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William G. Whitney ’48

Bill was born in Portland in 1927. The family relocated to Cleveland until the death of Bill’s father, and then returned to Portland. Bill’s education at Reed was interrupted by the Korean War. He joined the Marine Corps as a lieutenant and served with distinction, exiting the war as a captain. Availing himself of the benefits of the GI bill, he finished his science degree at Reed and then attended Willamette University Law School, where he received his master’s degree. He spent years practicing law, often serving as a court appointed attorney for people who could not afford a lawyer. Bill had a great sense of humor and even told lawyer jokes to the judges. He is survived by his children, Doug (Kate), Fred, Beau (Joli), Michelle and Tina; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His son George predeceased him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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