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G. Ray Steed ’41

G. Ray Steed ’41, of cancer, October 20, 1998, in Portland, where he had a long career with Portland Public Schools. A Canadian citizen, he was a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and captain during World War II, serving in the Atlantic, Africa, and India. After the war, he attended the University of Oregon and earned a master’s in education in 1949. He taught elementary school for a year and was principal of three elementary schools in Portland for 13 years. In 1965, he became director of elementary education for Portland Public Schools, and in 1971 he was appointed as superintendent, with administrative responsibility for one of three geographic areas for the school district. He retired in 1979. Ray married Jeanne Halsey Steed ’47, and they raised two children. He served on the Oregon State Board of Dentistry for eight years and the Multnomah County Board of Equalization for 12 years. He was a past board member for the Portland Youth Philharmonic and was a Reed trustee in 1956–62. In May 1998, he was awarded the Foster-Scholz Club’s Distinguished Service Award. Survivors include Jeanne; a daughter and son; a brother, Frederick Steed ’48; and four grandchildren. The family suggests remembrances to Reed College.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1999

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