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Philip David Roos ’58

Philip David Roos ’58, August 6, 2010, in Jefferson City, Missouri, from complications of cardiovascular disease. Philip was born in Holland and emigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was three. He studied at Reed, and earned an AB, MA, and a PhD from UC Berkeley in sociology. He was an electronics technician with the naval reserves for eight years, and was called to active duty aboard a destroyer escort that went to Vietnam in 1961. In the ’60s, he was active in the student movement at Berkeley, and started the SLATE supplement to the University of California general catalog, which critiqued university professors and courses. He also founded the Berkeley Free Press. During the ’70s he worked on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Later he became a statistician with the Missouri Division of Mental Health, retiring in 1999. A long-term interest in mushroom hunting spurred him to found the Missouri Mycological Society. Survivors include his wife, Erika, and a daughter, grandson, and brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2010

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