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Willis J. Irvine ’46

Willis J. Irvine ’46, April 6, 1996, in Portland, of complications from cancer. He was a physician who practiced medicine in Portland for 38 years. After attending Reed in 1942-43, he completed his pre-medical training in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program at Central Missouri College. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School, now OHSU, in 1948. Following his internship at a hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, he served as a medical officer on a Navy transport ship for two years. He married Marjorie Noll in 1946. In 1951, he returned to Portland to begin a private practice in family medicine. He retired in 1989 as senior partner in the Mt. Tabor Medical Group. In addition to practicing medicine, he worked as a clinical professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University. He was known as a local leader in the medical profession. He was a past president of the medical staff at Portland Adventist Hospital, the Multnomah County Medical Society, and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. He was also a charter member and past vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and an officer of the American Board of Family Practice. In 1988, he was named doctor of the year by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. He is survived by his wife, a son, three daughters, ten grandchildren, a brother, and three sisters.

Loomis C. Irish ’51

Loomis Irish ’51, March 27, 1997, in Tuxedo, New York. He earned a master’s degree in history and philosophy from Columbia University in 1954 and a PhD in 1960. He was a professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College and also was involved in a number of business ventures. He was a member of the New York Theological Seminary board of directors and an elder of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, and a son.

Beatrice Levy Israel ’27

Beatrice Levy Israel ’27, March 3, 1998, in Palo Alto, California. She married Delmer Israel ’24 in 1928, and they moved to Palo Alto shortly thereafter when he entered Stanford Law School. They opened a tennis shop in Palo Alto and later expanded its scope to business machines, and she worked for the company while raising their two sons and a daughter. In 1970, her husband died, and her older son took over the business in 1977, when she retired. She was active in the American Association of University Women, serving as president of the local group from 1962 to 1964 and again in 1972–73. She also worked as a volunteer with the International Center at Stanford, which helped foreign students with conversational English. In 1997, she was the only member of her class to attend its 70th reunion on the Reed campus. She is survived by her two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

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.

Patricia Ann Inman Etue ’54

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Patricia Ann Inman Etue ’54, October 16, 2004, in California. Patricia received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Reed. She spent three years doing postgraduate work at the University of Oregon and UCLA, earning an MA in mathematics from UCLA in 1957. From 1956 to 1959, she was a computer engineer with Atomics International in Los Angeles, after which she spent a little over a year as a computer-programming supervisor for Land-Air in Point Mugo, California. For 13 years, she worked for General Electric and Honeywell in Phoenix, Arizona, as a specialist in systems programming and in software development. In 1973, she married George E. Etue. A year later she retired to Buena Park on disability. She was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer, and survived 11 years, dedicating five of those years to providing support and advice to other cancer patients via the internet. "There are so many side effects of chemo on an individual basis that hope and encouragement is a constant need for over 600 cases online. I haven’t saved any lives, but tried to make a difference," she wrote. Patricia experienced Reed as a day-dodger, climbing stairs backward on crutches necessary for support post-polio. For her 50th reunion album submission, she noted that she was fighting post-polio paralysis and cancer, that she maintained an interest in computer societies, rights for the handicapped, cooking, and reading, and that she listened to 40 books on tape every year.

Geneva Hale Inman Quigley ’26

Geneva Hale Inman Quigley ’26, November 2, 1993, in Portland, where she had lived since 1943. She attended Reed College in 1923–24 and later received a degree in home economics from Oregon State University. Geneva taught school in Idaho for several years before moving to New York City, where she worked in the restaurant business. Her marriage to Kenneth Inman in January 1942 ended in divorce after a year. She moved back to Portland in 1943, and managed three restaurants and two departments of the Lipman-Wolfe department store. In 1950, she purchased a restaurant in southwest Portland, renovated it, and opened it as The Carnival. The restaurant became a popular landmark in Portland, known for its casual family atmosphere and excellent hamburgers, and frequented by such notables as Senator Mark Hatfield and former governor Tom McCall. A loyal customer, former director of the Oregon Historical Society Tom Vaughan, noted that Geneva was "part of that American dream where a simple meal could be made forever memorable. She made eating fun." She retired from the business in 1966, turning over the restaurant to her son. She married Edward Quigley in 1965. He died in 1984. Geneva is survived by her son, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’48

Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’48, August 10, 1999, in Portland, after a brief illness. She attended Reed for one year and then transferred to the University of Washington, where she graduated in 1947. She married Barrie Itkin in 1948, and the couple settled in Portland and had three children. She was a homemaker for many years and later became a travel agent, working for Van Nuys Travel Service and Focus on Travel. She was an active supporter of Campfire Girls, and she volunteered her time with several organizations, including the Portland Adult Literacy Project and domestic violence programs. Her interests included tennis, gardening, lapidary, cooking, reading, and music, and she was also an avid traveler. Survivors include her husband; two sons; a daughter; two grandchildren; two sisters, including Irma Gevurtz Robbins ’41; and a brother, Burton Gevurtz ’50.

Tomiko Funatake Iwata ’41

Tomiko Funatake Iwata ’41, August 20, 2007, in Portland, from cancer. Tomiko received a BA from Reed in biology. She lived in Colorado and Michigan before returning to Portland in 1977. She provided care for her family, and was employed at Funatake Greenhouses. Survivors include two sons, two grandchildren, and a sister and brother.

Marjorie Roston Ireland ’62

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Marjorie Roston Ireland ’62, September 11, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After attending Reed for three years, she transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she earned a BA in sociology. In 1994, she received a PhD from the university in biostatistics. She was a research analyst for the university's school of public health and for the State of Minnesota. Marjorie was passionate about bicycling: she was a national champion racer in her 40s, and a dedicated commuter, who rode to work—weather permitting—and even to chemotherapy treatments. She volunteered with the Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists and the U.S. Cycling Federation. During Renn Fayre 2007, she returned to Reed with roommates Kelly Pomeroy ’61 and Carol Petterson Hurwitz ’62. They brought a substitute for the Westport Cupids and its story, described in their delightful booklet The Woodstock Tales: À la Recherche de Choses Perdues (www.westportcupids.net/). Marjorie lived with ovarian cancer for nearly nine years. The online guestbook site dedicated to Marjorie, to which Don Enderton ’63 directed us, includes many exclamations about Marjorie's vital and joyful presence. She was an intelligent, resourceful, and loving individual. Kelly wrote: “Marjorie was exposed to many influences as she grew to adulthood, but it was the rational and humanitarian ones that resonated with her, and that she chose to shape her life. I'm not sure where she got her sense of humor.” From Carol: “She was fun, full of interesting ideas, and artistically creative. Our friendship grew and grew in the years after our children were grown. My confidant and support, even when she herself was sick, will be missed, but the fun and shared love of learning will remain with me forever.” We learned from daughter Michele Ireland that Marjorie loved the outdoors and enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren the names of plants and trees. Michele also shared a link, www.parknicollet.com/cancer/, which features Marjorie at the Frauenschuh Cancer Center of Park Nicollet, talking about living with a cancer diagnosis. Marjorie's survivors include her two daughters; three grandchildren; two sisters, including Carol Roston Wyszomirski ’63; and two brothers. The Marjorie Ireland Research Scholarship at the University of Minnesota will be given each year to a fellow in the division of adolescent health and medicine.

Walter Clarence Ihl ’41

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Walter Clarence Ihl ’41, December 17, 2011, in Ukiah, California. Born in Portland, the only child of Swedish immigrants, Walter found his way to Reed through an inspirational high school history teacher, Beatrice Stevens, who was familiar with the college, Walter said in an interview in 2001. “Things were very lively in the world during that time. This was the time when Hitler came to power. So we not only studied history or politics, but also kept up with the issues that were going on in Europe and Asia. I always regarded my Reed experience as an opportunity to learn a great deal about the world.” Walter attended classes as a day-dodger for three years and then spent a year working for his father and writing his thesis, "The Popular Referendum on War," with adviser George B. Noble [political science 1922–48], before taking additional coursework in a fifth year. Walter had a beautiful tenor voice. He sang with the Reed chorus and performed in statewide competitions. In the ’40s, he was engaged as a professional soloist at the Episcopal cathedral in Portland, where he met Erma I. Broughton. They married in 1949 and went to live in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, where Walter was employed as a social worker. After he earned an MSW at the University of Washington, they moved to Ukiah in 1959, where he worked at the state hospital and she took care of their home. When the hospital was closed by then-governor Ronald Reagan, Walter got involved in managing aftercare for those who had been discharged. In 1982, he worked for the Mendocino County conservatorship office doing clinical evaluations of individuals with mental disabilities. At the same time, he was a panel member with the state department of social welfare and evaluated applications for social security disability. “I felt that my Reed experience helped me do my job better, because I had a greater knowledge of people, and a greater knowledge of the world as it is.” Throughout his life, Walter loved music. He performed as a soloist with the Ukiah Masterworks Chorale and the Ukiah Community Chorus. He hosted a classical radio program for a number of years, relying on his extensive record collection, and wrote music and theatre reviews for the Santa Rosa Herald, the Ukiah Daily Journal, and the Mendocino Grapevine. He also was a member of the Cultural Arts Commission in Ukiah and cheered on the San Francisco Giants. Erma shared Walter’s commitment to the community and to their church, First Presbyterian. They both enjoyed opera and traveled to San Francisco to attend performances. She died in 1998 following an extended illness. “I haven’t ever forgotten her. Wonderful girl. Just a wonderful girl.” Survivors include Walter’s nephews David, Eugene, and Jim, and niece Carol. One nephew, Jack, predeceased Walter. We thank David’s wife, Sharon K. Jelinek, for providing many details for this memorial piece.

Barbara Sloate Isgur ’63 and Trustee

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Barbara Sloate Isgur ’63, September 6, 2009, in Woodside, California, from cancer. Barbara, known to family and close friends as Missy, served with distinction on the Reed College board of trustees for 16 years (1993–2009). Her careful observation, wise counsel, energy, and dedication enhanced all aspects of the board's work. Her commitment to the college's rigorous education made her a strong leader on the Academic Affairs Committee where she served as a member and as chair (1995–2008).

Although she was not graduated from Reed, her Reed experience left a profound mark on her intellectual development. She later transferred to Columbia University, earned a BA in sociology, and continued in that field at New York University, where she completed a PhD. She was an instructor and research associate at New York University (1973–80) and an instructor at Brooklyn College (1974–77). In 1980, she began a career in investment banking, software development, and consulting. She retired in 1998 as senior vice president of Strategem, and served as a director of Activision Blizzard.

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Robert William Isensee ’41

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Robert William Isensee ’41, June 25, 2012, in San Diego, California. Robert earned a BA from Reed and a doctorate from Oregon State University in chemistry and then taught chemistry for 35 years at San Diego State University. After retiring, he traveled and did volunteer work. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Beth; two daughters; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Doris M. Isaak Seibert MAT ’64

Doris M. Isaak Seibert MAT ’64, December 4, 2007, in Canby, Oregon. Doris worked as a burner and welder in the Portland shipyards during World War II. She received a BS from Oregon State University in 1947, after which she taught at the Children's Farm Home in Albany, Oregon. Following receipt of an MAT, she taught at Jefferson High School in Portland. She worked as a teacher and counselor at MacLaren School for Boys in Woodburn for 10 years, retiring in 1986. She was a volunteer with the Clackamas County Juvenile Services Commission; co-owner of North Willamette Book Company in Oregon City; and a member of various organizations, including those connected to her German-Russian heritage. She married Arthur L. Seibert; they had four daughters. Survivors include her husband, daughters, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Ruth C. Isherwood Wilson ’29

Ruth C. Isherwood Wilson ’29, August 7, 1994, in Washington, D.C., where she had lived since 1951. She was a native of Portland and had worked for the Portland Junior Symphony as a booking agent after leaving Reed. She married Thomas Wilson in 1937. After moving to the Washington, D.C., area she was a volunteer tutor, teaching English as a second language. She is survived by two sons, and two grandchildren.

Richard S. Ivey ’50

Richard Ivey ’50, August 4, 1995, at his home on Cascade Head on the Oregon coast. He worked with the consulting firm of CH2M Hill for over 30 years. After graduating from Reed, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1952, he married Patricia Hoffman. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1950 to 1954 and worked as an editor and reporter for the Port Angeles, Washington Evening News until 1956. In that year, he joined the University of Oregon’s bureau of governmental research and service, where he provided consultation services to the small independent towns of the Oregon coast that merged to become Lincoln City. In 1964, he joined the Portland consulting firm of Cornell, Howland, Hayes & Merryfield, which later became CH2M Hill. He helped establish their planning practice and became vice president of planning. He was known in Portland as the driving force behind the city’s 1972 Downtown Plan and transit mall planning. He also managed a variety of other projects for the firm, both in the United States and overseas. In 1992, he was among the recipients of the Rudi Bruner Award for Urban Excellence for his contributions to the development of the Downtown Plan. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and a sister.

Arthur Israel ’36

Arthur S. Israel ’36, November 28, 1996, in Los Angeles, California. He served as a major in the U.S. Army during World War II, and then began a career publishing an entertainment guide in Portland. In the ’50s, he moved to Los Angeles to begin a career in real estate, where he built up a successful real estate brokerage and development company. In 1980, he joined the law firm of Lon B. Isaacson Associates, a prominent Los Angeles bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, and tax fraud defense law firm. He worked as a real estate brokerage and transaction manager for the firm until his retirement 15 years later. He was active in philanthropic endeavors in the Los Angeles Area and with his temple. Survivors include his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Woodrow T. Ichihashi ’42

Woodrow T. Ichihashi ’42, April 3, 1999, in Morton Grove, Illinois. Woody married Alyce; had three sons and a daughter; was an engineer in the steel industry.

Thomas A. Idinopulos ’57

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Thomas A. Idinopulos ’57, March 7, 2010, at home in Cincinnati, Ohio. The son of Greek immigrants in Portland, Thomas grew up with English as his second language. He earned a BA from Reed in philosophy, and went on to receive an MA from Duke University as a National Woodrow Wilson Scholar. He also received an MA and a PhD from the University of Chicago and was an International Graduate Fellow at the University of Athens, Greece. Thomas taught in comparative religious studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for four decades, retiring as professor emeritus, and was founder and director of the Jewish studies program. In retirement, he took courses in Hebrew and Spanish at the University of Cincinnati, where he was also an adjunct professor. Thomas was a prolific scholar, who published more than 160 articles about religion, politics, and literature, and wrote several books, including Jerusalem Blessed, Jerusalem Cursed: Jews, Christians, Muslims in the Holy City from David's Time to Our Own; The Erosion of Faith: An Inquiry into the Origins of the Contemporary Crisis in Religious Thought; and Land Weathered by Miracles: Historic Palestine from Bonaparte and Muhammad Ali to Ben-Gurion and the Mufti. During his many trips to Jerusalem, he developed an encyclopedic knowledge of the Old City, and it was there that he met his wife of 30 years, Lea Spector Idinopulos. He was recognized widely for his contributions, including the Associated Church Press Excellence Award; an appointment as resident scholar at the Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies; his election as fellow to the Patriarchal Institute for Religious Studies; and an appointment to the Center on Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights for his work on the Holocaust. In 1981, Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan invited him to confer in Amman with scholars and political leaders about the future of Jerusalem as a capital of both Israelis and Palestinians. Thomas also served in the U.S. Army. Family members, friends, and colleagues remember him as a fine father, athlete, good friend, exquisite host, model scholar, fierce debater, and “one of the most warm-hearted guys you'll meet.” He had an unquenchable passion for work and scholarly pursuit, and students were drawn to his challenging courses, as well as to his “playful eccentricity” and warmth. Survivors include his wife, two sons, six grandchildren, and a sister. The family asks that donations in his memory be made to Reed College.

Melba Ince Fast, Murphy, Niemela ’46

Melba Ince (Fast) Murphy Niemela ’46, February 19, 2011, in Salem, Oregon. Melba grew up near Antelope, Oregon, spending her early years with her grandparents on their farm. She attended high school in Portland and earned a BA from Reed in psychology. “The joy of learning instilled at Reed continues to enrich my life,” she wrote nearly 50 years after graduating. After earning a certificate from the Oregon College of Education in 1959, she taught science in the Salem-Keizer School District. Melba specialized in the geology of the Bend area and the marine biology of the Oregon coast. We learned from former student Harold Hickok that her teaching could be likened to “a warm, gentle tornado.” She had absolute confidence in her students and their intellectual capacity. “She pushed the mind farther and farther. Everything was so exciting; you couldn't get enough.” Melba had a passion for reading and for discussing the works of the ancient Greeks. She also reveled in trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. “Anyone who had the great pleasure of driving with her to a performance there received five hours of a pre-play lecture on every conceivable aspect of the play,” Harold told us. Melba also liked to hike, camp, fish, and ski, and to bring family members together in her home. Survivors include two sons, grandsons, granddaughters, and great grandsons, and a brother. One son predeceased her.

Paul E. Ingwalson AMP ’44

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Paul Ingwalson AMP ’44 on the Reed campus in 1943 Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.

Paul E. Ingwalson AMP ’44, May 10, 2015, in Crosby, North Dakota. Paul attended the University of Minnesota for a year and a half before becoming a cadet in the premeteorology program during World War II. After a year at Reed, where he studied mathematics in great detail, he went to Harvard to study electronic engineering. Following his military service, he took up flying, logging 12,000 hours in his 55 years as a private pilot, and flying in (nearly) all of the air force first-line fighters. In 2011, he was invited to participate in the North Dakota Roughrider Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.—the last flight for North Dakota World War II veterans to visit the World War II memorial. With his father, he owned real estate in three states, and he was a Ford and Mercury dealer for 39 years. Survivors include his wife, Ardel Johnson Ingwalson; a stepson; and two stepdaughters.

Gretchen Icenogle, Faculty

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Gretchen Icenogle in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and likely a St. George's lager, reports her husband Peter Stevens. “It is a truly magical and beautiful place that Gretchen and I fell in love with and we had so hoped to return.” Peter Stevens

Prof. Gretchen Icenogle [theatre 2008–09], April 11, 2015, in Portland, from cancer. Prof. Icenogle taught playwriting, directing, and theatre history and directed an energetic and memorable production of Marivaux’s The Double Inconstancy. After Reed, she continued her rich life as a writer, receiving an award from Literary Arts, and trained to work with animals, founding her own company, Bridgetown Dog Training. When diagnosed with cancer, she blogged about her experiences at Mouth of the Wolf. Her essay “Kansas in Technicolor” appeared in the Fix issue of Oregon Humanities magazine. A tribute to her life and work aired on Weekend Edition on OPB radio in April.

Memorial by Prof. Kathleen Worley [theatre 1985–2014].

John (Jack) Ives ’63

Jack grew up in Antioch, California, and attended Reed, and the Sorbonne in Paris, before graduating from UC Berkeley. He spent some time working in the chemical industry; worked in crafts for several years; briefly attended a seminary; and worked for the Baha’i Faith in the United States for nearly a dozen years. Jack lived in Albany, California, and also worked for the Edgar Cayce Foundation.

John had a brilliant inquiring mind that searched for wisdom and understanding. He had lasting friendships and was a benefactor to many in spite of limited means. His sister, Virginia Ives, survives him.