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Robert Dryden Hoss ’44

Robert Dryden Hoss ’44, February 6, 2014, in Tacoma, Washington. Bill, as he was known, earned a BA in physics from Reed and a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT. He married Dolores Ashkar in 1944 and they enjoyed 69 years together. During World War II, Bill served with the marine corps in China and then worked for Honeywell in Portland, Anchorage, and Minneapolis. In 1956, he joined Weyerhaeuser Company as a design engineer and became project designer and the company’s first manager of information services in Tacoma. He retired from Weyerhaeuser as regional manager in Longview, Washington, and was a consultant for 10 years following that time. Outside of his work, Bill volunteered with Little League and the Boy Scouts, and was a tutor in reading and mathematics for elementary school children. He competed in golf tournaments and served on the board of many foundations. Bill and Dolores moved to Tacoma in 2007 to be closer to family. Well respected and loved by family, friends, and colleagues, Bill is survived by his wife, his daughter and two sons, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2014

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