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Marian L. Simonds Dukehart ’33

Marian L. Simonds Dukehart ’33, July 6, 2003, in Sherwood, Oregon. Marian attended Reed for a year and also attended Northwestern University. In 1939, she married John K. Dukehart, who died in 1968; they raised two sons and three daughters. Marian was an avid skier at Mt. Hood, and a member of a group of skiing enthusiasts, the Nile River Yacht Club, who maintained a cabin near Timberline Lodge. Excluded initially from participation in the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol because of her gender, Marian nevertheless assisted with the patrol’s first aid efforts. Her community service included serving as president of the Junior League of Portland and of the Women’s Architectural League. She volunteered with the Boys and Girls Aid Society and Portland schools PTA. She served as secretary of the Reed alumni association, and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1962, she worked at Markham Grade School and later at Jackson High School in Southwest Portland. She was president of the Portland Federation of Teachers and Classified Employees. In 1977, she married Frank Kristner Jr., who died in 1980. The couple moved to Sherwood where she was active in the Friends of the Sherwood Library and the library board, and was a member of the Sherwood Garden Club. Marian also enjoyed painting and took classes at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. She is survived by her children and nine grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2003

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