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Dorris Laity Adkins ’42

Dorris Mae Laity Adkins ’42, August 31, 2002, in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Reed, Dorris attended the University of Oregon School of Nursing. In 1944 she married George E.M. Adkins. During their 42 years of marriage, they worked to establish his pediatric practice and to raise six children in Seattle and on Orcas Island, Washington. Dorris is remembered for her kind heart and ready sense of humor, as she is for her compassion and respect for all living things, demonstrated by her work in animal advocacy and for the protection of trees and wilderness areas. She was considered to be a voracious reader, and a writer, who generously encouraged her four daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren—who have survived her—to develop their talents and to realize their dreams.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2003

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