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Agnes Burt Russfield ’35

Agnes Burt Russfield ’35, February 10, 2009, in Boca Raton, Florida. Agnes grew up in Northwest Portland, lived on campus initially, and became a day-dodger when her father lost his job during the Great Depression. Although her academic interest lay in the humanities, she was greatly influenced by her mother's interest in science. She received a BA from Reed in biology, an MA in zoology from UCLA, a PhD in zoology from the University of Chicago, and an MD from Cornell University. An assistant professor of pathology at Children's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, and a pathologist at Boston City Hospital and Mason Research Institute in Worcester, Agnes also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1954, she married Lew Russfield, founder and owner of Sun Valley Ski Clothing Company; he died in 1993. Agnes established a scholarship fund in her name for students in the humanities.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2009

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