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Elizabeth Miksch Kostenbader ’34

Elizabeth Miksch Kostenbader ’34, January 4, 1993, in Eugene, Oregon. She attended business school for several months after graduating from Reed with a degree in history. In 1935, Elizabeth was employed by an Episcopal girls' school in Walla Walla, Washington, where she taught German and eighth grade history and was also school secretary. In 1941, she left teaching for the business world. She was first employed by Tidewater Oil Company, a wholesale electric supply company, and then by Weyerhaeuser Company, where she was secretary and administrative assistant in the personnel department in Springfield, Oregon. Eilzabeth worked there for 23 years, retiring in 1977. She married Ira Kostenbader in 1946, and the couple lived in Salem and Klamath Falls, Oregon before settling in Eugene. She was active in Professional Secretaries International and worked to raise standards of secretarial performance. Elizabeth was a member of the National Secretaries Association and served two terms as president of the association's Oregon Division. After retirement, she and her husband traveled in Europe, the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean. Her husband died in 1981. She is survived by a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1994

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