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Stacy Alan Aspey ’50

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Stacy Alan Aspey ’50, August 11, 2011, in Grass Valley, California. Alan came to Reed on the GI Bill after serving in the navy during World War II. “My attendance at Reed was a complete fluke,” he wrote. Hailing from a small town in Oregon, he learned of the school after speaking with a neighbor, whose son had studied in the premeteorology program. As a chemistry major, Alan expressed gratitude for the exposure to literature, history, music, and philosophy that he gained through Reed’s humanities courses. After graduating, he returned to military service during the Korean War, and from there, completed a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He was a material scientist for Shell Development in California and later for IBM, the Lawrence Radiation Lab, and Raychem. He enjoyed hiking and skiing, and, on one trip to the Sierra Mountains, he met his future wife, Marlene Todd. They raised a son and daughter and shared common interests in outdoor recreation, nature conservation, and cultural organizations. Alan was a loving husband, father, and friend, and a tireless volunteer. His wife and children survive him, along with two grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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