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Helena Margaret Gannon Rivoire ’37

Helena Margaret Gannon Rivoire ’37, February 10, 2010, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Helena lived in Washington and Minnesota before moving to Portland and enrolling at Reed. After two years at the college, she transferred to University of California, Berkeley, where she received a BA and MA in French, and a certificate of librarianship, and met Jean A. Rivoire, whom she married. The couple spent several years in Panama, then moved to France and studied at La Sorbonne in Paris. Jean accepted a position in the French department at Bucknell University and the couple settled in Lewisburg. Following her husband's death in 1957, Helena became a librarian at Bucknell's Bertrand Library, and was appointed chief of technical services in 1969. She was well read, had a passion for travel, and enjoyed theatre, music, and the intellectual challenge of acquiring new languages and solving crossword puzzles. Survivors include her daughter and two granddaughters. Her son predeceased her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2010

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