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Marcia Grein Pennington

Marcia was born in San Pedro, California, and spent her early years in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Portland, Oregon. She met Frank Pennington ’48 of Seattle, Washington, while attending Reed, and they remained together until Frank’s death in 2001. Marcia graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in psychology. As a university wife, she followed Frank to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he taught chemistry at Coe College, and later to Chico, California, where he was a professor at California State University. While in Chico, Marcia obtained her graduate degree in English from CSU and taught English there until her retirement. Marcia’s strong belief in the importance of education impelled her to start the Frank Pennington Memorial Scholarship in the CSU College of Natural Sciences. Marcia and Frank were avid photographers; after retirement they traveled and photographed scenery around the world. She is survived by her son, David Pennington; her daughter, Adriane Pennington Borgias ’79; and  her son-in-law Brandan Borgias ’79. Her granddaughter, Gaia Borgias Brown ’08, became the third generation in the family to attend Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2018

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