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Donald W. Graham ’61

Born in Berkeley and raised in Los Angeles, Don served his country in the U.S. Army and the reserves before beginning at Reed. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, writing his thesis, “A Synthesis of Diozocyclopropane,” with Prof. John Hancock [chemistry 1955–89]. He went on to earn a PhD at UC Berkeley, and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University. He was a medicinal chemist with Merck in Rahway, New Jersey for 36 years and made his home in Mountainside. An avid soccer fan, he enjoyed gardening, cooking, and reading. He was married for 48 years to his wife, Patricia, who survives him along with his sons Christopher and Colin.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2016

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