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Felix Ernest Calkins MA ’58

Felix Ernest Calkins MA ’58, March 6, 2007, from pancreatic cancer, in Portland. Felix received a BA from Willamette University, and studied education at Reed and law at Stanford University. He taught high school in the Portland and Lake Oswego school districts for six years. In 1957, he founded, and served as executive secretary for, the American Heritage Association (AHA International) to encourage the study of domestic heritage, and later, study abroad. The World Affairs Council of Oregon recognized his contribution to international understanding and good will with Oregon World Affairs Citizen award in 1968. Felix was appointed to the Oregon Commission of Inter-group Human Relations, and was instrumental in starting a volunteer school-busing program from Portland to Lake Oswego. In recent years, he held seminars for seniors on prescription drug options, and participated in an environmental sustainability group. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Blakesley; two sons; one daughter; six grandchildren; and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2007

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