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John K. Eide ’44

Born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, John was the son of Andrew and Stella Eide. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and spent many years as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. He attended Reed College from 1943 to 1944 as an Army Air Corps Pre-Meteorology cadet. While in the service, he also attended Harvard University. John served as a weather observer and in a radar unit until he was discharged. He got a degree in industrial arts from Washington State University, and taught industrial arts at Harvey Scott School in Portland for 30 years. In 1976, he was named Oregon State Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year. He organized Portland’s industrial arts teachers to make wooden toys for the Fireman’s Toy and Joy activity, personally making more than 1,000 toy trains that were given to children at Christmas. His wife, Marjorie Anne, predeceased him. His five children survive: John Eide, Barbara Aase, Marilyn Reichelt, Robert Eide, and Judy Cox.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2017

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