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Allan R. Neubauer ’38

Allan Neubauer ’38, September 13, 1995, in Portland. He had a long career in social work in Washington and Oregon. After graduating from Reed with a degree in sociology, he attended the University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work. In 1941, he married Maxine Dunsmoor. During World War II he was a conscientious objector assigned first to a Forest Service camp in California and then to a Veterans’ Administration mental hospital in Lyons, New Jersey. He served there as a psychiatric aide and assistant director until the end of the war. He returned to Seattle to continue his studies and worked at the Seattle Children’s Home, then moved to Portland and began a job with the Boys and Girls Aid Society of Oregon. He continued to work on his master’s degree, which he received in 1950. He remained with the Boys and Girls Aid Society for 37 years as a social worker in adoptions and services to unmarried parents. He helped pioneer several concepts of adoption and child welfare at the agency, especially in the area of planning for children with special needs. In the ’70s, he also worked part time for the Portland Youth for Christ, serving boys and their parents in post-delinquent programs. After retirement in 1984, he continued to volunteer with Boys and Girls Aid Society and was also active in the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. He was an active member of Tremont Evangelical Church and served as their business manager and in other capacities. Survivors include two sons; a daughter; a brother, Arthur Neubauer ’31; a sister; and three grandchildren. Maxine died in 1990.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1996

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