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William Burpee ’39

William Burpee ’39, December 15, 1998, in Boise, Idaho after a brief illness. He attended Reed for two years and later attended the University of Oregon, where he earned an LLB in 1939. He went to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. in 1941, and in 1946 was transferred to Boise. He rose to the position of field solicitor for the Pacific Northwest and served in that position until his retirement in 1977. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and an active member of his church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and on the vestry. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Boise and a 50-year member of the Oregon Bar Association. Survivors include his wife; two sons; two daughters; seven grandsons, and three granddaughters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1999

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