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Kenneth A. Wells ’30

Kenneth Wells ’30, November 28, 1996, in Princeton, New Jersey, after a brief illness. His career with the Boy Scouts of America began after graduating from Reed, when he took a job with the Boy Scout Council in Portland. He married Jean Lowery ’30 in the Eliot Hall chapel in 1932. He became assistant director of the scouting program in northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington, and then worked in Medford and Eugene as the local scouting director. In 1945, he accepted a position in the national scout office in New York City, where he was involved in various aspects of the camping program. From 1950 until his retirement in 1972, he was national director of research and development for the organization. He was an Eagle Scout and a life member of the Scout Executives Alliance. He and his wife lived in Princeton, where he served on the board of the Unitarian-Universalist Association and was a member of the Borough Housing Authority in 1962–71. Both he and his wife were active in the local chapter of the Red Cross, Recording for the Blind, and the United Way. In retirement, he was editor of the Rossmoor News, a monthly publication of a local retirement community. After his wife’s death in 1995 he moved to Monroe Village, where he became involved in community events and wrote for the newsletter there. He is survived by his son, Roger Wells ’63.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1997

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