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James Gutwillig Wendel ’43

James Gutwillig Wendel ’43, January 16, 2006, in Portland. Jim received a BA in chemistry from Reed, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He worked on defense-related projects, including in Linus Paulingis laboratory, during World War II. In 1948, he completed a PhD in mathematics from Caltech. In 1955, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan; retiring in 1987. He then moved to Palo Alto, and in 2000, returned to Portland. In addition to mathematics, Jim possessed a deep intellect and a wide breadth of knowledge on a number of subjects, including history, science, art, literature, culture, language, and music. He performed on the piano and accordion. In 1944, he married June Herzog ’44; they had six children. Survivors include three sons and three daughters, 12 grandchildren, and his sister. June died in 2000.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2006

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