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Miriam Collier Hope ’39

Miriam Collier Hope ’39, January 12, 2003, peacefully, in Lake Park, Georgia. Miriam's connection to Reed began with her mother, Ruth Graybill Collier ’32, an instructor in humanities and literature, and included her sister, Jane Collier Anderson ’37, brother, Robert P. Collier ’42, and niece, Catherine Collier ’68. Miriam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general literature. She married Champion N. Nixon in 1945; they had three children and later divorced. For 23 years, she worked for Beckman Instruments, Spinco Division, in Palo Alto, California, first as a lab technician, and then as a technical writer for the research department. She retired in 1981 and moved to Georgia in 1983 to live with her daughter and three of her five grandchildren. "Around the edges of live-in grandma duties," she wrote in 1987, she became a peace activist. In that effort she was briefly arrested at Kings Bay Submarine Base and visited Nicaragua with Witness for Peace delegation. In 1992, she published "a kind of free-wheeling, spiritual autobiography, including poetry, Meeting the "Is": Memories and Cogitations.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2003

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