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Ruth A. Case Alexander ’39

Ruth Anna Case Alexander ’39, November 18, 2004, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Ruth graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. She married Paul A. Alexander in 1941, and worked as a mother at home, raising the couple’s three daughters. In the ’50s, she worked part time as a secretary and substitute teacher, and as an interviewer for Oregon State Employment Service. She also volunteered for the Forest Grove Public Library. In 1972 she accepted a full-time position as an adjudicator for the Oregon State Employment Office, retiring in 1981. Ruth was a member of Church of Christ in Forest Grove, the Ladies Circle, Friends of the Library, and Clan Donald. With her family she lived in Aberdeen, Washington; and in the Oregon cities of Klamath Falls, Ashland, Scoggins Valley, and Forest Grove. She traveled, including to Scotland, and pursued a strong interest in genealogy. She also enjoyed reading, oil painting, and—describing herself as an amateur writer—completed short stories and a Scottish historical novel. Ruth is survived by her children, four grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1999.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2005

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