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Madelon Jane Brodie ’39, MALS ’91

Madelon Jane Brodie ’39, MALS ’91, November 14, 1993, in her Portland home. She was born in Oregon City, but in her early years lived with her family in Siam (now Thailand) and Finland. After graduating from Reed College with a degree in general literature, she became a social worker for the Portland chapter of the American Red Cross. In 1946, she was accepted by Smith College's School of Social Work, where she earned a master's degree in social work. Madelon returned to Portland and took a position with the Boys and Girls Aid Society. In 1958, she was employed by Metropolitan Family Services, where she remained until her retirement in 1986. She enrolled in Reed's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program in 1988 and received her degree in 1991, the oldest person to earn a degree from Reed. Madelon's undergraduate thesis was on different aspects of the work of English author Virginia Woolf. In 1939, she sent a copy of the thesis to the author and received a cordial letter in reply. She has given the letter to Reed's manuscript collection. She is survived by four cousins.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1994

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