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Priscilla Webber Hanawalt, Staff

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Priscilla Webber Hanawalt [staff 1959–83], October 31, 2013, in Portland, at 95, following a long period of age-related dementia. Pat was born in Massachusetts and moved to Seattle, where she earned a BA in psychology from the University of Washington and met Clare Hanawalt, whom she married in 1941. During World War II, she worked for the War Administration. Clare’s job at KGW led the family to Portland, and Pat came to Reed in 1959, doing part-time clerical support for the dean of students—advancing to the role of secretarial assistant to the dean in 1963. She was named acting dean in 1970 and became dean of students in 1971; she retired in 1983. President Paul Bragdon [1971–88] remarked at Pat’s retirement, “No one cared more about students than Pat. She will be missed.” Survivors include the couple’s son and daughter, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2014

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