a BA from Reed in political science, writing a thesis, “The Public Reaction to the 1906 Campaign of Jonathan Bourne Jr., for the U.S. Senate,” with Prof. Maure Goldschmidt [1935–81]. After college, she went to work at Jantzen clothing as an export clerk. In Nebraska, she led a home extension club, gardened extensively, quilted, and sewed. She enjoyed genealogy and researching iron crosses in Czech Catholic cemeteries. Louis died in 2014. Survivors include their two sons and four grandchildren.

James Gill Dennis ’63

James Gill Dennis ’63, May 13, 2015, in Portland, from a heart attack. Gill attended Reed for two years, and then served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He went on to earn an MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory. He became a highly respected screenwriter and teacher, who conducted workshops in Australia, Ireland, Portugal, and Scotland, and who also was active in the Portland writing community. His screenwriting credits include Riders of the Purple Sage, Return to Oz, and On My Own, and he co-wrote and directed Without Evidence. With his student James Mangold, he created the Oscar-winning film Walk the Line. Mangold remarked in an interview in 2005 that Gill’s teaching style surpassed traditional master-pupil roles. “He shared with students the struggles he was working through in his own work. We traded a lot of things back and forth and watched them get better. It was very exciting.” In his marriage to Elizabeth Hartman, Gill had two sons, who survive him, as do his widow, Kristen Peckinpah, and his two sisters.

Esther Christine Dorles Lewis ’42

Esther Lewis ’42 won the Babson Award in 1996.

Esther was the oldest of three daughters born to Harold and Lula Dorles, and spent her childhood in southeast Portland. She earned a BA in general literature writing a thesis on the evolution of Leaves of Grass with Prof. Victor Chittick [English 1928–41]. Following graduation, she married engineer David J. Lewis. They had four children and lived in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Venezuela, and Thailand. Their house in northeast Portland was Esther’s home for the last 58 years. She was a welcoming hostess and a devoted gardener; she was active in the public schools and philanthropic organizations; a patron of the arts; and an expert at living an active, long life. Following David’s death in 1985, Esther traveled, engaged in many civic endeavors, wrote, and swam. “She was a generous person,” says her family, “with a fierce belief in the ability of people to do what was right and ethical.” She received the Babson Award in 1996, honoring her long service to Reed and to the alumni association, including hosting students, organizing events, revising the alumni association’s constitution, and serving on the Foster-Scholz Club committee and the alumni board. She also assisted her friend Ruth Cahill ’43 in the final years of Ruth’s life. Survivors include her children, Christine (Tim) Kopp, Nancy Roth, Mark (Dianne) Lewis, and Reed (Margaret) Lewis; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight foster children; and her sister Edna C. Dorles ’46.

James Brougham Dinsdale ’84

A native of Tennessee, James moved with his family to a dairy farm near Cornelius, Oregon, in 1953 and attended Reed for five semesters. His father was James H. Dinsdale ’40. His brother, Peter B. Dinsdale ’66, and sister, Sara S. Dinsdale ’68, also attended Reed. A rugby player at Reed, James also ran Hood to Coast races and coached Little League baseball. He farmed alfalfa and Christmas trees and did construction work. In 2006, he completed a BA at Marylhurst University, and in 2008, he earned a teaching certificate from George Fox University, and then taught at Reynolds Learning Academy, H.B. Lee Middle School, and at the Timber Lake Job Corps. James had a lifelong love of blues music. He sang and played a variety of instruments, though favoring his blues guitar. He had an independent streak and an irascible wit, coupled with a resilient and compassionate nature. Survivors include his beloved daughters, Meredith and Madeline.

Harris Dusenbery ’36

Author, veteran, traveler, philanthropist, and iconic Reed alumnus Harris Dusenbery—familiar to many alumni as the “last man” in the reunions parade—died at the age of 101.

Born in Roundup, Montana, in 1914, Harris moved to Portland with his family when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Grant High School in 1932 and went to Reed in the depths of the Depression, when tuition was $200 a year.

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Donald Deardorff ’48

Donald was born in 1926, in Seattle, Washington, to Ralph and Mary Deardorff. He earned a BA in physics and wrote his thesis, The Design, Construction, and Operation of a Grating Spectrograph, with his advisor, Prof. Raymond Ellickson [physics 1946-48]. He got a job with the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Albany, Oregon, at the Metallurgical Research Center and described his most important accomplishment as the determination of the melting point of hafnium and its solid-state crystal structure transformation temperature. He and his wife, Shirley, enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, and rock hunting. Don was accomplished at lapidary work and produced many cabochons, spheres, and pyramids, which he gave to friends and family. Shirley preceded him in death. He is survived by children Mollie Bonson, Linda Young, Marcie Wolf, Pushpa Devi, and Jess Deardorff.

Ann Volkmann Dick ’50

Ann was born in Brussels, Belgium, on September 5, 1927, to an American couple, James and Mary Volkmann. Her father worked for American Radiator Company, with headquarters in various European cities, and the family lived in Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland. As the clouds of war gathered over Europe, the family returned to the United States. Ann was 10 years old and finished her elementary education at a private school in Deerfield, Massachusetts. As wartime gas rationing allowed, summers were spent in Castine, Maine, at her grandmother’s summerhouse.

She then went to a progressive boarding school in Putney, Vermont, where besides schoolwork her greatest interest was skiing.

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Roddy Daggett ’51

A lifelong resident of Portland, Rod was born in 1925, when Calvin Coolidge was president. He grew up near Northeast 72nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard (then the outer edge of town) and attended Grant High School. To relax he played golf at the Rose City Golf Course or tennis with his father at Washington Park. Rod always wondered why his parents gave him the middle name Muldoon. 

Rod worked at Fred Meyer and in the shipyards until World War II, when he joined the Navy. After the war he came to Reed, where he majored in political science and wrote his thesis, A Civil Service Commission of Multnomah County, Oregon with Prof. Charles McKinley [political science 1918-60]. He got a master’s in social work at UC-Berkeley, and returned to Portland where he worked as a social worker with Portland Public Schools.

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Patricia Drauch ’47

Patty passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in the home of Vicky and Mike Cojocariu, where she had lived for the past four and a half years, with loving friends at her side.

She was born in Tacoma, Washington, to Andrew and Louise Drauch, and by the age of five was attending boarding school in Vancouver at the Washington State School for the Blind. Patty would recall how difficult it was to be so far away from her family at such a tender age, but was grateful for the education she received.

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Robert DeRight ’60

Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Robert skipped two grades in elementary school and completed the seventh and eighth grade in one year. He attended an all-boys Catholic high school and graduated at the age of 14. 

“In high school I had no social life,” he remembered. “It was hard to play sports because I was much smaller than anyone else. I was considered ‘The Brain.’”

Considered too young to start college, he attended a prep school in Massachusetts. After the regimentation of prep school, he expressed the desire to attend a small liberal arts college, and his parents—whom he described as “good, solid, suburban Republicans”—were impressed with Reed after reading an article about the college in the Saturday Evening Post titled “School for Smart Young Things.”

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Charles Despres ’67

Born in Washington, D.C., Chuck developed a proficiency in languages while living in Pakistan from ages 10 to 13, where the U.S. government employed his father. Rather than attend the international school, Chuck attended local schools where he learned Urdu and Hindi and was exposed to local religions. It was the beginning of his lifelong love of international cultures and languages.

After attending Reed, Chuck received a BA in Chinese history from Stanford University. He taught English to medical students in Hong Kong, and upon returning to the United States received his teaching credential from UC Berkeley. He taught and was school principal in Edgewood, California, and married Lyn Taylor. They had two sons, Seth (deceased) and Eli. Chuck also taught English as a second language in the Sunnyvale Elementary School District.

He enjoyed traveling and learning with his second wife, Catherine, and the couple drove across the United States with their dogs, stopping to check out historical landmarks and out-of-way towns. Chuck led with his heart, and wherever they stopped for a meal, he’d leave with new friends. Cathy and his son, Eli, survive him, in addition to his siblings, John and Lani, daughter-in-law Kim Roberts, and grandchildren.

Katherine Dunn ’69

Katherine Dunn in 1987. “Write as though nobody has ever written anything before,” Prof. Lloyd Reynolds told her.

Katherine Dunn in 1987. “Write as though nobody has ever written anything before,” Prof. Lloyd Reynolds told her. Alan Borrud/The Oregonian via AP

Katherine saw broken and twisted things, wrapped them in her words, and made them beautiful. A boxer’s bleeding cuts. A nightclub crawling with slurring drunks. A boy born with flippers for arms and legs, who sweet-talks his cult followers into sawing off their own limbs.

She gained an adoring band of fans with Geek Love, the 1989 novel about a family of willfully mutated circus performers that will endure as her literary feat. The book became a phenomenon, taking her from being a single mother working three jobs to the matriarch of Portland’s authors and poets. Yet her singular talent—for fearlessly probing what others wished to skirt—extended beyond a single book.

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Ellen Burtner Dixon ’63

Born in California, Ellen lived in Colorado, Texas, and Oregon, and then moved to Vancouver, BC, with her first husband. Her impressive formal education included obtaining a bachelor’s in history from Reed, where she wrote a thesis on historian Walter Prescott Webb. She went on to get a master’s of library science at UC Berkeley, and a certificate in pottery from the Vancouver Art School, where she met her second husband, Reg Dixon, who shared her love of pottery, sculpture, gardening, and farming. Their daughter, Valerie, was born in 1977.

Ellen worked as a freelance potter and as a learning assistant and access advisor at University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia “Learning to learn is the first step to academic involvement,” she once said. A longtime supporter of social justice, environmental and other causes, she gave generously of her time and resources to the Fronya Women’s Centre, the Mission Transition House, and the Mission for Peace.

Ellen shared many happy years cycling, hiking, and camping with her partner, Jean Baycroft, and loved good food, animals, meaningful conversations and digging in her vegetable garden wearing her favorite Tilley hat. She died in a British Columbia nursing home after struggles with Parkinson disease and spinal stenosis.

Jean Anne Swift Daly MAT ’66

Jean was nearly 40 years old when she enrolled at Reed for her MAT and had fond memories of her time there, especially in being able to do calligraphy with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [art, English 1929–69] and Prof. Robert Palladino [art 1969–84]. 

Born in Boise, Idaho, she attended the University of Washington before coming to Reed. She began her teaching career in 1966 at the new Jackson High School in Portland, where she taught calligraphy, art, and art history. She wrote the Portland Public Schools eco aesthetics course, and served on the advanced placement in art committee in New York. During those years she also taught calligraphy at Portland Community College, and classes in calligraphy and environment art at PPS in-service classes.

In 1947, she married Lawrence Gillen; they had six children together. She married Francis “Pete” Daly in 1973, and they resided for 31 years in Beavercreek, Oregon. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Lambda Rho, Italic Handwriting Society, St. Philip Benizi Altar Society, the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, and the  Young Ladies Institute. At the age of 60 she began taking piano lessons and absolutely loved it. She and her husband kept two and a half acres in flower and vegetable gardens, and she did volunteer work for the elderly, the illiterate, and the poor.

David Digby ’57

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, David transferred into Reed as a junior, having served three years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. He had previously started college at UC Berkeley. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, A Symbolic Representation of Hilbert’s Axioms of Plane Geometry, with Prof. Lloyd Williams [math 1947‑81].

After graduating, he taught high school math for a year and then began graduate school in math at Oregon State University. During this time he kept in touch with Prof. John Hancock [chemistry 1955‑89], who asked him to write a computer program for his research on dodecahedrane, a hydrocarbon that featured 20 carbon atoms in the shape of a dodecahedron (one of the five Platonic solids), with a hydrogen atom bonded to each carbon atom.

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Karen Drews White ’64

With her unquenchable desire to read and learn, Karen walked through life like an encyclopedia soaking up information from the pages of life. Her father, Professor Robin Drews ’35, finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon, but it was his respect for Reed College that led Karen to enroll.

“At Reed, I began to learn to think clearly and critically,” she remembered. “When I graduated from East Lansing High School, I told my friends I was going to college in the West because people married people they met in college and I wanted to marry a Westerner.”

At Reed, she met and married Joel Kahan ’64, and during their 10-year marriage she acquired a degree in English literature from UCLA and a son, Gordon. After divorcing Joel, she realized single mothers with a BA in literature were not in great demand, and completed an MA in English literature at Stanford. She got jobs in Berkeley working for public service–oriented organizations, but was bothered that she wasn’t a “something” and enrolled in an MBA/accounting program at California State University, East Bay. It was an interest developed through various jobs. About the time she was ready to work as an accountant and her son was graduating from high school, she attended her 25th high school reunion. She met a former classmate to whom she had spoken only once in the seventh grade. It was apparently love at second sight, because she married Wood White four months later. Their two sons graduated a week and most of a continent apart, and in June, Karen returned to the scene of her childhood.

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Yitzchak Dumiel (born Isaac Sterling) ’91

Yitzchak (who used Isaac as a familiar name until the end of his life) was a gifted child with a genius IQ who liked to act, draw, and make music. He spent his childhood in Issaquah, Washington, and attended the prestigious Karen Kramer Drama Program, a competitive-entry program founded by the wife of director Stanley Kramer to train children with exceptional acting talent. Isaac regaled his family with comedy advice he received from Dom DeLuise and other celebrities with whom he was on a first-name basis.

As he became a teenager, his artistic interests shifted more towards music—especially the dark and angry. One of his favorite songs was “Coward” by the Swans, which glamorizes suicide. Feeling that he did not fit in with his family, Isaac considered suicide, but it isn’t believed that he ever engaged in physical self-harm. However, he developed a pattern of romantically pursuing emotionally unhealthy women. The resulting painful breakups turned him into a highly intellectual but emotionally closed-off man.

From 1987–89, he attended Reed, and did a study abroad in Munich in 1989–90. He withdrew in spring 1991 and supported himself as an in-home care worker for patients with spinal cord injuries, volunteering his help with senior citizens and children with serious illnesses.

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Robert Dritz ’67

Eugene’s homeless community lost a tireless advocate with the death of Bob, who was one of the earliest administrators of White Bird Clinic, an agency now synonymous with crisis counseling and medical, dental, and drug and alcohol treatment for people living in poverty or on the streets.

“When Bob came to White Bird, it was a struggling, hippie-era free clinic with a deliberately anarchic management structure and less than a dozen employees, and was often forced to choose which of its creditors to pay and which creditors to stall,” remembers David Zeiss ’67.

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Russell Dubisch ’67

June 7, 2016, in San Diego, California.

Russ was born in Missoula, Montana, and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where his father, Roby Dubisch, taught mathematics at what was then Fresno State College. From an early age, Russ was interested in physics and astronomy, building telescopes and setting off rockets in the backyard. After high school, he attended Caltech for a year before transferring to Reed, where he majored in physics. He wrote his thesis, “An Inverted Atmosphere Model for the Martian Blue Haze,” with Prof. Robert Reynolds [physics 1963–2002]. He attended graduate school at Cornell, where he studied with Carl Sagan, serving as a coauthor with Sagan on several articles.  In 1977, he received his PhD from the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh with a dissertation titled “Real Miniheavens.” Russ served as a fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1971.

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