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Elizabeth Viola Tabor Mullady ’38

Elizabeth Viola Tabor Mullady ’38, April 29, 2008, at home in Falls Church, Virginia, from congestive heart failure. Elizabeth received a BA from Reed in political science. She attended Columbia University, from which she earned an MA in public law and government in 1939. (She later studied international relations at American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and in Washington, D.C.) She then moved to D.C., working as a research assistant in the executive office of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Her work as a military intelligence operations specialist for the defense department lasted 41 years. In her oral history interview with Eric Wallace ’96 in 2004, Mullady noted the relevance of her Reed education to her career: “It was helpful coming into a culture where you really had to stand up for what you knew and present arguments in which you're advocating a course of action. I think the training I had at Reed was very important.” In 1941, she married Bernard R. Mullady. They lived in Northern Virginia and raised three children, a son and two daughters. She and her husband and younger daughter and her family shared a home, and the Elizabeth and Bernard traveled as well as assisted with the care of two of their five grandchildren. The most outstanding travel adventures were those experienced by way of the 6000-mile Trans-Siberian Railway. Survivors include her children and grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1990.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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