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Clyde S. Courtnage ’41

Clyde Stewart Courtnage ’41, August 19, 2006, in Eugene, Oregon. Clyde received a BA from Reed in economics. In 1943, he earned an MBA from Harvard, and moved to Tennessee to work for Procter and Gamble as an industrial engineer. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy as a radio technician. In 1946, he moved to Seattle and became chief accountant for Frederick & Nelson. In 1955, he moved to Alaska to work as comptroller for the Ketchikan Spruce Mill. In 1963, he was named director of the Anchorage field office of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a year later, became administrator for the department's economic development administration in Alaska. After retiring in 1981, he spent six years as an independent consultant on the North Slope. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Twitchell Courtnage ’42, whom he married in 1940; three sons; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother. The college has benefited from the couple's generosity in creating the Clyde and Beatrice Courtnage Library Fund, as well as their efforts on behalf of the alumni association in Alaska.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2007

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