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Annie Laurie Malarkey Rahr ’53

A picture of Laurie Malarkey Rahr

Annie Laurie Malarkey Rahr ’53, December 8, 2014, Long Lake, Minnesota, following a brief illness. Laurie was the daughter of Susan Tucker Malarkey ’25 and Thomas B. Malarkey ’23. Her brother John T. Malarkey ’52 also attended Reed. Laurie earned a BA from Reed in general literature. Her thesis, “Lawrence’s Theory of the Novel: An Examination of Women in Love,” was completed with Prof. Robert Hivnor [English 1952–53]. She went on to earn an MA in comparative literature at the University of Washington. At the university she met Guido R. Rahr Jr. They married and lived in Portland; Guido served on Reed’s board of trustees in 1959–65. In 1971, they moved to Minnesota with their family of five children. Laurie had a vast knowledge of literature, music, theatre, and art. She also painted throughout her life. She was passionate about the environment and supported and served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Children’s Theatre Company and the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library. Other family members with a Reed connection included her cousin Stoddard Malarkey ’55, his wife, Deirdre Malarkey ’57, and their two sons, Gordon Malarkey ’84 and Peter Malarkey ’86. Laurie’s uncle Henry Cabell also served on Reed’s board of trustees and Laurie was married briefly to Prof. Stanley W. Moore [philosophy 1948–54]. “Of all the schools our large family has attended, Reed’s performance is the best,” Laurie stated. “This kind of education made me a lifetime student.” Survivors include three daughters and two sons and 11 grandchildren. Guido died in 2005.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2015

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