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Colette A. Pouteau Roest ’51

Colette A. Pouteau Roest ’51, February 23, 2008, in San Luis Obispo, California, from cancer. Collette's introduction to Reed came from her parents, C.L.M. and Corinne J. Poteau, who were instructors in French at the college in 1928–49. She did not complete a degree at Reed and was married to Aryan I. Roest in 1951. Colette cared for her home and family, volunteered for the P.T.A., and was a charter board member of the League of Women Voters. Later, she taught income tax and owned an H & R Block franchise, before opening her own tax accounting and bookkeeping business, Colette Roest & Associates, which she operated for 37 years in Los Osos, California. She studied painting at the San Luis Obispo Art Association and exhibited her art in local galleries. She also sang and played piano, to the great pleasure of her family. Survivors include her four daughters, four grandchildren, and her brother, Jean L. M. Pouteau ’47. Her husband died in 2002.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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