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Mary Gertrude Opp Nutting ’22

Mary Gertrude Opp Nutting ’22, February 3, 1999, in Milwaukie, Oregon. After graduating with a BA in biology, Gertrude worked as a lab technician in a TB research lab for one year. She met and married Forrest Foster ’22, a banker with the Federal Reserve Bank in Portland, and they had two children. While raising her family, she also worked part time for a number of years in market research and was active in the American Association of University Women, Girl Scouts, and the Red Cross. Her husband retired in 1959, and they moved to the suburbs of Portland. After his death in 1960, she worked as assistant librarian in the Milwaukie Public Library. In 1965 she married Haven Nutting, and together they operated a holly growing farm. Shortly after the death of her second husband in 1979, she moved to the Rose Villa Retirement Center in Milwaukie, and there she lived with her sister, Julia Opp Johnson ’23, until Julia's death in 1993. Gertrude maintained an active role in the Reed community and was a frequent visitor to the campus to attend events. Survivors include her son and daughter, Rosalind Foster ’52.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1999

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