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Marcia Pry MALS ’72

Marcia Pry MALS ’72, of congestive heart failure, June 3, 2001, at her vacation home in Seaside, Oregon. She and her husband, Tom, were well known in Portland as publishers of several neighborhood newspapers. Before attending Reed she taught high school journalism in Stockton, California, and in Portland. She married Tom Pry in 1966, and in 1974 the couple purchased the Sellwood-Moreland Bee, a longtime neighborhood weekly in southeast Portland. Over the next 12 years, their company grew to 7 newspapers with annual sales of $2 million, a 24-hour central printing plant, and 55 employees. She was active in the Oregon Newspapers Publishers Association and was elected its president in 1991. Among her accomplishments while with the organization was obtaining group health insurance for the employees of small newspapers around Oregon. She was also active in civic affairs, serving on the board of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, as president of Friends of Trees, and chair of the annual book sale for the Friends of the Library. In 1994 the Prys sold their business, and she became a private business consultant and taught at the Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College. She is survived by her husband.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2001

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