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Frank D Vincent ’43

Born in Portland, Frank learned to work hard and share with others during the Great Depression. After graduating from Lincoln High School, he started at Reed, where he was junior class president, competed on the varsity crew team, and graduated with a BA in psychology.

During World War II, he was a lieutenant in the naval reserve, serving as captain of an air-sea rescue vessel. After hostilities ended, he was the navy’s officer in charge of the secret and confidential mail room in the Pentagon. Frank moved to Sacramento after the war and married Marilyn McDufee, who died in 1998. They had two sons, Stephen and Roger.

A gifted businessman, Frank worked for California Western Life prior to founding an employee benefit consultant and brokerage firm. He also worked as president of Vincent Boies, as vice president and benefits advisor with Jenkins Athens Insurance, and as president of both the Sacramento Children’s Home and the Washington Neighborhood Center. In 1999, he married Carla Goodman.

Throughout his life, he asked himself each day how he could contribute to others, and was generous with his time. He volunteered for Reed’s National Advisory Council, the Sacramento Children’s Home, the Washington Neighborhood Center, the Rotary Club, and the UC Davis Mini Medical School.

He is survived by his wife, Carla; his sons, Stephen and Roger; and his sister, Beatrice Dick ’46.

George Knipe ’44

November 10, 2017, in Fruitland, Idaho.

Born in Boise, George was raised in Sweet and Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Nampa High School and started at the College of Idaho in the fall of 1942. After enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, he attended Reed, studied math and physics for the military, and then transferred to the field of communications. At Yale, he attended military-sponsored courses in communications equipment and became a commissioned second lieutenant. He went on to attend Harvard/MIT Radar School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to study electronics, and graduated as an electronics officer.

In 1945, he completed a military course in advanced airborne radar sets and became a radar maintenance and repair officer. After being discharged, he returned to the College of Idaho and completed a bachelor’s degree in math. During the Korean War, he entered the U.S. Air Force as a communications officer and taught air force officers the theory and operations of radio transmitters, receivers, and antennas. When his air force career ended in 1953, he went to work at Consolidated Electrodynamics Corporation, a subsidiary of Bell & Howell.

In 1965, he moved back to Nampa to help tend the family farm, raising beef cattle until he retired in 1998. He moved to Parma, Idaho, to be with his sister, Margaret Gough. Both he and his sister entered Edgewood Spring Creek, where they lived out the final months of their lives.

George was an amateur radio enthusiast and a member of the American Radio Relay League. He spent 30 years devising new circuit arrangements, mostly applicable to high frequency radio communications, and building them to see if they worked as expected.

“One might conclude that I lived the life of the idle rich,” he once said, “not because I had great financial resources, but rather that I had a considerable quantity of time to devote to activities that were of great interest to me. I didn’t plan life to be this way; it just happened, I suppose subtly directed by subconscious propensities.”

George is survived by his sister, Myrna Tarleton.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2018

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