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Gene McPherson Jenkins MAT ’64

Gene McPherson Jenkins MAT ’64, December 27, 2004, in Salem, Oregon. Gene graduated from the University of Oregon with honors in 1946. She married Peter D. Jenkins in 1948; they had six children, and later divorced. During the years she cared for a home and family, Gene earned her master’s in teaching at Reed. She taught high school English in Portland at Catlin Gabel School from 1964 to 1974, then at Grant High School; in 1989 she returned to Catlin Gabel and taught for three additional years. In both schools, she served as department chair. In retirement, she moved to Salem, spending a number of memorable years with her childhood friend, Bob Aiken. Gene was described as one who was devoted to intellectual honesty, who generously shared her personal gifts, and who was undaunted by the twists and turns of her life experience. Survivors include her daughter, Ann Haviland Jenkins ’81, three sons, and four grandchildren. A son and daughter predeceased her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2005

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