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Robert Mountz Noel ’48

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Robert Mountz Noel ’48, July 20, 2014, in Oregon. Bob served as a B-25 bomber pilot during World War II and earned a BA from Reed in economics. He married Nancy Edwards Strong in 1946 and they had four children, living in Lake Grove and on a small ranch in Tualatin. He had a diverse and lengthy career in the lumber industry, traveling extensively across the U.S. and Canada as a lumber broker and sawmill machinery designer, and he took pride in his ability to memorize all of his contacts and their phone numbers. “He was highly respected for his honesty, integrity, intelligence, and ability to communicate with people from all walks of life.” Bob was a member of many community organizations, including the Portland City Club, the Ski Patrol, and 4-H. He enjoyed gardening and time spent with his horses and dogs. He loved his family and was happily retired for 15 years with Nancy on Puget Island on the Columbia River before they moved to a home in Tigard. Survivors include his wife, two sons, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by his daughter and one son.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2014

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