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James Brougham Dinsdale ’84

A native of Tennessee, James moved with his family to a dairy farm near Cornelius, Oregon, in 1953 and attended Reed for five semesters. His father was James H. Dinsdale ’40. His brother, Peter B. Dinsdale ’66, and sister, Sara S. Dinsdale ’68, also attended Reed. A rugby player at Reed, James also ran Hood to Coast races and coached Little League baseball. He farmed alfalfa and Christmas trees and did construction work. In 2006, he completed a BA at Marylhurst University, and in 2008, he earned a teaching certificate from George Fox University, and then taught at Reynolds Learning Academy, H.B. Lee Middle School, and at the Timber Lake Job Corps. James had a lifelong love of blues music. He sang and played a variety of instruments, though favoring his blues guitar. He had an independent streak and an irascible wit, coupled with a resilient and compassionate nature. Survivors include his beloved daughters, Meredith and Madeline.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2015

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