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Victor Jorgensen ’36

Victor Jorgensen ’36, June 14, 1994, in West Linn, Oregon. He was a photographer and magazine editor who served as one of six photographers in Captain Edward Steichen's U.S. Navy photography team during World War II. After leaving Reed, he became a copy boy for the Oregonian, and he was later a photographer and news editor for the newspaper. He joined the Navy in 1942 as an ensign and served on the photography team until leaving as lieutenant in 1946. The team's photographs of the human side of the war became famous in books and films; a show of 100 of their photographs that was exhibited in 1946 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, is currently being repeated at the National Archives in Philadelphia. After leaving the Navy, he and his wife settled in Maryland, where he took over the Chesapeake Skipper magazine. He renamed the magazine The Skipper and built its subscriptions from 1,500 to 50,000 before leaving the magazine in 1968. The couple moved to Portland at that time and started a boaters' consumer report newsletter, which they sold in 1981. He is survived by his wife; two daughters; and two sisters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1994

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