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Donald E. Kephart ’54

Donald E. Kephart ’54, December 24, 2012, in Portland. A year before graduating from Reed with a BA in chemistry, Don married Silva Austin ’54, his Grant High School sweetheart. His 37-year career as a process engineer was at Tektronix, and he was the coinventor of three patents. Don’s love of music led him to sing in the Boar’s Head Ensemble at Reed for many years, reports Virginia Oglesby Hancock ’62, and to perform as a violinist in the Marylhurst Community Orchestra for 25 years. He also enjoyed astronomy and did woodworking and home remodeling projects. In addition, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a 50-year member of Valley Community Church. Survivors include Silva, two sons and three daughters, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2013

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