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Lois Beatrice Sisson Hutchinson ’33

Lois Beatrice Sisson Hutchinson ’33, March 4, 2004, in Salem. Lois graduated from Reed with a BA in biology, focused on botany. She then trained in medical technology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, achieving certification as a medical technologist, American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She worked at Good Samaritan until 1936 when she became a technician and instructor at North Pacific College of Dentistry (University of Oregon School of Dentistry), and taught general histology and pathology, leaving as an assistant professor in 1949. In that same year she married Harold R.B. Hutchinson, and they had three children. The couple spent a year in Boston, where Harold was a resident in pediatric dentistry, and Lois worked as an aide and secretary in the department of nutrition at the Forsyth Dental Infirmary. After returning to Portland, she worked part time as a school secretary and as secretary for the Salem Unitarian Church until 1972 and was medical technologist for the Marion County Public Health Department, working weekly even after retirement in 1994. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and daughter. Her son, Thomas Hutchinson ’70, attended Reed, as did her brother, Merrell A. Sisson ’31.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2004

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