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Marcia Jean (Fenton) Dalin Lapham ’51

Marcia Jean (Fenton) Dalin Lapham ’51, March 6, 2005, in Tualatin, Oregon. Marcia attended Reed for four years, but did not graduate. In 1950, she married David D. Lapham ’60. Following his service in the Korean War, the couple lived in Portland and raised two daughters and one son; they later divorced. Marcia earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 and a master's degree in social work in 1972 from Portland State University. For 17 years she worked for the State of Oregon in child protective services. In 1985, she moved to Tualatin to be near grandchildren, and traveled with one granddaughter to 4-H events in Oregon and Washington, as an assistant 4-H leader for six years. Marcia treasured the wonders of childhood, enjoyed outdoor activities, and maintained a keen interest in history and current events. She was happiest when lending a hand to family and friends. She is survived by her son and daughters, including Sarah Lapham ’76; 10 grandchildren, including Elizabeth Bocci ’04; and a half-brother and half-sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2005

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