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Mary Louella Weible Maxwell ’49, MAT ’67

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Mary Louella Weible Maxwell '49, MAT '67, September 8, 2009, in Lakewood, Washington. Mary earned a BA from Reed in chemistry and married fellow Reedite Robert M. Maxwell '50. In order to be with him during his service in the Korean War, she traveled to Japan on a ship bound for Yokohama. Mary's passion for mathematics, which Robert supported, was exemplified in her career as a high school teacher. In pursuit of that goal, she earned a BA in general education from Ohio State University, a BS in mathematics from Pacific Lutheran University, and an MAT from Reed in education. She taught mathematics in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, Washington. Colleagues at Pacific Lutheran greatly prized her mathematical prowess, and hoped she would become an instructor at the university level. Robert says that Mary was devoted to her high school students, and so thorough in her teaching that she regularly stayed up past midnight to correct papers and provide students with constructive comments. Further, he marveled at her determination and attention to detail, and noted that she was a caring and loving individual, who was always learning. In addition to Robert, survivors include their daughter and son.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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