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Andrew O'Brien Linehan ’78

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Andrew O'Brien Linehan '78, January 8, 2010, in Portland, from metastatic melanoma. Andy was born in Paris and spent his childhood in Canada, Australia, Africa, and Washington, D.C., as the son of a U.S. diplomat. He earned his BA from Reed in international studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Following that, he worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Brookings Institution. He joined the Peace Corps for a tour in Mauritania. On a fellowship, Andy studied at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and graduated with a master's degree in public policy. He worked for the Bonneville Power Administration, the engineering firm CH2MHill, and PPM Energy, a wind-energy development firm based in Portland. In 2007, he was appointed to the federal advisory committee for wind power of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Andy was committed to community service. He was president of the City Club of Portland, and was appointed by the Portland City Council to the Citizen Campaign Commission, where he helped to develop and modify Portland's publicly financed election campaigns. He also was a founding board member of the American Wind and Wildlife Institute. Colleagues praised him for his professional ethic, reflected in his concern for the environment and wildlife, and for his leadership and teaching in the art of negotiation. He and his partner of 20 years, Carl Snook, enjoyed the landscapes and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, the arts, and travel abroad. Toward the end of his life, Andy established the Andrew Linehan Scholarship. Survivors include Carl, and Andy's mother, brother, and sister. His cousin Alison Publicover Martinez '67 also attended Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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