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Eric J. Voorsanger ’55

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Eric J. Voorsanger ’55, May 1, 2009, at his home in Larkspur, California, from pancreatic cancer. We heard about Eric's death from Donald Green ’54, who attended Lowell High School and Reed with him. “Our families have been neighbors and friends for four generations in San Francisco,” he noted. Eric received a BA from Reed in political science. Then, Don wrote, “Eric worked as an intern for Oregon senator Richard Neuberger; later had a career in city planning, contracting, and woodworking. We have a beautiful white oak banister and entry half-wall shelf that reminds us daily of his love of wood and craftsmanship.” Eric's public obituary remembers a compassionate and kind man, who valued family, appreciated culture, politics, and history, and said that his greatest thrill was to see Barack Obama become President of the United States. Survivors include his wife, Ronna, to whom he was married for 17 years; his daughter and four sons; six grandchildren; and two brothers.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2009

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