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Patricia Cain Koehler ’47

Patricia Cain Koehler ’47, April 21, 2010, in Portland, from cancer. Pat grew up in Portland and lent her support to the war efforts at the Kaiser Shipyards, rising to the position of journeyman electrician. She alternated months at the shipyards with academic studies at the universities of Oregon and Washington. Her essays, which included “Reminiscence on the Women Shipbuilders of World War II,” were published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly and in the anthology A Richer Harvest: The Literature of Work in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press, 1999). After the war, she attended Reed, where she met Frank T. Koehler Jr. ’48; they married and raised two daughters and two sons. In 1974, she completed her BA in political science at Portland State University. She volunteered at the Oregon Historical Society, with Friends of the Library, and for the American Association of University Women. Survivors include Frank, their children and grandchildren, and Pat's sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2010

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