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Virginia M. Mackenzie ’16

Virginia Mackenzie ’16, July 6, 2000, in Duarte, California, at the age of 106. She was a lecturer in classics at Reed for two years following her graduation. In 1918–59, she was a missionary under the Presbyterian Church in Japan, with the exception of four years during World War II, when she served as an executive for Women’s Work in Chicago. While in Japan, she taught at women’s colleges in Sapporo, Shimonoseki, and Tokyo. She returned to the U.S. in 1959 and entered the retirement community of Westminster Gardens in Duarte, where she became one of the community’s chief volunteers. She served twice as president of the residents’ association and wrote historical records of the community. She is survived by twin nephews and a niece by marriage.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2000

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