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Jennifer Craven ’74

A picture of Jennifer Craven

Jennifer Craven ’74, September 30, 2012, in Washington. We recently learned of Jennifer’s death from her cousin, Philip Craven. Jennifer attended Reed for three years, with a focus on biology and psychology. In the ’70s, she also worked with children in day care centers and with special-needs children in shelter homes. She organized and supported the newly established Outside In Clinic in Portland, and was a bookkeeper, debt collector, and salesperson for other businesses in Portland and Seattle. Jennifer earned an AAS in digital electronics technology and an AA in business and accounting at North Seattle Community College in Seattle, Washington. One of her instructors reported, “Jennifer was not only an ‘A’ student in my class, but she was also a delightful person, helpful to her classmates, cooperative with the school faculty, and, in general, well liked by all.” For Hewlett Packard in Everett, she calibrated, tested, and repaired electronic instruments. She then became a caregiver for her father when his health deteriorated, and studied health information technology at Shoreline Community College. Following her father’s death in 1999, Jennifer completed a course in medical records, and in 2009, she earned a BS in audiology from the University of Washington. She was thrilled to complete the degree, though shortly thereafter, reports Philip, she received a diagnosis of cancer. “She was extremely intelligent and a lifelong student. Very warm, with a lovely laugh,” Philip recalls. “I was proud of her courage during treatment and, especially, in using the Death with Dignity statute when treatment failed.” In addition to Philip, survivors include her mother, Clare, brother, Gilbert, and the Ferris families. Her sister, Bronwen Craven ’72, died in the ’70s.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2014

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