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James M. Setterberg ’37

James Setterberg ’37, February 18, 2002, in Portland. After graduating from Reed, he worked as a lab assistant at a Portland woodworking company for one year before being laid off due to a recession. He attended Northwestern School of Commerce for a year, and in 1940 obtained a job with the city of Portland as a cost clerk in the department of public works. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he received training in meteorology and spent his active duty with the corps weather service. After serving for four years, he returned to Portland and resumed his employment with the city of Portland. He remained with the city for 35 years in increasingly responsible accounting positions, retiring as city budget officer in 1975. He married Esther Lenon ’42 in 1942, and they had three children. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling throughout the Western United States and abroad. He was also an avid photographer. Survivors include his wife; two sons; a daughter; brothers Harry Setterberg ’39 and Gordon Setterberg ’42; five grandchildren, and numerous extended family members.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2002

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