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Beatrice E. Price Bickford ’35

Beatrice E. Price Bickford ’35, July 2, 2002, of age-related causes, in Palos Verdes Estates, California. A talented pianist and accompanist who taught piano while in high school in Oregon City, Bickford attended Reed for two years, then transferred to a number of schools including a music conservatory, eventually earning a teacher’s certificate. She later said that Reed stood out as the only school that made her think. In her seven-year career teaching music and staging musicals in Oregon public schools, she worked in Oregon City, Portland, and Dallas. During World War II she married Paul Radcliffe. The couple moved to Eugene in 1952 and raised a son. Following Radcliffe’s death, she married Gardner Bickford, who died in 1998. She was known for her support of numerous community organizations and established the Beatrice Price Radcliffe Bickford Scholarship at Reed in 1999. The scholarship is awarded with preference to students who intend to pursue careers as teachers in grades K-12. She is survived by her son, a stepdaughter and stepson, seven grandchildren, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2002

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