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Eleanor Thurston Dyke ’34

Eleanor Thurston Dyke ’34, March 5, 2013, in Salem, Oregon. Eleanor came to Reed from the University of Oregon in the fall of her junior year and earned a BA in biology. She devoted many years to raising a family and also made a significant contribution to wilderness recreation trail development and conservation. In addition, she did graduate studies and taught high school. Eleanor was widowed twice. She and her first husband had two daughters and a son, Eric T. Schoenfeld ’66. She later married dentist John A. Dyke and retired in Salem, Oregon. Eleanor volunteered with the Girl Scouts for a decade and for decades more was a member of the Mazamas and Chemeketans. “To give many hours of hard work in situations where I could make use of abilities to analyze, administrate, and persuade has been very satisfying. Reed gave me the confidence to speak out.” In 1978, Robert Bergland, U.S. agriculture secretary, named Eleanor to the national advisory committee for the Pacific Crest Trail. Her cousin, Arlien G. Johnson ’17, also graduated from Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2013

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