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Alison Cadbury MAT ’79

Alison Cadbury MAT ’79, October 29, 2010, in Eugene, Oregon, following a prolonged illness. Alison came to Reed with a BA in English from Boston University. A prose writer, “wicked” Scrabble player, and valued member of several Eugene writing groups, Alison was the recipient of literary and scholarly awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Oregon Literary Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and a Fulbright award. The Fulbright award supported research for her book Panigyri: A Celebration of Life in a Greek Island Village, which she described as an ode to the culture and people of the village of Naousa. Her association with the island of Paros, in the Aegean Sea, began when she was a tourist in 1971 and extended to a five-year residency. “I had been drawn to the island by pictures of many-colored fishing boats and snow-white cubical houses, and was curious about the people who created such beauty.” Alison taught writing and literature at Golden Gate University and at Lane Community College, from which she received the faculty recognition award for excellence in teaching. “Her love of words was the impetus of her life.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2011

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