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Marilyn M. Palmer Hoehne ’48

Marilyn M. Palmer Hoehne ’48, May 30, 2007, in Seattle, Washington. Marilyn received a BA from Reed in history. She met Mark E. Hoehne ’48 in 1946, when he returned to Reed following World War II; they married in December of that year. The couple moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Mark attended Yale University, then moved west, taking up residence in Longview, Washington. Intent on creating a safe place for adolescent boys to receive education and job training, Marilyn conceived of the Toutle River Ranch in 1959, and assisted its establishment in 1960. The original facility, destroyed by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, was rebuilt in Castle Rock, Washington, and now operates through the Youth & Family Link Program. Marilyn served on the board of directors for the program. She was also a lifelong learner, who read extensively. She served on the board of the Longview Public Library for nine years, and on the Library Foundation board for six. She was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and was clerk of the vestry for nearly 20 years. Survivors include three daughters and a son, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister. Mark died in 1997.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2007

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