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Arno Gerhard Preller ’51

Arno Gerhard Preller ’51, December 24, 2009, in Vancouver, Washington. Arno came to the U.S. from Germany and earned a BA from Reed in political science. Reed was the place where he learned critical thinking skills, he said, but also was where he savored the experiences of long discussions in the coffee shop, sitting under a tree, “trying to make sense of things,” and trying to stay awake in the library. In 1967, he earned a PhD in German and linguistics from the University of Colorado–Denver. He was professor and chairman of the foreign languages department at Colorado State University, where he was recognized with a distinguished service award and the Durrell Award for Creativity in Teaching. In the early 1980s, he became a Christian Science practitioner, teacher, and lecturer. Arno was married to Paula Page; they had three sons and a daughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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