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Carpenter F. Paulson Jr. MA ’62

Casper F. Paulson Jr. MA ’62, April 29, 2012, in Independence, Oregon, from multiple myeloma and renal failure. Bud earned a BA in secondary education at Augustana College, an MA from Reed in psychology, and an EdD in educational psychology from the University of Oregon. At Reed he organized an intramural wrestling team. Bud wrote, “I was challenged intellectually at Reed, as never before, and learned to cope with the intellectual demands of rigorous scholarship and inquiry. It helped me expect, look for, and discover the depth and complexity in the nature of all things encountered in my life.” He taught for 10 years in the Portland public schools and then accepted an offer to join the teaching research division at Western Oregon University, a position he held for 23 years. In retirement, he volunteered in a reading program for second grade students. He and Marilyn-Jane Nelson were married for 58 years and raised two sons and a daughter. The couple had a longstanding connection to the Lutheran church and served as volunteers in their congregations and as delegates to church conventions. Bud also had a lifelong interest in radio, which he developed as a boy while spending months in bed rest recovering from rheumatic fever. Survivors include his wife and children, three grandchildren, and two brothers.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2012

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