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Willard James Renken ’40

Willard James Renken ’40, September 26, 1993, in Portland. After graduating from Reed with a degree in political science, he attended the University of Washington's school of social work, where he received a graduate degree. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1950, Willard married Patricia Patterson. He was employed as a caseworker for the Multnomah County Welfare Division in Portland and later served as head of the Children's Services Division for Multnomah County in the late ’60s and early ’70s. he was also an executive for the Multi-Service Center in North Portland. He retired in 1976. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1994

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