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June Esther Anderson ’49

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June Esther Anderson ’49, February 22, 2006, in Portland. June received a BA in biology from Reed. In 1951, she married Richard Biggs ’50; they had three children and later divorced. She worked as a parole officer for Clackamas County Welfare, while simultaneously earning an MAT from Portland State University; she then took a position with the Children’s Services Division (CSD); retiring in 1994 as branch manager of the East County office. June also earned an MSW from the Portland State Graduate School of Social Work, and mentored many PSU students. Following retirement, she worked part time for CSD, chairing the special rate committee. She was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels (Loaves and Fishes), and was very involved with the Reed alumni association; she was the Portland chair of the Reed oral history project. She also participated in a senior writing group. June enjoyed entertaining, swimming, and attending theatre, chamber music, and opera performances. She was an attentive and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. For her 40th-class reunion gathering, she wrote: "Reed opened up the world for me—acted as a catalyst for intellectual and personal growth, and facilitated an awareness of the richness and variety of human experience." Survivors include by her son and daughter, two granddaughters, and her companion, George Lee. Her younger son died in 2005.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2006

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