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Spencer H. Wyant ’66

Spencer H. Wyant ’66, of lung disease, April 10, 1999, in Aptos, California. After graduating from Reed he studied at the University of Washington and then joined the staff of the Washington Education Association. This work, and the birth of his first child, awakened his passion to improve schools. To this end he entered the doctoral program in educational psychology at the University of Oregon, specializing in organizational development in schools. He earned his doctorate in 1974 and spent the next decade working with school districts in Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, and California in communication. In 1981 he settled in Santa Cruz, California, and in 1985 he became transit research analyst for the Santa Cruz Metro Transit District. He remained with that agency until his retirement due to ill health in 1997. He was an active volunteer in his community, enjoyed walking and hiking, and was an avid reader. He was married while at Reed to Karen Maxwell Ende ’66; the couple later divorced. He remarried in 1989. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, a stepdaughter, a stepson, a sister, a brother, and one grandchild.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1999

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