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Francis P. King ’44

Francis earned a BS degree at the University of Oregon before coming to Reed to study in the premeteorology program. During World War II, he served as a radar maintenance officer for B-29s on Tinian and in the Philippines. After the war, he earned an MA degree in international relations at Stanford as well as a PhD in political science. He studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the École des Sciences Politiques in Paris, and in 1953 joined Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), where he directed numerous studies and publications in the field of retirement and insurance benefits. Frank also coauthored a number of books in the benefits field, and his book, Financing the College Education of Faculty Children (Henry Holt, 1954), led to the establishment of Tuition Exchange, Inc., which he chaired from 1967 to 1987. His spouse, Kelly Karavites, two nephews, and a niece survive him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2016

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