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Mary Ristig Lewis ’38

Mary Ristig Lewis ’38, November 26, 2000, in Rainier, Oregon, where she had lived since 1941. After working for a year at Montgomery Ward, following graduation from Reed, she began teaching at a small high school in Eastern Oregon. In 1941, she moved to Rainier, where she taught high school English and drama. She married Charles Lewis in 1943, and the couple had two children. She took a 14 year break from teaching to be a homemaker, but she continued to do substitute teaching at the elementary school. In 1963, she returned to full time teaching, taking a job as supervising teacher at Hudson Elementary School. Three years later, she took a new position at Carrolls School in Washington, where she taught fourth and fifth grades for 13 years. She retired in 1979. In retirement, she and her husband enjoyed traveling together until his death in 1985, and she continued to travel extensively after his death. She was active in Business and Professional Women in Kelso, Washington, and was secretary of Retired Educators for nine years. Survivors include a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2002

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