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W. Biddle Combs ’19

W. Biddle Combs ’19, August 1, 1995, in Portland, at the age of 100. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and later served in the U.S. Merchant Marines as la icensed master and mate. After studying at Reed, he attended the Northwestern College of Law (Lewis & Clark). He was a general agent for the Northwestern Life Insurance Company, Portland, and later entered into business with his brother, father, and uncle in the Combs Insurance Agency. During World War II, he served as a commander in the navy and was later promoted to the rank of captain, retiring in 1958. He served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army and was awarded the group's Webber Award for more than 40 years of service. He was a member of the Rotary Club and many other civic and professional organizations. He was married to Esther Erickson in 1931, who died in 1990.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1995

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