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Charlotte Blake Sykes ’43

Charlotte Blake Sykes ’43, February 1, 2009, in Paradise, California. Charlotte arrived at Reed for her sophomore year, and received a BA in psychology before enlisting in the Women's Army Corps. She completed two years of service, and then enrolled at Santa Barbara State, studying for graduate school entrance examinations. Rather than continue her education, she chose to marry Donald Sykes in 1947; they were together until his death in 2005. Charlotte cared for their three children and also provided extended care for three elderly family members. She tutored elementary school children, and enjoyed sewing and baking. In 1989, Charlotte and Donald moved to Paradise, where Charlotte reveled in the scenic beauty of the area. Survivors include two daughters and a son; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Frances Blake Howard '46.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2009

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