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Kenneth Melvin Rabin ’47

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Kenneth Melvin Rabin ’47, February 26, 2006, from kidney disease, in Portland. Kenneth earned a BA from Reed in history—an education interrupted by service in the U.S. Army Air Force in Germany. In 1948, he received an MA from Columbia University, and entered U.S. Government service in 1955. For the next 21 years, he served as a foreign service officer for the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development within the state department. His assignments took him to Washington, D.C., Australia, Belgium the Philippines, Guinea, and Thailand. He served as a member of U.S. delegations to regional multinational meetings, and participated in annual presentations to Congress, on behalf of AID. Kenneth was a fellow at the Harvard Center of International Affairs. He was passionate about classical music, art, and literature. In 1946, he married Margaret Spalding ’48; they had three daughters, including Deborah Haupt ’85, and later divorced. In 1976, he married Elaine Zweben, who died in 2003. Survivors include his daughters, three stepsons and a stepdaughter, 12 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2006

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