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Kenneth Ivory Evans ’47

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Kenneth Ivory Evans ’47, April 9, 2012, in Portland, from complications from Parkinson’s disease. Ken was a chemistry major at Reed and earned an MA in science education from the University of Oregon. “Reed taught me how to think and evaluate ideas and situations, and to keep open to ideas of all people,” he wrote. He taught science and math primarily in high schools in Milwaukie, Oregon, and also served as a vice principal at one of the schools. During summers, he worked as a chemist at National Lead, sold real estate, and directed summer school. He enjoyed golf, fishing, chess, and crossword puzzles. He and Phyllis Mickels married in 1942 and raised a son. He later married Grace Magnuson; they were together for 55 years. Ken and Grace were involved in their church, Hinson Baptist, where they taught classes. Ken left “a legacy of honor and humility” and demonstrated a love of learning. Survivors include Grace, his son, three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two sisters, and two brothers.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2012

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