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John Alan Piper ’59

John Alan Piper ’59, December 5, 2004, in Woodbridge, Virginia. John graduated from Reed with a degree in physics. He went to work immediately for Sylvania Electric Products Company as an electronics engineer, and lived in New Hampshire and California, before settling in Virginia. There he was an engineer with E-Systems, Inc., and later made hydrogen detection systems for submarines. John was a Mensan, a licensed Coast Guard captain, and, in his words, a "certifiable curmudgeon!" He also developed his interest as a graphic artist and in desktop publishing, creating his own business, Jomer Graphics; a somewhat daring move away from engineering that he credited to his Reed experience. He is survived by his wife, Merilyn, to whom he was married for 36 years, and three children.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2005

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