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Gladys Augusta Smith Jensen ’42

Gladys Augusta Smith Jensen ’42, April 13, 2004, in Florida. Gladys attended Reed for a short time, receiving a BS in education, with a focus on sociology and English, from Oregon State University in 1953. The following year, she received an MA in English and French from the University of Michigan. In the ’60s, she taught English literature and composition at the University of Oregon and at Portland Community College, and world literature at Central Oregon College in Bend. She also served as an adviser to women students. In the ’70s she was a French club adviser, and also a substitute teacher for Volusia County in Florida. She spent time in England, Turkey, and New York. In her Florida community, she was coordinator of the Adult Literacy League, and president of Marigold Circle, the garden club of the city of DeLand. Her marriage to Leance E. Carter and later to Ralph Jensen ended in divorce. Gladys left a bequest in her will to establish a scholarship fund at Reed that would assist women students of need. Survivors include a sister and extended family.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2005

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