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Dorothy Marie Pottsmith Weaver ’35

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Dorothy Pottsmith Weaver ’35, October 11, 2004, in Portland. Dorothy received a BA from Reed in general literature. She was first married to Donald D. Oberle ’35, with whom she shared an enjoyment of piano performance; taught English and biology in Portland; and then attended Mills College, receiving an MA in education in 1942. During World War II, she took an editorial position with the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. In 1947, she entered the administrative internship program for the Civil Service Commission, and married Robert N. Weaver; the couple later divorced. She taught for 15 years in D.C. schools, and received a grant from the Ford Foundation that enabled her to travel to Europe. In 1963, she became a cultural affairs officer with the U.S. Information Agency. She had posts in Africa for nine years, and in Iran for two. Dorothy returned to Portland in retirement in 1976, enjoyed the piano, cooking, and reading.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2005

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