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Sara Telfer Bunnett ’42

Sara Telfer Bunnett ’42, October 29, 2006, in Santa Cruz, California. Sara received a BA from Reed in general literature. She and Joseph F. Bunnett ’42 met the evening of their first day at the college in 1938, and were married in 1942. During Joe's tenure at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Sara began her four-decade career in volunteer advocacy for civic improvement as president of the Rhode Island Citizens Association for the Public Schools. Joe then taught at UCSC, and Sara became involved in local education, was appointed to the Santa Cruz city school board in 1969, and was elected board president. She served two terms. She was a founding member of the Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries, and served on three library boards (1978–2004). She was a member of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz, and served as president. She researched and wrote a family history, Manila Envelopes, published by the Oregon Historical Society. In 1986, she also began a project to preserve and digitize historical records. The project indexed over 100 years of details from the (Santa Cruz) Pacific Sentinel. Survivors include Joe; two sons; two grandchildren; her sister; and her brother, William H. Telfer ’48. Her youngest son died in 1972. Annie Jordan Harrison Telfer ’15, her mother, also graduated Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2007

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