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D. Valentine Olsen Erickson ’43

D. Valentine Olsen Erickson ’43, March 12, 2002, in Sonoma, California, where she had lived since 1986. After graduating from Reed, Valentine was a social worker in San Francisco. She married Robert Erickson ’43 in 1955, and, because of his work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, they lived in many parts of the world, including Australia, Bangkok, Rome, Paris, and London. While living abroad, she studied couture sewing for many years, and her knowledge of fabrics, both modern and from traditional cultures worldwide, was significant. Upon retiring, the couple moved to Sonoma, California, where she became involved in a number of organizations, including the AAUW and the Opera Guild. She also participated in the United Nations Association and the World Affairs Council, and she helped organize the Great Decisions Program in Sonoma. Her other interests included bonsai and gardening in general, fly tying, and mosaics. She is survived by her husband, a son, and a brother, Theodore Olsen ’39.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2002

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