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Margaret Helen Salz Lezin ’45

Margaret Helen Salz Lezin ’45, November 6, 2002, in her home in Santa Cruz, California. Margie received a BA from Reed in political science. In 1946, she married Norman S. Lezin ’48 and they had three children. She wrote of her time at Reed that she met lifelong friends, spent hours in great conversation, studied incredibly hard, and survived the "total terror" of her thesis orals. An "extremely difficult" statistics course in the economics department at Reed enabled her to get her first job as a test writer analyst for the Portland Civil Service, and she felt well grounded by the public administration focus of her major to undertake the community work that characterized her life. Margie served on Santa Cruz’s first Historic Preservation Commission; and was founder of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, of the Family Service Association, and of the Art Museum of Santa Cruz. She was a board member of both the county Mental Health Advisory Board and Planned Parenthood, and was chairwoman of the Santa Cruz chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. She was named woman of the year by both the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Margie was a "guiding light," and a "principled person," who devoted her life to helping others. She was a painter, and enjoyed bridge, tennis, and skiing. She is survived by her husband, her daughter and sons, and eight grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2003

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