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Georgia Lodema Shumway Edmonds-Hassett ’33

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Georgia Lodema Shumway Edmonds-Hassett ’33, November 30, 2014, in Redmond, Oregon, at the age of 102 years. Georgia graduated from Mount Baker High School as a salutatorian and came to Reed, where she earned a BA in general literature. Her sister Lucille Shumway-Schwichtenberg ’27 also graduated from Reed. “Like many of us, I couldn’t get a job until I was employed by the Portland Library Association in April of 1934,” Georgia wrote at the time of her 50th class reunion. “Teaching positions were at a premium and I was glad to be an assistant librarian at Jefferson High School until I got my first teaching job in 1936 in Sisters, Oregon. I taught everything the principal did not teach. From there I went to a three-teacher high school at Rickreall, Oregon.” In 1940, she received an appointment to a clerical job at the VA Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon. She met Walter I. Edmonds in Roseburg; they married and had one son. Georgia helped with the family ranch in the Lookingglass area and with an automobile repair business they operated in Roseburg. When they retired in 1968, the couple moved to Redmond. Georgia was active in the Presbyterian church and in book clubs. She enjoyed golf and bridge. Walter died in 1976, and Georgia later married John Hassett, who predeceased her. Survivors include her son, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Georgia’s niece Joann Schwichtenberg Freimund ’58 also attended Reed. “As I look back at my education at Reed,” Georgia wrote, “I am appreciative of the thirst for knowledge those years gave me. It was a good education and certainly broadened my life.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2015

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