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Robert McRae ’58

Bob was born in Portland, graduated from Franklin High School, and attended Reed as a day-dodger. He was an active sportsman, playing football, baseball, and basketball on intramural teams.

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he began working at OECO, which designs and manufactures solutions for industries including commercial transportation, military, and aviation. He then began a 22-year career at Tektronix in the oscilloscopes division.

Bob was a volunteer firefighter for fire departments in Milwaukie and Clackamas, Oregon, and enjoyed this immensely. He was also an active member of the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, receiving numerous awards for his extensive volunteer work and contributions to the club.

He owned property on the Lewis River in Woodland, Washington, and loved to work on the grounds, building a shop and gazebo enjoyed by many during family gatherings. In 1972, Bob married Donna Adams Specht, who survives him, as do his stepson Jeffery Specht and wife, MaryAnn, of Scappoose, stepson Gregory Specht, wife Lori, and granddaughter Hailey of Gladstone.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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