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Harry Tichnor Freis ’56

Harry Tichnor Freis ’56, July 26, 2011, in Orinda, California. Harry graduated with a BA from Reed in economics in 1956, but officially completed his thesis, “International Tourism and Foreign Aid: An Inquiry into United States Policy,” in 1964. He also studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69], as his handwriting thereafter attested. After Reed, he moved to Berkeley, where he met Jessie L. Thompson. They were married for 44 years and raised a son, Elliott, who survives them. Harry was a business development officer for Bank of American in San Francisco and worked in public relations. He pioneered mail-order wine sales for Tiburon Vintners in the late ’60s, after which he developed a mail order Chinese cooking venture and a newsletter, Wok Talk, and also led tours to China. Harry was a beloved husband, father, and friend. He died peacefully, looking out on his garden, while playing his cello. The family suggests memorial contributions to Reed or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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