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Helen Lotz Kansky ’37

Helen Lotz Kansky ’37, March 23, 2001, in Portland. After graduating from Reed, Helen obtained a teaching certificate and taught in Oregon, California, and Washington schools. In 1943, she married George Kansky, who was then an army cartographer, and after the war was a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. She supported him in his career on assignments in four national forests in Oregon and Washington, and she continued to teach school. She became an active leader in civic affairs in the small towns in which they lived, helping to start a new public library, organizing lecture series and cultural programs, and organizing an agricultural fair. They moved to Portland in the late ’50s when her husband was assigned to the Forest Service regional office, and she became involved with the PTA and other education committees. She returned to teaching, working in elementary schools in east Portland, until her retirement. She and her husband traveled extensively after retiring, and she enjoyed flower gardening. Survivors include her husband, a sister, a son, and two grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2002

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