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Robert LeRoy Brownlee AMP ’44, BA ’49, MA ’50

Robert LeRoy Brownlee AMP ’44, BA ’49, MA ’50, August 3, 2008, in Portland, from complications following a stroke. Robert attended Reed in the army premeteorology program and returned after the war to complete a BA in mathematics. He married Loraine B. Nunes ’52 in 1949; Loraine worked in Reed's admission office while Robert completed a master's degree. In 1968, he earned a PhD in educational measurement and research from Colorado State College. His career in education began in 1950 in Hawaii, after which he returned to Oregon, and then worked in Colorado, Wisconsin, and California. He accepted a position in 1970 with CTB/McGraw-Hill in Monterey, California. In his description for an AMP reunion at Reed in 1984, Robert noted that his career in education could be viewed as variations on a theme, made different by his own perspective and that of the community, “from independent schools to consulting, and from public schools to private enterprise, from grade three to the college level, from teacher to administrator, to consultant, to board member.” Survivors include Loraine, daughter, son, three grandchildren, and his brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2008

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