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Walter Christy Traugh ’56

Walter Christy Traugh ’56, October 21, 2005, in Portland. Chris served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with honors from Fairmont State College in West Virginia. He attended Reed for one year for graduate study. Traugh worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in public information, and demonstrated his gifts in art, writing, and public speaking in numerous settings. He also made room in his life for his passion for family and friends, poetry, music, history, and archaeology. He learned to fly, sail, and to play the bagpipes; he was pipe major for the Clan MacLeay Pipe Band. Chris was an intelligent and witty man, who opposed hypocrisy, bigotry, and cruelty. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joanna Garlow, and his daughter. A son predeceased him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2006

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